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Lilly stomach-cancer drug helps survival, study finds

October 15, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. shares rose nearly 5 percent Monday morning after it said a study found that its experimental stomach-cancer drug helped patients with advanced disease live longer.
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Daniels to promote online college WGU until taking over Purdue

October 7, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels is still promoting the online college known as Western Governors University just months before he becomes Purdue University's new president.
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Cummins shortens work week at Columbus factory

October 5, 2012
Associated Press
The engine maker says that slowing demand led to the decision to scale back hours for the 350 workers at its Columbus Fuel Systems Plant. The new four-day workweek will continue indefinitely.
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U.S. unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent, wages rise

October 5, 2012
Associated Press
The nation's jobless rate fell from 8.1 to a 44-month low of 7.8 percent in September, according to government data, as employers added 114,000 jobs. Wages rose over the month, and more people started looking for work.
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DePauw gets $25M for dining hall, scholarships

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
A Colorado couple who both graduated from DePauw University have donated $25 million to the private liberal arts college to build a new dining hall and to endow need-based scholarships.
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Indiana House GOP makes no guarantees on tax cuts

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
Tax cuts being pushed by gubernatorial candidates are hardly guaranteed a rubber stamp from lawmakers, and a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage could win quick approval next year, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday.
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Daniels touts funding for teacher, judge pensions

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said Thursday that $207 million will be invested in teacher pensions, along with $90 million toward judges' pensions and $32 million for police pensions.
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U.S. unemployment-aid applications rise again

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 last week, a rise of 4,000 from the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 375,000.
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Operations start at Amazon's new Indiana warehouse

October 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Officials say Amazon.com Inc.'s new warehouse and distribution center in southern Indiana has started operations with more than 1,000 workers.
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Indiana panel approves lottery outsourcing deal

October 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's lottery commission voted Wednesday to hire a private company to take over its marketing and other services in the hopes that it will boost the lottery's profit by about $100 million a year.
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Report: Indy visitors pay high taxes for travel

October 3, 2012
Associated Press
Visitors pay among the highest travel taxes in the nation when they come to Indianapolis — 17 percent on hotel rates, 15 percent on rental cars and 9 percent on meals.
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Candidate Gregg tempers Indiana Democrat expectations

October 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg sought to downplay expectations from fellow Democrats Tuesday about what he might do if he beats the odds and gets elected next month.
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Rail line being revived between Indiana cities

October 2, 2012
Associated Press
The $5.5 million rail line project will return tracks between Kokomo and Tipton into service.
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Dems, GOP launch on-air ad spree for Senate seat

October 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has quickly become a major battleground in the race for control of the U.S. Senate, with national Republicans and Democrats forking over more cash this week to tea party favorite Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly.
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Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies

October 1, 2012
Associated Press
In a speech in Indianapolis, Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a sharp defense Monday of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions.
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Founder of Hoosier Racing Tire dies at 85

September 28, 2012
Associated Press
Robert Newton, 85, the founder of northern Indiana-based Hoosier Racing Tire, which made tires for NASCAR and other racing series, has died.
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Lawmakers seek stage-safety rules that small events can handle

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers pondering new rules governing the type of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in the 2011 State Fair stage collapse say they want to make sure the state doesn't overwhelm smaller events like county fairs with regulations.
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State drug fraud cases on the rise, study says

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
Federal and state prosecutors have collected more than $30 billion from drug companies for alleged fraud and illegal marketing over the last 20 years, according to a new report by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.
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Unemployment aid applications hit 2-month low

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plunged to its lowest level in nine weeks. Other economic figures released Thursday were mainly disappointing.
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Nature Conservancy HQ gets top green certification

September 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Nature Conservancy's energy-efficient Indiana headquarters has been certified with a top energy rating for innovations that include three wind turbines.
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$1B fertilizer plant proposed for southwest Indiana

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
A $1 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant proposed for southern Indiana's Spencer County would create 1,200 construction jobs over three years and about 80 full-time jobs.
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Daycare operators indicted for possible fraud

September 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A husband and wife who operated numerous daycare centers in the Indianapolis area have been indicted for allegedly scheming to defraud the government of possibly millions of dollars.
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Panel delays vote on outsourcing Indiana lottery

September 26, 2012
Associated Press
A decision on hiring a vendor or leaving lottery operations as they are had been scheduled for Wednesday, but the vote was moved to Oct. 3 instead, to give officials more time to digest two proposals.
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Sentencing date set for convicted financier Durham

September 26, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge has set a November sentencing for Indiana financier Tim Durham and two business associates convicted of swindling thousands of investors out of more than $200 million.
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Whirlpool readies shutdown of 220-worker Evansville center

September 26, 2012
Associated Press
The company said it would try to relocate as many employees as possible to Michigan, though 30 percent are eligible for retirement in 2014.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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