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Judge tells Indiana to honor other states' gay marriages

August 19, 2014
Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but stayed the ruling until the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could decide on the issue.
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Gaming convention sets another attendance record

August 19, 2014
Gen Con 14, which wrapped up Sunday, drew 56,614 unique visitors to the Indiana Convention Center, surpassing 2013’s previous record of 49,530.
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Home construction on the rise nationally

August 19, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. Construction faltered, however, in the Midwest.
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Central Indiana reservoir foes back river trails

August 19, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Environmental groups are proposing a system of trails to promote use of the White River in central Indiana rather than damming it for a proposed $450 million, seven-mile-long reservoir.
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Carmel sports marketing firm plans headquarters expansion

August 19, 2014
U/S Sports Advisors said it will spend $1.1 million on an expansion at its Carmel headquarters, increasing employment by 36 jobs by the end of 2018.
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Gatling Gun Club building proving to be tough sell

August 19, 2014
Scott Olson
The building on North Illinois Street has been vacant since 2008. A downtown bar owner who acquired it nearly four years ago put it back on the market after giving up on plans to move her business there.
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Real estate company proposing $26 million development

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Becknell Industrial LLC has proposed a $26 million, three-building development on the northwest side of Indianapolis that would be ready for tenants by early 2015.
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Indiana's first female chief justice assumes office

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
Loretta Rush was formally sworn in Monday as Indiana's first female chief justice, but her gender hardly was mentioned during the ceremony.
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NCAA's strongest argument might be cap limit

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA's best argument against the Ed O'Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken — the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision.
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Daniels clarifies remarks about regional campuses

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
President Mitch Daniels said Purdue University's regional campuses should conduct research specific to their missions, clarifying recent remarks on the topic in a letter to four Fort Wayne faculty members Monday.
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Cardinal Health unit seeks tax breaks for local drug facility

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. is seeking tax breaks from the city of Indianapolis to help it open a $14.4 million local drug-production facility that would employ 85 workers by 2017.
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Colts' Irsay seeks delay of trial on DWI charges

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
An attorney for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay filed the request for the continuance Monday. His trial had been scheduled for Aug. 28.
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Indianapolis 2015 budget would use reserves

August 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce to the City-County Council on Monday night a $1 billion budget for 2015 that taps reserves to make ends meet. Next year would be the third year in a row that the city taps fund balances to close a budget deficit.
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EMS company to end most Indiana services

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
Rural/Metro Corp. is going to stop serving more than 30 communities in Indiana. Martinsville Mayor Phil Deckard said the company will end service within 60 days.
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Indiana lottery manager misses goal, but hits record numbers

August 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Hoosier Lottery's top official said she is "pleased" with a private manager's performance, even though the firm fell short of its income target during the first full fiscal year of its 15-year contract with the state.
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Central Indiana home sales continue to trail 2013

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements declined 13.8 percent in the nine-county area in July, the 11th straight month deals have decreased.
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UPDATE: Indiana State Fair attendance tops 950,000

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
This year's 17-day run goes down in the books as one of the three most attended.
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Good Earth exits appeal of Broad Ripple project

August 18, 2014
Scott Olson
The $30 million development has been delayed by a request to repeal a zoning change for the property. Though Good Earth is no longer involved, a local resident is continuing his fight against the project from Browning Investments Inc.
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Lilly among those eyeing antibiotic maker Cubist, analyst says

August 18, 2014
Bloomberg News
The rising threat from drug-resistant germs and increasing calls from global health groups for more potent antibiotics is placing a premium on companies such as Cubist. The $4.8 billion drug developer is preparing to introduce four new medicines by 2020.
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Indiana's first female chief justice taking office

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
Loretta Rush is scheduled to be sworn in as Indiana Supreme Court chief justice on Monday afternoon by Gov. Mike Pence. She replaces current Chief Justice Brent Dickson.
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State adds jobs; unemployment rate remains at 5.9 percent

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana added 9,900 private-sector jobs in July, with more than half of them coming in the manufacturing sector, the state announced Monday morning.
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Company closing local operations, cutting 110 workers

August 18, 2014
Jeff Newman
ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. plans to shut down its 96,000-square-foot distribution facility in Indianapolis, eliminating 110 jobs by the end of October, the company said late last week.
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Sun King plans $8.8M brewery, tasting room in Fishers

August 18, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Homegrown craft-beer maker Sun King Brewing Co. plans to build a second production facility and tasting room in Fishers, adding capacity as it widens its reach. The Town Council will consider a $2.5M economic development deal Monday night.
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Rebates shrink as Anthem gets better at pricing

August 18, 2014
J.K. Wall
Hoosiers are receiving $11.9 million in rebates this year from health insurers that used less than 80 percent of their 2013 premiums for medical bills last year. That’s down from $22.6 million handed out last year.
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Muncie packaging company to lay off 261 workers

August 17, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
DIY Group packages products and displays for national manufacturers and retailers. The notice sent to the state cited the loss of a contract with Jarden Home Brands for the layoffs.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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