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Appeals Court Rules Indy Smoking Ban Unconstitutional

Jun 25, 2015
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The state Court of Appeals says part of Indianapolis‘s smoking ban is unconstitutional. A unanimous three-judge panel ruled the city could not ban smoking at bars and restaurants and at the same time exempt the Winner‘s Circle off-track betting facility, which has a bar and restaurant.

The reasoning was virtually the same as last year‘s ruling from the state Supreme Court that struck down Evansville’s smoking ban, since its only exemption was for the city‘s riverboat casino.

Central Indiana Leads Country In Gas Price Declines

Jun 23, 2015
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Central Indiana may have been the best place in the country to find gas savings last week.

Gas prices rocketed to almost $3.00 a gallon in the beginning of the week, but dropped as much as 27 cents in parts of the state.

Kokomo had the largest price drop in gas in the nation, and Indianapolis had the eight-largest decrease, according to Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com

Prices initially rose because of offline refineries in the Midwest but DeHaan says those refineries are now up-and-running again.

Indiana Farm Bureau

After 14 years of service, Don Villwock will retire from his position as president of the Indiana Farm Bureau later this year.

"We have good potential successors that are going to run for my slot," Villwock says. "And we’ll have an election at our annual meeting on the seventeenth of November, so those folks will be out campaigning with our members."

Villwock says the Farm Bureau faces different issues now than it has before, and that makes this a good time to look for new ideas and leadership.

courtesy Purdue University

The Purdue Research Foundation currently makes around $7 million per year from licenses on patents owned by Purdue staff and students.

For 2014, the school placed sixteenth on a list of all universities worldwide in terms of number of patents filed – a list PRF leaders didn’t even know existed until they were told Purdue was on it.

But as officials expand their patent protections, they say they’re not looking for the next Google on which the school can strike it rich.

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are taking a hard look at federal lending. Specifically, lawmakers are reviewing whether to change and update current accounting rules.

Joint Economic Committee Chairman and Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) says loans made or guaranteed by the federal government totaled $2.9 trillion through September of last year. That figure includes $1.1 trillion in student loans. Non-mortgage consumer debt totaled $3.3 trillion.

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