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Court rules state overreached when it shut puppy mill

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
The state had seized and sold 240 dogs at business, citing $142,000 in unpaid taxes.
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Wife of man killed in fair tragedy suing Indiana

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who is representing the family of Glenn Goodrich, said the family has filed a tort claim notice against the state regarding intent to file a lawsuit.
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Indiana State Fair attendance slips 8 percent

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The 2011 Indiana State Fair drew 872,312 visitors, down 8 percent from the 952,020 that attended in 2010, the fair announced Monday, citing preliminary figures.
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Marsh outsourcing distribution to East Coast firm

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marsh Supermarkets Inc. plans to outsource distribution services for all 97 of its stores to C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. Marsh said 250 logistics workers will become employees for C&S.
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Study: Hospital-doc hookups raising costs

August 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis doctor tell researchers that hospitals are paying more than $1 million a year to employ some cardiologists.
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Roche Diagnostics to get indirect boon from new test

August 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
New drug for metastatic melanoma packaged with genetic test should help Roche sell more of its cobas 4800 laboratory testing systems.
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Q&A

August 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Angela Smith, an attorney for hospitals and physicians at Indianapolis-based Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman P.C., spoke about Medicare’s value-based purchasing program, a federal initiative that will attempt to shift health care payments from the fee-for-service model to one based on health outcomes. On July 1, hospitals began being scored on their performance in 13 categories, including processes, patient outcomes and patient satisfaction surveys. How hospitals score could boost or diminish all their Medicare payments by as much as 1 percent, beginning in October 2012.
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Library plans to restore hours at some branches

August 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The financial picture for Indianapolis’ struggling public library system is expected to improve enough for leaders to consider restoring operating hours at 10 of its 23 locations next year.
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Honda returning to full production despite sales declines

August 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co.'s reputation for world-class manufacturing may belie a slipping emphasis on design just as the automaker's U.S. factories—including its expanding Civic plant in Indiana—are preparing to return to full production.
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Packaging manufacturer plans 90-person Greencastle plant

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The company will put the plant in an existing 250,000-square-foot industrial building.
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Lilly spent $1.9M lobbying feds in first quarter

August 21, 2011
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. spent $1.9 million lobbying the federal government in the first quarter, focusing on the health care overhaul and overseas pricing reform, among many other issues.
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Crooked Stick golf pro hits links every day, rain or shineRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Maria LaMagna
Patrick White Crooked watch videoCrooked Stick Golf Club pro Patrick White works 90 or more hours a week and loves every minute of it.
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Racinos ask federal court to lower their tax liabilityRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
If Indiana Live and Hoosier Park prevail, the racetrack-casinos may cut they could cut their combined tax bill by $30 million a year.
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Private funds may kick-start rail-transit planRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Chris O'Malley
An innovative private financing deal struck last year to expand Denver’s rail transit system could be used to expedite construction of the first line in central Indiana.
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Probe: Investment adviser Hauke masked huge loss

August 20, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fishers investment manager Keenan Hauke suffered massive losses in his hedge fund seven years ago. Then, rather than fess up, he generated fake account statements for clients that showed money they didn’t really have and returns they hadn’t earned, state investigators allege.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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Super Bowl party space scramble begins

August 20, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Owners and operators of Indianapolis meeting venues are in the midst of a high-stakes game of musical chairs. The winners will land the biggest parties and events affiliated with Super Bowl XLVI.
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Veteran banker Alley found Integra too sick to saveRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
With reluctance, Mike Alley, a veteran Indianapolis banker, joined the board of Evansville-based Integra Bank in April 2009. A month later, he found himself CEO—the beginning of a 26-month odyssey that ended July 29 with banking regulators seizing and shutting down the 160-year-old institution.
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Mobile video game trailer rolls into central IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Andrew Smith
Startup Game Guru 2 U is providing entertainment for about 10 events a month, but hopes to triple its business.
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Economy still tough, but a few Hoosier industries on upswingRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Two years into the economic recovery, bright spots in the Indiana job market are still hard to find. The insurance industry is one of the few glimmers of light on Indiana’s horizon. Others include engine makers, nursing homes and temp agencies.
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Test scores, attitudes improving at Indianapolis magnet schoolRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Andrew Smith
High expectations set tone for Indianapolis Public School's Harshman Middle School overhaul.
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Lawsuits filed for Indiana stage collapse victims

August 19, 2011
Associated Press
Two of what are expected to be many lawsuits were filed Friday on behalf of people injured when wind toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair.
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Judge nearly sends Durham back to halfway house

August 19, 2011
Greg Andrews
Magistrate Judge Kennard Foster said Durham should not continue living at his sister's house or move back to his mansion because both are in foreclosure.
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Indiana State Fair victims fund continues to grow

August 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Central Indiana Community Foundation's State Fair Remembrance Fund is on pace to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims of the stage collapse.
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'Buy local' law doesn't sting Indy sewer project

August 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new state law that could add to the cost of public works projects didn’t impact one of Indianapolis’ most sizable bids this year.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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