Government & Economic Development

City to close Fountain Square charter school

March 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The decision to close Fountain Square Academy, announced Friday morning at a press conference, marks the first time Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen to shut down a charter school.
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Panel nixes transportation aid for charter schools

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate panel eliminated part of a proposal on Wednesday that would have required traditional public schools to help provide transportation to students attending charter schools.
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Indiana House walkout brings talk of recall elections

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican speaker of the Indiana House said Wednesday that the ongoing walkout by Democratic legislators has stirred up interest in one day making such actions illegal or allowing voters to remove boycotters from office.
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Wholesale prices jump on steep rise in food costs

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the biggest rise in food prices in 36 years.
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CARLSON: 'Nerdy' Daniels needs to turn laughs into votes

March 16, 2011
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg News
When someone as staid as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels turns out to have a sense of humor about himself, it may be time to take him seriously.
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Indiana House speaker weighing options over boycott

March 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican leader of the Indiana House said his patience was wearing thin with Democratic lawmakers who have shut down the legislative process in Indiana for three weeks by walking out on their jobs.
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CIB, Colts dispute stadium concession expenses

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Colts and its stadium manager, the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County, are squabbling over who pays certain concession expenses. The dispute ultimately could reach arbitration, if an agreement is not reached.
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CICP exec Gifford heading regional transit task force

March 15, 2011
At the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Gifford will work primarily with the private-sector-led Central Indiana Transit Task Force, the regional mass transit initiative co-founded by CICP.
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CIB awards contracts for stadium, convention security

March 15, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board voted Monday to retain the services of three firms that currently provide security at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, at an annual savings of $300,000.
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Indiana Medicaid mental health list worries advocates

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
The state budget bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would save about $7 million each year by creating a list of preferred mental health drugs and trying to win larger rebates from manufacturers.
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Indiana state budget website gets new features

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
New features being added to the state of Indiana's budget transparency website include the ability for users to sign up for e-mail alerts when information they are interested in is updated.
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Banks OK with 'clean energy financing districts'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Industry feared original bill would have put mortgage lenders at added risk.
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Regulatory overload is community banks' next big hurdle

March 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Banks across Indiana are preparing for a deluge of new regulations that will cut into their bottom lines, make their businesses more complex and, in some cases, force them to consolidate.
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Bill would give neighborhoods more power to resist annexationRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cities and towns would lose the power to annex land against the owners’ will, under a bill that easily cleared the Indiana Senate.
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Not guilty plea entered for secretary of state

March 11, 2011
Associated Press
A Hamilton County court magistrate has entered a not guilty plea for Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White, who was indicted last week on seven felony counts including voter fraud.
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Thousands gather for union rally at Statehouse

March 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana union members held signs, chanted slogans and cheered speakers outside the Statehouse on Thursday at a rally to protest Republican-backed bills they consider an attack on public education and labor unions.
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Senate panel considers proposal to expand charters

March 9, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Education Committee heard hours of testimony about the bill and details of a new study that found Indiana students who transferred to charter schools showed greater learning gains than their peers who stayed in traditional public schools.
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Indiana House leaders more genial over boycott

March 9, 2011
Associated Press
More than two weeks after Democratic lawmakers fled Indiana to block GOP-backed legislation, both sides gave optimistic signals Wednesday about resolving the stalemate.
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Charter-school boosters tout findings of new study

March 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charter-school advocates are touting a Stanford University study released Wednesday as support for their case to expand charters throughout the state.
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Smoking concerns cloud city’s hosting of Big Ten tourney

March 9, 2011
Scott Olson
A group of Michigan State University alumni are upset that their school is paired with the Slippery Noodle Inn, a smoking establishment, in a city promotion that matches Big Ten universities with downtown bars and restaurants during the men's basketball tournament.
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Competition seeks ideas for Monument Circle

March 9, 2011
A competition that could influence the future look and use of Monument Circle was unveiled Wednesday morning by a partnership that includes the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.
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GOP leaders consider ways to move on without Dems

March 8, 2011
Associated Press
Frustrated Republicans say they won't be bullied into changing their agenda, and Democrats showed no signs of backing down — with one lawmaker vowing to stay in Urbana, Ill., "until hell freezes over."
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Prosecutors seek another probe involving White

March 8, 2011
Associated Press
Two special prosecutors have asked the Indiana inspector general to investigate whether indicted Secretary of State Charlie White improperly accessed a report detailing evidence of alleged voter fraud against him.
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Indy Partnership makes leadership change official

March 8, 2011
In a move IBJ reported Feb. 15, Scott Fulford, a member of the organization's business development team, has been picked to lead Indiana Partnership, the group announced Tuesday.
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Indiana House Democrats still refusing to work

March 7, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana House Democrat threatened Monday to continue the caucus's ongoing boycott "as long as it takes" to get changes made to Republican-backed proposals, even if their absence shuts down state government.
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