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Little Statehouse appetite for government reform

A Republican state senator said he hasn't heard any discussion about pursuing more of the recommendations of a 2007 bipartisan commission that called for 27 local government reforms.
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Impact of Indiana's criminal code changes unclear

Indiana's prosecutors and judges are still adjusting to sweeping changes to the state's criminal code intended to send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons.
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City lines up justice center, music venue for GM site

Redevelopment of the former General Motors Stamping Plant site west of downtown began taking shape in 2014, culminating in December with the city’s selection of a Paris company to build a criminal justice center on the property.
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2014 NEWSMAKER: Joe Hogsett

Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett went from ruling out a mayoral run to front-runner in the course of eight months.
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2014 NEWSMAKERS: Allison Melangton and Ryan Vaughn

After Allison Melangton stepped down as president of the Indiana Sports Corp. to become a Hulman & Co. executive, Ryan Vaughn resigned as Mayor Greg Ballard's chief of staff and succeeded her.
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Ballard won't seek third term as mayor

The two-term mayor, who came to office as a dark horse, went against internal pressure and opted not to seek a third term, setting off speculation about which Republican would step forward to challenge former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.
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State's preschool pilot program receives 1,800 applicants

The goal for the first phase of the program was to enroll 350 children. But because of the high demand, the state plans to enroll 100 additional children.
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Mayoral mouthpiece to depart

Marc Lotter says he doesn't know yet where he will land. He has been Mayor Greg Ballard's communications director since November 2010.
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Indiana again ranks 41st in U.S. health survey

While the state was strong with regards to immunizations, infectious diseases and binge drinking, it still has work to do in physical activity, obesity, and air pollution.
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Economic growth revised up to 5 percent for third quarter

The sizzling rate gives credence to many analysts who think U.S. growth is finally set to accelerate. More people are working and have money to spend.
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