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Johnson County eyes fee increases to offset cuts

October 15, 2011
Associated Press
Residents of a central Indiana county could pay more to own dogs or have work done at their homes and could buy a beer at county-owned property under proposals designed to bolster coffers.
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State fair profitable, but collapse will be costly in the end

October 13, 2011
Associated Press
Despite the Aug. 13 stage collapse killing 7 concertgoers, the Indiana State Fair turned a modest profit of $389,000 this year. But about $500,000 in potential revenue was lost in the aftermath of the tragedy, and two investigations will cost about $1 million by the end of the year.
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Tea party sees Lugar as best target in Senate

October 13, 2011
Associated Press
The tea party movement's best remaining hope in 2012 for picking off an incumbent Republican in the Senate has boiled down to one state, Indiana, where six-term Sen. Richard Lugar still faces a challenge from the right.
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NBA scraps first two weeks of regular season

October 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Team owners and players were unable to reach a new labor deal Monday and end the lockout. The cancellation includes all games scheduled to be played through Nov. 14. The first seven games on the Indiana Pacers' schedule will be lost.
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Indiana drawing more people, businesses across state lines

October 8, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana saw more people move to the state than leave between 2005 and 2009 despite a decreased mobility nationwide attributed to the recession.
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Indiana Dem chairman calls on lottery director to quit

October 6, 2011
Associated Press
The head of the Indiana Democratic Party wants the director of the Hoosier Lottery to resign after an admission that it overspent on its new headquarters.
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Retail trade group sees modest holiday sales gain

October 6, 2011
Associated Press
The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects winter holiday sales to rise 2.8 percent, to $465.6 billion this year.
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Navistar cutting about 130 jobs in Fort Wayne

October 6, 2011
Associated Press
Navistar International Corp. is planning to lay off about 130 workers from its Fort Wayne operations by the end of the year as it continues consolidation to a new headquarters in suburban Chicago.
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Indiana budget picture improved modestly in September

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's budget picture continued improving last month as the state collected $31 million more in taxes than planned.
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Skillman, Hamilton to lead Indiana Bicentennial panel

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton will lead a group that's coordinating events to mark Indiana's upcoming bicentennial.
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U.S. OKs $196M for high-speed Chicago-Detroit rail

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved $196.5 million for part of a high-speed Amtrak passenger rail link between Chicago and Detroit, U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow from Michigan said Wednesday.
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Apple founder, innovator Steve Jobs dead at 56

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died.
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For-profit education firm denies lawsuit charges

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Education Management Corp., which operates two schools in Indianapolis, has asked a judge to throw out a Department of Justice lawsuit that claims it used improper sales tactics to lure unqualified students and the billions of dollars in financial aid they bring.
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Lottery says it overspent on amenities for new office

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lottery officials say they overspent on their new headquarters and will sell some of their equipment after reports raised questions about the lavish facility.
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Simon Property Group gets new $4B credit facility

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based shopping mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. has received a new $4 billion unsecured revolving credit facility.
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Indiana schools chief says he has fences to mend

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said during a Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce forum on Tuesday that he understands the changes he has advocated make many teachers and other uncomfortable.
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Two injured on motorcycle sue Indy over police crash

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Two people who were seriously injured when an allegedly intoxicated Indianapolis police officer collided with their stopped motorcycle are seeking unspecified damages from the officer, the police department and the city in at least the third civil suit over the case.
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NBA talks break down, preseason games wiped out

October 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The National Basketball Association shelved the rest of its exhibition schedule Tuesday. The Indiana Pacers will lose eight preseason games to the lockout, including at least three home games at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Delaware County closing office building on Fridays

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Facing steep budget cuts, the county northeast of Indianapolis will be shutting down its main government building on Fridays and cutting the work week of nearly 150 employees.
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State to crack down on new online gambling machines

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials have decided to clamp down on new electronic gambling machines that let users connect to online games and are giving the state excise police authority to remove them and cite businesses that have them.
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WRTV sold with eight other TV stations for $212M

October 3, 2011
Associated Press
Television station and newspaper owner The E.W. Scripps Co. said Monday that it will pay $212 million in cash for nine TV stations, including WRTV in Indianapolis, owned by The McGraw-Hill Cos.
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In 'jobs' elections, foreign goods cause trouble

October 2, 2011
Associated Press
In an election cycle focused on jobs, campaign material made by foreign workers tends to become political kryptonite.
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Feds: Proposed Indiana Medicaid expansion premature

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
Federal officials on Friday denied Indiana's request to use a state public health savings account to help cover the half-million people who will become eligible for Medicaid in 2014, saying the request was premature and leaving the state program's future in flux.
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Governor: Ohio River bridge repairs to take months

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
Work to repair an ailing Ohio River bridge shut down between Kentucky and Indiana will cost about $20 million, and it will take about six months to fix and reopen the heavily traveled span.
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Panel dismisses complaint against Indiana Democrats

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Election Commission has dismissed — for now — a campaign finance complaint involving House Democrats who staged a five-week walkout earlier this year.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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