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New airport-area hotel will be rarity in market

July 1, 2014
Scott Olson
Holladay Properties and Schahet Hotels Inc. are partnering on a new full-service Holiday Inn that's expected to open early next year.
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New Under Armour line excites Notre Dame fans

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
The contract, which makes the company Notre Dame's official outfitter, is reportedly the largest deal in the history of college athletics.
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Key aide to Pence heading back to private sector

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday that Deputy Chief of Staff Marilee Springer would be returning to Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller.
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Local software startup plans expansion, 74 hires

July 1, 2014
Dan Human
Software startup Lesson.ly LLC is looking for new space to accomodate the expansion. It is eyeing three possible locations, all downtown, and it will likely move within the next three months, CEO Max Yoder said.
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Indiana requests new No Child Left Behind waiver

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
At stake is control over a portion of the more than $200 million in federal "Title I" education funding that Indiana receives each year.
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Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
A former Army captain, Robert McDonald would bring a blend of corporate and military experience to a bureaucracy reeling from revelations of chronic, system-wide failure and veterans dying while on long waiting lists for treatment.
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Indy lands huge volleyball event with $59M impact

June 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis is expecting 15,000 athletes and 30,000 spectators for the 2016 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.
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INDOT chooses Chicago firm for Amtrak line

June 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Transportation said Monday that it selected Corridor Capital LLC of Chicago to run the endangered Hoosier State passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago.
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Concerns raised over possible rate hike for electric cars

June 30, 2014
Alec Gray, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and Rep. Cherrish Pryor are both voicing concerns about a potential rate increase proposed by Indianapolis Power & Light that could help fund some of the start-up costs for the BlueIndy electric-car-sharing project.
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Report: Indiana boasts four nation-leading life sciences clusters

June 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
The areas around each of Indiana’s research university campuses—Bloomington, Indianapolis, Lafayette and South Bend—all boast outsize concentration of life sciences workers. Yet the state still lags on research, development and investment funding.
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Tech firm plans 400 jobs in Kokomo, Carmel

June 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Systems in Motion LLC, a California-based technology consulting firm, expects to invest up to $5.4 million to lease, renovate and equip its new digs.
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UPDATE: Butler warns students, staff, alums of data breach

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The school says the exposed information includes birthdates, social security numbers and bank account information of about 163,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni.
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High court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks — and bank accounts — in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers.
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Justices: Some employers don't have to cover birth control

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
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GOP bucking business priorities on Capitol Hill

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying in Washington, D.C., where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade.
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Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

June 29, 2014
Associated Press
President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive and Indiana native Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by problems.
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Manchester University exceeds $100 million target

June 29, 2014
Associated Press
Manchester University has exceeded a $100 million fundraising goal 18 months ahead of its deadline, and retiring President Jo Young Switzer is receiving much of the credit.
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Officials: Indiana's limestone industry on upswing

June 28, 2014
Associated Press
The limestone industry is thriving again with many companies reporting orders are up following a drop in business during the recession, a trade association spokesman says.
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Flurry of new laws set to take effect in Indiana

June 28, 2014
Associated Press
Beginning Tuesday, guns will be allowed in school parking lots, beer and alcohol will be legal for sale at the Indiana State Fair and veterans will have more support from the state as they seek new careers.
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Golf-soccer hybrid tees off at five Indiana courses

June 28, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Burned by the economic meltdown and the scorching summer of 2012, five Indiana golf courses are rolling out a new game this year in hopes of bringing a little more green to their greens.
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Home buyer tastes have shifted since housing bust

June 28, 2014
Scott Olson
Old standbys are have been replaced by new features and colors. The changes range from rooms to styles.
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Mansion restoration is dream come true for new owners

June 28, 2014
Sam Stall
David and Alice Berger have sank more than five years of effort into bringing the former Lacy property back to its industrial era grandeur.
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At-Home Quarterly Marketplace

June 28, 2014
See the prices Indianapolis-area houses are selling for along with the most expensive recent sale, and a map of where people born out of state are most likely to live.
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East-side associations fight gas-station plan

June 28, 2014
Scott Olson
A property owner’s plans to convert the northwest corner of East 10th Street and Emerson Avenue into a convenience store and gas station are causing consternation among neighborhood leaders who hope to stop the project.
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Leaders navigate politics of infrastructure repairs

June 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis doesn’t have a long-term street paving plan, and as political leaders look to spend at least $300 million more on infrastructure, the city appears more vulnerable than its peers to partisan bickering.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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