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WellPoint unit, hospital group hit impasse on contract

October 2, 2014
Associated Press
Contract talks broke down Wednesday between Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and a network of five hospitals and other facilities, leaving tens of thousands of patients facing higher health insurance costs.
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UPDATE: Amtrak angles to keep control of Hoosier State route

October 1, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A little-used, delay-plagued passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago has become a battleground, as Amtrak tries to fend off competition invited by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
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Pair of top Pence aides leaving administration

October 1, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday that personnel director Anita Samuel and former workforce development commissioner Scott Sanders are exiting their positions.
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Indiana AG proposes home contractor registry

September 30, 2014
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller wants Indiana lawmakers to approve a state registry for home-remodeling contractors to boost consumer protections against would-be scammers.
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Indiana casinos want wagering, admission taxes cut

September 30, 2014
Associated Press
A legislative committee is weighing requests from Indiana casino operators to reduce the state's wagering tax rates and eliminate the $3 admission tax for everyone who enters a riverboat, even if not gambling.
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High demand for road salt pushes costs up for state, city

September 29, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works will pay 11.5 percent more for road salt this winter than it did a year ago. Salt prices on regional bids across the state are now an average of 57 percent higher than last year's prices, according to INDOT.
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Tax caps have greatest impact for rental-property, farm owners

September 29, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The owners of rental homes and apartments are among the property owners that are helped most by a tax cap system the state fully implemented in 2010.
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Coalition announces legislative agenda aimed at public fraud

September 29, 2014
 The Statehouse File
A group of officials representing local, state and federal governments will push a series of legislative proposals meant to protect public funds and speed the recovery of tax dollars lost to fraud.
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Former workers file suit against state lawmaker

September 28, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who was one of nine Republican state senators to vote against a right-to-work law two years ago is accused in a lawsuit of failing to pay his employees more than $220,000 in wages and other benefits.
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Camp Atterbury ready for large groups of soldiers

September 28, 2014
Associated Press
With more beds and railroad tracks serving Camp Atterbury, the facility will be able to train some of the largest groups of soldiers since World War II. Now Camp Atterbury has to market itself across the nation to make the most of the new facilities.
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State turns to tech for deeper, speedier data analysis

September 28, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith is hailing a new government management system adopted by Indiana that can better use troves of government data and predict how tax dollars should be allocated.
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The Interview Issue: Richard Lugar

September 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Richard Lugar is president of the Lugar Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank focusing on nuclear non-proliferation, food security and other issues. Lugar, 82, represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 2013.
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Indiana's goal: Use data to reimagine education

September 26, 2014
Shaina Cavazos, Chalkbeat Indiana
IT entrepreneur Steve Braun, the new director of the Department of Workforce Development, is leading the effort to harness data to figure out what skills kids will need to succeed in the workplaces of the future.
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Access counselor doubts city's need for secrecy on RFP

September 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt told the city of Indianapolis that he wasn't swayed by its reasons for withholding its request for proposals for a new $500 million criminal justice complex.
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Indiana unemployment agency wins anti-fraud grant

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is receiving nearly $1.5 million from the federal government to help catch those who collect unemployment payments while still working.
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Experts: Telemedicine can bridge mental health gap

September 25, 2014
Associated Press
Modern technology offers a way to deliver much-needed mental health care to rural sections of Indiana where little or none is available, experts told a legislative study committee Thursday.
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DeLaney asks for tougher rules after ethics conflict

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana House Democrat is calling for a new ethics rule designed to close loopholes exposed by departing Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner.
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Big-money donors play in quiet 2014 state election cycle

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
Campaign finance data collected by the state show that more than $35 million has been given to candidates and campaign committees so far this year.
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Indiana preschool pilot to begin in 4 counties

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
Four urban Indiana counties selected for a state-funded preschool pilot program will launch it in early 2015, officials said Wednesday during a day of meetings among state and local officials and educators.
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New area code on tap for Indianapolis region

September 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The telecommunications industry wants to add a new area code for the parts of central Indiana covered by 317. The bottom line for all residents: 10-digit dialing would be required for local calls.
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MacAllister Machinery plans $44.5 million headquarters

September 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The longtime Caterpillar dealer said the 300,000-square-foot project on 133 acres at 6300 Southeastern Ave.will create 70 jobs.
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State's way of paying public defenders debated

September 23, 2014
Associated Press
The state pays the salaries of its judges and prosecutors, but public defenders are paid by counties that are only partially reimbursed for their costs—an approach that some including the executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council want to see changed.
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Indiana Toll Road operator set for short bankruptcy

September 23, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
The operator of the Indiana Toll Road, which paid $3.8 billion for a 75-year operating lease, won approval Tuesday of a schedule paving the way to exit bankruptcy court protection in just more than a month.
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Council Dems say they're pushing preschool debate into 2016

September 23, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat Indiana
City-County Council President Maggie Lewis and Vice President John Barth said children could be served next year by the state’s much smaller pilot program, which will reach nearly 800 economically disadvantaged four-year-olds in Marion County.
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More funds earmarked for domestic violence programs

September 22, 2014
 The Statehouse File
If all the money is distributed, it will bring the state’s total spending on domestic violence programs to $4.2 million this year. That’s about 35 percent more than the state spent last year.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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