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Outside law firms find fertile ground in Indianapolis

June 4, 2014
Quarles & Brady is the latest large law firm to expand to Indianapolis, and it plans to make a splash with a platoon of attorneys in high-profile office space.
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State courts to switch to e-filing system in 2015

May 22, 2014
Officials soon will seek competitive bids for a single statewide e-filing manager. Paper records likely will be phased out so clerks won't be burdened with overseeing two filing methods.
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Lawyers fret over enforcement of advertising rules

May 21, 2014
Indiana attorneys stay up at night worrying that their ads will run afoul of state rules that they consider unclear and unevenly enforced. But there's a solution in the works.
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Law firms fight 'onerous' tax shift for service businesses

April 10, 2014
The proposed switch in accounting methods could create cash-flow nightmares for medical-service providers, accounting, engineering, consulting and other professional-services companies with revenue over $10 million.
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Attorney sues hundreds over use of Indy skyline photo

April 9, 2014
Attorney Richard Bell says he has found about 300 people using a photo on their websites that he took back in 2000. His aggressive litigation against them raises vital questions about fair use and theft in the Internet age.
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Former Junior Achievement boss loses defamation appeal

April 3, 2014
Jeffrey Miller wanted claims reinstated against Federal Express Corp. and 500 Festival Inc., which owned computers used to post online comments alleging his misuse of funds and possible criminal acts.
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Purdue loses appeal to shield discrimination report

March 24, 2014
An appellate panel had harsh words for Purdue University’s conduct in shielding a report investigating a former chancellor’s complaint of gender discrimination and harassment against former university president France Cordova.
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Judge to Ballard rep: We decide where courts go

March 21, 2014
Marion Superior judges on Friday gave a grudging endorsement to the former General Motors stamping plant site as the location for a proposed criminal justice complex, but not before sending a message to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard that the courts are their call.
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Judge: Case not made for airport justice center site

March 12, 2014
The judge with authority over Marion County court facilities isn’t convinced that a 35-acre site by Indianapolis International Airport is the best pick for the proposed criminal justice complex.
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Institute analyzing proposed sites for criminal justice complex

March 10, 2014
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute is analyzing proposed sites for a Marion County Criminal Justice Complex and may reveal its findings by the end of this week.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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