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Indiana Live to get federal hearing on tax matterRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Shelbyville racetrack and casino could save millions if it successfully contests the way Indiana interprets state tax law.
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Costs of State Fair stage collapse investigation could be steep

September 9, 2011
Scott Olson
Officials say it's too early to know how much the state will pay for the investigation of the tragedy. But fees stipulated in contracts with investigators show costs easily could surpass seven figures.
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State Fair victims could receive funds in next few weeks

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
A State Fair Remembrance Fund now containing more than $800,000 likely will be distributed before the state pays out a maximum $5 million in damages allowed by law, officials said Wednesday afternoon.
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General Assembly considers going paperless with iPads

September 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana state lawmakers may trade in the reams of paper they use each session for sleeker iPads.
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Daniels works to maintain national profile

September 5, 2011
Associated Press
Since he decided against running for president in May, Gov. Mitch Daniels has given more interviews on national television than when he was still considering a run. Although he has said no to the top of the presidential ticket, he has not ruled out running for vice president.
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State preparing to pay maximum in stage collapse damages

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana will pay $5 million and get advice on distributing the money to victims of the State Fair tragedy from an expert who administered compensation funds following 9/11.
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Indiana Supreme Court to hear state back-pay dispute

August 31, 2011
Associated Press
The class-action lawsuit argued that some state employees were required to work 40 hours a week while others were paid the same for working 37.5 hours.
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'Survivor' contestant considers run for governor

August 30, 2011
Associated Press
Former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham has formed an exploratory committee to possibly seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for governor.
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Indiana officials settle voter registration lawsuit

August 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials have settled a class-action lawsuit that claimed the state wasn't following federal laws over the opportunity for voter registration at public assistance offices.
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State launches program to help employ ex-offenders

August 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The state is launching an initiative aimed at helping ex-offenders find jobs, particularly with large businesses that tend to have the most trepidation about hiring them.
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More Indiana welfare requests being submitted online

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
More than half of the state's new applications for food stamps and other welfare assistance are being submitted online, Indiana social services chief Michael Gargano told lawmakers Tuesday.
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Illinois facing jobs assault from other states

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana is leading a push by other states to chip away at Illinois' vulnerable economic image and lure jobs away.
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Indiana property tax caps slice 2011 bills

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana property taxpayers saw their savings grow by 32 percent this year compared to a year ago thanks to statewide tax caps on their 2011 bills, according to a state report.
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Judge orders Indiana to preserve fair stage wreckage

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
A judge says he will issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from destroying any evidence from the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage.
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Court rules state overreached when it shut puppy mill

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
The state had seized and sold 240 dogs at business, citing $142,000 in unpaid taxes.
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Racinos ask federal court to lower their tax liabilityRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
If Indiana Live and Hoosier Park prevail, the racetrack-casinos may cut they could cut their combined tax bill by $30 million a year.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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'Buy local' law doesn't sting Indy sewer project

August 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new state law that could add to the cost of public works projects didn’t impact one of Indianapolis’ most sizable bids this year.
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Indiana hires outside firm to review state fair disaster

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana has hired an outside firm to help with its investigation into a fatal stage collapse at the state fair after questions were raised about the state's ability to conduct an objective probe itself.
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Fundraising starts slowly for Indiana student loan programRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Andrew Smith
The slow economy is hurting progress on an endowment that would help pro bono lawyers repay debt.
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Green group: I-69 will drain money from other projects

August 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's 142-mile extension of Interstate 69 between Indianapolis and Evansville will siphon hundreds of millions of dollars away from other road and bridge projects in coming years, according to a report from an environmental group.
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1,300 Hoosiers eligible for United Financial restitution

August 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said more than 1,300 Hoosiers are eligible for restitution from United Financial Systems Corp. in the wake of a court ruling against the Indianapolis-based company. The company also faces at least two class-action lawsuits.
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Indiana banks continue quest for tax consistencyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Lobby prepares new pitch for next legislative session.
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Indiana counties wrestling with tax overpayment

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
City and county officials across Indiana are starting to wrestle with how they'll deal with the state's plan to recoup roughly $610 million it overpaid local governments for income taxes it expected to collect.
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Candidate Pence eyes Indiana income-tax cuts

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence is looking at ways to cut Indiana income tax rates across the board if elected governor next year.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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