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Broncos set to announce Manning as new quarterback

March 20, 2012
Associated Press
After being pursued by teams around the NFL, the quarterback with four MVP awards is headed to the land of John Elway and Tim Tebow, agreeing to a contract with Denver that's expected to be worth about $96 million over five years.
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Delaware County regroups after green factories fizzle

March 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A central Indiana county is pulling back its financial support for a pair of green-energy companies who so far haven't delivered on plans for factories with hundreds of workers.
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Retiring Indiana chief justice celebrated at ceremony

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Judges, attorneys, many former law clerks and others honored retiring Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard on Monday, praising his ongoing commitment to the state and leadership in its legal community.
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Fewer Indiana schools considered 'dropout factories'

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Indiana high schools considered "dropout factories" fell by half between 2002 and 2010, from 30 to 15, according to a report released Monday.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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Building rentals help school district make ends meet

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Franklin is planning to raise $120,000 by renting the performing arts center and middle school auditorium this year — six times what the district made in rental fees four years ago.
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Popular barbershop gets makeover from community

March 18, 2012
Associated Press
Whiteland residents have rallied around a beloved barber who has been cutting hair in the Johnson County community for more than four decades by helping him remodel his shop.
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Daniels says he has no interest in vice presidential nomination

March 16, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who declined to seek the U.S. presidency this year, said he isn’t interested in being selected as the Republican vice presidential nominee.
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Indiana school district expected to end bus fees

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
A cash-strapped Indiana school district that angered parents by turning its buses over to a not-for-profit that began charging for children to ride will likely end that practice soon.
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Daniels names longtime state senator as secretary of state

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana state Sen. Connie Lawson will replace ousted Secretary of State Charlie White as Indiana's top elections official.
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Supporters say fines will give teeth to Indiana access law

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill approved by lawmakers allows judges to order civil fines of up to $500 against open-records law violators. Gov. Mitch Daniels has until Tuesday to decide whether to sign the bill into law.
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Corn crop could be 'huge' on warm weather, economist says

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
Corn production in the United States, the world’s biggest shipper of the grain, will be “huge” as warm weather encourages farmers to plant early to avoid the risk of late-season frost damage, economist Dennis Gartman said.
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Company says right-to-work not reason for expansion

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
MBC Group President Eric Holloway said Thursday that he always planned to expand his Brookville operations and that a state press release issued two weeks ago mistakenly quoted him as saying right-to-work legislation factored into his decision.
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Elections board: Lugar must register elsewhere in county

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
An elections board ruled Thursday that U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar can't vote at the Indianapolis home he sold in 1977 but can register elsewhere in the county, a partial victory for tea party activists who allege the Republican incumbent has committed voter fraud for decades
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Supreme Court rejects Democrats' election-chief challenge

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that ousted Secretary of State Charlie White had been eligible to run for office in 2010, rejecting a Democratic challenge and clearing the way for Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to appoint a replacement.
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Foreclosures surge in most states, including Indiana

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana saw default notices climb 37 percent in February compared to February 2011. Scheduled home auctions were up 92 percent from the previous year.
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Pence starts Indiana tour, has promised policy ideas

March 14, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence was set to begin a statewide "listening" tour as Hoosiers wait to hear more specific ideas from the Republican gubernatorial hopeful.
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Indiana panel passes new water quality rules

March 14, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana regulatory panel passed new rules Wednesday aimed at protecting the quality of the state's waterways. The new rules are aimed at lowering the levels of pollutants released into waterways by companies.
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Three Anderson workers fired over relatives' HUD funds

March 14, 2012
Associated Press
Three employees of an Anderson department that receives federal money for affordable housing have been fired for failing to notify city and federal officials that they had relatives whose housing was paid for with the funds.
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Indiana says it can't afford to add seat belts to buses

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A state education official said Monday's accident was the first fatality of a school-age child riding or getting on or off an Indiana school bus since 2009.
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Lower unemployment means no more extended benefits

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
About 10,000 Indiana residents who have been unemployed for more than 79 weeks will no longer be eligible to receive 20 more weeks of extended federal benefits after April 15 because the state's three-month average unemployment rate is no longer 110 percent higher than it was three years ago.
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County commissioner pushes to invalidate I-69 vote

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Monroe County commissioner is pushing to invalidate a Bloomington planning panel's vote that added a contentious section of the Indianapolis-to-Evansville Interstate 69 extension to the group's local highway plan.
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Minor Indiana school reforms find last-minute success

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers signed off on minor school changes at the close of the 2012 session while reining in broader efforts sought by state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett.
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Daniels: Indiana added more jobs than thought in 2011

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Daniels said Monday that the state is set to release new data showing that 43,000 jobs were added in the private sector last year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics originally stated Indiana added 27,000 jobs.
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Purdue gets grant to develop cheaper solar cell

March 11, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue University researchers are working to increase the efficiency of a new solar cell that they say could become a significant player in energy production.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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