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Indiana education panel approves new school standards

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Education Roundtable — co-chaired by Pence and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and flushed with lawmakers, business leaders and education officials — means the standards passed one of the last hurdles before adoption.
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Pence: Agency switch not mandate on volunteering

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence said an executive order placing an independent state agency that promotes volunteerism under the authority of the agency that administers unemployment benefits isn't a precursor to requiring volunteerism.
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Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases compared with conventional gasoline.
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NEA awards nearly $854K to Indiana arts groups

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's funding includes about $729,000 for the Indiana Arts Commission, a statewide arts-advocacy group.
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Late biologist's estate gives $4.2 million to IU

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
IU said the gifts from the Carlos O. Miller estate now total nearly $5.5 million and fund a faculty chair and a student fellowship.
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Turner case tests bounds of 'citizen legislature'

April 20, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Lacking black-and-white guidelines on Eric Turner's actions, the members of the House Ethics Committee will have to examine shades of gray in deciding which conflicts of interest are acceptable and which ones go too far.
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500 Festival Mini Marathon might not fill field

April 20, 2014
Associated Press
With less than two weeks to go, the 38th 500 Festival Mini Marathon might not have a full field for the first time in 12 years.
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Board member asks for old Indiana school standards

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
A State Board of Education member formally requested Friday that an education panel abandon a proposed overhaul of Indiana's education standards.
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Largest solar farm on Superfund site goes online

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest solar farm built on a federal Superfund site is now generating power in Indianapolis on property once tainted by a long-closed plant's wood-treating operations.
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Late sign-ups boost numbers, improve Obamacare outlook

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
Still to be announced is what share of those 8 million enrollees were previously uninsured, and how many actually secured coverage by paying their first month's premiums.
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Wal-Mart jumps into the money-transfer biz, loudly

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
The world's largest retailer introduced a new money-transfer service Thursday that it says will cut fees for its low-income customers by up to 50 percent compared with similar services elsewhere.
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Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana Tollway

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to develop it.
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Proposed Indiana school standards get mixed reviews

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
Debate on the new standards comes as the state races to create before July new, state-written benchmarks for what students should learn in each grade.
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Report: State political leader had millions on the line

April 17, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Documents show House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner earned nearly $8 million selling nursing homes in the last two years and stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million on projects now being developed, thanks in part to legislation he helped block this year.
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Indiana mayor pleads not guilty to fraud charges

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
The indictment charges the mayor and his wife made numerous withdrawals between spring 2010 and late 2012 at the same time that they lost $104,000 at area casinos.
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Landmark restaurant nears reopening after fire

April 17, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Donna Tracy said her family is on schedule to reopen the Bluebird Restaurant in the Shelby County town of Morristown on April 28.
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Another printing plant to close, laying off 59

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
The move to end operations at the plant for medical packaging is just the latest in the continuing reshuffling of printing facilities in Indiana.
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Indiana faces deadline on new education standards

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmarks in time for teachers to use them this fall, and education leaders from across the nation are closely watching.
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Driver shortage causes backlog of RV deliveries

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association estimates 25,000 to 30,000 RVs are awaiting delivery because about 2,000 drivers are needed.
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Chrysler set to celebrate Indiana factory's opening

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
Chrysler expects to have up to 850 workers at the Tipton factory, with a goal of it producing 400,000 transmissions by year's end.
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Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
As of Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says, just 3 percent of the U.S. corn crop was sown, half the dismal pace of last year.
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Leaders await decision on Indiana Plan expansion

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
Two of the state's top Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they would like to see the federal government sign off on an expansion of Medicaid through the state's health care plan for low-income residents.
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Indiana agencies finalize deal for new I-69 section

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana officials have approved a pact with a private company that will finance and build the new section of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville.
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Lender bids $26 million to take over Indiana Limestone Co.

April 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
An investment firm was the only bidder for an Indiana company that supplied limestone to the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and other iconic buildings.
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Delaware County treasurer faces 46 felony counts

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
A prosecutor sought the removal of an eastern Indiana county treasurer from office Monday after filing charges that allege theft, official misconduct and 44 counts of not depositing public funds on time.
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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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