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Apr 10, 2014 |
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By Brian Howey INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence for president?
Mar 15, 2014 |
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Moratorium on protected taxes keeps some transportation funds By Rick Yencer INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (NEWS) -  Muncie schools made out pretty good, according to Supt. Tim Heller, assessing what state lawmakers did for public schools in the 2014 session. Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, working with Senate minority leader Tim Lanane of Anderson convinced Republican lawmakers to put a three year...
Mar 12, 2014 |
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By Rick Yencer INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA (NEWS) - Hoosiers might want to talk to their state lawmakers after deals to reduce business personal property taxes and money for early childhood education are offered. Thursday could be the day the Indiana House and Senate take final action on 2014 money and laws. With Big 10 mens basketball in town Thursday, downtown hotel rooms are booked up and most...
Mar 05, 2014 |
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Governor points to improving economy, big government surplus By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) -  Gov. Mike Pence asked members of Muncie Rotary Club this week to do something for him. That was encourage a friend, family member or someone else to come to Indiana and start a business, create a job or help the economy. Local community and business leaders, like retired industrialist Van Smith...
Mar 02, 2014 |
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By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) -  State lawmakers are considering a law to allow guns in school parking lots but won't consider funding pre-school education initiatives. That does not make much sense to Democratic lawmakers Rep. Sue Errington of Muncie and Sen. Tim Lanane of Anderson who is Senate Minority Leader. Education policy and funding dominated a Third House session Saturday at...
Feb 28, 2014 |
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Hundreds of abandoned homes could be demolished By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Like other cities in the country, Muncie has its share of abandoned and rundown homes. And the federal government has provided billions of dollars in hard hit funds to pay mortgages and tear down old useless housing to ease blight in inner city neighborhoods. Indiana has $221 million in federal dollars to do...
Feb 19, 2014 |
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New law reuqires registration of abandoned buildings By Rick Yencer YORKTOWN, INDIANA (news)  Fed up with an empty downtown on Smith Street, Yorktown Town Council decided Tuesday to crackdown on property owners whose buildings stand empty. More than 10 storefronts in the Delaware County town have fore sale signs or just papaer draped over empty windows. Local government came up with a plan...
Feb 18, 2014 |
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Collection efforts improve, assessment of taxes comes under fire By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - While local government billed more property taxes in 2013, collections continue to decline over the last five years. And that $83.4 million in property taxes collected by Delaware County Treasurer John Dorer represents an 89.4 percent collection rate reflecting better efforts to collect...
Feb 18, 2014 |
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Indiana Senate starts process over passing amended same sex ban By Rick Yencer INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (NEWS) - The same sex marriage ban debate faded for 2014 after the Indiana Senate voted on an amended version of the resolution on Monday. The 32-17 vote adopting HJR 3 without a civil union ban starts the process over and will now put any referendum on the 2016 ballot. Even grandstanding by Sen....
Jan 29, 2014 |
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Transportation restrictions eased, State energy assistance program increased FREE PRESS REPORT INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (NEWS) - Governor Mike Pence and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced a number of measures to help Hoosier families and businesses cope with the propane shortage caused in part by recent extreme winter weather. To assist propane suppliers in meeting the needs of Hoosiers,...
Jan 28, 2014 |
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Same sex marriage ban moves on to Indiana Senate By Rick Yencer INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (NEWS) - Indiana House Republicans had enough votes Tuesday to pass HJR 3 by 57-40 amid argument that they were writing discrimination into the Indiana Constitution by wanting to ban same sex marriage.  Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, the resolution's author, said he only wanted voters to decide the definition of...

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