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Lawmakers create an exit plan for takeover schoolsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
A bill passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year could help bring takeover schools out of their status as islands and reconnect them to larger school systems.
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Rokita takes on FAA medical ruleRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
General aviation pilots abhor the Federal Aviation Authority’s third-class medical certificate, which requires them to get a physical from an FAA-approved doctor every two years, but the industry has yet to take down that bureaucratic hurdle.
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Lawsuits challenge Indiana's gay marriage ban

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
Ken Falk, chief legal counsel for the ACLU of Indiana, said he expects the growing number of federal lawsuits will be consolidated into a single challenge against the state's marriage law.
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Indiana lawmakers kill drug screening for welfare

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
The measure failed in the last minutes of the General Assembly session Thursday. The House passed the measure 81-17, but the Senate voted 24-24 against the bill.
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Last-minute lobbying kills nursing home moratorium

March 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A leading proponent of a moratorium on nursing-home construction said last-minute lobbying and big promises about jobs and investment killed the bill.
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Feds revise for-profit college rules after court block

March 14, 2014
Bloomberg News
ITT Educational stock fell Friday after the Obama administration said it has revised its regulatory package for for-profit colleges, rewriting a proposal that the education industry blocked in court almost two years ago.
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Statehouse update: Guns in school parking lots, concussion training, veterans clinics and more

March 13, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
High-profile bills on mass-transit, road funding and business taxes passed the Indiana General Assembly on Thursday, but so did several other pieces of legislation. Here's a rundown.
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General Assembly passes bill to legalize industrial hemp

March 13, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
A bill to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Indiana is headed to Gov. Mike Pence after it passed the House on Wednesday night and the Senate on Thursday.
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Compromise bill allows state to spend $200M on interstates

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The House passed the compromise bill 95-4, even as a number of lawmakers – including Democrats – complained that the legislation doesn’t include any money for local roads.
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Indiana lawmakers pass package of business tax cuts

March 13, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The corporate income tax and state banking tax would be reduced to 4.9 percent and local governments would be left to decide whether to cut the business equipment tax.
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UPDATE: Mayor picks GM site for criminal justice complex

March 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will recommend that a proposed criminal justice complex be located on the former GM stamping plant on the western side of downtown—not the airport property that ranked highest in a market study.
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Preschool pilot program headed to Pence's desk

March 13, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The General Assembly has approved a pilot program to send low-income children in five counties to preschool.
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Criminal code update pleases some, worries others

March 13, 2014
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the bill “has been a long time coming” and will provide “sentencing reform that really has been sorely needed.”
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Statehouse update: Abandoned houses, hemp, daycare, addicted moms and more

March 13, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Numerous bills advanced Wednesday at the Indiana Statehouse, including several that were sent to the governor for approval. Here's a rundown:
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Bosma: $400M for roads, $15M for preschool program

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana would spend heavily on new road construction and launch a preschool pilot program under a pair of last-minute deals reached between Statehouse Republican leaders.
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Food restrictions back in Indiana welfare bill draft

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
A contentious measure to screen and drug-test some welfare recipients and to limit food-stamp use to only "nutritional" foods has resurfaced in the Indiana General Assembly with little time left to vote on the bill.
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Obama seeks overtime pay for more salaried workers

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job.
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Deal on mass-transit legislation headed for vote

March 12, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The compromise language does not include a provision to establish a light-rail system or an increase in corporate taxes. However, the legislation would still allow for an increase in individual income taxes pending voter approval.
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UPDATE: Governor to sign Indiana recycling bill

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Legislation that sets a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste is headed to Gov. Mike Pence's desk after passing the General Assembly.
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Indianapolis leaders tout plan to curb violence

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Last year, the city shifted 100 officers to patrol duty to help combat crime. Despite that, Indianapolis suffered 125 homicides in 2013, its highest tally in seven years.
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Lawmakers seek to remove Indiana from Common Core

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 35-13 Wednesday to end the state's use of federal Common Core standards and instead adopt a series of state-written guidelines.
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Judge: Case not made for airport justice center site

March 12, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The judge with authority over Marion County court facilities isn’t convinced that a 35-acre site by Indianapolis International Airport is the best pick for the proposed criminal justice complex.
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UPDATE: House leader says tax, preschool deals near

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma said the governor and legislative leaders have reached broad agreement on some of the biggest legislative items being considered this session.
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Lawmakers getting closer on nursing home moratorium

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere said Tuesday that negotiators had found a compromise that would ban new construction for two years except in counties whose nursing homes are at 90-percent capacity or higher.
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Plan would help pay loans for some Indiana teachers

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
The legislation would provide loan reimbursements of up to $9,000 for some of those teaching science, technology, engineering or math.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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