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Lawmakers cut state tourism office's budget in halfRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Scott Olson
Destinations throughout Indiana no longer can count on a state marketing campaign to help drive summer crowds. Lawmakers who passed a budget during the special session at the end of June sliced the state’s annual contribution to the Indiana Office of Tourism Management in half—from $4.8 million to $2.4 million.
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Toll-road lease tumbles in valueRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Gov. Mitch Daniels expected his unprecedented $3.8 billion Indiana Toll Road lease to last 75 years. It may be tested after just three.
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State unveils $31M tuition-funding program

July 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels failed to get the legislature to bite on his plan to lease out the Hoosier Lottery in order to pay for two-year college scholarships. So he's now he's using $31 million in federal stimulus funds to create a similar program for about 9,000 Hoosiers.
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FEIGENBAUM: Historic milestone in gambling industry approachesRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Indiana has made billions on gambling in nearly two decades, funding key programs, cutting excise and property taxes, and avoiding tax hikes. The state has seen more than $2 billion in investment without any government incentives, and more dollars committed in our history than by any industry outside of steel, power and autos.
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Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library on pace for record yearRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A growing number of Indianapolis residents are making the most of their public library system. The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system says it’s on pace for a record year in terms of use by patrons and items circulated.  
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INDOT hires executive to manage Interstate 69 extensionRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Cost management was the operative phrase in the introduction this month of a highway executive to manage the Interstate 69 extension to Evansville.
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City files complaint against Bright House Networks over unpaid feesRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A municipality has filed the first formal complaint against a cable television operator since state telecommunications reform three years ago unplugged local government oversight of operators.
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Indianapolis golf course contracts up for bidRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration is requesting proposals to manage all but one of Indianapolis’ 13 municipal courses.
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City considering new parking meter plan

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
City officials are considering several proposals designed to wrestle more revenue out of the city’s roughly 4,000 parking meters, including the possibility of a long-term lease to a private firm, a move that netted Chicago more than $1 billion last year.
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Construction jobs trickling in from road stimulusRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus money for Indiana highway projects so far has put to work 1,222 people with a payroll of $1.27 million, according to state records of 42 projects under way in which contractors have reported job data. The work, ranging from paving to replacing bridge decks, had a total contract value of $39.2 million.

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Legislature snubs casinos, but forms study committeeRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's struggling gambling industry didn't get the relief it sought during the special session of the Indiana General Assembly. But embedded within the budget bill approved June 30 is a provision creating a gambling summer study committee. Its recommendations, due by Dec. 1, may make or break several of Indiana's casinos.
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FEIGENBAUM: Education money helped land key Democratic votesRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
As both House Speaker Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, and House Republican Leader Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, see it, this is definitely a "Republican-flavored" budget. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels laid the framework, and legislators from both sides of the aisle largely abided by his bottom lines of spending, state agency cuts and surplus.
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Carson vs. Chrysler, round oneRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, is taking on General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp. in the name of crash victims.
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Clean air strategy: Some nightspots opt to tighten smoking rulesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Coaches Tavern, MacNiven's Restaurant and Bar, and The Jazz Kitchen are among Indianapolis bars that recently limited or banned smoking. Those establishments join a short list of bars that already buck the trend in Indianapolis. Smoking in public places, including restaurants, has been banned in Marion County since 2006, but it's still OK to puff away in places that don't admit minors.
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Peterson has passion for health care and new Lilly positionRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
J.K. Wall
A new communications post at Eli Lilly gives former mayor Bart Peterson an opportunity to meld his experiences in the public and private sectors.
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FEIGENBAUM: History suggests legislators finally will settle on budgetRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The sniping over the state budget follows the time-honored script of partisan politics. Fear not: A timely climax and resolution are all but guaranteed.
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$65M development deal would cost Capital Improvement BoardRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Capital Improvement Board could be forced to give up one of its most profitable assets so the city can pull off a $65-million public-private downtown development deal. The city has agreed to help a developer revitalize the vacant former Bank One operations center in part by acquiring an adjacent parking garage for $18.5 million.
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KATTERJOHN: Leaders in education primed for successRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
There's reason to believe serious progress is coming, due to the people in leadership positions for the state in three key areas: the Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education and Ivy Tech Community College.
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STATEHOUSE DISPATCH: Political posturing puts session on strange trajectoryRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
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Unprecedented economic forecast revision will frame special sessionRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
With the help of outside economists, Indiana government undergoes an economic forecast every other yearâ??a process that's taken on increased importance this spring, as Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Legislature attempt to craft a two-year budget amid the deepest recession since the early 1980s.
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MARCUS: Let's reassess reassessmentRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Morton Marcus
The process of assessment could be simplified and performed uniformly and inexpensively.
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General Assembly, governor bypass green reformsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Indiana environmental advocates had lots of disappointments this year regarding government reform efforts.
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HICKS: Administration demonized 'investors' in Chrysler dealRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Mike Hicks
Almost one-third of Chrysler's investors are schoolteachers, college administrators, firefighters and police officers. These "vultures" of Wall Street finance have seen the value of their hard work severely hampered by the Chrysler bankrutcy plan.
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Arts Council faces grants-divvying dilemmaRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis faces the unenviable task of divvying up less than $1 million in city grants for the arts, compared with $2.15 million that was awarded last year.
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Holiday a reminder of the value of public serviceRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Mike Hicks
Many lament the loss of what might be called timeless values. I place these into two categories; both are exemplified and sustained by military service.
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  1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

  2. Great news IRL fans: TURBO the IMS sanctioned movie about slugs running the Indy 500 has caught the Securities and Exchange Commission because Dreamworks had to take a $132MILLION write down...because the movie was such a flop. See, the Indy/IMS magic soiled another pair of drawers. Bwahahahahahaha! How's CARTOWN doing? HAHAHAHA...Indy is for losers.

  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

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