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Diabetes overview, on-demand

December 6, 2010
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Check out an interactive map to see how diabetes rates are shooting up in Indiana.
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Did Lilly get preferential treatment on a disputable billboard ad?

November 4, 2010
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Billboard companies spiked the cancer ad. But Citizens Gas or WellPoint might have gotten a different result.
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Elections encourage an arch-conservative

November 3, 2010
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Bill Styring, whose long, wonkish career includes analyzing health reform for Mike Pence, cried last night.
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Kissinger speaks out about Indiana's 'passion' problem

September 28, 2010
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Pete Kissinger, who co-founded Bioanalytical Systems in West Lafayette, thinks Indiana needs more people like Bill Cook and Scott Jones—people who actually like their businesses.
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Indiana GOP candidates for U.S. House unanimously pledge to repeal health reform

September 8, 2010
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All nine Republicans—count 'em—have signed a pledge. What is that telling us?
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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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Expert: The end to sedentary lifestyles is in sight

July 15, 2010
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Physical and mental problems tied to inactivity are pushing both government and the private sector to force changes, Bradford Woods chief says.
 
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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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Trouble in life-sciences paradise

April 12, 2010
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Bloomington is struggling to keep its edge, a report says. And Bill Cook isn’t happy about it.
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Raw milk controversy foams again

March 29, 2010
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Want to start a fight? Don’t say “health care reform.” Try “raw milk."
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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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Would health reform spark exodus of best, brightest?

March 15, 2010
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Guaranteed availability of health insurance might prompt top employees to leave businesses and other organizations.
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The local impact of gendercide

March 8, 2010
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Baby girls are being aborted at higher and higher rates around the world. Does that affect how you do business in countries where this form of gendercide is prevalent?
 
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Underrated entrepreneurs

February 5, 2010
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The Indianapolis area is home to myriad unsung entrepreneurs who run interesting companies, make money and create good jobs. Here are some of them.
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Indy without Lilly, the 500?

February 2, 2010
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An Indiana University prof thinks Indianapolis should anticipate a future without Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a potentially reduced Eli Lilly and Co.
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Killer desk jobs

January 19, 2010
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Swedish doctors say sitting for long periods carries health risks.
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Osteopathy and Indiana Wesleyan

January 15, 2010
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The Indiana Osteopathic Association passed over a virtually certain $75 million in startup funding from Indiana Wesleyan University to choose Marian University for its new osteopathic college.
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Mad about work? Let it out

November 24, 2009
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If you're angry about unfair treatment at work, and don't let it out, you're much more likely to have a heart attack, a new study shows.
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Lilly snags talent kudos

November 19, 2009
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Fortune magazine ranked the drug company among the best in the world for managing talent.
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Expert: Wishard referendum will pass

November 2, 2009
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IUPUI political scientist Bill Blomquist predicts the Wishard hospital referendum will pass by a "comfortable" margin.

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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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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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Lilly as an employment destination

September 14, 2009
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Eli Lilly and Co. has experienced a string of setbacks in recent years. Is it still a good place to work?
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On the hook for bariatric surgery

September 11, 2009
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An Indiana Court of Appeals ruling favoring an obese employee is likely to make employers think twice about hiring overweight people.

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Community Health hires a maverick

August 21, 2009
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Today’s announcement that Community Health Network named Tony Lennen to head its Community Hospital South was a bit of an eye-opener.

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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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