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Did Lilly get preferential treatment on a disputable billboard ad?

November 4, 2010
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Billboard companies spiked the cancer ad. But Citizens Gas or WellPoint might have gotten a different result.
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Farm broadcaster: Indy 'clueless' about FFA convention

October 18, 2010
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Gary Truitt says Indianapolis people are mystified by the polite youth in blue jackets and regard them as "hayseed farm kids come to the big city to party."
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Pick your (bug) poison

September 29, 2010
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Now scientists are finding genetically modified insect killer in Indiana water.
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Indiana is a bigger Amish state than you think

September 10, 2010
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How much longer until even Pennsylvania is eclipsed?
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New venture capital firm off to blazingly fast start

September 9, 2010
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Cultivian Ventures began investing in a no-man's land just as the financial crisis ramped up, and now it's already considering a second fund.
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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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Indiana's smelly news

April 22, 2010
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If it isn’t huge methane bubbles in manure pits, its drug suspects actually hiding in the stuff.
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Indiana's place in a globalized economy

April 20, 2010
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How will the state stand up against booming—and highly innovative—emerging nations?
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Showdown for ethanol

April 19, 2010
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Powerful new lobbies are fighting over the future of the controversial industry. Who are they appealing to? You.
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A tip for getting into vet school

March 31, 2010
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Like cattle, hogs and other big farm animals? You’re now considered a diversity candidate.
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Raw milk controversy foams again

March 29, 2010
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Want to start a fight? Don’t say “health care reform.” Try “raw milk."
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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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Return to horse slaughterhouses?

February 25, 2009
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Paul Dieterlen is the unusual veterinarian who doesnâ??t have a pet. But Dieterlen, who retired recently from overseeing the meat-inspection division within the State Board of Animal Health, says that if he had one, it would be a horse. So it...
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Integrity of organic foods

February 4, 2009
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The organic food industry is in an uproar over concerns that organic fertilizer may have been spiked with synthetic versions. Last month, FBI and federal agriculture officials searched a California organic fertilizer factory, but wouldnâ??t disclose their motive. The...
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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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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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Ex-food chief: Crops for fuel is OK

May 5, 2008
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In his five years as executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Jim Morris saw global hunger from an uncomfortably close vantage point. So, one might expect him to criticize the idea of turning corn and soybeans into alternative...
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Energy and farmland values

March 5, 2008
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You probably arenâ??t begrudging farmers and others for the record farmland prices theyâ??re enjoying. But those prices wouldnâ??t be so high if the ethanol plants popping up across Indiana and elsewhere in the Midwest werenâ??t using so much corn. Now weâ??re...
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  4. Jim, your "misleading" numbers comment is spot on. This is the spin these posers are putting on it. News flash, fans: these guys lie. They are not publicly traded so no one holds them accountable for anything they say. The TV numbers are so miniscule to begin with any "increase" produces double digit "growth" numbers. It's ridiculous to think that anything these guys have done has awakened the marketplace. What have they done? Consolidate the season so they run more races on consecutive weekends? And this creates "momentum." Is that the same momentum you enjoy when you don't race between August and March? Keep in mind that you are running teams who barely make ends meet ragged over the summer to accomplish this brilliant strategy of avoiding the NFL while you run your season finale at midnight on the East Coast. But I should not obfuscate my own point: any "ratings increase" is exactly what Jim points to - the increased availability of NBC Sports in households. Look fans, I love the sport to but these posers are running it off a cliff. Miles wants to declare victory and then run for Mayor. I could go on and on but bottom line for God's sake don't believe a word they say. Note to Anthony - try doing just a little research instead of reporting what these pretenders say and then offering an "opinion" no more informed than the average fan.

  5. If he's finally planning to do the right thing and resign, why not do it before the election? Waiting until after means what - s special election at tax payer expense? Appointment (by whom?) thus robbing the voters of their chance to choose? Does he accrue some additional financial advantage to waiting, like extra pension payments? What's in it for him? That's the question that needs to be asked.

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