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Local parking vendor eyes contract with ACS

November 17, 2010
Scott Olson
T2 Systems Inc., which makes software to manage the enforcement of parking violations and the collection of fines, is hopeful it can continue providing the service under a new parking-meter manager.
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Indiana Legislature to broadcast all meetings online

November 17, 2010
Associated Press
All Indiana General Assembly committee meetings will be shown live online in the 2011 session for the first time.
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Indiana House speaker offers two Democrats committee chairs

November 16, 2010
Associated Press
New Republican Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he's serious about seeking bipartisan support in the upcoming legislative session.
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Indiana environmental activists to push bipartisan agenda

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, said the new Legislature will make it more challenging to sell environmental initiatives mainly because there are more than two dozen freshmen lawmakers he and others will have to court.
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City-County Council OKs parking privatization

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council members voted 15-14 Monday night to clear the way for Indianapolis to lease its parking meters to a private firm, a move proponents say will upgrade the system even as it generates revenue for infrastructure improvements.
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Legislator: Statewide smoking ban could pass in 2011

November 15, 2010
Mary Dieter
A statewide ban on smoking in all public places may have the momentum it needs to finally pass the Indiana General Assembly in 2011 after four unsuccessful attempts.
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Drugmakers seek Republican allies to defeat cost-cutting panel

November 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Pharmaceutical firms led by Eli Lilly are trying to eliminate a government panel aimed at controlling Medicare spending seven months after they supported the health-care overhaul that created it.
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Chicago's experience causes other cities to redo parking deals

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis' City-County Council could vote Monday night on its proposed 50-year agreement with Xerox Co.’s Affiliated Computer Services, which was revised after public outcry over the original proposal.
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Poll: Daniels little known among potential GOP candidates

November 10, 2010
Associated Press
Sarah Palin is the most polarizing of the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates, while Mitch Daniels is one of the least recognized, a new survey finds.
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Daniels appoints new social services chief

November 10, 2010
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has accepted the resignation of Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy and has appointed the agency's chief of staff, Michael Gargano, to replace her.
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Democrats pick up pieces after Tuesday's bloodbath

November 8, 2010
Democrats lost 12 House seats, two congressmen and a U.S. senator, and the party failed to win any of three state offices.
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It may be do or die for Indianapolis charter school

November 6, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) College Preparatory School faces its seventh—and final—review this year, one that could determine its survival.
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City's Conrad hotel investment starts to pay off for taxpayers

November 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city put up $25 million for the hotel, restaurant and condo development at the corner of Washington and Illinois streets, including $3.75 million in exchange for the economic equivalent of an 8-percent stake.
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How hard is it to fire a teacher, really?

November 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Red tape involved in firing teachers is thick. But risk-averse administrators may be the bigger problem.
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Indiana health exchange may take page from Utah playbookRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
In Utah, employers can give each of their workers a specific amount of money to apply toward health insurance. The worker then can use that money to choose from the 66 plans in the health insurance exchange.
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State therapists brace for new structural changes

November 5, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Some say lower-quality service would result from Family and Social Services Administration changes that require independent therapists to work for agencies.
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Daniels: No word on White House run until April

November 5, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says politicians thinking about the next election in 2012 should "stifle" themselves for a while.
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Daniels wants changes in education, unemployment

November 4, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' 2011 legislative agenda includes expanding charter schools, establishing merit pay for teachers, cutting unemployment benefits and raising unemployment insurance taxes on businesses.
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Library cuts 37 employees in effort to reduce deficit

November 4, 2010
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's decision to reduce its work force is in response to expected revenue annual shortfalls of up to $4 million through 2013. The cuts follow a reduction in hours last month.
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Election turnout up only slightly this year

November 4, 2010
Associated Press
Slightly more Indiana voters cast ballots in this year's midterm election than in the last one four years ago despite predictions of a much bigger turnout.
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Indiana's GOP leaders want school changes

November 3, 2010
Associated Press
The school plan that House Republicans presented during the campaign calls for giving parents more options, holding teachers accountable and putting more education dollars in classrooms rather than administration.
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Democrats look to rebuild after Republican gains

November 3, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Democrats are looking for a life preserver heading toward 2012. And their best hope might rest with the man some blame in part for at least one of the party's losses: retiring Sen. Evan Bayh.
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Indiana revenue in October down from year ago

November 3, 2010
Associated Press
The state Budget Agency reported Wednesday that Indiana collected $959 million in October. That's $23 million below the most recent forecast and about $81 million less than projected in the budget lawmakers passed in 2009.
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Pence to step down as No. 3 House GOP leader

November 3, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence alluded to a potential presidential bid in a statement he issued to his colleagues announcing he will step down as GOP conference chairman.
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New GOP-led House will focus on private-sector job creation

November 3, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
With new control of the Indiana House, Republican lawmakers plan to pursue an agenda focused on encouraging the private sector to create jobs and passing a budget without tax increases.
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