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Judge asked to reconsider vanity plate ruling

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said the judge's order would force the agency to issue personalized plates with offensive references to race, religion or sexual orientation.
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Improving jobs numbers mask painful recovery

June 9, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The U.S. economy has finally regained the jobs lost to the Great Recession, but a smaller percentage of Americans are actually working and median household income has declined considerably since before the recession.
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Indiana tourism trade group adopts new name

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
The Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus will now be called the Indiana Tourism Association.
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Mourdock compares U.S. economic woes to Nazi Germany

June 8, 2014
Associated Press
In a speech, Mourdock cautioned GOP members to be wary of politicians who promise entitlements and spending as debt grows. He said the Nazis made the same promises to Germans before that country's 1936 elections.
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School catering to juvenile offenders gets approval

June 7, 2014
Associated Press
The city will be the first in the nation to open a charter school designed for youth passing through the juvenile court system and other troubled students.
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House Republicans to meet, discuss Turner's future

June 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Republicans will decide whether to take action against Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner, who is accused of using his influence to protect his family's lucrative nursing home business.
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Unemployment rate holds steady as U.S. regains lost jobs

June 6, 2014
Associated Press
Employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
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Ivy Tech to offer new computing, informatics programs

June 6, 2014
Associated Press
Software development is among seven new tech-heavy subjects the community college will offer in its School of Computing and Informatics beginning in August.
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AG won't appeal ruling clearing ex-utility chief

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
A court decision dismissing ethics charges against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Chairman David Lott Hardy will stand.
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Heads roll at GM after investigation of defective switch

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker says 15 employees—many of them senior legal and engineering executives—have been forced out of the company for failing to disclose the defect linked to 13 deaths.
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States could be expanding wealth gap with tax policies

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
Politicians in Indiana and other states hope tax cuts for businesses will boost their economies, but those and other moves could be contributing to the income gap limiting growth in U.S. consumer spending.
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State awards $9 million to boost school safety

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
The funds will be split between purchasing new equipment for schools and hiring resource officers.
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EPA official: Carbon rules built on methods in use

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
The agency's strategy is built around four existing approaches, including energy-efficiency programs and adoption of renewable energy such as wind or solar power.
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Ritz: New ISTEP test coming sooner at federal request

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana must establish a new ISTEP test a year earlier than planned if state officials want to maintain their waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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Coats, Donnelly demand answers on VA wait times

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
The senators planned to submit a letter Thursday to Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson requesting a review of Indiana facilities after a May 20 request to former Secretary Eric Shinseki went unanswered. Shinseki resigned last week.
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Indiana picks 18 counties as preschool finalists

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
Twelve urban and six rural counties selected as finalists for an Indiana preschool pilot program have until the end of the month to make their cases, the state announced Wednesday.
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Now, application 'inconsistencies' vex health care law

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
A government document provided to The Associated Press indicates that at least 2 million people enrolled for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance have data discrepancies in their applications.
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Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
The Department of Veterans Affairs maintained 10 such "secret waiting lists" of military veterans in need of care at facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, the letters said.
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Republicans offer alternative VA health care bill

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
A bill proposed by four Senate Republicans would give veterans more flexibility to see a private doctor if they are forced to wait too long for an appointment at a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic.
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Indianapolis to host national anti-violence summit

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis' near-record homicide rate has prompted the U.S. attorney to schedule a summit where public safety leaders from Detroit, Chicago, Gary and other urban areas can share the strategies they've used for reducing killings.
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Utility watchdog: Ending efficiency program 'short-sighted'

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
The leader of Citizens Action Coalition said Indiana lawmakers put the state at a disadvantage when they passed a bill killing an energy-efficiency program that could have helped the state meet the new federal carbon-emission goal by 2030.
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Subaru starts building new SUV model in Lafayette

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
Factory workers gathered Monday to celebrate the first day of production on the 2015 model, which is among three Subaru vehicles built at the 3,600-worker plant.
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Local law firm seeks class action over state adoption subsidies

June 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis law firm Cohen & Malad LLP filed suit Monday against the Indiana Department of Child Services that claims the state failed to pay millions of dollars in promised subsidies to families who adopted children from the state foster-care system.
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Indiana primary election turnout only 13 percent

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced the turnout Tuesday, saying only 617,000 of Indiana's 4.5 million registered voters cast a vote in the primaries.
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UPDATE: State off to slow start boosting veteran businesses

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
State figures show that about 1 percent of contracts have gone to Veterans Business Enterprises, while Gov. Mike Pence set a 3-percent goal when the push started last summer.
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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