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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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Daniels finishes low in weekend straw poll

February 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indiana governor received just 4 percent of the vote among potential Republican presidential candidates at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But an IUPUI political science professor says the weak showing shouldn't dissuade Daniels' supporters.
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Glick partners on $30M downtown apartment development

February 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
The lead developer on a long-delayed proposal to redevelop the former Bank One Operations Center has landed a powerhouse partner: apartment developer Gene B. Glick Co.
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CIB set to approve parking lot paving bid

February 14, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board will consider a bid for up to $900,000 to pave a gravel parking lot on the former site of Market Square Arena once slated for redevelopment.
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Inspectors find Indiana tobacco sales to minors declining

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
A partnership called the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program said Monday that sales of tobacco products to teen-agers occurred in less than 4 percent of more than 8,400 inspections.
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Governor keeping quiet on Indiana immigration bill

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels isn't saying how he feels about a proposal moving in the Legislature that would require police officers in the state to enforce federal immigration laws.
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St. Francis plans $23 million Carmel hospital

February 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Franciscan St. Francis Health plans to open a short-stay medical center in Carmel, creating 76 jobs by 2015, the health system announced Monday morning.
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Bosma: Daniels 'hands on' with legislators

February 13, 2011
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House says the governor stays in contact with legislative leaders on his agenda, even as he continues to flirt with a presidential run.
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Aspiring filmmaker scores hit with jewelry ad

February 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A TV commercial for jeweler Reis-Nichols has launched filmmakers Sami Mustaklem and Alex Kosene into the advertising business. Their firm, 3rd Strand, has a growing list of clients seeking their unique storytelling approach.
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City looks to tourists to supplement convention business

February 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leisure travelers could plug gap until additional conventions fill the expanded Indiana Convention Center.
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Carmel firm top notch in the tourism industryRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Strategic Marketing & Research Inc., commonly known as SMARI, measures ad effectiveness for several states, attractions.
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Denver, Indianapolis are close match on major tourism measuresRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
The recently expanded Indiana Convention Center gives Indianapolis more space than Denver, but Denver has more hotel rooms and a larger budget.
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Ex-Emmis exec uses estate toolkit to fund Butler venueRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Howard Schrott will provide $6.5 million toward the $13 million performing-arts building.
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Medicaid expansion could tax community health centersRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
The president of the Indiana Primary Health Care Association wants to double the number of federally qualified community health centers in Indiana in the next five years.
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Diabetes boom sparks Roche expansion

February 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics Corp. is expanding one of its Indianapolis manufacturing plants to keep up with growing sales of its leading brand of blood glucose monitors.
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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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