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U.S. unemployment claims signal slower hiring

April 19, 2012
Associated Press
Applications have started to tick up in recent weeks after months of steady declines. And employers added only 120,000 jobs in March — half the pace of the previous three months.
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Purdue set to start building life sciences park

April 19, 2012
Associated Press
The $38 million Lyles-Porter Hall will house numerous health programs. Purdue also is planning a $25 million Drug Discovery Building that will bring together pharmaceutical researchers from throughout the school.
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Error renews questions about Indianapolis police

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
A fresh revelation about the mishandling of evidence in a fatal crash involving an Indianapolis police officer prompted the city's police chief, Paul Ciesielski, to step down Tuesday, and left Public Safety Director Frank Straub being grilled by a city-county committee Wednesday night.
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Indiana GOP probes if campaign used data improperly

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Republican leaders met Wednesday to discuss how to handle allegations that a U.S. Senate campaign improperly tried to access a critical database of voter information.
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Radio host buys site of burned Brown County music hall

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana business owner and radio show host plans on rebuilding a southern Indiana concert hall that hosted some of country music's top acts before it burned down in 2009.
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U.S. Chamber backs Lugar in heated GOP primary

April 17, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce became the latest national interest group to stake a claim in Indiana's heated Republican Senate primary, announcing Tuesday it is endorsing U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in his toughest re-election battle in decades.
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Daniels preparing changes following stage collapse

April 17, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday outlined a handful of changes Indiana is taking following last year's deadly state fair stage collapse.
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Police chief resigns over mishandling of blood vial

April 17, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis' police chief resigned and two other top officers were suspended Tuesday over the latest blunder in the case of a fatal crash involving a police officer authorities believe was drunk.
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Anderson mayor seeks budget cuts up to 20 percent

April 17, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith and city controller Sam Pellegrino are asking every city department to make drastic cuts to their budget without significant layoffs.
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Indiana workforce development leader leaving job

April 17, 2012
Associated Press
The head of Indiana's Department of Workforce Development is leaving his position, adding to the list of leadership turnover during Gov. Mitch Daniels' last year in office.
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Tour manager may be key to stage collapse lawsuits

April 16, 2012
Associated Press
The tour manager who was widely credited with saving the lives of country duo Sugarland before a deadly stage collapse at last summer's Indiana State Fair has become a central focus of lawyers seeking millions in damages for the families of seven people who died and dozens who were injured.
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Pence maintains massive money lead in race for governor

April 16, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence reported Monday that he raised $1.8 million through the first three months of 2012. Democrat John Gregg raised $585,000 during the same period. Pence had $4.9 million in his campaign coffers compared to Gregg's $1.5 million.
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Indiana escapes Best Buy's closure plans

April 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana isn’t part of Best Buy’s plan to close 50 stores, the electronics retail chain announced over the weekend.
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Shaheen resigns after NCAA picks outsider for post

April 14, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis native had been in charge of the NCAA’s marquee event, the men’s basketball tournament, for the past 12 years.
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Indiana Downs closing Evansville off-track site

April 13, 2012
Associated Press
An off-track, pari-mutuel betting parlor in Evansville owned by Indiana Downs is set to close as the central Indiana-based company that owns it remains in bankruptcy protection.
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Ex-bank exec Alley to take over Indiana revenue office

April 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former Fifth Third Bank president Mike Alley will take over as the state's revenue commissioner. He'll replace John Eckart, who resigned last week amid controversy over misplaced local option income taxes.
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Skittles joins food brands that become part of tragedy

April 13, 2012
Associated Press
It could've been Starbursts, Twizzlers or Sour Patch Kids. But when Trayvon Martin was fatally shot, he happened to be carrying a bag of Skittles.
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Officials asked to investigate McIntosh residency

April 12, 2012
Associated Press
An attorney asked state and county election officials Thursday to investigate whether Indiana Republican 5th District congressional candidate David McIntosh committed voter fraud and perjury.
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Faulty stage, lack of emergency plan played roles in disaster

April 12, 2012
Associated Press
The stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people at the Indiana State Fair last summer did not meet industry safety standards and the tragedy was compounded by the absence of a fully developed emergency plan, investigators concluded.
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Indiana fair director keeping job despite critical report

April 12, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair's executive director will be keeping her job despite a report critical of the fair's emergency response plan ahead of last summer's deadly stage collapse.
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Indiana panel set to start review of $205M tax error

April 12, 2012
Associated Press
A leading legislator said he expects the State Budget Committee to take some time reviewing a second computer programming mistake made by the Indiana Department of Revenue that short-changed local governments by about $205 million.
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Foreclosures down nationally, up in Indiana

April 12, 2012
Associated Press
Actual foreclosures sank to a five-year low in March, but the number of homes entering the foreclosure process is on the rise again.
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Lugar strong, but Mourdock more poised in debate

April 11, 2012
Associated Press
After struggling at times during the early Republican primary campaign, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar sounded more like the legislator he's been for the past 35 years in a debate Wednesday night with Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
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State asks judge to uphold Indiana immigration law

April 11, 2012
Associated Press
State attorneys say the ACLU is exaggerating the powers Indiana's new immigration law gives to local police in an effort to persuade a federal judge to throw out parts of the law.
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Officials look to control growth on upgraded U.S. 31

April 11, 2012
Associated Press
Traffic authorities are looking to control development that might follow the project upgrading parts of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend.
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