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Colts extend home sell-out streakRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Despite a ticket price increase, the terrible economy, and an uncertain season ahead, the Indianapolis Colts have sold out of season tickets, assuring the team will extend its sell-out streak to 97 regular-season home games.
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$65M development deal would cost Capital Improvement BoardRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Capital Improvement Board could be forced to give up one of its most profitable assets so the city can pull off a $65-million public-private downtown development deal. The city has agreed to help a developer revitalize the vacant former Bank One operations center in part by acquiring an adjacent parking garage for $18.5 million.
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Judge to determine whether Lauth's filing was properRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The largest outside investor in embattled developer Lauth Group Inc. is asking a federal judge to dismiss the company's bankruptcy cases.
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Boomtown on hold: Recession delays Honda's full impact on GreensburgRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jobs created by the new manufacturing plant have been offset by losses elsewhere in the community, and related development remains scarce. But local officials remain optimistic about Honda's long-term impact.
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Government-run insurance plan draws mixed reviews from employersRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Businesses all want to see reform of the health care system, but they diverge on how much the U.S. government's entrance into the insurance market would help or hurt them.
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Ice Miller still in merger talks with Louisville law firmRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Scott Olson
The city's third-largest law firm is poised to tie the knot with Kentucky's Greenebaum Doll & McDonald. But differences in the way the firms compensate partners are taking longer than expected to sort out.
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Below-average test scores raise questions about elementary teachers, collegesRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Students going into and out of Indiana's teacher education programs tend to score below average on standardized test scores. And national data indicate the gap is entirely attributable to those headed into elementary education.
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Law grants teachers immunity from civil suitsRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Scott Olson
Educators widely support a new state law that gives teachers immunity from civil lawsuits for trying to discipline students. But opponents of corporal punishment are giving it a frosty reception, fearing Indiana students could be subjected to more paddling without legal recourse.
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$65M downtown development deal raises questionsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Cory Schouten
A $65 million public-private plan for the redevelopment of a vacant downtown office building is raising eyebrows for its unusual approach and potential risk to taxpayers. The plan calls for a private developer to acquire the former Bank One operations center, surface parking lots and an adjacent parking garage from a private owner for $18.5 million, then sell the 1,680-space garage to the city for $18.5 million.
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Expanded FedEx cargo hub not meeting expectationsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis International Airport, already suffering from a 10-percent drop in passenger traffic and a projected $15 million revenue shortfall this year, is also feeling financial drag from its single most important tenant. FedEx Express cargo shipments, which amount to about half of the $25 million in airfield fees generated at the airport, fell 16 percent in the first three months of this year vs. the same period last year.
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Anderson's abundant water supply makes city well-suited for Nestle, other food processorsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Anderson soon will tap a new well to help accommodate demand from Nestle USA, which opened a Madison County plant in May 2008 producing bottled, flavored Nesquik and liquid Coffee-mate, a water-based creamer. The company already has launched an expansion slated for completion in 2011.
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Marketing veteran to lead Circle City ClassicRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Circle City Classic has hired Marc Williams, an East Coast marketing consultant, as its executive director, a post vacated in March when Tony Mason left to become senior vice president for the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.
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IU to offer degree in fund raising

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Most fund-raisers stumble into the profession, but within a decade the field could be populated by recent college graduates who hold degrees in philanthropic studies.The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University soon will roll out a bachelor's degree that would be among the first of its kind. If all goes as planned, IUPUI would begin marketing the degree, granted by the School of Liberal Arts, for the fall of 2010.
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Arts backer Efroymson returns to contemporary museum he helped start

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jeremy Efroymson recently agreed to return to the financially flailing Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art as its executive director and work for free. Efroymson, one of the museum's early leaders, has a strategy for seeing IMOCA through a financial rough spot, but what remains unclear is how the museum will wean itself off his support.
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Browning acquires 43 homes for $100 million mixed-used development in CarmelRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Cory Schouten
Developer Brown Investments has reached terms with the owners of 43 of 49 homes in the North Meridian Heights neighborhood in Carmel. Browning plans to demolish the homes to make way for a $100 million commercial development over 17 acres.
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Pacers coach takes to streets to combat homelessnessRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Even with the NBA draft approaching, Pacers coach Jim O'Brien makes time for his duties as a board member and on-the-ground volunteer for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention. A strong commitment to community service runs in the coach's family.
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Some laid-off workers qualify for lucrative benefitsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A little-known federal program provides support for retraining to workers whose employers were hurt by foreign trade. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act also offers income replacement and health insurance benefits.
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Grads, career-changers surge into teachingRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Folks from all sorts of professions are trying on teaching, to survive the recession or to give back to the community. Or both.
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Cultural Trail spurs development plan along Virginia AvenueRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Cory Schouten
A local architecture firm hopes to challenge hip Mass Ave with an arts-themed development in Fletcher Place. The $9 million project would include apartments, retail and office space.
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Not-for-profits use electronic technology to raise fundsRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Fund raising via video e-mailing gets attention, but the jury is still out on its return on cost.
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Newcomer Franklin University could create marketing mix-up for Franklin CollegeRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Ohio-based Franklin University's move into the Indianapolis market sets up the potential for significant name confusion with Franklin College, the liberal arts school 30 minutes south of Indianapolis.
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Spanish-language news program finds home after cancellationRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Scott Olson
The familiar face of a local Hispanic television newscast is back on the air, less than six months after the parent of WISH-TV Channel 8 pulled the plug on him.
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State audit findings sting WestfieldRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Cory Schouten
Westfield's mayor says the city's rapid growth and small staff are to blame for accounting problems raised in a State Board of Accounts audit.
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Vacant dealerships join already rocky real estate marketRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Tom Harton
The owners of car dealerships slated for closure by Chrysler and General Motors face a tough environment for unloading their real estate, but an expected onslaught of such properties has at least one company preparing to grab a slice of the business.
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Marketing employees open own computer-generated motion graphics businessRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Chris O\'malley
The three principals of The Basement Design and Motion left another firm to set their own course in the world of Web convergence marketing.
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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....

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