3:25 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Book Publisher Promises 300 More Crawfordsville Jobs By 2016

A spokesman says the move will double the daily output of the Crawfordsville location.
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4:30 p.m. UPDATE:

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton says negotiations on the expansion started around the first of the year and seemed all-or-nothing in nature.

Barton says if Crawfordsville hadn’t landed the additional jobs, it was likely the plant would have closed entirely as Penguin Random House streamlines its operation.

The company now has two national distribution centers. The other is in Maryland.

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6:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Indiana To Make Back Some Money Lost In Tobacco Settlement Dispute

After failing to adequately fund an escrow account connected to a large tobacco settlement, the state has agreed to make amends and will have hundreds of millions of dollars returned.
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Indiana will recoup nearly 40-percent of the money it lost this year in a dispute over a 1990s tobacco settlement. 

That’s money used to help fund tobacco cessation programs, community health centers and the state’s children’s health insurance program.

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6:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Tourism Offices Looking For More Local, State Funding

Local tourism officials want to coax people to visit the wolves at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, but say they need more cash to advertise their area's offerings.
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The Executive Director of the Indiana Tourism Association, Carrie Lambert, visited the Lafayette Area Friday while on a statewide tour of local tourism bureaus.

WBAA's Stan Jastrzebski met with Lambert and with Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette President Jo Wade at Wolf Park in Battle Ground to talk about what the local tourism push is doing well and what hurdles it faces from state and local leaders.

In a word: money.

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2:59 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In May

Despite the unemployment rate staying steady, one economist says job seekers are more optimistic in recent weeks.
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Indiana’s unemployment rate in May failed to drop for the first time in nine months, holding steady at 5.7-percent. 

Indiana’s private sector added 48 hundred jobs last month, yet the unemployment rate remained unchanged. 

The Department of Workforce Development says that’s because the state’s labor force increased, with about two thousand unemployed Hoosiers actively resuming the job hunt. 

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5:17 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Chilled Beer Sales Likely To Continue Getting The Cold Shoulder From Lawmakers

Groups pushing for universal cold beer sales were dealt a blow this week when a judge ruled the state had the right to keep its restrictions in place.
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Groups pushing Indiana to allow cold beer sales in convenience stores likely face a tough road in the state legislature. 

A federal judge this week ruled against convenience store owners in their lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on cold beer sales by non-liquor stores. 

In a statement, Attorney General Greg Zoeller noted that the proper place for debating the issue is the legislature. 

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