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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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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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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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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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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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Why Indy seems slow to ban smoking

October 6, 2009
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If Indianapolis is considered a model on fronts ranging from downtown revitalization to fiscal responsibility, why is it so late to ban smoking? George Geib, who has been observing Indianapolis as a Butler University historian for 45 years, thinks the reluctance can be traced to immigration patterns.
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Rolls-Royce and health care reform

October 5, 2009
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Rolls-Royce, the British jet engine maker, isn't taking a position on health care reform, but let's drag them into it, anyway, because Rolls-Royce's business model might interest the crowd advocating for reform via market forces.
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Noblesville sacks economic development director

October 2, 2009
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Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear has fired the city's economic development director, Kevin Kelly, after Kelly had been on the job for about two years.

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Assessing downtown cleanliness

September 9, 2009
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Indianapolis' downtown has its strengths. But what are those smells?

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Chrysler sticks it to Kokomo

August 21, 2009
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Officials in Kokomo and Howard County are in a tough spot. The “new” Chrysler created after its bankruptcy sale to Fiat contends it‘s no longer on the hook for $12.9 million it owes various local taxing bodies this year and $12.3 million it will owe next year.

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How â??bout that state fair!

August 7, 2009
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Thereâ??s nothing quite like a state capital to blunt a crummy economy. Not only are legions of government workers paid regardless of how the private sector performs, but capitals also have lots of small gold mines â?? like state fairs. In...
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Questions about â??clunkersâ??

August 6, 2009
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â??Cash for clunkersâ?? has sent lots of gas-guzzlers to the scrap yard and helped car dealers move the metal. But as Congress considers adding $2 billion to the initial $1 billion earmarked for the program, both the political right and left...
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Wishard's $754M request

July 13, 2009
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The folks at Wishard Memorial Hospital have tough jobs. They care for the indigent, patch up more than their share of gunshot wounds, and pay for most of it by billing government insurance programs, which arenâ??t known for lucrative reimbursements. Ancient,...
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High court sides with business

June 29, 2009
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Business has won two important cases in the U.S. Supreme Court in recent days. Today, the court ruled in favor of white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., who claimed they had been unfairly denied promotions due to their race....
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Elementary smarts

June 24, 2009
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Tony Bennett, the stateâ??s new education chief, has said children who canâ??t read or write before reaching middle school years are all but doomed to struggle through the rest of their academic careers. So, IBJ reporter J.K. Wall notes...
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Goldsmithâ??s latest venture

June 4, 2009
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Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith, never one to let grass grow under his feet, has started a not-for-profit with one-time presidential candidate Howard Dean to promote Goldsmithâ??s pet cause of public-private partnerships. The Council of Project Finance Advisors aims...
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Bargaining away the reserve

June 2, 2009
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In his five-minute address last night, Mitch Daniels referred to other statesâ?? fiscal woes no fewer than four times. Daniels, who is so fiscally conservative that one wonders whether he darns his own socks, is rightfully proud that his state hasnâ??t...
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Downsides to city sponsorships

May 29, 2009
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As the city of Indianapolis continues to explore selling sponsorships to help bridge a yawning budget gap, some interesting ideas are turning up. As IBJ writer Riya V. Anandwala reports, proposals include sponsoring abandoned lots, underwriting the salting of city...
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Health care, Mayo Clinic style

May 18, 2009
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Mention Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Clarian Health in the same breath, and you have a front-page story, which is just what reporter J.K. Wall wrote in this weekâ??s IBJ. Clarian is moving ahead with plans to mimic the...
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Report: Life sciences rocks

May 13, 2009
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Indiana University handed the stateâ??s life sciences industry a nice love letter today in the form of a study. Pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and health care supplies were responsible for nearly a fourth of all jobs created in the state...
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Race in the corner office

May 8, 2009
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Just when one hopes racial stereotypes are in retreat, along comes another study suggesting otherwise. Now weâ??re told that black CEOs with â??baby facesâ?? fare better than black CEOs with more "mature"-looking faces when it comes to results at...
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Fodder for special session

May 1, 2009
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Charitably speaking, not much got done in the legislative session that ended Wednesday. Now Gov. Daniels plans to call a special session to force passage of a budget, the only bodyâ??s only legal requirement. Should anything else be put on the...
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The â??fleeting expletivesâ?? decision

April 28, 2009
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This morning, the Supreme Court said in another of its 5-4 decisions that the federal government has authority to regulate occasional instances of profanity on broadcast television and radio, called â??fleeting expletives.â?? But the high court also ordered a...
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