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Smoking bill needs exemptions to survive Senate

March 23, 2011
Associated Press
Health advocates will have to live with wide exemptions in a proposed statewide smoking ban because a stricter, more comprehensive ban wouldn't be able to pass the conservative Senate, the head of a Senate committee said.
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Indiana House leaders meet over Democratic boycott

March 23, 2011
Associated Press
The leader of the boycotting Indiana House Democrats returned to the Statehouse on Wednesday for what he called a "very positive" meeting with Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma.
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Colts-themed restaurant in works in betting parlor space

March 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A South Florida restaurateur has plans to open a Indianapolis Colts-themed restaurant in Claypool Court, a retail and hotel center near Circle Centre mall downtown.
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Durham's ex-wife explains bond for indicted financier

March 23, 2011
Scott Olson
Joan SerVaas issued a written statement saying she and her father signed off on a $1 million bond because they're confident Tim Durham will continue to cooperate with federal authorities and abide by the conditions of his release.
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Formstack stuck in suit by Oklahoma tech firm

March 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Online form builder says a lawsuit from Tulsa-based MacroSolve Inc. against it and three other tech firms is without merit.
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Panel backs Indiana gay marriage ban amendment

March 23, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the amendment on a 7-3 party line vote Wednesday, with Republican senators rejecting arguments that language prohibiting civil unions could threaten the ability of employers to offer domestic partner benefits.
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Altum’s staying put at current west Carmel location

March 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The nursery on Michigan Road had planned to move to a smaller piece of land about four miles north, but hasn't found a buyer. Kroger nixed a deal to buy its property last fall.
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Self-funded plans draw small-firm interest

March 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
In the face of new health reform restrictions, expect more small employers to opt for self-funded health benefits, concludes a report this week from Indianapolis-based United Benefit Advisors.
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Health insurers diversify away from regulations

March 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
One year after President Obama signed the health reform overhaul, health insurers are buying less-regulated companies in a bid to offset the lower profits and growth they expect the law to cause.
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IT firm sets up shop in Carmel, plans to hire 100

March 23, 2011
Tech firm Intact Integrated Services has moved its North American headquarters to Carmel, where it plans to add as many as 100 jobs by 2015, state economic development officials announced Wednesday morning.
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Boycott reaches 30 days for Indiana House Democrats

March 22, 2011
Associated Press
A legislative stalemate in Indiana reached a political milestone on Tuesday as House Democrats stayed away from their jobs for a 30th consecutive day in what now ranks among the longest Statehouse boycotts in recent U.S. history.
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Indiana schools chief says education changes needed

March 22, 2011
Associated Press
State-funded vouchers for private schools and a shift of money to charter schools are necessary steps in the effort to improve Indiana's education system, the state schools superintendent said Tuesday.
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Brightpoint stock sinks on proposed AT&T deal

March 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Brightpoint Inc. stock slumped more than 15 percent Monday after AT&T Inc. announced a $39 billion agreement to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG. It continued to slip Tuesday morning.
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Marcadia Biotech principals ponder next course

March 22, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Marcadia execs French, Hawryluk reflect on massive growth of Carmel firm after sale to Roche.
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Software services firm plans 500 jobs in Evansville

March 22, 2011
SS&C Technologies said it will create the jobs by investing about $3.9 million to open a service and technology center in the southwestern Indiana city. The company will begin hiring immediately and expects to begin operating in the second quarter of 2011.
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Minneapolis firm buys Fishers business park

March 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Meritex purchased 306,408-square-foot business park out of foreclosure from Wells Fargo Bank. The previous owner, Kobra Properties, had fallen into bankruptcy.
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United Way annual campaign raises $38.2M

March 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
United Way of Central Indiana’s 2010 annual campaign fell short of its ambitious $41 million goal, but donations nearly matched the 2009 total.
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Drugmakers call off animal-health deal, possible asset sale

March 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Drugmakers Merck & Co. and Sanofi-Aventis SA have abandoned plans to combine their animal-health businesses after wrestling with regulators for a year over potential divestitures. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. was among a list of possible suitors for about $1 billion in assets the two companies considered selling.
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Rolls-Royce gives downtown office market a bounce

March 22, 2011
Tom Harton
The decision by Rolls-Royce Corp. to occupy Eli Lilly and Co.’s Faris office campus downtown headed off what could have been a big spike in the central business district Class A office vacancy rate.
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Daniels signs book deal

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
The book is scheduled to come out in September and is being billed by Sentinel as a reminder of "America's urgent need for limited but more effective government, fiscal discipline at all levels, increased liberty for individuals, and a restoration of our national greatness."
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Indicted financier Durham ordered released on $1M bond

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
A federal magistrate in California has ordered a former Indiana businessman accused in a $200 million fraud scheme released on $1 million bond.
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Hunter leaves IUPUI to take coaching job at Georgia State

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
Coach Ron Hunter has left IUPUI after 17 seasons to take over at Georgia State University, a men’s basketball program that has struggled through most of its existence.
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Healthy Indiana Plan expansion opposed by some

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana wants to use its public health savings account program for low-income adults to cover people who will become newly eligible for Medicaid under the federal health care law beginning in 2014.
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Indiana Legislature moves on without boycotting Dems

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma directed Republican committee chairmen to hold meetings starting this week to discuss Senate bills, even though no official action or votes can be taken until Democrats return and provide the quorum required by the state constitution.
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EEOC: Local bar fired worker over pregnancy

March 21, 2011
The federal agency is suing the owner of the Wild Beaver Saloon in Broad Ripple for allegedly firing an employee because of her pregnancy, which violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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