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Economy adds 244,000 jobs, but unemployment rate ticks up

May 6, 2011
Associated Press
The job gains were widespread. Retailers, factories, financial companies, education and health care and even construction companies all added jobs. Federal, state and local governments cut jobs.
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Kite Realty Trust reports wider first-quarter loss

May 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Kite Realty Group Trust on Friday reported a wider first-quarter loss than a year ago thanks to declining revenue and a big dividend payment to preferred shareholders.
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Tech firm Slingshot expanding, plans 114 more jobs

May 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO Inc., founded by three friends from Zionsville High School, plans to expand operations in Indianapolis, adding 114 more employees by 2013, economic development executives announced Friday morning.
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Airport seeks broker to market ex-ATA HQ

May 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority plans to hire a broker to market the 16.5-acre campus along Washington Street near Indianapolis International Airport once used by ATA Airlines. It has been vacant for three years.
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East-side apartment complex facing foreclosure

May 5, 2011
One West Bank in California says it is owed nearly $3.3 million, and is seeking to foreclose on Red Mill Apartments near East 38th Street and North Franklin Road.
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Medical device manufacturer seeks abatement

May 5, 2011
Indianapolis-based Medivative Technologies plans to build a 9,000-square-foot addition to its east-side facility and spend $2.5 million to equip it. The expansion should create 15 jobs.
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Eli Lilly pledges $2.5 million to Mind Trust

May 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. plans to give $2.5 million toward a new fundraising campaign by the Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group.
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Pence to enter race for Indiana governor

May 5, 2011
Associated Press
To no one's surprise, Republican Rep. Mike Pence said Thursday morning that he'll run for Indiana governor in 2012, giving the GOP an early edge in the race.
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Disasters sink Baldwin & Lyons quarterly results

May 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Earthquakes and flooding took a toll on Baldwin & Lyons Inc.’s first quarter results, the Indianapolis-based insurer announced Thursday morning.
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Justice Department to NCAA: Why no football playoff?

May 5, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department says there are "serious questions" about whether the current format of the college football playoff system complies with antitrust laws.
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House panel moves to revive alternate jet engine

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
A U.S. House panel on Wednesday took a step toward reviving the alternate engine for the next-generation F-35 fighter plane that the Indianapolis operations of Rolls-Royce Corp. had been working on until a month ago.
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Panel to rule in June on election chief challenge

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Recount Commission agreed Wednesday to rule by late June on whether indicted secretary of state Charlie White was eligible for office when he was elected six months ago.
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Butler University student wins Frankfort mayoral nod

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
A 23-year-old Butler University student is now a step away from becoming mayor of a small central Indiana city.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Fast-growing firm handles ascent

May 4, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Meyer_watch VideoMichele Meyer, a former Air Force brat, piloted CSCI Consulting to 850 percent revenue growth over four years. So, why is her advice to "start small"? What obstacles await when a firm takes off?
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Kitchen incubator celebrates graduation of first user

May 4, 2011
Avec Moi, a company that prepares meals to go, is moving to a permanent home at 701 E. 62nd St. In recognition of the event, the city of Indianapolis awarded Indy's Kitchen a $17,000 grant.
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Calumet turns profit on higher product demand

May 4, 2011
The Indianapolis-based company reported first-quarter profit of $4.2 million after posting a loss in the year-ago period.
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Indianapolis Speedway exec wins Terre Haute nod

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
Democratic voters in Terre Haute have picked Indianapolis Motor Speedway executive Fred Nation to run against the city's incumbent Republican mayor this fall.
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Greenwood mayor rare incumbent to lose in area primaries

May 4, 2011
Four-term incumbent Charles Henderson was defeated, in part because of his plan to revitalize the city's downtown by destroying several historic buildings. Most other incumbent mayors in the Indianapolis metropolitan area were winners.
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Perry Township referendums pass, others fail

May 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Voters in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township passed two referendums for increased school funding Tuesday night, but similar votes in Franklin Township and Avon failed.
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Auction services firm improves revenue, profit

May 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The parent company of the Adesa auto auction firm more than quadrupled its first-quarter profit on revenue that increased 5 percent.
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Ex-Indianapolis deputy mayor Kennedy wins primary

May 3, 2011
Associated Press
Former Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Melina Kennedy has easily won the city's Democratic mayoral primary and will face first-term GOP incumbent Greg Ballard in the November general election.
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J.D. Byrider sold to private equity firm

May 3, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based used-car chain has been acquired by Altamont Capital Partners near San Francisco, in a deal Byrider executives say will give the franchisor the necessary capital to grow.
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UPDATE: Republic Airways loses $22M on fuel, maintenance

May 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. said it lost $22.4 million during the first quarter on higher fuel and maintenance costs.
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Verizon retirees coming to city to protest executive pay

May 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Association of BellTel Retirees Inc. will press the board of Verizon Communications Inc. to tighten standards for executive pay when the New York company holds its annual meeting in Indianapolis this week.
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'Survivor' star looking for investors for casino game

May 3, 2011
Scott Olson
Rupert Boneham has created a casino table game and is searching for investors to help market it. A portion of the game's revenue will benefit his Indianapolis charity, Rupert's Kids.
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