Government & Economic Development

Lottery says it overspent on amenities for new office

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lottery officials say they overspent on their new headquarters and will sell some of their equipment after reports raised questions about the lavish facility.
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Lawmakers might consider revamp of jobless benefits

October 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
State lawmakers could take up a proposal next year that would make unemployment benefits more flexible and give companies additional options for cutting back on employee hours through work-share programs.
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Election spending to exceed $6B thanks to Indiana lawyer

October 5, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indiana attorney James Bopp Jr. has spent 30 years fighting limits on campaign spending, and next year’s political landscape could be transformed by his labor.
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Two injured on motorcycle sue Indy over police crash

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Two people who were seriously injured when an allegedly intoxicated Indianapolis police officer collided with their stopped motorcycle are seeking unspecified damages from the officer, the police department and the city in at least the third civil suit over the case.
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City seeks new operator for recycling program

October 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis is soliciting proposals for its drop-off recycling program with the aim of boosting participation in the initiative.
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Delaware County closing office building on Fridays

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Facing steep budget cuts, the county northeast of Indianapolis will be shutting down its main government building on Fridays and cutting the work week of nearly 150 employees.
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Farm subsidies may face cuts amid record profits

October 4, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers earning record profits are fighting to maintain agricultural subsidies, a likely target of the congressional supercommittee working to reduce federal spending.
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Auto parts maker plans to add 100 jobs in Columbus

October 3, 2011
Sunright America Inc., a Japanese manufacturer of automotive fasteners, plans to nearly double its current space in Columbus and add the 100 jobs by 2014.
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In 'jobs' elections, foreign goods cause trouble

October 2, 2011
Associated Press
In an election cycle focused on jobs, campaign material made by foreign workers tends to become political kryptonite.
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Recovery likely to worsen nursing shortageRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The recession pushed some nurses out of retirement and others into full-time jobs. But the nurse shortage is expected to resume as the economy improves.
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PANEL: Reforms to rapidly reshape health careRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Reform-induced changes dominate health care panel of health care experts convened by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Candidates' pledges keeps the campaign rhetoric flowingRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Melina Kennedy, the Democrat taking on Mayor Greg Ballard in the November election, has made some campaign promises of her own. And some in Ballard’s camp have questioned whether she’ll be able to bring those to fruition.
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Ballard fulfilled some pledges; others fell by waysideRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Republican mayor says he curbed crime, made government transparent, and pushed for property tax reform. His Democratic challenger says Ballard didn’t make good on repealing an income tax increase, hiring hundreds of police officers, or making education a top priority.
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Marion County could get windfall from property tax saleRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The sale of tax-delinquent properties brought in $13 million above the city’s expenses.
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Panel dismisses complaint against Indiana Democrats

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Election Commission has dismissed — for now — a campaign finance complaint involving House Democrats who staged a five-week walkout earlier this year.
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Angling to be VP: Republicans run without campaigning

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
More than a year from Election Day, all sorts of Republicans, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, are making a point of keeping themselves in the national spotlight, stoking speculation that they are potential running mates for the eventual GOP presidential nominee.
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Indiana unemployment insurance overhaul continues

September 29, 2011
Associated Press
Workers taking voluntary buyouts will no longer be eligible for state unemployment benefits in Indiana beginning Saturday, and severance pay will be counted against unemployment payouts.
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Kodak official: Company keeping R&D center in Ohio

September 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eastman Kodak Co. reportedly looked at relocating a 500-person research-and-development center to Indiana, but will instead stay put in Ohio, according to a company official.
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Judge denies Plowman request to overturn convictions

September 29, 2011
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman had asked a judge to overturn his attempted extortion and bribery convictions after a jury found him guilty of the charges Sept. 15.
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LA firm to oversee construction of city's sewage tunnel

September 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Aecom, a global firm that also is one of the companies rebuilding the World Trade Center site in New York City, designed the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector, the linchpin of a tunnel system the city will build to handle sewage overflows during rain storms.
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Incentives flow to tech firm Positron, despite red inkRestricted Content

September 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The molecular-imaging company is trying to transition its business model and get beyond a going-concern warning.
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Medical supplier Hill-Rom makes $42M fraud settlement

September 27, 2011
Associated Press
Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., a medical-equipment company based in Indiana, agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $42 million to settle a government lawsuit. The government had accused the company of knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare from 1999 to 2007.
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Postal service union workers plan rallies around Indiana

September 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Organizers from the AFL-CIO say the rallies in 13 locations around Indiana are part of a national effort seeking support for congressional action to shore up the struggling agency.
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Lawsuit by fair victims challenges Indiana's $5M tort cap

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana law that caps the state's liability for damages at $5 million for a single event violates the U.S. and state constitutions and should be thrown out, six plaintiffs suing over the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage argue in a lawsuit filed Monday.
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IBM adds 175 jobs at Delaware County call center

September 26, 2011
The new employees are located at the company's Heartland Business Center in Daleville, where IBM already has about 500 employees.
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