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Equal Pay Day highlights persistent wage disparity

April 13, 2011
Scott Olson
In Indiana, women working full time are paid an average of $31,762 per year while men earn an average of $43,631 annually, U.S. Census Bureau statistics show.
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Town of Plainfield backs logistics training center

April 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Plainfield Town Council has agreed to spend $500,000 over the next five years to help Vincennes University create the VU Logistics Training and Education Center, the college announced Tuesday.
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Panel OKs bill linking student tests, teacher pay

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Teacher pay would be linked to student performance under a merit pay bill that has cleared an Indiana House committee.
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Marsh CEO Lazaran leaving company; successor picked

April 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Supermarket News, citing unnamed industry sources, reported late Tuesday that former Price Chopper executive vice president Joseph Kelley would replace Frank Lazaran, who has been CEO of Marsh Supermarkets since 2006.
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Citizens Energy agrees to document utility savings

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
A not-for-profit public trust that wants to buy Indianapolis' water and sewer utilities has agreed to document all of the savings it says the $1.9 billion deal would create. State regulators still must approve the transaction.
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Indiana panel OKs criminal checks on medical workers

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists and other medical workers would have to undergo a criminal background check when applying for a new state license under a bill approved Tuesday by an Indiana House committee.
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Senate OKs plan aimed at expanding charter schools

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, marking the first piece of the governor's sweeping education agenda to clear both the House and Senate.
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Daniels' plan on sentencing changes appears dead

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels had made revamping of the criminal sentencing laws one of his top priorities for this year's legislative session, but lawmakers handling the bill said Tuesday they hadn't been able to reach a compromise and didn't expect more action before the General Assembly's April 29 adjournment deadline.
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Butler's Mack to test NBA waters without agent

April 12, 2011
Bloomberg News
Butler University junior guard Shelvin Mack will declare for the NBA draft, but not hire an agent, keeping his college eligibility as he considers his options.
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Calumet Specialty hopes to raise $375M to pay off debt

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis oil-refiner Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP intends to sell $375 million in senior notes to pay off existing debt.
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Gun bill advances without exemption for Indy venues

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board, which runs the Indiana Convention Center and the city’s professional sports venues, had hoped to get an exemption to Senate Bill 292, which pre-empts local governments from creating their own rules about where people can carry guns.
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Durham prosecutors propose case-notification plans

April 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Instead of individually notifying the 5,400 investors that Tim Durham and two business partners are accused of defrauding, prosecutors want to keep them apprised of court proceedings through websites and an automated call center.
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Executive compensation surges at CNO Financial Group

April 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer more than doubled CEO Jim Prieur’s compensation, and also gave increases ranging from 44 percent to 89 percent to other top executives.
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Software firm seeks to reorganize as holding company

April 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Interactive Intelligence Inc. will ask shareholders at its next annual meeting to vote on a proposal to reorganize the software firm under a new holding company called Interactive Intelligence Group Inc.
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Insurance agency revives plans for downtown building

April 12, 2011
Tom Harton
McGowan Insurance Group plans to build a $2.75 million, 19,000-square-foot building at 355 Indiana Avenue.
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Indiana redistricting plan appears to benefit GOP

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans who control the Indiana General Assembly on Monday released proposed new maps for the state's nine congressional and 150 legislative districts, which seem to point toward solidifying GOP gains in the Statehouse.
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Proposal aims to keep students from inadequate teachers

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana students wouldn't be stuck with poor-performing teachers for two years in a row under changes House lawmakers are considering to a bill requiring annual teacher evaluations.
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Indiana retailers press for online state sales tax

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's retail lobby urged state lawmakers Monday to pass an online sales tax provision that they said would level the playing field for businesses in the state and raise hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
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Fraud suspect Durham released from halfway house

April 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Fraud suspect Tim Durham was released from a halfway house on Monday, after a more thorough accounting of his finances was presented to a federal magistrate. Durham had been at the Indianapolis facility since Wednesday.
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Herff Jones sells photography division

April 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis-based class ring and yearbook maker Herff Jones will sell its photography division to Lifetouch Inc., the company announced Monday.
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Parties near deal for hospital tax

April 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Officials from Indiana Medicaid and a hospital trade group are trying to craft a deal that would create a tax on hospitals that would help attract more federal funds for hospitals—thereby offsetting looming cuts in state payments.
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Q&A

April 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Dan Ferber is a freelance magazine writer in Indianapolis who writes about science, health and the environment for such publications as Science, Popular Science, New Scientist, Audubon, and Women's Health. He co-authored a new book with Harvard Medical School's Dr. Paul Epstein titled "Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It." It was published this month.
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Plan shifts Indiana GOP areas to Donnelly's district

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Election Committee on Monday released proposed new district maps for Indiana's nine congressional and 50 state Senate districts.
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Portrait Homes parent files for bankruptcy

April 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chicago-based Pasquinelli Homebuilding is seeking bankruptcy liquidation for all its business entities, including Portrait Homes Indiana, which built hundreds of homes in the Indianapolis area.
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Arcadia in danger of stock exchange delisting

April 11, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based health care company's stock, which trades on the NYSE Amex Equities exchange, has closed at an average price of less than 20 cents over a consecutive 30-day trading period, triggering the warning.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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