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Mayor names new fire chief

July 17, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Fire Department veteran Ernest Malone replaces Brian Sanford, who will retire because of illness.
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Vanity plate issue likely not settled for state

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles must resume issuing personalized license plates, a Marion County judge ordered Wednesday, but the department has said it intends to appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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UPDATE: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs in next year

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The layoffs were double what Wall Street was expecting after the computing giant's CEO altered course last week. The firm had just completed its acquisition of Nokia's devices business in April.
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Unemployment applications drop to lowest level in 7 years

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The numbers suggest a strengthening job market, especially since hiring is at its healthiest clip since the late 1990s, and the 6.1 percent unemployment rate is at a 5 1/2-year low.
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U.S. home construction drops 9.3 percent in June

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will boost economic growth this year.
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Report: Carmel panel may face TIF shortfall but can pay debts

July 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
New financial projections suggest the Carmel Redevelopment Commission will have enough annual revenue to pay its debts for the next 15 years before dipping into reserves. But property taxes from the city’s two-dozen TIF districts could fall more than $1 million short as soon as next year.
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State officials confident federal highway funds will come through

July 17, 2014
Emily Metheny, The Statehouse File
Indiana has not solidified contingency plans that would be needed if Congress fails to pass a deal to cover a shortfall in a federal highway fund.
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Pence wraps up UK trade trip after blitz of meetings

July 17, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The governor met Wednesday with a company considering Indiana for its U.S. operations, but his office would not identify the firm.
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Cummins to pick from New York firms to design downtown offices

July 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Cummins Inc. plans to pick a proposal from one of three New York-based architecture firms vying to design its global distribution headquarters downtown.
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City marshals $400,000 for Monument Circle events, projects

July 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The city, National Endowment for the Arts and Central Indiana Community Foundation have contributed to the plan for expanding amenities, activities and attractions on the Circle.
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New downtown concert venue to seat 15,000

July 16, 2014
Scott Olson
A music amphitheater soon will take center stage on the site of the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown, sources tell IBJ.
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Interactive Intelligence shares dive on expected shortfall

July 16, 2014
Dan Human
The local software and services firm has released disappointing preliminary results for its second quarter, leading to a 16-percent stock tumble.
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Indy home sales likely slowing to 'new normal'

July 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements tumbled 14.9 percent in the nine-county Indianapolis area in June, the tenth straight month deals have decreased, according to F.C. Tucker Co.
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GM planning $27M investment in Bedford plant

July 16, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker filed a tax abatement request for the Bedford factory project, saying it would add about 40 jobs and raise the plant's employment to some 650 workers.
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Tower maker gets OK for factory, plans to hire 600

July 16, 2014
Associated Press
Nello Corp., a South Bend firm that manufactures steel towers, plans to sink about $60 million into the project.
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Pacers lose Stephenson to Hornets offer, reports say

July 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Pacers free-agent guard Lance Stephenson has come to terms with the Charlotte Hornets with a three-year, $27 million deal, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday morning.
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Study: U.S. millennials buying homes later in life

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
The number of first-time homebuyers in May was near record lows at 27 percent, versus a historic average of 40 percent.
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Emmert paid $1.7 million as NCAA revenue increases

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
Monday’s tax filing comes as the NCAA faces unprecedented scrutiny, including a handful of lawsuits and an effort by Northwestern University football players to form college sports’ first player union.
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Indiana sues county over I-69 noise ordinance

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is suing the commissioners of a southern Indiana county, saying they have no authority to limit construction of the Interstate 69 extension near Bloomington with an ordinance that restricts overnight noise.
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NCAA, schools need more financial transparency, bill says

July 15, 2014
Bloomberg News
Athletic departments, conferences and the governing body of college sports should be more transparent financially, according to a bill co-sponsored by a pair of U.S. congressmen.
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House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
Under current law, the moratorium expires Nov. 1, exposing Internet users to the same kind of connection fees that often show up on telephone bills.
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Ex-HHGregg manager's lawsuit grows into class-action

July 15, 2014
Scott Olson
The lawsuit now includes 62 current and former HHGregg employees who claim they were denied incentive bonuses totaling about $5 million.
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Convenience stores remount challenge to cold-beer laws

July 15, 2014
Mason King, Associated Press
Convenience stores in Indiana are appealing a decision from a federal judge in June that continued to prohibit them from selling cold beer.
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Yellen says economy still needs Fed support

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.
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Seventy-lot subdivision slated for Fort Harrison property

July 15, 2014
Scott Olson
The proposed Residences of Lawrence at Fort Ben subdivision would be the first single-family project on the former army base since it closed in 1995.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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