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Indiana hires outside firm to review state fair disaster

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana has hired an outside firm to help with its investigation into a fatal stage collapse at the state fair after questions were raised about the state's ability to conduct an objective probe itself.
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State fair attendance, revenue expected to decline

August 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Attendance through Tuesday was down 7 percent compared to the same time last year following the collapse of a concert stage on Saturday that killed five people. The loss of four shows will be a blow to revenue projections.
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Colts to keep camp in Anderson for 5 more years

August 17, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they had agreed to a five-year deal that will keep training camp at the Division III school northeast of Indianapolis through 2016.
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Indiana State Fair emergency plan just 1 page

August 16, 2011
Associated Press
An emergency plan outlining what to do if severe weather threatens the Indiana State Fair takes up a single page and does not mention the potential for evacuations.
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Court affirms Murat Centre renaming decision

August 16, 2011
A state appellate court upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to block the Old National Centre naming rights deal.
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Indiana State Fair reopens, honors five killed in stage collapse

August 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents.
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Gen Con Indy convention scores record attendance

August 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gen Con Indy, one of the city’s largest annual conventions, drew a record 36,733 unique visitors to this year's event, organizers announced Thursday.
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Expo dismisses 3 managers after months of dissension

August 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Black Expo has fired three executives who signed letter in May complaining about the leadership of CEO Tanya Bell, TV reports say.
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Hampton Inn to become Bud Light Hotel during Super Bowl

August 10, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Bud Light name and logo will replace Hampton's all over the hotel, from the outside signage and canopies to the in-room soap, shampoo and pens.
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State fair chief 'born and raised' to lead showcase eventRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Ann Finch
Indiana State Fair Commission Executive Director Cynthia Hoye has parlayed a lifelong love affair with 4-H and fairs into a career of supporting agriculture and extension programs and finding ways to make a good fair better.
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Hoosier firms integral part of State Fair midway

August 5, 2011
Scott Olson
Danny Huston, a native Hoosier, bought rides provider North American Midway Entertainment and moved it from Mississippi to Indiana. And in a bid to help increase ticket sales, he's introducing automated machines built by Standard Change-Makers in Indianapolis.
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Indiana State Fair to promote soybean industry

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair will celebrate the versatility of the soybean and its $2.5 billion impact on the state during its 17-day run beginning Friday.
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Local homeowners trying to cash in on Super Bowl

July 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The approach of the 2012 Super Bowl has prompted some Indianapolis-area property owners to start looking for a chance to lease their homes and condos for the big game.
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Black Expo changes to come after Summer Celebration

July 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Organization directors will announce in August any recommendations from an outside consultant brought in after employees voiced concerns about the leadership of president and CEO Tanya Bell.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: State Fair's boss plans for big bash

June 22, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Hoye_WatchVideoHow does a celebration of agriculture stay relevant? What happens after the cows go home? Cindy Hoye has answers.
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Black Expo aims for more family friendlinessRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Black Expo is working to overcome last summer’s shootings and a recent staff mutiny, but observers say the root of the problem is declining interest among African-American adults in its signature event.
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Indianapolis lands Big Ten football title game through 2015

June 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis outbid Chicago for the rights to host the Big Ten Conference football championship game through 2015 and also landed the 2014 and 2016 title games in men's and women's basketball.
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Indiana State Fairgrounds to host collector car auction billed as world's largest

May 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Last year’s Mecum auction at Indianapolis reported gross sales of $41.7 million and drew more than 30,000 people.
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Indy Fashion Time signs primary sponsor for fashion week competition

April 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Sewing machine manufacturer Baby Lock USA wants to broaden its exposure beyond crafters and quilters.
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Sports auction firm visits Indy seeking ABA, Clowns items

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
New York-based Clean Sweep Auctions plans to hold an "Antiques Roadshow"-like event in Indianapolis this week, offering local residents free valuation of sports memorabilia.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Landmark event turns into celebration of Bill Cook

April 23, 2011
Lou Harry
Benefactor's presence strongly felt at opening of new arts center.
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Insurer seeks to avoid claims from wedding accident

April 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Michigan insurance company is seeking to avoid paying for any claims made by Mavris Arts & Event Center in Indianapolis involving a high-profile fatal wedding-shuttle accident last summer.
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Super Bowl Host Committee lays out winter weather plans

March 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Jim Schellinger, chairman and CEO of CSO Architects, has been appointed to handle weather preparedness for the Super Bowl to be hosted in Indianapolis in February.
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Indianapolis hopeful it can retain Big Ten tournaments

March 7, 2011
Scott Olson
The contract between Indianapolis and the Big Ten expires in 2012, and officials from the conference's 11 universities are beginning the process to select a future host for the men's and women's basketball tournaments.
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NFL lockout could prove costly to Indy economy

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
The worst case scenario — no season — would mean the city of Indianapolis sustaining the most expensive hit in league history.
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