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Indiana Senate panel may vote on smoking ban after all

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, the chairman of an Indiana Senate committee, said he might call for a vote on the proposal at the Senate Public Policy Committee's April 6 meeting, but that he likely wouldn't allow any amendments.
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Illinois House votes to lift smoking ban at casinos

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
Tom Swoik, executive director of Illinois Casino Gaming Association, said gambling revenue has dropped 32 percent since the state's smoking ban was approved. He said the ban has cost state government about $800 million in taxes.
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Indiana House faces pressure to finish work on time

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said the five week "vacation" by House Democrats means lawmakers may have to work on Fridays and Saturdays. He said representatives would go with little sleep and eat sandwiches and pizza while working at their desks if necessary to get work done.
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Indiana Senate approves marriage amendment

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly OK'd a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban gay marriage and civil unions.
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Indiana budget faces hundreds of possible changes

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
More than 330 proposed amendments to the state budget bill were listed online as of Monday night, and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said more are pending.
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Fair Finance trustee renews call for return of political donations

March 28, 2011
Cory Schouten
The trustee in the Fair Finance bankruptcy has renewed a call for recipients of political contributions from accused Ponzi schemer Tim Durham to return the tainted cash after a federal grand jury indicted Durham on 12 felony counts.
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Indiana report says drugstores, grocers best at not selling liquor to minors

March 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Liquor stores didn't do as well, undercutting their argument against allowing other retailers to sell cold beer.
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City names new golf manager for Eagle Creek

March 25, 2011
Scott Olson
Golf club's former operator defaulted on loan agreement, forcing city officials to make $222,724 in payments and search for another contractor to manage it.
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State unemployment rate drops to 8.8 percent

March 25, 2011
The February decline marks the first time the state's jobless rate has been below 9 percent since December 2008. Still, the state lost 1,600 private-sector jobs and 6,300 government jobs in February.
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No breakthrough in talks to end Indiana House walkout

March 24, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators from both parties threw cold water Thursday on optimism about a breakthrough ending the month-long boycott by Indiana House Democrats.
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Pentagon issues 90-day stop-work order on GE-Rolls engine

March 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday directed General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce Group Plc to halt work on a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter until there is more explicit direction in the fiscal 2012 budget.
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Smoking bill needs exemptions to survive Senate

March 23, 2011
Associated Press
Health advocates will have to live with wide exemptions in a proposed statewide smoking ban because a stricter, more comprehensive ban wouldn't be able to pass the conservative Senate, the head of a Senate committee said.
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Indiana House leaders meet over Democratic boycott

March 23, 2011
Associated Press
The leader of the boycotting Indiana House Democrats returned to the Statehouse on Wednesday for what he called a "very positive" meeting with Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma.
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Panel backs Indiana gay marriage ban amendment

March 23, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the amendment on a 7-3 party line vote Wednesday, with Republican senators rejecting arguments that language prohibiting civil unions could threaten the ability of employers to offer domestic partner benefits.
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Boycott reaches 30 days for Indiana House Democrats

March 22, 2011
Associated Press
A legislative stalemate in Indiana reached a political milestone on Tuesday as House Democrats stayed away from their jobs for a 30th consecutive day in what now ranks among the longest Statehouse boycotts in recent U.S. history.
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Daniels signs book deal

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
The book is scheduled to come out in September and is being billed by Sentinel as a reminder of "America's urgent need for limited but more effective government, fiscal discipline at all levels, increased liberty for individuals, and a restoration of our national greatness."
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Healthy Indiana Plan expansion opposed by some

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana wants to use its public health savings account program for low-income adults to cover people who will become newly eligible for Medicaid under the federal health care law beginning in 2014.
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Indiana Legislature moves on without boycotting Dems

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma directed Republican committee chairmen to hold meetings starting this week to discuss Senate bills, even though no official action or votes can be taken until Democrats return and provide the quorum required by the state constitution.
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Indiana senator returning cash from troubled financier

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana state senator is returning campaign contributions from Timothy Durham, a former Indianapolis businessman charged with running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of more than $200 million.
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Sides ponder political fallout of Statehouse boycott

March 20, 2011
Associated Press
Both Democrats and Republicans claim the walkout by Indiana House Democrats is rallying support for their side, spurring new donations and rousing the party faithful.
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Grissom air base to get $7.4 million control tower

March 20, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana air base that houses the nation's largest fleet of KC135 four-engine tankers will get a high-tech air traffic control tower next year that supporters say will better serve its growing military, civilian and commercial aviation needs.
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RATHKE: My saga of staying up to date on health care reform

March 19, 2011
Tracey Rathke
Human resources used to be about payroll and benefits. Now it's also about watching Congress.
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City looking for auctioneer to sell excess cars, equipment

March 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A request for proposals was put out March 14 for the two-year auctioneer contract. Bids are due next month.
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Fear of GOP dominance fuels Indiana Dems' boycott

March 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats, whose walkout nearly a month ago halted the legislative process, remain in no hurry to return considering they face the prospect of losing on almost every vote.
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City to close Fountain Square charter school

March 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The decision to close Fountain Square Academy, announced Friday morning at a press conference, marks the first time Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen to shut down a charter school.
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