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Daniels criticized for lopping costs on I-69 extension

July 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Detractors of new-terrain route say cost cuts undermine economic development premise for extending the interstate.
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Indianapolis Indians scoring sponsorship, attendance increases

July 24, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Minor-league baseball team could be in line to register another $1 million profit thanks to improvements in sponsorship sales and attendance.
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Big budget cuts will make for bitter state politics

July 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
As Indiana's reserves dwindle toward zero and federal stimulus money disappears, trying to keep political debate friendly and the budget in the black will be quite a challenge. Half a year before they must craft the next state budget, Democrats and Republicans already are squabbling.
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High-end home market hits foreclosure lullRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Norm Heikens
Until this year, Indiana's foreclosure epidemic knew no demographic boundaries. But suddenly that’s changed. Since March, not a single foreclosure on a house priced at $1 million or more has been filed in the Indianapolis area—a possible sign of better times for uber-expensive homes.
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Opponents claim I-69 extension a drain on other road projects

July 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Some opponents of the Interstate 69 extension says it’s not too late to kill the project even though concrete has been poured for two miles in southern Indiana, and another 60 miles or so is under construction or in an engineering phase.
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SHOUP: Emancipation is near for independent contractorsRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Steve Shoup
State regulators are gearing up to crack down on companies thought to be treating people as though they are independent contractors instead of employees.
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'Landstory' name opens new chapter for firmRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Moniker reflects ownership change years earlier, better description of company's focus.
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Indianapolis Star to be laid out in Louisville; local jobs likely lost

July 24, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Virginia-based Gannett Co., the Star’s parent company, this month informed employees of a plan to move layout and design work for its 83 dailies to five regional design hubs.
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Local investors make big bet on senior housingRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
With the first baby boomers set to turn 65 in six months, investments in senior housing are heating up. A group of Indianapolis-area professionals—including Mark Waterfill (left) and Tony Schantz—have banded together to launch three senior housing projects around the state, spending $49 million and looking to do more.
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Financial upheaval produced war stories galoreRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Norm Heikens
The foreclosure epidemic has left a wake of carnage in the Indianapolis area.
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Indianapolis City Ballet organizers proceeding slowlyRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local arts patrons Jane Fortune and her longtime partner Robert Hesse started City Ballet in the spring of 2009, but it was more of a pitch than a reality. More than a year later, organization leaders are still not sure when they will hire their own dancers.
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Mind Trust education fund launches national networkRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
The organization uses its money to lure national reform programs like Teach for America to the city and to fund education entrepreneurship fellows to launch innovative programs for schoolchildren in Indianapolis.
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Federal agents' raid hits University Loft at tough timeRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Military contracts have helped shore up sagging sales at University Loft Co., the furniture maker federal agents raided two weeks ago. Still, University Loft's work force is almost 50 percent off its recent peak.
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Judge rules against Inlow heirs

July 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
Hamilton County Judge Steve Nation ruled Friday that the heirs of former Conseco Inc. executive Lawrence Inlow failed to justify their attempt to remove Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank as the fiduciary of his estate.
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Hoosier Energy reaches settlement with EPA

July 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rural electric cooperative to pay civil penalty of nearly $1 million for not using most modern pollution controls. Hoosier Energy also to spend up to $300 million on pollution controls at coal-fired plants.
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Key city highway to be closed for beautification project

July 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Commuters and truckers could get an all-day headache when Interstate 70 closes in October to allow Eli Lilly and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to spruce up part of the city.
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INSIDE DISH: Reviving an iconic east-side diner

July 23, 2010
Mason King
Dish_steerin_watchvideoHarold's Steer-In was on its last legs when the Kehrer family decided to rehabilitate the beloved eatery. After a slow start, sales are stampeding.
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Small business lending measure clears filibuster

July 23, 2010
Associated Press
Community banks may soon be able tap a $30 billion government fund to help them increase lending to small businesses.
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Integra Bank unloads five Kentucky branches

July 23, 2010
Transaction is part of Evansville-based Integra's plan to narrow its geographic footprint, CEO Michael J. Alley said. The bank has 59 branches in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio.
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Proposal: Link federal aid to performance of ITT, peers

July 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Obama administration released a proposal that would tighten for-profit colleges’ access to federal student aid, threatening an industry that received $26.5 billion in U.S. funds last year. Carmel-based ITT Educational Services is among those potentially affected.
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Elevated jobless claims point to weak labor market

July 22, 2010
Associated Press
The sharp increase comes after claims fell steeply two weeks ago to their lowest level since August 2008. But much of that drop was driven by temporary seasonal factors and not an improving job market.
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Federal government asking questions about lease deals

July 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The federal government is asking questions about how the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration handles office leasing after an IBJ investigation raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.
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Carpenters union to unveil new training facility

July 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The recent dearth of construction activity has been an opportunity of sorts for the Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters: During the slowdown, the trade group built a $13 million training facility and administrative building in Greenwood.
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ITT Educational posts profit, raises forecast

July 22, 2010
The Carmel-based operator of for-profit colleges saw its profit increase to $96 million in the second quarter, while enrollment jumped 10 percent.
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Lilly's second-quarter profits surge 16 percent

July 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. recorded profits of $1.3 billion, or $1.22 per share, during the three months ended June 30, even after paying $27 million in severance to laid off employees.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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