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16 counties get family court grants

INDIANAPOLIS – Sixteen Indiana counties have received $160,000 in grants to administer local family court projects. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard announced the awards Wednesday, which are administered through the Division of State Court Administration. The grants are part of a larger effort to support family courts. The 2012 distributions focus on creating […]

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Turkey jobs coming to Vincennes

INDIANAPOLIS — One of the nation’s largest turkey companies will open a new plant in Knox County in 2014, a move that could create as many as 600 jobs. The Huntingburg-based company plans to invest $69.2 million to build a 220,000 square foot processing plant on 100 acres of land in the U.S. 41 Industrial […]

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Indy arena gets new name: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

INDIANAPOLIS — Just in time for the abbreviated NBA season to open, the home of the Indiana Pacers has a new name: Bankers Life Fieldhouse. CNO Financial Group switched its name last year from Conseco but didn’t immediately change the name of the Indianapolis basketball arena, where it’s in the 13th year of a 20-year […]

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Daniels appoints Landis to IURC, Northenor to judicial commission

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels has made appointments to two state boards recently in the news. The governor reappointed Larry Landis to continue serving on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, an agency rocked by an ethics scandal involving Duke Energy that resulted in the firing and indictment of its former […]

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‘Pay for performance’ returns to state employees

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels has authorized pay increases for most state employees starting in February 2012, with the size of those raises based on those workers’ job performance ratings, he announced Wednesday. “Our pay for performance system has become the subject of interest all over the country, with […]

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State unveils new In God We Trust license plate

INDIANAPOLIS — State officials unveiled a new design for the popular In God We Trust license plate Tuesday that will accommodate the Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ new vehicle numbering system. Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner R. Scott Waddell also honored Sgt. Sammy Davis – the state’s only living recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor […]

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Racing firm gets state energy award

INDIANAPOLIS –Ignite Racing Fuels of Carmel on Monday received the state’s Paul Dana Excellence in Bioenergy Leadership Award for innovation in the industry. “Alternative fuel awareness, usage and deployment have surged in the state of Indiana,” Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman said in a statement Monday. “I congratulate founders Jay Berry and Reggie Henderson on their […]

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Daniels promotes Samuel to chief counsel

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Friday that he has named Anita Kolkmeier Samuel to serve as his general counsel, replacing David Pippen, who resigned to take a position at one of the state’s largest law firms. Samuel had been serving as Daniels’ assistant general counsel – specializing in state personnel matters – and policy […]

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Judge orders Daniels to be deposed

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—A judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in a case involving a canceled contract with IBM. Marion Superior Court Judge David Dryer ruled Daniels could be questioned under oath in the case, despite a state law Daniels said would protect him Daniels said Friday he […]

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Daniels aid moves to Indy law firm

A senior advisory to Gov. Mitch Daniels will join the law practice of Bose McKinney & Evans, the firm announced Thursday. David Pippen served as the governor’s general counsel and senior policy director. At Bose, he will be a partner and chairman of the firm’s environmental law group. “We are thrilled to have Mr. Pippen […]

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