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County commissioner pushes to invalidate I-69 vote

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Monroe County commissioner is pushing to invalidate a Bloomington planning panel's vote that added a contentious section of the Indianapolis-to-Evansville Interstate 69 extension to the group's local highway plan.
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State unemployment rate dips to 8.7 percent

March 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in January as the state added 13,000 private-sector jobs, the largest monthly increase in more than a year.
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Minor Indiana school reforms find last-minute success

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers signed off on minor school changes at the close of the 2012 session while reining in broader efforts sought by state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett.
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Indiana legislators approve smoking restrictions

March 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has narrowly approved a statewide smoking ban proposal, sending it to the governor for his expected signature into law. The ban exempts Indiana's bars, casinos and private clubs such as veterans and fraternal organizations.
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Indiana House approves statewide smoking-ban bill

March 8, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted Thursday night to approve a statewide smoking ban bill, setting up a vote Friday in the state Senate on whether the restrictions will be on their way to becoming law.
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Still no decisions on Indiana smoking, police-entry bills

March 7, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators finished work Wednesday without an agreement yet on just how comprehensive a statewide smoking ban they might adopt and without the support of a major police group for a proposal laying out when residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.
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Indiana tax revenues concern Senate budget leader

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate's budget leader says a two-month shortfall in state tax revenues won't threaten plans for directing more money toward full-day kindergarten programs and victims of the state fair stage collapse.
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Fixes to historic preservation tax credits may have to wait

March 6, 2012
Cory Schouten
Fixes to the state's historic preservation tax credit program pushed by Indiana Landmarks may have to wait another year after the Indiana Senate put the brakes on a bill that garnered unanimous support from the Indiana House.
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Talks continue on Indiana tax, spending plans

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are working toward final agreement on several tax and spending issues in the last days of this year's legislative session.
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Indiana tax collections below target for 2nd month

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
Figures released Monday by the State Budget Agency show tax revenues for February came in less than expected by nearly $29 million, or about 4 percent. That follows a shortfall of about 3.5 percent for January.
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Talks start on Indiana smoking-ban compromise

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators began negotiations Monday toward a compromise on proposed statewide smoking restrictions, with a leading supporter of a comprehensive ban saying the bill shouldn't prevent cities and counties from adopting tougher ordinances.
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Ohio River bridge plan calls for tolls on 3 spans

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
The governors of Indiana and Kentucky on Monday agreed to use tolls to pay for two new Ohio River bridges and a revamped Interstate 65 bridge over the river, all in the Louisville metropolitan area.
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Indiana retailers face penalties over 'bath salts'

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House has given final legislative approval to a proposal toughening state laws that prohibit businesses from selling synthetic stimulants nicknamed "bath salts" or other drugs that mimic marijuana.
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Bill for alcohol amnesty law goes to governor

March 2, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators have approved changing Indiana law to shield people from arrest on alcohol charges if they seek out medical help for someone who is intoxicated.
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Fight over tuition for immigrants derails bill

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators fearing a backlash from conservatives scuttled an expansive education proposal this week after it was amended to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants already enrolled in state schools.
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Wallace ends Indiana governor bid after ballot denial

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis businessman Jim Wallace has ended his longshot bid for the Republican nomination for governor after being denied a spot on the ballot.
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Bill requiring stage inspections heads to governor

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 41-5 Thursday in favor of the bill giving the state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission the power to regulate stages and other temporary structures.
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Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
For all the bluster a statewide smoking ban sparked at the beginning of the 2012 legislative session, the version Indiana lawmakers may end up approving seems little more than a wisp of smoke.
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Indiana senators approve state fair, education money

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
State senators allocated more state money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and full-day kindergarten as part of a broad spending plan approved Wednesday.
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State Supreme Court hears arguments in White case

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Supreme Court justices peppered attorneys with questions Wednesday during arguments to determine whether ousted Secretary of State Charlie White was ever a legal candidate for the office, and who gets to appoint his successor.
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UPDATE: Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a severely weakened smoking ban with exemptions for bars, casinos, tobacco stores and many other businesses.
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Indiana House votes to phase out inheritance tax

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a 10-year phase-out of the state's inheritance tax that now brings in about $160 million a year.
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Indiana Senate exempts bars from smoking ban

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Bars would be exempt from a proposed statewide smoking ban under a change approved by the Indiana Senate.
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Union seeks restraining order on right-to-work law

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
A union seeking to block Indiana's new right-to-work law is asking a federal judge to issue an emergency temporary restraining order to keep the state from enforcing the law.
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Senate considers changes to state smoking-ban bill

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators are ready to begin tinkering with a proposal to ban smoking statewide in some private establishments.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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