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One Click buys, rejuvenates retail websites using online marketing savvyRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Greenwood company buys sites on the cheap and turns them into profit centers.
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Online 'daily deals' coupons transform local advertisingRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
A big-dollar offer from Google for Groupon—the undisputed king of a U.S. daily deal industry already worth $2.5 billion a year—has emboldened an armada of coupon competitors looking to grab a piece of the fast-growing market.
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TJX closing A.J. Wright brand, cutting 4,400 jobs

December 10, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis has four A.J. Wright stores that are slated for conversions rather than closures.
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CB Richard Ellis names new managing director

December 10, 2010
The local office of the commercial real estate brokerage has named firm veteran John Merrill as its new managing director. He replaces David Reed, who left in late August.
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Printer suing Indianapolis Woman publisher for $271K

December 10, 2010
Scott Olson
Mignone Communications claims Weiss Communications, which publishes Indianapolis Woman, owes it $271,196 for printing costs dating to November 2007.
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Feds charge Marsh with unfair labor practices

December 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint after investigating charges that Marsh Supermarkets threatened and intimidated employees to discourage them from forming a union. The grocery chain also allegedly fired an employee for supporting the union.
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FinishMaster to be acquired in $172M deal

December 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based FinishMaster Inc. announced late Thursday it will be acquired by a unit of Uni-Select Inc. of Canada for $172 million.
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Duke, others withdraw cost deal on Indiana project

December 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Duke, the Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor and other groups will renegotiate the terms of a plan to boost rates to raise $530 million for Duke’s Edwardsport plant, the Charlotte, N.C.-based company
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Two states lose federal high-speed rail money

December 9, 2010
Associated Press
The Obama administration is taking $1.2 billion in high-speed rail money away from Ohio and Wisconsin and awarding it to 12 other states, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday.
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Daniels names Massa to lead state alcohol board

December 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Thursday appointed Mark Massa, who served as Daniels’ general counsel before leaving the post earlier this year to run for prosecutor, to run the state’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
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ITT Educational, for-profit peers reaped $521M from military

December 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Twenty for-profit colleges—led by Carmel-based ITT Educational Services—reaped $521 million in U.S. taxpayer funds in 2010 by recruiting armed-services members and veterans through misleading marketing, according to a Congressional report released Thursday.
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Lender seeking to foreclose on northwest-side hotel

December 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Colfin NW Funding LLC claims in a court filing that it is owed $6.4 million by the borrower that operates the Courtyard By Marriott Hotel Northwest under Indianapolis-based Schahet Hotels Inc.
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Clarian Health looks to scoop up White County hospital

December 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system’s board of directors could vote to acquire the 25-bed hospital as early as next week, but might put off a decision till February.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Deputy mayor keeps thick skin

December 9, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Huber_watch_videoMichael Huber has learned not to take critics' barbs personally as he oversees some of the city's biggest deals.
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Jobless claims fall near lowest level of year

December 9, 2010
Associated Press
In November, the economy added just 39,000 net jobs and the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent. Many economists predict December will be a stronger month for hiring.
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Military contracts add up for Raytheon

December 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Indianapolis won a $31.1 million contract to provide cryptographic services for the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.
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Whistleblower suit cites Rolls-Royce engine flaws

December 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolls-Royce Corp. concealed repeated defects at an aircraft engine plant in Indianapolis and fired a safety official for reporting the problems, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
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Governor's education agenda includes vouchers

December 8, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Superintendent Tony Bennett pitched their ideas Wednesday to Indiana's Education Roundtable, a group of education and business leaders.
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Lucas Oil banner promoting Super Bowl coming down

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Sprawling sign draped on the south side of the stadium is causing structural damage to the windows from which it hangs.
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Cosmopolitan apartment fire prompts lawsuit

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
The insurer for Indiana Landmarks is suing developer Flaherty & Collins, claiming negligence in a blaze that partially destroyed the apartment project and damaged the not-for-profit's adjacent headquarters.
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Sallie Mae restructuring affects Indiana jobs

December 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Student-loan giant lays off about 70 people in Fishers as part of national reshuffling.
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Bill would provide oversight for key state appointments

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, wants to give lawmakers a voice in key state appointments made by the governor following an ethics scandal that led to the firing of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Irsay quickly gains Twitter following

December 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Since joining Twitter last week, the Indianapolis Colts owner has talked about player injuries, compared his team's season to an epic boxing match and made reference to a former drug habit.
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Art museum names fundraising chief

December 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cynthia Rallis, who begins work Jan. 1, held a similar job at the National Museum of Science and Industry in London.
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Cummins to build $70 million plant in Turkey

December 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The company expects to employ more than 800 workers at the plant within five years, producing filters and generators for motor vehicles.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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