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Expert: Indiana an island of drought in Ohio Valley

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's official climatologist says Indiana is drier than surrounding states.
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Indiana pumpkin patches, orchards see visitors swell

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
Attractions like apple orchards and corn mazes are reporting bigger crowds this year, especially with cooler temperatures and dry weather.
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'Ghost' students cost Indiana $94 million in 2009

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana practice of paying schools for students no longer in attendance illustrates the need for changes in how schools are funded, the state's top education official says.
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New grads struggle to put education to work

October 2, 2010
Joe Jasinski
In May, only one-quarter of 2010 college graduates who applied for a job actually received one, compared with more than half in 2007. About as many college graduates of all ages also are plagued by underemployment, working jobs below their skill level—including Butler grad Tom Otero.
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Health reform forces providers, insurers to lay aside rivalriesRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In this new age of health care, ushered in by President Obama’s signing in March of a sweeping health care reform law, health care players are encouraged to remove the gloves if they want to reap the benefits of reform.
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Reform will boost health care costs, Indianapolis panel predicts

October 2, 2010
Health care
                           watch videoRising costs aren't the only impact of reform, say panelists taking part in a Power Breakfast sponsored by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Legal fight over Pan Am Plaza outpaces redevelopmentRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Plaintiffs are challenging the city's 2007 decision to waive a hefty fee that otherwise would have been required to redevelop the crumbling site.
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Republic's big moves pay off, but rival airline's deal poses threatRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Republic Airways Holdings not only beat analysts' second-quarter estimates this year, but also posted a profit. But just weeks after the new player in scheduled service announced those solid results, arch-enemy Southwest Airlines announced it was buying AirTran for $1 billion.
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Firms with jobs ask for the moon; governments here show restraint

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Businesses have always held the upper hand in negotiating for incentives with local government, but the past couple of years have given rise to the most intensely competitive economic development environment since the early 1980s.
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Cultural Trail to hire first executive directorRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new not-for-profit organization will try to raise more than $700,000 a year for the trail’s ongoing maintenance, and it will market the trail as a tourism and economic-development engine.
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Ex-manager accuses Butler Kia of keeping violent employeeRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A former sales manager at Butler Kia alleges a co-worker pulled a gun on employees—yet was kept on the job for several months afterward.
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City halts apartment developer

October 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Near North Development Corp. asked the city in a Sept. 2 e-mail to compare the renderings for the Di Rimini apartment project at 733 N. Capital Ave. with what was actually taking shape. A week later, the Department of Code Enforcement issued a stop-work order for the project.
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State auto jobs creeping up againRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Employment in Indiana’s auto industry has stabilized, and manufacturers even are hiring in small numbers. Hoosier automakers and parts suppliers added 10,000 workers this year through August, bringing total employment in the sector to 100,400.
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Heightened competition puts mayors on hot seat

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Elected officials are struggling to know how to respond to the weak economy and constituent demands for jobs.
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Angie's List investors not ready to cash in yet

October 2, 2010
Greg Andrews
The 15-year-old company now has raised nearly $100 million in debt and equity financing and backing from individuals.
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Stanley moving production to new Greenfield plant

October 1, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker Inc. plans to combine two of its manufacturing operations at a new facility in Greenfield, transferring about 100 workers from Shelbyville and adding as many as 80 jobs in the next two years.
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Biglari adjusts controversial pay proposal

October 1, 2010
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Steak n Shake restaurants has scaled back a controversial pay package for its CEO in hopes of securing shareholder approval of the plan at a rescheduled special meeting.
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Hiring students to replace guards may violate federal rules

October 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art's plan to employ 100 students through a federally funded work-study program is on hold, pending a compliance review by IUPUI.
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Furniture distributor plans Gas City operations

October 1, 2010
New Jersey-based Munire Furniture says it will locate its U.S. manufacturing headquarters in Gas City, with plans to create as many as 100 jobs by the end of the year and as many as 350 by 2013.
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Hudnut joins D.C. office of local lobbying firm

October 1, 2010
Hudnut will represent clients in federal government matters for Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, an Indianapolis-based lobbying firm. The former four-term Indianapolis mayor served the city from 1976 to 1992.
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Circle City Classic organizers look to boost 27-year-old event

October 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A management shift and a renewed marketing effort that includes new attractions and increased advertising in key markets has Circle City Classic organizers optimistic about the annual event's future.
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Drugmakers’ ‘doughnut hole’ deal to shave sales

October 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Drugmakers including Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. may provide more than $2 billion in drug discounts to senior citizens next year under a deal pharmaceutical companies made with the White House.
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Feds charge 3rd man with Clean Water violations

September 30, 2010
Associated Press
Joseph Biggio, who was executive vice president of operations at Ecological Systems Inc. from 2001 through 2007, was charged Thursday with two counts of violating the Clean Water Act and one count of making false statements.
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Indiana Supreme Court rulings uphold casino rights

September 30, 2010
Associated Press
The court issued a pair of split rulings bolstering the rights of casinos by ruling against a woman who said a riverboat preyed on her gambling addiction and a card counter who sued for the right to play blackjack.
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EEOC suing local hotel for race discrimination

September 30, 2010
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's lawsuit against the owners of a Hampton Inn on the east side charges that the hotel treated black housekeepers unfairly.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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