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Indiana teachers unions hope Congress helps states

June 10, 2010
Associated Press
The leader of Indiana's largest teachers union says if Congress approves up to $300 million for Indiana schools, it could save as many as 7,200 public school employee jobs, including those of Indiana teachers, teaching assistants and bus drivers.
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Area home sales took big hit in May as credit expires

June 9, 2010
Pending home sales fell 31.5 percent last month, following expiration of the federal home-buyer tax credit.
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INDOT commissioner to step down for Duke Energy post

June 9, 2010
Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Reed is resigning to become president of Duke Energy's Indiana operations. Michael B. Cline, INDOT's deputy commissioner of operations, will replace him.
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Becky Skillman's blog from China

June 9, 2010
Becky Skillman
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is traveling to China with a delegation of state officials and business and community leaders through June 10. Skillman is blogging about their experiences as the group works to build relationships and attract Chinese investment to Indiana.
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Chinese furniture maker picks Marion for U.S. headquarters

June 9, 2010
The upholstered-furniture maker, which operates as Y.K. Furniture, plans to invest $24.3 million to establish its first U.S. subsidiary. The facility will house assembly-and-distribution operations with about 100 employees.
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eTapestry co-founder headed for Baltimore

June 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Longtime local IT entrepreneur Jay Love accepts job as CEO of software-maker Social Solutions, a loss for the Indianapolis high-tech and not-for-profit communities.
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Ballard bets big on $16 million software project

June 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Concluding a year-long evaluation and public bidding process, mayor chooses Oracle's PeopleSoft to replace local government's 1970s-era financial IT system and New York-based Zanett Inc. to lead the implementation.
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Local Hispanic newscaster launching radio show

June 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Marco Dominguez turns to WNTS-AM 1590 after the Hispanic daily television news program he launched last year folded.
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IT consulting firm plans to create 230 jobs

June 9, 2010
Miller Consulting Group will move its headquarters from Indianapolis to Noblesville and add the jobs by the end of 2013, the company said Wednesday morning.
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Avon gives senior-living facility tax abatement

June 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Leo Brown LLC's 20-acre, $36 million senior-living community is expected to create 132 jobs with an average salary of $37,000 when it is completed in 2011.
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Indoor amusement center could have new owner

June 9, 2010
Springfield, Mo.-based America's Incredible Pizza Company is negotiating to purchase Xscape and could have a deal finalized as soon as Wednesday.
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Study: Online doc ratings mostly positive

June 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Angie’s List physician rating service has been controversial since it started in 2008. But an academic journal article is now telling the docs to relax. Nearly 90 percent of patient comments on sites like Angie’s List are positive.
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Lilly taps O'Connor as state lobbyist

June 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
O’Connor, chief deputy mayor under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, started Monday as Lilly's director of state government affairs—working again under Peterson.
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Q&A

June 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Cheryl Blanchard is chief scientific officer at Zimmer Holdings Inc. in Warsaw and chairman of OrthoWorx, a not-for-profit initiative launched in September to help improve the growth environment for orthopedic companies in Warsaw.
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GM recalling 1.5 million vehicles over fire concerns

June 8, 2010
Associated Press
The recall affects several pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, crossovers and passenger car models from the 2006 to 2009 model years. GM conducted a similar recall in 2008 but came across new reports of fires in vehicles that had been fixed.
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Proposed development near Lilly campus could include hotel

June 8, 2010
Indianapolis developer Buckingham Cos. is in discussions to build a mixed-use development that could include apartments, shops, office space, and a hotel and conference center.
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Indiana pension fund officer takes N.C. post

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The chief investment officer for Indiana's public employee pension fund is taking a similar job in North Carolina at a base salary of $320,000.
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Indy entrepreneurs draft plans for 3 microbreweries

June 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Three local microbreweries—Triton Brewing Co., Bier Brewery & Taproom and Flat 12 Bierwerks—are planning to open in the next few months in a rush inspired in part by the runaway success of homegrown Sun King Brewing Co.
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Rolls-Royce snags $7.5 million military contract

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Engineers at Rolls-Royce Corp.’s Indianapolis manufacturing facility will work for the next year to design, develop and test an upgrade for a digital engine control the company is making for the U.S. Army’s OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
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Benner leaving convention group for Horizon League

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Well-known local sports columnist Bill Benner is leaving his job at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association to become senior associate commissioner for external affairs for the Horizon League.
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Curtis sues pizza chain over Rockwell painting in ad

June 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The suit, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, accuses Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs Inc. of Madison Heights, Mich., of infringing the copyright to a Saturday Evening Post cover first published in 1943.
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Fort Ben home, condos headed to auction

June 8, 2010
Tom Harton
The former home of the commanding general at Fort Benjamin Harrison and four condominiums at the old army base are being auctioned June 17, a reflection of the difficulty of selling high-end condos in a soft real estate market.
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Southern Wine to create 200 jobs in central Indiana

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The country's largest beer, wine and liquor distributor plans to invest more than $10 million to establish operations in central Indiana, creating 200 jobs at a regional office and distribution center here.
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Obama gives states $250 million to review insurance premiums

June 7, 2010
WellPoint may face the most threat from more aggressive reviews. The Indianapolis insurer is the leader in small-business and individual policies, areas that have seen the biggest increases in recent years.
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Walgreen gets OK to sell booze at 18 more stores

June 7, 2010
Scott Olson
The Local Alcoholic Beverage Board of Marion County recommended permits for 18 of the 28 stores for which Walgreens is seeking to sell alcohol. Approval by the Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission could happen as soon as June. 15.
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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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