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Self-made developer, Castleton pioneer Peterson dies at 84

September 2, 2014
Cory Schouten
Howard C. Peterson, an enterprising bricklayer who went on to build a prolific development company that transformed Indianapolis' north side with massive office complexes, died Friday after a long illness. He was 84.
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WTHR-TV, DirecTV fail to reach fee agreement

September 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
WTHR-TV Channel 13 was no longer available to DirecTV customers on Monday after the Indianapolis station and the satellite-TV provider failed to reach an agreement in their ongoing dispute over fees.
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Fee approved for Vectren to replace Indiana pipes

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission gives Vectren permission to charge a monthly fee to cover 80 percent of the project's estimated $865 million cost. The fee will show up on customer bills starting in 2015 and continue through 2021.
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RV industry leaders say rebound picking up speed

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Key manufacturers and suppliers have announced recent expansions, the stock market is at an all-time high, and consumers are more confident in the future, industry leaders say.
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Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's gay marriage ban in the Constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.
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Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

August 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.
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Infighting bogs down digital billboardsRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County is an untapped market for digital billboards despite years of lobbying by sign companies, and it’s not because of political opposition to the large, lighted signs. What’s holding back changes to the city code is industry feuding over the form of regulations that could determine their future market share.
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Blood Center retrenches after losing major clients to Red Cross

August 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Blood Center is set to lose more than one-third of its revenue early next year, as three hospital systems bolt for cheaper prices offered by the American Red Cross.
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Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

August 30, 2014
Associated Press
With the school year underway, teachers are still scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state's new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of the new curriculum.
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Fair Finance judge throws out $33M Dan Laikin judgmentRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Greg Andrews
The ruling is a big setback for bankruptcy Trustee Brian Bash, who has yet to provide any recovery to the more than 5,000 Ohio residents who lost more than $200 million when the Tim Durham-led company collapsed in 2009.
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$1.25M from Finish Line helping build kids’ clubRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis broke ground Aug. 27 on a 22,000-square-foot facility on the east side.
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Colts helping train high school coachesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Thanks to $40,000 donated by the Indianapolis Colts, USA Football’s Heads Up Football safety program will be offered to all Indiana high school football coaches in 2015.
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Smarter Remarketer gets $7M in fundingRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Smarter Remarketer, an Indianapolis-based retail technology firm, said Aug. 27 that it has lined up $7 million in venture debt financing from Los Angeles-based City National Bank.
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New United Way strategy fuels big changesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
United Way spent nine months putting together The New U—a strategic shift intended to speed change by investing in programs that make a measurable difference in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs.
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Main tenant of former United hub staying on

August 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis airport officials hope to soon renew their lease with AAR Corp., the aircraft service company that is a key tenant in United Airlines’ former maintenance hub.
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RACE: Rest areas, welcome centers send negative message

August 30, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Indiana has branded itself as the Crossroads of America. We take pride in being an automotive and industrial state. You’d think we’d embrace the idea of rest stops that welcome visitors and celebrate the car culture.
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Local Lotus dealership is one of only 42 in United StatesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Scott Olson
Gator Motorsport opened in October as Indiana’s sole Lotus dealer. It’s owned by 41-year-old Young Kim, a first-generation Korean immigrant and Ball State University grad who fell in love with the British hand-built brand as a youngster growing up in Chicago.
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Large crowds buoying pro sports teams

August 30, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
There’s never been a better time to be a professional sports franchise operator in Indianapolis. Season-ticket renewal rates and attendance are near record levels. But some observers wonder whether too much of a good thing could turn into a bad thing if spending on sports outruns growth in the local economy.
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Change of plea hearing set for Colts owner Irsay

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
A change of plea hearing has been set for Tuesday for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who faces drug-related charges following a March traffic stop.
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Court stays ruling striking down right-to-work law

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered a northwest Indiana judge's ruling striking down the state's right-to-work law be stayed.
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Bosma removes Turner from leadership post-scandal

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has removed Rep. Eric Turner from his leadership team amid concerns over Turner's lobbying against a nursing home construction ban that would have impacted his family's business.
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Mourdock stepping down as Indiana treasurer

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Mourdock, who defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 U.S. Senate primary only to lose the general election after a comment about rape, resigned Friday, four months before the end of his term.
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UPDATE: Plan saves Anderson's Wigwam gym from demolition

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
The company that will operate under the name Wigwam LLC has agreed to maintain the gymnasium until at least 2030. It plans to convert part of the property into multifamily housing and to find partners to develop uses for other parts.
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Duke plans $1.9B in upgrades, seeks rate hike

August 29, 2014
Mason King
The electric utility said Friday that its customers would see a gradual rate increase over seven years for the project, designed to reduce power outages and provide high-tech meters.
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City Dems tap replacement for departed councilor Brown

August 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
LaKeisha Jackson was chosen to replace Vernon Brown in District 18. Brown stepped down in August after 11 years on the council.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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