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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. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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