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Panel OKs bill to provide pet buyers with info

January 27, 2010
Associated Press
The bill would require pet stores to put information about the dog or cat on its cage in the store, including the animal's medical history, the name of the breeder and any congenital disorders.
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Indiana Senate panel approves school-start-date bill

January 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The committee endorsed legislation that would prevent the state's public schools from starting classes before Labor Day.
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Hoosiers can now renew driver's licenses online

January 26, 2010
Associated Press
The BMV said Tuesday it has started offering online driver's license renewals at the agency's Web site.
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House lawmakers put statewide smoking ban on hold

January 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill, would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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New library standards to enhance online access

January 25, 2010
Associated Press
Hoosiers will have more access to the Internet and to public library materials across the state under a new set of standards adopted by the Indiana State Library and Historical Board.
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Bill would give CO2 pipeline firms right to take private land

January 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A consumer group opposing Senate Bill 115 argues the measure is yet another concession to the developer of a coal-to-methane plant proposed in Rockport.
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ISTA scandal could limit union's influence, sway electionRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A securities-fraud case Secretary of State Todd Rokita brought against the union last month could make matters worse for the already hobbled ISTA, blunting its ability to help elect Democrats in November.
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Indiana GOP wants to block federal health reform mandates

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Republicans in the Legislature have joined their counterparts in 25 other states in trying to prevent key aspects of reform from taking effect in Indiana.
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Senate bill would snuff out Indiana's smoking-cessation agency

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Anti-tobacco advocates worry cost-cutting move could seriously diminish state's efforts to curb Hoosier tobacco use.
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State's unemployment rate jumps to 9.9 percent

January 22, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana's jobless rate made its biggest increase since mid-2009. Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Teresa Voors attributed the rise, in part, to a decrease in construction in December.
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Indiana businesses are welcoming investment from ChinaRestricted Content

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Some observers see a parallel to the state's seeking Japanese investment following recession in the early 1980s.
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Bill on Sunday microbrewery sales clears Senate

January 22, 2010
Associated Press
The bill would limit the amount of Sunday carryout sales from Indiana microbreweries to about three cases per transaction.
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Property tax caps heading to Indiana voters

January 19, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has given final approval to a proposal that would allow voters to decide whether property tax limits belong in the state constitution.
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Daniels to tout state's relatively solid position in address

January 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will deliver the annual State of the State address Tuesday night at 7 p.m. before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate.
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Car-seat manufacturer plans Columbus expansion

January 19, 2010
Dorel Group wants to expand its development and production operations in Columbus, creating 98 jobs by 2013.
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State links university funding to lifting graduation ratesRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education late last month slashed college budgets based on key performance measures.
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Legislation to protect car dealers re-emerges at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Dozens of Chrysler and General Motors dealers in Indiana were terminated last year. Now, a dealer trade group wants to block automakers from preying on termination fears to wrest concessions from surviving dealers.
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House OKs bill on township government referendums

January 14, 2010
Associated Press
The proposal would allow voters to decide in November whether their township governments should be eliminated and their duties transferred to the county level.
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Indiana Senate OKs bill to delay jobless-tax hikes

January 12, 2010
Associated Press
The Senate has approved a bill delaying unemployment-tax increases on businesses for a year, but the legislation may face hurdles in the Democrat-led House.
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Study: Urban tax money subsidizes rural counties

January 12, 2010
Scott Olson
A report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says metropolitan counties pay more in state taxes than they receive in benefits. The results, though not surprising,  document the disparity for the first time in Indiana.
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Bill could pave way for Indiana nuclear power plantsRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The word “nuclear” isn’t even mentioned, but Senate Bill 69 is a virtual launch code for reviving attempts at commercial nuclear power in Indiana.
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Doctors resume battle with Anthem, health insurersRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Doctors are pushing again to strengthen their hands in contract negotiations with health insurers, especially market leader Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
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Indiana pushes firms toward electric vehicles, but has few of its ownRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
State government hasn’t put much money toward becoming a leader among states integrating hybrids into their massive vehicle fleets.
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Fairgrounds' digital billboard is exception to county banRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Clear Channel Outdoor is building Marion County’s first full-size digital billboard along Fall Creek Parkway on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair. The first message might as well be: Take that, Indianapolis!
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Renewable power focus of utility reform in 2010 LegislatureRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Hoosier Environmental Council and Citizens Action Coalition see an expansion of the state’s “net metering” policy as achievable during the short legislative session that starts Jan. 5.
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