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Greenwood merger would create one of state's largest cities

September 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new city would count more than 80,000 residents. In terms of population, it would zoom past Fishers and Carmel to rank sixth or seventh in the state.
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NCAA, city haggle over Final Four rental dealRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A little more than six months before the 2010 NCAA men’s Final Four is set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NCAA has not yet finalized a rental deal for the facility. While officials for the NCAA and Local Organizing Committee, the group charged with operating the event in Indianapolis, downplay any problems, sports business experts say it is unusual not to have an agreement pinned down in the months leading up to the event.
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FedEx trying to fend off reclassification of its workforce

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
FedEx brass have been trying to counter legislation pending in Congress being pushed by arch rival United Parcel Service and the Teamsters union.
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State's jobless rate dips, but decline could be temporary

September 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's unemployment rate in August fell below double digits for the first time since April, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said this morning, but the decline could just be a blip.
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Westfield makes smoking illegal in most public places

September 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Westfield City Council passed a smoking ban 7-0 last night that will prohibit smoking in most public places, including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters.
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More layoffs, furloughs possible for cash-strapped CIB

September 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The financial condition of the city’s Capital Improvement Board, though improving, is still dire enough that employees of the Indiana Convention Center could be subjected to more unpaid furloughs or layoffs.
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Next year's State Fair to feature Japanese exhibit

September 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Japanese culture will be on display at the Indiana State Fair next year. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today, while traveling on a economic development mission in Japan, that the Asian country will be featured in its own exhibit at the fair for the first time in 2010.
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City's cash-strapped parks turn to private sector for ideas, manpower

September 12, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard's administration has asked the businesses for ideas on
                     how Eagle Creek Park and Riverside Regional Park each could cut costs and generate more revenue.
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Indiana expects jobless fund troubles until 2015

September 9, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana officials say it will take longer to resolve the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund's funding troubles than projected when a law designed to start fixing the system was enacted in April.
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Deals from China trip unlikely to come right away, official says

September 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Don't expect the contingent traveling with Gov. Mitch Daniels on his 10-day trade mission to China and Japan to return to Indiana with a major commitment from an Asian company.
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Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute seeks comebackRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute’s board has hired Indianapolis Star business columnist John Ketzenberger to engineer a resuscitation.
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Star biz columnist leaving to lead Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Star business columnist John Ketzenberger is leaving the newspaper to become president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, the organization said today.
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Black engineers group chooses city for 2013 convention

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said today the National Society of Black Engineers will hold its annual convention here in March 2013.
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Fitch strips Indianapolis of prized AAA bond rating

August 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Fitch and other rating agencies are concerned that the phase-in of property tax caps will further strain the city's finances.
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HHGregg, other retailers await stimulus joltRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
Appliance retailers are poised to take a page from the car dealership playbook in promoting a new government program offering rebates on energy-efficient washers, refrigerators and air conditioners.
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Kokomo plants benefit from 'clunkers' program

August 26, 2009
The federal government’s popular Cash for Clunkers program that ended Monday gave a boost to Kokomo’s Chrysler plants.
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Democrats eager to face Ballard

August 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Several prominent local Democrats are lining up to challenge Republican Mayor Greg Ballard just two years into his first term.
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Vote against 'cap and trade'Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
I urge Sen. Evan Bayh to vote against the “cap and trade” legislation pending in the Senate.
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Indiana is lucky to have toll leaseRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
The facts are that toll increases are strictly limited in the contract and cars using electronic tolling have had no increase and are still paying the $4.65 toll rate set in 1985, one of the lowest per-mile tolls in the nation.
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Higher-ed chief Lubbers is up to taskRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
In her short tenure thus far as commissioner, she has already helped me personally with an issue I was experiencing as a law student.
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EDITORIAL: Partisan games plague councilRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
The City-County Council wisely averted disaster for the Capital Improvement Board Aug. 10 by voting to raise the city’s hotel tax from 9 percent to 10 percent, but the razor-thin vote was another disappointing case of elected officials making decisions based on partisanship rather than good judgment.
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Purdue prof: 'Clunkers' could stall retail sales

August 5, 2009
Kim Puckett
The federal "Cash for Clunkers" program has opened a floodgate of car sales that President Obama says is a much-needed boost for the economy. But retailers may feel the negative effects of America's collective investment in new cars, predicts a Purdue Retail Institute researcher.
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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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