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Lugar to seek re-election

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Richard Lugar plans to return to Indiana on Friday for a major fundraiser in Carmel.
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'World-class' sports complex on deck for Anderson

January 18, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Private investors are planning to develop a $6 million baseball and softball complex on about 70 acres off Interstate 69 in Anderson, officials are set to announce Tuesday afternoon.
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Titanic buoys state museum attendance

January 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" attracted 88,465 paying visitors during its 103-day run and boosted overall museum attendance by 45 percent.
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Indiana officials hope to capitalize on Illinois’ tax woes

January 18, 2011
Scott Olson
Governor, economic development officials look to lure companies to Indiana that now may find doing business in Illinois too costly. But a few experts question whether the state will see any immediate benefits.
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Senator tries to fix Greenwood merger problems

January 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Brent Waltz hopes new legislation on local government mergers will mend fences in his home of Johnson County while saving other Indiana communities a series of headaches.
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Obama considers shedding rules that hurt job growth

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The president planned to sign an executive order Tuesday telling federal agencies to look for rules that place an unreasonable burden on businesses.
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Lilly imaging drug isn't ready for approval, FDA says

January 18, 2011
Eli Lilly and Co.’s experimental drug to help identify plaque in the brain tied to Alzheimer's disease isn't ready for approval, according to U.S. regulators.
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Mass Ave property owner gets foothold on Virginia Avenue

January 18, 2011
Tom Harton
A downtown advocate who renovated and repopulated a commercial building on what was once a desolate stretch of Massachusetts Avenue hopes to do the same on Virginia Avenue, where he just closed on the purchase of three contiguous commercial buildings totaling 15,000 square feet.
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Former Butler president to lead Hawaii university

January 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Geoffrey Bannister, who served as president of Butler University from 1988 to 2000, has been named president of Hawaii Pacific University, the school announced Monday.
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Council committee to consider North of South bonds

January 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Approval would let city issue $98 million in bonds to finance its portion of the $155 million North of South mixed-use project set to be built on 14 acres north of South Street between Delaware Street and Virginia Avenue.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Durham relatives

January 17, 2011
Greg Andrews
The case against Jeffrey and Dana Osler is the latest in what is expected to be a string of suits by the trustee against friends and business associates of Tim Durham who took out loans from Fair Finance but made few if any payments.
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Community Health plans $12M east-side medical complex

January 17, 2011
Construction is set to begin soon on Community Health Pavilion, a three-story, 55,000-square-foot medical building to be built on six acres at 7910 E. Washington St.
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Ambulance manufacturing plant in northern Indiana closing

January 17, 2011
Medtec Ambulance Corp. has notified state officials it will close its plant in Goshen on March 31 as part of a reorganization that will move operations to Bradenton, Fla., costing 150 workers their jobs.
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Humvee maker cutting 300 jobs at Indiana factory

January 17, 2011
Associated Press
AM General plans to lay off 300 workers from the Mishawaka factory that makes Humvees for the military.
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Indiana senator set to propose lower corporate tax

January 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman of Lafayette, who chairs the Senate Tax Committee, says Indiana's corporate income tax is seen as a hindrance to job creation.
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Pence urged to enter presidential race in 2012

January 17, 2011
Associated Press
An independent campaign to draw GOP Rep. Mike Pence into the 2012 presidential race is under way, with a veteran of the Reagan White House launching a petition drive on Monday urging him to enter the primary contests.
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Reports say Indiana townships inefficient

January 16, 2011
Associated Press
New investigations reported in Indiana newspapers say there are widespread patterns of inefficiency in the government of the state's 1,008 townships.
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IU students find niche in battle against high textbook prices

January 15, 2011
Associated Press
Online business expands to universities in Florida and Texas.
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Tight supply of used vehicles drives up valuesRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Used-car prices are on the rise. Last month, the average used-car transaction was for $19,345 vs. $16,586 a year earlier, according to Edmunds.com. Last year, used-vehicle prices generally were 10 percent to 15 percent higher than in 2009.
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WellPoint headquarters snags $42M

January 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Massachusetts-based Franklin Street Properties acquired the Monument Circle headquarters of insurance giant WellPoint Inc. late in 2010 for $42 million—a rich $196 per square foot—from an affiliate of locally based HDG Mansur.
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Can video games be good for your health?

January 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
Local companies are embedding stealthy video messages for high school and college students.
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By wide margin, Anthem still city's largest insurerRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's share of the Indianapolis area has leveled off, even though it still insures more than half the commercial market—or three times as much as its nearest competitor.
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LAMKIN: Health care reform is opportunity to reorganize servicesRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Ned Lamkin
Indiana should take advantage of the opportunity to build a comprehensive exchange.
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Brizzi filed for OmniSource forfeiture

January 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi blasted metal-recycling giant OmniSource in a court filing in his last week in office, asking a judge to force the company to forfeit all five of its Indianapolis scrap yards and a foundry facility in Hendricks County.
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New IU football coach Wilson is focus of marketing blitzRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University has undertaken a multi-pronged media initiative to make Kevin Wilson, its new head football coach, a household name statewide.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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