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Recruiter optimistic in challenging times

January 26, 2009
With the economy nosediving and companies laying off workers by the hundreds and thousands, Kerns International LLC's owner admits it's a difficult time to be running an executive search firm.
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New Martin University president draws ire

July 21, 2008
In less than four months, new Martin University President Algeania Freeman said, she hit her two main objectives for the state's only predominantly black university: cut costs and increase fund raising. But her whirlwind of activity has not come without controversy.
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Tempel chosen to lead IU Foundation

July 2, 2008
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Simic leaving big shoes to fill at IU: Foundation leader will serve as president emeritus and stay involved with school

June 30, 2008
Curt Simic has spent 31 years as a student and in various positions at Indiana University. That's nearly half his life devoted to the Bloomington campus. So it's no surprise that Simic, 66, views his retirement as president of the IU Foundation-his most recent post and one he's held the past 20 years-with mixed emotions. While he's looking forward to having time to go bike riding-as a student in the early 1960s, Simic competed in the school's Little 500 Bicycle...
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United Way tries to make the grade with literacy program: Education initiatives showing early success

June 23, 2008
Last summer, the United Way of Central Indiana decided it needed to go to school. The not-for-profit concluded that to achieve its goal of building stronger communities, it needed to supplement its human-service initiatives with a comprehensive focus on early childhood development and elementary education. "Our board decided we needed to elevate what we're doing with schools and focus on root causes of why students don't succeed," said Ellen Annala, CEO of United Way. "If we don't invest now when...
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Ivy Tech ex-president repays $20,000 following audit of expenses

June 16, 2008
Retired Ivy Tech Community College President Gerald Lamkin has repaid nearly $20,000 after a review of the college foundation's expense-reimbursement policy uncovered bills that had been paid for him without proper documentation. College and foundation officials call the accounting lapse and Lamkin's inability to produce receipts for all the submitted expenses an "innocent oversight" and have implemented a revised policy with tighter controls.
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Flood-battered businesses brace for more rain

June 9, 2008
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Officials turn up call for 2-year degrees: State putting emphasis on higher education options

June 9, 2008
State and local leaders are turning up the amp on the importance of higher education, but they're also trying to tune students into the message that being college-educated doesn't have to mean spending four years at a university. In recent weeks, both Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels have loudly proclaimed the state's need for more workers with twoyear degrees. While government officials have long said the state needs a more educated work force to attract business,...
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Bloomington coupon company acquired

June 3, 2008
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Browning to build warehouse for Markey's Audio Visual:

May 26, 2008
Indianapolis-based Browning Investments Inc. will build a 30,000-square-foot office/warehouse for Markey's Audio Visual in the Keystone Enterprise Park, boosting the park's occupancy to about 90 percent. That's a huge milestone for the 62-acre development, which sits in the blighted Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, say officials with Browning and the city of Indianapolis. Keystone Enterprise Park, near Interstate 70 and Keystone Avenue, is a city-led venture launched to bring jobs and private investment to the near-northeast side. The goal was 600 jobs; more...
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Builders relying on medical projects: Amid general slowdown, health care sector busy

May 26, 2008
There's no shortage of research pointing to the growth in the health care industry. For example, health care expenditures will account for nearly a quarter of the gross domestic product by 2020. Consumers are increasing the number of times they visit the doctor, and the increase is even greater for baby boomers. The number of medical procedures being performed on an outpatient basis rises yearly. And jobs in the industry will grow 20 percent by 2016. To meet those demands,...
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Ring maker remakes industry with big buyout: Herff Jones' purchase of American Achievement to narrow roster of rivals to two; deal may be worth $700M

May 26, 2008
Herff Jones Inc.'s latest acquisition is a whopper that will remake the competitive dynamics of its niche industry-the sale of high school rings, yearbooks and other products that help mark educational milestones. The Indianapolis-based company this month agreed to buy American Achievement Group Holding Corp., a deal that would reduce the roster of Herff's major competitors from three to two. Herff has $511 million in annual revenue, while American Achievement has $315 million. Terms were not disclosed, but Dow Jones'...
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Student loan industry still in limbo, despite new law: Sallie Mae, others wait for details from government

May 12, 2008
A federal bill intended to bail out student loan lenders like Sallie Mae, one of central Indiana's top employers, has raced like a bullet through Congress-a remarkable feat for Washington lawmakers. But what the future holds for embattled student lenders remains murky. While the newly passed measure will increase liquidity by allowing the U.S. Department of Education to buy loans, it leaves responsibility for working out the details to bureaucrats. In effect, Congress said in the bill that the Department...
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Duke, CBRE Realty Trust form joint venture

May 6, 2008
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IU-Bloomington, IUPUI ditch private-sector lenders: Student loan turmoil spurs schools to tap federal funds

April 28, 2008
With turmoil in student lending markets escalating, some universities are making major changes to ensure students have access to loans for the upcoming academic year. The answer for the Bloomington campus of Indiana University and for IUPUI is to return to getting loans straight from the federal government under the Direct Loan Program. The change will go into effect at the start of the next academic year. The two universities here are following other schools across the country making the...
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Glass Chimney deal 'wobbly'

April 25, 2008
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Glass Chimney, Deeter's acquired, to stay open

April 21, 2008
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Former ATA workers receiving free, fast help: Ivy Tech, WorkOne team up to help those displaced

April 21, 2008
Less than a week after ATA Airlines Inc. filed for bankruptcy and shut down April 3, Barbara Greene, a 24-year employee, was feeling good about finding a new job. The 52-year-old former government affairs worker coordinated the issuance of permits planes needed for landing in or flying over other countries. Her years with the airline included work with international agencies and travel to foreign locales. She credits her positive outlook to the help she's receiving from a WorkOne training center...
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Charter schools face long wait for county funding: State, local money based on outdated mechanism

April 7, 2008
The property tax reform plan recently signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels is expected to provide relief-eventually-for most homeowners. Unfortunately, the tax crisis wasn't fixed fast enough for charter schools. Because property taxes haven't been calculated yet this year, schools didn't get funding advances from Marion County, something 15 of the county's 21 charter schools needed last year. At least one school-Irvington Community Academy-has received help from the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation in getting an emergency bridge loan of...
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Judge: Banks must fund Clear Channel buyout

March 27, 2008
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Credit-market turmoil casts uncertainty over ITT Educational Services

March 24, 2008
ITT Educational Services Inc. and other for-profit schools are facing a maelstrom of financial threats that analysts say could hurt student recruiting and profit margins--and already has driven stock prices down sharply. ITT shares are off 61 percent since hitting an all-time high of $131.82 in November.
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College Summit's goal is more skilled workers

March 10, 2008
Business leaders and educators agree on what's needed to improve Indiana's economic health and enhance its place in the global economy: a larger pool of skilled workers. Toward that end, a group of notfor-profits is expanding a program to get more low-income Indianapolis students to further their education after high school.
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College endowments growing, but so is tuition

March 3, 2008
Endowments at Indiana colleges and universities are soaring, due in part to impressive investment returns in recent years. The swelling coffers here and across the nation are stoking the debate over whether universities should be using more of their wealth to hold down tuition increases.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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