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An ode to utility workers

July 13, 2010
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They're some of the most stable people in the state, a new study shows.
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Sue Shields' faves for state supreme court

July 8, 2010
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Legendary former judge would prefer that three women—and a man—go to Daniels for a final choice.
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Is alternative energy sustainable in Indiana?

July 7, 2010
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An economic development observer questions what will happen after the feds turn off the tap.
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ArcelorMittal throws down gauntlet on gun law

July 1, 2010
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Steelmaker’s decision to forbid guns at work despite Indiana’s new statute will likely spark a lawsuit.
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Was Daniels right about the Court of Appeals?

June 30, 2010
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The state Supreme Court rammed an appeals court decision on Indiana’s voter ID bill down its throat. Was the appellate decision “judicial arrogance?”
 
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Study calls for restricting development in Indy area

June 29, 2010
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Prime farmland is disappearing fast, Indiana University researcher warns.
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Comings and goings in the Indy area

June 22, 2010
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A clever interactive map shows where locals are moving to and where the new locals hail from.
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Indy job recovery still underway

June 18, 2010
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Mixed unemployment report has some positive nuggets.
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Pining for Amoco

June 17, 2010
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Maybe BP (Big Problems?) could have avoided one of its woes by leaving a household name alone.
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How federal pork suppresses business

June 15, 2010
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A Harvard study shows companies suffer when politicians deluge their states with federal dollars.
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A peer remembers Will Koch

June 14, 2010
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An admiring amusement park operator says nobody managed better than the late CEO of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
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Bloomington chamber steps into Arizona boycott debate

June 11, 2010
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The real hurt is being felt right in Bloomington, the biz group complains.
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Recession poster child bouncing back

June 9, 2010
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The Elkhart area—used as a backdrop three times by Barack Obama to talk up his economic policies—is making a comeback.
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People are quitting jobs; that's a good thing

June 9, 2010
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An improved economy is giving workers confidence to jump.
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Nipping estate feuds in the bud

June 7, 2010
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A lawyer says too many parents withhold information about estate from heirs and unwittingly set up the heirs for a battle.
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Merit pay fireworks in the next General Assembly?

June 4, 2010
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A Republican takeover might spark a run at teacher merit pay and even right-to-work legislation.
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Bloomington piles into Arizona boycott

June 3, 2010
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City officials in Bloomington have decided to stop buying goods and services from companies based in Arizona. Neither will the city send its officials to Arizona for conferences.
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Downstream problems with professionals

June 2, 2010
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Should engineers be required to spend time in repair shops, and architects with the lunch bucket crowd?
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Time to bring I-69 downtown?

May 28, 2010
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Dusting off the original plans to extend the highway from I-465 to downtown would ease congestion. But, oh, the downsides.
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One thing that's going right in Indiana

May 27, 2010
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In a state where education, incomes and health suffer, there’s more water than anyone knows what do to with.
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Shaking up the Indy 500

May 26, 2010
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Looser restrictions, and the potential for more innovation, could bring back some of the old luster.
 
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The perils of measuring 'success'

May 10, 2010
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A philanthropy expert thinks donors could unwittingly undermine their dollars and time by insisting on too much documentation.
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Travails continue at for-profit colleges

May 7, 2010
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ITT Educational is getting whipsawed with unflattering news on the industry.
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Some law firms are mouthfuls

May 6, 2010
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Indianapolis still has some doozies in an era when the savviest firms are trimming to the optimal two names.
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Regulators ripped in Irwin Financial postmortem

May 5, 2010
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The Chicago Fed missed several chances to rein in explosive growth before the prominent bank failed. But the deeper question is, what was Will Miller thinking?
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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