News & Analysis

Judge denies request to block state voucher program

August 15, 2011
Associated Press
A judge Monday declined to halt Indiana's broad new school voucher program, saying the law was "religion-neutral" and likely to be upheld.
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State fair foundation sets up fund for victims

August 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hoosiers have already given thousands of dollars to the Indiana State Fair to help victims of Saturday's stage collapse.
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City chamber of commerce, Develop Indy might merge

August 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chamber Chairman John Neighbours said he "wouldn't rule out" combining the economic development groups.
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Indiana State Fair reopens, honors five killed in stage collapse

August 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents.
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Steak n Shake reports higher same-store sales

August 15, 2011
Same-store sales grew during the fiscal third quarter 4.9 percent, helping revenue during the three-month period climb 4.5 percent, to $165.2 million.
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Former flight management firm owner pleads guilty to fraud

August 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
David A. Chaisson is one of two men charged in separate schemes to defraud Ryan International Airlines. Prosecutors say the schemes involved kickback payments in exchange for business.
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IU Health fights Franciscan over family doc

August 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
IU Health Morgan Hospital sued Dr. Dianna Boyer on Aug. 3 to stop her from moving her practice to a facility Franciscan St. Francis Health is building in Martinsville.
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Anthem not quite so dominant

August 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
Revised Insurance Department data show the Indianapolis-based carrier claims about 60 percent of the individual health insurance market in Indiana, down from a previously reported 65 percent.
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Landmark water tower could be razed in Greenwood

August 14, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana water tower that once served as a local landmark for residents is being targeted for demolition because officials say it poses a safety hazard to a nearby airport.
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UPDATE: Tragedy prompts fair to cancel some events

August 14, 2011
Associated Press
Fair organizers plan to reopen Monday with a memorial service for the victims.
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Art advocates will take advantage of Super Bowl spotlight

August 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An exhibition inside the unused former city hall is one of several art happenings planned around Super Bowl XLVI. The host committee, through its arts and culture subcommittee, is trying to integrate the arts to a degree not seen in other host cities.
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Federal cuts in training funds hit at awkward timeRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Funding for the state’s work-force-development agencies to help Hoosiers develop job skills has fallen sharply, even as unemployment remains high and the economy is still shaky.
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Locally produced adventure show reaches 95 million homesRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Eddie Brochin, a lifelong outdoorsman who began leading hunting and fishing expeditions in the late 1990s, now chronicles his adventures in his own TV show, "Ultimate Outdoors with Eddie Brochin."
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Local lawyers specialize in representing lawyersRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Kevin McGoff and Don Lundberg are go-to guys for Indiana attorneys needing counsel.
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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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Inventor on quest to bring medical device to marketRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Licensed practical nurse Nic Davis invented a device to kill and prevent the introduction of microorganisms that collect at catheter ports.
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Developer plans $27M project in LockerbieRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Whitsett Group wants to build 190 affordable and market-rate apartments, 44,000 square feet of retail and office space, and more than 300 mostly underground parking spaces on a prime Lockerbie parcel.
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Habitat for Humanity tries hand at fixer-uppersRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Habitat for Humanity affiliates are getting into the business of rehabbing homes, capitalizing on the availability of foreclosed homes.
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Firm makes splash retrieving golf ballsRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Sam Stall
Mark Schmitt, president of Rawhide Golf Ball Co., runs a business that recovers dimpled pills from golf course water hazards, buffs them up, and resells them. (With photo gallery)
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TV broadcasters push to get side channels into homesRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Digital technology ushered in over the last five years allows television stations to squeeze four signals into the broadcast spectrum a single analog signal occupied.
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Stock market finishes wild week on an up note

August 12, 2011
Associated Press
A rebound in retail sales in July helped the stock market push higher Friday. The week has been marked by seesaw trading.
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Baker & Daniels in merger talks with Minneapolis firm

August 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' second-largest law firm could complete a deal with Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson LLP in October. A need to get larger and to establish a regional presence is fueling the talks.
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Local bar ordered to pay $45,000 to fired worker

August 12, 2011
The Wild Beaver Saloon in Broad Ripple agreed to the payment as part of a settlement reached Thursday. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the bar for allegedly firing the female employee because of her pregnancy.
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INSIDE DISH: Carmel Cajun eatery Mudbugs turns corner

August 12, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Mudbugs_watch_videoAfter a shaky start, ownership shakeup and puzzled looks from potential patrons, Belinda and Roy LeBlanc have turned their homegrown oasis for Louisiana cuisine into a profitable venture.
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United Way turns to coupons to lure donors

August 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a promotion fit for the economy, United Way of Central Indiana will try to lure donors by offering them access to discounts from national and local retailers.
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