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GOP senator plans bill decriminalizing pot possession

September 20, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said he'll introduce legislation in the 2013 legislative session that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana an infraction, rather than a criminal offense.
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Daniels' health care team says answers pending

September 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' team of federal health care overhaul leaders told state lawmakers Wednesday that even without clear answers on the new law, it will cost the state hundreds of millions more in the coming years.
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GOP's Pence promotes marriage to curb poverty

September 18, 2012
Associated Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence said Tuesday that marriage is the best route for breaking children out of the cycle of poverty and called on regulators to think about whether policies promote or dissuade marriage.
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Lawmaker wants review of specialty plate proceeds

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
More oversight of Indiana's specialty license plates is needed to ensure that the groups who benefit spend the money appropriately, according to the chairman of a legislative panel reviewing the plates.
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Study: Indiana tax code discourages small businesses

September 15, 2012
Associated Press
A new study of Indiana's business tax structure suggests the state's tax code discourages the small, home-grown businesses often considered the engines of job creation.
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Pence seeks family analyses; Gregg proposes tax credits

September 12, 2012
Associated Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence gave a hint Wednesday at what social issues he would push for as governor, while Democrat John Gregg called for a new tax credit he claims would help companies return jobs from overseas.
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Answers on $526M in tax mistakes expected in December

September 10, 2012
Associated Press
Auditors reviewing $526 million in tax errors made by Indiana's tax collection agency said Monday they will investigate whether state employees are knowledgeable enough to track tax collections and whether the state has adequate internal controls to guard against future errors.
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Ex-elections chief seeks relief for convictions

September 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal by ousted Secretary of State Charlie White so he can seek relief from the judge who presided over his vote fraud trial.
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Foreign companies drop bids to run Indiana lottery

September 6, 2012
Associated Press
Two foreign companies have dropped out of the bidding to become the first private manager of Indiana's lottery, with one charging the state's process encourages bidders to set expected revenue levels too high.
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Indiana legislators want to defend immigration law

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Three state senators say Indiana's attorney general effectively nullified their votes when he opted not to defend sections of a state immigration law he said were rendered invalid when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar sections of an Arizona law.
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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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Indiana's tax revenue down slightly in August

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Figures released Wednesday by the State Budget Agency show August's tax revenue came in at about $948 million, or 1.7 percent below projections.
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Daniels says he didn't seek Purdue office upgrades

September 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he never asked Purdue University to spruce up the president's office before he takes over the university's helm in January.
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Pence seeks cheap energy, new nuclear reactors

August 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence is calling for more innovation on energy sources, improved transmission infrastructure and a renewed focus on nuclear energy.
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Some see troubles with Indiana's second-chance law

August 24, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are discovering there are challenges in implementing a new state law designed to give people a chance to have old low-level criminal conviction records sealed by a judge.
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Indiana governor hopefuls talk education, infrastructure

August 21, 2012
Associated Press
Despite their political differences, the three men running for Indiana governor outlined similar outlooks for running the state during a forum Tuesday, from proposing improved job training to imposing tax cuts. But which taxes should be cut and when highlighted their differences.
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Pence asks Daniels to deny state-run exchange

August 21, 2012
Associated Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence is asking Gov. Mitch Daniels to reject a state-run health insurance exchange called for by the federal health care law.
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Bell Techlogix plans local expansion, 204 jobs

August 20, 2012
The provider of information technology services said it will lease, equip and renovate part of a 100,000-square-foot facility on the city's northwest side as part of the $1.4 million expansion. Bell has about 450 employees in the metropolitan area.
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GOP govs: Not enough Medicaid 'flexibility'

August 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Obama administration is giving states like Indiana a little flexibility in how to expand their Medicaid programs—but nothing like what state officials hoped for after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the law in late June.
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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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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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