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Your approach to giving

December 5, 2007
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A study put out yesterday by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University says that about two in three American households made donations in each of the three years it followed. The center also found that slightly more than half of...
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Is Indiana addicted to gambling?

December 4, 2007
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Indiana relies heavily on gambling to fund state and local government. Nearly $1 billion is generated for government by riverboats, the lottery, and taxes on parimutuel wagering and charity gaming. Just how long the state will be able to keep the...
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White as IPS savior

December 3, 2007
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You hear it over and over. Lots of young families would live downtown, or in the surrounding neighborhoods, if Indianapolis Public Schools didnâ??t have a poor reputation. Rather than risk their childrenâ??s education, they bolt for township schools or even...
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Should Formula One come back?

November 30, 2007
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When Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Formula One parted ways this summer, more than one person in Indianapolis muttered, â??Good riddance.â?? F1â??s leader, Bernie Ecclestone, was viewed as arrogant, pushy and greedy. Just the same, the city likes the prestige of hosting...
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Clarian driven back in Muncie

November 29, 2007
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Clarian Health wasnâ??t able to get its $75 million medical complex near Muncie off the ground partly because doctors balked. So much sentiment poured out in favor of the home team, Ball Memorial Hospital, that Clarian couldnâ??t sign enough doctors to...
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'Creative class' debunked?

November 28, 2007
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The Wall Street Journal carried an interesting op-ed piece yesterday by a researcher who claimed cities are putting their eggs in the wrong basket by trying to attract young single professionals with a â??brew-latte-and-they-will-come-approach.â?? Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow at Chapman University,...
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Lottery vs. local ad firms

November 26, 2007
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The Hoosier Lottery has rejected all bids for the creative part of its advertising account. Most of the bidders were local, and the agencies involved are miffed that they were passed over. In this weekendâ??s IBJ, reporter Anthony Schoettle...
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Is Jones a political football?

November 26, 2007
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Carmel tech entrepreneur Scott Jones is finding himself in the middle of a political debate he didnâ??t ask for and doesnâ??t want. The spokeswoman for the Indiana Democratic Party is questioning whether Jones needed the $4 million in grants that two...
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Anthem loses disclosure fight

November 21, 2007
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The Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan that Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. operates in Connecticut has backed out of managing part of an insurance program rather than disclose the rates it pays doctors and its approach to denying prescription drug payments....
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Unions gaining, losing ground

November 20, 2007
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Unions are experiencing mixed results. The United Auto Workers lost clout during negotiations with Detroit car companies this year. Yet, the Service Employees International Union is forcing janitorial firms to the table in Indianapolis, Cincinnati and other cities. And workers at Casino...
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Does WellPoint's Braly show trend?

November 19, 2007
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Angela Braly, WellPointâ??s CEO, has not only made The Wall Street Journal â??s list of â??50 Women to Watchâ?? but she hit the top spot. Not so long ago Braly was largely unknown right here in WellPointâ??s headquarters city. Does Bralyâ??s rise...
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Finish Line throws down gauntlet

November 16, 2007
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Finish Line has played the â??material adverse effectâ?? card in its battle to break off its acquisition of Genesco. The Indianapolis company didnâ??t elaborate in yesterdayâ??s SEC filing, but Finish Line has repeatedly made clear that encountering problems with long-term implications...
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Is Lilly friendly to minorities?

November 15, 2007
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The National Urban League gave Eli Lilly and Co. its highest corporate honor today for helping with a health outreach program to African-Americans. Just two weeks ago another venerable civil rights group, the NAACP, backed a lawsuit filed for current and...
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Janitors, charges and Islamic law

November 14, 2007
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Itâ??s been a busy day for the movement in Indianapolis to organize janitors under the Service Employees International Union. The union announced that it plans to begin negotiating with several janitorial firms operating in the Indianapolis areaâ??a huge victory for the...
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Solving the tax debate

November 13, 2007
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Gov. Mitch Daniels has proposed capping residential property taxes at 1 percent of a homeâ??s assessed value, rental properties at 2 percent and businesses at 3 percent. Now state Sen. Luke Kenley says the bipartisan commission on taxes he heads will...
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Saving Steak n Shake

November 12, 2007
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Lots of Hoosiers have warm-and-fuzzy feelings for Steak n Shake. Wall Street's feelings are an entirely different matter. As the company readies to announce fiscal fourth quarter financial results this Thursday, investors are exasperated. The company has reported eight straight quarters...
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Will ATA leave Indy entirely?

November 9, 2007
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IBJ reporter Chris Oâ??Malley reported last weekend that ATA Airlinesâ?? parent company has quietly moved its headquarters to Peachtree City, Ga. Global Aero Logistics no longer flies out of Indianapolis International Airport, but it has other operations here that employ...
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How did media affect Ballard's win?

November 8, 2007
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Election Day was no high point in the annals of Indianapolis media. How could we have missed such a big story, that Greg Ballard was about to upset incumbent Mayor Bart Peterson? Local news organizations treated Ballard as an afterthought until...
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Will business like Ballard?

November 7, 2007
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Dating at least to the â??60s, when Richard Lugar was mayor of Indianapolis, the cityâ??s comeback has been driven by nationally renowned cooperation between government and business. Business interests came out of the woodwork to support Lugar, and subsequent mayors William...
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A new mayor in Indianapolis

November 7, 2007
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Now that Greg Ballard has pulled the big upset, how will Indianapolis be different under his administration? Is his election good or bad for business?
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Arts leaders tout Peterson

November 6, 2007
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The race between Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and his Republican challenger, Greg Ballard, became interesting in the final days, and not just because Ballard suddenly got traction in a widely publicized poll. In the past few days, two prominent arts leaders...
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My, how Marion has changed

November 5, 2007
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It wasnâ??t so long ago that Marion was the poster child for Rust Belt decline in Indiana. The city, which is just off Interstate 69 between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, lost a string of manufacturers and then finally the big...
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About

October 22, 2007
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Welcome to News Talk, where you can join the conversation on developing news. News Talk's host, Norm Heikens, can be reached at nheikens@ibj.com or 317-472-5304.
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