State Agencies

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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Pence taps banker Alley to stay in administration post

December 5, 2012
Former bank executive Mike Alley will continue in his position as commissioner of Indiana’s Department of Revenue under Gov.-elect Mike Pence. Pence also announced two more cabinet appointments.
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State health commissioner returning to private sector

November 29, 2012
Dr. Gregory N. Larkin, appointed commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2010, will leave his position in January to become medical director of OurHealth, an employer on-site clinic company.
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Budget-writing Indiana lawmakers hear from agencies

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's budget picture is slowly taking shape, but the big questions about tax collections, tax cuts and how much will be spent on education remain to be seen.
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Lawmakers propose DCS hotline changes, new panels

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers reviewing the embattled Department of Child Services voted Tuesday to localize more decisions on when to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect and set up a permanent oversight committee at the Statehouse.
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Critics say grades for schools too complex to understand

October 27, 2012
Associated Press
Public schools around Indiana will learn their final grades next week under a ranking system using new rules that critics say are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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Not-for-profits urge lawmakers not to kill plates

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers from not-for-profit groups urged Indiana lawmakers Wednesday not to kill the sales of specialty license plates that raise some of their funding.
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Illinois lottery superintendent says Indiana taking flawed path

August 18, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Illinois Lottery is not a model Indiana should follow in seeking a private manager to boost revenue, according to Illinois’ own lottery chief. Hoosier Lottery officials say they’ve taken steps to avoid the problems Illinois had with its privatization contract, but several key elements of the process mirror Illinois'.
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Violations persist after fatality at Shelbyville glass factory

August 18, 2012
Dan Human
A Shelbyville glass factory has had almost two years to address safety violations resulting from a worker’s death, but the state says the plant still has a lot of the same problems. Pilkington North America faces $150,000 in fines after an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection in March and April.
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Agency blames caseworker turnover on pay, scrutiny

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's Department of Child Services on Wednesday blamed a combination of low pay and job stress stemming from media coverage of the agency for an increasing turnover rate among child caseworkers.
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Lottery could expand to grow state's take

July 21, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $791 million Hoosier Lottery threw open bidding July 11 for a 10-year contract on marketing, sales and distribution services. The lottery wants to be among the fastest-growing in the country, and it’s looking to the gambling industry to help it reach that goal.
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State scrubs contractor-financing plan for U.S. 31Restricted Content

June 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
INDOT still plans to complete project three years sooner with traditional financing.
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Martin prevails in appeal of ruling that banned him from horse tracksRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Industry stalwart prevails in fight against Indiana Horse Racing Commission, which found that he had participated in racing and wagering activities without a license.
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Indiana struggling to distribute foreclosure aid fundsRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
The $182 million awarded to the state by the federal government was based on the unemployment rate, which is falling.
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Indiana agency restoring $10M for child services

May 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's child protection agency is restoring about $10 million in funding to boost in-home programs and services, three years after asking providers of those services to cut their rates by 10 percent.
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Federal suit intensifies horse-racing dispute

April 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Former car dealer Ed Martin Jr., already banned from state horse racing tracks, is accusing the Indiana Horse Racing Commission of violating his civil rights and trespassing on his Florida thoroughbred farm during an investigation it launched against him.
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Court: Indiana can't deny welfare without reason

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court said Thursday that the state Family and Social Services Administration can't deny Medicaid, food stamps or welfare to people without first doing a better job of telling them why.
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Officials steered lease deal to BalesRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
State officials in 2005 vowed to run a competitive process to select a private firm to handle real estate leasing for public agencies, but a 20-page request for services to more than 400 potential bidders was a sham, according to three people with knowledge of the process.
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IT upgrade for state dogged by delaysRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Francesca Jarosz
The state missed a Dec. 15 deadline to complete a complicated technology overhaul of its unemployment insurance system—the latest in a series of delays that have added years to the project and led to more than $18 million in cost overruns.
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Sales of Colts license plates wanesRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The number of people ordering the specialty tags declined after the team started losing.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

December 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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