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Indiana prisons chief heading to Florida

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, who takes office on Jan. 4, on Tuesday named Indiana corrections chief Ed Buss to run Florida's massive prison system.
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Mayoral contender Kennedy to leave day job

December 28, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Democratic mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy will leave her attorney job at law firm Baker and Daniels on Friday to begin campaigning full-time next month.
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State GOP leaders weigh banning required union dues

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Bills filed in the Indiana House would ban workers from being required to pay union dues.
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Water employee: Veolia falsified records to get bonuses

December 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Testimony is part of effort to deny Veolia Water $29 million contract termination fee as part of utility sale. Group claims salaried employees owed millions of dollars.
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ICVA nearing hotel room-reservation target for 2010

December 27, 2010
Scott Olson
As of mid-December, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association had hit about 93 percent of its 2010 goal of booking 650,000 room nights for future conventions. The group is stepping up its efforts to meet the demands of the new JW Marriott hotel and convention center expansion.
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Daniels, bankers may spar over deposit insurance fund

December 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Elected officials—including Gov. Mitch Daniels—have started eyeing the little-known, $250 million public deposit insurance fund, or PDIF, as a potential way to plug budget gaps next year.
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Economy brightens as consumers spend, layoffs slow

December 23, 2010
Associated Press
The latest data confirm that the economy is improving, even though too few jobs are being created to lower the 9.8 percent unemployment rate.
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Fourth Artsgarden walkway gets final approval

December 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Construction on the walkway that will connect the downtown PNC Center with the Indianapolis Artsgarden should begin in March. Plans to pave the gravel parking lots on the former site of Market Square also received approval.
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CIB seeking bids for stadium, convention security

December 23, 2010
Request for proposals calls for providing 24-hour security at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, as well as providing armed guards for special events. The CIB plans to award contracts in mid-March.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Carson talks Congress, whips, soft rock

December 22, 2010
Mason King
Carson Watch VideoU.S. Rep. Andre Carson on his new duties, earmarks, anti-Islam rhetoric, and his love for smooth tunes.
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Skillman won't run for governor's seat in 2012

December 20, 2010
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman issued a statement Monday morning announcing that "minor" health issues will keep her from running for Indiana governor in 2012.
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Group opposes city plan to pay water manager Veolia $29M

December 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city should refuse to pay the contract-termination fee given alleged defaults by Veolia, the consumer group says. Veolia is out after city sells the water company to Citizens Energy Group.
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Turbulent Indiana General Assembly just ahead

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Scarce resources promise to vex lawmakers charged with writing a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January.
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FEIGENBAUM: 'There is no money' takes on new meaning

December 18, 2010
Ed Feigenbaum
Tight tax revenue will force hard choices on the General Assembly.
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Business agenda might get friendly receptionRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
With Republicans firmly in control of the Indiana General Assembly, businesses have a better chance of achieving some of their legislative objectives than they have for years.
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Redistricting, education issues also on docket for General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Legislature will consider redistricting along with controversial education issues.
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Governor seeking leeway on road dealsRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ legislative priorities for next year include putting guidelines into law that would allow the state to more broadly use the private sector to design, finance or operate public infrastructure.
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Daniels says he'd sign statewide smoking ban

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said towns and cities have shown it's possible to enact smoking bans with significant benefits and minimal cost.
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Ganassi locating two new race teams in Brownsburg

December 16, 2010
Izod IndyCar Series team owner will invest $3.3 million and create up to 30 jobs. Ganassi plans to begin hiring employees immediately to prepare for the start of the 2011 season.
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State pushing to keep building-review wait times down

December 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Wait times in the plan-review process for non-residential projects increased dramatically this year, creating a backlog of cases.
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Daniels endorses findings of criminal code review

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Sweeping changes proposed for Indiana's criminal sentencing system won the endorsement Wednesday of Gov. Mitch Daniels, who said that if lawmakers enact the changes they would hold down the state's ballooning prison population and save taxpayer money.
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Indiana may cut Medicaid services to check costs

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
The state Medicaid actuary projected Indiana's share of the program's costs will rise by about $1.46 billion this fiscal year, by about $1.84 billion in the 2012 fiscal year and by about $2 billion in the 2013 fiscal year unless some services are cut.
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Indiana GOP chairman stepping down after 5 years

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Murray Clark announced his decision Wednesday, saying it was time to turn over the party leadership.
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Indiana lawmakers plan to float corporate tax cuts

December 15, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
State lawmakers plan to propose reducing Indiana’s corporate income tax rate next year in a move they say will make the state a more appealing place for businesses to locate.
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UPDATE: Competitors' woes could help Fishers mortgage firm expand

December 14, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Fishers-based Stonegate Mortgage Corp. plans to spend about $3 million to expand operations, creating up to 300 jobs by 2015.
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