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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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Pence wraps up UK trade trip after blitz of meetings

July 17, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The governor met Wednesday with a company considering Indiana for its U.S. operations, but his office would not identify the firm.
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City marshals $400,000 for Monument Circle events, projects

July 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The city, National Endowment for the Arts and Central Indiana Community Foundation have contributed to the plan for expanding amenities, activities and attractions on the Circle.
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Convenience stores remount challenge to cold-beer laws

July 15, 2014
Mason King, Associated Press
Convenience stores in Indiana are appealing a decision from a federal judge in June that continued to prohibit them from selling cold beer.
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South Bend council rejects smoking ban for bars

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
By a 5-4 vote, South Bend failed to join major Indiana cities such as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne that go further than state law to prohibit smoking inside taverns.
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UPDATE: Indiana surplus tops $2B after spending cuts

July 14, 2014
Associated Press
The cash reserves for Indiana's state government grew to more than $2 billion after spending cuts by most state agencies and a reduction in state funding for higher education.
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City focuses on streets in $30M natatorium plan

July 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard on Monday morning unveiled details of the plan, in which IUPUI and Lilly Endowment each contribute $10 million for the IU Natatorium renovation. The city's $10 million part of the plan involves nearby streets.
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Hogsett to resign this month as U.S. attorney

July 14, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Joe Hogsett, 58, has long been the subject of rumored bids for both Indianapolis mayor and U.S. senator. His resignation letter on Monday made no mention of future plans.
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Excise police warn retirement home about social-hour alcohol

July 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana excise police told Meadowood Retirement Community that it could no longer serve its residents alcohol without a state liquor license from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
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UPDATE: ACLU asks fed attorney to recognize Indiana gay marriages

July 12, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.
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Democratic city-county councilors want police to live inside county

July 12, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
IMPD officers are not required to live in the city, and about 240, or 16 percent of the force, choose to reside elsewhere. Many of the city’s highest-crime neighborhoods have the fewest police officers as residents.
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Bloomington now requiring visual standards for chains

July 12, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Mayor Mark Kruzan succeeds in five-year battle for ordinance to protect downtown from visual blight.
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Owner of controversial Geist billboard sues city

July 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The company is seeking nearly $1 million from the city after it was forced to remove the billboard, even though it conformed to zoning guidelines for the property.
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City to barricade Broad Ripple street to help curb violence

July 11, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis officials plan to close a two-block portion of Broad Ripple Avenue to motor vehicles on Friday and Saturday nights for the rest of the summer.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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