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IUPUI plans to build $45 million residence hall

August 8, 2014
Jeff Newman
IUPUI hopes to build a $45 million residence hall for 700 students on the campus in time for the 2016-17 academic year, the university announced Friday afternoon.
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UPDATE: Cool summer sets hopes for record harvest

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce record crops this year as a mild summer has provided optimum growing conditions.
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State needs better water management, report says

August 8, 2014
Associated Press, Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce warns that demand for water from businesses and residents could outstrip the available supply in coming decades.
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NCAA decision paves way for more aid to athletes

August 8, 2014
Bloomberg News
The changes may further increase the wealth gap between the 65 schools in the top five conferences and the rest of the Indianapolis-based NCAA’s roughly 350 Division I members.
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U.S. worker productivity recovers after steep fall

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Friday that that productivity increased 2.5 percent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, after plummeting 4.5 percent in the first quarter.
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Report: Indiana consumer spending rebounds from recession

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
A new report by the U.S. Commerce Department shows that consumer spending in Indiana has rebounded from the end of the Great Recession faster than the national average.
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State agency says it lacks adoption subsidy money

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Child Services says it isn't paying subsidies to parents who adopted special-needs children out of foster care because the state Legislature hasn't appropriated enough money.
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Delayed Sugar Creek food plant may operate by next summer

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
A food processing plant that's expected to bring 400 jobs to eastern Indiana should begin operations in July 2015, a top company official says.
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Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday.
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Mike's Carwash splitting into two companies

August 7, 2014
Scott Olson
The central Indiana locations of Mike's will undergo a name change as part of the reorganization and will be called Crew Carwash effective Oct. 5. Other locations in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky will retain the Mike's name.
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Local Goodwill boss McClelland set to retire in mid-2015

August 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
After four decades at the helm of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, CEO Jim McClelland plans to step down at the end of June.
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Pennsylvania, NCAA seek time for talks in Penn State suit

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
Lawyers for the NCAA, the governor of Pennsylvania and others asked a judge to give them a month to work on a possible settlement of a lawsuit over the penalties Penn State University is paying for mishandling the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
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NCAA grants more power to five biggest conferences

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA Board of Directors overwhelmingly passed historic reforms Thursday that will give the five biggest conferences, including the Big Ten, the ability to unilaterally change some basic rules governing college sports.
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Hospital services center to hire up to 320 workers

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
An affiliate of Lutheran Health Network in northeast Indiana that concentrates on health-related businesses services expects to nearly triple its workforce.
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ITT Educational scrutiny spreads to college’s lenders

August 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
For-profit college ITT Educational Services Inc., already under pressure from the U.S. Education Department, is facing stricter terms from lenders that could put its operations at risk.
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Baldwin & Lyons' profit surges on big investment gains

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Of the insurer's $9.3 million in profit in the second quarter, only $4.1 million was attributed to its core operations.
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Finance company cutting 170 jobs in Evansville

August 7, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Springleaf Finance, a division of Springleaf Holdings Inc., has told state officials that it will permanently close its 170-worker mortgage servicing center in Evansville.
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Calumet Specialty takes loss after refinery slowdown

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP suffered a bigger-than-expected second-quarter loss, partly due to a 30-day slowdown for maintenance at its refinery in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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Celadon misses mark despite jump in revenue, profit

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Celadon Group Inc. on Wednesday afternoon reported surging profit and revenue in its latest quarter, but its performance fell short of analyst expectations.
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Bank of America close to record settlement with U.S.

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
Bank of America is nearing a $16 billion to $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
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City OKs $10M in street upgrades for natatorium plan

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission on Wednesday approved $10 million in downtown tax-increment financing funds to pay for street improvements on the IUPUI campus. The contribution works in conjunction with IUPUI's $20 million overhaul of the IU Natatorium.
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Indiana agrees to $3M settlement in school test hitch

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's state schools superintendent says she has reached a $3 million settlement with CTB/McGraw-Hill after disruptions to standardized tests last year.
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Rush named first female Indiana Supreme Court chief justice

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
Loretta Rush, a longtime juvenile court judge who joined the Indiana Supreme Court in 2012, was unanimously chosen as the state's first female chief justice Wednesday, setting the stage for what could be a long run at the court's helm.
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UPDATE: City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Despite heavy lobbying from opponents, the Indianapolis Board of Public Works on Wednesday voted 4-1 in favor of a contract extension with incinerator operator Covanta that will make the company the city's main household recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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Vote would let big conferences set their own rules

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA board of directors will vote Thursday on a proposal that would give the five wealthiest college football conferences the ability to make rules and pass legislation without the approval of the rest of Division I schools.
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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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