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HOHMANN: Whatever happened to the fab 16 Tech?Restricted Content

September 20, 2014
Abbe Hohmann / Special to IBJ
Strong leadership is needed for the urban Indianapolis tech park to hit its high potential.
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Lean years loom for Capital Improvement BoardRestricted Content

September 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board is headed for lean years, but it’s not for a lack of resources. The entity that oversees downtown convention and sports venues faces payment of two big debts.
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Embattled Indiana Rep. Turner to resign after elections

September 19, 2014
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero said Friday that he will leave the General Assembly to take a job with a Christian group in Atlanta.
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Former GIPC leader gets 2 years of home detention

September 19, 2014
Jeff Newman
The former executive director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee was sentenced to two years of home detention Friday after pleading guilty to four counts of forgery. The plea agreement was approved after Matthew Hendrix turned over a restitution check for $126,356.
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Obamacare enrollment at 7.3 million people, official says

September 18, 2014
Bloomberg News
That’s a 9-percent reduction from the government’s May estimate of 8 million, which reflected only how many people had signed up, not how many had paid and were enrolled in the coverage.
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New state panel begins review of professional licenses

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
Since 2002, Indiana has created more than 40 new professional requirements, including 20 new licensed occupations, while eliminating only three licensure requirements and regulatory mandates.
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Indiana settles DCS adoption suit for $15 million

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
The state will pay $15.1 million to about 1,800 families who adopted special needs children. The settlement was filed in LaPorte Superior Court on Thursday afternoon and still needs court approval.
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Domestic violence activist, state disagree on deal

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
An advocate for victims of domestic violence said her group reached agreement Thursday with Indiana officials over funding for the private agencies serving them, but a state official denied there was a deal.
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Wal-Mart targeted by lawsuit for local PCB discovery

September 18, 2014
Scott Olson
The complaint stems from the discovery of the carcinogen at a Wal-Mart return center on the east side of Indianapolis. The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of its 600 workers.
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State energy trade association replaces longtime leader

September 18, 2014
Jeff Newman
The Indiana Energy Association has appointed former Northern Indiana Public Service Co. President Mark Maassel as president, succeeding longtime leader Ed Simcox, the organization announced Thursday.
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30 counties to be reimbursed for snow storm costs

September 18, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Currently, $1.13 million has been processed for reimbursement, and more federal money will be distributed as applications are processed.
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Indiana asks tollway firm to prove financial stability

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
The state agency that oversees the Indiana Toll Road has given the highway's debt-saddled private operator until late November to prove that it's meeting its debt obligations.
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GIPC taps Indy Chamber exec as new director

September 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee on Wednesday announced the selection of Molly Deuberry as its new executive director.
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Dems block funding for preschool plan as meeting erupts

September 16, 2014
 Chalkbeat Indiana
The Indianapolis City-County Council’s finance committee voted to table funding for Mayor Greg Ballard’s $50 million preschool expansion plan and quickly adjourned a three-hour meeting Tuesday night despite protests.
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Caterpillar chief: Indiana growing more competitive

September 16, 2014
Norm Heikens
CEO Doug Oberhelman said Tuesday that government overhauls and an aggressive economic development policy have made the state among the most attractive for investment.
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BMV announces overcharges of about $29 million

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced about 180,000 people will be getting excise tax refunds because their vehicles were improperly classified during registration over the past decade.
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Local mayors tout plan for Red Line transit route

September 16, 2014
The mayors of Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield and Greenwood on Tuesday announced a potential plan and a timetable for The Red Line, a proposed rapid-transit all-electric bus route that would stretch 28 miles from Hamilton County to Johnson County.
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Indiana reports increase in 2013 workplace deaths

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Labor Department reports there were 123 worker deaths last year, up from 115 a year earlier but still the third-lowest number in the past 22 years.
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Sheriffs: Mentally ill people swamping Indiana jails

September 15, 2014
Associated Press
County jails have become the "insane asylum" for Indiana as state hospital care for the mentally ill has declined, a sheriff told a legislative committee in Indianapolis on Monday.
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Opus seeks tax breaks on $10.9M building near airport

September 15, 2014
Jeff Newman
A tax-abatement request for the project filed with the city last week said the 434,400-square-foot flex industrial building will be built on a speculative basis.
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S&P report: Stagnant incomes threaten Indiana revenues

September 15, 2014
Associated Press
Sales tax is Indiana's largest source of revenue. But it is tied to consumer spending, and Americans have become increasingly reluctant to spend as median incomes have remained virtually stagnant over the past 30 years.
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DCS struggles to keep accurate caseload tally

September 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana has hired more case workers to keep track of its most vulnerable residents. But complaints about overwork continue to surface as the state battles questions about the accuracy of data on caseloads.
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'Transparent' government often elusive for right and left

September 14, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The promise of "transparent" government is almost universally popular among politicians. But the talking point of transparency often remains just that: a talking point.
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Data deluge prompts teacher colleges to extend training after graduation

September 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
Rattled by new state teacher ratings, the colleges hope to avoid black eyes, themselves.
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Hamilton County communities battle tax appeals

September 13, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville are trying to head off appeals that cause tax revenue to come in lower than expected, especially for projects within tax-increment-financing districts.
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