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Valero Energy idles central Indiana ethanol plant

June 28, 2012
Associated Press
Valero Energy Corp. has temporarily stopped production at a central Indiana ethanol plant because of rising corn prices.
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Daniels to receive large raise as Purdue president

June 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will receive a big pay raise when he leaves office in January and takes over as president of Purdue University, possibly earning more than five times as much salary.
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Indiana child services agency increasing spending

June 27, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Child Services expects to serve more than 11,000 additional families each year by adding a total of $47.8 million over three years to new and existing programs.
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Pacers make it official: Bird out, Walsh back in

June 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers made it official Wednesday morning: They are parting ways with basketball operations president Larry Bird and bringing back Donnie Walsh.
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Acid spill contained at local chemical company

June 27, 2012
Associated Press
Fire department officials say up to 1,000 gallons of sulfuric acid leaked from a storage tank at a chemical business near downtown Indianapolis.
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Indiana awaits ruling before starting health exchange

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has spent the past year and a half planning for its own health insurance exchange in case the U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Barack Obama's health care law, but the state still could end up being forced into the federal exchange.
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Pence wants moratorium on new business regulations

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence said that if elected governor, he'll issue an executive order against new regulations and ask his budget office to review existing rules to ensure they use the least-costly approach and aren't burdensome to job-creation efforts.
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Anderson's former GM plants getting second look

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson officials said they are excited that companies have been showing interest in some of the industrial or commercial properties left by General Motors that need or are undergoing environmental cleanups.
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Haynes plans $23.5M expansion, 40 more jobs in Kokomo

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Kokomo-based Haynes International Inc. plans a $23.5 million project to increase production at a central Indiana factory where it makes specialty metal plates and sheets for the aerospace and other industries.
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American Legion challenges Indiana smoking ban

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
An American Legion post in northeastern Indiana has asked a federal judge to put a hold on a statewide smoking ban set to take effect Sunday.
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ACLU: Arizona ruling shows Indiana law is invalid

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
A lawyer who challenged Indiana's immigration law in federal court says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision blocking part of a similar law in Arizona shows the Indiana law is unconstitutional.
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High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. But the court said Monday that one much-debated part of the law could go forward.
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Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.
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Indiana county ready for fair after grandstands fire

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
Temporary metal bleachers have been built along a track at the Shelby County Fairgrounds to replace the 133-year-old wooden grandstands destroyed in an arson last month.
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Judge upholds Indiana Facebook ban for sex offenders

June 24, 2012
Associated Press
The ACLU has said it will appeal a federal judge's decision to uphold an Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social networking sites used by children.
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Attorney general ties $6M for fair victims to private settlement

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To get some of the additional $6 million the state is offering, victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse would agree to clear Mid America Sound and J. Thomas Engineering of any wrongdoing. In return, they also would get a portion of $7.2 million the companies are offering.
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Daniels unsure of lobbying role as Purdue president

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
The governor said Friday he was checking whether he could press members of the General Assembly on the university's behalf after he becomes Purdue's president in January, because of state ethics rules that require a one-year "cool down" for public officials after leaving office.
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Indiana smoking ban brings new sign rules

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To comply with the statewide smoking ban that begins July 1, there's more for businesses to do than stop patrons and employees from smoking indoors. The same law compels businesses to post an array of signs that announce the ban.
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IU to roll out student financial literacy program

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana University says its plans to offer a financial literacy program to give students the tools to complete college without excessive debt.
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New Purdue president Daniels to live on campus

June 21, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he'll live in the president's house once he takes over at Purdue University but will go back and forth to his Carmel home.
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College football finally closes in on a playoff

June 21, 2012
Associated Press
The BCS commissioners have backed a plan for a four-team playoff with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the participants. The plan will be presented to university presidents next week for approval.
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Purdue officially makes Daniels its next president

June 21, 2012
Associated Press
As expected, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will become the next president of Purdue University when he leaves office in January. Purdue officials introduced Daniels as the school's new leader Thursday following a vote by the board of trustees.
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WellPoint completes purchase of retailer 1-800 Contacts

June 20, 2012
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. said Wednesday it completed its purchase of contact lens retailer 1-800 Contacts Inc. at a reported price tag of $900 million.
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All eyes on Daniels ahead of Purdue trustees' vote

June 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A board of trustees dominated by Daniels' own appointees will select him as the university's 12th president Thursday, sources told IBJ and other news outlets. The appointment will add a dramatic new chapter to his diverse career.
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Hoosier Park site in Indy tests mobile wagering

June 19, 2012
Associated Press
Patrons at Hoosier Park's off-track-betting site in downtown Indianapolis can now bet on horse races from the comfort of their seats, and they'll soon be able to place wagers from their smartphones.
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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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