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Ballard proposes $50M preschool program as part of crime initiative

July 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday proposed a 5-year program to pay for preschool for 4-year-olds from low-income families. He also floated hiring another 280 police officers. The cost to the average household would be $86 per year.
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Indy Fuel inks broadcast agreement with WRTV

July 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The city's new professional hockey team, the Indy Fuel, said Wednesday that it has reached a broadcast agreement with WRTV Channel 6 to televise the team's 36 home games during the 2014-15 season.
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WellPoint beats expectations despite smaller profit

July 30, 2014
Associated Press, J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.'s profit fell in the second quarter, but still topped Wall Street's expectations. The health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast and projections for enrollment in its health plans.
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Marketing firm hired to find Fairgrounds Coliseum sponsor

July 30, 2014
Scott Olson
Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment announced Tuesday that it’s been retained to secure a naming-rights sponsor for the recently renovated coliseum.
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For-profit colleges tap GI Bill loophole for business

July 30, 2014
Bloomberg News
The so-called “90/10 rule” limits a for-profit college to getting no more than 90 percent of its revenue from the government. However, veterans’ and military tuition programs are excluded from the cap, and the colleges have aggressively recruited from the military.
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Pence wants immigrant children returned to home countries

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Pence said Tuesday he did not learn about the placement of more than 200 immigrant children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports. Thousands of unaccompanied children have migrated to the U.S. illegally this year.
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Connecticut nixes rate increase by WellPoint subsidiary

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Anthem told regulators that the 12.5-percent rate increase was needed because of higher costs for medical services, pharmaceuticals and fees levied by the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.
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Soldiers get $92M in debt relief under settlement

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Thirteen states, including Indiana, have settled an investigation into improper lending with a court agreement that is expected to provide $92 million in debt relief for 17,800 U.S. military personnel.
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Three-drink limit for beer, wine at Indiana State Fair

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Strict limits will be in place when the Indiana State Fair sells alcoholic drinks for the first since 1946 when its 17-day run begins Friday.
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UPDATE: Court allows education board lawsuit to proceed

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
A Marion County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed against members of the State Board of Education that alleges public access violations.
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Church wants to put sewer-overflow plan on hold

July 29, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
A Carmel church is asking a Clay Township utility to withdraw its offer to buy part of the church's land for a sewer-overflow tank so that church officials can conduct research and meet with neighbors for input.
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NCAA settles head injury suit, will change rules

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
In a deal expected to "change college sports forever," the NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma.
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Shopping mall owner offers $5.6B for competitor

July 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
Klepierre SA, which is partly owned by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, has offered to buy Dutch competitor Corio NV to solidify its position as Europe’s second-largest publicly traded-shopping mall operator.
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Indiana BMV asks court to delay vanity plate sales

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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Hunt Construction acquired by L.A. engineering firm

July 29, 2014
Scott Olson
The city's largest construction contractor, whose local projects include Lucas Oil Stadium and the JW Marriott hotel, has been acquired by Los Angeles-based engineering firm Aecom Technology Corp.
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Speedway roundabout expected to spur economic development

July 29, 2014
Scott Olson
The reconfiguring of the roadways represents the town's latest attempt to become a year-round racing destination.
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Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks.
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Study: 35 percent in U.S. facing debt collectors

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.
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CNO sees higher earnings, revenue in latest quarter

July 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
CNO Financial Group Inc. earned $78.1 million compared with profit of $77.1 million in the same period of 2013.
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Pennsylvania reps ask NCAA to halt Penn State sanctions

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports' governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State University imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
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State campaign pushes students to finish college on time

July 28, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
The statewide effort is designed to push more Indiana students to graduate from college on time by completing at least 15 credits each semester.
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'Test jury' gauged in Indianapolis home blast case

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Prosecutors and attorneys for one of the suspects in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion began assessing Monday whether they can assemble an impartial jury successfully in the city where it happened.
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Deal worth $17B aimed at improving veteran health care

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
The bipartisan agreement includes $10 billion in to make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with Veterans Affairs doctors to obtain outside care; $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff; and about $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country.
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Roche drug trial backs Lilly on Alzheimer’s findings

July 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
Results of a Roche clinical trial mirror those produced by an experimental Lilly drug two years ago. Lilly executives say that validates their approach in the multi-billion-dollar race to market the first drug to reverse Alzheimer's.
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U.S. companies increasingly fish for growth overseas

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Few U.S. industries are tying their fortunes to overseas markets as aggressively as the technology sector, where new sources of revenue are often just a matter of equipping people with a computing device and an Internet connection.
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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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