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State GOP leaders weigh banning required union dues

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Bills filed in the Indiana House would ban workers from being required to pay union dues.
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Post office issuing Indianapolis 500 anniversary stamp

December 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Ray Harroun, winner of the 1911 Indianapolis 500, will be featured on a U.S. postage stamp this year to commemorate 100 years of racing at the famed Brickyard.
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Water employee: Veolia falsified records to get bonuses

December 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Testimony is part of effort to deny Veolia Water $29 million contract termination fee as part of utility sale. Group claims salaried employees owed millions of dollars.
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Duke/Browning team to develop building at new Wishard

December 28, 2010
Tom Harton
The team, which plans to build an office building in the 200,000-square-foot range, beat out six other groups that submitted proposals.
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Hoosier Park parent set to emerge from bankruptcy

December 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s parent company could emerge from bankruptcy early next year if creditors approve a reorganization plan that’s set for a court hearing in Delaware on Feb. 1.
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Many big companies are hiring, just not in the United States

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas this year, compared with less than 1 million in the U.S.
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Baby boomers near 65 with retirements in jeopardy

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Starting in January, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65, but many are facing a personal finance disaster just as they're hoping to retire.
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Rolls-Royce scores $49M military contract

December 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rolls-Royce Corp.’s Indianapolis operation is finishing the year out the way it started—racking up lucrative military deals.
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Santa feeling stays with shoppers after Christmas

December 27, 2010
Associated Press
People hit the stores after Christmas to buy, indulging the rediscovered retail appetite that may have made 2010's holiday shopping season the biggest ever.
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Art museum closing design-centered gift shop

December 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will close its design-centered gift shop next year to make way for a display about the Miller house and gardens in Columbus, Ind.
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ITT Educational OKs bonuses to keep managers in place

December 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc.’s management team will get special cash bonuses if they remain with the company until the end of June, ITT disclosed in a regulatory filing last week.
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State's big polluters spewed less last year

December 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
EPA data show an 18 percent decrease in toxic emissions among big manufacturers and electric utilities, but it's unclear to what degree better practices—or the slow economy—had on declining levels.
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ICVA nearing hotel room-reservation target for 2010

December 27, 2010
Scott Olson
As of mid-December, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association had hit about 93 percent of its 2010 goal of booking 650,000 room nights for future conventions. The group is stepping up its efforts to meet the demands of the new JW Marriott hotel and convention center expansion.
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Daniels, bankers may spar over deposit insurance fund

December 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Elected officials—including Gov. Mitch Daniels—have started eyeing the little-known, $250 million public deposit insurance fund, or PDIF, as a potential way to plug budget gaps next year.
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Not-for-profits hang out consulting shingle

December 25, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Tight budgets are prompting some of the state’s largest not-for-profit organizations to launch new businesses to shore up the bottom line. The Indianapolis Museum of Art, for example, has a contract to manage the airport's art collection.
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Broadbent spins off construction business

December 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Beleaguered local developer The Broadbent Co. plans to spin out its construction arm as an independent company as of Jan. 1.
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Sound Mind launches its third mutual fund

December 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday approved the Sound Mind Balanced Fund, a Columbus, Ind.-based mutual fund that aims to cater to conservative investors.
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Economy brightens as consumers spend, layoffs slow

December 23, 2010
Associated Press
The latest data confirm that the economy is improving, even though too few jobs are being created to lower the 9.8 percent unemployment rate.
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Fourth Artsgarden walkway gets final approval

December 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Construction on the walkway that will connect the downtown PNC Center with the Indianapolis Artsgarden should begin in March. Plans to pave the gravel parking lots on the former site of Market Square also received approval.
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Indiana Seed Fund makes 11th investment

December 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A $250,000 investment in Aarden Pharmaceuticals will go toward advancing tuberculosis therapy through the pre-clinical development stage.
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CIB seeking bids for stadium, convention security

December 23, 2010
Request for proposals calls for providing 24-hour security at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, as well as providing armed guards for special events. The CIB plans to award contracts in mid-March.
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Rolls-Royce, Raytheon win $154M in military contracts

December 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A pair of Indianapolis military contractors scored new government deals worth a combined $154.4 million, the Department of Defense announced late Wednesday.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Carson talks Congress, whips, soft rock

December 22, 2010
Mason King
Carson Watch VideoU.S. Rep. Andre Carson on his new duties, earmarks, anti-Islam rhetoric, and his love for smooth tunes.
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Indianapolis Star gets new publisher

December 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
An Arizona newspaper executive is set to take over as publisher of The Indianapolis Star, replacing Michael Kane.
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UPDATE: Aprimo will stay put after $525M acquisition

December 22, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Marketing software company Aprimo Inc. will stay in Indianapolis after being sold for $525 million to Dayton, Ohio-based based data storage giant Teradata Corp., Aprimo CEO Bill Godfrey said Wednesday.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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