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Lechleiter's reign at Lilly

March 31, 2008
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Tomorrow, John Lechleiter takes over from Sidney Taurel as CEO of Eli Lilly and Co. A chemist who came up through Lillyâ??s labs, marketing and finally, as president and chief operating officer, Lechleiter faces major pressure. Lilly stock has trended...
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Death ponds

March 27, 2008
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It hardly seems like a week goes by anymore without another story about someone sliding into a suburban retention pond and losing their life or at least coming uncomfortably close. Some ponds have become dumping grounds for cars, and now Plainfield...
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Chelsea Clinton's response

March 26, 2008
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Chelsea Clinton has been widely praised for her response to a question at Butler University yesterday about how Monica Lewinsky might have affected her motherâ??s candidacy for president. â??I donâ??t think that is any of your business,â?? Chelsea Clinton shot back. The...
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What ails Brown County?

March 25, 2008
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What Hoosier hasnâ??t been to Brown County for the fall colors, to shop in Nashville or tromp on the trails at Brown County State Park? Yet, as IBJ correspondent Jonathan Hiskes reported in this weekendâ??s edition, prosperity is coming harder and...
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Angie's List takes on health care

March 24, 2008
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As of today, youâ??ll be able to scour Angieâ??s List for ratings on doctors, health insurance and other health services. The Indianapolis company made its name by rating plumbers and other home repair services. Will the same approach work with...
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Indiana's forgotten corridor

March 21, 2008
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Draw a line from Richmond in east-central Indiana toward the Chicago area, and youâ??ll find some of the most depressed space in the state. The stretch includes the once-mighty manufacturing centers of Anderson, Gas City, Muncie, Kokomo and Logansport. Factories and...
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Clinton and Obama on NAFTA

March 21, 2008
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Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama suggested to voters before the Ohio primary election early this month that the North American Free Trade Agreement should be renegotiated because Rust Belt workers are getting a raw deal. The extent to which Clinton and...
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Valuing the FFA convention

March 19, 2008
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The National FFA put out a release today saying its national convention in Indianapolis in October created a $40 million impact. Lump out suppliers from outside the area, and the local impact amounted to $34.5 million. Global Insight Inc., a respected...
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Tax legislation to become law

March 18, 2008
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Gov. Mitch Daniels is set to sign the property tax legislation tomorrow. Daniels got most of what he proposed last fall. Homeowners get a tax cut, future bills will be capped and the sales tax rises to compensate. Are you happy with...
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Ticket to the middle class

March 17, 2008
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Forget outsourcing. A Michigan research group says the larger problem for manufacturing will be finding enough domestic workers to navigate the complexities of modern factory floors. The Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor contends in a recent report that while...
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Hysteria or playing it safe?

March 17, 2008
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Lots of people laughed last week at the Fort Wayne law firm that called police about a suspicious gift bag it received. The suspicious package had come from a man who was being sued by a client of the...
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Sales tax to rise next month

March 14, 2008
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The state sales tax rises to 7 percent from 6 percent on April 1 if the property tax legislation in the General Assembly becomes law. Youâ??re right. Thatâ??s not even three weeks away. What do you think?...
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Importing workers to Indianapolis

March 13, 2008
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Hereâ??s something that might surprise you, considering that Indiana is sometimes viewed by people outside the state as insular and unwelcoming to strangers. Indianapolis has a higher percentage of income earners at least age 15 who were born in another state...
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Newcomers to suburban counties

March 13, 2008
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Lots of people are flocking to the eight suburban counties that surround Indianapolis, a new report from the Indianapolis Private Industry Council says. More than 16,000 showed up in 2005 alone, said the report, which tracks the work force. But the council...
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Obama coming to town

March 12, 2008
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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is dropping in on Indianapolis this Saturday for a campaign stop. Will Obama or Hillary do better in Indiana?
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Local IKEAphiles in mourning

March 12, 2008
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So much for IKEA dropping one of its stores in the Indianapolis area anytime soon. A store opening today in a Cincinnati suburb is about as close as Indianapolis is going to see, at least for a while, IBJ Associate...
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Moving to the country

March 10, 2008
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More of us Hoosiers are moving to unincorporated areas and other places beyond city and town limits. In fact, the pace of growth for unincorporated areas was significantly faster between 2000 and 2006 than for cities and towns, the Indiana...
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Cheaper Beemers?

March 10, 2008
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BMW said today it will expand its plant in Spartanburg, S.C., to make the X3 and X5 sport-utility vehicles. Another model destined for the plant is the X6 coupe. The cost of imports has risen as the value of the...
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Is Thompson right on jobs?

March 6, 2008
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Earlier this week, Jill Long Thompson, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, said Gov. Mitch Danielsâ?? approach to economic development has focused on individual companies to the detriment of big-picture policy changes that could improve the...
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Energy and farmland values

March 5, 2008
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You probably arenâ??t begrudging farmers and others for the record farmland prices theyâ??re enjoying. But those prices wouldnâ??t be so high if the ethanol plants popping up across Indiana and elsewhere in the Midwest werenâ??t using so much corn. Now weâ??re...
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Indiana avoids budget shortfall list

March 4, 2008
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A new report by a Washington, D.C., think tank shows 25 states expect budget shortfalls in their 2009 fiscal years. Illinois and Kentucky are on the list issued by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, but Indiana isnâ??tâ??at least...
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University foundations and tuition

March 3, 2008
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College and university foundations have been raking in the dollars in the past few years due to big investment returns. Millions of dollars have flowed in. As IBJ reporter Tracy Donhardt wrote in this weekendâ??s paper, critics say more of...
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Did court split the baby?

February 29, 2008
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If your friend or relative is hurt in a car accident, but you werenâ??t involved in the accident, is an insurance company obligated to pay you damages for emotional distress? Until this week, the answer was yes. The Indiana Supreme Court More

Daylight-saving time angst

February 27, 2008
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The debate over daylight-saving time never seems to end. University of California-Santa Barbara economists have studied Duke Energy Corp. electricity bills and found that Indianaâ??s switch to daylight-saving time in 2006 cost Duke households $8.6 million extra. Duke operates in the...
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Buckley and Hoosier conservatism

February 27, 2008
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William F. Buckley, who died yesterday at age 82, was an intellectual lion who played a key role in pushing conservatism to national prominence, and he left tracks in Indiana along the way.More

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