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Indiana bringing information revolution to public schools

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The state is building a massive data system with a tough-love intent of rewarding good educators and schools and hammering poor performers.
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World Skating Academy gets reprieve, remains on thin ice

June 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, the Academy hasn't yet been evicted from its Pan American Plaza ice rinks, but it operates under a cloud of uncertainty.
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Developer facing legal action everywhere it has built condos

June 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Three of the four principals in Page Development were in court June 8 to sift through the fallout from a $1.35 million judgment against them. It's only the tip of Page Development's financial straits.
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Long-vacant Washington Street buildings headed for revivalRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Workers are restoring facades on two empty buildings along Washington Street just east of Meridian Street as part of a retail and residential redevelopment.
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Cummins in position to benefit from new fuel standards

June 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cummins Inc. is counting on fuel-efficient technology to be a major driver of its future growth. While the company is keeping its new diesel-engine prototypes under wraps, it is open about its strategy of urging environmental regulators to roll out increasingly strict standards.
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Research reforms will force Lilly, others to test how drugs stack upRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The federal government is currently doling out $1.1 billion in stimulus funds to pay for research that compares multiple medical treatments against one another to determine which is most effective. Drug companies like Eli Lilly and Co. are wary that comparative-effectiveness research could threaten their sales.
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Is going multimodal next for Carmel?Restricted Content

June 12, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Carmel's virtual Disney World of new, high-density attractions—from the mixed-use City Center to the Carmel Arts and Design District—were built with walking and biking access in mind. A recently completed study shows the potential to link numerous other city destinations by multiple forms of transportation.
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New agreement forms Indiana branch of online college

June 11, 2010
Associated Press
WGU Indiana is a branch of Western Governors University, a private, not-for-profit university designed for working adults trying to earn bachelor's or master's degrees.
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Water, sewer sale clears another hurdle

June 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The $1.9 billion deal still needs the OK of the City-County Council and state regulators.
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Circle Centre sues restaurant Bella Vita over unpaid rent

June 11, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Italian restaurant that took over high-profile mall space in January is being sued by the landlord for $96,523.23.
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Deadline approaching for mortgage lenders to pass exam

June 11, 2010
Lenders must pass the test by July 1, or their licenses will be revoked. So far, just 58 percent of more than 1,000 in the state have passed.
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Rolls-Royce opens plant making part for Joint Strike Fighter

June 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new "focused factory" in Plainfield will produce lift fans for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The fan allows one version of the aircraft to make helicopter-like landings.
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Hillenbrand unit seeks to block imports of knockoff coffins

June 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
Hillenbrand Inc.'s Batesville unit, the largest U.S. maker of coffins,wants the trade commission to prevent Ataudes Aguilares from selling its products in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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Arcadia sees smaller quarterly, fiscal-year losses

June 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Despite losses, company sees growth in its DailyMed pharmacy services, which packages the right dosages of prescriptions to make it easier for patients to follow their regimens.
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College athletic conference chaos set to erupt

June 11, 2010
Associated Press
Nebraska may be heading to the Big Ten, Colorado is leaving the Big 12, and a host of other college athletic moves could be on tap.
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Senator to probe spending at for-profit colleges

June 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
ITT Educational Services Inc., Apollo Group Inc.'s University of Phoenix, Career Education Corp. and other for-profit educators are under increasing federal scrutiny over their recruitment practices and the level of student loan defaults.
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Indiana to turn 43,000 acres into wetlands area

June 10, 2010
Associated Press
Together, the combined acreage of the two habitat conservation areas will be the largest project ever undertaken by the state Department of Natural Resources, Daniels said.
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WXIN expanding its news programming

June 10, 2010
Fox59 adding weekend-morning and 5 p.m. weekday newscasts to its coverage.
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For PNC, there's much riding on smooth transition

June 10, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Pittsburgh-based bank starts converting former National City operations in central Indiana to its brand this weekend. But any snags could create opportunities for competitors to pounce on customers.
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State manufacturing, logistics industries get high marks

June 10, 2010
Scott Olson

Third annual report from Ball State University highlights concerns over whether Indiana has enough qualified workers to meet demands of the increasingly technical sectors.

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Hat World expansion to create 571 jobs in Indianapolis

June 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Hat World, a subsidiary of Nashville, Tenn.-based Genesco Inc., said it plans to invest up to $22 million to lease and prepare additional space locally as it consolidates manufacturing and warehouse operations from Wisconsin.
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Lugar's energy bill winning support

June 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
Lugar's bill may be able to muster the 60 votes needed for Senate passage because it wouldn't cap emissions or expand offshore drilling, two controversial issues in the Senate.
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Indiana teachers unions hope Congress helps states

June 10, 2010
Associated Press
The leader of Indiana's largest teachers union says if Congress approves up to $300 million for Indiana schools, it could save as many as 7,200 public school employee jobs, including those of Indiana teachers, teaching assistants and bus drivers.
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Area home sales took big hit in May as credit expires

June 9, 2010
Pending home sales fell 31.5 percent last month, following expiration of the federal home-buyer tax credit.
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INDOT commissioner to step down for Duke Energy post

June 9, 2010
Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Reed is resigning to become president of Duke Energy's Indiana operations. Michael B. Cline, INDOT's deputy commissioner of operations, will replace him.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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