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Indiana retailers want Amazon to pay sales tax too

Three businesses Thursday asked the Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy to consider legislation that would require online retailers, such as Amazon and Overstock.com, to pay sales tax.

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Five key mayoral races to watch

One year after Republicans swept most of Indiana’s major state and local elections, Democrats are seeking retribution in this fall’s mayoral races – and the outcome could be a signal of the political landscape for 2012.

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Obama raises most from Hoosiers; Romney tops Republicans

The Republican presidential hopefuls have raised more than $400,000 from Hoosiers so far in the 2012 election cycle, while President Barack Obama – the Democrat incumbent – has raised just under $300,000 from Indiana residents.

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70% of juvenile offenders nationally reoffend in three years

Juvenile incarceration is expensive, harmful to kids and ineffective. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which argues that major changes are needed in the juvenile justice system to make it more cost effective and reduce recidivism.

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Casinos act to fend off coming competition

Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg will break ground next week on a $49 million event center that local officials hope will bolster business in the small community’s downtown and fend off competition from a casino under construction in Cincinnati.

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Hoosier Lottery director resigns over office extravagance

The executive director of the Hoosier Lottery has resigned amid accusations that the agency overspent on new offices and furniture as it moved from one downtown Indianapolis location to another.

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State timber sales net $280,000 for counties

Sixteen counties in Indiana will share more than $280,000 in proceeds from state forest timber sales made during the year that ended June 30.

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Goshen College students support controversial national anthem decision

Every day at Goshen College, students walk through the quiet Northern Indiana campus passing banners that read “Healing the World Peace by Peace,” a phrase that encapsulates the values of a place affiliated with the Mennonite Church.

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States across U.S. raise fees to raise funds

Many states lately have been raising revenue by increasing user fees, rather than taking the politically risky step of hiking taxes. Now, a movement is growing to roll back fee hikes and to treat charges for parks, marriage certificates and other services the same as taxes.

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Federal judge rules against state ban of robo-calls

A federal court has ruled that Indiana can’t enforce a state ban on most political calls that use automated dialers and recorded messages, despite an earlier Indiana Supreme Court decision that upheld the law.

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