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Indianapolis part of new federal STEM initiative

May 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News, Associated Press
President Barack Obama drew attention to girls' science and engineering accomplishments Tuesday as he announced a mentoring effort involving Indianapolis to improve and diversify the nation's technological work force.
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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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Former Chase employee gets 16-month prison sentence

May 27, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
An Indianapolis woman embezzled more than $400,000 from JP Morgan Chase in an electronic-transfer scheme that lasted eight years.
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Indiana cities getting money to fight urban blight

May 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis, Lawrence, Gary and two other Indiana cities have received a total of about $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.
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Hearings set for Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
Two public hearings are scheduled this week on Gov. Mike Pence's plan to use Medicaid funds to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide insurance under the federal health care overhaul.
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Shine comes off privatization for state projects

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
New approaches to privatization have forced officials in Indiana and Illinois to rethink their funding plans for the 47-mile Illiana Expressway.
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Influx of offenders may tax county coffers

May 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state’s inmate population is projected to continue rising, even after a criminal-code overhaul intended to prevent the need for prison expansions takes effect July 1.
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Indiana names new director of eco-devo office in Japan

May 23, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Toshikazu "Tony" Suzuki brings more than 40 years of executive and senior management experience, working in both Japan and the United States.
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Automated systems provider expands downtown

May 22, 2014
Mason King
Open Control Systems LLC is investing $1.6 million to renovate, equip and lease 14,000 square feet of space over two buildings at 905 N. Capitol Ave.
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State scrutiny of Village Pantry safety issues set to end

May 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The convenience store chain has been taking corrective action to better protect employees after the shootings of Indianapolis clerks in 2009 and 2011.
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Beech Grove sues Franciscan, blames it for sewage backups

May 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court, claims the flow of storm water into Beech Grove's sanitation system has caused backups of raw sewage and storm water into the basements of homes surrounding the former hospital site.
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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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Pence pitches health plan proposal in Washington

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
The health insurance expansion Gov. Mike Pence is touting relies on federal Medicaid money and meets federal Medicaid requirements, but the Republican governor insists it's not Medicaid.
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City unveils first car-sharing charging station

May 19, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News
A French company on Monday unveiled its first electric car-charging station in Indianapolis, where drivers will be able to rent plug-in vehicles for short-term trips later this year.
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Ireland and Indiana share low-tax strategyRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Richard Bruton, Ireland’s minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, visited Indianapolis this month to check in with companies that have operations in his country.
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Pence noncommittal, but stoking talk of White House bid

May 16, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been saying for months that he is "listening" to national conservatives interested in seeing him make a presidential bid. Meanwhile, he has been out meeting with influential Republicans and conservatives.
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State solicits ideas for bicentennial plaza near Statehouse

May 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Significant portions of Indiana's 2016 bicentennial celebration could take place on a new public plaza west of the Statehouse. A request for information on the project issued this week assumes a $2 million construction budget.
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Lawmakers positive about Healthy Indiana Plan proposal

May 16, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
An expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday, received overall positive reviews from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
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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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Personalized license plates on hold after ruling

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana residents who want to personalize their license plates must wait while officials decide whether to appeal a judge's ruling that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles arbitrarily granted or withheld permission for such tags.
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Pence names regulator Atterholt chief of staff

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has named former lawmaker and current Indiana Regulatory Commission Chairman Jim Atterholt to succeed Bill Smith, a longtime Pence aide.
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Pence to unveil multipronged plan to expand health insurance

May 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
The governor's plan, to be announced Thursday, involves a combination of the Healthy Indiana Plan, employer-sponsored health plans and health savings accounts, according to an invitation sent Tuesday to Indiana health care officials.
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Pence returns to New York, courts GOP donors

May 12, 2014
Associated Press
Pence was scheduled to attend a meeting of conservative journalists, leaders and potential donors on Monday night that was organized by the Franklin Center for Public Integrity.
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Council OKs smoke-detector ordinance, road repair funds

May 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 24-5 Monday night to update the city code on smoke detectors. It also voted 24-5 to spend $8.3 million from the Rebuild Indy fund on emergency road repairs.
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State has $400 million in unclaimed property

May 12, 2014
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller is encouraging people to check an online database to see if they can lay claim to unclaimed assets.
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  1. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  2. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

  3. Good try, Mr. Irwin, but I think we all know the primary motivation for pursuing legal action against the BMV is the HUGE FEES you and your firm expect to receive from the same people you claim to be helping ~ taxpayers! Almost all class action lawsuits end up with the victim receiving a pittance and the lawyers receiving a windfall.

  4. Fix the home life. We're not paying for your child to color, learn letters, numbers and possible self control. YOU raise your children...figure it out! We did. Then they'll do fine in elementary school. Weed out the idiots in public schools, send them well behaved kids (no one expects perfection) and watch what happens! Oh, and pray. A mom.

  5. To clarify, the system Cincinnati building is just a streetcar line which is the cheapest option for rail when you consider light rail (Denver, Portland, and Seattle.) The system (streetcar) that Cincy is building is for a downtown, not a city wide thing. With that said, I think the bus plan make sense and something I shouted to the rooftops about. Most cities with low density and low finances will opt for BRT as it makes more financial and logistical sense. If that route grows and finances are in place, then converting the line to a light rail system is easy as you already have the protected lanes in place. I do think however that Indy should build a streetcar system to connect different areas of downtown. This is the same thing that Tucson, Cincy, Kenosha WI, Portland, and Seattle have done. This allows for easy connections to downtown POI, and allows for more dense growth. Connecting the stadiums to the zoo, convention center, future transit center, and the mall would be one streetcar line that makes sense.

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