Government & Economic Development

PANEL: Reforms to rapidly reshape health careRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Reform-induced changes dominate health care panel of health care experts convened by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Candidates' pledges keeps the campaign rhetoric flowingRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Melina Kennedy, the Democrat taking on Mayor Greg Ballard in the November election, has made some campaign promises of her own. And some in Ballard’s camp have questioned whether she’ll be able to bring those to fruition.
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Ballard fulfilled some pledges; others fell by waysideRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Republican mayor says he curbed crime, made government transparent, and pushed for property tax reform. His Democratic challenger says Ballard didn’t make good on repealing an income tax increase, hiring hundreds of police officers, or making education a top priority.
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Marion County could get windfall from property tax saleRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The sale of tax-delinquent properties brought in $13 million above the city’s expenses.
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Panel dismisses complaint against Indiana Democrats

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Election Commission has dismissed — for now — a campaign finance complaint involving House Democrats who staged a five-week walkout earlier this year.
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Angling to be VP: Republicans run without campaigning

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
More than a year from Election Day, all sorts of Republicans, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, are making a point of keeping themselves in the national spotlight, stoking speculation that they are potential running mates for the eventual GOP presidential nominee.
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Indiana unemployment insurance overhaul continues

September 29, 2011
Associated Press
Workers taking voluntary buyouts will no longer be eligible for state unemployment benefits in Indiana beginning Saturday, and severance pay will be counted against unemployment payouts.
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Kodak official: Company keeping R&D center in Ohio

September 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eastman Kodak Co. reportedly looked at relocating a 500-person research-and-development center to Indiana, but will instead stay put in Ohio, according to a company official.
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Judge denies Plowman request to overturn convictions

September 29, 2011
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman had asked a judge to overturn his attempted extortion and bribery convictions after a jury found him guilty of the charges Sept. 15.
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LA firm to oversee construction of city's sewage tunnel

September 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Aecom, a global firm that also is one of the companies rebuilding the World Trade Center site in New York City, designed the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector, the linchpin of a tunnel system the city will build to handle sewage overflows during rain storms.
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Incentives flow to tech firm Positron, despite red inkRestricted Content

September 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The molecular-imaging company is trying to transition its business model and get beyond a going-concern warning.
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Medical supplier Hill-Rom makes $42M fraud settlement

September 27, 2011
Associated Press
Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., a medical-equipment company based in Indiana, agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $42 million to settle a government lawsuit. The government had accused the company of knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare from 1999 to 2007.
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Postal service union workers plan rallies around Indiana

September 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Organizers from the AFL-CIO say the rallies in 13 locations around Indiana are part of a national effort seeking support for congressional action to shore up the struggling agency.
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Lawsuit by fair victims challenges Indiana's $5M tort cap

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana law that caps the state's liability for damages at $5 million for a single event violates the U.S. and state constitutions and should be thrown out, six plaintiffs suing over the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage argue in a lawsuit filed Monday.
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IBM adds 175 jobs at Delaware County call center

September 26, 2011
The new employees are located at the company's Heartland Business Center in Daleville, where IBM already has about 500 employees.
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Lafayette Square coalition names executive directorRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Mary Chalmers, a neighborhood liaison for the city, will leave that post to lead the effort to improve the area near 38th Street and Lafayette Road.
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Program lets Hoosier volunteers get mortgage help

September 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana has $221 million to give to unemployed people who are struggling to cover their mortgage payments. Recipients have to take part in job-training, go back to school, or agree to volunteer through HoosierCorps.
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Chemical maker Vertellus settles case with feds

September 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency complained that local chemical plant Vertellus Specialties sold a chemical used in making PCP to a suspicious company.
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Steering parts manufacturer plans local expansion

September 23, 2011
Bishop Steering Technology Inc., an Indianapolis company specializing in designing rack-and-pinion steering gear, plans to expand, creating 25 additional jobs by 2014, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Friday.
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Vera Bradley plans to expand distribution center

September 22, 2011
Associated Press
Handbag and luggage maker Vera Bradley Inc. says it plans to invest $22.5 million to nearly double the size of its Roanoke distribution center in northeastern Indiana, creating up to 124 new jobs by 2015.
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Non-candidates Christie, Daniels loom over presidential race

September 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mitch Daniels of Indiana have ruled themselves out of the 2012 race for the White House. Yet both Republicans are keeping themselves in the public eye.
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Township board OKs small claims court move

September 22, 2011
The Center Township Board on Wednesday approved a plan to move the township's small claims court from the City-County Building to the Julia M. Carson Government Center on Fall Creek Parkway despite a judge's objections.
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Attorney General agrees to return Durham campaign funds

September 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has reached a settlement with the Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee to give back $11,000 in contributions he received from indicted financier Tim Durham.
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Fines from House Dems' boycott nearly collected

September 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House records show that more than $100,000 has been collected from the 39 Democrats whose five-week boycott blocked legislative action.
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GAO finds cost estimates for F136 engine outdated

September 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Some members of Congress hope to revive work on the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis worked on for nine years before the project was halted in April.
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