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State AG to challenge order for Daniels to testify

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in two lawsuits over the state's cancellation of a $1.37 billion contract IBM received to modernize the state's welfare system, but the state attorney general said he would challenge the order.
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Daniels appoints new general counsel

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, Mitch Daniels' assistant general counsel and policy director, replaces David Pippen, who recently resigned to become chairman of the environmental law group at Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.
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Panel hears arguments over Indiana abortion funding

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
A federal agency will reconsider whether Indiana violated federal law when it decided to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
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Inquiry into Wheldon's death in crash completed

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
IndyCar officials say several factors contributed to the Oct. 16 accident that claimed the life of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.
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House Speaker: State lawmakers may seek smoking ban

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation's attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
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Job market looks better as unemployment claims sink

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for benefits fell last week to 366,000, the fewest since May 2008. If the number stayed that low consistently, it would likely signal that hiring is strong enough for unemployment rates to fall.
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Almost all state fair claimants accept offers

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Attorney General's office said Wednesday that 63 of the 65 claimants have confirmed they'll accept the settlements over the State Fair stage collapse.
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Budget official: State was warned about tax collections

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Erik Gonzalez of the state's budget-forecasting committee said his panel warned the Indiana Department of Revenue something was wrong with corporate tax collections two years before the state discovered it misplaced $320 million.
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Advocates: Vouchers living up to expectations

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Nearly 4,000 students who formerly attended public schools are receiving tax money to help pay the cost of private school under Indiana's school voucher program, which is believed to be the nation's largest, officials say.
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Panel rejects audit of Indiana revenue department

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Republican members of the State Budget Committee have rejected Democrats' request for an independent audit of the Indiana Department of Revenue for misplacing $320 million.
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City-County committee nixes tougher smoking ban

December 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The City-County Council's Rules and Public Policy Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday night against sending a tough smoking-ban proposal to a full council.
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Express Scripts, WellPoint in contract fight

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. said Tuesday it is in the middle of a contract dispute with WellPoint Inc., one of the biggest health insurers in the United States.
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Illinois tax breaks could trigger demand for more

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
Under the threat of losing thousands of jobs to other states, Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday approved a tax-relief package meant to keep Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from leaving. The state's governor is expected to sign it.
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Rolling Stone, Bacardi to host Super Bowl bash

December 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolling Stone magazine and rum maker Bacardi say they plan to throw a star-studded party the night before the Super Bowl at a renovated factory called The Crane Bay two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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U.S. retail sales increase for sixth straight month

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
Americans spent more on autos, furniture and clothing at the start of the crucial holiday shopping season, boosting retail sales for a sixth straight month. Meanwhile, sales fell at grocery stores, building supply stores and restaurants.
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Illinois Senate considering CME Group tax breaks

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate has approved similar legislation in the past, so the latest version is likely to get the chamber's stamp of approval. Indianapolis and, likely, Carmel have been trying to lure the company to Indiana.
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Salin Bank President Kit Stolen resigns

December 12, 2011
Greg Andrews
Alvin “Kit” Stolen joined the Indianapolis-based bank in August 2009 with big plans to boost its presence in the center of the state. The major expansion didn't materialize.
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Complex accounts made it easy for state to miss $320M

December 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House and Senate Democrats say they want an investigation into how the money went missing for so long. They submitted a letter to the state's budget forecasting committee requesting an independent audit of the state's finances.
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Judge delays ruling on dismissal of White case

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge expects to rule by Dec. 16 on whether Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White must stand trial on voter fraud and other criminal charges that could lead to his ouster.
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Hoosier Lottery paring down lavish new offices

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Hoosier Lottery officials have started getting rid of some office and gym equipment that was purchased for the agency's $2 million move to a new downtown Indianapolis headquarters.
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Biglari set to make big move on Cracker Barrel

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Cracker Barrel will hold its annual shareholder meeting Dec. 20, and Sardar Biglari, who controls Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake, is seeking a seat on the company's board of directors.
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IndyCar Series won't return to Las Vegas in 2012

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
The IndyCar Series won't return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next season, and its future at the track depends in part on what it learns from the investigation into Dan Wheldon's fatal accident.
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Republic Airways monthly traffic up 2 percent

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which uses regional jets to feed traffic to major airlines, said that its November traffic rose 2 percent.
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Downtown getting blast-resistant manhole covers

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Utility crews are installing about 100 new manhole covers in downtown Indianapolis that are designed to reduce the extent of damage from underground explosions and fires.
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Speculation swirls around next Indiana chief justice

December 8, 2011
Associated Press
Speculation suggests that Indiana's newest Supreme Court's justice is a likely possibility to serve as the next chief justice, one day after longtime Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard announced his retirement.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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