Last Updated Sat., October 3, 2015 - 1:53 PM

UPDATE: McGee put on leave; his lawyer blasts book10:31 AM

IBJ Staff
Andre McGee's attorney said his client denies hiring strippers and prostitutes to entertain University of Louisville recruits. McGee's current employer, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, has placed him on paid leave.

Unionization efforts on hold at IU Health

J.K. Wall
Five months after it expected to hold an election, the union trying to organize nurses at Indiana University Health’s downtown hospitals doesn’t even have a projected date for a vote.

Fantasy-football app developers team with DraftKings, ESPN's Matthew Berry

Anthony Schoettle
Local entrepreneurs Mark Welsh and Charlie Russell last year started an app development company. And this year, they inked partnerships with ESPN fantasy football guru Matthew Berry and daily fantasy sports behemoth DraftKings for their first major endeavor.

As Circle Centre turns 20, declining performance, anchor woes spur worry

Sales per square foot are down, the building itself is aging, and persuading the lone anchor, Carson Pirie Scott, to stay another three years required generous incentives.

Executive pay continues on upswing

The median senior executive collected $923,705 in salary, stock or stock options, incentive pay and perks in 2013, IBJ found in a review of proxy statements at 64 companies.The median compensation rose 20 percent from 2012 and doubled since 2006.

No-holds-barred tactics lifted developer Ozdemir

Ersal Ozdemir, who heads the development and construction firm Keystone Group, has charmed elected officials for years with big ideas—and hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions.

Special Report: City's building spree leaves trail of spoils

Mayor Greg Ballard takes pride in Rebuild Indy, the city’s nearly $400 million program that doubled the volume of public works projects—and became engineering and construction firms' largest business opportunity with the city in more than a decade.

City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit

Indianapolis last year sold 154 properties from its land bank for $1,000 each to a novice not-for-profit, which immediately flipped them for a total $500,000 profit. More than a dozen have changed hands multiple times since then, making investors more than $1 million. (with interactive map)

SPECIAL REPORT: Stock-based pay builds wealth for Indiana execs

IBJ's annual review of proxy statements for Indiana public companies found senior executives' median compensation rose 14 percent in 2011. But that analysis uses the fair market value of stock and options awards on the date they were granted. If a company's stock price surges, executives can make out far better. (with searchable database)

Crean, Painter contracts packed with rewards for postseason success

Indiana University Coach Tom Crean and Purdue University Coach Matt Painter cash in big time when their teams perform well, especially in postseason play.

Airport execs' globetrotting sparks scrutiny

Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John Clark and two key officers spent more than $67,000 last year on travel that included extended business trips to Brazil, Denmark, Greece, Morocco and Switzerland.

BioCrossroads has stoked state's life sciences industry, but challenges remain

In the 10 years BioCrossroads has been promoting life sciences in Indiana, the effort has netted more than 330 new companies, an infusion of more than $330 million in venture capital, a tripling of exports, and a growing number of mentions in national reports on life sciences.

Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
More Special Reports
Last Updated Sat., October 3, 2015 - 1:53 PM

UPDATE: U.S. hiring slows sharply as global economy weakens

U.S. hiring showed a strong downturn in September, and job gains for July and August were lower than previously thought, a sour note for a labor market that had been steadily improving.

Nearly two-thirds of UAW members reject Fiat Chrysler deal

Fiat Chrysler employs about 7,100 UAW workers in Kokomo who voted against the proposed contract by a wide margin.

Neither side happy with EPA's new ozone standard

The Obama administration set a new national ozone standard Thursday. Business groups said it is unnecessary and could jeopardize jobs. Environmental groups said it didn't go far enough.

IndyCar Series continues quest to find safer ways to race

IndyCar says its first mission is to make the high-risk sport of open-wheel racing safer, but proposed solutions to some dangers can actually cause other safety issues.

U.S. asks Indiana education agency for data on poverty funds

Federal officials expressed that it is possible that both charter and traditional public schools may have received an excess allocation of federal dollars, the Indiana Department of Education said.

Tony Stewart makes retirement from NASCAR official

Saying it was time for a change, three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that he will retire from Sprint Cup racing following the 2016 season.

Appeals court rules NCAA in violation of antitrust laws

The NCAA is accused of violating antitrust laws by conspiring to block the athletes from getting a share of revenues generated by the use of their images.

Growth allows Oliver Winery to invest in big equipment

This year's grape harvest—a process which typically runs from the end of August to the second week of October—promises to be a bit less anxiety-inducing thanks to a decision that has been slowly processing over the past five years.

Fever back in WNBA Finals after victory over New York

Tamika Catchings scored 14 points and made key defensive plays to lead Indiana to a 66-51 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday night, advancing the Fever to the WNBA Finals for the first time in three years.

Divide emerges in committee studying police body cameras

An urban vs. rural split emerged among law enforcement groups Tuesday as a state legislative committee explored potential guidelines governing the use of police body cameras by Indiana's police agencies.

Environmental groups unhappy with lead smelter settlement

A proposed settlement of alleged Clean Air Act violations involving Exide Technologies' battery-recycling facility has upset environmental groups because the agreement doesn't require the firm to retrofit its complex with equipment that could dramatically cut lead emissions.

U.S. colleges seek better integration for Chinese students

The multitudes of Chinese students attending American universities are approaching college as less of a life experience and more as a transaction. Educators are trying to change that.

Federal suit: College prep firm insolvent, owes millions

A credit union that holds loans on thousands of prospective college students is suing an Indianapolis-based college-test-preparation company, alleging that it owes it more than $12 million.

Lilly stock climbs on positive arthritis drug test

A potential rheumatoid arthritis treatment from drugmakers Eli Lilly and Co. and Incyte Corp. fared better than another drug in late-stage testing, Lilly said Tuesday.

Statehouse services set for longtime state Rep. Crawford

Bill Crawford, who spent 40 years as a member of the Indiana House, will lie in state in the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda ahead of his funeral this week.

Former Speedway fire chief re-pays $58,000 stolen from town

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Monday that former Speedway Fire Chief Mark Watson pleaded guilty to the theft of about $58,000.

Dow AgroSciences opens research facility at Illinois

Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences is opening the facility in the research park at the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana campus.

State facing steep bill to keep water systems running

Much of the infrastructure that transports water from municipal drinking water plants in Indiana to homes and businesses is old and worn, and the state faces significant costs to complete needed upgrades, repairs and expansions.

Indianapolis body camera plan may shrink after funding fails

Indianapolis police may downsize plans to equip patrol officers with body cameras after failing to win federal grants to buy some of the wearable devices.

INDOT demands contractor refund $5M or fix crumbling road

The agency in a letter Friday to Fort Wayne-based Brooks Construction Co. gave the company one week to commit to returning the money or replacing three miles of the Hoosier Heartland Highway near Logansport that was completed in 2012.

CIB: Tests show Lucas Oil Stadium roof opens properly

The roof of Lucas Oil Stadium has opened and closed properly in tests three weeks after three fans were hurt when a bolt fell during an Indianapolis Colts preseason game.

Yellen says she expects Fed to raise rates by year's end

In a lecture Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen suggested that global economic weakness won't likely be significant enough to dissuade the Fed from raising its key short-term rate from zero by December.

Tighter rules could hit high school-college credit classes

Some educators are worried that tighter academic requirements for those teaching Indiana high school classes for which students can receive college credit will lead to a drop in such dual-credit offerings.

Caterpillar says it could cut 10,000 jobs to reduce costs

Caterpillar Inc. is planning another round of job cuts as the construction and mining equipment maker adjusts to downturns in key markets that it serves.

Orders for U.S. durable goods down 2 percent in August

A key category that serves as a proxy for business investment edged down 0.2 percent last month after gains of 2.1 percent in July and 1.5 percent in June.

Ball State trustees approve formation of College of Health

The new college's academic programs would include athletic training, nursing, speech pathology and psychology.

High court weighs state fair stage collapse case

The Indiana Supreme Court is weighing arguments to decide if the state is liable for some of the damages faced by a rigging company in the 2011 state fair stage collapse that killed seven people.

Federal agency drops appeal of Illiana Expressway ruling

The motion added to the mounting obstacles in the way of the controversial 47-mile tollway to link Indiana and Illinois south of Chicago.

Regulators set date for 10-digit dialing in central Indiana

Starting on Sept. 17, calls made within the 317 area will have to be placed using all 10 digits instead of just the final seven.

State lawmakers call for probe into crumbling roads

Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, said an outside investigation might be the only way to get answers about how the state bought $71 million in possibly defective asphalt.

Another town votes against joining Mounds Lake commission

The Yorktown Town Council voted 6-1 Monday against joining the commission for the propised $450 million Mounds Lake reservoir, a week after a similar rejection by the Daleville Town Council.

Lanane seeks new rights for people living in U.S. illegally

The leader of Indiana's Senate Democrats called Monday for new state laws extending driving privileges and in-state college tuition rates to people who are living in the U.S. illegally.

Retailers pen worker wish lists for holiday hiring rush

Macy's Inc. plans to hire about 85,000 seasonal workers ahead of the holidays, while other national retailers like Walmart and Kohl's aim around the 60,000 range.

Railway shipper to cut 193 jobs in Indiana by end of year

Norfolk Southern Corp. has announced plans to cut the jobs by the end of the year at its Triple Crown Services subsidiary in Fort Wayne.

Notre Dame to reduce carbon footprint after pope's plea

Notre Dame President John Jenkins plans to announce Monday that the university will spend $113 million on renewable energy sources, including a hydroelectric project, solar power and geothermal fields.

Arrested gymnastics academy owner found dead in jail

Marvin Sharp, an Indianapolis gymnastics coach and business owner who trained two members of the 2008 U.S. women's Olympics team, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell, where he was being held on charges of child pornography and molestation.

U.S. stocks sink as investors mull Fed's rate decision

U.S. stocks fell sharply Friday on concern about the outlook for global growth, one day after the Federal Reserve decided to hold off raising interest rates.

Group urges Dems to tackle pharmaceutical prices

Pharmaceutical industry members are likely to dislike the proposal, which would require them disclose how much they spend on research and development, production, and sales and marketing.

Jardiance study lifts Lilly shares to 15-year high

Eli Lilly shares soared Thursday after study results showed Jardiance sharply reduced chances of dying in diabetic patients at high risk of heart complications. The study prompted at least one analyst to predict the drug could bring in billions of dollars by the end of the decade.

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged, citing low inflation

The Federal Reserve on Thursday decided to keep U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.

Five things to watch for from the Federal Reserve

Will the Fed raise the benchmark short-term interest rate from a record low on Thursday afternoon? Economists remain unsure, though the consensus seems to have shifted against the likelihood of an increase.

Budget proposes $250,000 for Indianapolis police cameras

Officials formally unveiled the proposed 2016 budget for Indianapolis police during a Wednesday night City-County Council committee meeting.

State attorney general shoots down Ritz's leniency plan

Indiana's Attorney General dealt a major blow to a proposal by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz that would spare schools from being penalized for low scores on this year's ISTEP exams.

Raided nursing home company says it's cooperating in probe

Indianapolis-based American Senior Communities, which was raided by federal agents Tuesday, said it will fully comply with a government investigation.

'Jock tax' ruling delayed during appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

The Ohio Supreme Court has delayed its decision that struck down the way Cleveland taxes visiting professional athletes while the city appeals. At issue are challenges by retired Colts center Jeff Saturday and former Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer.

Lawmakers reject plates for children's choir, hospital

A panel of Indiana lawmakers has rejected specialty group license plates for the Indianapolis Children's Choir and for Memorial Hospital of South Bend, saying the groups don't have statewide impact.

Pork processor plans $41 million expansion in Indiana

The company behind the Indiana Kitchen brand of bacon and other pork products plans to add more than 90 workers by the end of next year.

Senate candidate Young hopes to leverage GOP debate

U.S. Rep. Todd Young, is attempting to take advantage of his early fundraising lead and the spectacle that is Donald Trump to gain an early advantage over rivals U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman and former state GOP chairman Eric Holcomb.

Indiana tax amnesty begins, aims to collect at least $90M

Indiana's second tax amnesty period in the past decade is under way, giving delinquent taxpayers a chance to pay their tax bills free of penalties, interest and collection fees.

Court blocks use of pesticide made by Dow Agro

A federal appeals court has blocked the use of a pesticide made by Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences over concerns about its effect on honey bees, which have mysteriously disappeared across the country in recent years.


Review: 'One Man, Two Guvnors'

The British everything-but-the-kitchen-sink comedy gets a local premiere courtesy of the Phoenix Theatre.

Roundup: Tap House coming to Greenwood; The Tap opens downtown

The owner of Indiana State Fairgrounds caterer Barto's has plans for a restaurant and bar in Greenwood in the former Melting Pot location. Also, downtown newcomer Bacon Legs & Turntables has closed "temporarily."

Katina Powell: 'This story is the truth'

In a lengthy interview before publication of "Breaking Cardinal Rules," former stripper and escort Katina Powell said she expects many people will be critical of her for arranging sex with University of Louisville recruits but that she did it to survive.

Wood Wind Golf Club could close by end of 2015

Cohoat and O’Neal Management Corp., which has operated the club for five years, sent an email to various customers saying the company’s lease had not been renewed for 2016.

The Anthem-Cigna Marriage: A Love Story in Three Acts

A 22-page timeline of events leading up to the $54 billion merger agreement between Anthem and Cigna shows that company executives fell in love early, but the Anthem board made them break up and they chased other lovers. But in the end, they were each other’s only choice.

A&E, etc.

DINING: Fishers newcomer Flamme continues recent burger boom

Flamme's big selling point is mighty fine Angus burgers, grilled in a wood-fired oven. They're substantial without being dare-you overwhelming.

LOPRESTI: Cubs fans hope their dreams aren't fantasy

What has happened since Cubs last won World Series? Almost everything

TRY THIS: Puzzling out a new downtown attraction

For $29 a person, Escape Room locks you up for an hour with only your wits, the items in the room and your puzzle-solving skills.

Engineers: Lucas Oil Stadium roof working properly

After several tests, engineers have certified that the roof is now fully operable, according to a written statement from the Indiana State Convention and Building Authority.

More A&E, etc.