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Leaders await decision on Indiana Plan expansion

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
Two of the state's top Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they would like to see the federal government sign off on an expansion of Medicaid through the state's health care plan for low-income residents.
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Education officials release draft of academic standards

April 15, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The proposed standards for grades K-12 combine elements of Common Core, previous Indiana guidelines and recommendations from outside organizations. State law requires standards be approved before July 1 for use in the 2014-15 school year.
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Lieutenant governor hires ex-lawmaker as liaison

April 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's lieutenant governor, a Republican, has chosen a former Democratic state legislator as her liaison to local government officials.
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Kokomo, like Indy, trying to sway suburbanites to move inRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Greg Andrews
The mayors of Indy and Kokomo in late February gave remarkably similar state-of-the-city addresses, both focusing on the need to make their communities more desirable as places to live, not just do business.
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Electronics manufacturing short circuited in IndianaRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The sector is migrating to states that beckon with better prospects.
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Pence set for weeklong trade mission to Germany

April 11, 2014
Associated Press
The governor's office says Pence will leave Saturday, leading an eight-person group that includes first lady Karen Pence and state Commerce Secretary Victor Smith.
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ANALYSIS: Turner stood to lose big in Statehouse fight

April 10, 2014
Associated Press analysis
A top Indiana lawmaker, his family and investors in their company risked losing millions in future profits if a proposed ban on construction of new nursing homes in Indiana had become law this year, an Associated Press review has found.
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State slams glass factory with record safety fine

April 9, 2014
Dan Human
The death of one worker and an injury to another prompted investigations at Pilkington North America's plant in Shelbyville.
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State green-lights deeper look into fuel costs at Duke plant

April 9, 2014
Dan Human
A state agency for utility consumers had requested additional scrutiny for periods late last year when Duke Energy Indiana's Edwardsport plant consumed more energy than it produced.
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Indiana found most transparent in study of state data access

April 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
California, the U.S. state with the largest population and budget, offers the least website access to its government spending data, according to a new study. Indiana provided the most information.
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Pence renews talks over $2.1B fertilizer plant

April 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana economic development officials have renewed talks with Pakistan-connected developers who want to build a major fertilizer plant in southwestern Indiana, one year after the state withdrew its support for the project over national security concerns.
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Tax revenue stabilizes in March but still behind for fiscal year

April 7, 2014
 The Statehouse File
For the fiscal year – which began July 1 – total tax collections are still about $71 million behind the estimates used to write the current two-year budget.
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Manufacturers help drive recycling bill to passage

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation setting a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste says the state's resource-hungry manufacturing industry was a key to the bill's passage this year.
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Hospitals might chip in to expand Medicaid

April 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
If Indiana hospitals want an expansion of insurance coverage for low-income Hoosiers, Gov. Mike Pence thinks they should contribute toward the hundreds of millions of dollars it would cost.
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Indiana seed commissioner seeks federal hemp OK

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Although the Indiana Legislature approved a measure allowing hemp to be grown in the state, the state still needs permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Indiana mayors frustrated by FEMA aid rejection

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
State officials had sought federal grants for government and certain not-for-profit organizations in 49 counties to cover storm costs.
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Manufacturer's group gives high grades to legislative session

April 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The Indiana Manufacturers Association released its scorecard for the 2014 legislative session Wednesday and applauded the results.
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INDOT seeks proposals to privatize Amtrak Chicago route

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies interested in operating train service run by Amtrak between Chicago and Indianapolis.
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Ohio, Indiana officials explore drone opportunities

April 1, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Although Federal Aviation Administration officials rejected the states’ proposal to become an official drone test site, both states are examining what each one has to offer in regards to drone development.
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Groups allege state pharmacy official violated ethics rules

March 31, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Two consumer watchdog groups say the former president of the state pharmacy board, who also worked for Walgreen Co., improperly intervened on the company's behalf.
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Election map aids Indiana GOP grip on House seats

March 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Democrats don't expect their election prospects to improve soon after Republicans drew election maps that led to the GOP picking up two U.S. congressional seats in 2012.
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Public-private plan for I-69 work proves divisive

March 30, 2014
Associated Press
A plan to finance the cost of a section of the new Interstate 69 connection between Indianapolis and Evansville is drawing both praise and ire.
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Mass transit bill creates fuzzy path forward

March 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments finally have the authority to build a mass-transit system, but they also have work to do and questions to answer before they can ask voters to pay for new rapid-transit lines and expanded bus service.
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Tighter Indiana scooter rules signed into law

March 28, 2014
Associated Press
The new law will require scooter operators to obtain license plates from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, have valid state ID and pass a road sign test. The new rules take effect in January.
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Pence signs Indiana preschool, road-money bills

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Thursday touting two of his top priorities—new money for preschools and roads—at ceremonial bill signings across the state.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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