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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 bombs in rankings of 'new economy' states

August 25, 2010
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State has a dire future if Business Facilities' latest lists are any indication.
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Dreaded Asian carp headed toward Indy

August 19, 2010
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Invasive species that decimates food chains and riles boaters is swimming up the White River, expert says.
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Is Baron Hill high and dry?

July 28, 2010
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The congressman was the only one from the Indiana delegation to vote for cap and trade. Now, with the Senate having gotten cold feet on the legislation, Hill might have been left to twist in the wind.
 
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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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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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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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Assessing Daniels' record on the environment

April 26, 2010
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A leading Hoosier environmentalist thinks the governor isn’t living up to his conservative reputation.
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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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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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Global warming = more snow?

February 19, 2010
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A meteorologist says we can expect a string of cold, snowy winters, thanks to more moisture in the atmosphere.
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New Madrid quivers

January 25, 2010
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The infamous geologic fault line makes news again.
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Indiana and climate change

January 22, 2010
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A report by an influential Republican pollster could send a disruptive ripple through Indiana.
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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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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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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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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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Second thoughts on alternative energy

September 23, 2009
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A future rich in biofuels, solar and wind energy would consume a lot of land, a study says.
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You are green: Now what?

September 15, 2009
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IBJ Daily readers are keenly interested in environmental issues, if a poll conducted by IBJ in conjunction with Walker Information is any indication.
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Return of the gas-guzzler?

April 29, 2009
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Americans are gravitating toward the kinds of vehicles theyâ??ll be buying for the next several years, says one of the nationâ??s leading automotive forecasters. John Wolkonowicz, senior auto analyst at IHS Global Insight, says the dominant vehicle of the future will...
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Mass transit potential

April 27, 2009
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For an interesting take on how mass transit could help revitalize Indianapolis, see IBJ reporter Chris Oâ??Malleyâ??s story this week on the topic. Ball State grad students dreamed up several concepts for plunking new rail stations along existing...
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Backsliding on environment?

December 30, 2008
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One of the most curious developments underway in state government is the moves by the Department of Environmental Management to back peddle on its mandate to keep an eye on polluters. Environmental groups are aghast at IDEMâ??s plan to slap penalties...
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The (your name here) bat

December 4, 2008
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Purdue University is jumping on a trend toward offering naming rights for newly discovered species. The university plans to announce Monday that a bat discovered by one of its researchers can be named for a company, a person â??...
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Great mileage, bad wrecks

August 28, 2008
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Small, fuel-efficient cars are in and big, thirsty vehicles are out. But as consumers try to save money on gas, their odds of getting hurt increase, the Insurance Research Council warned today. The Pennsylvania organization, which researches the property and casualty...
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  1. Socialized medicine works great for white people in Scandanavia. It works well in Costa Rica for a population that is partly white and partly mestizo. I don't really see Obamacare as something aimed against whites. I think that is a Republican canard designed to elicit support from white people for republican candidates who don't care about them any more than democrats care about the non-whites they pander to with their phony maneuvers. But what is different between Costa Rica nd the Scandanavian nations on one hand and the US on the other? SIZE. Maybe the US is just too damn big. Maybe it just needs to be divided into smaller self governing pieces like when the old Holy Roman Empire was dismantled. Maybe we are always trying the same set of solutions for different kinds of people as if we were all the same. Oh-- I know-- that is liberal dogma, that we are all the same. Which is the most idiotic American notion going right back to the propaganda of 1776. All men are different and their differences are myriad and that which is different is not equal. The state which pretends men are all the same is going to force men to be the same. That is what America does here, that is what we do in our stupid overseas wars, that is how we destroy true diversity and true difference, and we are all as different groups of folks, feeling the pains of how capitalism is grinding us down into equally insignificant proletarian microconsumers with no other identity whether we like it or not. And the Marxists had this much right about the War of Independence: it was fundamentally a war of capitalist against feudal systems. America has been about big money since day one and whatever gets in the way is crushed. Health care is just another market and Obamacare, to the extent that it Rationalizes and makes more uniform a market which should actually be really different in nature and delivery from place to place-- well that will serve the interests of the biggest capitalist stakeholders in health care which is not Walmart for Gosh Sakes it is the INSURANCE INDUSTRY. CUI BONO Obamacare? The insurance industry. So republicans drop the delusion pro capitalist scales from your eyes this has almost nothing to do with race or "socialism" it has to do mostly with what the INSURANCE INDUSTRY wants to have happen in order to make their lives and profits easier.

  2. Read the article - the reason they can't justify staying is they have too many medicare/medicaid patients and the re-imbursements for transporting these patient is so low.

  3. I would not vote for Bayh if he did run. I also wouldn't vote for Pence. My guess is that Bayh does not have the stomach to oppose persons on the far left or far right. Also, outside of capitalizing on his time as U. S. Senator (and his wife's time as a board member to several companies) I don't know if he is willing to fight for anything. If people who claim to be in the middle walk away from fights with the right and left wing, what are we left with? Extremes. It's probably best for Bayh if he does not have the stomach for the fight but the result is no middle ground.

  4. JK - I meant that the results don't ring true. I also questioned the 10-year-old study because so much in the "health care system" has changed since the study was made. Moreover, it was hard to get to any overall conclusion or observation with the article. But....don't be defensive given my comments; I still think you do the best job of any journalist in the area shedding light and insight on important health care issues.

  5. Probably a good idea he doesn't run. I for one do not want someone who lives in VIRGINIA to be the governor. He gave it some thought, but he likes Virginia too much. What a name I cannot say on this site! The way these people think and operate amuses me.

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