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Bosma removes Turner from leadership post-scandal

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has removed Rep. Eric Turner from his leadership team amid concerns over Turner's lobbying against a nursing home construction ban that would have impacted his family's business.More.

Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

Associated Press analysis
The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.More.

Infighting bogs down digital billboardsRestricted Content

Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County is an untapped market for digital billboards despite years of lobbying by sign companies, and it’s not because of political opposition to the large, lighted signs. What’s holding back changes to the city code is industry feuding over the form of regulations that could determine their future market share.More.

Blood Center retrenches after losing major clients to Red CrossRestricted Content

J.K. Wall
The Indiana Blood Center is set to lose more than one-third of its revenue early next year, as three hospital systems bolt for cheaper prices offered by the American Red Cross.More.
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Blood Center retrenches after losing major clients to Red CrossRestricted Content

The Indiana Blood Center is set to lose more than one-third of its revenue early next year, as three hospital systems bolt for cheaper prices offered by the American Red Cross.More.

Infighting bogs down digital billboardsRestricted Content

Marion County is an untapped market for digital billboards despite years of lobbying by sign companies, and it’s not because of political opposition to the large, lighted signs. What’s holding back changes to the city code is industry feuding over the form of regulations that could determine their future market share.More.

Main tenant of former United hub staying onRestricted Content

Indianapolis airport officials hope to soon renew their lease with AAR Corp., the aircraft service company that is a key tenant in United Airlines’ former maintenance hub.More.

Two HDG Mansur creditors seek liquidation of the firm

The firms claim in court filings that HDG Mansur has no hope of reorganizing under Chapter 11 and is stalling to avoid paying a $5.8 million judgment.More.

UPDATE: Security gates on tap for governor's mansion

Preservation officials for the Meridian corridor have given unanimous approval for wrought-iron gates and brick columns at the entrances to the mansion at 46th and Meridian streets.More.

DINING: DIY restaurant Sushi Boss creates new roll model

It seems like every month, a new "pick-your-own-ingredients-and-move-down-the-line" eatery is opening, putting the pressure on diners rather than a chef to get the combination just right.More.

EDITORIAL: Simon isn’t the problemRestricted Content

Recent criticism of Washington Square decision is misdirected.More.

RUSTHOVEN: A president dangerously in denialRestricted Content

The videotaped beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists is a gruesome reminder of the reality of evil—a reality our president and many Americans are reluctant to face.More.

RACE: Rest areas, welcome centers send negative message

Indiana has branded itself as the Crossroads of America. We take pride in being an automotive and industrial state. You’d think we’d embrace the idea of rest stops that welcome visitors and celebrate the car culture.More.

Hicks: Liberalism on campus is mostly irrelevantRestricted Content

That academia is a creature of the left is hardly in question. Voting patterns and political contributions of professors are widely studied, and astonishingly leftist. Diversity efforts seek to build a cadre of people who look different but think exactly alike. Still, I wonder how much it really matters.More.

Daniels attacks bloatRestricted Content

Lucky are we that Mitch Daniels is helping Purdue return to the premier, student-centered university it once was.More.

Customer service firm plans to hire 1,000 workers

The new part-time and full-time jobs will pay in a range of $12 to $18 per hour, according to Boston-based Interactions Corp.More.

$1.25M from Finish Line helping build kids’ clubRestricted Content

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis broke ground Aug. 27 on a 22,000-square-foot facility on the east side.More.

Smarter Remarketer gets $7M in fundingRestricted Content

Smarter Remarketer, an Indianapolis-based retail technology firm, said Aug. 27 that it has lined up $7 million in venture debt financing from Los Angeles-based City National Bank.More.

People in the news - Sept. 1, 2014

People listings are free.More.

Large crowds buoying pro sports teamsRestricted Content

There’s never been a better time to be a professional sports franchise operator in Indianapolis. Season-ticket renewal rates and attendance are near record levels. But some observers wonder whether too much of a good thing could turn into a bad thing if spending on sports outruns growth in the local economy.More.

New United Way strategy fuels big changesRestricted Content

United Way spent nine months putting together The New U—a strategic shift intended to speed change by investing in programs that make a measurable difference in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs.More.

Local Lotus dealership is one of only 42 in United StatesRestricted Content

Gator Motorsport opened in October as Indiana’s sole Lotus dealer. It’s owned by 41-year-old Young Kim, a first-generation Korean immigrant and Ball State University grad who fell in love with the British hand-built brand as a youngster growing up in Chicago.More.

Fair Finance judge throws out $33M Dan Laikin judgmentRestricted Content

The ruling is a big setback for bankruptcy Trustee Brian Bash, who has yet to provide any recovery to the more than 5,000 Ohio residents who lost more than $200 million when the Tim Durham-led company collapsed in 2009.More.

LOU'S VIEWS: Contradictions key to ‘bad feminist’ author Roxane Gay

Her harrowing first novel "An Untamed State" and essay collection "Bad Feminist" together send a clear message that the new Purdue University assistant professor is one of Indiana's leading literary lights.More.

Small schools, big football expectations

Hoosier football thrives away from the spotlight. Paying visits to Franklin College, University of Indianapolis, and Wabash College.More.

MAURER: Purple hats? There’s still timeRestricted Content

Let's not be persecuting people.More.

DEBOY: Let’s fix our leaky water pipesRestricted Content

As challenging as developing and preserving water supplies for the next 50 years might be, as identified recently in a water resources study by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, another significant challenge looms just as large for most water utilities.More.

Kim: With colleges, higher cost doesn't mean greater valueRestricted Content

A college education is one of life’s costliest investments, so you want to maximize your return on that investment.More.

Study Indianapolis criminal justice centerRestricted Content

The IBJ is correct [Aug. 18 editorial]. There are too many unanswered questions about the proposed half-billion-dollar criminal justice center and the little-tested public/private partnership (P3) contracting model under which a private consortium would design, build, finance, maintain and operate the facility in return for predetermined annual payments.More.

Pence should own upRestricted Content

Apparently Mickey Maurer hit a nerve in his Aug. 18 column regarding Pence’s position on children looking for a better life [Pence letter, Aug. 25].More.

Ten local innovations chosen to reap awards

New things ranging from apprenticeships to beer dispensers to the Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan exhibit are in line for awards at this year’s Day of Innovation at Hilbert Circle Theatre.More.

Colts helping train high school coachesRestricted Content

Thanks to $40,000 donated by the Indianapolis Colts, USA Football’s Heads Up Football safety program will be offered to all Indiana high school football coaches in 2015.More.

PROXY CORNER: Republic Airways Holdings Inc.Restricted Content

Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. provides scheduled passenger services on approximately 1,390 flights daily to 118 cities in the U.S. and Canada through flights operated under airline partner brands including American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express.More.

Records - Sept. 1, 2014

Records listings from the Sept. 1, 2014, issue of IBJ.More.

Executive pay continues on upswing

The median senior executive collected $923,705 in salary, stock or stock options, incentive pay and perks in 2013, IBJ found in a review of proxy statements at 64 companies.The median compensation rose 20 percent from 2012 and doubled since 2006.More.
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City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit

Indianapolis last year sold 154 properties from its land bank for $1,000 each to a novice not-for-profit, which immediately flipped them for a total $500,000 profit. More than a dozen have changed hands multiple times since then, making investors more than $1 million. (with interactive map)More.
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Crean, Painter contracts packed with rewards for postseason success

Indiana University Coach Tom Crean and Purdue University Coach Matt Painter cash in big time when their teams perform well, especially in postseason play.More.
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BioCrossroads has stoked state's life sciences industry, but challenges remainRestricted Content

In the 10 years BioCrossroads has been promoting life sciences in Indiana, the effort has netted more than 330 new companies, an infusion of more than $330 million in venture capital, a tripling of exports, and a growing number of mentions in national reports on life sciences.More.
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Pro athletes' charities often have limited life spansRestricted Content

Wealth and fame often lead professional athletes to share their success in the charitable arena, but those efforts rarely last much longer than their careers as the organizations struggle to survive in an already-crowded philanthropic field.More.
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CEOs see stock windfall after market crashRestricted Content

Executives at Indiana’s public companies got rich in the down-and-up market, even when investors didn't. CNO Financial's Jim Prieur, for example, received stock grants now worth $4.4M, despite share prices that are 40 percent lower than three years ago. With searchable database.More.
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New laws hang teacher pay on performance

Charters and vouchers may have sparked the loudest education-related protests before the Legislature this year, but changes to teacher evaluations are likely to have the biggest impact on Indiana’s public schools.More.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Indiana companies charge into China

With economic growth in the United States sluggish, Indiana companies are joining the race to capitalize on the fast-growing Chinese economy—even as hundreds of millions of Chinese move into the middle class and adopt a Western-style thirst for goods and services.More.
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Dual roles give Bess unusual view into schools

Bess Watch VideoAs a Danville school board member and superintendent of Indianapolis Metropolitan High, Scott Bess is straddling the increasingly contentious chasm between traditional public schools and privately operated charters.More.
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City vendor may get $1.2B from parking-privatization deal

The pitch from Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration to privatize the city's parking meters is compelling, but the proposal to sell the meters to Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has the city giving up more in the long run than is immediately apparent.More.
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Soft Landing: Pay slipped for most execs in 2009, but cuts weren't deep

Top executives at Indiana's public companies have largely been insulated from the economic crash. IBJ's review of executive pay found that, although 131 of the 238 executives listed in proxy statements the past two years saw annual compensation fall in 2009, only 10 experienced cuts of more than $1 million.More.
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Brizzi's lease deals benefited friend, donor

Records show Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi directed lucrative work for the Prosecutor's Office to his friend, business partner and political contributor John Bales.More.

Half of state's public-company CEOs saw pay rise in 2008

For investors, 2008 was the worst year since the Great Depression. Even so, more than half of the state's public-company executives saw the value of their pay packages rise from 2007—despite the fact that only 10 of the companies posted a positive total return in 2008, and 46 companies shed more than one-third of their stock market value.More.

Simon family's interests helped city thrive, but taxpayers paid the price

The Simon family's role in building the city has come at a steep price for taxpayers. Simon and its business interests in the last 20 years have collected local government incentives worth more than $400 million, an IBJ tally of those deals shows.More.

Indianapolis shows up peer cities in attracting the young and educated

Cities must woo people while they’re young—in their 20s or early 30s—because after that age, people tend to hunker down. The Indianapolis area apparently appeals to at least two key groups of young people—particularly those already married, according to a new study by researchers at IUPUI.More.

IUPUI faces tough decisions over aging sports facilities

IUPUI is grappling with how to pay for upkeep and improvements necessary to keep its three world-class athletic facilities—and the city—in the hunt for high-profile sporting events.More.

SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township trustee taps taxpayers for millions

At an aging building at 863 Massachusetts Ave., they pass through a metal detector and wait in line to show a clerk their identification and copies of overdue bills. Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer sometimes helps. The Trustee's Office received an average of $6.9 million each of the last seven years, mostly from taxes, to provide poor relief-now known as township assistance. But only about $2 million reached the penniless each year, with much of the difference covering administrative overhead....More.

Critics question trustee's property portfolio given mission to help needy

Center Township has real estate holdings worth more than $10 million, according to IBJ research. The township's robust real estate portfolio—highly unusual for an Indiana township—fits Trustee Carl L. Drummer's vision for his taxpayer-supported office. But it makes others see red.More.
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Special Report: City's building spree leaves trail of spoilsRestricted Content

Mayor Greg Ballard takes pride in Rebuild Indy, the city’s nearly $400 million program that doubled the volume of public works projects—and became engineering and construction firms' largest business opportunity with the city in more than a decade.More.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Stock-based pay builds wealth for Indiana execsRestricted Content

IBJ's annual review of proxy statements for Indiana public companies found senior executives' median compensation rose 14 percent in 2011. But that analysis uses the fair market value of stock and options awards on the date they were granted. If a company's stock price surges, executives can make out far better. (with searchable database)More.
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Airport execs' globetrotting sparks scrutiny

Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John Clark and two key officers spent more than $67,000 last year on travel that included extended business trips to Brazil, Denmark, Greece, Morocco and Switzerland.More.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.More.
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Critics: City's effort to help ex-offenders ineffectiveRestricted Content

Three years after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard launched a city office designed to help ex-offenders avoid a repeat prison visit, some of those original supporters say the city’s Office of Re-Entry Initiatives not only has fallen short of that goal but has accomplished little else.More.
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Reform law gives charters leeway to hire unlicensed teachers

Legislation that expands charter schools in Indiana also could increase the number of teachers at those schools without licenses, making it easier for educators like Eric Nentrup to take non-traditional paths to the classroom.More.
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Controversy brews over judging charter performance

There is little agreement—but lots of politics and complex statistics—on how to define success and failure in Indiana’s public schools.More.
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Partisan divide could threaten long-term education reform

Indiana’s Republican-controlled Legislature will likely pass the bulk of education-reform measures being pushed this year by party heavyweights, but partisan rancor could threaten the long-term prospects for a sweeping overhaul of the state’s public schools.More.
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Charter school's nimble approach could become the norm

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School implemented a school-wide overhaul in its educational approach in only three months. The charter school might be the face of the future for all Indiana public schools.More.
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Bond swaps cost city units $93M in penalties

Wall Street bankers for decades sold municipalities like Indianapolis on debt instruments called swaps as a safe way to reduce borrowing costs and hedge against rising interest rates. In reality, the swaps were complicated bets that relied on misguided assumptions, and taxpayers paid.More.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Brizzi ordered lenient deal for business partner's client

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi last year intervened in a major drug case to offer a reduced sentence over objections from both law enforcement officers and his own deputy prosecutors.More.
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Related-party loans pile up at Durham-owned finance firm

Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham has treated Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. almost like a personal bank since buying it seven years ago, and now he, his partners and related firms owe it more than $168 million, records show.More.

Grad students dream up plans for mass transitRestricted Content

Architecture and urban design students from Ball State have created a vision for urban renewal that is arguably more compelling than the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority's principal, utilitarian goal of reducing northeast-side highway congestion and air pollution by running a diesel commuter train atop the old Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.More.

Hospitals suffer from spiking bond interest rates, investment lossesRestricted Content

Indianapolis-area hospitals have suffered a double whammy of spiking interest rates on their bonds and heavy losses in their investment portfolios and are trying to save cash any way they can.More.

SPECIAL REPORT: Charter Homes draws scrutiny for odd sales claims, multiple liens

Charter Homes owner Jerry Jaquess fancies himself a white knight for King Park, a neighborhood once known mainly for its rampant crime, boarded-up homes and vacant lots. But as he’s constructed a slew of homes and carriage houses there, the local builder has stirred up several lawsuits, dozens of liens and persistent questions about whether his business is legit.More.

At most Indiana public firms, CEO pay hasn't fallen with stockRestricted Content

Most public companies say they tie executive compensation to performance, but an IBJ review of pay data from 65 Indiana-based firms shows otherwise. Last year, more than two-thirds of Indiana-based public companies saw their share prices decline, yet many continued to award eye-popping compensation to their executives.More.

SPECIAL REPORT: Financial travails dog 'mystery man' at helm of Premier Properties

An IBJ review of hundreds of pages of public records shows Christopher P. White and his Premier Properties USA Inc. are facing major financial and legal challenges. The most glaring signs of trouble: Contractors have filed more than $3.5 million in liens against Premier’s retail properties in Plainfield; the state of Indiana is trying to recover $375,000 in sales taxes on White’s airplane; and the contractor who renovated his Lake Clearwater mansion is suing him to recover more than $600,000 in unpaid bills.More.

IRSAY'S ODYSSEY: Owner learned from life in NFL to build winning team

The Indianapolis Colts' evolution from perennial patsy to Super Bowl favorite is a body of work with a seldom-told—and often misunderstood—history. It's easy to see the hues all-pros Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James painted on this masterpiece season. President Bill Polian and Coach Tony Dungy certainly colored the landscape. And Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore added his creativity. But theirs aren't the only signatures on this canvas.More.
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Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.More.

Change of plea hearing set for Colts owner Irsay

A change of plea hearing has been set for Tuesday for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who faces drug-related charges following a March traffic stop.More.

Mourdock stepping down as Indiana treasurer

Mourdock, who defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 U.S. Senate primary only to lose the general election after a comment about rape, resigned Friday, four months before the end of his term.More.

Consumer spending hits first decline since January

U.S. consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4-percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday.More.

UPDATE: Plan saves Anderson's Wigwam gym from demolition

The company that will operate under the name Wigwam LLC has agreed to maintain the gymnasium until at least 2030. It plans to convert part of the property into multifamily housing and to find partners to develop uses for other parts.More.

Nation's banks continue robust recovery as lending picks up

The FDIC says 57.5 percent of banks reported an increase in profit in the second quarter from a year earlier. They reduced their expenses, and lending marked its fastest pace since 2007.More.

Meat processing company plans new Indiana plant

The project by Boar's Head Meats includes an initial investment of $80 million to build a 150,000-square-foot building where up to 200 people will work.More.

ISTA urges Pence to seek accountability delay

Indiana's largest teachers union is urging Gov. Mike Pence to support freezing the state's education accountability system for one year because of revisions to the ISTEP test being driven by the state's new academic standards.More.

U.S. economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year — hurt by a poor first-quarter performance. This new assessment is considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's.More.

Democrat: Indiana Statehouse lacks ethics

A trio of ethics investigations into Indiana officials this year left many watchdogs grumbling about loopholes in the state's ethics laws.More.

Longtime NCAA executive Isch set to retire

Chief operating officer Jim Isch announced he would retire early next year, a move that is prompting NCAA President Mark Emmert to reorganize his top staff.More.

Social media campaign publicizes lifeline law

Students at 13 Indiana college campuses will receive social media messages about the state law that allows minors who have been drinking to report a medical emergency or a crime without getting in trouble.More.

New solar farm in Richmond begins generating power

Indiana Municipal Power Agency said the 8-acre solar farm on the grounds of Richmond Power and Light contains about 4,000 solar panels. They will generate enough electricity to power about 200 homes.More.

S&P 500 sets all-time high in intraday trading

The index breached the 2,000-point barrier soon after markets opened on Monday, nearly hitting 2002 points around noon. The Dow also was near its high watermark.More.

Purdue balks at use of its brand in panned film

Purdue University officials are asking their legal counsel to look into a new movie that makes frequent references to the school despite its refusal to grant permission to use official trademarks and logos.More.

Vectren division sale costs 120 miners their jobs

Evansville-based Vectren Corp. says 120 southwestern Indiana coal miners will lose their jobs by month's end as the natural-gas utility completes the sale of its coal-mining subsidiary.More.

Family-founded underdog WTTV hits broadcasting pinnacle

The TV station has gone from a simple two-hour-a-day operation into a national affiliate within the span of a lifetime. Its early history is truly Hoosier: created with saved money, built with callused hands and managed by local folks.More.

Coats: Planned reservoir can't rely on fed money

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said planners of a proposed central Indiana reservoir shouldn't look to the federal government for help in financing the $450 million project.More.

Airline group forecasts uptick in Labor Day travel

An airline group predicted Thursday that 14 million people would fly on U.S. airlines during the seven days ending Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day. The busiest day is expected to be the Friday before the holiday weekend.More.

NCAA files intent to appeal O'Bannon decision

The NCAA has notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal a judge's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that it violated antitrust laws. What's unclear is how the NCAA's legal team will attack the ruling.More.

Pence keeps up opposition to land-based casinos

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he remains opposed to allowing more land-based casinos in Indiana despite a push from Evansville officials worried about declining revenue from the city's riverboat.More.

Hoosier State passenger rail service extended 4 months

The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line.More.

Former Bennett chief of staff at center of $1.7M contract complaint

A former top education official's role in the sale of $1.7 million of equipment to Indiana is raising new questions about the strength of the state's ethics laws.More.

Indiana updates job search app for iPhone

The Indiana Office of Technology announced Tuesday it was releasing a new version of the app for iPhones and iPads that would make it easier to search state job postings.More.

Home construction on the rise nationally

U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. Construction faltered, however, in the Midwest.More.

Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

With the school year underway, teachers are still scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state's new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of the new curriculum.More.

Court stays ruling striking down right-to-work law

The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered a northwest Indiana judge's ruling striking down the state's right-to-work law be stayed.More.

Bosma removes Turner from leadership post-scandal

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has removed Rep. Eric Turner from his leadership team amid concerns over Turner's lobbying against a nursing home construction ban that would have impacted his family's business.More.

More Indiana options coming on insurance exchange

Officials say Indiana residents will have more than triple the number of health insurance plans to choose from when the federal insurance exchange enrollment period starts in November. A a 5-percent average increase in exchange premiums is expected.More.

Indiana gets 1-year waiver of federal schools law

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday granted a one-year extension of Indiana's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law after the state resolved concerns.More.

Antiques shop liquidation expected to draw big crowd

Red Ribbon Antiques, which opened its doors on Main Street in 1989, will open them one final time Sept. 6 to liquidate the inventory Gloria Holloway established over her 25-year business career.More.

Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge

Approaching $100 million, the viral ice bucket fundraising campaign for the ailment better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease has put the ALS group into the top ranks for medical charity donations.More.

Ex-Indiana elections chief starts political blog

Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been stripped of office and he doesn't have a job, so he's turning to the Internet.More.

Time Warner Cable says major outages largely resolved

Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours.More.

Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.More.

NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer

Clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana Pacer Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game.More.

U.S. durable goods orders show record surge

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July. But most of the strength came from demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders dipped.More.

Kokomo council backs ban on smoking in bars

The Kokomo City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to give initial approval to a ban on smoking in bars and social clubs.More.

Two more charter schools in Indianapolis to close

ADI Schools Inc. on Friday announced plans to relinquish charters awarded to Andrew Academy and Padua Academy charter schools. Both schools were sponsored by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.More.

Purdue Research, Crane form innovation partnership

The Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Purdue Research Foundation and Purdue's Discovery Park have forged a partnership agreement aimed at showcasing their intellectual property and moving their innovations to the public.More.

Indiana Excise Police arrest 134 in college towns

Police say the arrests occurred over the weekend while officers patrol near college campuses as students return for the start of the new school year.More.

Health commissioner resigns for personal reasons

Dr. William VanNess said Friday he plans to stay on the job until Gov. Pence finds a replacement, saying he likely will stay on until early October.More.

Kokomo residents embrace bus route expansion

The City Line Trolley bus service has seen its passenger totals increase 31 percent since it added three new lines and expanded the number of stops from 118 to 275 last summer.More.

Postal Service has 600 rural Indiana spots open

Rural carriers earn $16.25 per hour and receive equipment maintenance allowances. They may be required to use their personal vehicles, but are compensated for it.More.

New Grand Park in Westfield already $6M over budget

The Westfield City Council this month voted 5-1 to lend the project $6 million from a city infrastructure fund, money that the administration said would be repaid through future sponsorship revenue and possible litigation windfalls.More.

Judge: Pence contradicted himself on gay marriage

A federal judge says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence contradicted himself on same-sex marriage, telling the court he had no power to enforce Indiana's gay marriage ban but then directing executive agencies about how to proceed after court rulings on the subject.More.

Judge denies stay after right-to-work ruling

A northwest Indiana judge has rejected a request by the Indiana attorney general's office that he put on hold his order striking down the state's right-to-work law until the state Supreme Court rules on a similar case.More.

Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades

The perilous question that now awaits Janet Yellen's Federal Reserve has put investors on nervous alert: Can it manage to raise rates from record lows without weakening the U.S. economy or spooking markets?More.

Judge tells Indiana to honor other states' gay marriages

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but stayed the ruling until the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could decide on the issue.More.

Central Indiana reservoir foes back river trails

Environmental groups are proposing a system of trails to promote use of the White River in central Indiana rather than damming it for a proposed $450 million, seven-mile-long reservoir.More.

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Small schools, big football expectations

Hoosier football thrives away from the spotlight. Paying visits to Franklin College, University of Indianapolis, and Wabash College.More.

LOU'S VIEWS: Contradictions key to ‘bad feminist’ author Roxane Gay

Her harrowing first novel "An Untamed State" and essay collection "Bad Feminist" together send a clear message that the new Purdue University assistant professor is one of Indiana's leading literary lights.More.

DINING: DIY restaurant Sushi Boss creates new roll model

It seems like every month, a new "pick-your-own-ingredients-and-move-down-the-line" eatery is opening, putting the pressure on diners rather than a chef to get the combination just right.More.

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre lands new executive director

The theater, in residence at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, has hired John Hedges, most recently executive director for Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio.More.

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The 2014 Golf & Travel magazine is your guide to hundreds of Indiana golf courses. Check out the state’s golf related tourism efforts and what’s new in Indiana travel.

 

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                              Book of Lists   Book of Lists
IBJ's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the Indianapolis-area business community for almost 30 years. The 2014 Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
 

 


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Healthiest Employers   Healthiest Employers
Healthiest Employers honors companies and organizations that excel in providing employee wellness programs.
Read about the 2014 winners and finalists and the commitment they have made to improve the health of their workplace and communities.

 

Business Profiles   BUSINESS PROFILES
This publication gives companies and executives an opportunity to share their stories and successes. The latest breaking business news rarely delivers a detailed look at how a company’s product or service can solve your business needs. Business Profiles does just that.
 

 

2014 Giving Guide   Giving Guide
Not-for-profits play a huge role in the quality of life within the Indianapolis region. The 2014 Giving Guide showcases the mission, progress, governance and intiatives of these featured organizations.
 
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Forefront

Forefront

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In this issue of Forefront, John Gregg and Bill Styring argue over amending the constitution to rein in the federal government, and David Hadley and Kevin Kellems debate the most powerful lobbies in the Legislature. Shariq Siddiqui urges Democrats in Washington to adopt HIP 2.0, Kristin Froehle attacks Mike Pence for his position on coal, and more.

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