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Connersville progresses on Carbon Motors deal

October 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Connersville Mayor Leonard Urban says the city soon will clear legal and environmental hurdles that stand in the way of Carbon Motors’ launching its operations in the former Visteon plant.
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Indiana turns away booze-distribution heavyweight

September 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission has voted to deny liquor and wine permits for Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc., the nation’s largest liquor distributor, citing concerns over a track record of anti-competitive behavior.
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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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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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