Indianapolis Business Journal

NOV. 22-28, 2019

Mickey Shuey has the latest in the dispute between the city of Indianapolis and developer Ambrose Property Group, which last week filed a lawsuit to prevent the city from seizing the old GM stamping plant site on the southwestern outskirts of downtown. This fight could take years to play out in court, delaying any development at the site. Also in this week’s issue, Lindsey Erdody reports on the progress toward building a permanent music venue in White River State Park. And Samm Quinn explores the ramifications of the Democrats’ near sweep in the Indianapolis city elections. In addition to the mayor’s office, they now have a supermajority on the city-county council.

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Virtual health care grows, but usage is uneven and some patients, physicians are slow to adopt

Three years after Indiana passed a law allowing doctors to prescribe drugs for patients without an in-person visit—using a computer, smartphone, video camera and similar technology—some health systems around the state are reporting higher use of virtual visits. St. Vincent, for example, sees hundreds of patients a month remotely for ailments ranging from minor rashes and sprains to follow-up visits for strokes.

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Editorial: Better late than never on smoking age

House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray said at a Nov. 18 panel discussion convened by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce that they will support legislation raising the smoking age.
That’s welcome news in the face of estimates that more than 90% of adult smokers start as teenagers.

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James Glass: For news, books and retail, a trip back in time

I recently visited London for 16 days. It had been 39 years since my last visit, so I was prepared for some changes. What surprised me the most were ways in which the daily lives of Londoners and Americans have diverged since 1980, particularly in the last two decades.

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Letter: No place for red herring in White House

The president argues that he will be denied due process if he cannot “confront” this whistle-blower. This is a real attempt at a diversion, akin to his claiming a denial of due process if he could not “confront” jurors while they deliberate a criminal case against him.

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