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WellPoint, peers focus on health reform rules, campaign

August 3, 2010
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and three other health insurers, criticized by Democrats during the health care reform debate, are seeking to influence how the new law will be implemented, and possibly change it, by campaigning for supportive congressional candidates.
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IU gets $9.2 million grant for 2 global networks

August 3, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana University has won a $9.2 million federal grant to lead two high-speed global networks intended to boost scientific collaborations between U.S., European and Asian researchers.
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Indianapolis making contingency plan for Super Bowl

August 2, 2010
Associated Press
NFL officials and the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee have a contingency plan if a work stoppage postpones the 2012 Super Bowl.
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UPDATE: Walgreens goes 0-for-4 in pursuit of liquor permits

August 2, 2010
Scott Olson
Drug store chain pulls two applications, while local board rejects its request to sell booze at a store on East Washington Street and deadlocks on a 2-2 vote regarding a store on East 86th Street.
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Enforcement lax on teen-driver mobile-phone ban

August 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana State Police report ticketing only one driver for violating the cell phone ban, and a state agency that tracks infractions for 160 police departments could find just two other citations.
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Film advocate Heartland aims to raise $12.5 million

August 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is well on its way to raising $12.5 million to use for numerous film-related projects, the group announced Monday morning during a press conference featuring director Rob Reiner.
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Celadon reports higher quarterly, fiscal-year profit

August 2, 2010
CEO Steve Russell attributed the improved earnings to a recovering freight environment, coupled with a decrease in competition. Celadon also is benefiting from increased trade with Mexico.
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Senator asks Zimmer for info about product complaints

July 31, 2010
Bloomberg News
Inquiry stemmed from an article in the New York Times about a dispute between the Warsaw-based maker of artificial hip and knee joints and two of its consultants.
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Candidates for Indiana Supreme Court narrowed to three

July 31, 2010
Associated Press
One of the finalists, Marion Superior Court Judge Robyn Moberly, would be the first woman on the state's highest court since 1999.
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Bed-and-breakfasts complain of inferior ICVA support

July 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local B&B operators squeezed by the economy, including Gary Hofmeister, claim they could be doing better if they got some support from the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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Brickyard decline not good for IRL

July 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Motorsports insiders think the Brickyard 400’s declining fortunes will hasten the Hulman-George family’s decision on the future of the Indy Racing League, which the NASCAR race has helped subsidize.
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Quick hits: Indianapolis and Kansas City are close match in tourism

July 31, 2010
Indianapolis and Kansas City, a metro area with feet in both Missouri and Kansas, are not only similar demographically, but the cities' convention and tourism trades have some measures in common, like number of annual visitors.
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Hotel operator says Indy hospitality growth spottyRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Norm Heikens
Convention center is sparking optimism, Schahet says, but overall market is still soft.
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Mug shots drive sales for startup weekly newspaperRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The tabloid relies on the same open-records laws that give mainstream news outlets access to information about arrests, including photos.
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Upstart automaker Bright faces tough road in competitive nicheRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Two years after Bright Automotive was founded, the prospect of thousands of Indiana factory workers cranking out Bright’s 100-mile-per-gallon “IDEA” delivery vans by 2012 seems dim.
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State steps up chase for data centersRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jam-packed with expensive equipment, data centers represent huge capital investments in a relatively small footprint. That can mean steep property tax bills, though Indiana allows communities to exempt a portion of that tax. Jobs-hungry Indiana is eager to attract more of these climate-controlled computing fortresses.
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UIndy forges relationships between schools and bizRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Business leaders often criticize schools, but sometimes have little first-hand experiences with them.
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Preferred-shareholders group may thwart buyout of Emmis

July 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Emmis Communications Corp. Chairman Jeff Smulyan’s effort to take the media company private could be derailed by a band of preferred stockholders who oppose the plan.
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Ex-Dow AgroSciences employee accused of stealing trade secrets

July 31, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Ke-xue Huang, a native of China's Hunan province, of stealing trade secrets of a Dow AgroSciences insecticide and giving them to the People's Republic of China. Federal agents arrested the former Dow Agro scientist July 13 in Westboro, Mass.
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New law takes American Health Network full circleRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Ben Park joined Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 1993 to start a large group of primary care physicians who would institute a concept called managed care. Now American Health Network is well-positioned to take advantage of the new version of managed care, called accountable care.
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Judge halts distribution of assets from Simon estate

July 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Hamilton County judge has ordered a halt to distributions from the estate of the late Melvin Simon to his widow Bren or any other beneficiary without the court's approval.
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Publisher's book fair questioned amid financial troubles

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Charity event scheduled for July 31 is postponed again as complaints against New Century Publishing mount.
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Secretary of state candidate leaves architectural firm

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Vop Osili of Indianapolis-based A2SO4 is focusing full time on his run for secretary of state as the Democratic candidate.
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INSIDE DISH: Italian eatery thrives despite early blunders

July 30, 2010
Mason King
Matteo Watch VideoFor Matteo and Emily Di Rosa, the sustained profitability of Matteo's Ristorante Italiano is even sweeter in light of the errors of naivete made at the start.
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Attorneys finish arguments on Simon estate issue

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Bren Simon's stepchildren contend she's incapable of serving as trustee of her late husband's estate and should be removed. A Hamilton Superior Court judge took the matter under advisement and will rule at a later date.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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