Government

UPDATE: Appeals court upholds state's right-to-work law

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
The split decision from a three-judge federal panel in Chicago leaves the matter with the Indiana Supreme Court, which is set to hear oral arguments later this week.
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Feds: AIT's Evans 'unjustly enriched' himself in sale to employees

September 2, 2014
J.K. Wall
Just three months before the parent company of AIT Laboratories was sold in 2009 to its employees for $90 million, it was appraised for $17.1 million, according to a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit.
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Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's gay marriage ban in the Constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.
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Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

August 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.
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Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

August 30, 2014
Associated Press
With the school year underway, teachers are still scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state's new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of the new curriculum.
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Bosma removes Turner from leadership post-scandal

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has removed Rep. Eric Turner from his leadership team amid concerns over Turner's lobbying against a nursing home construction ban that would have impacted his family's business.
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Mourdock stepping down as Indiana treasurer

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Mourdock, who defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 U.S. Senate primary only to lose the general election after a comment about rape, resigned Friday, four months before the end of his term.
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City Dems tap replacement for departed councilor Brown

August 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
LaKeisha Jackson was chosen to replace Vernon Brown in District 18. Brown stepped down in August after 11 years on the council.
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More Indiana options coming on insurance exchange

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Officials say Indiana residents will have more than triple the number of health insurance plans to choose from when the federal insurance exchange enrollment period starts in November. A a 5-percent average increase in exchange premiums is expected.
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UPDATE: Tech entrepreneur Braun named DWD commissioner

August 28, 2014
Jeff Newman
State Rep. Steve Braun, an entrepreneur who sold a publicly traded technology company a decade ago, will take over leadership of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in late November, Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday morning.
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Ex-Indiana elections chief starts political blog

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been stripped of office and he doesn't have a job, so he's turning to the Internet.
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U.S. economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year — hurt by a poor first-quarter performance. This new assessment is considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's.
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UPDATE: Security gates on tap for governor's mansion

August 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Preservation officials for the Meridian corridor have given unanimous approval for wrought-iron gates and brick columns at the entrances to the mansion at 46th and Meridian streets.
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Democrat: Indiana Statehouse lacks ethics

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
A trio of ethics investigations into Indiana officials this year left many watchdogs grumbling about loopholes in the state's ethics laws.
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Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
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Kokomo council backs ban on smoking in bars

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
The Kokomo City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to give initial approval to a ban on smoking in bars and social clubs.
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Social media campaign publicizes lifeline law

August 25, 2014
Associated Press
Students at 13 Indiana college campuses will receive social media messages about the state law that allows minors who have been drinking to report a medical emergency or a crime without getting in trouble.
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Feds' new data adds shine to Hoosier incomes

August 23, 2014
Norm Heikens
In April, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis began considering cost of living alongside the stew of income figures it has long collected, and the new, adjusted income numbers make both the metro area and the state look like better places to live.
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City-County Council approves landlord registryRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
The ordinance is the product of state legislation this year that effectively shut down rental-property inspection programs but left municipalities the option of creating registries.
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Noblesville eyes plans for $10M park, amphitheater

August 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Officials hope to bolster the city's "hipstoric" downtown and jump-start redevelopment of a key community gateway. But the price strikes some as steep.
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Lawmakers move to monitor State Board of Accounts

August 22, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
A subcommittee of the Indiana Legislative Council met this week to determine the goals and best practices of a new Audit Committee, which is meant to operate as a type of peer-review system for the State Board of Accounts.
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Bayh says another gubernatorial run is ‘unlikely’

August 21, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The former senator and two-term governor said he has given the idea consideration because people he respects asked him to think about running.
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EMS service to lay off 361 workers in central Indiana

August 21, 2014
Mason King
Rural/Metro Corp. says the changing health care landscape and the challenges of covering rural communities are forcing it to end its area ambulance services. It's also closing a billing operations center in Indianapolis.
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Advocate brokers lower IPL rate hike for car-sharing service

August 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. customers would see less of a rate hike for an electric car-sharing program under a settlement agreement negotiated by the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.
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Pence keeps up opposition to land-based casinos

August 21, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he remains opposed to allowing more land-based casinos in Indiana despite a push from Evansville officials worried about declining revenue from the city's riverboat.
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