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4:08 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

El Rodeo Owners To Serve House Arrest For Tax Scheme

The three men agreed to pay more than $4 million in restitution.
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A Marion County Criminal Court Judge has sentenced the owners of the El Rodeo restaurant chain following their plea deals on theft charges.

Judge Stanley Kroh sentenced Francisco Salgado and Jose Melendez to 10 years with eight suspended and Abel Bustos to two years including one year probation Monday. The trio will serve the bulk of their time on home detention.

Still, their lawyer, Sean Hessler, says he’d hoped for slightly better sentences.

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General News
2:06 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Tippecanoe Court Services Digging Itself Out Of Financial Hole

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The head of Tippecanoe Court Services says progress is being made toward erasing a $100,000 deficit.

Cindy Houseman says March revenue for the agency is nearly $18,000 more than the previous month.

She expects revenue to rise even more, as the county’s three new judges elected in November refer more clients to Court Services than their predecessors did.

Houseman says Court Services is also hoping to settle more past-due accounts by using a new credit collections agency.

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General News
9:16 am
Mon March 2, 2015

IACT Staying Neutral In Common Construction Wage Debate

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Supporters of the move to repeal Indiana‘s common construction wage say it would save cities and schools money as they try to squeeze building projects into their budgets.

But local governments are divided on whether repeal is a good idea.

Indiana Association of Cities and Towns executive director Matt Greller says IACT‘s informal survey of its members found them split almost evenly.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

As ISTEP Worries Rack Schools, Some Parents Opt Their Kids Out

Students taking the ISTEP on computers have regularly encountered problems with the test, which is used in a variety of school and teacher quality metrics.
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The road to this year’s ISTEP+ test has been bumpy.

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General News
5:39 am
Mon March 2, 2015

New Energy Efficiency Program Faces Criticism

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Despite its easy approval by the Senate, legislation establishing a new energy efficiency program for the state faces heavy criticism from environmental and consumer advocacy groups.  Much of the outcry comes because of what’s known as “lost revenue recovery.”

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