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  • Listening is key to health care compromise
    If the first feedback from their Hoosier Healthcare Tour is any indication, congressman Larry Bucshon and state Rep. Tim Brown aren’t likely to change their views on the Affordable Care Act.
  • Lots of smoke but little fire to reduce Indiana’s smoking habit
    State officials are appealing a $63 million reduction in Indiana’s share of tobacco master settlement payments. But even without the penalty, Indiana’s tobacco prevention and cessation efforts are sputtering.
  • State continues its struggle with tax-burden balance
    If you’re mailing a check to the Indiana Department of Revenue today, you might already have pondered the disconnect between how much you’re paying in state and local taxes and the tax-cut boasting you hear from state officials.

Weekly scorecard


Tiger Woods: Golfing legend overcomes health and personal issues to regain his No. 1 ranking after winning the weather-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Nick D’Aloisio: The 17-year-old British student sells his news-reading app to Yahoo – for tens of millions of dollars plus a job with the company.

Ben Carson: Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon parlays TV interviews and appearance at Conservative Political Action Conference into status as the GOP’s new best bet. He’s already being mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate for president.

Julia Pierson: President Obama appoints the 30-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service to serve as that agency’s first female director. And Pierson did not have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Richmond Hill: Southeast Indianapolis neighborhood deva- stated by November explosion that killed two begins to rebuild. Ground is broken for one of 33 homes destroyed there.

Ball State: Delaware County judge sides with university in eminent domain case, clearing the way for a conference center and hotel adjacent to campus, at the current site of a print shop/apartments.


Decongestants: The Indiana House adopts a bill setting tighter annual limits of Sudafed and other decongestants containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine that Hoosiers can buy. It may reduce meth manufacturing but will more likely cost and inconvenience people with colds and allergies.


Rick Perry: The Texas governor reinforces misunderstanding of the money supply by saying Texas wants the $1 billion in gold bars the University of Texas Management Co. owns out of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York returned to the Lone Star State. Sorry, gov’nor, but the U.S. dropped the gold standard 42 years ago.


Spring snow: Sunday’s snowfall of 2.3 inches set a record for March 24.

James M. Nabrit III: Civil rights attorney who argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court and won nine, including a challenge of Denver’s de facto segregation of schools, dies at 80.

Ashley Judd: Actress announces she won’t run for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, spiking prospect for a fascinating contest against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.