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Indy political, business leader Beurt SerVaas dies at 94

February 3, 2014
SerVaas was elected to the City-County Council in 1962 and served for more than 40 years, including 27 as council president. He was one of the architects of Unigov, the consolidated city-county government plan credited with revitalizing Indianapolis.
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Airport site identified as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex

February 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
An airport location and the former GM metal-stamping property near downtown are the top two sites listed for a Marion County jails-courts complex in a market survey of 14 potential sites conducted for the city by real estate services firm CBRE.
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Sheriff's challengers prepare for high-profile political fight

February 3, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Sheriff John Layton faces heavy criticism from two challengers, Republican Emmitt Carney and Democrat Mark Brown.
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Mass-transit bill clears Senate committee, with changes

January 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A mass-transit bill for metro Indianapolis cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday morning, but left open many questions about how such a system would be funded. An amendment to the bill nixed the use of light rail.
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Cold prompts shutdown of local government Tuesday

January 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said City-County government will be closed Tuesday due to the forecast of "dangerously cold temperatures." He also imposed a two-hour delay for local government on Wednesday.
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Ballard, Curry split on gun-violence billRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry opposes a measure that would create a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence for crimes committed with a firearm. Mayor Greg Ballard and his public safety director support it.
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Indiana business tax changes still worry some mayors

January 23, 2014
Associated Press
Some local-government officials around the state remain concerned about changes Indiana lawmakers are considering to the state's property tax on business equipment.
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City, state to scrutinize charter curriculum that questions evolution

January 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
A Texas-based education organization with approval to open two Indianapolis charter schools teaches creationism and Christian-based character virtues, according to an article by Slate.com. It has prompted an expedited review of the group's curriculum by Indianapolis and state education officials.
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City close to maxing out $7.3M snow-removal budget

January 21, 2014
Mason King
The city spent about 70 percent of its annual budget on just the first 10 days of the year. With the Department of Public Works' Indy Snow Force scheduled to work on the latest snowfall through 11 p.m. Tuesday, the city is nearing its cap.
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Design of new downtown fire station to get first review

January 21, 2014
Scott Olson
Construction of the new fire station on East 10th Street would help clear the way for a $43 million apartment and retail project on Massachusetts Avenue where the Indianapolis Fire Department's headquarters now stands.
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Councilor gives panhandling proposal more time

January 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The sponsor of a panhandling ordinance plans to pull it from City-County Council consideration for a second time Tuesday night. Councilor Jeff Miller said he'll reintroduce it in February with easier-to-understand language.
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Foes of $25M Broad Ripple project go to court

January 20, 2014
Scott Olson
The local group wants a judge to overturn the city's decision to grant zoning variances for the apartment-and-retail project. In the meantime, developer Browning Investments is moving forward with its plans.
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Website operator for cities expandingRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Dan Human
An Indianapolis company that manages websites and processes payments for dozens of cities and towns plans to raise $2 million to grow.
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U.S. Attorney Hogsett ends mayoral run speculation

January 16, 2014
Associated Press
The former Indiana secretary of state said he intends to remain in his position as the top federal prosecutor for much of the state through 2016.
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Some attorneys not sold on proposed justice complex

January 15, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Moving the Marion County Jail, courts and other criminal justice functions to a consolidated site outside of downtown could gut businesses in the Mile Square and play havoc with legal offices, attorneys say.
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Severe weather shuts down business in metro area

January 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ball State University economist Mike Hicks predicted losses in the tens of millions of dollars from the cost of snow removal, the mobilization of extra manpower, and damages to property.
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Indianapolis mayor wants another day of closures

January 6, 2014
Associated Press
Mayor Greg Ballard said he will be lifting the city's ban on non-emergency travel at noon Monday although he wants schools and businesses to remain closed another day until the worst of the severe cold passes.
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'Ban the box' proposal heads for Indianapolis council

January 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis 'ban the box' initiative would affect hiring practices for the city, its vendors and economic development partners.
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Mayor raises travel emergency level in Indy to 'red'

January 5, 2014
Associated Press
The level makes it illegal for anyone other than emergency personnel to drive except for emergency purposes or if they are seeking shelter. It's the first time Indianapolis has issued such a warning since the 1978 blizzard.
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Kokomo to debut curbside recycling program

December 29, 2013
Associated Press
City officials hope the program can reduce the community's trash-disposal costs by 35 percent.
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Panel's use of TIF funds spurs new flap in Carmel

December 28, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The cash-strapped Carmel Redevelopment Commission is revising its 2014 budget to account for the loss of a six-figure income stream critics say it was not entitled to use in the first place.
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City loses top bond rating from Standard & Poor's

December 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis had its bond rating cut from AAA to AA this week by financial rating service Standard & Poor's after the city dipped into reserve funds to balance its budget. Two other major ratings services retained the top rating.
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U.S. Attorney announces new charges in Land Bank plot

December 19, 2013
Scott Olson
The latest indictment charges Reginald T. Walton with wire fraud for his alleged role in a scheme involving the land bank and a city mowing contract.
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T-shirt printer plans 105 jobs in Lawrence

December 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
ooShirts said it will invest $1.2 million to equip a 26,000-square-foot building that will house more than 25 automatic and manual presses.
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City inviting proposals for new courts-jail complex

December 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Marion County criminal-justice complex project could rival Indianapolis airport terminal in cost, entail public-private financing deal.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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