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Ex-Dow Agro scientist set to be sentenced in espionage case

December 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Federal prosecutors are recommending that Kexue Huang be sentenced to 87 months in prison for sending trade secrets worth millions to China and Germany.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

December 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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State AG to challenge order for Daniels to testify

December 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge on Friday ordered Gov. Mitch Daniels to be deposed in two lawsuits over the state's cancellation of a $1.37 billion contract IBM received to modernize the state's welfare system, but the state attorney general said he would challenge the order.
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Durham’s wages docked to pay $71,000 debt

December 16, 2011
The order from a Hamilton County magistrate says an investor can collect $71,423.66, including interest, from Durham's National Lampoon Inc. salary.
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Almost all state fair claimants accept offers

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Attorney General's office said Wednesday that 63 of the 65 claimants have confirmed they'll accept the settlements over the State Fair stage collapse.
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Grand jury indicts local real estate broker Bales

December 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
A grand jury in South Bend has returned a 14-count criminal indictment against Indianapolis real estate broker John M. Bales and two associates over a state lease deal in Elkhart that was first revealed as part of an IBJ investigation.
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Feds: Hauke OK'd disastrous real estate investments

December 14, 2011
Greg Andrews
Prosecutors allege Fishers investment manager Keenan Hauke hid losses for seven years by shifting assets among accounts and using new investors’ money to fund withdrawals.
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Investment adviser Hauke agrees to plead guilty in $7M fraud

December 13, 2011
Greg Andrews
Prosecutors accused Hauke of losing millions on Michigan real estate investments, then hiding those losses from clients.
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Fair Finance investors object to Brizzi settlement

December 12, 2011
Scott Olson
The investors argue that a bankruptcy trustee's settlement reached last month with former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi could extricate Brizzi from lawsuits they've filed against him.
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Grand jury indicts former state utilities chief Hardy

December 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
David Lott Hardy, who was fired from his job as chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 2010, is accused of official misconduct.
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Judge in high-stakes lawsuit drowns lawyers in praiseRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Greg Andrews
The federal judge said class counsel achieved “fabulous results with incredible efficiency” and that he had never been more proud of his profession in his 36-year legal career.
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Judge delays ruling on dismissal of White case

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana judge expects to rule by Dec. 16 on whether Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White must stand trial on voter fraud and other criminal charges that could lead to his ouster.
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Ball State skips on buying triple-x domain names

December 8, 2011
Associated Press
Unlike Indiana's other major colleges, Ball State University isn't trying to buy up possible school Internet domains names using a new suffix meant for pornography sites.
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Sides reach $150,000 deal in school-bullying lawsuit

December 7, 2011
Associated Press
A former student at a central Indiana high school has agreed to a $150,000 settlement of her lawsuit claiming school officials failed to stop bullying by a male classmate.
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Indiana offers $300K to stage-collapse victims

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
The state is offering at least $300,000 to families of each of the seven people who died after a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair, with more available for those whose loved ones spent days hospitalized before their deaths, Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Tuesday.
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Judge removes Bosma from case over legislative walkout fines

December 6, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
A Marion Superior judge has ruled that state courts don’t have the ability to interfere with the Indiana General Assembly’s constitutional authority to pass laws or its own internal rules, including how it compels attendance or imposes fines.
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Indiana University buys up triple-X domain names

December 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana University is acquiring 11 Internet domains names using a new suffix meant for pornography sites. Numerous colleges across the nation are taking similar measures.
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Junior Achievement lawsuit swells with defendantsRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The defamation case filed by former CEO Jeffrey Miller now has 17 defendants, many of whom are accused of posting disparaging comments on websites.
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Plowman receives 40-month federal sentence

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal judge on Thursday afternoon sentenced former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman to 40 months in prison for attempted extortion and bribery.
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Takeda, Lilly may face thousands of suits over Actos claims

December 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and marketing co-partner Eli Lilly and Co. may face as many as 10,000 lawsuits in U.S. courts over allegations that their Actos diabetes drug causes bladder cancer.
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Prosecutors recommend 6-1/2 years for Plowman

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The former City-County Councilor, convicted in September on federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon.
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Steak n Shake hit with overtime lawsuit

November 30, 2011
Scott Olson
Two workers at restaurants in Georgia are suing the Indianapolis-based burger chain for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to hourly employees.
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Commission slaps judge over fundraising solicitation

November 30, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
Judge Rebekah Pierson-Treacy received the admonishment after an August fundraising solicitation sparked controversy.
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Jury awards $27M in damages over propane explosion

November 28, 2011
Associated Press
A jury has held a utility liable for $27 million in damages over a propane explosion at a central Indiana horse farm that killed a man and injured three family members.
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JONES: Patent reform is mixed bag for life sciences companiesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Kristin Jones / Special to IBJ
For Indiana's life sciences sector, the change both raises hopes and creates challenges for continued growth.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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