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Impressions of settling lawsuits

July 1, 2008
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Eli Lilly and Co. settled its racial discrimination lawsuit yesterday for $64,000, ending a claim by an employee who alleged the company fired her because she was disfigured through exposure to a blood pathogen. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...
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Base closings and health care

June 30, 2008
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Weâ??ve reached the season when companies start lining up employee health care coverage for the following year. Like prior years, companies will complain about skyrocketing costs and workers will complain about getting fewer benefits. Study after study suggests both parties will...
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Progress with entrepreneurship

June 26, 2008
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Compendium Blogwareâ??s announcement today that it raised $1.6 million in private funding is another brick in the wall as the Indianapolis area and the state continue their push to build a culture of entrepreneurship. Investors are showing more interest...
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The next 100 years

June 25, 2008
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Thereâ??s nothing like travel to change oneâ??s perspective on the world. Graham Toft, perhaps the stateâ??s most experienced economic development expert, has traveled a lot in the past couple of years, consulting to state governments worried about rebounding from their doldrums. The...
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Expert: 75 mph might be safe

June 24, 2008
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A Purdue University civil engineering professor made news this week by rolling out a study showing the new 70 mph speed limit on rural interstates in Indiana caused virtually no increase in fatalities or injuries. The study was prompted by the...
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Do ads make you feel better?

June 23, 2008
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Weâ??re increasingly bombarded with ads for health care products ranging from drugs for osteoporosis and restless leg syndrome to knee replacements. Zimmer went over the heads of doctors when it advertised its knee replacements designed specifically for women, and...
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Is Hall Render marooned at No. 2?

June 18, 2008
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If a high rank brings bragging rights and marketing juice, then the Indianapolis law firm of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman (permission granted to catch your breath) has plenty of ammo. But it never quite gets the most ammo. Hall Render...
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Farm and suburban polluters

June 16, 2008
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Drive through areas hit by the deluge of rain in the past few days and youâ??ll see mind-boggling soil erosion. At the base of myriad fields lie deltas of sediment washed downhill from elsewhere in their respective watersheds. Not only was...
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Depending on a three-legged stool

June 9, 2008
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Economic development experts have long contended that business investment and good jobs gravitate to places where business, government and higher education are on the ball and get along together. If one of the three legs doesnâ??t carry its weight, the other...
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Raise the cigarette tax again?

June 5, 2008
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Health advocates beamed with a â??told-you-soâ?? response this week when state officials announced that cigarette sales dropped dramatically after taxes were raised last July. Sales fell nearly 18 percent, apparently a direct result of boosting the tax 44 cents to a...
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Making companies say, 'I do'

June 4, 2008
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Lots of Indiana towns will do almost anything to get a factory or warehouse. That often means skipping pointed questions about corporate citizenship for fear of losing the project. A Lebanon city council member isn't looking the other way, though. Dick Robertson...
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Return Weir Cook to airport title?

June 3, 2008
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Weir Cook has been dead a long time, since 1943, but a military veterans group wants to bring his name back to what is now Indianapolis International Airport. The war heroâ??s name was on the airport from 1944, a...
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Etiquette for high gas prices

June 2, 2008
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It seems like more people are driving below the speed limit now that gas has become expensive. Particularly on interstates, it isnâ??t uncommon to come upon congestion only to realize that somebody, for no apparent reason, is puttering along and holding...
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Farm bill stranglehold

May 28, 2008
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It isn’t easy providing tomatoes to the nation. Consider the ongoing struggle at Red Gold Inc. The state’s largest food processor, which is headquartered north of Anderson in Orestes, was all but locked out of buying tomatoes from Indiana growers under...
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Analyzing Speedwayâ??s success

May 27, 2008
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If you were at the track over the weekend or in the past few weeks, you made your way through Speedway, an island of stability in a county where some other older communities, like Beech Grove, are slipping into decay. Speedway...
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Hubbard blasts Florida over oil

May 22, 2008
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Al Hubbard, the Indianapolis businessman who stepped down last year as director of President Bushâ??s National Economic Council, is quoted in a recent Barronâ??s column as hammering Floridians and others living along U.S. coasts for squeezing the tourniquet on additional...
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Bowl reaction from elsewhere

May 21, 2008
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Many a back was slapped in Indianapolis and among the Indy troops in Atlanta yesterday when the NFL team owners opted for Indianapolis over Phoenix and Houston to host the 2012 Super Bowl. Elsewhere, though, the reaction was mixed. The Arizona Republic...
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Indianapolis, cold in winter?

May 20, 2008
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Does Indianapolis experience winter? NFL owners meeting in Atlanta today could be forgiven for wondering, if all they knew about Indianapolis was the information in the Super Bowl bid package. The 30-plus pages in the executive summary have plenty...
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The next housing challenge

May 19, 2008
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As the housing debacle continues to unwind, another big â?? really big â?? issue in housing is going largely unnoticed. Houses built in the 1950s are at risk of falling into the same decay experienced by many older neighborhoods, some of...
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Subsidizing thy neighbor

May 14, 2008
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Should a city give incentives to companies that want to leave the city and expand in another town? That question is dogging Muncie officials after they offered a $600,000 loan to a Spanish company that plans to move an auto-parts plant...
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Gas edges past $4 in N. Indiana

May 14, 2008
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Gas is over $4 in northwest Indiana, according to http://www.indianagasprices.com/. In some places, itâ??s up to $4.09. How long until it hits $4 in the Indianapolis area, and how high will it go?
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Emmis does better, sort of

May 12, 2008
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Emmis Communications chief Jeff Smulyan today was more positive about the companyâ??s fiscal fourth-quarter performance than heâ??s been about an earnings report in a long time. Revenue at its U.S. radio stations, which have been dogged by an industry...
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Good news on a Friday

May 9, 2008
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Manufacturing seems to churn out about as many lay-off headlines as cars these days, but plenty of good news about the sector is buried in a recent Ball State University study. Indiana manufacturing workers are accomplishing far more work than peers...
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Branson bailing out of ethanol?

May 8, 2008
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British entrepreneur Richard Branson has unloaded a company thatâ??s building two ethanol plants in the U.S., including one near Fort Wayne. In an interview with Fortune magazine during the peak of ethanol optimism in early 2006, Branson said industry...
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Economy jitters won't go away

May 7, 2008
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Exit polls yesterday showed Hoosiers voted their pocketbooks. Theyâ??re worried about the economy. That has a familiar ring. Many voters made a similar point four years ago when Gov. Mitch Daniels beat Gov. Joe Kernan by promising to improve the economy. Now,...
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