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Court stays ruling striking down right-to-work law

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered a northwest Indiana judge's ruling striking down the state's right-to-work law be stayed.
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Mourdock stepping down as Indiana treasurer

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Mourdock, who defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 U.S. Senate primary only to lose the general election after a comment about rape, resigned Friday, four months before the end of his term.
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Bosma removes Turner from leadership post-scandal

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has removed Rep. Eric Turner from his leadership team amid concerns over Turner's lobbying against a nursing home construction ban that would have impacted his family's business.
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UPDATE: Plan saves Anderson's Wigwam gym from demolition

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
The company that will operate under the name Wigwam LLC has agreed to maintain the gymnasium until at least 2030. It plans to convert part of the property into multifamily housing and to find partners to develop uses for other parts.
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Duke plans $1.9B in upgrades, seeks rate hike

August 29, 2014
Mason King
The electric utility said Friday that its customers would see a gradual rate increase over seven years for the project, designed to reduce power outages and provide high-tech meters.
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City Dems tap replacement for departed councilor Brown

August 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
LaKeisha Jackson was chosen to replace Vernon Brown in District 18. Brown stepped down in August after 11 years on the council.
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Appeals court finds for employee in fight over non-compete pact

August 29, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
An Indiana man who joined a competitor immediately after his employment ended at a Carmel-based company did not violate a non-compete agreement, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
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Consumer spending hits first decline since January

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4-percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
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More Indiana options coming on insurance exchange

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
Officials say Indiana residents will have more than triple the number of health insurance plans to choose from when the federal insurance exchange enrollment period starts in November. A a 5-percent average increase in exchange premiums is expected.
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Bloomington firm wins construction bid for transit center

August 28, 2014
Jeff Newman
The IndyGo board of directors on Thursday night chose Bloomington-based Weddle Bros. Building Group LLC to build the planned Downtown Transit Center. Weddle outbid five other companies.
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Lilly, partner lose appeal to overturn $9 billion Actos court award

August 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. lost a bid to have a judge throw out a combined $9 billion punitive-damage award over claims the drugmakers hid the cancer risks of their Actos diabetes medicine.
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Indiana gets 1-year waiver of federal schools law

August 28, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday granted a one-year extension of Indiana's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law after the state resolved concerns.
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UPDATE: Tech entrepreneur Braun named DWD commissioner

August 28, 2014
Jeff Newman
State Rep. Steve Braun, an entrepreneur who sold a publicly traded technology company a decade ago, will take over leadership of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in late November, Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday morning.
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Nation's banks continue robust recovery as lending picks up

August 28, 2014
Associated Press
The FDIC says 57.5 percent of banks reported an increase in profit in the second quarter from a year earlier. They reduced their expenses, and lending marked its fastest pace since 2007.
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Antiques shop liquidation expected to draw big crowd

August 28, 2014
Associated Press
Red Ribbon Antiques, which opened its doors on Main Street in 1989, will open them one final time Sept. 6 to liquidate the inventory Gloria Holloway established over her 25-year business career.
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After WISH drama, CBS reaches deal with Lin for other affiliates

August 28, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
CBS Corp. has agreed to renew affiliation agreements for 12 stations owned by Lin Media after it played hardball with the company and dropped its ties with WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
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Boone County agency taps native as eco-devo leader

August 28, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Molly Whitehead joined Boone Economic Development Corp. as executive director Aug. 18, a little more than a month after predecessor Bryan Brackemyre left for a job at Ernst & Young.
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Meat processing company plans new Indiana plant

August 28, 2014
Associated Press
The project by Boar's Head Meats includes an initial investment of $80 million to build a 150,000-square-foot building where up to 200 people will work.
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Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Approaching $100 million, the viral ice bucket fundraising campaign for the ailment better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease has put the ALS group into the top ranks for medical charity donations.
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Work-share program debated by study committee

August 27, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Business leaders split Wednesday on their support of a proposed work-share program that would let Indiana companies reduce work hours for employees, who could then collect partial unemployment benefits.
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ISTA urges Pence to seek accountability delay

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's largest teachers union is urging Gov. Mike Pence to support freezing the state's education accountability system for one year because of revisions to the ISTEP test being driven by the state's new academic standards.
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Ten local innovations chosen to reap awards

August 27, 2014
Norm Heikens
New things ranging from apprenticeships to beer dispensers to the Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan exhibit are in line for awards at this year’s Day of Innovation at Hilbert Circle Theatre.
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Customer service firm plans to hire 1,000 workers

August 27, 2014
Mason King
The new part-time and full-time jobs will pay in a range of $12 to $18 per hour, according to Boston-based Interactions Corp.
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Ex-Indiana elections chief starts political blog

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been stripped of office and he doesn't have a job, so he's turning to the Internet.
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HQ move earns pharma firm another tax break

August 27, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A Carmel-based institutional pharmacy plans to invest $8 million expanding its Noblesville operations, which include its headquarters. On Tuesday, it received its second tax-incentive deal from the city in two years.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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