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Indiana gasoline prices ninth highest in nation

June 23, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
While gas prices in Indiana have gone down slightly over the past week, they are still expected to remain high through the July 4 holiday, said Michael Green, Manager of Public Relations at the American Automobile Association.
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Senators: Administration must support biodiesel

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration is considering changes that would significantly reduce the required amount of biodiesel in the United States. Industry groups, farm state lawmakers and others have called on the administration to reconsider.
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Airlines scrap record number of flights in nasty winter

February 14, 2014
Associated Press
The relentless snow and ice storms this winter have led to the highest number of flight cancellations in more than 25 years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
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Pence declares energy emergency over propane shortage

January 29, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence outlined steps that have been taken in an effort to help Hoosiers during the state’s propane shortage.
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Propane shortage hits Indiana sellers, customers hard

January 29, 2014
Associated Press
Central Indiana propane dealers are rationing their inventories to help supplies last and transporting propane here from as far away as Mississippi, Kansas and South Carolina. An estimated 500,000 Hoosiers rely on propane to heat their homes.
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Holiday sales could ride on lower gasoline prices

November 27, 2013
Associated Press
Many retail analysts have forecast a ho-hum sales gain of about 2 percent this year; others predict an increase of up to 3.9 percent. But steadily cheaper gas could send holiday sales shooting above 5.4 percent, analysts say.
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Nation's green-power push has secret, dirty costs

November 12, 2013
Associated Press
The consequences from the ethanol era are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its economic benefits to the farming industry.
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Public safety department looks to go hybrid on 1,035 cars

July 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety could save $8.6 million over the next five years by replacing 1,035 non-patrol vehicles with plug-in electric hybrids, according to an internal review released Tuesday.
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Aviation tax changes making Indiana skies friendlier

July 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana began exempting aviation fuel and maintenance and service work on planes from its 7-percent state sales tax effective Monday. It has substituted a flat 10 cents-per-gallon excise tax for fuel purchases.
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BP settles class-action suit over tainted gasoline

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
The oil giant has agreed to a $7 million settlement related to a recall of about 4.7 million gallons of tainted gasoline in four Midwestern states, including Indiana.
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Indiana gas prices soar to 50 cents above U.S. average

June 5, 2013
Associated Press
The website Gasbuddy.com said Indiana's average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gas was nearly $4.16 Wednesday afternoon, compared with the national average of nearly $3.64 a gallon.
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Group, bill promote natural gas fueling stations

April 9, 2013
Associated Press
Natural gas advocates want to create incentives for building fueling stations across the state in hopes that more people will operate vehicles using alternative fuels.
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Calumet goes back to market with public offering

March 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based petroleum refiner plans to use proceeds from the 5.3 million unit stock offering for working capital, acquisitions and possibly the redemption or repurchase of debt.
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Allison adds hybrid systems for broader array of trucks and busesRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Production of propulsion system for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will begin later this year.
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CountryMark paying $18 million for pollution controls

March 1, 2013
Associated Press
Government officials alleged Indianapolis-based CountryMark violated the law when the oil refiner expanded operations without obtaining proper permits and installing necessary pollution controls.
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BioTown still dependent on grid eight years later

February 3, 2013
Associated Press
Eight years after being nicknamed Biotown USA, the town of Reynolds is as dependent on the energy grid as it ever was, and is likely to become more so.
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IPL to install charging stations for Indianapolis fleet

January 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. will install 26 vehicle-charging stations at three city locations to assist with Mayor Greg Ballard's goal of converting the city fleet to gas alternatives by 2025.
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Kenley pitching license plate tax to fund highway projectsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
A license plate tax of $20 to $50 per car will be one of a raft of proposals considered by the Legislature next year as a way to fix a hole in funding for road maintenance, and to keep expanding Indiana’s system of highways.
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Midwest Energy oil firm drilling for $15MRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis investment advisory oil firm has been looking for blowouts in its own back yard. Midwest Energy Partners is preparing for its seventh—and largest—round of funding to pay for oil drilling in southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
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New section of Interstate 69 getting positive reviews

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Users of the new 67-mile stretch of Interstate 69 that opened two weeks ago in southern Indiana say it is already saving them time and money.
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Monarch turns to natural gas to run trucking fleet

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
In a sign of the rising popularity of natural gas engines, the Indianapolis-based distributor of alcoholic beverages will make 85 of its 105 trucks run on natural gas by 2015.
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Railcar shipments making a comeback in IndianaRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Scott Olson
High diesel prices are turning companies to trains.
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CountryMark buying oil, natural gas operations for $125 million

November 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based CountryMark Cooperative Holding Corp. said Friday morning that it has agreed to pay $125 million to purchase a portion of the oil and natural gas operations of Continental Resources Inc. in Oklahoma City.
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Indiana's oldest ethanol plant shuts down, idling 40

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
High corn prices, large ethanol inventories, lower gas prices and lower fuel demand were factors cited for the shutdown.
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Indiana ethanol plant resumes operations

September 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
Valero Energy Corp., the third-largest U.S. ethanol producer, has restarted distilleries in Nebraska and Indiana, as profit margins for the fuel improved.
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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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