State lawmakers look to boost college research

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Indiana lawmakers are examining whether improved college research can boost the state economy and create jobs.

The legislature's Interim Study Committee on Economic Development writes that improved coordination between the state's research universities and industries could improve the economy and spur job growth in the state. The group writes that the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and Commission for Higher Education should coordinate with top employers including the Crane Naval Warfare Center.

The panel issued its draft report Monday.

Indiana's jobless rate crept up again last month to 8.9 percent. It was 8.7 percent in August but remained below the national average of 9.1 percent.

The panel is expected to send its final recommendations in the coming weeks to the full Legislature for consideration when lawmakers return for their 2012 session.

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