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Bill would let Indiana pharmacies collect old meds

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill authored by Republican Rep. Kevin Mahan of Hartford City would revise state law so that pharmacies could accept unused prescription drugs from customers and dispose of them securely and safely.
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Legislation would allow vote centers in all counties

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill that would allow all 92 Indiana counties to set up centralized voting centers instead of traditional precinct polling places has unanimously cleared a state Senate committee.
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Tiny bank claims Stifel Nicolaus duped it on securities

January 10, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Peoples State Bank of Ellettsville says it was duped three years ago into investing more than $13 million into auction-rate securities just before those markets froze up. Now it's suing its broker, Stifel Nicolaus & Co., to get the money back.
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Closed dental company working to transfer patients

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
Citing cash-flow problems, Allcare Dental and Dentures shut down operations in 14 states, including Indiana, last week.
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Local ad agency wins Scotts account

January 10, 2011
Young & Laramore will coordinate national ad campaigns for the Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts LawnService. With 46 employees, Y&L is the third-largest ad agency in Indianapolis.
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Kokomo plant closure affects 75 workers

January 10, 2011
Kansas City-based Milbank Manufacturing Co. said it will close its Howard County plant sometime between March 8 and March 22. Milbank makes electric meter sockets.
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Lilly's Solpura may lack data to prove effectiveness

January 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
Outside advisers to the FDA will meet Jan. 12 to review whether the drug should be approved for people with pancreas insufficiency caused by cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis or other conditions.
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Duke Energy plans acquisition, new CEO

January 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
Duke Energy Corp. announced Monday an agreement to buy Progress Energy Inc. and put Progress CEO William Johnson in charge of what will be the largest U.S. utility.
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Ratio Architects acquires North Carolina firm

January 10, 2011
Scott Olson
Ratio Architects Inc., the area's fourth-largest architectural firm, has acquired Cherry Huffman Architects in Raleigh, N.C.
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NFL playoffs' first 2 games set ratings milestones

January 9, 2011
Associated Press
The New York Jets' last-second 17-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts earned the highest rating since the NFL began airing prime-time wild card games in 2002.
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Lawmaker wants homeowners to pay for pond safety

January 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker worried about the dangers posed by retention ponds wants nearby homeowners to foot the bill of erecting safety barriers such as guardrails.
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WTHR hires news director

January 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Television news veteran Keith Connors will join WTHR-TV Channel 13 as news director Jan. 12, the local station announced Friday.
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Palladium not alone in playing up acoustics

January 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel and other arts organizations are promoting the quality of their venues' acoustics, but does the paying public really care?
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Engineering firm exec started at the bottom

January 8, 2011
Ann Finch
Donna Gadient has risen to the top ranks of engineering firm R.W. Armstrong through hard work, and without a college education.
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Daniels shifts aim to education reform

January 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reform is taking on greater priority after governor incomes misses an ambitious goal of raising Hoosier incomes.
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WGU Indiana provides more access to coursesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Students now can use scholarships to pay Western Governors University tuition.
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Marion, Ind., chain balloons to 620 mobile-phone storesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
The chain’s growth got a boost last year when it landed a deal to operate 164 cellular shops inside HHGregg stores.
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Real estate brokers scrambling for national partnershipsRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
Top commercial real estate firms have been playing a name game of late, picking up or dropping national affiliations in a broad realignment of the city’s brokerage business.
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Aprimo sale may usher in 'new wave' of tech dealsRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Observers say conditions are ripening for more deals like the recent $525 million sale of Aprimo Inc. in the months ahead—not only among IT firms, but also among biotech companies here.
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Chamber props up graduation initiativeRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
A cash crunch at its Common Goal education program forced the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce this month to start covering the program’s bills out of its coffers.
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Convention Center expansion is high-stakes gamble

January 8, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
With the $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion built and set to open Jan. 20, one major question remains: Will enough conventions, trade shows and corporate meetings come here to make the big-dollar investment pay off?
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INSIDE DISH: Recess owner keeps it simple, plans expansion

January 7, 2011
Mason King
Recess Watch VideoAfter initial trepidation over its chef-centric concept and urban location, Recess' Greg Hardesty plans to open another school-themed eatery.
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Evans exits mayor's race, supports Kennedy

January 7, 2011
J.K. Wall
Democratic City-County Councillor Jose Evans follows Indianapolis businessman Brian Williams out of the race to challenge Republican Mayor Greg Ballard.
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NHRA moves tech department to Indianapolis

January 7, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The California-based National Hot Rod Association said Thursday that it is moving its technical department headquarters to Indianapolis to be closer to many of its race teams headquartered here.
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Marsh hit with second federal labor charge

January 7, 2011
Scott Olson
National Labor Relations Board accuses supermarket chain of intimidating employees at its Beech Grove store for supporting an attempt to unionize. The charges follow a similar complaint NLRB made in November involving Marsh's Georgetown Road store.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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