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Indiana March revenues come in more than expected

April 8, 2011
Associated Press
The state took in $977.2 million in March, up $69 million, or 8 percent, from the same month a year ago.
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Judge sends election dispute back to recount panel

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
A judge ruled Thursday that Democrats may have a valid argument in challenging whether Republican Secretary of State Charlie White should be kicked out of office, but said the issue should be decided by a state election recount commission.
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Indiana House speaker questions immigration crackdown

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's Republican House speaker said Thursday he had concerns about aspects of a proposal calling for an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration moving through the Legislature.
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Obama cancels visit to Indiana factory

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
President Barack Obama was scheduled to pay a Friday visit to Allison Transmission, a supplier plant that makes transmission systems for hybrid vehicles.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Webber gives tech firms their wings

April 7, 2011
Mason King
LQ Webber Watch videoHow does angel investor Scott Webber choose which companies to buy into? What common mistakes does he see early-stage entrepreneurs make? What's the best advice his father gave him? The local tech guru reveals all.
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J.C. Penney closing warehouse, cutting 230 jobs

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
J.C. Penny Co. says it plans to close a warehouse in Plainfield by September 2012.
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Indicted businessman to remain in halfway house

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge has denied a request by Tim Durham, who is accused in a $200 million fraud scheme, to be released from an Indianapolis halfway house
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Lawmakers still at odds over alcohol ID age requirement

April 7, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana legislators are disagreeing about how old someone should look before they have to provide identification when buying alcohol.
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U.S. attorney sues GOP donor over unpaid trading penalty

April 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The federal government is suing a former Indianapolis businessman and major Republican donor to collect a $600,000 federal penalty for commodities trading violations.
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Judge moves Durham fraud trial to next year

April 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Federal Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Thursday morning vacated the original trial date of May 16 and instead set jury selection for June 8, 2012. Meanwhile, lawyers for Tim Durham argued for his release from a halfway house he was sent to on Wednesday.
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UPDATE: City chooses manager for Velodrome, park

April 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marian University will assume management of the Major Taylor Velodrome and the surrounding Lake Sullivan Sports Complex under a partnership announced Thursday morning by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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City considering abatement terminations, continuances

April 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Five companies are set to have their tax breaks terminated or continued as the city attempts to update the state of the benefits that date to the previous administration.
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Tax breaks approved for bioanalytical lab operator

April 7, 2011
The Metropolitan Development Commission on Wednesday preliminarily approved Advion BioServices Inc.'s request for a tax abatement to build a laboratory at Purdue Research Park in Indianapolis.
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Indiana Live parent files for bankruptcy protection

April 7, 2011
Indianapolis Downs LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, attributed much of its heavy debt load to a $250 million slots-license fee paid to the state.
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Challenger alleges misconduct in Westfield mayoral race

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Russell Cameron, who is challenging Westfield Mayor Andy Cook in a May 3 Republican primary, accused Cook’s deputy mayor of improperly using his position and city resources to campaign for Cook’s reelection.
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Judge hears arguments in White election challenge

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
Attorneys for Democrats and Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White accused each other's clients of political manipulation during a Wednesday hearing.
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Compromise elusive on Indiana sentencing changes

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana legislator trying to find a compromise on a plan that Gov. Mitch Daniels originally pushed to help stem the state's prison costs seems to still have work ahead.
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Indiana Senate panel votes down proposed smoking ban

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday against the bill that had exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes.
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Durham ordered to be held at halfway house for 7 days

April 6, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal magistrate on Wednesday ordered indicted financier Tim Durham held at a halfway house for seven days until he can provide a better accounting of his finances. The magistrate said "money means flight."
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Tax caps lead to painful budget cuts in some counties

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana homeowners and businesses have seen their tax bills cut by more than $655 million since the General Assembly approved property tax caps in 2008. But the savings have been tough for some local governments.
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Marian to delay med school opening until fall 2013

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis university originally hoped to open state's second medical school in fall 2012, but that time line proved too aggressive.
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Residential developer declares bankruptcy

April 6, 2011
Scott Olson
John Swinehart, a former executive of Bruce Gunstra Builders Inc. who was involved in the Monon on Main project in Carmel, is seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. He lists liabilities of $8.3 million.
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Women's Final Four crowds smallest since 1990s

April 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis was a near-sellout, but it was the smallest crowd to see the title game since 1997.
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Judge to hear argument in White election challenge

April 6, 2011
Associated Press
A Marion County judge is set on Wednesday to weigh whether Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is legally qualified to serve in the office to which he was elected in November.
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Ruth Lilly estate donates $10.7M to Indiana University

April 6, 2011
Indiana University will receive donations totaling $10.7 million from the estate of late philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the university announced Wednesday morning.
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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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