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Durham's attorney alleges feds abused wiretaps

December 21, 2011
Greg Andrews
Indicted financier Tim Durham's attorney alleges "the government has engaged in a course of conduct that ... constitutes gross misconduct so severe that dismissal is warranted."
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Vectren locks out union workers in dispute

December 17, 2011
Associated Press
Vectren has locked out 270 union workers at several Indiana worksites after the union rejected a proposed three-year-contract.
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CME Group says it's staying in Illinois

December 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday signed tax-break legislation designed to keep the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Sears Holding Co. from fleeing the state. CME had talked to Indianapolis officials about moving to central Indiana.
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State AG to challenge order for Daniels to testify

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in two lawsuits over the state's cancellation of a $1.37 billion contract IBM received to modernize the state's welfare system, but the state attorney general said he would challenge the order.
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Daniels appoints new general counsel

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
Anita Kolkmeier Samuel, Mitch Daniels' assistant general counsel and policy director, replaces David Pippen, who recently resigned to become chairman of the environmental law group at Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.
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Panel hears arguments over Indiana abortion funding

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
A federal agency will reconsider whether Indiana violated federal law when it decided to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
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Inquiry into Wheldon's death in crash completed

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
IndyCar officials say several factors contributed to the Oct. 16 accident that claimed the life of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.
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House Speaker: State lawmakers may seek smoking ban

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation's attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
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Job market looks better as unemployment claims sink

December 15, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for benefits fell last week to 366,000, the fewest since May 2008. If the number stayed that low consistently, it would likely signal that hiring is strong enough for unemployment rates to fall.
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Almost all state fair claimants accept offers

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Attorney General's office said Wednesday that 63 of the 65 claimants have confirmed they'll accept the settlements over the State Fair stage collapse.
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Budget official: State was warned about tax collections

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Erik Gonzalez of the state's budget-forecasting committee said his panel warned the Indiana Department of Revenue something was wrong with corporate tax collections two years before the state discovered it misplaced $320 million.
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Advocates: Vouchers living up to expectations

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Nearly 4,000 students who formerly attended public schools are receiving tax money to help pay the cost of private school under Indiana's school voucher program, which is believed to be the nation's largest, officials say.
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Panel rejects audit of Indiana revenue department

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Republican members of the State Budget Committee have rejected Democrats' request for an independent audit of the Indiana Department of Revenue for misplacing $320 million.
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City-County committee nixes tougher smoking ban

December 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The City-County Council's Rules and Public Policy Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday night against sending a tough smoking-ban proposal to a full council.
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Express Scripts, WellPoint in contract fight

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. said Tuesday it is in the middle of a contract dispute with WellPoint Inc., one of the biggest health insurers in the United States.
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Illinois tax breaks could trigger demand for more

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
Under the threat of losing thousands of jobs to other states, Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday approved a tax-relief package meant to keep Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from leaving. The state's governor is expected to sign it.
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Rolling Stone, Bacardi to host Super Bowl bash

December 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolling Stone magazine and rum maker Bacardi say they plan to throw a star-studded party the night before the Super Bowl at a renovated factory called The Crane Bay two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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U.S. retail sales increase for sixth straight month

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
Americans spent more on autos, furniture and clothing at the start of the crucial holiday shopping season, boosting retail sales for a sixth straight month. Meanwhile, sales fell at grocery stores, building supply stores and restaurants.
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Illinois Senate considering CME Group tax breaks

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate has approved similar legislation in the past, so the latest version is likely to get the chamber's stamp of approval. Indianapolis and, likely, Carmel have been trying to lure the company to Indiana.
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Salin Bank President Kit Stolen resigns

December 12, 2011
Greg Andrews
Alvin “Kit” Stolen joined the Indianapolis-based bank in August 2009 with big plans to boost its presence in the center of the state. The major expansion didn't materialize.
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Complex accounts made it easy for state to miss $320M

December 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House and Senate Democrats say they want an investigation into how the money went missing for so long. They submitted a letter to the state's budget forecasting committee requesting an independent audit of the state's finances.
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Judge delays ruling on dismissal of White case

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge expects to rule by Dec. 16 on whether Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White must stand trial on voter fraud and other criminal charges that could lead to his ouster.
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Hoosier Lottery paring down lavish new offices

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Hoosier Lottery officials have started getting rid of some office and gym equipment that was purchased for the agency's $2 million move to a new downtown Indianapolis headquarters.
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Biglari set to make big move on Cracker Barrel

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Cracker Barrel will hold its annual shareholder meeting Dec. 20, and Sardar Biglari, who controls Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake, is seeking a seat on the company's board of directors.
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IndyCar Series won't return to Las Vegas in 2012

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
The IndyCar Series won't return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next season, and its future at the track depends in part on what it learns from the investigation into Dan Wheldon's fatal accident.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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