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State union membership counters national trend

Indiana bucked a national trend in 2014 by experiencing an increase in labor union membership, new statistics released by the U. S. Labor Department show.
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Indiana city to consider $7M in incentives to keep plant open

General Mills announced earlier this month it planned to close its refrigerated goods plant that employs 400 by mid-2016.
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Indiana lawmakers facing renewed debate over casinos

Proposals aim to help boost Indiana's casinos after they've seen more big declines in revenue in the face of growing competition from neighboring states.
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U.S. home sales fall off on decline of first-time buyers

The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales of existing homes rose 2.4 percent last month. But over the course of the entire year, sales fell 3.1 percent.
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Senate panel passes energy-efficiency utility bill

The Senate Utilities Committee voted 7-3 Thursday in approving a bill that would reduce state oversight of major utility companies' energy-efficiency programs.
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Bill loosening rules on wine sales clears committee

A state legislative panel has endorsed a proposal that would allow Indiana residents to buy wine directly from a winery without first having to make an in-person visit.
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Jeff Gordon to retire as full-time driver after 2015 season

The 43-year-old Gordon, who was raised in the Hendricks County town of Pittsboro, is coming off one of his best seasons in years. He won four times in 2014, including the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis.
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Questions arise as NFL investigates Patriots' footballs

The NFL is investigating a report that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs Sunday in the AFC championship game while beating the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. Here are some things to know about the issue.
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Key lawmaker sponsors bill to allow Sunday alcohol sales

House Public Policy Committee Chairman Tom Dermody of LaPorte has authored the bill that would allow Indiana groceries, pharmacies and liquor stores to sell alcohol on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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UPDATE: House education chairman seeks OK for lobbying

Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, formed Berkshire Education Strategies last June to represent out-of-state clients in the education field.
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