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Vera Bradley to cut manufacturing at Indiana plant

August 13, 2014
Associated Press
Vera Bradley plans to phase out a shift that about 150 people work at its New Haven plant in an effort to reduce manufacturing capacity and save on domestic costs.
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Local man faces 20 investment-related felony counts

August 13, 2014
Jeff Newman
Robert E. Wilson, 54, who operated locally based Wellington Institutional Management LCC, was charged in Marion County Court with 10 counts of securities fraud and 10 counts of being an unregistered broker-dealer.
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State tax collections fall just below projections

August 13, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July general fund revenue, a decrease of 0.5 percent from the December 2013 state revenue forecast.
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UPDATE: Underground blast rocks downtown Indianapolis

August 13, 2014
Associated Press
An underground explosion downtown Wednesday afternoon sent smoke billowing into the street and led to the evacuations of buildings.
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Area homebuilding permit filings down in July

August 13, 2014
Permit filings for home construction in central Indiana fell 5 percent last month, the first decline the market has seen since January.
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NCAA quarterly lobbying costs surge during legal fight

August 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association spent more on congressional lobbying from April to June than it did in the previous three quarters combined, as it fought lawsuits challenging its structure.
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Church accuses JPMorgan of mismanagement, self-dealing

August 13, 2014
Cory Schouten
Christ Church Cathedral has filed a federal lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, alleging the bank's "intentional mismanagement" and "self-dealing" led to $13 million in losses in church trust accounts endowed in the 1970s by Eli Lilly Jr.
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Democrats question $12M in consulting contracts

August 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The cash-strapped city of Indianapolis has entered agreements worth more than $12 million as it pursues a public-private partnership for a new courthouse and jail. Mayor Greg Ballard's office says the fees will be paid by the developer.
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Mainstreet's Turner to sell REIT in $2.3B deal

August 13, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
HealthLease Properties REIT, which is led by Mainstreet Property's Zeke Turner, will be sold to Ohio-based Health Care REIT Inc., along with 17 projects Mainstreet has under construction. The deal includes 45 future projects.
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WRTV adds sports-talk host Grady to its staff

August 13, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Michael Grady, a radio sports-talk host on WFNI-AM 1070 and the public address announcer for the Pacers, will begin his job at WRTV on Aug. 22, the station announced Tuesday.
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Lender forecloses on two downtown office buildings

August 13, 2014
Scott Olson
The Gold Building and Two Market Square have been struggling to maintain tenants and face a potential exodus of others to the county's proposed criminal justice complex.
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Indiana challenge to Obamacare tax-credit rule can go forward

August 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in Indianapolis on Tuesday denied an IRS bid to dismiss that portion of the state’s 2013 lawsuit, in which it claimed the rule illegally conflicts with a provision of the federal law.
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Pence: State to pay special-needs adoption subsidies

August 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The move comes just two months after a LaPorte woman filed a lawsuit, saying the state owed her subsidies.
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Farmers on pace for record corn crop, report says

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn.
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WellPoint to change corporate name back to Anthem

August 12, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The name change will be completed by the end of the year, pending shareholder approval, the company said Tuesday.
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U.S. employment openings hit 13-year-plus high

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
Job openings have increased 17.6 percent during the past 12 months, while hiring has risen 9.3 percent during the same period, suggesting a mismatch in the jobs market.
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Teachers, students facing new state standards

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana teachers and students starting the new school year will have to quickly get up to speed on the state's new academic standards, drafted only months ago to replace the national Common Core standards.
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Struggling hospital finds buyer, enters bankruptcy protection

August 12, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Bloomington’s Monroe Hospital, which has had a close relationship with Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health, filed for bankruptcy reorganization on Friday and plans to sell its business to a Canadian operator.
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Kite shares start trading under 1-for-4 split

August 12, 2014
Kite Realty Group Trust's stock fetched $25 on Tuesday, an increase of more than 300 percent from the previous close, after the company's split took effect.
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U.S. Postal Service suffers $2 billion quarterly loss

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
The agency blamed increases in compensation and benefits costs for the red ink and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees.
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Revitalization plan brings new homes to Crown Hill area

August 12, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Near North Development Corp. is serving as master developer of the project, which is using $488,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants.
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Noble Roman's dough rises with higher profit, revenue

August 12, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based franchisor continues to focus on offering take-and-bake pizzas in grocery stores and stand-alone locations to grow revenue.
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Nearly 700,000 Indiana voter registrations 'inactive'

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said Monday she has marked 696,000 registrations "inactive" as part of her efforts to clean up to the state's rolls of voters.
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Star reducing staff ahead of headquarters relocation

August 11, 2014
Jeff Newman
The Indianapolis Newspaper Guild, which represents most of the Star's newsroom and building-services employees, said the newspaper intends to chop newsroom staff and management 15 percent over the next few weeks.
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Ivy Tech to ask state lawmakers for more cash

August 11, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The Ivy Tech Community College trustees have passed a resolution telling the college’s leaders to ask the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for additional funding.
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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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