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Unions plan protest rallies across Indiana

April 4, 2011
Associated Press
Labor unions are planning rallies at the Indiana Statehouse and around the state Tuesday as part of continuing protests against Republican-backed legislation.
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Young workers in Indiana still face tough job market

April 3, 2011
Associated Press
The number of Indiana teens and college students with jobs fell sharply during the recession, and their employment prospects might not improve this year.
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Controversy brews over judging charter performance

April 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
There is little agreement—but lots of politics and complex statistics—on how to define success and failure in Indiana’s public schools.
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Manufacturer crosses over from auto parts to caskets

April 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gestamp Automocion makes metal components for the auto industry, employing 18,000 people worldwide. Now it is branching into the staid niche of casket manufacturing.
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Gas distributors oppose $2.7B Rockport gasification plantRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Six gas-distribution companies have urged regulators to reject a state plan that would force residential natural-gas customers to effectively subsidize a $2.7 billion coal gasification project proposed for Rockport.
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Indiana manufacturing sector clawing its way backRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Scott Olson
Factories are adding jobs, but returning to pre-recession levels will be a long slog.
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Trucking industry upswing may draw investors to Allison IPO

April 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Allison Transmission is not a household name like Google or General Motors, but it won’t lack an audience for its planned $750 million initial public offering.
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Task force coaxes homeless off downtown streetsRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An informal collaboration of social workers, police and prosecutors has had early success getting some of the most stubborn homeless people in Indianapolis from downtown streets to shelter or recovery programs.
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Call center orders boost Interactive Intelligence sharesRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Shares of the call center software firm Interactive Intelligence have nearly tripled, to around $38 from a 52-week low of $14, last August, thanks to a string of larger orders, and to its anticipation of the rise of “communications as a service,” or CaaS.
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Tax breaks for Rolls-Royce hinge on investment, not jobsRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
City officials’ fear that Rolls-Royce Corp. might pull thousands of jobs out of Indianapolis drove the negotiations that culminated last month with the company’s committing to move 2,500 of its local office employees to the south side of downtown.
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Flexibility eases pain of principal's departure

April 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Carlotta Watch VideoThe abrupt departure of Indianapolis Metropolitan High School's dynamic principal, Carlotta Cooprider, had the potential to deal a major blow to the 430-student charter school. But school administrators, parents and students say the transition was mostly seamless.
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Indy Met Pumas make basketball historyRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Indianapolis Metropolitan High School boys’ basketball team won the Class 1-A state championship, for the first time in the team’s four-year existence.
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Next state budget to spend $117M more on pensions

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers plan to set aside more money in the next two-year budget to help deal with unfunded pension liabilities, but experts warn the amount needed to pay retirees will only grow in the next 15 years.
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INSIDE DISH: St. Elmo stakes out expansion plan

April 1, 2011
Mason King
St Elmo Watch VideoCo-owner Craig Huse's designs to create a 3,000-square-foot bar above the landmark eatery is just another example of Elmo's tradition-based evolution.
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Colleges spend big, lose big on women's basketball

April 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Across the U.S., the most popular women’s college sport is in the red. Women’s basketball at the 53 public schools in the six largest conferences recorded operating losses last fiscal year of $109.7 million, while the men’s teams reported operating profits of $240 million.
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U.S. unemployment rate falls to two-year low

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
The nation added 216,000 jobs last month, with private employers adding more than 200,000 jobs for a second straight month. However, a big factor in the lower jobless rate is that many people who stopped looking for jobs still aren't looking for one.
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Hinkle Fieldhouse slated for $25 million restoration

April 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A capital campaign is under way to fund improvements to the historic arena on the campus of Butler University. Upgrades will include more seating for season-ticket holders and a new scoreboard with video capabilities.
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Organic-food delivery service growing its operations

April 1, 2011
Sean Morrison
Indianapolis-based Green B.E.A.N. Delivery planted a seed here four years ago, and now the organic food-shipping service is cultivating its own 60-acre farm in Sheridan.
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Indiana college to break ground on pharmacy school

April 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Northern Indiana's Manchester College plans to begin work this summer on the college's new $18 million pharmacy school.
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Bills would set fall votes for Indiana school boards

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
All school board elections across Indiana would be moved to the November ballot under bills advancing in the state Legislature.
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Scientists question claims in biotech letter

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
The widespread Internet posting of a letter by a retired Purdue University researcher who says he has linked genetically modified corn and soybeans to crop diseases and to abortions and infertility in livestock has raised concern among scientists that the public will believe his unsupported claim is true.
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Democrats skip session while leader discusses fines

March 31, 2011
Associated Press
A House session scheduled for Thursday morning never took place as Democratic leader Pat Bauer Republican leader Brian Bosma discussed fines the Dems received for walking out on their jobs.
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Suit accuses Bank of America of fraud, racketeering

March 31, 2011
Scott Olson
The complaint, filed in Marion Superior Court, follows a similar suit that was dismissed in federal court. Bank of America and its Countrywide unit are accused of using perjured affidavits to foreclose on homes.
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Battery charges dropped against Fair Finance co-owner

March 31, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has dropped domestic battery charges against Fair Finance Co. co-owner Jim Cochran after the alleged victims declined to pursue the case.
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Indy lawyer pays $371,000 to settle Fair Finance lawsuit

March 31, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's bankruptcy trustee says attorney Stephen Plopper and his wife are paying the full amount due under a loan that matured in 2006.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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