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Can Ball State University keep its vibrancy?

May 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Incoming President Paul W. Ferguson must escape harsh realities to continue the university's impressive gains.
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Big-rig seller Stoops to unload six-location dealership

May 23, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Stoops Freightliner, an Indianapolis truck and trailer dealer, has agreed to sell to a larger dealership after more than 25 years in business. Owner Jeff Stoops grew it into a $323 million firm with 563 employees.
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Indiana names new director of eco-devo office in Japan

May 23, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Toshikazu "Tony" Suzuki brings more than 40 years of executive and senior management experience, working in both Japan and the United States.
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HDG Mansur affiliates file Chapter 11 to halt $5.8M judgment

May 23, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The judgment in a New York court stems from allegations by a Sharia fund that the affiliates stole funds. HDG argued that it charged the additional fees to rectify a billing error.
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Indy 500 revels in tradition, embraces changes

May 23, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
The hallowed race is straddling a fine line as it tries to please longtime devotees and makes a raft of upgrades to the track and viewing experience designed to secure new fans.
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Judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Kroger

May 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The mother of an Indianapolis man shot at a Kroger by a store manager in what police said was an attempted robbery filed the suit in 2012.
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Ex-Lilly partner wins latest suit over Actos' cancer risk

May 23, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical was found not liable for the bladder cancer of two women who used its Actos diabetes medication in the company's latest trial over the drug. Actos was marketed for Takeda in the United States by Eli Lilly and Co. from July 1999 to March 2006.
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Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan center set for opening

May 23, 2014
Associated Press
The $26 million International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo is scheduled to open to the public Saturday. Zoo officials expect a tremendous attendance boost from the exhibit.
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Retailers see stagnating sales of consumer electronics

May 22, 2014
Associated Press
Already squeezed by tough competition from online retailers like Amazon.com and discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target, retailers like Best Buy and Sears have been cutting costs and revamping merchandise and store formats to attract customers.
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UPDATE: ITT's stock tumbles after report of loan losses

May 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services Inc. stock plunged more than 31 percent Thursday after it announced that it spent an extra $43.7 million in the first quarter to cover mounting losses on private student-loan programs.
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Ownership switch eyed for Anderson's Wigwam gym

May 22, 2014
Associated Press
Officials are working on the details of transferring ownership of Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium to the city as part of the effort to save it.
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UPDATE: Ball State chooses new president from Maine

May 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Ball State University’s trustees on Thursday named Paul W. Ferguson, the president of the University of Maine, to lead the 19,000-student campus in Muncie.
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UPDATE: Urban League CEO flexible on retirement date

May 22, 2014
Mason King
Civic and business leader Joseph Slash, 70, plans to move on soon, but is willing to wait for the search committee “to get it right.”
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Automated systems provider expands downtown

May 22, 2014
Mason King
Open Control Systems LLC is investing $1.6 million to renovate, equip and lease 14,000 square feet of space over two buildings at 905 N. Capitol Ave.
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State scrutiny of Village Pantry safety issues set to end

May 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The convenience store chain has been taking corrective action to better protect employees after the shootings of Indianapolis clerks in 2009 and 2011.
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State courts to switch to e-filing system in 2015

May 22, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Officials soon will seek competitive bids for a single statewide e-filing manager. Paper records likely will be phased out so clerks won't be burdened with overseeing two filing methods.
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Indiana's four largest cities see population surges

May 22, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The report says Indianapolis added an average of about 7,200 residents annually from 2010 to 2013, nearly twice its pace from 2000 to 2010.
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Ball State prepared to pick new president

May 22, 2014
Associated Press
The new president will replace Jo Ann Gora, who is retiring in June after 10 years leading the 18,000-student university.
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State approves rate hike for Citizens Thermal

May 21, 2014
Dan Human
Citizens Energy Group will raise rates for about 250 customers that use the utility’s steam and chilled water services.
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Former real estate broker faces felony charges

May 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Marion County prosecutor’s office said David Garden was charged with corrupt business influence, 11 counts of forgery and 15 counts of theft.
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Experts expect higher electric bills amid tighter pollution rules

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
The Energy Department predicts retail power prices will rise 4 percent on average this year, the biggest increase since 2008. By 2020, prices are expected to climb an additional 13 percent, a forecast that does not include the costs of coming environmental rules.
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Three Catholic parishes in Indianapolis to close

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
Holy Trinity, Holy Cross and St. Bernadette parishes will be merged into nearby parishes under the changes announced Wednesday by Archbishop Joseph Tobin.
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Republic Airways considers ending $3B jet order

May 21, 2014
Bloomberg News
The 40 Bombardier CS300 aircraft on order at Republic Airways Holdings Inc. are no longer a top priority as the Indianapolis-based company returns to its roots as a provider of regional flights for larger carriers, CEO Bryan Bedford said.
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Report: School counselors doing less counseling

May 21, 2014
 The Statehouse File
A new report finds school counselors in Indiana are focusing an increasing amount of time on work that’s not associated with their primary roles as advisers and less time helping kids deal with life issues or college and job preparation.
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HDG Mansur affiliate losing ownership of Market Tower

May 21, 2014
Scott Olson
A Marion Superior Court judge on Tuesday entered a judgment to foreclose on the downtown building after MT Acquisitions LLC failed to pay its nearly $60 million mortgage balance.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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