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Indiana: Abortion law for government to decide

June 6, 2011
Associated Press
A dispute between Indiana and federal Medicaid officials over Indiana's new abortion law cutting off some public funding for Planned Parenthood should be resolved by government administrators and not the courts, Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher told a federal judge Monday.
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RV industry supplier plans Indiana expansion

June 6, 2011
Associated Press
A recreational vehicle component manufacturer is considering a move into a vacant factory in northern Indiana where it could hire 180 workers in the next few years.
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Abortion showdown looms for Indiana

June 5, 2011
Associated Press
The willingness of Indiana to challenge the federal government and risk a huge financial penalty could take the issue into uncharted legal and political territory.
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ISTEP breaches spur closer look at testing

June 5, 2011
Associated Press
Rising concerns about cheating on Indiana's standardized tests have prompted the state Department of Education to keep closer tabs on how the test is administered.
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Colleges hike tuition as state reduces funding

June 5, 2011
Associated Press
Supporters of Indiana's public universities say if state lawmakers continue to reduce state funding for higher education, colleges will keep raising tuition and fees.
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U.S. unemployment rises to 9.1 percent on slow job growth

June 3, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. employers in May added the fewest jobs in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. The weakening job market raised concerns about an economy hampered by gas prices and the Japanese nuclear disaster.
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Officials say bridge project can be changed

June 2, 2011
Associated Press
Officials who want to build two new bridges over the Ohio River and redo a downtown interchange announced Thursday that they've found ways to cut the cost of the project by more than $1 billion.
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State eyes possible takeover of 18 failing schools

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said it's simply unacceptable to have six straight years of failing schools.
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Government to lose $14B of auto bailout funds

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration said Wednesday that the government will lose about $14 billion in taxpayer funds from the bailout of the U.S. auto industry, a third of the loss officials had initially estimated.
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Alexandria working on factory deal with defense contractor

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
Alexandria Mayor Jack Woods said plans are for Maryland-based Floatograph Technologies to buy the former U.S. Pipe facility from the city and then repair and remodel the factory. The plant could eventually have 100 workers.
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Ball State defends planned tuition increases

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
Ball State University officials say a proposed tuition increase of about 4 percent for undergraduates and 9 percent for graduate students is needed to offset cuts in state funding.
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Defense spending bill leaves out Rolls-Royce jet

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. House committee rejected efforts by some in Congress to spend more money on construction of an extra engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
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Government cutting rates for hard-to-insure patients

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
So far, about 18,000 people have signed up for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, well short of government projections that some 375,000 people would gain coverage in 2010. Rates in Indiana will fall 26 percent.
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General Mills plans $36M distribution center

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
General Mills Inc. announced Tuesday it would spend $36 million in building the new distribution center in Fort Wayne and potentially add 65 jobs by the end of 2012.
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Chambers of commerce take bigger role in politics

May 30, 2011
Associated Press
After years of advocating pro-business positions, many chambers are taking the next step and issuing endorsements in hopes of ensuring business-friendly mayors get elected.
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Stunning crash at end gives Wheldon 500 victory

May 29, 2011
Associated Press
Rookie JR Hildebrand made the ultimate mistake with his very last turn of the wheel, crashing into the wall and sliding across the finish line.
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Budget cuts will limit Indiana inmate education

May 29, 2011
Associated Press
ndiana lawmakers' decision to cut off grants to state prison inmates attending college could make it harder for prisoners to find employment when they're released, supporters of the program fear.
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Purdue board hikes student tuition, adds fee

May 28, 2011
Associated Press
Purdue University students will begin paying either $400 or $1,000 more in tuition and fees next school year, depending on whether they are in-state or out-of-state.
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Gregg's chances in governor's race may hinge on Obama

May 28, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat John Gregg's chances of winning the governor's office next year will likely hinge on whether President Barack Obama's supporters can work some of the same campaign magic they used in 2008 to turn Indiana a presidential blue for the first time in four decades.
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WellPoint replaces chief accounting officer Miller

May 27, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. said its chief accounting officer has been removed immediately "without cause" and replaced with a veteran company executive.
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Honda set to bump up production, except in Indiana

May 27, 2011
Associated Press
Honda's North American factories will return to near-normal production at most plants in August, the company said Thursday. However, full production of the Honda Civic, which is built at plants in Indiana and Ontario, might not resume until the end of the year.
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Indiana farmers far behind in planting corn crop

May 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana farmers made up a lot of ground in the past week, but experts say they are still far behind their typical planting schedule because of this spring's drenching rains.
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Court issues restraining order against Lilly

May 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. says a federal court has issued an injunction preventing drug development partner Eli Lilly and Co. from using the same sales force to sell an Amylin-developed diabetes treatment and a competitor's.
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Indiana welfare workers indicted for stealing $191K

May 24, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Tuesday the three created 126 benefit cards in the names of welfare clients and used them to withdraw money at bank machines, buy retail goods and sell them from 2008 until April 2010.
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Indiana universities face questions over tuition increases

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's top higher education official warned Monday that legislators may demand explanations from public colleges and universities if the schools approve tuition hikes in excess of caps recently suggested by a state panel.
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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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