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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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Veteran educator running against Bennett for state postRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Glenda Ritz' opposition to pass-fail tests is fueling her campaign to unseat Tony Bennett as Indiana's education czar.
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Indiana candidates scrap about farm bill failure

August 16, 2012
Associated Press
Congress' failure to pass a farm bill became a top talking point for Indiana candidates this week as Hoosier farmers continue to suffer through the worst drought in decades.
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Lieutenant governor candidates debate farm issues

August 15, 2012
Associated Press
The three candidates for Indiana lieutenant governor are talking about supporting Indiana's rural communities with strategies ranging from building better roads to improving health care.
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Hoosier politicians offer tax cuts for all stripes

August 12, 2012
Associated Press
Hoosiers have a pick of candidates looking to succeed Gov. Mitch Daniels who are ready to slash their taxes for them.
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Ethics rulings say Daniels can lobby for Purdue

August 11, 2012
Associated Press
Two state ethics rulings have concluded that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels can lobby the state Legislature for university funding and other matters once he becomes Purdue University's president next year.
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Indiana agencies drawing right-to-work rulesRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
The new law is only the latest to hit unions with broadsides.
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Tourism agency names ISO exec as interim director

August 10, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has named Mark Newman as interim executive director, replacing Amy Vaughan, who had led the tourism agency since 2005.
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Pence wants more farm promotion, technology

August 7, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence's Republican running mate, lieutenant governor nominee Sue Ellspermann, said Tuesday the state should do more to promote Indiana farm exports. She's also calling for a joint venture in developing new agriculture technology.
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Daniels still waiting on lobbying decision

August 4, 2012
Associated Press
Questions remain whether Indiana's governor will be covered by the state's "revolving door" law when he becomes president of Purdue University. State ethics rules require a one year cool-down period for public officials after leaving office, preventing them from working as lobbyists.
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Daniels seeks candidate input on health exchange

August 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels asked the three gubernatorial candidates this week for their input as he decides whether to establish a state health insurance exchange.
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Pence seeks tax cut; Gregg equal pay for women

July 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana gubernatorial candidates John Gregg and Mike Pence both want to help working Hoosiers, but on Tuesday proposed different ways to do it.
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State pensions' strategy shift causes manager fees to riseRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $25.3 billion Indiana Public Retirement System is in the midst of hiring managers to carry out a strategy where more money will be in hedge funds, private equity and real estate than stocks.
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Bennett rakes in record cash in education raceRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Reform-minded Superintendent of Public Instruction draws contributions from across the country.
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State fair exec shadowed by tragedy

July 27, 2012
Associated Press
Cindy Hoye's life has revolved around fairs since she was a child growing up just 10 minutes from the Indiana State Fairgrounds, but for the past year, that lifelong love has been tainted by tragedy.
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Indiana House Dems boot Bauer, install Lawson as leader

July 26, 2012
Associated Press
Members of the state's Democratic caucus voted to replace longtime leader Rep. Patrick Bauer on Thursday amid criticism over how he's handled campaign fundraising and spending heading into the November elections. Rep. Linda Lawson of Hammond was chosen as his replacement.
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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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Audit of $526M in state tax errors could take months

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
Representatives of the accounting firm Deloitte told Indiana budget leaders their assessment of what needs to be audited could last through August. The audit itself could take months longer after that.
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Bauer says he won't resign, urges Democratic unity

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer held a Statehouse news conference Wednesday amid reports his caucus would meet Thursday in Lafayette to vote to remove him as its leader.
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$63M fairgrounds Coliseum project to include new arena

July 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
State Fair Commission Chairman Andre Lacy said the new venue will keep youth hockey games and horse shows going while the Coliseum hosts concerts and other events.
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Republicans open fire on Gregg in race for governor

July 24, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Republicans opened a line of attack on Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg on Tuesday with the argument that he spent too much of the state's money during his time in the General Assembly.
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Indiana lawmaker seeks to close voucher law loophole

July 24, 2012
Associated Press
A state lawmaker plans to sponsor a bill seeking to close a loophole that bars the children of some military families from taking part in Indiana's school voucher program.
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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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Indiana can't collect on IBM welfare lawsuit, judge rules

July 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana cannot collect millions of dollars it claims IBM owed after its efforts to overhaul the state's welfare system failed, and the computer giant is entitled to payment for equipment the state kept, a judge said in a Wednesday ruling that condemned both sides.
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