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Indiana asks tollway firm to prove financial stability

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
The state agency that oversees the Indiana Toll Road has given the highway's debt-saddled private operator until late November to prove that it's meeting its debt obligations.
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Caterpillar chief: Indiana growing more competitive

September 16, 2014
Norm Heikens
CEO Doug Oberhelman said Tuesday that government overhauls and an aggressive economic development policy have made the state among the most attractive for investment.
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BMV announces overcharges of about $29 million

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced about 180,000 people will be getting excise tax refunds because their vehicles were improperly classified during registration over the past decade.
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Indiana reports increase in 2013 workplace deaths

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Labor Department reports there were 123 worker deaths last year, up from 115 a year earlier but still the third-lowest number in the past 22 years.
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Sheriffs: Mentally ill people swamping Indiana jails

September 15, 2014
Associated Press
County jails have become the "insane asylum" for Indiana as state hospital care for the mentally ill has declined, a sheriff told a legislative committee in Indianapolis on Monday.
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S&P report: Stagnant incomes threaten Indiana revenues

September 15, 2014
Associated Press
Sales tax is Indiana's largest source of revenue. But it is tied to consumer spending, and Americans have become increasingly reluctant to spend as median incomes have remained virtually stagnant over the past 30 years.
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DCS struggles to keep accurate caseload tally

September 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana has hired more case workers to keep track of its most vulnerable residents. But complaints about overwork continue to surface as the state battles questions about the accuracy of data on caseloads.
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Legislators to reconsider aid for struggling casinos

September 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana legislators were lukewarm to assistance for casinos in 2013, but two years of declining revenue and new leadership on the issue could change their minds.
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Data deluge prompts teacher colleges to extend training after graduation

September 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
Rattled by new state teacher ratings, the colleges hope to avoid black eyes, themselves.
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State expands program excusing some workplaces from surprise inspections

September 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cited for lax enforcement in the past, Indiana’s workplace safety agency wants to recruit more companies into an honor-system program that takes them off the list for surprise inspections.
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Bayh says no to 2016 run for Indiana governor

September 12, 2014
Associated Press
Former Gov. Evan Bayh said Friday in a written statement that he has decided not to run for governor in 2016, after seriously considering it.
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Indiana auditor posts state assets online

September 11, 2014
Associated Press
The new online tool includes everything from state buildings to vehicles valued at $500 or more.
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Pence says pricey new program will save money

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence unveiled a new government management program Tuesday, one that he promised will improve efficiency and save the state money in the long run but that comes with a hefty price tag.
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Indiana appeals marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

September 9, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an appeal on Tuesday, asking the justices to overturn last week’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that declared Indiana’s marriage law unconstitutional.
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U.S.-Japan group calls for finishing trade pact

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
Government officials from the United States and Japan called Monday for completion of an international trade agreement that they said would strengthen ties between the two allies and help both countries recover from their own economic struggles.
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Court order keeps suspension of vanity plate sales

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court says the Bureau of Motor Vehicles can continue suspending sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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Pence, other governors meet with Japanese trade officials

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
This year's goal for the Midwest U.S-Japan Association is to find opportunities for the Midwest's environmental, health and wellness sectors as the population of Japan and the U.S. states age.
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Pence's pivot to the middle annoys far-right base

September 7, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Many in GOP circles are keeping close watch on the first-term governor, especially those on the far right who are showing signs of disillusionment.
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Indiana works to avoid record-low election turnout

September 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's top elections official and leaders of both political parties are turning to traditional and social media and door-to-door visits in hopes of getting more residents to vote in the November general election.
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Beer distributor Monarch stepping up booze push

September 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a campaign to enter the hard liquor business, Monarch Beverage Co. is pursuing a new tactic that takes aim at state regulators. Indiana’s largest beer distributor has accused the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission of letting politics influence its decisions.
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Obamacare tax rule that split appeals courts gets rehearing

September 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
The full U.S. Court of Appeals will rehear a case on Obamacare tax subsidies, granting a government request in a move that may reduce chances of a new Supreme Court showdown over a central part of the law.
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Ex-Indiana Secretary of State White gets Internet show

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White might have been convicted of voter fraud, but he's getting his own Internet radio talk show.
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Indiana blocks $78 million in wrongful tax refunds

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The state Department of Revenue says a special investigations unit discovered more than 39,000 returns relying on identity theft to falsely claim $39 million.
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UPDATE: Appeals court upholds state's right-to-work law

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
The split decision from a three-judge federal panel in Chicago leaves the matter with the Indiana Supreme Court, which is set to hear oral arguments later this week.
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Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's gay marriage ban in the Constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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