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Property tax focus for Gov. Daniels' state adress

Updated: 01/14/2008 - Daniels' property tax plan includes limits on bills, new spending controls on local government, and having the state assume all school operating expenses and costs for child welfare services.

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City of Fort Wayne receives farm subsidy checks

Posted: 01/14/2008 - Fort Wayne collected over $24,000 in farm subsidies between 2003 and 2005. Most of the money was for turning farmland into natural areas, but some of it was for growing soybeans and wheat.

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Republicans nominate Elrod for special election

Posted: 01/14/2008 - Jon Elrod, an attorney, had announced his plans to run for Congress a month before Carson's death. He won election last year to his first term in the Legislature by defeating incumbent Democrat Ed Mahern by seven votes in the district on the south side of Indianapolis.

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Bloomington woman pleads guilty in pregnancy scam

Posted: 01/13/2008 - A Bloomington woman has pleaded guilty to bilking seven others out of nearly $15,000 by telling them she was caring for a pregnant woman who was willing to give up her child.

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Customers rally for Hammond store to stay open

Posted: 01/13/2008 - The store has been at the location since 1957. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. told those at Saturday's rally that the city was working to convince the store's owner to not move to a location being considered in suburban Schererville.

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Carter pushes bill to restrict sex offenders' Internet use

Posted: 01/13/2008 - Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter is urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it illegal for convicted sex offenders to use social networking Web sites frequented by children, such as MySpace.com.

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State posts online toolkit for project opponents

Posted: 01/13/2008 - The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance made the Citizen's Petition and Remonstrance Toolkit available online Friday. It aims to help residents understand the complicated process of trying to stop a local government or school project.

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Worker killed at East Chicago steel mill

Posted: 01/13/2008 - Company spokesman Dave Allen says Belko was a rail car operator who was riding a remote-controlled locomotive when the collision happened. He says a joint union and management investigation will be made of the death.

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Body found in Chesterton ID'd as Michigan State student

Updated: 01/15/2008 - Twenty-year-old Rylan Cotter, of Okemos, Michigan was found fully clothed Wednesday by workers at the Brassie Golf Club in Chesterton. A coroner says Cotter died from massive blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen, but the manner of death is unknown.

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Jury duty scofflaws get community service

Posted: 01/12/2008 - Four of eight people who appeared in Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis today on charges of missing jury duty or ignoring court summonses have been sentenced to 16 hours of community service.

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Feds indict unidentified man on child pornography charge

Posted: 01/11/2008 - The man identified as "John Doe 13" faces a charge of transporting child pornography via the Internet. He's the 13th person to be prosecuted through the four-year-old federal Endangered Child Alert Program. It's the first case in northern Indiana.

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State appeals court upholds man's forgery sentence

Posted: 01/11/2008 - Twenty-four-year-old Jared Bailey left the New Castle Correctional Facility last February after a woman dressed as a corrections official displayed a Marion County badge and a court order for his release purportedly signed by a judge.

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Siblings charged with stealing from soldier in Iraq

Posted: 01/11/2008 - Twenty-year-old Samantha Savage and 22-year-old Lamar Savage are both charged with one count of theft. They've both been released on their own recognizance from the Allen County Jail, but neither one could be reached for comment.

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Daniels to testify on tax plan

Posted: 01/11/2008 - Daniels says he'll talk about his property tax relief and restructuring plan before the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday. He says committee chairman William Crawford invited him to speak.

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Lawmakers proposes tax district to pay for South Shore expansion

Posted: 01/11/2008 - State Representative Chet Dobis of Merrillville wants to divert 12.5 percent of the sales tax money Lake and Porter counties send the state. He says that would generate 30 million dollars a year without raising local taxes.

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Gary political adviser sentenced in real estate fraud

Posted: 01/11/2008 - Roosevelt Powell was convicted in September in Hammond federal court for skimming profits from a real estate transaction between the Gary Urban Enterprise Association and the Gary Historical and Cultural Society.

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