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Reform, revenue behind Franciscan expansion

February 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Changes unleashed by health reform are pushing Franciscan St. Francis Health’s expansion into Hamilton County—in addition to the obvious pull of the area’s well-heeled population.
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Fort Wayne firm to open health info to patients

February 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
With electronic medical record systems proliferating, there’s information galore about patients. But it’s not so easy for patients to get at it. Now Fort Wayne-based NoMoreClipboard has been charged to design ways to fix that problem.
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Q&A

February 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Harlon Wilson, president of Indianapolis-based Medical Animatics, says the uncertainty created by the recession and now health care reform have dried up most opportunities for his 3-D animation firm to win new business with health care clients. So he’s looking at new markets—such as the recent online learning work for Harrison College that led Medical Animatics to sell some of its assets to the for-profit university. And Wilson is still banking on persistent needs to educate patients to cause health care to bounce back.
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St. Vincent CEO takes on new duties in Wisconsin

February 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
St. Vincent Health CEO Vince Caponi will take charge of three hospitals in Wisconsin that are also owned by St. Vincent’s parent organization, Ascension Health. He'll also keep his current job.
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Irsay: Colts put franchise tag on Manning

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
Manning, the only four-time MVP in league history, has been given the exclusive franchise tag, a move that could cost the Colts $23 million next season. Team owner Jim Irsay announced the decision Tuesday night on Twitter.
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GOP-led panel tweaks Daniels' school voucher bill

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
Fewer families would qualify for private school vouchers under changes Republican lawmakers have made to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' controversial proposal.
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Indiana Senate panel advances marijuana, meth bills

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate's criminal law committee voted 5-3 to advance to the full Senate the bill directing the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and make recommendations.
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Union protests at Statehouse on GOP proposals

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The future of the bill drawing the strongest ire of the union members remained uncertain as a Republican committee chairman said a decision had not been made on whether so-called right-to-work legislation would be considered this session.
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Indiana House OKs amendment banning gay marriage

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-controlled House voted 70-26 to advance the proposal, which must clear two separately-elected Legislatures to get on the ballot for a public vote.
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Fair trustee: Durham committed fraud of 'shocking proportions'

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee alleges Tim Durham perpetrated a fraud of  "shocking proportions,” draining huge sums from the Akron, Ohio, firm for years to mask that his business empire had collapsed.
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Booster groups Indy Partnership, Develop Indy to merge

February 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Local economic development groups Indy Partnership and Develop Indy plan to combine operations to save money and more effectively pitch the city and region to potential job creators.
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Logistics provider cutting 76 jobs in Brownsburg

February 15, 2011
Pittsburgh-based Genco ATC is vacating its Brownsburg facility after failing to receive the contract to operate the warehouse at 901 Northfield Drive.
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Business Ownership Initiative hires executive director

February 15, 2011
Sean Morrison
Julie Grice, a 10-year veteran of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and former business owner, began her tenure as executive director of the not-for-profit Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana on Sunday.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Indy attorney for $375,000

February 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
The loan from Fair Finance Co. to Stephen and Linda Plopper matured in 2006, but the couple has failed to satisfy the debt despite recent demands for payment, the suit alleges.
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Parking meter replacement set to begin in March

February 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Affiliated Computer Services, which struck a deal late last year to manage the city's parking meters, will begin replacing meters in downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple early next month.
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Senate committee passes sentencing-reform bill

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee has passed a plan that would keep violent felons in prison longer and reduce punishments for many thefts and drug crimes.
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DeVry Inc. plans to open local nursing school

February 15, 2011
The for-profit school would lease 24,000 square feet at its Keystone Crossing campus and employ 55 people in its nursing program at an average wage of $28.85 an hour. DeVry is requesting property-tax abatement to offset investment costs.
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Indiana launches $250K ad blitz for Illinois businesses

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
State and local officials in northwest Indiana are investing $250,000 in billboards and television and print ads will appear across Illinois and target that state's personal and corporate tax increases.
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Whitsett proposes 86-unit downtown apartment project

February 15, 2011
Tom Harton
The $7.2 million project, to be financed with affordable-housing tax credits, involves retrofitting the three-story former Central Restaurant Products building to accommodate one- and two-bedroom apartments.
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New York Stock Exchange parent to be acquired

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange says it has agreed to combine with the operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Boerse.
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Retail sales rise again despite severe weather

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
Shoppers pushed retail sales up for a seventh straight month in January, but the increase was the weakest since June.
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Bill would send taxpayer cash to private schools

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will start the debate Tuesday on the most controversial plank of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education platform: a plan to use taxpayer money to help parents send their children to private schools
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Vote delayed on Indiana same-sex marriage amendment

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Resolution sponsor Rep. Eric Turner of Marion said he wouldn't call it for a vote on Monday because some House members who want to support it were absent for the day.
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Former Colts player charged in $1M theft case

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Art Schlichter, whose NFL career was derailed by a gambling addiction, was charged Monday with stealing more than $1 million from a 68-year-old woman in suburban Columbus, Ohio.
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WXIN-TV general manager leaving for Houston station

February 14, 2011
Scott Olson
Jerry Martin notified staff on Monday that he has accepted a position as general manager of NBC affiliate KPRC-TV. Martin joined Fox59 six years ago and helped the station increase its news coverage.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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