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Nestle Waters CEO favors industry recycling programsRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The head of the continent’s largest producer of bottled water told Indiana recycling advocates his industry should take more responsibility in the reuse of plastic bottles.
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Indiana Live makes staff reductions

May 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana Live laid off about 30 members of its 800-person staff this week as the race track and casino’s owners sort through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Daniels signs measure changing Indiana alcohol ID law

May 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed several more bills into law, including one that will no longer require everyone buying carryout alcohol to show identification regardless of age.
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City hosting another Big Ten championship

May 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Participants from seven Big Ten universities will be in Indianapolis this weekend to compete in the women's rowing championships—the first time the event has been held at a neutral site.
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Governor vetoes forfeiture legislation

May 13, 2011
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
Gov. Mitch Daniels has vetoed legislation that would have sent the bulk of funds seized from criminals to prosecutors and police, rather than the Indiana Common School Fund.
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INSIDE DISH: Monon restaurant gets lesson in shifting gears

May 13, 2011
Mason King
Dish_monon_watch_videoTim Williams learned to make big changes on the fly during the first year of his fledgling Broad Ripple eatery, including scrapping counter service, adding a wait staff and revamping the menu.
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IBM may add workers to Indiana call center

May 13, 2011
Economic development officials say IBM Corp. could add several hundred workers to a call center it operates near Anderson.
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Bar Keepers Friend parent lands new headquarters

May 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
SerVaas Laboratories Inc. has moved its headquarters to a 65,000-square-foot building on the northwest side after nearly 40 years in its old location.
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New Fountain Square brewery shoots for August opening

May 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
The owners of a new microbrewery in Fountain Square, slated to open by mid-August, plan to differentiate the business by focusing on the "convergence of art and science" in brewing.
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Cross-country track planned near proposed tennis center site

May 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Property along the White River is set to be rezoned to provide for a cross-country track, while a not-for-profit is eying a parcel farther north as one of three potential sites for a tennis center.
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Northwest-side medical building facing foreclosure

May 12, 2011
The operator of the building at 8424 Naab Road near St. Vincent Hospital is accused of owing an Illinois investment firm $4 million.
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Growing school districts drop funding lawsuit

May 12, 2011
Associated Press
Three Indiana school districts, including Hamilton Southeastern and Franklin Township, are dropping a lawsuit against the state that claimed the method for distributing school funding treated growing districts unfairly.
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Sony plans Blu-ray disc boost at Indiana factory

May 12, 2011
Associated Press
Sony officials plan to spend $72 million on new and upgraded equipment at its western Indiana factory, with most of that going toward Blu-ray disc manufacturing.
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Toyota plants to raise production in June

May 11, 2011
Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp. says North American production will rise to 70 percent of normal in June as the company begins to recover from parts shortages caused by the earthquake in Japan.
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Performing arts center extends CEO's contract

May 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel has extended CEO Steven Libman's contract through 2016, the board of directors announced Wednesday.
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Another setback for The Uptown as judge appoints a receiver

May 11, 2011
Cory Schouten
A Marion County judge has appointed a receiver to take control of three properties involved in a long-delayed redevelopment proposal for College Avenue between 49th and 50th streets.
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Brightpoint CFO leaves with $2.75M pay package

May 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Anthony Boor, who joined Brightpoint in 1998 and served as the company's chief financial officer since 2005, left the company on Tuesday. He received separation pay totaling $2.75 million.
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Lilly drug to detect Alzheimer’s criticized by consumer group

May 11, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co.’s Amyvid, an experimental imaging agent to detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain, shouldn’t be approved because of unreliable study results, a consumer-advocacy group said.
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Local architect wins national honor

May 11, 2011
Sanford Garner of Indianapolis firm A2SO4 is a recipient of this year's AIA Young Architects Award, which will be presented Thursday at the organization's convention in New Orleans.
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Noble Roman's first-quarter profit, revenue tick up

May 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Revenue at Noble Roman's Inc. inched up in the first quarter as the Indianapolis-based franchisor continued to grow its take-and-bake pizza operation in grocery stores.
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IPL exec promoted to CEO

May 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
After about a month as interim CEO, Indianapolis Power & Light Co. executive Ken Zagzebski has won the job for good.
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Pacers to keep Bird as president

May 10, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers announced Tuesday that they will keep Bird as team president after he met with owner Herb Simon in Los Angeles.
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Daniels signs 80 bills into law, including budget

May 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed 80 bills into law Tuesday, including a new $28 billion state budget and redrawn political maps that will help shape elections for the next decade.
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Historical society to operate former Ruth Lilly estate

May 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Historical Society will entertain its members in Ruth Lilly's former Indianapolis estate, Twin Oaks, under a contract with owners William and Laura Weaver, the society announced Tuesday.
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CIB reports quarterly revenue increase

May 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board saw revenue of $22.5 million in the first three months of the year, a jump of 28 percent compared with the same three months in 2010. More taxes generated by hotel stays and restaurant visits helped drive the increase.
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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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