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MARCUS: State moves forward, with long way to go

January 1, 2011
Morton Marcus
Congratulations to Gov. Mitch Daniels and his administration on their development and implementation of the Indiana Transparency Portal. It’s a grand start to detailed information about state and local government activities.
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Baker & Daniels attorney to head election board

January 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Tenley Drescher-Rhoades predecessor is leaving to become chief of staff for new Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.
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Embattled prosecutor Brizzi plans new business

December 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he plans a new business in reputation management. He will also work as an attorney from offices in Hamilton County and Indianapolis.
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Governor wants revamped teacher evaluations

December 31, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and state schools superintendent Tony Bennett say Indiana needs a more honest look at the job teachers and principals are doing.
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Indiana Medicaid cuts likely to be followed by more

December 30, 2010
Associated Press
The Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning has approved a series of emergency rules that it expects to save a total of $4.1 million over the next six months, but that will make up for only a small portion of the $31.4 million shortfall the agency anticipates for the fiscal year.
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Indiana to stop mailing out state income tax forms

December 29, 2010
Associated Press
The State Department of Revenue estimates the change will affect about 1 million taxpayers and save the state about $200,000 in the next fiscal year.
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Indiana prisons chief heading to Florida

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, who takes office on Jan. 4, on Tuesday named Indiana corrections chief Ed Buss to run Florida's massive prison system.
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Mayoral contender Kennedy to leave day job

December 28, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Democratic mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy will leave her attorney job at law firm Baker and Daniels on Friday to begin campaigning full-time next month.
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State GOP leaders weigh banning required union dues

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Bills filed in the Indiana House would ban workers from being required to pay union dues.
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Water employee: Veolia falsified records to get bonuses

December 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Testimony is part of effort to deny Veolia Water $29 million contract termination fee as part of utility sale. Group claims salaried employees owed millions of dollars.
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FARGO: Shield laws are beyond party labelsRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
Good government should be transparent, no matter who’s in charge.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Carson talks Congress, whips, soft rock

December 22, 2010
Mason King
Carson Watch VideoU.S. Rep. Andre Carson on his new duties, earmarks, anti-Islam rhetoric, and his love for smooth tunes.
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Insurer for Durham firm to settle suits for $5.5M

December 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
The agreement allows embattled financier Tim Durham to remain on the board of CLST Holdings, but mandates he step down as chairman and not vote on any matter unless doing so would make the board unanimous.
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Skillman won't run for governor's seat in 2012

December 20, 2010
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman issued a statement Monday morning announcing that "minor" health issues will keep her from running for Indiana governor in 2012.
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Group opposes city plan to pay water manager Veolia $29M

December 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city should refuse to pay the contract-termination fee given alleged defaults by Veolia, the consumer group says. Veolia is out after city sells the water company to Citizens Energy Group.
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Turbulent Indiana General Assembly just ahead

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Scarce resources promise to vex lawmakers charged with writing a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January.
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FEIGENBAUM: 'There is no money' takes on new meaning

December 18, 2010
Ed Feigenbaum
Tight tax revenue will force hard choices on the General Assembly.
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Business agenda might get friendly receptionRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
With Republicans firmly in control of the Indiana General Assembly, businesses have a better chance of achieving some of their legislative objectives than they have for years.
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Redistricting, education issues also on docket for General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Legislature will consider redistricting along with controversial education issues.
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FBI investigating Durham firms for phone cramming

December 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
The FBI is asking land-line phone customers across the country to check their bills for phantom charges from more than 20 companies controlled by or connected to embattled financier Tim Durham.
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Daniels says he'd sign statewide smoking ban

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said towns and cities have shown it's possible to enact smoking bans with significant benefits and minimal cost.
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State pushing to keep building-review wait times down

December 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Wait times in the plan-review process for non-residential projects increased dramatically this year, creating a backlog of cases.
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Daniels endorses findings of criminal code review

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Sweeping changes proposed for Indiana's criminal sentencing system won the endorsement Wednesday of Gov. Mitch Daniels, who said that if lawmakers enact the changes they would hold down the state's ballooning prison population and save taxpayer money.
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Indiana may cut Medicaid services to check costs

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
The state Medicaid actuary projected Indiana's share of the program's costs will rise by about $1.46 billion this fiscal year, by about $1.84 billion in the 2012 fiscal year and by about $2 billion in the 2013 fiscal year unless some services are cut.
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Indiana GOP chairman stepping down after 5 years

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Murray Clark announced his decision Wednesday, saying it was time to turn over the party leadership.
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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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