Government & Economic Development

Indiana welfare workers indicted for stealing $191K

May 24, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Tuesday the three created 126 benefit cards in the names of welfare clients and used them to withdraw money at bank machines, buy retail goods and sell them from 2008 until April 2010.
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Indiana GOP chair: Daniels to help shape 2012 debate

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will continue to influence the national debate surrounding the 2012 presidential campaign even though he isn't a candidate, the leader of Indiana's Republican Party said Monday.
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Governor's race shaping up to be entertaining

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's 2012 gubernatorial race features two strong front runners. Democrat John Gregg is a gregarious and folksy former House Speaker. Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence is an outspoken and articulate conservative.
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Straub: Funding cut poses no threat to Super Bowl security

May 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis metropolitan area is among 33 nationwide that have been eliminated from a federal Homeland Security grant program for 2011.
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Daniels ends speculation, decides against run for presidency

May 22, 2011
Associated Press
In overnight e-mail to supporters, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels cites family considerations as reason he will stay out of race.
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New TIF districts could spur urban development

May 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis leaders have targeted four core urban areas for renewal, taking steps to create new tax-increment-financing districts to seed economic development there.
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SHEPHERD: Credit cards hurting too many businessesRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Connie Shepherd
Expensive personal credit undermines credit scores and ultimately the odds of more traditional lending.
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Credit unions gun for more traditional bank business

May 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A push by credit unions for more leeway with small-business lending is fueling an old fight with their banking rivals.
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Indiana court denies delay in White election case

May 20, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court says the state recount commission should proceed with reconsidering whether Secretary of State Charlie White was a valid candidate for the office to which he was elected.
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State’s jobless rate falls again, to 8.2 percent

May 20, 2011
Despite a decrease in private sector jobs, Indiana's unemployment rate in April dropped 0.3 percentage points, to 8.2 percent, the lowest it's been since December 2008.
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Indiana BMV nixes fee to see driver record online

May 20, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers can now review online records including citations, suspensions and violations without paying a fee.
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City proceeding with public safety complex at Eastgate

May 18, 2011
Scott Olson
City-County Council grants approval for the city to enter into a 25-year lease with the owner of the former Eastgate mall to take 76,000 square feet for a Regional Operations Center.
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Gregg's lobbying record doesn't worry Democrats

May 17, 2011
Associated Press
Many of the same Democrats who blasted Republican Sen. Dan Coats last year for his time spent as a federal lobbyist are backing Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, who's a registered lobbyist in Indiana.
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New laws affect commercial property owners

May 17, 2011
Tom Harton
Three bills with implications for owners of commercial real estate were approved by the General Assembly and have been signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
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Prescription drug abuse growing problem in Indiana

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
Prescription drugs are playing an increasing role in the drug-related crimes that are filling up Indiana's prisons, prison officials and prosecutors said.
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Indianapolis council OKs razing of Keystone Towers

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
The City-County Council in Indianapolis has voted to spend $4 million to demolish the abandoned 15-story Keystone Towers and the long-vacant former Winona Hospital.
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Economists: Lower growth, higher oil prices coming

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
The predictions of the economists reflect the jitteriness of a public that is still recovering from the financial crisis and now getting squeezed by rising prices for gas, groceries and other household items.
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Former speaker Gregg to run for Indiana governor

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
As expected, former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg plans to run for governor. Gregg called all 92 county chairmen over the weekend to tell them, his campaign said.
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UPDATE: Software firm plans 70 jobs in HQ relocation

May 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Blue Pillar Inc., which produces software for energy-management data systems, is moving to Indianapolis from Georgia and plans 70 jobs by 2015.
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Common sense might not keep you from being carded

May 15, 2011
Associated Press
The revised law that takes effect July 1 requires that only those who appear to be younger than 40 show ID when buying alcohol. But some retailers who embraced the stricter provisions say they're not ready to give customers the benefit of the doubt.
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Health care providers opening to technologyRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Katie Maurer
Some health care system are finally allowing online scheduling.
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MANTOOTH: Companies bogged down by employees' poor healthRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
The problem is, too many people make unhealthy choices and the consequences of these choices become everyone’s problem.
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Documentary touts sustainable building practices in Indy

May 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The hour-long film, dubbed “Green Building in Indianapolis: Creating a Sustainable Future,” was released on You Tube last month.
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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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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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