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Your unemployment rate

November 12, 2009
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Unemployment is hitting various demographic groups quite differently.
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Is China a 'paper dragon'?

November 11, 2009
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For various reasons, more experts are doubting China's underlying strength.
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Holding steady on Wawasee

November 10, 2009
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Lake Wawasee, the popular northern Indiana getaway for some of the wealthiest people in the Indianapolis area, is doing fairly well despite the real estate bust.
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Layoff euphemisms

November 9, 2009
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Corporations simply don't like direct language, a Butler University professor says.
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Wal-Mart gets into the casket business

November 6, 2009
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Batesville Casket Co., the world's largest manufacturer, says it's watching, but isn't worried.
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Steak n Shake and the new NEA chief

November 5, 2009
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Should Biglari take Landesman's remarks as praise where he can get it, or consider them an insult?
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Rating prestigious ZIP codes

November 4, 2009
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A top-selling real estate agent pegs 46032 in Carmel and 46240 in Indianapolis as tops.
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Saturn's loss, Byrider's gain

November 3, 2009
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J.D. Byrider, the Indianapolis chain of used-car lots, is courting Saturn dealers to come into the fold as Byrider franchisees.
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Expert: Wishard referendum will pass

November 2, 2009
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IUPUI political scientist Bill Blomquist predicts the Wishard hospital referendum will pass by a "comfortable" margin.

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Marketing a former nerve gas site

October 29, 2009
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Will it be harder to attract businesses to the Newport Chemical Depot than to sell a house where a grisly murder took place?
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Has Bayh's moment arrived?

October 28, 2009
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Fiscal responsibility could be the mettle Sen. Evan Bayh needs to land in a higher office.

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Bicyclists and traffic laws

October 27, 2009
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As more bicyclists take to the streets in Indianapolis, is safety a greater concern?
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Should Indiana take Gates' money?

October 26, 2009
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Indiana wants to apply for controversial funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to seek federal education grants.
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Cutting corners on the I-69 extension

October 23, 2009
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Gov. Mitch Daniels is raising eyebrows in the Evansville area for ramrodding a section of the Interstate 69 extension ahead of schedule by a whopping three years.
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The right mix of work and vacation

October 22, 2009
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Americans have long desired the comparatively lavish vacations enjoyed by peers in other industrialized countries, but the higher productivity of the U.S. economy is the trade-off.
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Drugs in our water

October 21, 2009
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Researchers are finding a host of pharmaceutical residues in tributaries to the White River, from which Indianapolis and other cities draw drinking water.
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A harrowing tale of decline

October 20, 2009
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Telling a story about a company and a union that both feared the future, and fought to a bitter draw.
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Afraid to die

October 19, 2009
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Fear of death may be causing Americans to expect too much from our medical system when it comes to prolonging the lives of the old and infirm.
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Another year of bank migration?

October 16, 2009
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More than a year a year after the financial crisis began, businesses are still looking for new bank relationships.
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Assessing the stimulus in Indiana

October 15, 2009
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The preliminary numbers are out on the effect of the $787 billion federal stimulus on Indiana.
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Taking Ostrom to Indiana forests

October 13, 2009
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How rich that Elinor Ostrom, the Indiana University professor who won a Nobel prize for economics yesterday, got her nails dirty researching how people in pockets of forests in undeveloped nations allocate their natural resources.
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Organizing armies of volunteers

October 10, 2009
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A company has started to organize logistics for trade associations and other groups that gather for conventions in Indianapolis and want to "give back" to the city while they're here.
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Federal workers dodging layoffs

October 9, 2009
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One of the best places to have waited out this recession was in federal government. Federal workers have pretty much gotten a bye on pink slips at a time private sector employees have taken it on the chin.
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Steady as he goes at Purdue's Krannert School

October 8, 2009
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As Rick Cosier's tenure as dean of Purdue University's MBA program nears an end, expect the program to continue turning out top "Quant Jock" operations managers--people who relentlessly figure out how to manufacture things better and cheaper.

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Dow AgroSciences and the Holy Grail

October 7, 2009
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Dow AgroSciences could boost its market share in genetically altered corn almost overnight by inventing a perennial corn. But investors might not have the patience.
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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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