Indianapolis Business Journal - January 19-25, 2018


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North-split construction critics want more neighborhood-friendly plan

As INDOT moves forward with plans for a major I-65/I-70 construction project, a coalition of residents with concerns about the impact on surrounding neighborhoods is also gaining steam.

Lilly looks to boost pipeline with drug partnerships

A slimmed-down Eli Lilly and Co., thousands of employees lighter after its biggest restructuring in nearly a decade, is now looking high and low for deals to bulk up its drug pipeline.

Top Stories

United Way expands poverty simulations to educate, engage community

IBJ reporter Lindsey Erdody participated in a recent poverty simulation conducted by the United Way of Central Indiana and hosted by Kronos Inc. and TechPoint.

Indy Dems remain in disarray following council coup

Is the Marion County Democratic Party broken?

Drug tests tank more job seekers

About 80 percent of Indiana employers have been affected by prescription drug misuse and abuse, including opioid painkillers, in their workplaces, according to a survey by the National Safety Council.

Tim Durham fraud victims eke out additional recovery

Investors in the Durham-owned Fair Finance Co. are slated to receive an additional $5 million soon, boosting their recovery to $23 million—which works out to about 11 cents on the dollar for their $208 million in losses.

Armory revamp for Herron High School campus clears major financing hurdle

Leaders of the $10.3 million Riverside High School project on the west side—a sister to Herron High School and set to open in the fall—have cobbled together several funding sources to finance the project.


Legislature debates expanding computer science in high schools

Those in the trenches say structural barriers—the most significant seems to be teacher training and quality—must be solved before basic classes that explain how computers work and more advanced coding and web-development courses can flourish throughout Indiana’s secondary schools.

New enrollment system gets 3,500 applications

OneMatch is a web-based application process for IPS and 90 percent of Marion County charter schools.

IU ranked No. 2 nationally for MBA online degree

The rankings came after the evaluation of nearly 1,500 distance-education programs for bachelor’s degrees, as well as graduate programs in business, engineering, criminal justice, education, nursing and others.

Strada partners to help adult learners

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning joins InsideTrack, Roadtrip Nation, College Confidential, DXtera Institute, Education at Work, and Student Connections as affiliate members of Strada Education Network.

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LOPRESTI: Families span continent to follow their kids’ hardwood fortunes

From 1,000-mile drives to special cable packages, Hoosier kin pull out the stops to see every game.

LOU'S VIEWS: ‘Raisin’ rises at Indiana Rep

Classic Lorraine Hansberry play more than justifies a revival.

DINING: New European cider house offers creative shareables

Thoughts on Brugge's new upstairs neighbor, Txuleta Basque Cider House.


EDITORIAL: Time for Hogsett to step up

The city has a long list of pressing needs—including reducing crime, squelching poverty, educating our workforce, and attracting higher-income residents who will pay the taxes needed to fund all those efforts.

MAURER: Looking back at a year of commentary

Catching up with gerrymandering--and the importance of optimism in one's eighth decade.

MYSOGLAND: Baby-boomer biz owners might start selling

The baby-boomer generation is healthier and more active than its predecessor generations. Today, the average life span has increased to 76.2 years for a male and 81.1 for a female. So, if one is healthy and mentally and physically capable at 65, why exit?

FAIMON & LIENHOOP: University + community = collaboration

The city of Columbus and Indiana University in Bloomington have partnered to implement a new vision for architectural education that will build upon the community's rich history of modernism and leverage it as a living laboratory for design discovery and invention.

URBAN DESIGN: Snow reveals the wasted space in our city streets

Some cities are taking the cue and making narrower roads permanent.

FEIGENBAUM: Sports betting could mean millions for state coffers

With income down $558.3 million from less than a decade ago—and gambling-related employment and state and local tax collections reeling accordingly—some lawmakers are looking to recharge the state’s gambling industry.

SKARBECK: Don’t let fear of missing out drive investment decisions

BOHANON & CUROTT: States need freedom to try to fix Medicaid

The best way to reform Medicaid is to decentralize the decision-making process to allow states to experiment with many options.

LETTER: Bill protects high school reporters

High school and to a lesser degree collegiate journalists need legislation to protect a constitutional right because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1988 that a school principal could block publication of two articles in a student newspaper because he considered them inappropriate.

In Brief

Former Butler professor files lawsuit against school alleging discrimination

Loni Smith McKown, who spent eight years teaching at Butler and five years as faculty adviser to the school’s student newspaper, The Butler Collegian, argues in the federal lawsuit filed in December that the university wrongly retaliated against her after she took action to complain about alleged discrimination.

Purdue University Global chosen as name for online school

Purdue University is several weeks away from what university officials hope is final approval of its acquisition of Kaplan University.

Five-restaurant Le Peep owner changes hands

The new owners of the local company—which was launched in 1988 by Bill Eckrich as part of the national Le Peep chain—plan to renovate all the restaurants.

Fairbanks Foundation awards $12M to local schools for drug prevention

The initiative will provide grants to public and private K-12 schools in Marion County to support substance-abuse programs.


SCHNEIDER: Democratic dysfunction in the Circle City

There is another, more important loser: Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and his agenda.

WOLLEY: New leadership needs to exceed Lewis’ achievements

The city’s leadership must reflect the best of us.

ROBERTSON: Republican councilors lose souls in power grab

I am about as sympathetic a voter they have to their plight—and I am absolutely disgusted.

SMITH: For some, hating crime in general isn’t enough

The LGBTQ community seeks to politicize the criminal code to elevate its legal status.

PARR: Ruling shows checks and balances are out of whack

It may well be that the Supreme Court rights the … ship when this issue finally makes its way to the nation’s highest court.

IRELAND: Our first virtual reality president is coming soon

This emerging technology is likely to redefine what it means to be a candidate.

SHELLA: Oprah exposes Democrats’ struggle to ID candidates

The search is on for the next Barack Obama.

SHEPARD: What it means to be a state that works

Sometimes you can learn a lot about a community by virtue of the leaders it chooses.

SHABAZZ: Good governing isn’t always about being bold

People are complaining there is no significant initiative that costs a lot of money, takes years to accomplish and grabs a lot of headlines.

POWELL: CBD’s promise marred by unsubstantiated claims

CBD remains an illegal controlled substance under federal law. We know this isn’t popular, but it is true.

ANDERSON: The question should be, when will CBD be available?

Even though CBD is confused with THC, it does not produce psychoactive effects.

LEPPERT: Slowing the pace of marijuana’s legislative ‘creep’

The Indiana General Assembly wants to see things work, or not, in other states before it goes jumping into the deep end.

DANIELS: CEOs must take lead in sex harassment policies

Having policies against harassment is useless without a commitment to enforcing those policies.

RITZ: Cursive writing still matters for career success

Indiana’s business community and parents should demand that students receive cursive instruction.

SIDDIQUI: DCS is troubled—and not for the reason you think

Politicizing this issue doesn’t help us develop a better solution.

HALE: Protecting children is great goal, mighty challenge

Children will die. Children right here in Indiana

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