Indiana State Fair

Lawsuit by fair victims challenges Indiana's $5M tort cap

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana law that caps the state's liability for damages at $5 million for a single event violates the U.S. and state constitutions and should be thrown out, six plaintiffs suing over the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage argue in a lawsuit filed Monday.
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Plan approved to distribute fair stage-collapse donations

September 23, 2011
Associated Press
The families of the seven people killed in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse will receive $35,000 each from a relief fund that collected donations for the victims.
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State Fair tragedy drives demand for crisis PR planningRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Local agency heads said that sector of their business had grown even before the Aug. 13 stage collapse.
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State fair's plan short on evacuation details

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
An emergency response plan drafted 10 months before the Indiana State Fair's deadly stage collapse details how staff should handle evacuations, but it doesn't spell out the precise scenarios that would trigger an evacuation, newly released documents indicate.
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Sugarland named in notice of stage-collapse suit

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
The band that was preparing to perform at the Indiana State Fair before a fatal stage collapse has been named as a defendant in a potential lawsuit in a notice sent to the state attorney general.
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State Fair victims could receive funds in next few weeks

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
A State Fair Remembrance Fund now containing more than $800,000 likely will be distributed before the state pays out a maximum $5 million in damages allowed by law, officials said Wednesday afternoon.
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State preparing to pay maximum in stage collapse damages

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana will pay $5 million and get advice on distributing the money to victims of the State Fair tragedy from an expert who administered compensation funds following 9/11.
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Another lawsuit filed in Indiana fair stage collapse

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
The family of a Fort Wayne woman killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair filed a lawsuit Monday alleging gross negligence and recklessness by the promoters and producers of the concert.
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Class-action lawsuit filed over State Fair tragedy

August 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The lawsuit brought by the Indianapolis law firm of Cohen & Malad hopes to include anyone who suffered injuries from a falling stage at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13.
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Ohio cheerleading coach 7th Indiana State Fair death

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Meagan Toothman, 24, was confirmed as the seventh person to die from the Aug. 13 stage collapse, according to a statement from the Marion County coroner's office released Monday night by the Indiana State Police.
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Wife of man killed in fair tragedy suing Indiana

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who is representing the family of Glenn Goodrich, said the family has filed a tort claim notice against the state regarding intent to file a lawsuit.
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Indiana State Fair attendance slips 8 percent

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The 2011 Indiana State Fair drew 872,312 visitors, down 8 percent from the 952,020 that attended in 2010, the fair announced Monday, citing preliminary figures.
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HETRICK: Symphony's weather policy is 'When in doubt, get them out'

August 20, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
I’d want my loved one’s life to take on additional meaning by seeing that the lessons learned from this tragedy result in changes that save the lives of others.
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Lawsuits filed for Indiana stage collapse victims

August 19, 2011
Associated Press
Two of what are expected to be many lawsuits were filed Friday on behalf of people injured when wind toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair.
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Indiana State Fair victims fund continues to grow

August 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Central Indiana Community Foundation's State Fair Remembrance Fund is on pace to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims of the stage collapse.
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Indiana hires outside firm to review state fair disaster

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana has hired an outside firm to help with its investigation into a fatal stage collapse at the state fair after questions were raised about the state's ability to conduct an objective probe itself.
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Damage cap limits state's potential losses from concert tragedy

August 18, 2011
Scott Olson
An Indiana law that limits damages paid by state entities likely will prompt lawyers to sue several other parties besides the state fair to try to recover as much as possible for victims of the concert calamity.
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State fair attendance, revenue expected to decline

August 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Attendance through Tuesday was down 7 percent compared to the same time last year following the collapse of a concert stage on Saturday that killed five people. The loss of four shows will be a blow to revenue projections.
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Indiana State Fair emergency plan just 1 page

August 16, 2011
Associated Press
An emergency plan outlining what to do if severe weather threatens the Indiana State Fair takes up a single page and does not mention the potential for evacuations.
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Indiana State Fair reopens, honors five killed in stage collapse

August 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents.
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UPDATE: Tragedy prompts fair to cancel some events

August 14, 2011
Associated Press
Fair organizers plan to reopen Monday with a memorial service for the victims.
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DINING: When boy meets soy at Indiana State Fair

August 13, 2011
Lou Harry
It's the Year of Soybeans, which means different things to different vendors.
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State fair chief 'born and raised' to lead showcase eventRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Ann Finch
Indiana State Fair Commission Executive Director Cynthia Hoye has parlayed a lifelong love affair with 4-H and fairs into a career of supporting agriculture and extension programs and finding ways to make a good fair better.
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Hoosier firms integral part of State Fair midway

August 5, 2011
Scott Olson
Danny Huston, a native Hoosier, bought rides provider North American Midway Entertainment and moved it from Mississippi to Indiana. And in a bid to help increase ticket sales, he's introducing automated machines built by Standard Change-Makers in Indianapolis.
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Indiana State Fair to promote soybean industry

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair will celebrate the versatility of the soybean and its $2.5 billion impact on the state during its 17-day run beginning Friday.
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