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Anderson bridge replacement denied federal money

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
Local officials say they're moving ahead with plans to replace a main bridge over the White River into downtown Anderson despite the $15 million project being rejected for a federal grant.
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USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
The farmers won't be able to take full advantage of the seeds until the EPA issues a second ruling allowing the use of weed killer Enlist. The EPA has said it will rule this fall on Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences' application to market the chemical.
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Abortion-related complaints filed against doctors

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office filed licensing complaints Wednesday against an Illinois doctor facing misdemeanor charges in Indiana and against three physicians who perform abortions in Indianapolis.
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Indiana asks tollway firm to prove financial stability

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
The state agency that oversees the Indiana Toll Road has given the highway's debt-saddled private operator until late November to prove that it's meeting its debt obligations.
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Kohl's plans surge in holiday hiring nationally, locally

September 17, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
About 2,000 of those hirings will take place in Indiana, including about 900 in the Indianapolis area. Kohl's has 39 stores in Indiana, and 18 in the metro area.<
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Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
The Fed said it planned to keep its benchmark rate near zero as long as inflation remains under control, until it sees consistent gains in wage growth, long-term unemployment and other gauges of the job market.
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GIPC taps Indy Chamber exec as new director

September 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee on Wednesday announced the selection of Molly Deuberry as its new executive director.
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Community Health plans $175M expansion of East facilities

September 17, 2014
J.K. Wall
Community executives said the investment and projects, which will begin this fall and extend over several years, prove their long-term commitment to the east side of the city.
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Effort to unify Marion County school calendars fails

September 17, 2014
 Scott Elliott, Chalkbeat Indiana
A major barrier was the fact that different local unions represent the teachers in different districts, and those union contracts didn’t match up in a variety of ways.
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FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs as online demand rises

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
Rival UPS says it will hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers. Both companies are benefiting from growth in online shopping.
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Republic Airways makes $2.1B order for 50 jets

September 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Republic will take 50 of Embraer’s current-version E175 aircraft and fly them for United Airlines under the United Express brand, the companies said Wednesday.
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Purdue set to dedicate new engineering hall

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University on Friday plans to dedicate a new $39 million engineering building the school hopes can help meet the nation's growing demand for engineers.
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Dems block funding for preschool plan as meeting erupts

September 16, 2014
 Chalkbeat Indiana
The Indianapolis City-County Council’s finance committee voted to table funding for Mayor Greg Ballard’s $50 million preschool expansion plan and quickly adjourned a three-hour meeting Tuesday night despite protests.
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Caterpillar chief: Indiana growing more competitive

September 16, 2014
Norm Heikens
CEO Doug Oberhelman said Tuesday that government overhauls and an aggressive economic development policy have made the state among the most attractive for investment.
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State Farm denied new trial on $14.5M defamation verdict

September 16, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The $14.5 million defamation verdict awarded against State Farm in favor of a Fishers-based contractor who accused the insurer of defaming him remains in place after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected the company's request for a new trial.
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BMV announces overcharges of about $29 million

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced about 180,000 people will be getting excise tax refunds because their vehicles were improperly classified during registration over the past decade.
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Local mayors tout plan for Red Line transit route

September 16, 2014
The mayors of Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield and Greenwood on Tuesday announced a potential plan and a timetable for The Red Line, a proposed rapid-transit all-electric bus route that would stretch 28 miles from Hamilton County to Johnson County.
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UPDATE: Indiana rail upgrade decision expected this fall

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
The proposal from Louisville & Indiana Railroad and CSX Transportation would allow the line between Indianapolis and Louisville to handle larger and faster trains.
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Traffic reporter, sales chief leave WISH ahead of CBS pullout

September 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The loss of Julie Patterson and Julie Zoumbaris comes as Channel 8 prepares for life without its CBS affiliation and tries to make long-term deals with advertisers.
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FDA set to review testosterone-boosting drug usage

September 16, 2014
Bloomberg News
Testosterone supplements used last year by about 2.3 million men are spurring debates over how necessary and safe they may be, even as U.S. regulators consider approving a new product.
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Area homebuilding permits hit August decline

September 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Permit filings for home construction in central Indiana fell 4 percent in August, the second straight month of declining activity in the homebuilding market.
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Toyota adding 180 jobs at Indiana factory

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
Strong sales for the Highlander and Sequoia SUVs as well as Sienna minivans have boosted production at the 4,700-worker factory near Princeton.
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Simon spinoff plans $4.3B merger with Ohio mall firm

September 16, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Washington Prime Group Inc. has agreed to buy Glimcher Realty Trust of Columbus, Ohio, in a deal valued at about $4.3 billion when including assumed debt. As part of the transaction, Simon Property Group will acquire two malls for $1.09 billion in cash.
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Cummins selects firm to design downtown office building

September 16, 2014
Scott Olson
The firm has chosen New York-based Deborah Berke Partners to design its $30 million global distribution headquarters that will be built on part of the site where Market Square Arena once stood.
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Greenwood eyes more land for development along I-65

September 16, 2014
Scott Olson
Though plans for a $22 million hotel and indoor sports complex seem in jeopardy, the city of Greenwood has other projects in the works along Interstate 65, including a new interchange and possibly an apartment development.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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