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Judge strikes down Indiana ban on gay marriage

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state's ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause because it treats same-sex couples differently than couples of opposing genders.
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ISO sees surge in ticket sales, led by subscriptions

June 25, 2014
Lou Harry
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra enjoyed a nearly 19-percent surge in ticket sales during the 2013-14 indoor concert season, which ended this month, the ISO said Tuesday.
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Big Ten presidents back four-year scholarships

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
The league announced in a statement signed Tuesday by its 14 presidents that it proposes working within the NCAA structure to provide greater academic security for its athletes by guaranteeing scholarships for four years.
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Pence seeks review to simplify Indiana tax code

June 24, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he wants to review Indiana's tax code to simplify it and promote economic development. His comments came at the Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference, which culled general ideas for tax reform from a mix of national and state tax experts.
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Investors in church-related fraud to get most of their money

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
Investors will get 70 cents for every dollar they invested in an $85 million Ponzi scheme operated by a fundraising branch of the Church of God.
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Feds raise several issues about proposed reservoir

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
Two federal agencies are raising questions about a proposed $400 million Mounds Lake Reservoir, including the plan's failure to address alternatives to damming the White River.
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Novitex plans closure, 155 job losses in Plainfield

June 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The company said in a letter to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development dated Monday that it expects to begin closing operations at 2799 Reeves Road in late August with permanent closure occurring by early September.
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Archivist: IRS didn't follow law with lost emails

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday.
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Auto supplier expected to bring about 250 jobs to Indiana

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
An auto supplier has signed a lease to move into a new 150,000-square-foot building in Jeffersonville this summer, officials said.
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CBRE awarded management of Chase Tower, PNC Center

June 24, 2014
The real estate brokerage won the business following a shakeup at Commonwealth REIT, which owns the building. An investor campaign led to the ouster of its board in March.
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Flex-office operator adds 58 suites in Mass Ave area

June 24, 2014
Scott Olson
Regus Group plc, which has other locations in the Indianapolis area, has taken more than 10,000 square feet downtown to open its latest flex-office center, where business owners can rent space by the day, week or month.
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Fishers health analytics firm to expand, add workers

June 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Healthiest Employers LLC plans to move software development to its Fishers headquarters in an expansion that will add up to 90 jobs by 2017.
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Pence hosts conservatives for Indiana tax summit

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
The governor is hosting a group of state and national tax experts to consider ways to overhaul the state's tax code.
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Carmel firm acquired by Silicon Valley company

June 24, 2014
Dan Human
Anacore Inc., which develops software for touch-screen programs, has been acquired by Prysm Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based company that makes big-screen video walls that use Anacore’s technology.
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IRS head says no obstruction of Congress in probe

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
The head of the Internal Revenue Service brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups, even as Republican lawmakers questioned his credibility.
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Sales of U.S. existing homes up 4.9 percent in May

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes posted the best monthly gain in nearly three years in May, providing hope that housing is beginning to regain momentum lost over the past year.
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Indiana students to face 2 new tests next 2 years

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
Major changes in the state's education policies will have Indiana students taking new, different standardized tests in each of the next two academic years, officials said Monday.
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Indiana gasoline prices ninth highest in nation

June 23, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
While gas prices in Indiana have gone down slightly over the past week, they are still expected to remain high through the July 4 holiday, said Michael Green, Manager of Public Relations at the American Automobile Association.
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Obama says U.S. should provide paid maternity leave

June 23, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
The president is touting paid maternity in the midst of a midterm election campaign focused on women voters, without describing the details of how he would fund such a system.
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Fox59 announces newsgathering deal with Indianapolis Star

June 23, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Star will team with Fox59 and its sister station WTTV-TV Channel 4 for coverage of "select breaking news, sports, weather, election and investigative stories," the media outlets said in a prepared statement.
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Former allies turn on Pence's Healthy Indiana Plan

June 23, 2014
J.K. Wall
The National Center for Policy Analysis, an ardent supporter of "consumer-driven" health care, issued a blistering analysis of the Healthy Indiana Plan and Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal to expand it using Obamacare funds.
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New state incentives to keep quality students lack funding

June 23, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
A plan to keep top-performing students home in Indiana after they graduate from college passed the General Assembly unanimously earlier this year, but it could face trouble as lawmakers decide how to fund it.
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Justices limit existing EPA global warming rules

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The decision does not affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing power plants.
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Two contractors accused of wage violations accept plea deals

June 23, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Marion County Prosecutor's Office has reached plea agreements in two cases in which a contractor was accused of paying workers less than the required wage on publicly financed projects.
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Indiana's Crane naval center getting new commander

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
Capt. Jeffrey Elder will take over command of the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center during a ceremony later this week.
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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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