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Star union approves new 2-year contract

August 25, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Newspaper Guild voted 56-45 today to ratify a new, two-year contract with the Gannett Co.-owned Indianapolis Star that includes a 10-percent pay cut and two-year wage freeze.
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Star union voting on new contract

August 25, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Newspaper Guild plans to vote this afternoon on a new, two-year contract with the Gannett Co.-owned Indianapolis Star that includes a 10-percent pay cut and two-year wage freeze.
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MillerWhite signs deal with Shelby County Development Corp.

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
MillerWhite LLC, an Indianapolis-based marketing and communications firm, recently signed a deal to produce a new logo, tag line and Web site for the Shelby County Development Corp., a Shelbyville-based economic development organization.
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Homeless youth ministry wins promo video

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The local video production company Bennett Innovations will donate a $25,000 custom video to Outreach Inc., a Christian organization that ministers to homeless youth.
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Rushville broadband firm plans 100 jobs

August 19, 2009
Scott Olson
Rushville-based Omnicity Corp. said this morning that it plans to create 100 jobs there within the next three years by investing $2.5 million in wireless infrastructure and a new corporate headquarters.
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Mobile search engine faces test

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
ChaCha Search, the increasingly popular creation of serial inventor Scott Jones, was bombarded last month after early reports that Michael Jackson had died.
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Advertising veterans launch new agencyRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Three Indianapolis advertising and marketing veterans have launched a new full-service agency. While the timing might not be great—with the swooning economy—Dave Lesh, Bruce Dean and Bill Hendrickson think they have the experience to forge a solid business.
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City files complaint against Bright House Networks over unpaid feesRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A municipality has filed the first formal complaint against a cable television operator since state telecommunications reform three years ago unplugged local government oversight of operators.
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Supermarket shuffle at Conseco FieldhouseRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Marketers and grocery store insiders say The Kroger Co.'s recently announced deal to partner with the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever isn't just another sponsorship agreement.
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Why ailing Emmis could bounce backRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Greg Andrews
Let's play the contrarian. For Emmis, that means arguing that the battered company is poised for resurgence, rather than sliding deeper into the abyss.

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Dodge exits Hispanic radio stationsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
After 3-1/2 years, Russ Dodge has exited as general manager of WSYW-AM 810 and WEDJ-FM 107.1. Both stations, which are owned by California-based Continental Broadcast Group LLC, air Hispanic music and programming.
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Debt maneuvers help Emmis turn quarterly profit

July 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. reported a quarterly profit today after buying back a big chunk of its own debt on the cheap, but the outlook for the company remains grim. The radio broadcaster and magazine publisher saw revenue plunge 27 percent.
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Local radio exec Severino dies

July 6, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Radio executive Tom Severino, who managed four local stations for Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp., died yesterday after a five-month battle with cancer. Severino, 57, was vice president and general manager of WIBC-FM 93.1, WLHK-FM 97.1, WFNI-AM 1070 and WYXB-FM 105.7.
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IBJ wins 9 national journalism awardsRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
IBJ was named third-best large-market business publication and collected eight other national awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publications' summer conference June 27 in Minneapolis.
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Web site aspires to be source for all things FishersRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Noblesville resident Tom Wagenhauser is revamping the Hamilton County-centric Web site FishersFind.com and hopes to double its weekly traffic.
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Local ad firm does all-nighter for charities in needRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Vision3, a local advertising and marketing firm, is offering free creative services to area not-for-profits Aug. 27. Application deadline for Vision3's third annual CreateAthon is July 20.
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Star newsroom braces for pay cuts, possible layoffsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
he next two weeks could be critical in determining the level and quality of staffing in the newsroom of The Indianapolis Star, the state's largest daily newspaper. The paper's union—which represents about 160 news staffers—and management have been at an impasse since employees' union contract expired Dec. 31.
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Local social networking site connects users offlineRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Kim Puckett
Growing by leaps and bounds, smallerindiana.com will host its first-ever "Bigger Ideas" conference for the high-tech and Internet-savvy crowd.
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Spanish-language news program finds home after cancellationRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Scott Olson
The familiar face of a local Hispanic television newscast is back on the air, less than six months after the parent of WISH-TV Channel 8 pulled the plug on him.
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Marketing employees open own computer-generated motion graphics businessRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Chris O\'malley
The three principals of The Basement Design and Motion left another firm to set their own course in the world of Web convergence marketing.
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Indianapolis will be highlighted in US Airways MagazineRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
If you happen to fly US Airways this summer, take a minute to read the in-flight magazine while you wait for your coffee, tea or milk. US Airways Magazine will feature a story in its August issue that touts Indianapolis.
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Slumping NBC could drag down Channel 13

May 11, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Early ratings from the all-important May sweeps suggest WTHR-TV Channel 13's 15-year reign as king of local television news is secure for now. But the big test will come this fall when NBC's weakening prime-time lineup is expected to put the ratings crown in play.
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Will local paper keep covering your favorite team?Restricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bill Benner
As a (former full-time) ink-stained wretch, witnessing the demise of the daily newspaper is heartbreaking. I can't imagine a day without the "morning miracle" in my hands over a cup of coffee.
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Redefining community in virtual and political realityRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Last week, I made a presentation about social media to several hundred people at a Carmel Chamber of Commerce luncheon. We talked about Facebook and Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, LinkedIn, blogging and more. I didn't answer the "how-to" question. I answered the "whether-to" question. With some important cautions, my answer was "yes."
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ChaCha co-founder dancing to different drumRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
ChaCha Search Inc. co-founder Brad Bostic has stepped down as president of the human-assisted Internet search company, which is struggling to turn a profit in a dismal advertising climate, but he hasn't left. "Brad is still engaged with the company as a director, co-founder and consultant," said co-founder and CEO Scott Jones.
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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