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Bloomington wins recognition for being gay-friendlyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
A national newsmagazine for the gay and lesbian community has named Bloomington as its top U.S. small-town vacation destination.
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Hospitals are mixed bag for rural economiesRestricted Content

May 12, 2008
J.K. Wall
Around Indiana, hospitals continue to grow and add workers, increasing their role as an economic driver to the state's economy. But health care reformers say hospital growth has a double edge, as higher health care costs dampen growth prospects for other Indiana employers and their workers.
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Brown County tourism industry feuds over how to ward off a slumpRestricted Content

March 24, 2008
Jonathan Hiskes
Among those who stake their livelihood on tourism there is a sense that Brown County is at a crossroads. That dilemma is evident in decisions about whether to refurbish aging hotel rooms, update restaurant decor or close shop for the off-season.
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Land trusts find foothold in IndianaRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Cory Schouten
In an effort to preserve Indiana woodlands , some property owners are transferring development rights to Central Indiana Land Trust Inc., a not-for-profit environmental group. Owners can grant a so-called conservation easement in exchange for an impressive array of tax benefits.
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Experience keeps fireworks biz in demandRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
Amanda Getchel
Phil Ramsey, 65, knows what he's doing in the fireworks business--he's been working fireworks shows as a volunteer since 1968 and founded Frankfort-based Ramsey Pyrotechnics Inc. in 1982. When he's not battling Mother Nature, Ramsey is a grain farmer.
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Auto-job slide acceleratingRestricted Content

March 19, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's automotive manufacturing employment for the last decade peaked at 142,000 in 1999. Since then, the sector has shed 20,300 jobs-a staggering one-seventh of its total. Another 5,220 are slated to be cut soon. And there's no end in sight.
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Off to slow start, French Lick fears threat from 'racinos'Restricted Content

February 26, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
French Lick Resorts & Casino is already struggling, less than four months after its launch. And the casino's owners are downright terrified legislators soon will allow both of the state's horse-racing tracks to become "racinos" and add up to 5,000 slot machines.
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156-year-old Clabber Girl rolls out new productsRestricted Content

September 4, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The 156-year-old Terre Haute company that quietly churned out nothing but its trademark baking powder for more than a century is now serving notice to General Mills' Bisquick and other well-known brands that the status quo is dead.
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Ball State downtown outpost to offer classes, master's degreesRestricted Content

July 24, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
Ball State University is preparing to stake a big claim in downtown Indianapolis, where it will offer classes and graduate degree programs at a new satellite facility.
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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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