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Young workers help Indiana parks during cutbacks

June 14, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom said the 1,665 young workers hired by the DNR will help seasonal workers with important maintenance work at many of the state's 24 state parks and dozens of other properties.
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House Speaker pushes IEDC over job-creation numbers

June 14, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Pat Bauer sent Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob a letter formally requesting the Indiana Economic Development Corp. disclose public records about promises companies gave the state in exchange for job-creation incentives.
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INDOT commissioner to step down for Duke Energy post

June 9, 2010
Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Reed is resigning to become president of Duke Energy's Indiana operations. Michael B. Cline, INDOT's deputy commissioner of operations, will replace him.
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Ballard bets big on $16 million software project

June 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Concluding a year-long evaluation and public bidding process, mayor chooses Oracle's PeopleSoft to replace local government's 1970s-era financial IT system and New York-based Zanett Inc. to lead the implementation.
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Indiana pension fund officer takes N.C. post

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The chief investment officer for Indiana's public employee pension fund is taking a similar job in North Carolina at a base salary of $320,000.
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Walgreen gets OK to sell booze at 18 more stores

June 7, 2010
Scott Olson
The Local Alcoholic Beverage Board of Marion County recommended permits for 18 of the 28 stores for which Walgreens is seeking to sell alcohol. Approval by the Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission could happen as soon as June. 15.
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Daniels inches closer to presidential run

June 7, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Aiming Higher PAC plans June 15 fundraiser within sight of the White House on Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' behalf.
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Indiana contractors scramble for certification to remove leadRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Norm Heikens
New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules force precautions on paint chips, dust.
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Bauer requests federal probe of Bales' real estate deals

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ investigation prompts top state Democrat's letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Ballard announces $4 million City Market overhaul

June 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Restoration project, slated to last nearly a year, will redesign vendor stand facades, improve lighting and introduce a regular schedule of live entertainment at the historic venue.
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Library postpones branch-closure decision

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library board of trustees has delayed a decision on whether to close up to six library branches until its July 15 regular meeting.
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Indiana revenue collections tick up, but miss projections

June 3, 2010
Associated Press
The State Budget Agency said Thursday that collections through 11 months of the current fiscal year stand about $1 billion below the budget passed by the General Assembly in June 2009.
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Indiana Senate's top Democrat demands budget-cut data

June 1, 2010
Associated Press
Minority Leader Vi Simpson, D-Bloomington, said the Republican governor's budget director told her that a comprehensive list of executive branch budget reductions wasn't available. She said that's unacceptable.
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Other states join Indiana in spurning grant program

May 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
About two dozen states are going back to Washington for another shot at billions in education grants under the "Race to the Top" program, but at least nine others including Indiana are opting out of trying a second time.
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KULT: Mortgage loan officers punch the clock under new ruleRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Gregory P. Kult
The government now views loan officers more like factory workers than white-collar business managers.
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New Indiana law aims to promote safety of traditional loansRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A new state program is encouraging lenders to promote the stability of their conventional mortgages to help Indiana's housing market rebound from a foreclosure crisis instigated by risky loans.
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IMPD suspends officer over golf cart incident

May 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has suspended and reassigned a supervisor on Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's security detail who incorrectly reported that a fellow officer—and not Brizzi—was driving a golf cart that flipped at a 2008 political fundraiser.
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Indiana Rep. Souder says he'll resign over affair

May 18, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Rep. Mark Souder announced Tuesday he would resign from Congress, effective Friday, because he had an affair with a staffer.
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IMPD investigates Brizzi golf cart incident

May 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer's injury at a 2008 fundraiser for Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. IMPD also has cut back overtime hours allowed for Brizzi's security detail, one of its most prolific overtime producers.
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Fort Wayne's Wyss tops ranking of business-friendly lawmakers

May 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Speaker Pat Bauer get the lowest ranking in the state chamber's analysis.
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Lilly, others cut U.S. tax bills through transfer pricing

May 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. companies, including Eli Lilly, amassed at least $1 trillion in foreign profits not taxed in the U.S. as of the end of last year. That cumulative total increased 70 percent over three years.
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Indiana, IBM sue each other over welfare contract

May 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
IBM says it is owed nearly $53 million in fees and equipment expenses under the 2006 contract. The state says in its lawsuit that it has paid $437 million to IBM and has received "minimal value" in return.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Lead-foot Skillman takes tactful route

May 12, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Skillman_WVLt. Gov. Becky Skillman left behind the hot-rod racing of her youth for the hallowed halls of the Statehouse. Polite persuasion is her secret weapon.
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City says it will keep library branches open

May 12, 2010
Details of a plan to assist the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library have yet to emerge, but city leaders are pledging their support to shore up a widening budget gap.
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CIB agrees to help Black Expo, but not with grant

May 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board votes not to restore IBE's annual $150,000 grant, but agrees to provide the organization with in-kind services equaling the amount.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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