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Bloodbath on Wall Street

September 29, 2008
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Thereâ??s no time like an election to make politicians nervous about taking a stand on a controversial issue, and this afternoonâ??s House vote on the $700 billion bailout plan is no exception. Many Republicans and some Democrats, leery about facing voters...
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Stability versus boom-and-bust

September 25, 2008
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Itâ??s a rare person who enjoys the asset bubbles and boom-and-bust cycles that afflict the U.S. economy, most recently the subprime mortgage crisis and implosions on Wall Street. But Purdue University economist David Hummels contends that the United States deals with...
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Union tensions loom in Congress

September 22, 2008
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If the Employee Free Choice Act sounds unfamiliar, you arenâ??t alone. The proposed legislation is getting little coverage this election cycle. But the measure could emerge as a flashpoint in the next Congress as business and labor groups battle for power. Business...
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Signs and the First Amendment

September 17, 2008
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The American Civil Liberties Union has taken up the case of a Plainfield man who says a city zoning ordinance tramples his First Amendment right to free speech. Plainfield officials told the man, Nick Crews, to take down a...
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Is Bloomington best Hoosier city?

September 15, 2008
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Bloomington keeps racking up the accolades. Over the weekend, a Wall Street Journal article focused on the city as a vibrant, low-cost alternative to Sun Belt locations for retirees. Congestion is low, there are two hospitals, and plenty of natural...
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Bailing out Detroit carmakers

September 10, 2008
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Executives of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are optimistic about their chances of getting inexpensive federal loans to help tide them through the credit crunch and sales downturn. The discussions, which have come to light in recent weeks, have the execs...
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Getting Hoosiers through college

September 9, 2008
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The Indiana Commission on Higher Education rolled out an ambitious goal yesterday â?? to increase the number of graduates from state-supported colleges and universities by a third within four years. Indiana isnâ??t plagued by too few high school grads...
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What ails Jill?

September 5, 2008
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If any governor were vulnerable to a strong challenge in a re-election campaign, it should have been Mitch Daniels, who has made a lot of Hoosiers mad by pushing daylight saving time, leasing the Indiana Toll Road and in general...
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Less zing in Daniels' second term?

September 2, 2008
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Mitch Daniels ran for governor four years ago promising to shake things up, and it would be hard to argue that he hasnâ??t followed through. Daylight saving time passed. Cigarette taxes were raised to fund health insurance. Property taxes were reformed. What...
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SAT scores stuck below average

August 26, 2008
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This yearâ??s SAT scores are out, and there isnâ??t much to cheer about. Indiana saw math scores improve slightly, but reading and writing scores dropped a few points. All three remain below national averages. Educators say the tests are...
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Susan Bayh as a political liability

August 19, 2008
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Barack Obama is expected to announce his vice presidential running mate any day now, and Evan Bayhâ??s name is still thought to be on the short list. The Indiana senator is viewed as a moderate who would counter Obamaâ??s liberal voting...
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Appraisers' role in the meltdown

August 18, 2008
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Some of the people most familiar with the mortgage foreclosure explosion in the Indianapolis area in recent years have privately pointed fingers at appraisers. Appraisers too often were in cahoots with lenders to illegally inflate prices of houses, the insiders complained,...
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When to blow the whistle

August 6, 2008
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Whistleblowers are learning the hard way that they wonâ??t necessarily get their jobs back by exposing problems. The latest such case involved a former banker who saw his case rejected by an appeals court. The court ruled that his...
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Schellinger looks back

July 24, 2008
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The Democratic primary race between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and winner Barack Obama attracted so much attention that the Indiana governorâ??s race got short shrift â?? and the governorâ??s race still isnâ??t getting the respect it deserves. Thatâ??s how Jim Schellinger...
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Did airport decision split the baby?

July 18, 2008
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As expected, the airport authority has opted to put Weir Cooksâ?? name on a major street leading to the new terminal as well as the terminal itself. Would the airportâ??s brand equity have been eroded had the board renamed...
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Is Bloomington anti-business?

July 7, 2008
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Bloomington has a reputation as one of the toughest places in the state to do business. Its regulations are thickets, its bureaucrats nit-pickers, its public officials aloof. At least thatâ??s how many businesspeople view the city. The latest controversy pits...
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Base closings and health care

June 30, 2008
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Weâ??ve reached the season when companies start lining up employee health care coverage for the following year. Like prior years, companies will complain about skyrocketing costs and workers will complain about getting fewer benefits. Study after study suggests both parties will...
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Expert: 75 mph might be safe

June 24, 2008
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A Purdue University civil engineering professor made news this week by rolling out a study showing the new 70 mph speed limit on rural interstates in Indiana caused virtually no increase in fatalities or injuries. The study was prompted by 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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Depending on a three-legged stool

June 9, 2008
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Economic development experts have long contended that business investment and good jobs gravitate to places where business, government and higher education are on the ball and get along together. If one of the three legs doesnâ??t carry its weight, the other...
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Raise the cigarette tax again?

June 5, 2008
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Health advocates beamed with a â??told-you-soâ?? response this week when state officials announced that cigarette sales dropped dramatically after taxes were raised last July. Sales fell nearly 18 percent, apparently a direct result of boosting the tax 44 cents to a...
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Making companies say, 'I do'

June 4, 2008
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Lots of Indiana towns will do almost anything to get a factory or warehouse. That often means skipping pointed questions about corporate citizenship for fear of losing the project. A Lebanon city council member isn't looking the other way, though. Dick Robertson...
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Return Weir Cook to airport title?

June 3, 2008
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Weir Cook has been dead a long time, since 1943, but a military veterans group wants to bring his name back to what is now Indianapolis International Airport. The war heroâ??s name was on the airport from 1944, a...
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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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Hubbard blasts Florida over oil

May 22, 2008
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Al Hubbard, the Indianapolis businessman who stepped down last year as director of President Bushâ??s National Economic Council, is quoted in a recent Barronâ??s column as hammering Floridians and others living along U.S. coasts for squeezing the tourniquet on additional...
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