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Republic Airways hires GE unit to cut fuel bill

November 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. said it has hired GE Aviation to help it analyze and reduce its spending on fuel.
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Shoe Carnival quarterly earnings rise 15 percent

November 18, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana-based footwear and accessories company reported Thursday that its earnings rose to $10.5 million for the period ended Oct. 29, up from $9.1 million a year ago.
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State lets Occupy Indy protesters keep small camp

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials are declaring détente with Occupy Indy demonstrators after the protesters removed much of their camping equipment from the Statehouse lawn.
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Unemployment aid applications drop to 7-month low

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign that layoffs are easing and hiring may pick up.
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Military contractor cutting 200 jobs in Fort Wayne

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Military contractor ITT Exelis is cutting about 200 jobs from its operations in Fort Wayne. The move comes as the company is winding down work on a multiyear contract to make sophisticated radios for use by combat troops.
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Central Indiana district plans to keep school-bus fee

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Leaders of the Franklin Township district in suburban Indianapolis say they don't intend to restore free school-bus service unless courts order them to do so.
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Occupy Indy protesters ordered to clear out camp

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
State officials gave Occupy Indy protesters 24 hours to remove their tents, sleeping bags and other camping accessories from the Statehouse lawn and warned there could be arrests Thursday should anybody resist the efforts to remove the items.
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Indiana Legislature taking 2-day break for Super Bowl

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
Demand for hotel rooms will make it difficult for some out-of-town lawmakers to find at hotel rooms or long-term residences in Indianapolis.
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Area school district claims fraud by ex-superintendent

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
The lawsuit filed in Marion County court by the Wayne Township school district says Terry Thompson deceived school board members into approving more salary and compensation than he knew they would approve in contract negotiations.
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More games lost as NBA players file antitrust lawsuit

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers have already lost eight preseason games and eight regular-season games, with half of those events scheduled for Conseco Fieldhouse. Extending the stoppage through Dec. 15 will cost the Pacers another 15 games, including six at home.
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City-County Council Republican to propose tougher smoking ban

November 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Republican president of the City-County Council in Indianapolis says his party plans to introduce an expanded smoking ban that would take effect before the Super Bowl.
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Indiana National Guard opens biggest armory in state

November 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana National Guard has opened a new $27 million training facility in Franklin that is the largest of its 65 armories around the state.
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Indiana legislative panel endorses test of iPads

November 14, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana legislative panel endorsed a pilot program Monday that would equip two General Assembly committees with iPads in the upcoming session as part of a push to cut the amount of paper used to print copies of bills for lawmakers.
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Players reject NBA's offer, begin to disband union

November 14, 2011
Associated Press
National Basketball Association players rejected the league's latest offer Monday and have begun the process to disband the union. The decision likely jeopardizes the season.
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Supreme Court to hear health care reform case this term

November 14, 2011
Associated Press
The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul — a case that could shake the political landscape just as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term.
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Daniels eyes right-to-work legislation in final session

November 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has long flirted with right-to-work legislation, but is letting the General Assembly take the lead.
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Anderson mayor countersues over discrimination suit

November 11, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana mayor has countersued a city employee, claiming that she made false statements of sexual discrimination in order to make the mayor look bad.
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Indiana's interim lottery chief lines up contractor job

November 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's ethics board is signing off on the interim state lottery director's plans to work with a state contractor once a new lottery chief is found.
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Mall owner Simon Property Group to sell $1.2 billion in debt

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. on Thursday said it plans to sell $1.2 billion of new debt to repay older debt.
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Survey say Indiana manufacturers see improvements

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
Most of Indiana's small- to medium-size manufacturers have weathered the recession and are expecting modest growth through 2015, a survey released Thursday found.
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Indiana attorney general: School bus fees illegal

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says in a legal opinion that it's unconstitutional for school districts to end free school bus service by turning transportation over to outside agencies.
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State Fair moves 2012 concerts to Conseco Fieldhouse

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair is moving next year's big concerts to a downtown Indianapolis arena in the wake of August's deadly outdoor stage collapse.
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Study: IU med school, hospitals boost Indiana economy

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
A new study says biomedical research at the Indiana University School of Medicine and its partner hospitals pumped about $370 million into Indiana's economy in 2009.
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Indiana voucher program leads to reverse transfers

November 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's new school voucher law has prompted some parents to pull their children out of private schools and put them in public schools for a year so that they can become eligible for the state-funded program.
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Democrats win mayoral elections in Fort Wayne, Muncie

November 8, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Tom Henry has won a second term as mayor of Fort Wayne after a bitter campaign. Meanwhile, Muncie elected its first Democratic mayor in 20 years and Anderson elected a Republican.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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