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Ten-acre parcel near Colts stadium hits the market

August 6, 2014
Scott Olson
The vacant property west of Lucas Oil Stadium could get a boost from redevelopment efforts at the former GM stamping plant site just across White River.
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After setbacks, Franklin wary of more development deals

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
A backlog of unfinished work by the Franklin Development Corp. is why Mayor Joe McGuinness doesn't want to give new funding to the organization until the pending projects are finished.
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WellPoint unit launching $80M information exchange

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
Two insurers announced Tuesday that they are partnering for an ambitious project to establish one of the nation's largest health-information exchanges, an effort they hope will reduce duplication and improve patient outcomes.
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Walgreen turns down inversion, to keep HQ in U.S.

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest drugstore chain said it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed the amount of U.S. taxes it pays.
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State studies whether to reduce rules for licensed workers

August 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The changes could impact some 470,000 Hoosiers, including health care workers, barbers, plumbers, social workers and others – people who face rules that critics say are far too burdensome.
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Feds require state to talk to Native Americans for HIP 2.0 plan

August 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials met Tuesday with members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in an effort to satisfy federal regulators who are considering a proposed expansion of the state’s low-income health insurance program.
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Three killed in shooting outside Indiana business

August 5, 2014
Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff said three people are dead following a shooting outside a furniture plant in the city of Monticello.
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Gannett just latest player to separate print, digital media

August 5, 2014
Associated Press
Some observers see the rush to separate less profitable print businesses from growing TV and digital operations as an ominous sign for the newspaper industry.
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Plea deal rejected for ex-Indiana county auditor

August 5, 2014
Associated Press
Lawyers are reworking an agreement under which a former county auditor in Indiana was expected to plead guilty to criminal charges of wrongly paying personal expenses with county-issued credit cards.
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ChaCha CEO Jones launches app school in Carmel

August 5, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Some of the events will take place at Scott Jones’ estate at 1150 W. 116th St. The unique setting prompted the founders to name the school Eleven Fifty.
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ITT cash crunch has analysts raising spectre of bankruptcy

August 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based ITT Educational Services no longer has a margin of error, as it tries to dig out from a scuttled real estate deal, tightened rules from lenders and the feds, and its CEO's pending resignation.
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Two Indianapolis-based tabloids up for sale

August 5, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Long-time local publisher Ted Fleischaker recently put his two print publications—The Word and Up Downtown—on the market. He says he's a motivated seller.
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UPDATE: Indy Star owner to break into two companies

August 5, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
McLean, Virginia-based Gannett is the latest in a string of media companies to break off print from faster-growing media businesses, including broadcast TV.
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Construction blitz in full swing around Ball State

August 5, 2014
Associated Press
With less than two weeks until the start of classes at Ball State University, businesses in Muncie that will cater to students are racing to complete their building projects.
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Group fighting sexual violence closes over unpaid taxes

August 5, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault suspended its operations after failing to pay payroll and other taxes, raising alarm that victims will fall through the cracks.
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Van Rooy converting more units to market rate

August 5, 2014
Scott Olson
The local apartment owner and manager will spend $2.5 million to upgrade Ransom Place near the IUPUI campus from Section 8 housing. It's the second time the company has undertaken such a project in the neighborhood the past few years.
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Elwood Staffing to add 40 jobs at Columbus HQ

August 5, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The company, which already employs 200 in Indiana and 1,000 across the country, will accommodate the expansion by buying and renovating a building across the street from its current headquarters.
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Interactive Intelligence takes quarterly loss

August 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Interactive was right on target with the preliminary earnings announcement it made July 16, when it predicted revenue between $86 million and $88 million and an operating loss between $11 million and $12 million.
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ISTEPs bring 'mixed bag' for Indiana charter schools

August 4, 2014
Associated Press
Performance among Indiana's charter schools on the 2014 ISTEP tests ran the gamut from low passing rates to rates similar to the state's best public schools.
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ITT Educational CEO signals resignation amid stock freefall, federal scrutiny

August 4, 2014
Mason King, J.K. Wall
Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc. announced late Monday afternoon that CEO Kevin Modany planned to resign within six months. The struggling for-profit education firm has drawn scrutiny from government officials for its marketing and lending practices.
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Pacers’ NBA title odds plunge after George’s broken leg

August 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Pacers were among the favorites to challenge for the Eastern Conference title this season. That was before Paul George tried to block a layup during a Team USA scrimmage three days ago and broke his right leg in multiple places.
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Indiana health startups have raised $100M this year

August 4, 2014
J.K. Wall
Investors seem to have rediscovered the Midwest this year, pouring a record $777 million into 139 companies, according to BioEnterprise. In the first half of 2013, Midwest companies raised $351 million.
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City’s Covanta deal discourages rival recycling programs

August 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Details of a pending recycling deal with Covanta are emerging. Under the pact, the city of Indianapolis would face financial penalties if it launches other recycling programs.
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ITT Educational shares reeling after deal falls through

August 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
The real estate deal would have brought as much as $119.1 million for the struggling, Carmel-based education firm.
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State eyes downtown site for $17M archives project

August 4, 2014
Mason King
Officials want developers to submit plans for a site on the American Legion Mall, including an existing historic building and a 36,000-square-foot addition.
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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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