Gov. Mike Pence has asked the Indiana Department of Education to review the state's school performance grading system amid accusations leveled against former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. A statement from the governor's office says Pence still supports the A-F grading system. The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling for a moratorium on school grading until a "truly independent investigation" is complete. Bennett stepped down Thursday as Florida's education commissioner. He has denied any wrongdoing and is also calling for an investigation, saying he is "fearless" about what it would reveal.
Crews Blast Bridge Span
Crews have taken down the second of three sections of the Milton-Madison Bridge. The portion of the southeast Indiana span closest to Kentucky was blasted Thursday morning. Officials expect to finish the more than $100 million project this year. The final section of the 1920s-era span is expected to be removed next week.
Exclusive: Lechleiter on Surgery, Lilly Future
As Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) continues to navigate through one of its most challenging periods ever, Chief Executive Officer John Lechleiter says employees should remain confident in the future of the company. But Lechleiter, who recently returned to work after undergoing heart surgery in May, acknowledges additional patent expirations will make 2014 another difficult year. In an exclusive interview that will air this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television, he says, despite continuing challenges, Lilly has "a bright future."
AIT Labs Shuffles Leadership
There is a change in leadership at Indianapolis-based AIT Laboratories. Inside INdiana Business has learned CHV Capital Inc. Chief Executive Officer Matt Neff will assume the roles of chief executive officer and president of AIT, effective Monday. Founder Mike Evans will remain with the company as chairman emeritus.
Longtime Leadership Groups Unite
Plans for a new community leadership organization are being revealed this morning in the state's largest city. Leadership Indianapolis is designed to better develop community leaders. The Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series and Lacy Leadership Association are planning to create the group. Chief Executive Officer Linda Kirby says the effort is still in an information gathering stage.
Health Care Startup Expecting More Growth
An Indianapolis-based health care technology company is on pace to generate $10 million in revenue this year, and believes business could triple next year. hc1.com Inc. provides a cloud-based data management platform that includes information on business and clinical activities as well as lab orders and results. The company currently has 70 employees, and expects to reach 120 by the end of 2014. Chief Executive Officer Brad Bostic discussed the company's growth with Business of Health Reporter Barb Lewis.
Amazon Announces Additional Hiring Plans
Amazon.com Inc. is planning to hire more Hoosiers. The company says it intends to add thousands of jobs at more than a dozen fulfillment centers throughout the country, including Jeffersonville and Indianapolis.
Cassidy Turley 'Increasingly Bullish' on Market
The regional vice president of research at Cassidy Turley says new commercial real estate numbers are pointing to what is "finally starting to look like a recovery." Jason Tolliver says the company's latest quarterly report suggests growth is spreading across the state, rather than remaining concentrated in major metro areas. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Tolliver says he believes the market is "just going to accelerate" for the rest of the year.
Organization Details $1.3 Billion Transit Plan
A group working to expand public transportation in central Indiana has refined a $1.3 billion proposal. Indy Connect has released additional information about potential route and stop locations for several rapid transit bus lines, as well as a train corridor that could use the Nickel Plate rail line in Hamilton and Marion counties. The organization is slated to hold a series of public meetings beginning next week, where it will unveil design details. Communities involved include Indianapolis, Greenwood, Noblesville and Carmel.
CEO: $200 Million Deal Will Create Jobs
The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Zotec Partners LLC says its $200 million acquisition of Georgia-based Medical Management Professionals Inc. will create the country's largest medical billing company. Scott Law also tells Inside INdiana Business the deal will "definitely" boost the company's Indiana work force, including additional IT and software development jobs. He says changes to the health care landscape, including the Affordable Care Act, continue to benefit the company as providers look for ways of lowering costs.
Former Purdue President Picked to Lead NSF
A former president of Purdue University has received President Barack Obama's nomination to head the National Science Foundation. France Cordóva served as Purdue's leader from 2002-2007.
PGA Makes French Lick Stop Official
The French Lick Resort is set to host its fourth major PGA event. The tour has officially announced the 2015 Senior PGA Championship will be held at the resort's Pete Dye Course. The organization expects more than 150 golfers to take part in the event.
State Names I-69 Finalists
The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced the final four teams vying to develop and finance the remaining portion of the I-69 expansion. Officials expect to issue the last Request for Proposals in the fall for the stretch between Bloomington and Martinsville.
Major Renovations Wrapping up at Notre Dame Hotel
A more than $30 million renovation project at the University of Notre Dame is nearly complete. The school says the 1950s-era Morris Inn is set to reopen later this month and will employ 60 more workers than when it temporarily closed last year. The hotel will be seeking a Four Diamond rating from AAA.
Renewable Energy Facility Coming to White County
A Monticello-based company has announced plans to build a renewable energy facility in the White County city. Waste No Energy LLC says the plant will collect hundreds of tons of manure and organic food waste every day and generate more than 8 million kilowatts of electricity each year.
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