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ArcelorMittal throws down gauntlet on gun law

July 1, 2010
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Steelmaker’s decision to forbid guns at work despite Indiana’s new statute will likely spark a lawsuit.
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Was Daniels right about the Court of Appeals?

June 30, 2010
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The state Supreme Court rammed an appeals court decision on Indiana’s voter ID bill down its throat. Was the appellate decision “judicial arrogance?”
 
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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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How federal pork suppresses business

June 15, 2010
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A Harvard study shows companies suffer when politicians deluge their states with federal dollars.
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Merit pay fireworks in the next General Assembly?

June 4, 2010
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A Republican takeover might spark a run at teacher merit pay and even right-to-work legislation.
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Bloomington piles into Arizona boycott

June 3, 2010
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City officials in Bloomington have decided to stop buying goods and services from companies based in Arizona. Neither will the city send its officials to Arizona for conferences.
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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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Regulators ripped in Irwin Financial postmortem

May 5, 2010
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The Chicago Fed missed several chances to rein in explosive growth before the prominent bank failed. But the deeper question is, what was Will Miller thinking?
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Hard times might make workers feel better about employers

May 3, 2010
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Any bounce could be temporary, an expert cautions.
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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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Ready for subsidized vacation?

April 21, 2010
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Vacations are evolving into a “human right” in the European Union. So, you guessed it, subsidies are next. But an IU prof who’s a native of France isn’t sure it’s a good idea.
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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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Are teachers unions the new UAW?

April 15, 2010
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The Indiana State Teachers Association might shoot itself in the foot in its standoff with the state’s school chief.
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Will Tony Bennett's school reforms hurt struggling students?

April 8, 2010
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A plan to get more parents interested in their children’s performance in school and reward good teachers might inadvertently strip resources from students who most need the help most.
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Is Indiana northern or southern?

April 7, 2010
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Many Hoosiers would recoil at the Confederate History Month declaration by Virginia’s new governor. Others, though, might not, and the reaction would likely depend on where in Indiana the reaction came from.
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City Securities chief likes Tea Party

March 30, 2010
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You know times have changed when the head of Indianapolis’ main investment bank can identify with the Tea Party movement.
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What to do when a pit bull attacks

March 24, 2010
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If the next incident involves you, good luck. But pepper spray for grizzly bears might help.
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What's next for guns at work

March 19, 2010
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Beginning July 1, employees will be able to bring guns to work. A labor lawyer says employers will need to get creative.
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What universities can learn from a steel mill

March 12, 2010
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Steel Dynamics is highly competitive partly because employees are compensated on how much money they save. Should Purdue and other universities take notice?
 
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Angry at Indiana politicians

March 5, 2010
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An observer says Hoosiers are really honked at incumbents. Except for Daniels.
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Local government reform still sputtering

March 4, 2010
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The second legislative session since the Kernan-Shepard report on local government reform is about to end. Joe Kernan and Randall Shepard can still say, “We’ve got to stop governing like this.”
 
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Center Township revival in the offing?

March 3, 2010
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Finally, a perceptible population spurt. One observer thinks the future is bright.
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A Daniels presidential strategy

February 26, 2010
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Attorney, lobbyist and long-time Republican fundraiser John Hammond thinks Daniels should go to cognoscenti before early states and tea parties.
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Pondering an Evan Bayh redux

February 22, 2010
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Some observers think Bayh will run for governor again to springboard to the presidency. But to stand out to national, and possibly even Hoosier, voters, he might be forced outside his cautious comfort zone.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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