State Government

Ex-Democratic official charged in ballot petition forgery

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
A former Democratic Party county chairman in northern Indiana has been charged with leading a scheme to forge signatures on petitions to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the state's 2008 presidential primary ballot.
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Firm to reimburse vehicle owners for illegal towing

March 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Interstate/Delaware and South Towing will pay about $80,000 to owners of more than 300 vehicles unlawfully towed from the Indiana Avenue parking lot under an agreement reached with the city prosecutor.
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Judge rejects some of Indiana's claims against IBM

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
The core issue in a dispute over a project to modernize Indiana's welfare system — whether IBM breached the billion-dollar contract — wasn't addressed when a judge dismissed 17 of the state's claims against the computer giant, an attorney for the state said Monday.
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Judge tosses claim that IBM misled to land state contract

March 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Marion County Superior Court Judge David J. Dreyer on Sunday dismissed the state's claim that IBM knowingly or intentionally provided false information to the Family and Social Services Agency in order to obtain a contract with the agency.
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Libertarians pick Boneham to run for governor

March 24, 2012
Associated Press
Former television reality show star Rupert Boneham has been selected as the Libertarian Party's candidate for Indiana governor.
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Education reform on legislators' hot seatRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Key parts of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s education reforms will be put under a miscroscope this summer by a special commission of state legislators.
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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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State launches grant program aimed at tourism

March 22, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman says the $400,000 initiative will help draw visitors and have a "lasting impact" on Indiana's towns and cities.
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Gay-youth advocacy to fight for Indiana plate's return

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana gay-youth advocacy group said it will seek legal help and fight to keep its specialty license plate despite opposition from lawmakers and conservative activists.
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Governor signs bill regarding residents resisting police

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a bill laying out when Indiana residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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Daniels signs public access, nepotism bills

March 19, 2012
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is toughening penalties for public access violations and cracking down on nepotism in local government.
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Colleges ramp up Statehouse media coverageRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Student-reporting programs at Franklin College, Butler University aid cash-strapped newspapers statewide.
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COLVIN: Get ready for a perfect storm in Worker's Compensation

March 17, 2012
Ryan Colvin / Special to IBJ
Rates are set to rise as insurers increasingly note the link between older workers' health and productivity.
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Legislative assistants keep wheels of state government turningRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
State lawmakers finished their work in Indianapolis this month, but the end of the 2012 General Assembly signaled the beginning of crunch time for a full-time staff charged with sorting out what happened during the contentious short session.
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Next Purdue chief must cut costs but boost researchRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
The successor to France Cordova, who is stepping down this summer when her contract expires, will have to tip-toe between two almost contradictory demands: Cut costs for students yet spend more to ramp up Purdue’s research enterprise.
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How key bills fared during 2012 Indiana legislative sessionRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Right-to-work, smoking ban were only two of a long list of actions taken.
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Daniels names longtime state senator as secretary of state

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana state Sen. Connie Lawson will replace ousted Secretary of State Charlie White as Indiana's top elections official.
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Pence starts Indiana tour, has promised policy ideas

March 14, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence was set to begin a statewide "listening" tour as Hoosiers wait to hear more specific ideas from the Republican gubernatorial hopeful.
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Indiana says it can't afford to add seat belts to buses

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A state education official said Monday's accident was the first fatality of a school-age child riding or getting on or off an Indiana school bus since 2009.
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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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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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