Indianapolis Business Journal

MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2012

This week, read about N.K. Hurst's decidedly unsexy product, which nevertheless fills pantry shelves and company coffers, and see why state legislators will spend the summer looking into key parts of Tony Bennett's education reforms. And in At Home Quarterly, check out a photo gallery of Paul and Sarah Lushin's Carmel playhouse.

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Much smaller project would fill former Venu site

A parcel of overgrown bank-owned property with a leaky roof at the southwest corner of East 86th Street and Keystone Avenue may finally be poised for redevelopment: A Wisconsin firm has the 6.4 acres under contract and is putting together plans for a retail strip, a couple of restaurants and possibly a hotel.

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N.K. Hurst’s unsexy beans fill bottom shelf, bottom line

N.K. Hurst Co. Inc. sells roughly 20 million packages of dried beans and bean soup mixes a year, from the West McCarty Street packaging plant it has operated since 1938. It has only about 50 employees, but its products are ubiquitous in the grocery industry.

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Entrepreneurs see early success with new liqueur

Blue MF is a vodka-and-rum-based liqueur concocted by three Indiana University fraternity brothers turned entrepreneurs. Their firm, Indianapolis-based More Fun Liqueur, launched its signature drink in October and now is seeking investors to help fund expansion.

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KENNEDY: Legislature has own band of bullies

Indiana’s legislators couldn’t find it in their hearts to pass a law that would protect vulnerable children against bullying in our schools. But at least 20 of them found the time to do a little bullying of their own.

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HICKS: State smoking ban recognizes value of life

The workplace smoking ban signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels this week was a much-needed law. Of course, my Libertarian friends will object to its intrusion on liberty, and my leftist friends will say it didn’t go far enough. To them I ask, “What are you smoking?”

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Smoking ban is an accomplishment

Indiana will now protect 95 percent of people while at work and also allow citizens to eat at any restaurant in the state without having to encounter cigarette or cigar smoke.

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