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Drugmakers versus consumers

February 25, 2008
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Congress and the courts long have tried to balance regulations to try to protect consumers while giving companies space to operate. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 to limit lawsuits against medical device makers if the Food...
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Paying extra for hormone-free milk

February 7, 2008
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Grocery stores are rejecting milk from cows that have been injected with a growth hormone that stimulates milk production. Kroger, Dean Foods and others are responding to consumers who are jittery about recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rbST, which has been used since...
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Immigration bill to become law?

January 30, 2008
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The Indiana Senate made its sentiment clear yesterday by approving the immigration bill by the gaping margin of 37-11 and firing it on to the House. This is the bill that would make businesses liable for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. With this...
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Covering the least of these

January 21, 2008
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It isnâ??t often these days that we see deep, serious reporting on poverty that helps explain the problem and makes us think. In a recent interview, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne argued that the subject has been edged out of news...
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Supremes appear to back voter law

January 9, 2008
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Questions posed by U.S. Supreme Court justices today suggest they might be reluctant to overturn Indianaâ??s voter ID law. Reports from the proceedings quote Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote on the court, as asking why the court should be...
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Insurer rejects church over stance

January 8, 2008
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An insurance company headquartered in Fort Wayne has refused to offer a property policy to a Michigan church that belongs to a denomination that backs gay rights. Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co., says the risk of insuring West Adrian United Church of...
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Checking for illegal immigrants

January 3, 2008
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The clash over illegal immigration under way in other states may well show up in the General Assembly this year. State chamber lobbyist George Raymond expects at least one bill to materialize, and he thinks the chances of passage are pretty...
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Another Pacers dust up

December 10, 2007
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Jamaal Tinsley is back in the news, and not for helping the Indiana Pacers win games. Early Sunday morning, someone with an assault rifle followed Tinsley and his friends from a nightclub near Lafayette Square Mall to the Conrad Hotel downtown...
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Your approach to giving

December 5, 2007
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A study put out yesterday by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University says that about two in three American households made donations in each of the three years it followed. The center also found that slightly more than half of...
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Is Indiana addicted to gambling?

December 4, 2007
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Indiana relies heavily on gambling to fund state and local government. Nearly $1 billion is generated for government by riverboats, the lottery, and taxes on parimutuel wagering and charity gaming. Just how long the state will be able to keep the...
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Does WellPoint's Braly show trend?

November 19, 2007
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Angela Braly, WellPointâ??s CEO, has not only made The Wall Street Journal â??s list of â??50 Women to Watchâ?? but she hit the top spot. Not so long ago Braly was largely unknown right here in WellPointâ??s headquarters city. Does Bralyâ??s rise...
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Is Lilly friendly to minorities?

November 15, 2007
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The National Urban League gave Eli Lilly and Co. its highest corporate honor today for helping with a health outreach program to African-Americans. Just two weeks ago another venerable civil rights group, the NAACP, backed a lawsuit filed for current and...
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Janitors, charges and Islamic law

November 14, 2007
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Itâ??s been a busy day for the movement in Indianapolis to organize janitors under the Service Employees International Union. The union announced that it plans to begin negotiating with several janitorial firms operating in the Indianapolis areaâ??a huge victory for the...
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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