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Lugar's legacy in Senate: Cooperation and security

May 9, 2012
Associated Press
Colleagues considered six-term Sen. Richard Lugar a visionary who looked beyond U.S. exuberance over the end of the Cold War and saw the dangers and opportunities in the collapse of a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.
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Lugar's frustration surfaces after Indiana defeat

May 9, 2012
Associated Press
Conceding defeat for the first time in nearly four decades, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar pledged to support the tea party-backed rival who had just ousted him. But hours later, the Indiana Republican issued a statement chastising primary winner Richard Mourdock.
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Carson, May to meet in 7th District congressional race

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Rep. Andre Carson easily defeated three Democratic challengers in Tuesday's primary to win his party's nomination in central Indiana's 7th District. He will face Carlos May, a former aide to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Brooks wins GOP nod for retiring Burton's seat

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks has won the Republican nomination for the 5th congressional district seat in central Indiana that retiring GOP Rep. Dan Burton is giving up after 30 years.
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Lugar loses Indiana GOP primary to tea party rival

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was ousted Tuesday by tea party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock in Indiana's Republican primary, abruptly ending the nearly four-decade career of a popular politician who built a reputation as a diplomat but whose critics argued had ceded too much ideological ground to represent a conservative state.
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GOP looking to pad majority in Indiana House

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Republicans are hoping new election districts they drew last year and a wave of Democratic retirements help them strengthen their control of the Indiana Legislature. Voters in Tuesday's primary are selecting Republican and Democratic nominees for all 100 Indiana House seats and half of the 50 state Senate seats.
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Mourdock says he expects to win GOP Senate bid

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
State treasurer Richard Mourdock said Tuesday morning that he's "reasonably optimistic" he'll defeat six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana's Republican primary.
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Indiana early voting down despite Lugar-Mourdock race

May 7, 2012
Associated Press
Early voting has wrapped up ahead of Indiana's primary, with the Republican Senate race between Richard Lugar and Richard Mourdock not grabbing voter interest like the Democratic presidential primary did four years ago.
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Zionsville voters face lone area school-funding referendum

May 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Zionsville's school district is asking taxpayers to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall. Meanwhile, in Johnson County, voters will consider whether to help finance a $30 million project that includes the construction of a 70,000-square-foot library.
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Indiana high court expected to remain business-friendlyRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Scott Olson
A spate of turnover on the Indiana Supreme Court won't bring a change in the court's reputation for consensus-building and consistency, court watchers say.
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Georgia Street redevelopment looking old already

May 5, 2012
Cory Schouten
The newly spruced-up stretch of Georgia Street between the Indiana Convention Center and Bankers Life Fieldhouse is looking older than its age. Stone pavers are dislodged and stained. The wooden boardwalk is badly discolored. Bollards are askance after taking hits from errant vehicles.
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Lawsuit: Anderson mayor fired 10 workers over politics

May 4, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana mayor is fighting a lawsuit filed by 10 former city employees who claim they lost their jobs because they backed the mayor's opponent in last year's election.
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Poll shows Lugar trailing Mourdock by double digits

May 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Results released Friday morning by Howey Politics Indiana and DePauw University have incumbent Richard Lugar trailing Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock by 48 percent to 38 percent in the Indiana Republican Senate primary race.
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U.S. jobless rate slips despite dismal employment report

May 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Employers added fewer workers than predicted in April, but the jobless rate unexpectedly fell as workers left the labor force. The participation rate, which indicates the share of working-age people in the labor force, fell to it lowest mark since 1981.
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Indiana agency restoring $10M for child services

May 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's child protection agency is restoring about $10 million in funding to boost in-home programs and services, three years after asking providers of those services to cut their rates by 10 percent.
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Indiana panel approves new stage-rigging rules

May 2, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana commission has approved the state's first rules governing the type of temporary stage rigging involved in last summer's deadly state fair stage collapse.
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Former council president to become city's chief of staff

May 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Chris Cotterill, chief of staff to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, plans to leave the administration and return to private business, the city announced Wednesday. City-County Councilman Ryan Vaughn has resigned from his seat to replace Cotterill.
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Anti-tax advocate Norquist poised to throw support behind Mourdock

May 1, 2012
Bloomberg News
Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist who leads Americans for Tax Reform, said he is set to make an announcement Wednesday with Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who is opposing six-term Senator Richard Lugar in the state’s May 8 Republican primary.
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Indiana: Right-to-work lawsuit can't be amended

May 1, 2012
Associated Press
State attorneys asked a federal judge Tuesday to bar a union from amending its lawsuit challenging Indiana's new right-to-work law, arguing that most of the new claims are the same as those in the original complaint filed in February.
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Finish Line plans to add 327 jobs as part of expansion

May 1, 2012
The Indianapolis-based retailer of athletic shoes and apparel said it will add the jobs by 2016 as part of a multimillion-dollar expansion that will upgrade its e-commerce systems.
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Indiana announces proposed Duke Energy settlement

April 30, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to cap the cost of its troubled coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana at $2.6 billion, or about $700 million less than the expected cost of construction, as part of a proposed settlement announced Monday.
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Indianapolis expects savings from sweeping energy projectRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Marc D. Allan
The city is guaranteed $7.5 million in savings over 15 years from a $18 million upgrade of city facilities, and the savings are expected to accumulate further.
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Reference librarians solve 'little mysteries' for patronsRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Thirty-one reference librarians at Indianapolis-Marion County’s Central Library downtown, stationed at four buzzing reference desks, provide the personal touch even the best Internet search engine can’t duplicate.
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Indianapolis public safety chief leaving position

April 27, 2012
Associated Press
Frank Straub is resigning after more than a year of criticism over the city police department's handling of evidence in a fatal crash involving an officer.
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Single-minded super-PACs work to beat one candidate at a time

April 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
Super-PACs are playing a heavy role in this year's election campaigns, including the race between Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar and challenger Richard Mourdock in the Republican primary.
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