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April 25, 2011
J.K. Wall
Paul Leamon launched Wellfount Corp. five years ago to help long-term-care facilities automate and electronically manage their pharmacies. Wellfount made the Inc. 500 list last year and now has secured $6 million in venture capital from Arboretum Ventures to help it expand nationally.
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IndyCar Series makes deal with popular Facebook game

April 25, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Motor Speedway landmarks and the cars of 13 open-wheel drivers are being featured in a game with 8 million nationwide players.
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Budget could spur talks of school consolidation

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers may have found a way to spur the consolidation of small school districts without jumping into the politically unpopular issue: Starve small districts of state funding to financially push them toward merger talks.
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Cook applied business mindset to historic preservation

April 24, 2011
Associated Press
Colleagues say Bill Cook began each historic restoration contemplating what practical use each newly polished structure might serve, and how it might spark development around it.
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Changes to sports coverage part of strategy to revive WRTVRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Larry Blackerby, the new general manager at WRTV-TV Channel 6, has replaced the station's news director and sales manager as first steps in his bid to elevate the perennial ratings loser.
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Can Indianapolis recover convention chief stability?

April 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leonard Hoops is the third CEO of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association in three years—not ideal in an industry where it often takes three to five years to consummate a deal and as long as a decade to plan and build infrastructure
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Citizens CEO making more than peers at bigger utilities

April 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group CEO Carey Lykins' 2010 pay package, salary and bonus, totaled $1.6 million, more than his counterparts at the three largest municipal gas utilities in the country.
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Twin Cities tourism outpaces IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Minneapolis and St. Paul together offer a larger convention market than Indianapolis.
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Pet website enables owners to book kennels

April 23, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis startup looks to become the Expedia of pet travel.
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Settlement caps Citizens Energy customers' deal feesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ratepayers would pay no more than $14 million to cover charges associated with Citizens' purchase of Indianapolis water and sewer utilities. Some say the capped amount is too much.
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Essex Hotel site remains undeveloped despite city dealRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Sixteen years after the former Essex Hotel was razed, the site remains a parking lot although a 1990 agreement with the city required its owner to develop the space within five years if the building were torn down.
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Education reform might not boost Daniels presidential runRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels is on the cusp of signing the most comprehensive package of school reforms that any state has yet passed, but political insiders say that might not help him in a potential presidential race because education is typically a dud as a presidential political issue.
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Simon widow unloads pricey NYC condo, looks to sell Bel Air mansion

April 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Bren Simon lost control over her late husband’s multibillion-dollar estate, but she sold a New York City condo for $48M in March, and is trying to sell a mansion in L.A. for $50M.
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Wealthy local entrepreneurs hew to conservatism

April 23, 2011
Norm Heikens
Flashy displays of wealth seldom erupt in Indianapolis after an entrepreneur makes good, and they’re even more unusual now that the recession sobered even the most successful among them.
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Dorson resigns from chamber post

April 22, 2011
Roland Dorson, president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce since 1996, resigned Friday. He had taken a leave of absence earlier in the month.
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WFYI sets on-air fundraising record

April 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Public radio station WFYI will be comfortably ahead of its fundraising goal when an on-air drive wraps up Friday evening.
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Much unknown about new Cook Group CEO

April 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Carl Cook has been tabbed to replace his father, Bill Cook, who died a week ago. But many in the Bloomington business community know little about him, which reflects the company's strict privacy policy.
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Greenwood Shoppes seeks bankruptcy reorganization

April 22, 2011
Scott Olson
The shopping center on U.S. 31 is the third Broadbent-operated strip mall to fall into bankruptcy and its second in Greenwood to claim financial problems.
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Don Marsh takes lumps as he fights on in court

April 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Don Marsh is so hellbent on winning his legal battle with Marsh Supermarkets Inc. that he’s willing to sully his own reputation if that’s what it takes.
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Indiana House passes bill to cut corporate tax rates

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's corporate income tax rate would be cut by nearly 25 percent over the next four years under a plan the Indiana House has approved.
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State House OKs watered-down immigration bill

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses that hire illegal immigrants could have some state tax credits revoked under a proposal that has cleared the Indiana House.
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Final negotiations on Indiana budget start next week

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
A $28 billion budget proposal that cleared the Indiana Senate on Thursday includes a way to fine boycotting lawmakers — a provision Democrats oppose — and doesn't include an automatic taxpayer refund that the Republican governor wants.
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Bronze sculpture atop monument to be fixed

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
State officials say a bronze sculpture atop the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be removed for repairs on Saturday.
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CVS to pay $858K over inflated drug claims

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state will get $858,000 from CVS Pharmacy Inc. to settle allegations that the company overcharged Medicaid programs.
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Senate OKs plan spurred by White indictment

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill that would allow Gov. Mitch Daniel to appoint a new secretary of state if indicted Republican Charlie White is found to be ineligible.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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