State Agencies

Milder summer weather boosts state park revenue

September 13, 2013
Dan Human
Revenue jumped to $12.3 million during the park system's summer season as cooler temperatures enticed visitors. A price increase this year for annual passes helped line the parks' purse.
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GOP powerbrokers crafted Indiana education policy, emails show

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana education overhaul associated with Tony Bennett and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels actually was crafted in private by a handful of state GOP bigwigs, including Al Hubbard, Mark Miles and Mark Lubbers, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. Elected officials weren't included for months.
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Utility fined for sewage overflow in Geist neighborhood

August 9, 2013
Dan Human
The odor was so strong after the spill in December that residents in the upscale neighborhood called the gas company to report a leak.
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Bennett resigns as Florida education chief after emails reveal grade fix

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Florida's education commissioner resigned Thursday amid allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican donor during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.
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Indiana welfare security breach limited to 64 clients

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
When FSSA revealed the breach a month ago, it said it possibly affected more than 187,000 people, including the Social Security numbers of as many as 3,926 clients who receive food stamps, Medicaid and other welfare benefits.
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Small-business group absorbed by state was ailing

July 20, 2013
Dan Human
Gov. Mike Pence in June signed an executive order that folded a tiny northern Indiana not-for-profit called Partners in Contracting Corp. into a new state Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. What he didn’t say was that Partners in Contracting was in trouble and likely would have folded operations had the state not stepped in.
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Fox59 hopes for ratings bump in Hoosier Lottery drawing deal

July 17, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lottery ping-pong balls will be flying this fall at the studios of WXIN-TV Channel 59, which has secured a contract to air live drawings for the Daily 3 and Daily 4 games.
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BMV to credit drivers overcharged for licenses

July 12, 2013
Associated Press
Irwin Levin, the lawyer who first exposed the alleged $30 million in overcharging in the lawsuit, called Friday's announcement a "political" move designed to gloss over the state's faults.
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Pence moves lottery chief to transportation agency

July 10, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence announced Wednesday that Karl Browning will serve as his new INDOT commissioner.
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Computer glitch leaks personal info of state welfare clients

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana officials say the personal data of welfare clients has been shared with others in a security breach potentially affecting more than 187,000 people.
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Pence taps new workforce innovation adviser

June 26, 2013
Associated Press
Pence announced Tuesday that Jaclyn Dowd will serve as his special assistant for workforce innovation and reform.
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Indiana highway commissioner picked for Purdue job

June 11, 2013
Associated Press
The head of the Indiana Department of Transportation is looking to join former Gov. Mitch Daniels at Purdue University.
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Indiana BMV ends specialty plate talks with 3 groups

May 14, 2013
Associated Press
The BMV stopped negotiations with the Indiana Greenways Foundation, the Indiana 4-H Foundation and the Indiana Youth Group.
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Sewage overflow in Geist prompts state notice to utility

April 18, 2013
Dan Human
A state investigation has turned up possible environmental-rule violations by a Fishers-based utility company related to the sewage overflow last December.
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New Indiana child services chief aims to cut burnout

March 24, 2013
Associated Press
The incoming director of the Indiana Department of Child Services says her goals include figuring out how to reduce caseworker burnout and working with the Legislature to improve the agency's operations and the welfare of children.
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Lawsuit claims BMV overcharged Indiana residents by millions

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
A newly-filed lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles of "systematically" overcharging state residents by tens of millions of dollars for driver's licenses.
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Report: IOSHA loses its teeth as workplace safety watchdog

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The state agency inspects fewer than a third of the businesses it did in the 1980s, issues fines for serious violations that average less than half the national rate and issued violations at a lower rate than the national average the past decade, according to a newspaper report.
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Judge delays start as Indiana child services chief

February 22, 2013
Associated Press
Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura has told Gov. Mike Pence that she needs a few more weeks to wrap up her cases.
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IPL assessed $214,200 penalty in plant explosion

February 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Labor alleges lack of proper safeguards in an August blast that injured two workers at IPL's Harding Street generating station on the southwest side.
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Bill limiting Indiana specialty auto plates advances

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
The state lawmaker trying to overhaul Indiana's specialty auto license plate system said Wednesday he believed a compromise has been reached on changes.
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Defense attorneys turn tough in Bales trial

February 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
The legal team representing real estate broker John M. Bales and partner William E. Spencer haven't called their first witness and already they're putting up a spirited fight as federal prosecutors seek to prove 13 charges including bank, mail and wire fraud.
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Racinos ask permission to use mobile devices for gamblingRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Gaming Commission might allow the use of casino issued iPads for gambling on casino premises.
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Pence names human services chief, ag director

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday named Debra Minott, an attorney with health care regulatory experience, to run the Indiana's human services agency while it implements the looming Medicaid expansion. Pence also named Gina Sheets to lead the Agriculture Department.
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Lawmaker seeks limit on Indiana specialty plates

January 10, 2013
Associated Press
A Republican state lawmaker is reviving the debate over specialty license plates one year after the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles suspended a gay youth group's plates.
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Sensient settles over use of 'popcorn lung' chemical

December 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The locally based flavor maker has agreed to reduce its usage of diacetyl, which had prompted fines from the state. The deal significantly reduces the amount of the penalty—from $325,500 to $99,000.
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