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Did Lilly get preferential treatment on a disputable billboard ad?

November 4, 2010
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Billboard companies spiked the cancer ad. But Citizens Gas or WellPoint might have gotten a different result.
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Tip-offs for when CEOs lie

August 31, 2010
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A new study offers insights into when CEOs are fibbing. But those who benefit most from the revelations might be their handlers.
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How federal pork suppresses business

June 15, 2010
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A Harvard study shows companies suffer when politicians deluge their states with federal dollars.
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Perils of non-family managers

February 25, 2010
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A former Toyota exec blasts non-family managers for the company’s problems. Are some Indianapolis-area companies better- or worse-off after families relinquished control?
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Wal-Mart gets into the casket business

November 6, 2009
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Batesville Casket Co., the world's largest manufacturer, says it's watching, but isn't worried.
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Steak n Shake and the new NEA chief

November 5, 2009
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Should Biglari take Landesman's remarks as praise where he can get it, or consider them an insult?
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Lilly as an employment destination

September 14, 2009
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Eli Lilly and Co. has experienced a string of setbacks in recent years. Is it still a good place to work?
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Is Lilly under-appreciated?

June 25, 2009
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Indianapolis has always had Eli Lilly and Co., it seems, and Lilly always seems to care for Indianapolis like a rich uncle. People employed directly by Lilly and by companies doing business with Lilly account for about one of every 30...
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Indy's best leaders

March 2, 2009
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Conseco has seen a string of leaders since the company began to stumble and co-founder Steve Hilbert stepped down nearly nine years ago. The insurer still doesnâ??t have its footing, saying today its auditors arenâ??t convinced it can More

Ideal places for public companies

February 13, 2009
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Just as an Indiana company goes through the nationâ??s first initial public offering in months, its executives ratchet up their plans to move the headquarters out of state. Mead Johnson, the Evansville baby formula maker, staged a successful IPO...
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WellPoint brass and rank-and-file

January 16, 2009
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WellPoint unwittingly made an interesting point this morning when it announced it expects to save $24 million by laying off 600 workers. Those 600 workers in affect are being valued at about half the $47.5 million in total compensation...
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Circuit City and HHGregg

November 20, 2008
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How can it be that Circuit City is bankrupt and HHGregg is still going strong? Both companies sell electronics to consumers, though Gregg also deals in appliances. Part of the reason may be found in how they treat their sales staffs. Circuit...
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Bringing on the generic drugs

October 30, 2008
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Times are tough enough that more people are beginning to switch to generic drugs to save money. Insurers like Indianapolis-based WellPoint are playing a role, too, by pushing policy holders toward generics. People also are splitting pills...
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Are WellPoint execs greedy?

September 19, 2008
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Three activist groups dropped off a wallet and handbag crammed with play money at WellPointâ??s front door this week to protest what the groups say are outrageous salaries pulled down by company executives. The groups â?? Health Care for America Now,...
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Susan Bayh as a political liability

August 19, 2008
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Barack Obama is expected to announce his vice presidential running mate any day now, and Evan Bayhâ??s name is still thought to be on the short list. The Indiana senator is viewed as a moderate who would counter Obamaâ??s liberal voting...
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Impressions of settling lawsuits

July 1, 2008
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Eli Lilly and Co. settled its racial discrimination lawsuit yesterday for $64,000, ending a claim by an employee who alleged the company fired her because she was disfigured through exposure to a blood pathogen. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...
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Do ads make you feel better?

June 23, 2008
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Weâ??re increasingly bombarded with ads for health care products ranging from drugs for osteoporosis and restless leg syndrome to knee replacements. Zimmer went over the heads of doctors when it advertised its knee replacements designed specifically for women, and...
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Emmis does better, sort of

May 12, 2008
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Emmis Communications chief Jeff Smulyan today was more positive about the companyâ??s fiscal fourth-quarter performance than heâ??s been about an earnings report in a long time. Revenue at its U.S. radio stations, which have been dogged by an industry...
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Starbucks, piercings and Band-Aids

May 1, 2008
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Some local Starbucks workers are looking like they tangle with cats. Theyâ??ve taken to putting bandages over piercings to meet the letter of Starbucksâ?? dress code, which minimizes the number of earrings and other piercings visible to customers. Band-Aids beat the hassle...
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The next Fortune 500 companies

April 23, 2008
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Conseco has dropped off the Fortune 500, leaving WellPoint, Lilly, Cummins and NiSource as the only Indiana companies remaining. Several Indiana firms are closing in on the elite list, though. One is Steel Dynamics, the Fort Wayne company that recycles scrap metal....

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Is Lechleiter the fall guy?

April 17, 2008
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CALPERS, the big pension fund, doesnâ??t want Eli Lilly and Co.â??s new CEO, John Lechleiter, to be voted onto the board at Lillyâ??s annual meeting on Monday. Lechleiter was a high-level player within Lilly in recent years while the...
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Will Delta, NW merger help you?

April 15, 2008
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Analysts say the Delta-Northwest merger is good for the companies and the profit-starved industry. That means ticket prices probably will climb. Both airlines serve Indianapolis. What do you think the merger will mean for local travelers?...
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Will Fresh & Easy make it here?

April 10, 2008
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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the grocery chain owned by U.K.-based retailing giant Tesco, has put the brakes on the U.S. invasion it launched on the West Coast last year, but still claims it has designs on plastering the U.S....
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About that other airline

April 4, 2008
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As postmortems fly on ATAâ??s second, and final, nosedive into bankruptcy, another Indianapolis airline is doing a lot better and getting hardly any attention. Republic Airways Holdings Inc. isnâ??t a household name because it quietly flies regional routes on...
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Would you miss ATA?

April 3, 2008
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Barring a small miracle, ATA Airlines is dead, now that itâ??s lost a major military contract. The carrier was headquartered in Indianapolis until it moved to the Atlanta area late last year. How big a blow would ATAâ??s demise be...
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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