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U.S. Senate sends massive farm bill to Obama

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast.
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Mass-transit bill slips through Senate with changes

February 4, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Senate passed a mass transit bill 28-20 on Tuesday that’s meant to give central Indiana residents authority to impose new taxes to pay for an expanded bus system for the region.
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City committee again delays vote on MSA tower’s financing

February 4, 2014
Scott Olson
Members of the Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee said they needed more information on Flaherty & Collins' proposed $81 million high-rise project on the former Market Square Arena site.
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Indiana Senate OKs bill targeting efficiency program

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
The measure would allow industries that are Indiana's biggest energy users to pull out of the Energizing Indiana program, which provides energy-efficiency assessments and tips for saving energy and lowering utility bills.
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U.S. venture gathers drugmakers to take on major diseases

February 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., Pfizer Inc. and eight other large drugmakers will partner with the U.S. government in a $230 million effort to identify new approaches to treat Alzheimer’s, diabetes, lupus and arthritis.
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Statehouse update: Teacher evaluations, Christmas, meth disclosure, more

February 4, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Indiana lawmakers made decisions on a number of bills Monday at the Statehouse, including legislation involving hunting and fishing, home health care, cardiac arrest and more.
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Bill to free $400M for highways passed by House

February 3, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1002 transfers the balance of the Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund to the state highway fund before July 1, 2015. The legislation received support from both parties and passed 91-2.
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House sends Indiana winery bill to Senate

February 3, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
HB 1387 would allow wineries to sell 5,000 gallons per year to retailers located within the same county as the winery or in neighboring counties.
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Senate sends hemp-production bill to House for debate

February 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass legislation that would legalize the farming and production of industrial hemp in Indiana.
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House lawmakers advance pair of Pence measures

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
The House voted in favor of measures increasing personal income tax exemptions and establishing an adoption tax credit. Both measures won broad bipartisan support.
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Indy political, business leader Beurt SerVaas dies at 94

February 3, 2014
SerVaas was elected to the City-County Council in 1962 and served for more than 40 years, including 27 as council president. He was one of the architects of Unigov, the consolidated city-county government plan credited with revitalizing Indianapolis.
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Airport site identified as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex

February 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
An airport location and the former GM metal-stamping property near downtown are the top two sites listed for a Marion County jails-courts complex in a market survey of 14 potential sites conducted for the city by real estate services firm CBRE.
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Privacy protection bill passed in Indiana House

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would restrict law-enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted mobile phone searches has cleared the Indiana House.
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Sheriff's challengers prepare for high-profile political fight

February 3, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Sheriff John Layton faces heavy criticism from two challengers, Republican Emmitt Carney and Democrat Mark Brown.
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Indiana plans $75M push to demolish abandoned homes

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced the initiative Monday at the Statehouse. She said knocking down blighted and abandoned homes will help maintain property values and cut down on crime.
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Privacy protection bill up for Indiana House vote

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would restrict law enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted cellphone searches is up for a vote before Indiana lawmakers.
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Lawmakers begin to shift focus beyond HJR 3Restricted Content

February 1, 2014
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Tree trimmer must pay $140,000 to consumers for shoddy work

January 31, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana attorney general's office said Thursday that Spaulding's Tree Experts of Indianapolis contracted with three older people—two with dementia—but provided inadequate work.
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Locals to get $25M from highway bill, under House changes

January 31, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Indiana communities could get a sliver of the $400 million proposed for state highway projects, under an amendment from the Indiana House on Thursday.
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Statehouse update: Wine sales, cell-phone searches, historic tax credits, concussion safety, more

January 30, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Numerous bills were weighed Thursday at the Indiana Statehouse. Here's a rundown.
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House, Senate OK corporate tax plans despite protests

January 30, 2014
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
The House and Senate easily approved separate bills Thursday to reduce the business property taxes just hours after local government officials from across the state joined to protest the legislation.
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Senate passes bill allowing state fair alcohol sales

January 30, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 168 would allow Indiana breweries and wineries to sell their beverages in a designated area. Those under 21 would not be allowed into the barred off section.
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Committee pushes gambling discussion to summer

January 30, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
A Senate bill that would give the state's riverboat casinos tax breaks and authorize table gambling in racinos was sent to a summer study committee Wednesday.
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Speedway stores cited for beer sales on Christmas

January 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Excise Police have cited 109 Speedway convenience stores in Indiana, accusing them of illegally selling beer on Christmas.
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Statehouse update: School safety, Common Core, teacher incentives, abortion and more

January 30, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
State lawmakers on Wednesday weighed in on legislation involving mobile-phone snooping, education issues, abortion restrictions, sex trafficking, guns, abandoned houses, veteran injuries and several more topics. Here's a rundown.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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