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Defense contractor Gryphon plans Bloomington expansion

February 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Maryland-based  defense contractor Gryphon Technologies plans to expand its operations in Bloomington, creating as many as 60 jobs by 2013.
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Want to confess your sins? There's an app for that

February 9, 2011
Bloomberg News
A South Bend firm has a bishop's go-ahead to publish a $1.99 iPhone application to help Catholics through the process of confession.
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Indiana teachers rally against GOP education plan

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
More than 1,000 Indiana teachers swarmed the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday for a rowdy rally denouncing the sweeping education proposals moving through the Republican-dominated state House and Senate.
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House passes bill to expand charter schools

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
The House approved the proposal Tuesday on a 59-37 mostly party-line vote following hours of debate. Republicans say the bill would mean more options for families, while Democrats contend that it will erode funding for traditional schools.
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Lawmakers eye cutting corporate taxes

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators are moving ahead with a plan to cut Indiana's corporate income tax by about 40 percent while holding off on phasing out the state inheritance tax.
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Masco closing local printing division; 67 to lose jobs

February 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Masco Support Services, which operates from a 125,000-square-foot warehouse at 300 S. Carroll Road on the city’s far-east side, will begin phasing out operations on April 8.
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Job openings fall for second straight month

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Employers posted fewer job openings in December, the second straight month of declines. That's a sign hiring is still weak even as the economy is gaining strength.
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n/Frame investing $2 million in disaster-recovery center

February 8, 2011
Carmel-based company is building the 15,000-square-foot facility at its headquarters to consolidate operations. The new center should be ready by May.
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Lilly collaboration with outside researchers yields first deal

February 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Eli Lilly and Co.'s PD2 project attracted 30,000 compounds from researchers in 26 countries. And Lilly scientist Alan Palkowitz said it's just the first of many such collaborations.
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HHGregg reports higher profit, lower same-store sales

February 8, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer lowered its fiscal 2011 outlook on soft demand for pricier televisions and appliances.
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Technicality delays council's North of South vote

February 8, 2011
Tom Harton
A technicality caused the City-County Council on Monday night to put off a final vote on the massive North of South mixed-use project slated to be built on 14 acres north of the Eli Lilly and Co. corporate campus.
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Lawmakers pass bill to expand vote centers

February 7, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly has passed its first bill of the 2011 legislative session: a proposal to allow any Indiana county to use centralized vote centers instead of neighborhood polling precincts.
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Indiana House budget leader expects plan next week

February 7, 2011
Associated Press
The House Ways and Means Committee began taking public testimony Monday about the two-year state budget plan after four weeks of hearings with state agencies and universities.
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Dallas lessons should strengthen Super Bowl in Indy

February 7, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
There’s a lot Indianapolis can learn from the folks in Dallas about hosting a Super Bowl. One of the biggest lessons: Plans are important, but they’re not everything.
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Emmis decision to pay CEO legal fees illegal, financier says

February 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Alden Global Capital, a firm Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan is suing for backing out of a deal to finance his efforts to take Emmis private, charges that a $200,000 loan Emmis made to pay his legal fees violates the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
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Council to vote on funding for North of South project

February 7, 2011
The City-County Council will consider Monday evening whether to allow the city to issue $98 million in bonds to finance a portion of the controversial $155 million development.
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Airport garage still open after fabric roof collapse

February 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The collapse is being blamed on ice and snow that accumulated on the canopy, sending chunks crashing into the garage’s atrium. Six parked rental cars were damaged, but nobody was hurt.
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Mourdock says he's made decision about Senate run

February 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock says he's made a decision and will make an announcement soon about whether he'll challenge longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 Republican primary.
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Bill would limit school referendum campaigns

February 6, 2011
Associated Press
State Rep. Cindy Noe, R-Indianapolis, wants to stop schools from using public money and bar school employees from campaigning for referendums that would raise property taxes.
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Indiana's promised scholarships caught in budget bind

February 6, 2011
Associated Press
The growing popularity of the 21st Century Scholars program and the state's recession-driven budget bind has state officials looking to tighten up both the academic and financial requirements.
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Indiana lawmaker pushes Sunday sales of alcohol, cars

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana shoppers would be able to buy a six-pack of beer or a new car on Sundays if state Sen. Phil Boots is successful in rolling back two of the few remaining blue laws still in effect in Indiana.
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NFL lockout could prove costly to Indy economy

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
The worst case scenario — no season — would mean the city of Indianapolis sustaining the most expensive hit in league history.
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Bill would expand powers of campus police officers

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Police officers at Indiana colleges and universities could have the same authority as city and county officers under a bill introduced in the General Assembly.
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Indians adding dining option to Victory Field

February 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Indians have torn out about 400 seats in Victory Field's left flank to make way for Captain Morgan Cove—an open-air restaurant and bar that will feature a menu separate from other stadium offerings and table service for up to 120 fans.
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Tax credit would benefit public school foundationsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ellettsville Democrat Vi Simpson wants to create an income-tax credit for gifts to public-school foundations, which could compete with one that’s already available for private-school scholarships.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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