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Dr. Segun Rasaki, an Indianapolis physician, has been charged with 24 felonies for allegedly prescribing controlled substances such as hydrocone, methadone and oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose, according to charges announced Monday by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Rasaki, who was being held Monday in the Marion County Jail, describes himself as an "independent hospital and health care professional" on his LinkedIn page. In an unrelated case, Rasaki was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing patients. The state’s medical licensing board revoked his medical license in the same year. According to an investigation by state and federal investigators, Rasaki prescribed painkillers illegally to 11 patients as well as to one undercover agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He also allegedly filed more than $5,000 in fraudulent claims against health insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for “ghost” office visits and unneeded medical services.

Eli Lilly and Co. stock jumped 5.5 percent Thursday after the Indianapolis-based drugmaker announced clinical trial results showing its experimental lung cancer medicine necitumumab increased patients' overall survival compared with those on chemotherapy alone. According to Bloomberg News, the drug was tested in nearly 1,100 patients with non-small-cell lung cancer with tumor types known as squamous. “This is a clear upside surprise,” Mark Schoenebaum, an analyst with ISI Group LLC, said in a note to clients. Analysts had “basically zero” expectations for necitumumab, Schoenebaum said in his note. The drug failed in a prior non-squamous lung cancer trial, he said. Lilly expects to publish results of the trial and submit the drug to regulators next year.

Public broadcasting station WFYI-FM 90.1 aims to expand distribution of its locally produced “Sound Medicine” show to at least 30 radio stations in large and medium-size markets in the next two years. The 12-year-old show already airs on 16 out-of-state stations as far away as Alaska. WFYI has lassoed two years’ funding to “build a sustainable national brand” for the show, which the station produces through a partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine. As for how much money was recently committed, and by whom, station executives declined to say. In the past, much of the funding has come from Indiana University Health Physicians and from IUPUI, which often are mentioned during the program. The new funds are being used to add an executive producer tasked with improving distribution and content of the program, which is distributed without charge to stations interested in running it. "Trying to negotiate a license fee at this point is a barrier to carriage," said Alan Cloe, executive vice president of content services at WFYI. "Sound Medicine," whose primary host is former WRTV-TV Channel 6 anchor Barbara Lewis, covers everything from new medical treatments to dispelling common medical myths.

Ivy Tech Community College is cutting hours for its part-time professors in preparation for implementing the Obamacare overhaul of health insurance. The law requires employers to provide health insurance to part-time employees who work 30 hours a week or more, and the Obama administration has said it will start enforcing that provision in 2015. Colleges and the Obama administration are also still trying to figure out how to convert colleges’ system of counting credit hours into a reliable system of hours worked. Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder said the college system reduced most of its part-time faculty's credit hours to nine to provide leeway for unresolved issues such as how preparation time is counted. About 60 percent of Ivy Tech professors work part time. Snyder says college officials would prefer the figure be 50 percent, but he says that would require an additional $50 million in state funding.

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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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