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Combatants draw partisan distinctions in debate over sheriff's budgetRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Marion County sheriff can't control the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, but Mayor Greg Ballard can't tell the sheriff how to operate jails or secure the City-County Building, and, much to his frustration, he's been unable to control the sheriff's spending.
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IndyGo to use $10M grant for all-electric buses

September 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyGo will use a $10 million federal grant to convert 22 city buses to all-electric power. Each bus will cost about $550,000 to convert and will have a range of about 100 miles.
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CIB prepared to give Pacers another $11 million

August 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is prepared to give the Pacers another $11 million to offset losses from operating Bakers Life Fieldhouse as it continues to negotiate a long-term contract with the team.
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City to pay $15K to fix wells at new World Sports Park

August 28, 2013
Associated Press
The city of will replace one home water well and lower pumps in three others because they're being sucked dry by an irrigation system at a park where crews are building international sports fields.
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City files nuisance suits against apartments

August 20, 2013
Mason King
The two west-side apartment complexes have generated more than 3,200 police runs since 2008, according to the lawsuits. One owner told IBJ on Tuesday he would work with the city to make improvements.
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Doctor charged with overprescribing painkillers

August 19, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Dr. Segun Rasaki, 49, prescribed drugs like hydrocodone and methadone to people who didn't need them, and submitted fraudulent insurance claims such as duplicate billings, according to court documents.
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Ballard again targets homestead credit in latest budget proposal

August 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce a $1 billion budget for 2014 Monday night that chops the Marion County Sheriff’s spending and once again hinges on a complicated reshuffling of tax revenue.
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ACLU fires lawsuit at city on behalf of panhandlers

August 16, 2013
Jeff Newman
The suit, filed Friday, says four plaintiffs were soliciting donations downtown within the past week when they were asked by city police to cease the activity and leave the area. The plaintiffs were not violating the city’s existing panhandling ordinance, the lawsuit says.
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Broad Ripple apartment project gets preliminary approval

August 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The controversial residential-and-retail development along the Central Canal got the nod from a city hearing examiner on Thursday. A zoning change and variances for the project still require additional approval.
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City plans to borrow $135M for Rebuild Indy

August 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials said Thursday that they intend to spend $350 million over the next three years to improve streets, sidewalks, trails and bridges. More than a third would come from a proposed bond issue.
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Well woes blamed on new Indianapolis sports park

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Some Indianapolis residents living near where the World Sports Park is being built say its new irrigation system is sucking their home water wells dry.
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Anderson Speedway fights bill for overdue taxes

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Madison County officials say the company that owns the race track owes $125,000 in overdue property taxes. The Speedway believes it has been charged too much.
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DEGARIS: Ballard’s cricket plan makes good business senseRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Larry DeGaris / Special to IBJ
The mayor’s $6 million plan to renovate an east-side park to accommodate cricket, rugby, hurling and lacrosse has generated a lot of controversy, with the idea of cricket in Indianapolis receiving particularly close scrutiny.
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HENEGAR: Proposed panhandling ban appears unconstitutionalRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Jane Henegar / Special to IBJ
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana believes in the power of the First Amendment to give the powerless a voice. Our constitutional right to free expression allows us to confront our greatest challenges, including poverty and homelessness.
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Mayor's redistricting plan shot down by judicial panel

July 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
In a 3-2 decision issued Wednesday, three Democratic judges ruled to strike down the map and redraw new districts. Two Republican judges said the district map should stay.
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Developer F&C's 'bold statement' could finally solve MSA puzzle

July 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Scott Olson
City incentives and a strong apartment market suggest Flaherty & Collins’ proposed $81 million, 28-story downtown apartment tower has a better chance of getting built than two previous attempts to redevelop the former site of Market Square Arena.
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City expected to tap Flaherty & Collins for former MSA site

July 15, 2013
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
The prolific local developer Flaherty & Collins Properties is expected to land a deal with the city to build a residential and commercial skyscraper on part of the former home of Market Square Arena, multiple sources said Monday evening.
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City set to unveil Market Square project plans

July 15, 2013
Scott Olson
City officials will reveal the winner Tuesday morning from six teams that bid on redeveloping the downtown site. All proposed mixed-use projects, but they ranged in size from eight to 52 stories.
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Westfield's sports plan is grand

July 13, 2013
Jeff Newman
When it opens next spring, the aptly named Grand Park Sports Campus will be the largest youth sports complex of its kind in the country.
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Shelbyville sees spark of revival downtownRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A homegrown revival in Shelbyville could gain serious momentum with redevelopment of the vacant First Methodist Building, one of the most prominent buildings on the circle. A California investor bought the five-story building in May and plans a $3.5 million renovation.
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Public safety department looks to go hybrid on 1,035 cars

July 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety could save $8.6 million over the next five years by replacing 1,035 non-patrol vehicles with plug-in electric hybrids, according to an internal review released Tuesday.
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Indianapolis to beef up police presence on streets

July 7, 2013
Associated Press
More than 100 uniformed police officers will be deployed within weeks on Indianapolis' streets to combat a rise in violent crime, under a plan unveiled by the mayor and other city officials.
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Indianapolis aims to become top center for cricket

July 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Midwestern city best known for its basketball and auto racing is gearing up for a proper game of cricket — the ball-and-bat sport most Americans know only from British films or by surfing through international sports channels.
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City proposes historic district for Monument Circle and nearby area

July 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission is proposing to take under its jurisdiction 90 buildings on and near the Circle, giving the city stricter control over signage and other changes to building exteriors.
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Issuers of bonds burned by rate hikeRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Government entities across Indiana have spent the past two years refinancing every possible bond to take advantage of historically low rates, but the savings might not be so easy to come by if rates continue to rise.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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