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Chrysler sticks it to Kokomo

August 21, 2009
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Officials in Kokomo and Howard County are in a tough spot. The “new” Chrysler created after its bankruptcy sale to Fiat contends it‘s no longer on the hook for $12.9 million it owes various local taxing bodies this year and $12.3 million it will owe next year.

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Community Health hires a maverick

August 21, 2009
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Today’s announcement that Community Health Network named Tony Lennen to head its Community Hospital South was a bit of an eye-opener.

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More than Harley-Davidson

August 20, 2009
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Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson isn't the only company scouting for places to plunk new operations, a long-time economic development expert says.
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Neurosis and dying: Now you know

August 19, 2009
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Believe it or not, until Purdue University psychologist Daniel Mroczek tackled the question, no one had delved into why people who freak out easily die earlier than mellow folks. Experts have long known that stressed, neurotic folks kick the bucket earlier....
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Job loss, in excruciating motion

August 18, 2009
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If youâ??re curious how the recession has washed across the nation, itâ??s worth looking at an animated map posted at Slate.com. The map shows job gains and losses since January 2007 in detail as fine as the county...
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Bank-branch boom skirts inner city

August 17, 2009
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Itâ??s no secret banks are tossing up branches left and right. IBJ reported last month that banks consider branches as billboards to lure new customers, even while bank transactions move online. A new Associated Press analysis shows...
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Micro thaw hits custom homes

August 13, 2009
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The tiniest of warm breezes is beginning to blow through the custom home business, says one of the regionâ??s preeminent builders. R.J. Klein, whose Carmel firm specializes in homes costing as much as $6 million, says one of three projects that...
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Grizzled entrepreneur: Pounce now

August 11, 2009
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Dave Becker has made a lot of money on ventures including First Internet Bank and a banking software firm called re:Member Data Services, so his thoughts about the right time to launch a business are not exactly uninformed. When is the...
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United Way turns to the rich

August 10, 2009
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The wealthy in the Indianapolis area arenâ??t carrying their weight in supporting United Way of Central Indiana, according to an analysis by the not-for-profit    comparing places including Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Columbus, Ohio. The Indianapolis chapter has 22 â??principalâ?? donors, defined as...
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How â??bout that state fair!

August 7, 2009
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Thereâ??s nothing quite like a state capital to blunt a crummy economy. Not only are legions of government workers paid regardless of how the private sector performs, but capitals also have lots of small gold mines â?? like state fairs. In...
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Questions about â??clunkersâ??

August 6, 2009
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â??Cash for clunkersâ?? has sent lots of gas-guzzlers to the scrap yard and helped car dealers move the metal. But as Congress considers adding $2 billion to the initial $1 billion earmarked for the program, both the political right and left...
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Shifting health benefits

July 21, 2009
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The end of sweeping cuts in employee health benefits and the beginning of another trend is in sight, says Mike Miles, vice president and senior benefits consultant at Gregory & Appel Insurance. Employers have slashed benefits so deeply that the cuts...
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The latest fads in business names

July 17, 2009
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Nobody familiar with the intricacies of naming a business thinks the process is easy. Not if the messages words send to potential customers are grasped. So itâ??s easy to understand why the Indianapolis area is filling up with companies one way...
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Myrland on the chamber, church

July 15, 2009
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Thereâ??s nothing like a little time away from a job to refine oneâ??s perspective. Which makes John Myrlandâ??s distance from the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce all the more interesting. Myrland, 58, resigned as president of the chamber at the end of 2005...
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The housing bust has come to this

July 14, 2009
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For a peek into just how hard the housing bust has hit the Indianapolis area, look no further than a new study by the Indiana Business Research Center, an arm of Indiana Universityâ??s Kelley School of Business. The region,...
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Wishard's $754M request

July 13, 2009
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The folks at Wishard Memorial Hospital have tough jobs. They care for the indigent, patch up more than their share of gunshot wounds, and pay for most of it by billing government insurance programs, which arenâ??t known for lucrative reimbursements. Ancient,...
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Hoosier state as a laboratory

July 9, 2009
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You know California is in bad shape when The Economist compares it with Texas and wonders which is best. An opinion piece in its upcoming issue verges on placing them on a virtually even plane. California still has the best...
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Indiana recession losing oomph

July 7, 2009
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The recession is winding down in Indiana, but the state will lag a few months behind the nation when the economy starts to pick up steam. Thatâ??s how an Economy.com specialist who tracks Indiana sees it. Sean Maher, who also focuses on...
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Whacked $1.9M for downloads

July 7, 2009
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Unbelievable as it sounds, a federal jury in Minnesota ordered a woman to pay $1.92 million for violating copyrights on 24 songs she illegally shared. Thatâ??s $80,000 per song. Jammie Thomas-Rasset today asked a judge to knock the penalty...
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Alleys of devastation

July 2, 2009
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Plenty of stories have been published and aired in recent days about migration...
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Are Indiana Dems brain-dead?

July 1, 2009
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Now that another General Assembly is mercifully behind us, itâ??s a good time to raise a festering question about the lopsided nature of ideas bantered about the Statehouse in recent years. Gov. Mitch Daniels has driven a wide-ranging agenda characterized by...
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High court sides with business

June 29, 2009
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Business has won two important cases in the U.S. Supreme Court in recent days. Today, the court ruled in favor of white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., who claimed they had been unfairly denied promotions due to their race....
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Suing your insurance company

June 29, 2009
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Another unfortunate outgrowth of our litigious society is the increasing tendency of insurers and policyholders to settle claims in court. Cummins is tussling with several insurance companies to try to recover damages from a flood a year ago that inundated some...
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Weâ??re saving money again

June 26, 2009
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Americans have suddenly gotten serious again about saving money. In April last year, we saved absolutely nothing; by May this year the rate had shot to nearly 7 percent, the highest in more than a decade, and some economists...
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Is Lilly under-appreciated?

June 25, 2009
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Indianapolis has always had Eli Lilly and Co., it seems, and Lilly always seems to care for Indianapolis like a rich uncle. People employed directly by Lilly and by companies doing business with Lilly account for about one of every 30...
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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