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Family has steely plan for shifting business to next generationRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Norm Heikens
Westfield Steel owners Karyn and Fred Prine are well on the way to transitioning to the next generation—son Fritz—thanks to timely planning.
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Slow economy grinds on long-time sausage maker ClausRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Claus Muth has a proud heritage of making specialty meats, but now he faces circumstances that stand to threaten his south-side business: family-owned Claus' German Sausages and Meats.
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Legal bills make it tough for City Market to become self-sustainingRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city’s mounting legal bills to cover lawsuits involving Indianapolis City Market are adding to the taxpayer cost of subsidizing the venue and making it tougher for the market to become self-sufficient.
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'Virtualization' spawning demand for tech workersRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The city’s information technology sector may be a step closer to easing a worker shortfall created by the rise of cloud computing. Harrison College responds with more courses geared toward IT workforce.
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Total pay for executives surged in 2010Restricted Content

May 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Total executive compensation at Indiana’s largest public companies continued to rise sharply coming out of the recession, even though many of them have yet to erase the red ink in their shareholders’ portfolios.
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Rise of machines bodes well for tech firm Mesh SystemsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The founder of Mesh Systems, a company that develops wireless “machine-to-machine” communications software and hardware, says his products have countless applications. Earlier this month, Mesh closed on a $2.5 million private placement from investors in Indiana and Wisconsin.
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Farm Bureau suit says Walmart TV set Hoosier's house on fire

May 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
A southern Indiana man got more than he bargained for when he bought a low-price TV from Walmart. He says the television set his house on fire.
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Cultural Trail names executive director

May 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. has hired its first executive director, Karen Haley, who was also the first director of the city’s Office of Sustainability.
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INSIDE DISH: Mexican mainstay puts second spot on front burner

May 27, 2011
Mason King
LaMarg_WatchVideoAfter 25 years at La Margarita, stabilizing sales and surviving family tragedy, owner Lori Rangel-Grubbs is branching out to Fountain Square.
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Legal issues follow local race team into 500 weekend

May 27, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Panther Racing, which has two drivers in this weekend's Indy 500, has been sued by a former employee, its former landlord and even one of its former drivers, mostly over allegations of not paying its bills.
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WellPoint replaces chief accounting officer Miller

May 27, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. said its chief accounting officer has been removed immediately "without cause" and replaced with a veteran company executive.
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Honda set to bump up production, except in Indiana

May 27, 2011
Associated Press
Honda's North American factories will return to near-normal production at most plants in August, the company said Thursday. However, full production of the Honda Civic, which is built at plants in Indiana and Ontario, might not resume until the end of the year.
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Life sciences logistics firm opens new tissue storage facility

May 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
BioStorage Technologies' $4.6 million facility, located near the Indianapolis International Airport, will be used to prepare, store and transport tissue and blood samples.
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Indiana farmers far behind in planting corn crop

May 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana farmers made up a lot of ground in the past week, but experts say they are still far behind their typical planting schedule because of this spring's drenching rains.
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Nordstrom: Weak sales prompting closure of Circle Centre store

May 26, 2011
Scott Olson
Company President Erik Nordstrom said sales have fallen by half at the Circle Centre mall store since Nordstrom opened a Keystone Crossing location in 2008. The downtown store will close July 31.
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Planned Parenthood says donors alone can't sustain clinics

May 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Donors from far and wide are sending money to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, but the organization doesn’t expect the giving to last.
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Court issues restraining order against Lilly

May 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. says a federal court has issued an injunction preventing drug development partner Eli Lilly and Co. from using the same sales force to sell an Amylin-developed diabetes treatment and a competitor's.
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HHGregg's profit, revenue rise, but same-store sales fall

May 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based HHGregg boosted its fourth-quarter profit thanks to 42 stores that opened during 2010, off-setting decreased sales at retail locations operating for more than a year.
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Nordstrom closing Circle Centre store

May 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
Nordstrom plans to close its store at Circle Centre mall, dealing a substantial setback for downtown. The Seattle-based chain was scheduled to announce the closure to employees at a mandatory staff meeting Thursday morning, a person familiar with the plans told IBJ.
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Brain barrier breached in push to deliver Alzheimer's drug

May 25, 2011
Scientists with Roche Holding AG, the parent company of Indianapolis-based Roche Diagnostics Corp., may have found a way to overcome a blood barrier that keeps drugs from directly entering the brain, potentially opening new pathways to attack Alzheimer’s disease.
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Museums prepare to open permanent exhibits

May 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis each plan to open new permanent exhibits in June at a combined cost of $8.5 million.
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City Market set to oust 19-year tenant Enzo Pizza

May 25, 2011
Scott Olson
Directors of the historic building have notified the pizza restaurant that it needs to have its equipment removed by the end of the day on Friday after the two sides could not agree on a new lease.
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Teams scramble to please sponsors during race week

May 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Andretti Autosport's purchase of an Indy 500 ride for bumped driver Ryan Hunter-Reay is an extreme example of the influence sponsors wield in the sport, but it's not unusual for motorsports teams to wheel and deal during race week.
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Indiana welfare workers indicted for stealing $191K

May 24, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Tuesday the three created 126 benefit cards in the names of welfare clients and used them to withdraw money at bank machines, buy retail goods and sell them from 2008 until April 2010.
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Children's Museum holds key to Winona redevelopment

May 24, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is playing the role of lead developer for the abandoned Winona Hospital site.
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  1. Why should citizens rates increase forever to basically reduce Dukes cost to operate in the future? They will have no meter readers, no connect/disconnect personnel and will need fewer lineman to handle the same number of customers. Add to that the ability to replace customer service by giving detailed information electronically. Why do we have to subsidize the cost cutting measures of a Public Utility?

  2. In response to Sassafras, I have to ask if you relocated directly from Bloomington to Carmel? First, as you point out, Carmel is 48 square miles. Do you think it’s possible that some areas are more densely developed than others? That might explain traffic density in some places while others are pretty free moving. Second, your comment “have you ever been to Chicago--or just about any city outside of Indiana?” belies your bias. I don’t know, Sassafras, have you never been to Nashville, Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Phoenix? They’re not a lot different in density than Indy. One more thing…I understand these comment sections are for expressing opinions, so those of us just looking for facts have to be patient, but you mention “low-density” Indy. How many cities in the US comprise 400 square miles with about 10% of that still being agricultural? Those facts certainly can impact the statistics.

  3. With all the past shady actions of Duke with utility regulators, one wonders do they really need such a huge amount? Concerned regulators not protecting ratepayers from the aggressive Duke monolith.

  4. I thought that had to be the way it was but had to ask because I wasn't sure. Thanks Again!

  5. I could be wrong, but I don't think Butler views the new dorm as mere replacements for Schwitzer and or Ross.

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