Government

Ballard: City must build 'attractive urban environment'

February 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The theme of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's fourth-annual State of the City address will include putting “the needs of the next decade ahead of the next day, next year or next election,” according to excerpts released Wednesday.
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Indiana official out of job after 'live ammo' tweet

February 23, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana deputy attorney general "is no longer employed" by the state after Mother Jones magazine reported he tweeted that police should use live ammunition against Wisconsin labor protesters, the attorney general's office said Wednesday.
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Indiana Senate OKs contentious immigration bill

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-ruled Senate voted 31-18 Tuesday for the bill, which contains penalties for businesses that hire illegal immigrants and allows police officers to ask someone for proof of immigration status if they have a reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally.
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Democratic lawmakers leave Indiana, block labor bill

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats took a page from the playbook of their counterparts in Wisconsin on Tuesday, refusing to show up and at least temporarily blocking a Republican-backed labor bill.
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House GOP budget spares bank insurance fund

February 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana bankers are relieved House Republicans decided to spare a bank insurance fund from being raided to plug holes elsewhere in the state’s finances, but they're not done lobbying against the idea.
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Water playground proposed for far-east side park

February 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Splash zone is among several improvements slated for German Church and 30th Park, a few of which will be considered Thursday by the Metropolitan Development Commission's hearing examiner.
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Former U.S. Rep. Ellsworth won't run for governor

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Democrat who lost to Dan Coats in November's U.S. Senate race says he won't run for any office in 2012. With recent announcements by other potential candidates, the field is beginning to shake out.
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Lilly's master plan for downtown (real estate)

February 19, 2011
Cory Schouten
As Eli Lilly and Co. outsources work and sheds unnecessary properties, it is making moves with surplus real estate that could establish the strongest physical connection between Lilly and downtown since the company was founded at Pearl and Meridian streets 135 years ago.
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GOP-led Indiana House panel OKs new budget proposal

February 18, 2011
Associated Press
A Republican-controlled Indiana House committee has approved a GOP budget proposal that would keep overall education funding at current levels while making major shifts in the way money is divvied up among individual school districts.
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Local group heading Down Under for biz opportunities

February 18, 2011
Develop Indy, Marion County's local economic development organization, plans to lead a delegation of officials to Australia to attract life sciences-related business opportunities, the group announced Friday morning.
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GOP senators leery of Indiana immigration crackdown

February 17, 2011
Associated Press
A bill aimed at having an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration in Indiana is on its way to the state Senate, but some Republican senators expressed concerns Thursday about the ramifications for law enforcement and taxpayers.
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UPDATE: GOP budget includes big shift in school funding

February 17, 2011
Associated Press
Individual school districts could see major shifts in funding but overall education funding would remain at current levels under a state budget plan presented Thursday by Republicans who control the Indiana House.
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Indy Partnership may reduce role in job recruitment

February 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
A merger among local economic development organizations could further diminish the role Indy Partnership plays in recruiting jobs to the city and region.
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Gun bill raises concerns for CIB properties

February 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Legislation that would allow Hoosiers with gun permits to carry their weapons into municipal properties could affect Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center.
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Panel OKs plan to cut Indiana corporate tax rate

February 16, 2011
Associated Press
A proposed cut of more than 20 percent in the state's corporate income tax rate would improve Indiana's business climate without hurting the state budget, the leader of the Indiana Senate's tax committee said Wednesday.
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UPDATE: House votes to kill pricey jet fighter engine

February 16, 2011
Associated Press
The decision on military budget cuts could have a big impact on the Indianapolis operations of Rolls-Royce Corp., the city’s second-largest manufacturer behind Eli Lilly and Co.
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Lawmaker wants state to stop funding Planned Parenthood

February 16, 2011
Associated Press
Rep. Matt Ubelor of Bloomfield said he wants to cut off about $1.6 million that Planned Parenthood of Indiana receives from the state because he believes abortion providers shouldn't receive taxpayer funding.
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Universities, refugees fuel Indiana's Asian growth

February 16, 2011
Associated Press
That growth has been concentrated in five counties that account for nearly 60 percent of the state's Asian population. Those counties are Allen, Hamilton, Marion, Monroe and Tippecanoe
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GOP-led panel tweaks Daniels' school voucher bill

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
Fewer families would qualify for private school vouchers under changes Republican lawmakers have made to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' controversial proposal.
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Indiana Senate panel advances marijuana, meth bills

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate's criminal law committee voted 5-3 to advance to the full Senate the bill directing the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and make recommendations.
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Union protests at Statehouse on GOP proposals

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The future of the bill drawing the strongest ire of the union members remained uncertain as a Republican committee chairman said a decision had not been made on whether so-called right-to-work legislation would be considered this session.
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Indiana House OKs amendment banning gay marriage

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-controlled House voted 70-26 to advance the proposal, which must clear two separately-elected Legislatures to get on the ballot for a public vote.
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Parking meter replacement set to begin in March

February 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Affiliated Computer Services, which struck a deal late last year to manage the city's parking meters, will begin replacing meters in downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple early next month.
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Senate committee passes sentencing-reform bill

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has passed a plan that would keep violent felons in prison longer and reduce punishments for many thefts and drug crimes.
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Bill would send taxpayer cash to private schools

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will start the debate Tuesday on the most controversial plank of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education platform: a plan to use taxpayer money to help parents send their children to private schools
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