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Pence, Bayh, crowd 2016 field with questions

July 27, 2014
Associated Press analysis
In the 2016 political landscape, a pair of the state's political big dogs—Republican Gov. Mike Pence and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh—has potential candidates holding their breath and waiting on them.
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Carmel residents balk at sewer-overflow tank planned next to church

July 25, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Clay Township Regional Waste District has made a $106,800 offer to King of Glory Church to buy land for the above-ground tank, which would be the size of a one-story McMansion.
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State sells $244 million in bonds for I-69 segment

July 25, 2014
Associated Press
The project will upgrade Indiana 37 to interstate standards. It's part of the I-69 extension that will connect Indianapolis and Evansville.
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Obama wants limits on U.S. company mergers abroad

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.
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Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
Federal researchers predict that about 4 million people, including dependents, could be hit with fines by 2016.
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Indiana receives 245 children caught at U.S. border

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. is battling a surge in the number of unaccompanied children who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay.
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Feds scrutinize Indiana for Medicaid backlog

July 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
More than 80,000 Hoosiers had their applications for the Medicaid health benefits stuck in a backlog in May, prompting the federal government to launch a special review next week.
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Gay couples' lawyers object to full-court hearing

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Wisconsin and Indiana's overthrown gay marriage bans are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the states' appeal.
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Lawmakers approve pair of new license plates

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
A panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday approved license plates recognizing the Indy 500 and Abraham Lincoln under a new system clamping down on the number of special license plates on the road.
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Court nixes Obamacare subsidies for Indiana, 35 other states

July 22, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The Obamacare tax credits that brought nearly $400 million to Indiana this year to help Hoosiers buy health insurance could go away after a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday they were illegal.
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Judge blocks ordinance aimed at I-69 work noise

July 21, 2014
Associated Press
Marion County Judge David Dreyer issued a temporary injunction Monday blocking a Monroe County ordinance that limited noise on the project between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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Lowe's plans massive local call center, sources say

July 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home improvement retail giant Lowe’s Companies Inc. plans to open a call center on the northwest side of Indianapolis that could employ as many as 1,000 workers, sources familiar with the deal said Monday.
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Indiana Democrats deal with education split

July 21, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The fighting has exposed a deep rift within the party over how students are educated.
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Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sides

July 20, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews from judges and attorneys, who say parts of the law don't make sense.
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Competition soars at Indianapolis-area airportsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Chris O'Malley
An airport near Zionsville is upping the ante for Indianapolis International Airport reliever fields.
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Indiana adds jobs, but unemployment inches up

July 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The state added 17,400 jobs to employer rolls in June, including a 7,400-worker boost in the government sectors. But a bump in residents returning to the labor force increased the unemployment rate.
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Security to be tight at Expo this weekend

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis officials are taking extra steps to ensure safety at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration in a year that has seen a surge in homicides.
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State to scope downtown block for new offices, parking

July 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Office of Management and Budget will study a state-owned parcel just north of the Statehouse, potentially to house the judiciary and provide more legislative office space.
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Clock ticks on Wigwam's fate

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Anderson officials say the city will take ownership of the iconic gym, but only if it has a binding agreement by Sept. 2 with a group to reopen the Wigwam.
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Candidates raise, spend little in quiet election cycle

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's 2014 election cycle may lack the marquee battles of two years ago, but candidates are still collecting dollars ahead of November's elections.
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Mayor names new fire chief

July 17, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Fire Department veteran Ernest Malone replaces Brian Sanford, who will retire because of illness.
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Vanity plate issue likely not settled for state

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles must resume issuing personalized license plates, a Marion County judge ordered Wednesday, but the department has said it intends to appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Unemployment applications drop to lowest level in 7 years

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The numbers suggest a strengthening job market, especially since hiring is at its healthiest clip since the late 1990s, and the 6.1 percent unemployment rate is at a 5 1/2-year low.
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Report: Carmel panel may face TIF shortfall but can pay debts

July 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
New financial projections suggest the Carmel Redevelopment Commission will have enough annual revenue to pay its debts for the next 15 years before dipping into reserves. But property taxes from the city’s two-dozen TIF districts could fall more than $1 million short as soon as next year.
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State officials confident federal highway funds will come through

July 17, 2014
Emily Metheny, The Statehouse File
Indiana has not solidified contingency plans that would be needed if Congress fails to pass a deal to cover a shortfall in a federal highway fund.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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