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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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City collected $54,000 in fines during Super Bowl

April 10, 2012
Associated Press
The city of Indianapolis took in more than $54,000 in fines from 120 people and businesses that failed to get permits allowing them to work in the so-called "Clean Zone" downtown leading up to the Super Bowl.
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Lugar, foes spar on outside campaign spending

April 10, 2012
Associated Press
Longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar appears to be shifting his re-election message to focus on attacking national interest groups, which the Republican accuses of having an exaggerated say in his Indiana race.
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Trial bus route connects central Indiana cities

April 10, 2012
Associated Press
Miller Trailways and the City of Anderson Transit System have a 30-day trial contract that allows Miller buses to use the downtown CATS terminal as a stop along its routes between Muncie and Indianapolis. The buses also stop in Pendleton and Fortville.
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Ryerson retires as editor at Indianapolis Star

April 9, 2012
Associated Press
Dennis Ryerson will retire as editor of The Indianapolis Star on June 1 after nine years at the position.
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Indiana farmers tempted to plant early by warm spring

April 9, 2012
Associated Press
Many farmers across Indiana have been weighing whether to take advantage of this spring's warm weather and plant their crops earlier than usual. Doing so, however, would put them at risk.
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Union says right-to-work law violates free speech

April 9, 2012
Associated Press
Union attorneys are using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave corporations and unions the green light to spend unlimited sums of cash on campaign ads as part of a legal effort to overturn Indiana's new right-to-work law.
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University of Indianapolis selects new president

April 8, 2012
Associated Press
Georgetown University Associate Provost and Dean Robert L. Manuel will become president of the University of Indianapolis in July, succeeding Beverley J. Pitts, who is retiring after seven years at the school.
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Political, legal fights emerge over school vouchers

April 8, 2012
Associated Press
For all the arguments in favor of school vouchers, there are opponents who say vouchers erode public schools by taking away money, violate the separation of church and state by giving public dollars to religious-based private schools, and aren't a proven way to improve test scores.
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Lugar, Mourdock prepare for lone debate in Senate race

April 8, 2012
Associated Press
Until now, Indiana's Senate Republican primary race between longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has been dominated by television ads, millions of campaign phone calls and foment among Indiana's strong base of conservative voters:
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Merger of pollution boards worries enviros, chamber

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
A new state law that merges three longtime rule-making boards into a single panel is stoking concerns among business and environmental groups about what the shift could eventually mean for Indiana's environmental regulations.
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Public tours planned for Indianapolis catacombs

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
Public tours are expected start this summer of catacombs dating to the 1880s underneath City Market in downtown Indianapolis.
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