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Manufacturing companies announce job creation in Franklin

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two auto bearings manufacturing companies announced Friday that they will expand their current operations in Franklin, Ind., creating up to 46 new jobs by 2016. NSK Corporation and NSK Precision America, Inc., subsidiaries of Japan-based NSK Ltd., will invest $30.2 million to equip and renovate a 160,000 square-foot facility […]

BMV warns Hoosiers of inappropriate phone solicitations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Bureau of Motor Vehicles warned Hoosier drivers Friday of inappropriate phone solicitations regarding insurance rates. “My office was informed that our customers are receiving calls from an outside organization claiming to be the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and offering to reduce their auto insurance rates,” said R. Scott […]

Tuition increases for Ivy Tech students, except state employees and military members

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College announced Friday that it will freeze tuition for military and state employees for the next two years, but tuition for all other students will rise. The college will keep tuition at the 2013 rate of $111.15 per credit hour for those eligible groups for the […]

May monthly revenue report released

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sales tax collections in May exceeded projections for the first time since February, according to the monthly revenue report released Friday. Through May, sales tax collections increased $154.3 million more than they did during the same eleven-month period last year, but they are running about 0.5 percent below forecasted values. […]

New law gives high-achieving Indiana schools more flexibility

By Sandie Love TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new law could allow high achieving Indiana schools more flexibility. Senate Bill 189 will allow high performing schools (schools that receive an A on the state’s accountability plan) to surpass some of the criteria set for all schools. Schools that meet the criteria can choose, develop and implement their […]

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Indiana’s peregrine falcons find mates, produce young

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Love has been rekindled on the 31st floor of the Market Tower on the Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Kathy-Q has a new mate, Will, a native peregrine falcon from Michigan who showed up in the city last fall shortly after she lost her mate of 11 years. The two […]

New law aims to make IEDC more transparent, opens “portal”

New law aims to make IEDC more transparent, opens “portal”

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new law aims to make the Indiana Economic Development Corporation more transparent. . Under Senate Bill 162, which goes into effect July 1, the IEDC will be required to disclose financial incentive contracts to the public more quickly, as well as publish an annual incentives and compliance report […]

State increases Medicaid reimbursements

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Medicaid reimbursement rates for Hoosier health care providers are set to increase, Gov. Mike Pence announced Wednesday. He said the new rates will start in January 2014 for the health care providers who saw their rates cut in the 2010 budget as a cost containment measure. “A healthy Indiana […]

Long-time Indiana Farm Bureau lobbyist to retire

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bob Kraft, director of state government relations for Indiana Farm Bureau, will retire at the end of September after working for the organization for 13 years. Don Villwock, president of Farm Bureau, which represents legislative and policy interests for farmers across the state, said Kraft has been “much more […]

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Student leaders disapprove of loan rate increase

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Student leaders at universities in Indiana don’t want Stafford loan interest rates to double, but they also aren’t sure they want Congress to freeze the rates for the second year in a row. Stafford loans are fixed-rate, federally funded loans for students pursuing higher education. Last year, Congress, after […]