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Top Indiana House budget writer won't seek new term

February 10, 2012
Associated Press
Rep. Jeff Espich of Uniondale, the leader of the Indiana House's budget-writing committee, announced Friday that he won't seek re-election this fall and will end 40-year legislative career.
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Bloomington hires firm to plan technology park

February 10, 2012
Associated Press
Development officials have hired a company to plan a downtown Bloomington technology park they hope can eventually spawn a bustling high-tech business hub in the southern Indiana city.
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Schools chief: No Child waiver helps Indiana students

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana will take advantage of a federal waiver on provisions of the No Child Left Behind act to create better education for students, State School Superintendent Tony Bennett said.
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Advocates want no weakening of Indiana smoking ban

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Anti-smoking advocates aren't happy about an 18-month exemption for bars that's included in a bill for a statewide smoking ban, and are aiming to prevent the proposal from being watered down.
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13K Indiana foreclosure victims to get $2K checks

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana homeowners will receive about $43 million in refinanced loans while other borrowers will get $30 million worth of loan-term modifications and other relief as part of a $25 billion nationwide settlement with the country's biggest mortgage lenders.
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Gubernatorial candidates turn in signatures

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence submitted plenty of signatures to get their names on Indiana's ballot for governor. Fishers businessman Jim Wallace, however, said he came up 111 signatures shy of the number needed to make the ballot.
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Indiana panel OKs overhaul of school grading system

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
A state panel has approved changes to Indiana's A-to-F grading standards for public schools despite complaints that the new rules are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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Indiana among 10 states getting No Child Left Behind waivers

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states, including Indiana, from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned.
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Indiana lawmaker says school bus fees increase danger

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's public school districts wouldn't be able to end school bus service for their students under a proposal advancing in the General Assembly after protests from parents in a suburban Indianapolis district who now face annual bills of more than $400 a child for rides to and from school.
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Right-to-work boycott fines put on hold by Indiana high court

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
The state Supreme Court placed on hold Wednesday all legislative fines against Democrats who boycotted the Indiana House during the right-to-work battle until it rules on whether it's legal for those fines to be deducted from their paychecks.
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Company: Sugarland resisted delaying state fair concert

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Sugarland resisted delaying the start of a concert at the state fair despite threatening weather that caused a deadly stage collapse, the fair's top official testified against the company that built the stage rigging.
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Lawsuit filed over denial of senior's home care

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Carmel-based health insurer once owned by Conseco Inc. is being sued for refusing to pay claims for in-home care submitted by California senior citizens.
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Koch family takes another step toward Kentucky park

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The owners of Holiday World have taken another step toward re-opening an amusement park near Louisville known as Kentucky Kingdom that closed more than two years ago.
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Indiana stage builder cited in state fair disaster

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The State Labor Department says the company that built the stage ahead of last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse showed "plain indifference" to safety standards.
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Indiana tax collections below target for January

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state tax collections came in slightly below projections for January, the first monthly shortfall since the new state budget year began last July.
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Indiana House panel leader leery of creationism bill

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House Education Committee said Tuesday a proposal specifically allowing public schools to teach creationism alongside evolution in science classes could be unworkable.
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Republic Airlines unit Frontier wants to look more like Spirit

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
The chief executive at Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. says he's trying to make the airline's money-losing Frontier Airlines unit more like lower-cost rivals Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Travel Co.
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Super Bowl live stream online attracts 2.1 million viewers

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
The first live stream of the Super Bowl was the most-watched single-game sports event online, according to NBC.
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Indiana high court takes over secretary of state dispute

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to take over the legal battle in which Democrats are trying to have convicted Republican Secretary of State Charlie White replaced by their 2010 candidate for that office.
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State will seek to block Democratic legal move in White case

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Democratic Party on Monday asked the state appeals court to replace convicted Republican Secretary of State Charlie White with the Democratic candidate White defeated in the 2010 election.
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Marion County judge blocks right-to-work fines

February 6, 2012
Associated Press
A Marion County judge ordered Indiana House Republicans to return fines levied against House Democrats in the right-to-work battle last year and blocked $1,000-a-day fines levied this year.
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Police adjust downtown crowd-control plan after injuries

February 4, 2012
Associated Press
Overwhelming "human gridlock" in Indianapolis' Super Bowl Village was causing police to rethink crowd control Saturday on the eve of the big game.
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Closing arguments under way in White trial

February 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's defense lawyer rested Thursday without presenting a case against voter fraud charges that could oust White from office. Clsoing arguments got under way Friday.
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U.S. unemployment rate ticks down after hiring burst

February 3, 2012
Associated Press
Employers went on a hiring spree in January and drove down the unemployment rate for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, its lowest point in nearly three years.
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Manning questions overshadow Colts' coaching hires

February 2, 2012
Associated Press
ESPN reported that Peyton Manning had been "cleared to play" by the doctor who performed Sept. 8 neck surgery on the quarterback.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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