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City launching mobile app for potholes, other problems

March 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city of Indianapolis plans to launch a free application for Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches that will allow residents to report potholes, high weeds or stray dogs as they spot them.
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Indianapolis hopeful it can retain Big Ten tournaments

March 7, 2011
Scott Olson
The contract between Indianapolis and the Big Ten expires in 2012, and officials from the conference's 11 universities are beginning the process to select a future host for the men's and women's basketball tournaments.
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Three local companies make most-admired list

March 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group Inc., WellPoint Inc. and Brightpoint Inc. of Indianapolis, and Columbus-based Cummins Inc. made Fortune's annual list of 350 companies, released Monday.
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Homeless-aid group up and running in Indianapolis

March 7, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A fast-growing national organization that gets homeless people involved in running is expanding to Indianapolis.
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Pay TV battle turning bitter; no agreement reached

March 7, 2011
Associated Press
A battle over fees between Dish Network and television station owner Lin TV Corp. caused 27 stations, including two in Indianapolis, to go dark for Dish subscribers Saturday.
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Transition-to-teaching students find few jobs

March 6, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Department of Education report shows less than 40 percent of those who completed the transition-to-teaching programs in 2008-2009 were working in Indiana schools last year.
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Democrats try to explain boycott in Web meetings, calls

March 6, 2011
Associated Press
As pressure mounts for Indiana Democrats to end their Statehouse boycott and get back to work, some members of the exiled caucus are holding town hall meetings to explain to their constituents why they are holed up in an Illinois hotel.
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Broad Ripple Village awaits garage bids

March 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
City leaders in February put out a request seeking ideas for how to design and finance a parking garage in Broad Ripple to ease traffic tensions. Responses are due March 11.
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Suitors circle faltering racinoRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Two racetrack owners have signaled they’re interested in buying Indiana Live racetrack and casino in Shelbyville as the facility begins to sort out its massive debt.
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City's street-paving project to resume as weather warmsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Contractors last September began milling worn-out asphalt on downtown streets, but most remained unfinished over the winter, leaving raised manhole covers and uneven pavement. Now work is resuming as asphalt plants are fired back up for the season.
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Indiana experts weigh in on environmental issuesRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
A panel discussion includes topics ranging from green power initiatives and hybrid cars to landfill policies and environmental regulations.
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Ride along on a bike commute from Carmel to downtown Indy

March 5, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
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                           Watch VideoIBJ reporter Gabrielle Poshadlo follows Don Jarrels on his daily jaunt downtown. Bonus video: A look inside Eli Lilly and Co.'s bike-to-work program.
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Indians' new ticketing partner could drive further spike in attendanceRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The baseball franchise dumped Ticketmaster for another sales management firm that charges buyers lower fees.
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Hoosier executive joins effort to take Playboy privateRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
Scott N. Flanders, who took over as CEO of Chicago-based Playboy Enterprises Inc. in July 2009, will pick up a 3-percent ownership stake if 84-year-old Playboy founder Hugh Hefner closes on a pending deal to take the company private.
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Junior Achievement says ex-CEO acted soloRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Junior Achievement’s attorneys paint the not-for-profit's ex-CEO as something of a renegade to bolster their defense in an ongoing lawsuit by another former executive.
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Ball State seeks leader to implement Innovation Corp. planRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ball State University is conducting a nationwide search for a president to lead a not-for-profit it launched to boost the commercialization of the university’s intellectual property.
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Indiana executives pare stock holdingsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
Executives and directors at several Indiana public companies took advantage of market strength in February to pare back their stock holdings, narrowly missing a pullback sparked by turmoil in Libya.
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Group's demolition plan draws ire of preservationists

March 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A proposal by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to bulldoze four century-old homes near Fountain Square has sparked a battle between the neighborhood beautification group and some of its typical allies: historic preservationists.
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Hyatt, union at odds over voting method

March 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for the New York-based Unite Here labor union are attacking local Hyatt Regency officials for filing a petition Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board.
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INSIDE DISH: Arsenal owners' ploy is gaming plus grubbing

March 4, 2011
Mason King
Arsenal_WatchVideoGameroom lords Andrew Chang and Troy Branam want players to come for Dungeons & Dragons and stay for the Wizards Gumbo.
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Appellate court upholds state alcohol permit quotas

March 4, 2011
Scott Olson
Judges' decision deals blow to state's package liquor stores, which sought to stop the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission from issuing new permits until the judges could clarify state quota laws.
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U.S. unemployment rate drops to 8.9 percent

March 4, 2011
Associated Press
The unemployment rate has been falling for three months, down from 9.8 percent in November, marking the sharpest three-month decline since 1983.
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NFL, union agree to 24-hour deadline extension

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
The NFL and the players' union decided Thursday to keep the current collective bargaining agreement in place for an additional 24 hours so that negotiations can continue.
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Indiana House sets $250 daily fines for boycotters

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
Most House Democrats skipped Thursday's floor sessions, extending their stay at an Urbana, Ill., hotel to a 10th day and preventing action on the bills because too few members are present.
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Parks Foundation plans east-side farm for Gleaners

March 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation plans to use a $150,000 grant from Indiana University Health to start an organic farm on the east side of the city benefiting Gleaners Food Bank.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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