News & Analysis

Indiana Downs owner halts lawsuit amid bankruptcy

May 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
Cordish Cos., a real-estate developer trying to build a casino near Baltimore, must temporarily halt a defamation lawsuit against the chief executive officer of Shelbyville casino owner Indianapolis Downs LLC, a federal judge said Tuesday.
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City proceeding with public safety complex at Eastgate

May 18, 2011
Scott Olson
City-County Council grants approval for the city to enter into a 25-year lease with the owner of the former Eastgate mall to take 76,000 square feet for a Regional Operations Center.
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Venture capitalist eyeing seventh education documentary

May 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Former CID Equity Partners exec Bob Compton spends most of his time these days on education documentaries, which have largely focused on what successful school systems do and how that might be applied in the United States.
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Riley Hospital CEO resigns

May 18, 2011
Dan Fink, who joined Riley Hospital for Children nearly six years ago, will depart Friday. Marilyn Cox will serve as interim president and CEO while Riley conducts a national search for a new leader.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Wishard's top doc stays true to roots

May 18, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Harris_watchVideoHow can practicing medicine prepare you for a CEO post? And why is it smart to continue seeing patients once you get the top job? Dr. Lisa Harris will see you now with answers.
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City proposes stricter towing rules

May 18, 2011
A proposed ordinance would crack down on "predatory" towing practices by requiring tow-truck operators to adhere to several rules meant to protect consumers.
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Growth in drug spending to slow as generics rise

May 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
The annual growth rate in spending on drugs may be cut in half over the next five years as people opt for less expensive generic medicines over brand-name treatments, a health-care research group said Wednesday, highlighting the challenge pharmaceutical firms like Eli Lilly and Co. are facing.
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Gregg's lobbying record doesn't worry Democrats

May 17, 2011
Associated Press
Many of the same Democrats who blasted Republican Sen. Dan Coats last year for his time spent as a federal lobbyist are backing Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, who's a registered lobbyist in Indiana.
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Brightpoint bringing 100 jobs to central Indiana

May 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Brightpoint Inc. will add 100 jobs in Plainfield as it moves its Touchstone Wireless operations from Bristol, Tenn., the company announced late Tuesday afternoon.
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Ratio finishing City Market design work

May 17, 2011
Scott Olson
The architectural firm is set to be awarded a $120,000 contract to complete the work after the original designer of the renovations, Woollen Molzen and Partners Inc., disbanded last month.
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WellPoint approves annual 'say on pay' measure

May 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Shareholders of WellPoint Inc. approved on Tuesday the hefty pay packages of the company’s executives and voted for the right to weigh in annually on future executive compensation.
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Fortune turns profit in first quarter on higher revenue

May 17, 2011
The Indianapolis-based professional employer organization reported a profit of $265,000 in the first quarter after posting a loss of $426,000 in the same three months last year.
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Butler provost named university’s interim president

May 17, 2011
Jamie Comstock will serve as temporary leader from June 1 to Aug. 1, as Butler University makes the transition between outgoing President Bobby Fong and President-elect James Danko.
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Notre Dame says no to ‘Made in China’ on Irish goods

May 17, 2011
Bloomberg News
Ten years after adopting its policy, Notre Dame remains the only major U.S. university that forbids license holders such as Adidas AG to put the school logo on any product from China.
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Fountain Square project to include concert venue

May 17, 2011
Tom Harton
The new owner of a 110-year-old building in the heart of Fountain Square is planning a renovation and expansion that will turn it into a restaurant, bar and 450-seat music hall called Pioneer.
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New laws affect commercial property owners

May 17, 2011
Tom Harton
Three bills with implications for owners of commercial real estate were approved by the General Assembly and have been signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
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Prescription drug abuse growing problem in Indiana

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
Prescription drugs are playing an increasing role in the drug-related crimes that are filling up Indiana's prisons, prison officials and prosecutors said.
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Indianapolis council OKs razing of Keystone Towers

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
The City-County Council in Indianapolis has voted to spend $4 million to demolish the abandoned 15-story Keystone Towers and the long-vacant former Winona Hospital.
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Area home-building activity shows April uptick

May 16, 2011
In the nine-county area, the number of building permits filed in April climbed to 361, an increase of 10 percent from the same month in 2010.
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Economists: Lower growth, higher oil prices coming

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
The predictions of the economists reflect the jitteriness of a public that is still recovering from the financial crisis and now getting squeezed by rising prices for gas, groceries and other household items.
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Zimmer faces new threat to dominance

May 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Warsaw-based Zimmer Holdings Inc. has enjoyed eight years as the giant in the industry of selling knee- and hip-replacement implants to hospitals. But now it faces a challenge from Johnson & Johnson.
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Lilly rejected by Supreme Court in Gemzar patent case

May 16, 2011
Bloomberg News
The justices Monday left intact a federal appeals court decision invalidating a patent that would have protected Gemzar from generic competition in the U.S. until May 2013.
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VCs: Health benefits will be defined contribution

May 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Increasing government involvement in the health insurance market will have the counter-intuitive effect of making the industry more consumer-driven, concludes a new report from a health care venture-capital firm.
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Area home sales slump for 12th straight month

May 16, 2011
Indianapolis-area home-sale agreements fell 36.4 percent in April compared to the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months in which year-over-year sales have fallen.
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Former speaker Gregg to run for Indiana governor

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
As expected, former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg plans to run for governor. Gregg called all 92 county chairmen over the weekend to tell them, his campaign said.
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