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Kessler Mansion neighbors balk at business uses

May 15, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis City-County Councilor is looking into the possibility of zoning violations at the massive north-side property. The mansion will host a camp for entrepreneurs in June.
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Broad Ripple flooding in 2012 becoming costly for city

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
The city of Indianapolis faces possibly paying several hundred thousand dollars for a restaurant badly damaged by flooding that swamped a neighborhood during a downpour a year ago.
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UPDATE: Brizzi lieutenant agrees to guilty plea in bribery case

May 13, 2013
Cory Schouten
David Wyser, the top deputy under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, was charged with bribery for his role in the early release of a woman convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme.
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Pence signs measure overhauling Marion County government

May 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Saturday signed a bill into law that reshapes Marion County government through the elimination of four at-large City-County Council seats and other changes.
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Development may spawn TIF tug of warRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The developer of a $17 million mixed-use project proposed for Broad Ripple is expected to seek a city subsidy—support that at least one City-County councilor believes should be reserved for neighborhoods starved for investment farther south.
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Airport drops case to fend off private parking operator

May 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The airport's decision comes as a bipartisan group of City-County Councilors backed a resolution asking airport authority to drop its case against Midwest Logistics Partners, owner of the Ameriplex business park south of the airport.
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Indy Parks, county assessor poised for budget cuts

May 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two ordinances that would reduce the Indianapolis budget by $1.6 million will be introduced to the City-County Council on Monday. The largest cuts will come from the Marion County Assessor's office, the parks department and mayor's office.
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City code enforcement rethinks rental housing strategy

May 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis is reconsidering plans for cracking down on negligent landlords through a rental-housing registry after the Legislature enacted a one-year moratorium on new fees.
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Developer shelves plan to buy city land, build Meijer

May 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Opus Development Corp.'s proposal for the project north of downtown included buying and bulldozing dozens of historic homes in the Flanner House neighborhood.
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Young aggravates colleagues, puts stamp on Marion CountyRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
State Senator from Speedway plays outsized role in shaping policy for Indianapolis.
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Ballard taps government veteran as controller

May 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Jason Dudich is already familiar with the financial workings of the city. He was Ballard's budget director and deputy controller from February 2008 to August 2010.
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Indianapolis to boost businesses owned by disabled

May 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The companies could get a greater share of business from city and county contracts under a proposal signed into law Thursday by Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Residents decry Fortville's big annexation plans as land grab

April 29, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Property owners southeast of Geist Reservoir are vowing to fight involuntary annexation of a 9-square-mile area by the town of Fortville, which would add $53.5 million to its property tax base.
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Councilors poised to ban criminal-history questionRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Democratic City-County Councilor Vop Osili said he expects to draft a “ban the box” ordinance this spring or summer.
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Mass Ave business owners split over proposed district tax

April 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Opponents of a proposed tax to pay for improvements throughout the cultural district have accused tax advocates of rigging the proposal to ensure its passage.
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Mayor Ballard joins infrastructure task forceRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is among 17 mayors of large U.S. cities that joined a new infrastructure task force convened by the Clinton Global Initiative.
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Mayor drops plan to privatize City-County Building

April 17, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City rejects proposals from four private-sector real estate teams and signs a 10-year lease extension with the existing building manager.
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Food trucks find patchwork of rules in northern suburbs

April 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.
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Passage to India: Ballard leading weeklong trade trip

April 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis delegation will hit the cities of Hyderabad and New Delhi. Visits will focus on information technology, life sciences, and research groups, organizers said.
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Indianapolis controller leaving for education group

April 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will lose its controller a few months before the 2014 budget is due to be presented to the City-County Council.
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City struggles to close gap on $30M in budget cuts

April 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis leaders made a pact to cut 5 percent from the already-adopted 2013 budget, but the reality might prove too difficult to stomach.
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As city budget tightens, Center Township trustee has money to burn

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IBJ SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township lowered its bank balance in 2012, to $6.7 million, but the biggest checks Trustee Eugene Akers wrote weren't for emergency needs like food or shelter, the township’s main mission.
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Tough times didn't spur spike in poor relief

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heading into the 2008 recession, Center Township sat on $10.5 million in cash, but sky-high unemployment and rising poverty over the next four years failed to drain those funds, and the disconnect persists in several area townships.
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Mayor Ballard accepts fate of mass-transit billRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard sat out an April 2 hearing on mass transit because he knew the issue would be shifted to the Legislature’s back burner.
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RACE: Zoning overhaul might not go far enoughRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Indy Rezone won't change the city's timid approach to planning.
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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