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UPDATE: Appeals court upholds state's right-to-work law

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
The split decision from a three-judge federal panel in Chicago leaves the matter with the Indiana Supreme Court, which is set to hear oral arguments later this week.
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UPDATE: NFL suspends Irsay for 6 games, fines him $500,000

September 2, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended for six games and fined a maximum $500,000 by the National Football League for violating the league's personal conduct policy, the NFL said Tuesday.
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St. Vincent considers $14M sports performance facility at Marian

September 2, 2014
Jeff Newman
Marian University, St. Vincent Health and four amateur sports groups have entered into formal discussions that could result in major developments at the northwest-side campus, the university announced Tuesday.
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Simon estate in Carmel hits market for $25 million

September 2, 2014
Mason King
The 106-acre property includes a 50,000-square-foot mansion and private, 18-hole golf course. Mel Simon and his wife, Bren, had been working on disposing of the home even before the billionaire’s death in September 2009.
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UPDATE: Irsay pleads guilty to misdemeanor in drug case

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
Colts owner Jim Irsay will be on probation for a year and be required to submit to drug tests. His driver's license has been suspended for one year.
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Feds: AIT's Evans 'unjustly enriched' himself in sale to employees

September 2, 2014
J.K. Wall
Just three months before the parent company of AIT Laboratories was sold in 2009 to its employees for $90 million, it was appraised for $17.1 million, according to a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit.
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Youth services group names successor for longtime leader

September 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
AYS Inc. has chosen the second CEO in the not-for-profit’s 34-year history, the youth-services organization announced Tuesday.
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Firefighters union hopes concession wins project OK

September 2, 2014
Scott Olson
The union is promising to keep a parking lot it wants to build as part of an expansion at a key Massachusetts Avenue intersection in that use for just five years to help win approval of the project.
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Indians cross home with record attendance blast

September 2, 2014
Mason King
Throwing up big numbers in the bottom of the ninth, the Indianapolis Indians established a new single-season attendance record for Victory Field on Saturday in the team's last home game.
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MainGate, NCAA team up on apparel deal

September 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
MainGate Inc. has reached an exclusive agreement to produce official apparel for more than 25,000 volunteers at NCAA championship sports events, the Indianapolis-based merchandising company announced Tuesday.
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Self-made developer, Castleton pioneer Peterson dies at 84

September 2, 2014
Cory Schouten
Howard C. Peterson, an enterprising bricklayer who went on to build a prolific development company that transformed Indianapolis' north side with massive office complexes, died Friday after a long illness. He was 84.
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WTHR-TV, DirecTV fail to reach fee agreement

September 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
WTHR-TV Channel 13 was no longer available to DirecTV customers on Monday after the Indianapolis station and the satellite-TV provider failed to reach an agreement in their ongoing dispute over fees.
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Fee approved for Vectren to replace Indiana pipes

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission gives Vectren permission to charge a monthly fee to cover 80 percent of the project's estimated $865 million cost. The fee will show up on customer bills starting in 2015 and continue through 2021.
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RV industry leaders say rebound picking up speed

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Key manufacturers and suppliers have announced recent expansions, the stock market is at an all-time high, and consumers are more confident in the future, industry leaders say.
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Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's gay marriage ban in the Constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.
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Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

August 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.
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Infighting bogs down digital billboards

August 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County is an untapped market for digital billboards despite years of lobbying by sign companies, and it’s not because of political opposition to the large, lighted signs. What’s holding back changes to the city code is industry feuding over the form of regulations that could determine their future market share.
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Blood Center retrenches after losing major clients to Red Cross

August 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Blood Center is set to lose more than one-third of its revenue early next year, as three hospital systems bolt for cheaper prices offered by the American Red Cross.
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Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

August 30, 2014
Associated Press
With the school year underway, teachers are still scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state's new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of the new curriculum.
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Fair Finance judge throws out $33M Dan Laikin judgment

August 30, 2014
Greg Andrews
The ruling is a big setback for bankruptcy Trustee Brian Bash, who has yet to provide any recovery to the more than 5,000 Ohio residents who lost more than $200 million when the Tim Durham-led company collapsed in 2009.
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$1.25M from Finish Line helping build kids’ clubRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis broke ground Aug. 27 on a 22,000-square-foot facility on the east side.
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Colts helping train high school coachesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Thanks to $40,000 donated by the Indianapolis Colts, USA Football’s Heads Up Football safety program will be offered to all Indiana high school football coaches in 2015.
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Smarter Remarketer gets $7M in fundingRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Smarter Remarketer, an Indianapolis-based retail technology firm, said Aug. 27 that it has lined up $7 million in venture debt financing from Los Angeles-based City National Bank.
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New United Way strategy fuels big changes

August 30, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
United Way spent nine months putting together The New U—a strategic shift intended to speed change by investing in programs that make a measurable difference in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs.
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Main tenant of former United hub staying on

August 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis airport officials hope to soon renew their lease with AAR Corp., the aircraft service company that is a key tenant in United Airlines’ former maintenance hub.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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