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Blue Ribbon Transport plans move, new jobs

April 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis logistics firm Blue Ribbon Transport Inc. will invest $1 million to move into a larger headquarters, adding as many as 75 jobs over the next three years, economic development officials said Thursday morning.
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Indiana's largest school system cutting 357 teachers

April 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools said Wednesday it will cut 357 teaching jobs to fill a nearly $21 million budget hole due to cuts in state funding.
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Dorson on leave amid fallout with executive committee

April 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Roland Dorson, president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, has had a falling out with the group’s executive committee and has gone on leave from the organization.
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Indiana panels OK teacher merit pay, voucher bills

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Two pieces of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education plan, a voucher plan that would direct taxpayer money to private schools and a merit pay bill that links teacher pay to student performance, cleared key legislative hurdles Wednesday.
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Indiana Democrats seek more time with GOP redistricting plan

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Outnumbered Democrats in the Indiana House argued Wednesday that the new election districts proposed by Republicans would lead to fewer competitive races and create more solidly GOP seats.
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Downtown Jillian’s restaurant owner files Chapter 11

April 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Locally based FB&F Entertainment LLC, which operates downtown restaurant and entertainment complex Jillian's, lists no assets and liabilities of nearly $2.2 million.
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Disasters hammer Baldwin & Lyons—again

April 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc. stands to lose $15.5 million as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as other disasters in Australia and New Zealand.
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Investor rates bond for Palladium among nation's best

April 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Municipal bond manager Josh Gonze of Thornburg Investment Management in Santa Fe, N.M., picked the $80 million bond on Carmel's Palladium concert hall as one of the six best in the nation.
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Equal Pay Day highlights persistent wage disparity

April 13, 2011
Scott Olson
In Indiana, women working full time are paid an average of $31,762 per year while men earn an average of $43,631 annually, U.S. Census Bureau statistics show.
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Town of Plainfield backs logistics training center

April 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Plainfield Town Council has agreed to spend $500,000 over the next five years to help Vincennes University create the VU Logistics Training and Education Center, the college announced Tuesday.
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Panel OKs bill linking student tests, teacher pay

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Teacher pay would be linked to student performance under a merit pay bill that has cleared an Indiana House committee.
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Marsh CEO Lazaran leaving company; successor picked

April 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Supermarket News, citing unnamed industry sources, reported late Tuesday that former Price Chopper executive vice president Joseph Kelley would replace Frank Lazaran, who has been CEO of Marsh Supermarkets since 2006.
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Citizens Energy agrees to document utility savings

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
A not-for-profit public trust that wants to buy Indianapolis' water and sewer utilities has agreed to document all of the savings it says the $1.9 billion deal would create. State regulators still must approve the transaction.
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Indiana panel OKs criminal checks on medical workers

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists and other medical workers would have to undergo a criminal background check when applying for a new state license under a bill approved Tuesday by an Indiana House committee.
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Senate OKs plan aimed at expanding charter schools

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, marking the first piece of the governor's sweeping education agenda to clear both the House and Senate.
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Daniels' plan on sentencing changes appears dead

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels had made revamping of the criminal sentencing laws one of his top priorities for this year's legislative session, but lawmakers handling the bill said Tuesday they hadn't been able to reach a compromise and didn't expect more action before the General Assembly's April 29 adjournment deadline.
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Butler's Mack to test NBA waters without agent

April 12, 2011
Bloomberg News
Butler University junior guard Shelvin Mack will declare for the NBA draft, but not hire an agent, keeping his college eligibility as he considers his options.
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Calumet Specialty hopes to raise $375M to pay off debt

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis oil-refiner Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP intends to sell $375 million in senior notes to pay off existing debt.
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Gun bill advances without exemption for Indy venues

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board, which runs the Indiana Convention Center and the city’s professional sports venues, had hoped to get an exemption to Senate Bill 292, which pre-empts local governments from creating their own rules about where people can carry guns.
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Durham prosecutors propose case-notification plans

April 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Instead of individually notifying the 5,400 investors that Tim Durham and two business partners are accused of defrauding, prosecutors want to keep them apprised of court proceedings through websites and an automated call center.
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Executive compensation surges at CNO Financial Group

April 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer more than doubled CEO Jim Prieur’s compensation, and also gave increases ranging from 44 percent to 89 percent to other top executives.
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Software firm seeks to reorganize as holding company

April 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Interactive Intelligence Inc. will ask shareholders at its next annual meeting to vote on a proposal to reorganize the software firm under a new holding company called Interactive Intelligence Group Inc.
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Insurance agency revives plans for downtown building

April 12, 2011
Tom Harton
McGowan Insurance Group plans to build a $2.75 million, 19,000-square-foot building at 355 Indiana Avenue.
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Indiana redistricting plan appears to benefit GOP

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans who control the Indiana General Assembly on Monday released proposed new maps for the state's nine congressional and 150 legislative districts, which seem to point toward solidifying GOP gains in the Statehouse.
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Proposal aims to keep students from inadequate teachers

April 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana students wouldn't be stuck with poor-performing teachers for two years in a row under changes House lawmakers are considering to a bill requiring annual teacher evaluations.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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