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Digital billboards would bloom in Indy under council proposal

The City-County Council is scheduled Dec. 1 to weigh a resolution that lifts the city's ban on digital billboards and allows as many 75 in the city over three years. Opponents are rallying against what they consider visual blight.
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Turner officially resigns from Indiana House

As promised, State Rep. Eric Turner has resigned his Indiana House seat following a Statehouse scandal that has placed ethics reform at the center of the 2015 session.
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Price tag for Walmart e-commerce center to hit $102M

The retailer has finalized a contract for state incentives on the 1.1 million-square-foot project, pledging to hire 303 workers by the end of 2015.
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IRS workers to receive bonuses of 1 percent

A Treasury Department investigation concluded that previous bonuses totaling $2.8 million had gone to more than 2,800 employees found to have broken agency rules of conduct, including 1,100 employees who owed back taxes.
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New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus next year

The rules deal a blow to the grocery and convenience store industries, which have lobbied hard to be completely exempted since the menu labels became law in 2010 as a part of health overhaul.
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Indiana BMV asks drivers to return too-high refunds

The latest accounting error at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles left the agency asking some drivers Monday to return excessive refunds they've received after being overcharged on excise taxes when registering their vehicles.
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$1.75B justice center could stretch budgets

Mayor Greg Ballard's office has said the city intends to pay no more than about $50 million a year over 35 years for a proposed criminal justice facility, bringing the cost to $1.75 billion.
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Kiely to step down at Indiana Manufacturers Association

Longtime President Pat Kiely will retire July 1, the group announced Monday morning. In line to replace him is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Brian Burton.
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Pence's stances increasingly show his social conservatism

Pence opened last week by calling his decision to drop a food-stamp waiver "ennobling" for the poor and capped it with a call for legal action to block Obama's immigration changes.
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Municipalities including Westfield join trademark game

Legal brand protection is all but required in the corporate world, where businesses must guard against unauthorized use of the brands they’ve invested time and resources to build. Now, the public sector increasingly is following suit as communities work to establish identities of their own.
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