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Property Lines

Welcome to Property Lines, Indy's source for neighborhood real estate news. Your host is Scott Olson, IBJ's real estate beat reporter. Founded by Cory Schouten. Read More

Bank taking ground level of Broad Ripple office project

New Castle-based Ameriana Bank will open its first Indianapolis branch as part of a redevelopment along North College Avenue where two homes were demolished to make way for the project.
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Roundup: Rocket 88, Shapiro's, Scotty's opening next month

The holiday season will bring a host of restaurant openings to the Indianapolis area, including a few new spots from old standbys.
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Parcel along Central Canal in line for major makeover

The Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Downtown Indy are seeking a firm to mold the land into a "playscape" area at a cost of between $500,000 and $800,000, according to the request for qualifications.
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Hot restaurateur targets Amici's space downtown

Mike Cunningham of Mesh and Bru Burger wants to open a test kitchen and restaurant downtown at 601 E. New York St. But his original plan to tear down the building is meeting stiff resistance.
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Former Colt Brackett ups stakes as restaurateur

Gary Brackett, who opened Georgia Reese's Southern Table and Bar on the northwest side in September, has become the sole owner of the local Stacked Pickle chain.
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Lou Harry's A&E

Yes, you've found Lou Harry's A&E, IBJ's home for opinion, debate and discussion on arts and entertainment matters in Indy and beyond.  Thanks for stopping by.

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NY Times knocks Mellencamp/King's 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County'

The tour of the "Southern Gothic supernatural musical," launched in Bloomington in 2013, played the Big Apple for a one-nighter as part of its ongoing tour.
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Thoughts on 2 returning favorites: IRT's 'A Christmas Carol' and ICB's 'Evening with the Stars'

Scrooge and company retake the stage while some of the top ballet dancers in the world converge for a Clowes Hall one-nighter.
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Double-week priority list includes Randy Newman, Matthew Morrison, and more

The singer/songwriter, adept at both sharp satire and Pixar tunes, plays the Palladium. Meanwhile, the "Glee" star visits Hilbert Circle Theatre.
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Win tickets to a screening of 'The Theory of Everything'

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star in a love story about Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde. Be among the first to see it.
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This week's A&E priority list includes a classic film plus bands, bands and more bands

If you are a marching band geek, the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium are your Super Bowl.
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The Score

Welcome to The Score, your place for hard-hitting sports business news, fast-breaking updates and fuel-injected debate.  Buckle up.  I'm your host, Anthony Schoettle, IBJ sports reporter.

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Pacers, McDonald's launching splashy ad campaign

A new campaign touting the blue and gold and the golden arches will be featured on 130 billboards, and on menu boards and employees' uniforms at 158 McDonald’s restaurants across the region.
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Gordon playing nice, but NASCAR rules are hurting his legacy

NASCAR's postseason format has cost Jeff Gordon three series championships. He might be biting his tongue, but the former Pittsboro resident is saying all the right things about the series' direction.
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Eleven leads league in attendance, puts venue expansion on hold

The Indy Eleven may not have been the hottest team on the field this season, but the expansion North American Soccer League squad certainly was at the ticket office.
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McAfee's soaring popularity fuels Colts merchandise sales growth

Pat McAfee is one of the only NFL kickers or punters who is among his team's leaders in jersey sales. McAfee, who wears No. 1, is second in sales among all Colts. Quarterback Andrew Luck's No. 12 tops the list.
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Butler set to raise curtain on Hinkle Fieldhouse overhaul

Butler officials have promised the eye-catching renovations will make things much nicer for fans and players while not affecting the historical integrity of the 86-year-old landmark.
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North of 96th

Welcome to North of 96th, your source for business news from Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville. Your host is Andrea Muirragui Davis.

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Fishers council set to vote on first mayor's salary

Fishers’ first mayor will be paid more than the chief executives of nearby suburban cities if the Town Council approves a 2015 salary ordinance set to be introduced Monday.
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Maker of cop-car products looks to land in Noblesville

Pro-Gard Products LLC is weighing a move from Fishers to Noblesville, where the 46-year-old firm is seeking tax breaks to help pay for a building expansion and new equipment.
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As deadline looms, crews prepare to reopen U.S. 31

Crews are scrambling to reopen U.S 31 in Carmel by Thursday—giving beleaguered business owners in the construction zone another reason to be thankful this week.
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Lutz's Steak House to close after almost four decades

Noblesville fixture Lutz’s Steak House will close for good on New Year’s Day, allowing owner Nancy Lutz to retire. The restaurant is inviting customers to help celebrate "Lutz's Last Stand." Plus: New eateries abound.
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Redevelopment panel scraps 2 bids for land in Carmel's Midtown

The Carmel Redevelopment Commission will wait until next year to sell five acres of property along the Monon Greenway in Carmel’s Midtown area, voting Wednesday to reject both bids submitted in response to an October request for proposals.
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The Dose

Welcome to The Dose, which tackles the finances behind local health care and life sciences and points to the most interesting national analysis. Your host is J.K. Wall.

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Is workplace wellness worth it?

Believe it or not, wellness is now a minefield for businesses. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken up three lawsuits against companies because of their wellness programs. And new research finds that wellness programs probably cost employers money. But many still see corporate value in wellness.
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Obamacare's Cadillac tax forcing Indiana employers to tap brakes on health benefits

No Hoosier employers want to pay Obamacare's 40 percent excise tax on health benefits, which hits in 2018. So they are embracing high-deductible plans and putting more responsibility for health care spending on workers.
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Report: Half of hospital systems could disappear in next decade

Deloitte consultants say hospitals are about to go the way of department stores, airlines and banks by clustering into fewer and fewer competitors. There's plenty of evidence from Indiana to support that theory.
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Hospital cost-cutting forces Blood Center to lay off workers, change leaders

Facing the loss of key hospital contracts, the Indiana Blood Center cut 27 jobs on Friday, announced the retirement of its CEO and said it will join a consortium of Midwest blood centers.
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Data show 1 in 5 uninsured Hoosiers gained health coverage this year

Even without Medicaid expansion, Obamacare appears to have substantially reduced the more than 900,000 Hoosiers that go without health insurance during a year.
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