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Inner workings of Ind. government rarely disclosed

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The trappings of power are rarely trumpeted in news conferences, aired in campaign ads or otherwise pushed out to the public. It often takes a media investigation to peel back the pageantry and expose the side of government that leaders would prefer remain hidden.

Former school Superintendent Tony Bennett's grade-changing scandal might have had the biggest impact by leading to his resignation as Florida's education commissioner. But many other stories have been unearthed by Indiana media recently, showing a government that often operates more in private than public.

Not all work is hidden away. The state posts committee hearings, legislation and most official documents online. It has also posted searchable catalogs of state contracts and campaign donations in recent years.

But when their work looks bad, officials rarely disclose it.

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