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IURC conducts review of Centennial's telecom serviceRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Every neighborhood has its battles, but the 1,017-resident Centennial subdivision in Westfield is embroiled in one of the most unusual: a very public fight over the adequacy of its phone, Internet and video service.
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Suburban counties building outer loop to avoid Indianapolis

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Counties wanting to speed traffic among suburbs are building highways to avoid having to travel into Indianapolis. The result, a 100-mile outer loop beyond Interstate 465, won't be completed for years, and it won't be built to consistent standards, but it might help ease congestion.
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UPDATE: Life science firm to add 100 jobs at Park 100

November 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
California-based life science firm Beckman Coulter Inc. is moving its precision plastics injection molding operation to the Park 100 business park on Indianapolis' northwest side, making what it calls a multimillion-dollar investment in the operation.
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Education cuts could be coming, state schools chief says

November 5, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana's school chief warned school superintendents Thursday that declining state revenues could force cuts in public education spending, education officials said.
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Daniels blasts House health bill

November 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
In letter to Indiana congressmen, the governor says the reform bill would kill jobs with 'enormous' new taxes.
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Senate probing WellPoint, others over small-biz rates

November 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Senate health care committee is investigating how health insurers, including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., price the coverage they sell to small businesses.
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Work on new Wishard Hospital set to start next week

November 4, 2009
J.K. Wall
After winning 83-percent support for $754 million hospital, Wishard officials hope to sell bonds, pick construction firm by year's end.
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New Wishard gets overwhelming approval in referendum

November 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Unofficial results from Tuesday night's special election show more than eight out of 10 Marion County voters supporting a new $754 million hospital for Wishard Health Services.
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City Market board sought 3-year closure for redevelopment

November 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Board president says he quit after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declined proposal to shut down historic landmark until 2013 for major renovation.
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Ohio casino question could affect Indiana

November 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ohio voters are poised to weigh in on a ballot question that would authorize casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
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Greenwood seeks $75M in stimulus funds to speed road plans, lure interchangeRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Johnson County community hopes an economic stimulus grant for transportation will hasten its plans to build an east-west thoroughfare and set the stage for a new Interstate 65 interchange.
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Governor still mulling creation of new Indiana 'heritage' agencyRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The idea of merging the State Library, Indiana State Museum and several other history-related entities into one new agency is still on the table, a state representative said.
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Doctors balk at Senate attempt to cut waste

October 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
Some Indianapolis-area doctors fear a bill in the U.S. Senate would botch the way costs for tests and procedures are calculated, and ultimately lead to a reimbursement system that works worse than the existing system.
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Indiana lands $39.4M in power-grid stimulus grants

October 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
IPL will receive $20 million to help pay for a $48.8 million project to install more than 28,000 smart meters; Midwest ISO will get $17.3 million toward a $34.5 million project to install 150 phasor measurement units.
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Smoking-ban backers, opponents vow to keep battling

October 27, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Supporters of a stricter ban on smoking in Indianapolis workplaces said the City-County Council's decision Monday night to table the proposal will not kill efforts to get legislation passed.
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Indy Chamber of Commerce endorses smoking ban

October 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind a tougher workplace smoking ban up for consideration tonight by the City-County Council.
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Indiana cities association seeking local tax options

October 26, 2009
Associated Press
The association representing 470 cities and towns wants lawmakers to pass legislation that would give municipalities the authority to adopt local option income taxes.
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State jobless rate dips for third consecutive month

October 21, 2009
Scott Olson
Unemployment in Indiana fell for the third consecutive month in September, bucking the national trend of rising jobless rates, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Wednesday morning.
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Cook: Tax could kill 1,000 jobs in Bloomington

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. could find itself cutting as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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Consultant: Indianapolis water utility lax in overseeing Veolia

October 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The city too often relied on the Department of Waterworks’ board, on consultants and on the private operator, Veolia Water, rather than on the department’s own staff “to ensure safe and efficient operation, maintenance and management” of Indianapolis Water. That’s one of several critical findings of a consultant hired by the department and filed as part of a 35-percent rate-hike request pending before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Funding cut jeopardizes popular Indiana Artisan programRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A state-run program aimed at boosting business for local artisans—ranging from painters to syrup makers—and turning them into a draw for tourists is in jeopardy because of dramatic funding cuts.
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Tougher smoking ban passes committee

October 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An ordinance that would prohibit lighting up in bars, bowling alleys and nightclubs, and nearby outdoor seating areas as well, was endorsed 4-2 by a City-County Council committee Wednesday night.
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City strengthens building-permit process

October 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The pre-permit review could add nearly three weeks to the current permitting process
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CIB improves financial situation with more cuts

October 13, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board's dire financial situation might be improving enough that it may forego the first installment of a $27 million state loan.
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Frequent GOP candidate Scott wants to face Carson

October 13, 2009
Associated Press
A Butler University professor who has run for Congress several times says he will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Rep. Andre Carson of Indianapolis next year.
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