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Plan would shift money from horse racing to auto racing

April 9, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The move—debated Monday in the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee—is meant to subsidize upgrades at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and make low-interest loans available to other auto tracks and businesses across the state.
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Cincinnati casino brings in $21M in first month

April 9, 2013
Associated Press
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, which is expected to lure some gambling revenue from Indiana's casinos, opened March 4.
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Land-based casinos likely, says Indiana gambling chief

April 9, 2013
Associated Press
Gaming Commission Executive Director Ernest Yelton said declining casino revenue and other factors are helping drive the push for land-based casinos.
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BENNER: NCAA regional brought coaching royalty to IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Bill Benner
Rick Pitino, Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski would be the making of a pretty good three-fourths of a coaching Mount Rushmore.
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HETRICK: Lamenting our slow-motion political sausage factory

April 6, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Local government reform, it seems, is meddling when legislators don’t like it and meritorious when they do.
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DINING: Geist pub shows Asian influence

April 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Second in a month-long series of food-and-a-drink eatery reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Rock solid ‘American Idiot’ works for more than just Green Day fans

April 6, 2013
Lou Harry
Angst-ridden musical a highlight of the Broadway in Indianapolis season.
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Monument Circle face-lift set to move forward

April 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city recently signed a $555,750 contract with a local firm for design work on the Circle, leading to a two-year repaving project with other improvements.
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Skating academy to close ice rinks at Pan Am Plaza

April 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana World Skating Academy, a fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, plans to suspend operations of its two indoor ice rinks at Pan Am Plaza this month and begin looking for a new location, the not-for-profit announced Wednesday.
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Lawmakers debate what counts as gambling expansion

March 31, 2013
Associated Press
The differences between the electronic and standard table games are being portrayed to state lawmakers as one of life and death, with proponents of a bill that would allow racetrack table games saying they would add jobs while not substantially changing what the racetracks already offer.
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Hoosier Lottery expanding ticket-selling hours

March 31, 2013
Associated Press
The private operator of the Hoosier Lottery is expanding the hours that convenience stores and other outlets can sell lottery tickets, a change that allows those sales to continue late into the night.
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Traveling Indiana? Here's a look at what's new and improved

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
Need some incentives to travel in-state for your next getaway? Looking for something new? Here’s a rundown of some of what’s been added — or improved — on Indiana’s destinations menu.
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REVIEW: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios revisited

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
With both the 2010 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and 2012’s New Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World, families with theme-park inklings have even more reasons to visit — or revisit — Orlando.
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BENNER: Of many shining moments, one could have shone brightestRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bill Benner
Some years stand out as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA tournament.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A critical mass of theater critics descend on Indy

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
A pack of conferencing critics had their eyes opened to Indy’s arts pleasures. In turn, they opened my eyes to some things I shouldn’t take for granted.
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DINING: Tortilla reform on Mass Ave

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of food-and-a-drink eatery reviews.
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COTA: Learn-to-play website taps into instinctive desire to learn guitar

March 30, 2013
Jim Cota
Instinct aims to make playing music as natural as singing it, because “playing music is one of the most natural things a human can do.”
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Lawmakers still considering live table games at racinos

March 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee postponed amendments and a vote on a gambling measures Wednesday after supporters of the state’s horse-track casinos renewed their fight to get live dealers at their table games.
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Demand for hotels, tickets spike as NCAA regional looms

March 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hoteliers are expecting a sellout this weekend, and ticket brokers are reporting a spike in ticket prices even though Indiana University is playing elsewhere.
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DINING: Napping required after Napolese

March 23, 2013
Lou Harry
Last in a month-long series of farm-to-table restaurant reviews.
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BENNER: Criticism heaped on NCAA takes toll on rank-and-fileRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Bill Benner
The list of lightning-rod issues is long and, unfortunately, growing.
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Center for Performing Arts angles for more shows, donorsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Dan Human
Two years after opening, the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel is working on its first strategy, an effort aimed at maximizing attendance while providing financial stability.
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HETRICK: New kind of road rage over a transportation double standard

March 23, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
We the people keep demanding more of them without budgeting enough to build or maintain them.
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Book version of documentary on Indy radio debutsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
The film and book chronicle the fierce competition among the top Indianapolis radio stations from the 1950s through the 1970s.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Catching up with a kaleidoscope of reviews

March 23, 2013
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the latest from DK, Acting Up, and an American Pianists Association fellow.
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