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Post office still seeking rate hike for 2011

October 22, 2010
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service had asked for a 2-cent increase in the current 44-cent price for First Class stamps starting in January, but was denied by regulators. It plans to appeal.
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Indiana agency paying law firm $5.25M to sue IBM

October 20, 2010
Associated Press
Barnes & Thornburg of Indianapolis was hired despite several conflicts of interest arising from the fact that it also represents former IBM partners involved in the welfare deal.
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State getting $25M to clean up old GM sites

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana will benefit from a $25.2 million environmental trust established to clean up and redevelop eight former General Motors plants throughout the state, officials said Wednesday.
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City rolls out revised parking-meter deal

October 20, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City would reap more cash in the long run and get more flexibility to alter the deal if necessary, but the controversial 50-year term of the contract remains.
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Demolition begins on vacant Speedway motel

October 18, 2010
Scott Olson
The former Budget Inn property near Interstate 465 on the west side of Speedway has been the site of 40 police runs over the past six months.
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Presidential hopefuls Daniels, Pence reflect two sides of GOP

October 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
If Gov. Mitch Daniels and U.S. Rep. Mike Pence become presidential candidates, through them Indiana will represent something of a microcosm of the national Republican Party and its philosophical wings.
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Indianapolis wins state "Green Community of the Year" award

October 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard has unveiled a number of green initiatives, ranging from widespread use of hybrid vehicles to making the City-County Building more energy-efficient.
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Indiana loans for jobless to hit businesses Jan. 1

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
The state will begin paying millions of dollars in penalties and interest to the federal government next year because it has borrowed nearly $2 billion to pay for jobless benefits.
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FSSA secretary gets green light to take new job

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy can take a private-sector job helping a hospital network cope with the federal health care overhaul she opposed as a public official, the state ethics commission said Thursday.
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Rokita to politicians: Careful with donations from union

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Secretary of state warns candidates that if he prevails in court, his securities division staff will pursue any money the candidates received from the Indiana State Teachers Association's political action committee.
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CIB budget could face rough ride in council

October 11, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Some City-County Council members are skeptical of the Capital Improvement Board's spending plan for 2011 that includes $10 million for the privately operated Indiana Pacers.
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HICKS: Getting a driver's license in five not-so-easy steps

October 9, 2010
Mike Hicks
He had been previously licensed to drive an M1 Tank and various smaller-tracked and -wheeled vehicles. Obtaining an Indiana license, he thought, would be easy. It was not.
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Ailing library eyes new funding source

October 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A state lawmaker is pushing for a law that would allow Indianapolis’ public library system to get a share of local income taxes. But some already are balking at the concept, saying it would divert money from other agencies that need it.
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Ruling cuts $42M award for state workers seeking back pay

October 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An appeals court said union workers were eligible for just a couple of months of back pay, rather than for 20 years of back pay.
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Jobless rate holds steady after wave of government layoffs

October 8, 2010
Associated Press
The nation's jobless rate has topped 9.5 percent for 14 straight months, the longest stretch since the 1930s.
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BMV commissioner resigns following arrest

October 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
State Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Andrew J. Miller resigned Thursday, the day after he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in a public restroom in downtown Indianapolis.
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Election could give GOP control of state policy decisions

October 7, 2010
Mary Dieter
With a Republican tide predicted to wash over the country in next month’s election, there is a very real chance that the Indiana House will be dominated by the GOP for the first time since 2005-06, putting virtually all policy-setting responsibilities in Indiana in one party’s hands.
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Regulators postpone Duke hearing amid scandal

October 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission canceled a hearing set for Thursday on Duke Energy Corp.'s controversial Edwardsport power plant amid a conflict-of-interest scandal that cost the agency's chief his job.
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Indiana's August revenue up 8.4 percent from year ago

October 5, 2010
Associated Press
The state Budget Agency reported Friday that Indiana collected $938 million in August. That's $51 million above the most recent forecast, but still $2 million less than projected in the budget lawmakers passed in early 2009.
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Duke Energy puts local CEO on leave amid state probe

October 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Duke Energy Corp. placed Mike Reed, CEO of its Indiana operations, on administrative leave Tuesday afternoon amid a state investigation that involves the company and resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Indiana utilities commissioner fired after ethics probe

October 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Daniels administration alleges Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy knew an administrative law judge was talking with Duke Energy Corp. about a job even as he presided over a Duke case.
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Federal audit knocks state's safety, health program

October 4, 2010
Scott Olson
The report from the U.S. Department of Labor raises concerns over whether Indiana's Occupational Safety and Health program is properly funded and staffed. Overall, the report provided 45 recommendations to improve procedures within the program.
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Health reform forces providers, insurers to lay aside rivalriesRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In this new age of health care, ushered in by President Obama’s signing in March of a sweeping health care reform law, health care players are encouraged to remove the gloves if they want to reap the benefits of reform.
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Reform will boost health care costs, Indianapolis panel predicts

October 2, 2010
Health care
                           watch videoRising costs aren't the only impact of reform, say panelists taking part in a Power Breakfast sponsored by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Hudnut joins D.C. office of local lobbying firm

October 1, 2010
Hudnut will represent clients in federal government matters for Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, an Indianapolis-based lobbying firm. The former four-term Indianapolis mayor served the city from 1976 to 1992.
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