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Highlander Hybrid Debuts in L.A.

High Hopes For Princeton-Produced Vehicle

A new Indiana-made vehicle is hitting the global spotlight this week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. is expecting strong demand for the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which will be made in Princeton. Production is set to ramp up in December, with the vehicle available in dealerships in February. The automaker has added approximately 600 jobs in Princeton as part of a more than $400 million investment announced in 2012.

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External Affairs Manager Kelly Dillon says there is still room for growth if strong demand continues.


State to Open Kokomo Bypass

A ribbon cutting is set for next week to open a new $155 million section of U.S. 31 in Howard County. The long-awaited 13-mile bypass around Kokomo includes six new interchanges and is an alternative to old U.S. 31, which has 15 intersections and traffic signals.

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Budget Committee OKs Funds

The State Budget Committee has approved more than $266 million in funding requests. The nearly two dozen projects include university renovations, prison improvements and hospital upgrades.

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Supplier Buys Decatur County Manufacturer

Indianapolis-based Hahn Systems LLC continues to grow with the acquisition of ECS Fasteners LLC in Westport. The company says it intends to maintain employment levels and operations in Decatur County and fold the ECS product line into its Fuzion Fasteners brand.

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Indy Convention Launches Kickstarter Campaign

A pop culture convention set to debut next year in Indianapolis is looking to raise money through a crowd-funding effort. Indy PopCon organizers hope the Kickstarter campaign will bring in $12,000 to add space and content to the event.

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Sugar Creek Shifts Opening Date

Ohio-based Sugar Creek Packing Co. has pushed back the opening date of its multi-million dollar project in Wayne County. The Palladium-Item in Richmond reports the company now intends to begin operations in 2015.

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Event to Spotlight Food Advances

Indiana's life sciences initiative will host an event next month in Indianapolis focused on food and agriculture innovation. The BioCrossroads Frameworx session will feature executives from companies including Beck's Hybrids in Hamilton County and Hancock County-based animal health product manufacturer Elanco.

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Research Foundation Celebrates Purdue Patents

Purdue University says more than 50 faculty and staff members secured patents during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The Purdue Research Foundation recognized their contributions yesterday during the annual Inventors Recognition Reception.

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City Joins Global Trade Network

Indianapolis is one of eight metropolitan areas accepted into a Global Cities Initiative network. The Exchange, created by the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), aims to improve trade efforts and boost economic growth.

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Illiana Expressway to Go Before Commission

A key meeting that could affect the future of the proposed Illiana Expressway is set for next month in Portage. The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission could vote on adding the project to its long-range comprehensive regional plan. If it's not included, the proposed route could be in jeopardy of losing federal funding.

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Indy Receives Electric Vehicle Award

A global organization has recognized Indianapolis' electric vehicle efforts. The World Electric Vehicle Association named the city its "E-Visionary" award winner yesterday at a conference in Barcelona, Spain.

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Economic Index Holds Steady

Concerns about a federal budget deadline and the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act appear to be impacting the Leading Index for Indiana. Indiana Business Research center Director of Economic Analysis Tim Slaper says the index is unchanged this month as policymakers in Washington focus on problems with the health care law while facing a January 15 budget deadline.

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STOCKS: On Wall Street

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S & P: 1,791.95 (+10.58)
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The Weekend of November 22

An economic report shows how the University of Notre Dame is a major economic driver for South Bend and the state. Tune-in Friday at 7:30 p.m. on WFYI 1, 10 p.m. on WFYI 3 and Sunday at 11 a.m. on WTHR-TV Ch. 13 in Indianapolis. Check local listings for other times around the state.

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Study: How a Parent Chooses a School

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently released a study on how parents make decisions on what school is best for their children. The results contradict the views of some that parents won't put in the effort to make informed choices. Find out what is and isn't at the top of the list.

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Office Culture Might Matter More Than You Think

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the OfficeTeam staffing service firm asked office workers what they are most thankful for beyond their paychecks. An easy commute, challenging assignments and a supportive manager were on the list, but not at the top. The leading answer was strongly supported by both mature and younger workers.

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OSHA Education: Attend One or Both

Two half-day seminars (offered together) will provide the information you need to know about staying in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA Recordkeeping Workshop is the morning focus on December 3 at the Indiana Chamber Conference Center, followed by How to Survive an OSHA Inspection/Top Ten OSHA Violations.

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