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Veteran Colts beat writer Chappell joining WRTV

September 9, 2014
Jeff Newman
Mike Chappell, who spent 30 years as a sportswriter with The Indianapolis Star before resigning Monday, has joined WRTV-TV Channel 6 as a writer and commentator, the station announced Tuesday morning.
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Harlan Bakeries plans $13M expansion in Avon

September 8, 2014
Jeff Newman
The company, one of Hendricks County's largest employers, said the expansion will help it retain 700 workers at its flagship plant
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U.S.-Japan group calls for finishing trade pact

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
Government officials from the United States and Japan called Monday for completion of an international trade agreement that they said would strengthen ties between the two allies and help both countries recover from their own economic struggles.
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Indianapolis council OKs public safety tax hike

September 8, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a 19-10 bipartisan vote, the Indianapolis City-County Council approved a hike in the public-safety income tax. The 43-percent increase will bring the total local income tax rate to 1.77 percent.
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Court: IURC erred in approving Duke fee hike

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday that state utility regulators wrongly approved $61 million in ratepayer fees for the Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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Court order keeps suspension of vanity plate sales

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court says the Bureau of Motor Vehicles can continue suspending sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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School of Philanthropy at IUPUI appoints new dean

September 8, 2014
Jeff Newman
Indiana University has found a successor to Gene Tempel, who is set to step down as dean of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. The position will be funded through the newly created Eugene R. Tempel Deanship.
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Startup Companion Diagnostics trying to work through bankruptcy

September 8, 2014
J.K. Wall
Companion Diagnostics Inc., a biotech company that relocated to Indiana from Connecticut in 2010, has entered bankruptcy reorganization while it tries to develop a therapy for inflammation.
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Pence, other governors meet with Japanese trade officials

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
This year's goal for the Midwest U.S-Japan Association is to find opportunities for the Midwest's environmental, health and wellness sectors as the population of Japan and the U.S. states age.
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Treasury explores ways to limit profitability of overseas shifts

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries.
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U.S. executives feeling tight-fisted about worker raises

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
A survey of Harvard Business School alumni released Monday reveals a series of trends that are widening income disparities and may be weakening the ability of the U.S. economy to grow in the long term.
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Former Butler President Bobby Fong dies at 64

September 8, 2014
Mason King
Fong, who presided over a period of enrollment growth and national renown at the Indianapolis university, died Monday morning of natural causes.
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Electrolux to buy GE Appliances in $3.3B deal

September 8, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the world's second biggest home appliance maker after U.S. rival Whirlpool. Louisville-based GE Appliances has a long history in Indiana.
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Pence's pivot to the middle annoys far-right base

September 7, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Many in GOP circles are keeping close watch on the first-term governor, especially those on the far right who are showing signs of disillusionment.
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Purdue introduces competency degree program

September 7, 2014
Associated Press
The College of Technology program allows students to progress at their own rate as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills, rather than performance measured only at fixed calendar intervals of classroom time.
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Bed shortage forces shelters to turn victims away

September 7, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's domestic violence shelters are serving record numbers of victims, and rising demand has drawn attention to the need for more beds.
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Indiana works to avoid record-low election turnout

September 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's top elections official and leaders of both political parties are turning to traditional and social media and door-to-door visits in hopes of getting more residents to vote in the November general election.
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Ideal owners needed for tricky north-side properties

September 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Size and age complicate the sale of several prominent structures in Boone and Hamilton counties.
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Indy Star will be carrying lots of baggage to new home

September 6, 2014
Greg Andrews
Revenue for Gannett's newspapers may continue to drift lower after the company breaks into two next year.
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Two downtown office towers changing hands

September 6, 2014
Scott Olson
The 36-story Regions Tower is selling in a negotiated transaction, and the 30-story Market Tower is getting a new owner via a loan default. They are among downtown’s largest office complexes.
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Nuvo enters Bloomington market, eyes other college towns

September 6, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Nuvo has entered a long-abandoned market, Bloomington, and is eyeing other Indiana college towns, particularly Muncie and West Lafayette, for expansion. The alternative free weekly newspaper has been working on the plan for six months.
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Insurer competition stiffens, but tax credits may shrink, on Obamacare exchangesRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
J.K. Wall
When Hoosiers start shopping on the Obamacare exchanges again in November, they’ll find new, lower-priced competitors and modest price increases that are much lower than insurers initially proposed. But that doesn’t mean they’ll save money.
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As other WNBA teams struggle, Indiana Fever becomes model of stability

September 6, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
An aggressive year-round sales effort and the backing of the Indiana Pacers’ owner and top executive have pushed the Indiana Fever to profitability and helped the 15-year-old team become one of the WNBA’s model franchises.
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Noblesville pursues cultural district designation

September 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Noblesville is positioning itself to join an elite group of Indiana Cultural Districts—a state designation officials say should boost the city’s appeal and help drive economic development.
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Beer distributor Monarch stepping up booze push

September 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a campaign to enter the hard liquor business, Monarch Beverage Co. is pursuing a new tactic that takes aim at state regulators. Indiana’s largest beer distributor has accused the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission of letting politics influence its decisions.
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