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Compromise elusive on Indiana sentencing changes

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana legislator trying to find a compromise on a plan that Gov. Mitch Daniels originally pushed to help stem the state's prison costs seems to still have work ahead.
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Indiana Senate panel votes down proposed smoking ban

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday against the bill that had exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes.
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Durham ordered to be held at halfway house for 7 days

April 6, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal magistrate on Wednesday ordered indicted financier Tim Durham held at a halfway house for seven days until he can provide a better accounting of his finances. The magistrate said "money means flight."
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Tax caps lead to painful budget cuts in some counties

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana homeowners and businesses have seen their tax bills cut by more than $655 million since the General Assembly approved property tax caps in 2008. But the savings have been tough for some local governments.
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Marian to delay med school opening until fall 2013

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis university originally hoped to open state's second medical school in fall 2012, but that time line proved too aggressive.
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Residential developer declares bankruptcy

April 6, 2011
Scott Olson
John Swinehart, a former executive of Bruce Gunstra Builders Inc. who was involved in the Monon on Main project in Carmel, is seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. He lists liabilities of $8.3 million.
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Women's Final Four crowds smallest since 1990s

April 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis was a near-sellout, but it was the smallest crowd to see the title game since 1997.
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Judge to hear argument in White election challenge

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
A Marion County judge is set on Wednesday to weigh whether Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is legally qualified to serve in the office to which he was elected in November.
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Ruth Lilly estate donates $10.7M to Indiana University

April 6, 2011
Indiana University will receive donations totaling $10.7 million from the estate of late philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the university announced Wednesday morning.
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Durham set for afternoon federal court date

April 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former Indiana businessman Timothy Durham, 48, who is accused in a $200 million fraud scheme, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Indianapolis on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
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Doc groups play up economic impact

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Physicians are regarded as smart, successful and helpful when you’re sick—but not usually as a big driver of the economy. Now, however, physician trade groups are arguing that docs are good for business too.
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Medicare rules hammer hospitals, docs

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Being an accountable care organization will be the major leagues of health care after the federal Medicare program set a high bar for the new kind of doctor-hospital organization.
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Judge gives probation to three men for water violations

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker sentenced 61-year-old Michael R. Milem of Carmel, 44-year-old Mark R. Snow of Brazil and Joseph T. Biggio, 51, of Illinois after accepting their guilty pleas for violating the Federal Clean Water Act.
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Indiana judge dismisses lawsuit over forfeiture funds

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
An Indianapolis judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that accused 78 county prosecutors of breaking the law by not turning over assets seized from criminals to a state school fund.
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Indiana lawmakers OK hotel sites for casino tourneys

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's casinos would be allowed to hold card tournaments at hotels or other sites on their properties under a proposal that has cleared the state Legislature.
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Fate up in air for proposed Indiana smoking ban

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
The fate of a proposed statewide smoking ban in the state Legislature is uncertain, with anti-smoking advocates keeping up their push for restrictions that are tougher than some lawmakers think can win approval.
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House committee nixes changes to Indiana scholarships

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
A proposal to tighten requirements for Indiana's popular 21st Century Scholars program for low-income students is in limbo after a legislative committee removed it from a package of revisions to college financial aid programs.
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Condo sales lag in hot downtown apartment market

April 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
New apartment projects carrying premium rents are popping up all over downtown, but the strong demand for urban living isn't providing much of a boost for the condo market.
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Hardware store slated for Meridian Street building

April 5, 2011
Scott Olson
City grants approval Tuesday morning for the reuse of Meridian Street building that WFYI vacated in May 2008.
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Bioanalytical researcher seeking abatement for new lab

April 5, 2011
Scott Olson
Advion, a provider of bioanalytical research and a subsidiary of Ithaca, N.Y.-based Advion BioSciences Inc., is expected to open the 22,000-square-foot lab in mid-May with 49 employees, according to the company's application.
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UIndy to add dorm for upperclassmen

April 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With enrollment surging in recent years, the University of Indianapolis finds itself needing new dorm space. The private college will build a $10 million, 200-student residence hall on the south edge of its campus.
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Final Four crowds show women still catching up

April 5, 2011
Sean Morrison
Despite having an in-state basketball team in the women's NCAA Final Four and only 18,500 seats to fill, attendance at Conseco Fieldhouse was sparse Sunday for the semifinal round, with a total of 16,421 attending the two-game session.
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Cummins Inc. plans to add 2,500 new jobs in U.S.

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
The Columbus-based engine manufacturer says it is hiring across the board to meet strong demand worldwide and in anticipation of an economic recovery.
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Indiana Senate panel sets vote on smoking ban

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday. Amendments won't be allowed to the bill that currently includes exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes.
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IPS says it will lay off more than 300 employees

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools notified employees last week during spring break that they will begin cutting 271 teaching positions and 37 non-teaching positions to trim its $20 million budget deficit.
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