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Diabetes overview, on-demand

December 6, 2010
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Check out an interactive map to see how diabetes rates are shooting up in Indiana.
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The root of Indiana's myriad problems

November 22, 2010
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Longtime economist Morton Marcus says the objective truth is that Indiana is in decline. He also insists the solution is a change in the culture, not just job creation.
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A historian muses on the American character and the debt crisis

November 15, 2010
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Indiana University's James Madison is "marginally optimistic" Americans have the fortitude to tackle what could grow to become an emergency ranking with the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II.
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Prepare for a (good) schools arms race

November 11, 2010
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Imagine a future in which Indiana school districts bid up salaries for star teachers to $100,000 or more to develop a district specialty in a field like science or math, and cause students to excel.
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Filling Fong's outsized shoes at Butler

November 8, 2010
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University trustees will ask the next president to continue building on The Butler Way.
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Did Lilly get preferential treatment on a disputable billboard ad?

November 4, 2010
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Billboard companies spiked the cancer ad. But Citizens Gas or WellPoint might have gotten a different result.
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Elections encourage an arch-conservative

November 3, 2010
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Bill Styring, whose long, wonkish career includes analyzing health reform for Mike Pence, cried last night.
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Farm broadcaster: Indy 'clueless' about FFA convention

October 18, 2010
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Gary Truitt says Indianapolis people are mystified by the polite youth in blue jackets and regard them as "hayseed farm kids come to the big city to party."
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Privatized economic development still controversial

October 11, 2010
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Indiana's system collects mixed reviews as candidates for governor in other states criticize their public agencies.
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A private operator for Indy-Marion County library?

September 29, 2010
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A company that's taking over library systems draws fire from patrons and employees, but claims to cut costs.
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Pick your (bug) poison

September 29, 2010
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Now scientists are finding genetically modified insect killer in Indiana water.
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Kissinger speaks out about Indiana's 'passion' problem

September 28, 2010
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Pete Kissinger, who co-founded Bioanalytical Systems in West Lafayette, thinks Indiana needs more people like Bill Cook and Scott Jones—people who actually like their businesses.
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Mayors: Time to kick the unemployed in the keister

September 24, 2010
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Marion's Wayne Seybold and Greenfield's Brad DeReamer say too many people would rather collect unemployment than look for work.
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Where are all the salespeople?

September 22, 2010
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Sales, for decades one of the fastest-growing job categories, is now losing positions.
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Should journalists contribute to politicians?

September 16, 2010
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A survey reveals Indiana newspaper execs chipping in to campaign war chests.
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Musings on a Daniels presidential bid

September 14, 2010
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Terms Daniels uses a lot—"statism" and "adult conversation"—could be revealing about his intentions.
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Lawyer: Raising money will get harder

September 13, 2010
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Noting banking reform already has limited the pool of investors for private placements, Jeremy Hill expects regulators to tighten restrictions even more.
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Indiana is a bigger Amish state than you think

September 10, 2010
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How much longer until even Pennsylvania is eclipsed?
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New venture capital firm off to blazingly fast start

September 9, 2010
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Cultivian Ventures began investing in a no-man's land just as the financial crisis ramped up, and now it's already considering a second fund.
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Indiana GOP candidates for U.S. House unanimously pledge to repeal health reform

September 8, 2010
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All nine Republicans—count 'em—have signed a pledge. What is that telling us?
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Bayh likely to run for governor, party official says

September 7, 2010
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Marion County Democratic chief Ed Treacy expects an announcement after the first of the year.
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NFIB chief fears sales tax talk

September 3, 2010
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As legislators scout for revenue, Quandt says small businesses could be hit from two directions.
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Would Indy cops be better without Unigov?

August 31, 2010
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The local NAACP president tells an out-of-town newspaper that service has deteriorated under merged police and sheriff's departments.
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Tip-offs for when CEOs lie

August 31, 2010
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A new study offers insights into when CEOs are fibbing. But those who benefit most from the revelations might be their handlers.
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Best real estate agents get severe haircuts

August 30, 2010
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One perspective shows top-selling teams working just as hard to sell 27 percent less.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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