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Rock Bottom Brewery tries to hang onto downtown lease

November 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Downtown landlord John Goodman has rejected Rock Bottom Brewery's attempt to renew its lease for five more years. The restaurant has occupied 14,600 square feet at 10 W. Washington St. since June 1, 1996.
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Pence to step down as No. 3 House GOP leader

November 3, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence alluded to a potential presidential bid in a statement he issued to his colleagues announcing he will step down as GOP conference chairman.
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New GOP-led House will focus on private-sector job creation

November 3, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
With new control of the Indiana House, Republican lawmakers plan to pursue an agenda focused on encouraging the private sector to create jobs and passing a budget without tax increases.
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No 'inappropriate communications,' Duke Energy CEO says

November 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Duke Energy Corp.'s top exec told the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that he's confident the IURC's former top attorney had no influence on decisions regarding the utility's Edwardsport plant, even though he sought a job with Duke while working for the regulatory body.
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Anderson makes headway in disposing of former GM sites

November 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Anderson is nearing a milestone in its effort to find new uses for numerous former General Motors sites that have been in its possession since 2006.
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Hancock County utilities set to proceed with merger

November 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Consolidation of Central Indiana Power and Hancock Telecom will become official on Jan. 1. It took a change in state law to allow the merger to proceed.
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City commission set to approve refinery plans

November 3, 2010
The Metropolitan Development Commission is expected Wednesday afternoon to approve Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc.'s plan to build its first used oil re-refinery, on West 10th Street. The project is estimated to cost $40 million and should create 55 jobs by 2013.
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Seeking growth, Lilly dumps Singapore for China

November 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
After recently deciding to close a research center in Singapore, Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. has decided to open a diabetes research center in China in the second half of 2011, further ramping up the drugmaker's presence in the world's fastest-growing pharmaceutical market.
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Q&A: Jim Hamilton

November 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
Jim Hamilton, an employee-benefits lawyer at Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, discussed the likelihood of a Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives changing or even outright repealing the health care reform law, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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WellPoint boosts third-quarter profit, raises forecast

November 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast by 20 cents per share, after lower-than-expected claims and lower administrative costs increased third-quarter profit by 1 percent.
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After 2008 change, Indiana returns to GOP roots

November 3, 2010
Associated Press
Republicans picked up the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Democrat Evan Bayh and two southern Indiana congressional seats that had been held by Democrats. They also appeared poised to claim a two-thirds majority in the Indiana Senate and take control of the state House of Representatives.
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School referendums voted down in several districts

November 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Voters shot down school referendums in several central Indiana districts Tuesday, including Zionsville, Anderson, Center Grove, Mount Vernon, Shelby County and Elwood.
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GOP takes 2 Indiana congressional seats from Dems

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republicans defeated Democratic Rep. Baron Hill and captured another seat Tuesday that the party had targeted as part of its effort to win control of the U.S. House, but Rep. Joe Donnelly prevented a GOP sweep of Indiana's three swing districts.
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Democrats win prosecutor's race, other Marion County seats

November 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Democrat Terry Curry has been elected Marion County prosecutor, defeating Republican candidate Mark Massa in a close race. Democrats also won the sheriff's race and other countywide seats.
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Democrat Donnelly holds on in 2nd District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Democrats have held onto one of the most hotly contested congressional seats in the country with Rep. Joe Donnelly barely winning re-election Tuesday in northern Indiana's 2nd district.
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GOP retains control of Indiana statewide offices

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Charlie White overcame allegations of voter fraud to become Indiana's next chief election officer, and Republican incumbents held onto their jobs as auditor and treasurer.
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Republican Young defeats Hill in 9th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Todd Young has defeated five-term Democratic Rep. Baron Hill in southern Indiana's 9th district, dealing Democrats a second loss in congressional seats they held in the state.
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Indiana voters OK property tax cap amendment

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana voters have overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that will make property tax limits more permanent.
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UPDATE: Coats returns to U.S. Senate from Indiana

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Coats defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth and Libertarian Rebecca Sink-Burris on Tuesday in the race to succeed Democrat Evan Bayh. The GOP counted on a Coats victory to help the party win the 10 seats it needs to gain control of the Senate.
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GOP gains seat with Bucshon's win in 8th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Larry Bucshon has won southwestern Indiana's 8th Congressional District, giving the GOP a U.S. House seat that Democrats have held the last four years.
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GOP off to fast start in midterm election

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republicans gained a Senate seat in Indiana and powered to leads in 10 House districts currently held by Democrats in midterm elections Tuesday night, early fruits of a drive to break the Democrats' grip on power in Congress.
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Democrat Carson re-elected

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Democratic Rep. Andre Carson has easily won election to a second term from Indiana's 7th Congressional District despite his unwavering support for President Barack Obama.
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Stutzman wins 3rd District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Marlin Stutzman has kept northeastern Indiana's 3rd District in the Republican column by winning election to its congressional seat.
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Rokita wins in 4th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has kept the state's 4th Congressional District in the Republican column by winning the election to replace retiring Rep. Steve Buyer.
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GOP's Pence scores easy re-election in 6th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Congressman Mike Pence easily defeated Democrat Barry Welsh, a United Methodist minister from Connersville who has lost three straight challenges to Pence.
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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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