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Stutzman wins 3rd District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Marlin Stutzman has kept northeastern Indiana's 3rd District in the Republican column by winning election to its congressional seat.
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Rokita wins in 4th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has kept the state's 4th Congressional District in the Republican column by winning the election to replace retiring Rep. Steve Buyer.
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GOP's Pence scores easy re-election in 6th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Congressman Mike Pence easily defeated Democrat Barry Welsh, a United Methodist minister from Connersville who has lost three straight challenges to Pence.
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GOP's Burton wins 15th term in Indiana's 5th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Dan Burton will continue his reign as Indiana's longest-serving congressman after winning election to his 15th term.
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Indiana voters deciding outcome of big GOP push

November 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters headed to the polls Tuesday amid Republican hopes for big gains in the state's congressional delegation and Legislature, but it wasn't immediately clear whether voters were turning out in the numbers the party had hoped for.
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Tax-cap amendment means change for local government

November 2, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Cuts in services, higher fees and consolidation of government units are possibilities, but advocates for the constitutional amendment say long-term certainty about property tax rates could benefit the economy.
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Numerous school referendums face decision time

November 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In central Indiana, the Hamilton Southeastern and Lebanon school districts want more money to build schools or renovate existing ones, while Zionsville School Corp. is seeking additional funding for operating expenses.
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Fraud allegations focus of secretary of state race

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Charges of voter fraud have already marred Tuesday's election for Indiana's next chief election official, with the Republican candidate accused of using a false address to cast a ballot in May's primary.
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In rough economy, state candidates tout biz skills

November 1, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Candidates might brag about their business credentials in any campaign year, but in the lead-up to Tuesday’s election, some say it’s been particularly intense.
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Anti-incumbent wave unlikely to swamp ‘lucky’ Burton

November 1, 2010
Mary Dieter
Congressman Dan Burton is expected to win his 15th term Tuesday despite what some say is an anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping the nation.
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Voters expected to OK property-tax cap amendment

October 31, 2010
Associated Press
A recent poll found that more than 60 percent of likely voters support the proposed constitutional amendment, and some of the measure's biggest opponents have given up the fight.
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Downtown apartment developers take divergent paths to financing

October 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
J.C. Hart Co. spent more than a year securing a $5 million bank loan to expand an existing project; Buckingham Cos. turned to the city to finance its ambitious project just north of the Eli Lilly and Co. campus.
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New parking meter plan could yield Indianapolis more cash

October 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The revised plan calls for less money up front, more over the life of the contract and more flexibility to terminate the 50-year deal early.
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Mayor's communications strategist leaving city post

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Robert Vane, Ballard’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, plans to start his own firm specializing in crisis and strategic communications. His last day with the city is Nov. 5.
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Ascension aims to cut costs with $10.9M service center

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Veolia losing water contract, will get $29M termination fee

October 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Playing a limited role under Indianapolis Water's new owner, Citizens Energy, wouldn't be profitable, Veolia says. Citizens plans to make job offers to "substantially all" Veolia employees.
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U.S. attorneys, FBI to watch for voter fraud, abuses

October 28, 2010
Associated Press
The FBI also will have special agents available to receive allegations of election fraud or discrimination.
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City-County Council approves 2011 budget

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The CIB's $73.1 million budget, which included a $10 million payment to the Pacers for the operation of Conseco Fieldhouse, passed by a 15-14 vote.
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GOP could gain quorum in state Senate election

October 25, 2010
Mary Dieter
Indiana Senate Democrats, long considered the last bastion of liberal thought in state government, are in danger of becoming politically irrelevant after the Nov. 2 election—something they say would disenfranchise nearly 2 million Hoosiers who live in their districts.
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Some council members still unsure about CIB budget

October 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Capital Improvement Board’s controversial spending plan will face its final trial Monday night as the City-County Council takes up the city’s $1.1 billion budget for next year.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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Post office still seeking rate hike for 2011

October 22, 2010
Associated Press
The U.S. Postal Service had asked for a 2-cent increase in the current 44-cent price for First Class stamps starting in January, but was denied by regulators. It plans to appeal.
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Indiana agency paying law firm $5.25M to sue IBM

October 20, 2010
Associated Press
Barnes & Thornburg of Indianapolis was hired despite several conflicts of interest arising from the fact that it also represents former IBM partners involved in the welfare deal.
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State getting $25M to clean up old GM sites

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana will benefit from a $25.2 million environmental trust established to clean up and redevelop eight former General Motors plants throughout the state, officials said Wednesday.
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City rolls out revised parking-meter deal

October 20, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City would reap more cash in the long run and get more flexibility to alter the deal if necessary, but the controversial 50-year term of the contract remains.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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