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Census surprises

January 4, 2010
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An Indiana University demographer outlines predictions on Latinos, homeownership and populations of unincorporated areas.
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Future of the estate tax

December 31, 2009
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Debating how Congress should respond to the limbo it imposed.
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Real estate commissions

December 30, 2009
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Realtor incomes went down this year despite a miniscule increase in commission rates.
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'Most accurate' forecaster predicts surge

December 28, 2009
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A rising stock market will prompt consumers to start spending again, says Barclays economist Dean Maki.
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Falcone mourning Saab

December 18, 2009
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Former dealer saw the end coming, but says customers are following him to Volkswagen and Subaru.
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Bailing out big spenders

December 17, 2009
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Obama is going wobbling on forcing fiscal responsibility on states, and Hoosiers might get stuck with the bill.
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Even Bentley sales are down

December 16, 2009
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A Zionsville dealer says the economy is influencing its wealthy buyers, but things would be worse under Rolls-Royce.
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Lilly Endowment's two-fer

December 15, 2009
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Its education focus just might make the endowment more of a jobs engine than the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
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'Taxing' not-for-profit property

December 14, 2009
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Some Indiana mayors, desperate for revenue, think it's time for "payments-in-lieu-of-taxes."
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Lights out (crime up?) in Muncie

December 11, 2009
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Muncie plans to turn out most of its street lights to keep from going broke. But what about the social consequences?
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Overrun with Chihuahuas

December 10, 2009
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The Bay Area has zillions of the tiny dogs. But Indianapolis isn't part of the airlift strategy.
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Assessing Ballard's new rules

December 9, 2009
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Do the mayor's lobbying restrictions go far enough?
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Keeping wage figures secret

December 8, 2009
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IBJ isn't the only news organization wondering whether the Indiana Economic Development Corp. is getting good bang for the buck.
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Marsh, then and now

December 7, 2009
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Now that Marsh Supermarkets is being run like a real business, has the shopping experience changed?
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Get ready for fake pork

December 3, 2009
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Scientists have discovered how to grow pork in a lab. Now, what to do with all that corn?
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Carp, shipping and a lawsuit

December 3, 2009
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A lawsuit aimed at stopping invasive carp from reaching Lake Michigan could bring some forms of shipping to a grinding halt.
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Rich flocking to real estate

November 30, 2009
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A survey shows wealthy investors are targeting real estate. But what about Indianapolis?
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Don't confuse Toyota for GM

November 25, 2009
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Toyota isn't about to grow complacent like GM did in the '60s, an analyst says.
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Mad about work? Let it out

November 24, 2009
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If you're angry about unfair treatment at work, and don't let it out, you're much more likely to have a heart attack, a new study shows.
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Bank slogan gets acid test

November 23, 2009
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The banking crisis isn't the only reason to rethink the ubiquitous "We care" theme.
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Messer: Palin could 'win' Indiana

November 20, 2009
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Former state representative and lobbyist Luke Messer thinks Sarah Palin could carry Indiana in a presidential primary.
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Lilly snags talent kudos

November 19, 2009
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Fortune magazine ranked the drug company among the best in the world for managing talent.
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Analyst: No trucking U-turn till late 2010

November 18, 2009
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FTR Associates analyst Jon Starks says truck manufacturers won't feel an improved economy until at least late 2010.
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Bob & Tom's durability

November 17, 2009
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How long can Tom Griswold and Bob Kevoian keep their act fresh?
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Daniels and entrepreneurship

November 16, 2009
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Does Gov. Mitch Daniels' economic development strategy emphasize job attraction at the expense of entrepreneurship?
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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