Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has endorsed an overhaul of state ethics laws that requires greater financial disclosure by lawmakers and expressly prohibits elected officials from using state resources for political purposes.
Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners built the Dakota Prairie Refinery near Dickinson as part of a joint venture with Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group. It is the first greenfield fuels refinery to open in the United States in nearly 40 years.
Orders increased 2.1 percent following seven monthly declines, the Commerce Department reported Monday. In further good news, orders in a key category that tracks business investment plans eked out a 0.1-percent rise.
Indiana spent $40 million on snow-fighting efforts from October through March while using 273,000 tons of salt and ringing up 308,000 personnel hours. Much of that battle took place in the northern part of the state.
Legislative Democrats say they plan to push next year to add nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity to the Indiana civil-rights law covering education, employment, public accommodations and housing.
As Indiana's fast-growing suburban districts breathe a sigh of relief with more funding on the way, many urban and rural districts are bracing for drastic cuts under the state's new budget and experts say there might not be a middle ground between the two.
The Great Recession caused waves of foreclosures and layoffs that pushed more Americans into renting. More than 36 percent of people now rent, compared with 31 percent before the recession began in late 2007.