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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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Mayor champions plan to relocate justice center

December 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Mayor Greg Ballard and Marion County law enforcement officials on Wednesday morning expect to announce plans for a new criminal justice complex, moving operations currently located in the City-County Building and elsewhere downtown.
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Downtown plan proposes street changes, parks, lighting

December 3, 2013
Scott Olson
A not-for-profit's proposal for downtown Indy focuses on making it more comfortable and dynamic for urban dwellers.
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Mayor pushing plan to use city funds to upgrade Natatorium

November 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard is proposing to pay about half of the $20 million needed to upgrade the Natatorium at IUPUI. The city's Capital Improvement Board is also considering setting aside tax revenue for operation expenses.
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Democrats now run biggest cities, except Indianapolis

November 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
When Democrat Bill de Blasio takes office in New York City on Jan. 1, Indianapolis will become the most populous U.S. city run by a Republican mayor.
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Manufacturer seeks tax break, plans to add 100 jobs

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Applied Composites Engineering Inc., an Indianapolis-based designer and manufacturer of products for the aerospace industry and military applications, is planning to spend $2.5 million on equipment that would help it double its work force over the next six years.
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Appeals court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

November 26, 2013
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The court's decision denied an injunction request from several bar owners who claimed the 2012 law would have a negative impact on their businesses.
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Indianapolis mounting push to privatize parks

November 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
IndyParks is looking for private operators interested in opening new attractions on city-owned land, improving existing offerings, and taking over daily operations of parks facilities. New offerings could get rolling in 2014.
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Indy committee advances new panhandling proposal

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indianapolis City-County Council committee has approved a proposal that would ban panhandling and other forms of begging near bank entrances, ATMs and other specified areas.
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Smoking ban opens new doors to Visit Indy

November 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
New convention prospects are talking to the city's marketing agency after passage of the city's expanded smoking ordinance last year.
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Hearing draws lively debate on Fishers food-drink tax

November 13, 2013
Larry Lannan / Special to IBJ
The Fishers Chamber of Commerce and some individual business owners are on opposite sides of a debate over imposing a 1-percent food-and-beverage tax to help fund economic development efforts in the town.
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Fishers looking to fund development with tax hike

November 9, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Suburban neighbors already impose 1-percent levy on food and beverage sales.
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Ballard adds name to council's marriage resolution

November 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
City-County Resolution 354, co-sponsored by Democrats John Barth, Angela Mansfield and Zach Adamson, and Republican Benjamin Hunter, will be voted on by the full council Monday.
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Election lobbyist chairs Marion County clerk race

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
Kip Tew, a former Democratic Party chairman and Statehouse lobbyist, is chairing the campaign of Frank Lloyd while also representing Election Systems and Software LLC.
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T2 Systems loses tax break over technicality

November 7, 2013
Dan Human
The software developer moved across town to a new address in 2012, which nullified its agreement with the city—although it's still on track to meet its goals for new investment and hiring.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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