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Longtime councilor Brown to leave office

June 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democrat Vernon Brown, a key opponent of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s infrastructure-spending plan, said he plans to resign from the City-County Council this summer.
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Pence urges feds to OK education standards waiver

June 16, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The waiver allows Indiana to set different state standards for education without having to fully comply with the rules set by the controversial federal law.
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Medtronic to acquire device maker Covidien for $42.9B

June 16, 2014
Bloomberg News
Medtronic Inc., the second-largest maker of medical devices, will be based in Ireland after the acquisition for tax advantages.
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Deposition challenges timing of BMV overcharges

June 15, 2014
Associated Press
A former deputy director at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says he told agency leaders as early as 2010 that many BMV fees exceeded what was authorized under Indiana law.
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Labor Department steps up scrutiny of Amazon centers

June 15, 2014
Bloomberg News
The feds said last week that they were examining two worker deaths at warehouses operated by the world's largest online retailer. Amazon has nearly 100 warehouses worldwide, including several in Indiana.
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Fate of Hoosier State Amtrak route facing questions

June 15, 2014
Associated Press
INDOT is expected to announce in the next two weeks a finalist from four proposals for services, which include operating the train route in its entirety or providing services such as Wi-Fi or food and beverage.
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Remodelings might await boomers wanting to stay in their homes

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Many homes will be difficult for aging boomers to navigate without changing doors, bathrooms, hallways and kitchens.
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Researchers delve into brain functionRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Early results of studies show exercise, training help keep mind active later in life.
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Sale ends 83-year run for Indy’s Harlan Laboratories

June 14, 2014
Greg Andrews
Whether the merger of the former rivals is good for Indianapolis will play out in the coming months. Huntingdon has 1,200 employees, most of them in the United Kingdom and Princeton, N.J. Harlan has about 2,300 employees worldwide, including 300 locally.
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City of Indianapolis crafts plans for bicentennialRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
The Department of Economic Development hopes Plan 2020 leads to the updating and revision of no fewer than six official policy documents, from the comprehensive land-use plan to the recreation and open-space plan.
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East Coast firm snags long-time ExactTarget execRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
The man who steered ExactTarget Inc.’s sales as they surged from $3 million to $110 million has taken a top job at a New York document-management company.
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Christine Scales, a councilor with an independent streak, riles both parties

June 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In her second term on the Indianapolis City-County Council, Scales is testing the limits of political independence and the patience of her colleagues.
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City recycling deal would boost incinerator's profitsRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
As IBJ was first to report on June 9, Mayor Greg Ballard is contemplating a new, 10-year contract with Covanta, which already is set to receive the city’s waste through 2018.
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BrightPoint capitalizes on tech trend: 'wearables'

June 14, 2014
Dan Human
Officials at BrightPoint Inc.—a company once so tied to the cell phone industry it used the ticker symbol “CELL”—today speak as fondly of athletic bands as they do Androids.
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Insurance changes put state's autism industry on edge

June 14, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana's autism therapists say their prospects are cloudy after the state’s largest health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, cut payments 40 percent and took a harder line on paying for therapy for school-age children.
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MCL stays fresh as cafeteria rivals slide into decline

June 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The company that Charles O. McGaughey and his partner, George Laughner, started in 1950 has outlived thousands of Indiana restaurants—chains and mom-and-pops alike—and remained profitable through the changing tastes and trends of seven decades.
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Simpson out as WIBC morning host, conservative Katz in wings

June 13, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Steve Simpson was informed Friday that his contract would not be renewed by Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp., which owns WIBC. Newsman Simpson will be replaced by conservative talk show host Tony Katz.
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Lawmakers eye 2015 for U.S. constitutional convention

June 13, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The assembly of delegates looking to change the U.S. Constitution have laid the groundwork for an amendment convention in the future.
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Canopy company to make repairs at airport after collapse

June 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis International Airport won't file an insurance claim over the failure of its garage canopy because vendor Span Systems has agreed to cover part of the repairs.
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GM continues down recall road, now citing Camaros

June 13, 2014
Associated Press
The automaker is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from 2010 to 2014 because a driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position.
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Pile of dirt standing in way of jet-engine plant

June 13, 2014
Associated Press
The dirt is left over from previous construction near the site at the Lafayette industrial park where GE Aviation intends to build a 225,000-square-foot plant.
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Indiana's Stutzman running for U.S. House majority whip

June 13, 2014
Associated Press
The northeastern Indiana Republican first elected in 2010 is a tea party favorite and one of the more conservative Republicans of the U.S. House.
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Lawmakers to tackle molesting, shoplifting at corrections day

June 12, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
Lawmakers will also fix a section of that law dealing with shoplifting and theft. The change will clarify that a store owner or security personnel can detain an individual for shoplifting for two hours.
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Pay raises going mainly to those in select industries

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.
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Some lawmakers seek U.S. constitutional convention

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
A small but determined group of state lawmakers from some 30 states gathered in Indiana on Thursday to lay the groundwork for something that has not happened since 1787 in Philadelphia: a convention to revise the U.S. Constitution.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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