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Coalition fights Ballard plan to shake up curbside recycling

June 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Incinerator operator Covanta is close to announcing a proposal to build a $40 million material recovery facility in Indianapolis. Recycling industry leaders oppose the plan.
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Indy parks embark on $8 million in upgrades

May 27, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation on Tuesday announced a plan to improve 16 parks in Marion County, including the renovation or creation of playgrounds, trails, basketball courts and restrooms.
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State lottery operator falling short of goal

May 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gtech Indiana will have to sell a lot of scratch-off games and other tickets in May and June if wants to avoid making a shortfall payment to the state.
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Zionsville, Perry Township move toward consolidation

April 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zionsville could remain a town and gain an elected mayor if residents approve a government reorganization plan that’s speeding toward a November vote.
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Brokers fear criminal justice complex could harm downtown

April 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials and real estate professionals debated on Thursday the pain from moving jails, courts and other criminal justice functions to a proposed complex outside of downtown.
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City announces short list for creating justice complex

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis officials Tuesday named three development groups that will be invited to submit proposals to create a new criminal justice complex.
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Appeals court: IBM breached contract with state

February 13, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Marion County judge's finding that IBM did not materially breach the contract it had with the state to modernize its welfare system.
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State panel backs bill for welfare drug testing

January 22, 2014
Associated Press
The bill would require Indiana residents to be screened through a questionnaire and drug tested if they show a likelihood of addiction.
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Ritz proposes veterans-to-teacher scholarship program

November 11, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Veterans could receive scholarships and college credits for their military experience if they pursue K-12 teaching in Indiana under a bipartisan proposal.
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IBJ rolls out politics website

November 6, 2013
Staff Report
The central Indiana business news authority has elevated the idea behind its popular Forefront section and created a website similarly focused on commentary about politics, policy and government.
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Milder summer weather boosts state park revenue

September 13, 2013
Dan Human
Revenue jumped to $12.3 million during the park system's summer season as cooler temperatures enticed visitors. A price increase this year for annual passes helped line the parks' purse.
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Mission shift at Camp Atterbury to trigger 207 layoffs

September 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The layoffs at the end of September will come as the base transitions from a mobilization site for U.S. troops to a mission focusing more on training.
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As city budget tightens, Center Township trustee has money to burn

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IBJ SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township lowered its bank balance in 2012, to $6.7 million, but the biggest checks Trustee Eugene Akers wrote weren't for emergency needs like food or shelter, the township’s main mission.
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Tough times didn't spur spike in poor relief

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heading into the 2008 recession, Center Township sat on $10.5 million in cash, but sky-high unemployment and rising poverty over the next four years failed to drain those funds, and the disconnect persists in several area townships.
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Federal cuts to hit Indiana jobless, National Guard

March 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana agencies are cutting jobless benefits, furloughing National Guard members and losing food funds for the Women Infants and Children program because of the automatic federal budget cuts, officials said Monday.
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Federal budget cuts would hit military, education in Indiana

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The White House has tallied the impact of automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take effect this week. Indiana will lose at least $100 million in support for the military, education, child care, seniors and services for other populations.
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Judge delays start as Indiana child services chief

February 22, 2013
Associated Press
Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura has told Gov. Mike Pence that she needs a few more weeks to wrap up her cases.
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City builds modern database to manage aging infrastructureRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will spend $2 million this year to create its first comprehensive, modern inventory of its streets and sidewalks.
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Library overhauls website to conform to mobile device, social media standardsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Redesign should provide easier navigation on site that drew 9.5 million visits last year.
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Reference librarians solve 'little mysteries' for patronsRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Thirty-one reference librarians at Indianapolis-Marion County’s Central Library downtown, stationed at four buzzing reference desks, provide the personal touch even the best Internet search engine can’t duplicate.
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State Supreme Court rules Daniels doesn't have to testify

February 13, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court said Monday afternoon that Gov. Mitch Daniels doesn't have to answer questions under oath in a $400 million lawsuit that the state filed against IBM Corp.
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Indiana county leaders worried over 911 funding

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
County officials across Indiana scrambling to find money to pay for 911 emergency services say they aren't confident of getting help from state legislators, who might be leery of boosting cellphone fees during an election year.
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Mass Ave deal's brokerage fee raising eyebrowsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Cory Schouten
A real estate brokerage picked by the city to spearhead redevelopment of a prime Mass Ave parcel occupied by the Indianapolis Fire Department stands to collect a million-dollar-plus payday if it closes the deal.
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City's original Carnegie library hits the century markRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The branch at 2822 E. Washington St. was one of five libraries in the city built with funds from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.
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Delaware County closing office building on Fridays

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Facing steep budget cuts, the county northeast of Indianapolis will be shutting down its main government building on Fridays and cutting the work week of nearly 150 employees.
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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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