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Indiana Pacers launch combine to scout for top salespeopleRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Representatives of at least 17 professional sports franchises will be here looking for talent to add to their business teams.
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Entrepreneurs give sales pitches high-tech twist

October 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The site allows users to create and save sales proposals online. Those sending the proposals then can track who is viewing the documents, which parts they’re examining and for how long.
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Daniels hoping GOP victory will pave way for education reformRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels and public schools chief Tony Bennett have major legislative changes they want to make to implement their education reform ideas—but to do it they need their Republican Party to regain control of the Indiana House of Representatives.
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State files more complaints against vanity publisher

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Attorney General alleges David W. Caswell and New Century Publishing were paid more than $86,000 by 40 consumers for services never rendered.
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Strategist: U.S. economy picking up pace, slowly

October 15, 2010
Scott Olson
augustine watdchvideoThe economy is picking up its pace but not quickly enough to satisfy the public, Fifth Third Bank strategist John Augustine said Friday. It may not return to pre-recession levels until 2017.
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Pact cuts costs for airlines at Indianapolis International

October 15, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A new agreement brings favorable outcome to negotiations that bottomed in 2007, when passenger carriers complained of footing bill for FedEx Corp.'s airport expansion.
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Local senior living manager makes $60.5M acquisition

October 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Keystone Senior Living LLC has acquired a portfolio of 28 communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin, more than doubling the units it has under management.
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IURC to re-examine Duke project amid ethics flap

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The commission is summoning the CEO of North Carolina-based Duke Energy to justify the $2.9 billion Edwardsport plant on the same day the state ethics board filed formal charges against a former IURC attorney hired by Duke.
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Emmis loss shrinks as radio stations produce more cash

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based media company announced this morning that it lost $2.3 million in the latest quarter, down from a whopping $135.6 million in the same period a year earlier.
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AmericInn buys Fishers hotel, enters local market

October 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Minneapolis-based hotel chain AmericInn has purchased a Holiday Inn along Interstate 69 in Fishers, giving the company its first Indiana location.
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Indiana loans for jobless to hit businesses Jan. 1

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
The state will begin paying millions of dollars in penalties and interest to the federal government next year because it has borrowed nearly $2 billion to pay for jobless benefits.
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Former agent's admission shines light on NCAA enforcement

October 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based college sports body acknowledges that it needs the help of others, including former players, coaches and the National Football League, to reduce improprieties.
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FSSA secretary gets green light to take new job

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy can take a private-sector job helping a hospital network cope with the federal health care overhaul she opposed as a public official, the state ethics commission said Thursday.
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City pitching in $38M for $192M Clarian project

October 14, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city is kicking in up to $38 million for infrastructure upgrades to support a massive expansion of the Clarian Health campus at 16th Street and Capitol Avenue.
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Applications for jobless benefits rise again

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
Applications for jobless benefits rose last week for the first time in three weeks, evidence that companies are still reluctant to hire in a slow economy.
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Roche acquires assets from Virginia IT company

October 14, 2010
Terms of the deal, announced on Wednesday, call for Roche to acquire all the assets associated with Medical Automation Systems Inc.'s point-of-care information technology connectivity system.
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ChaCha lands $20 million venture investment

October 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The funding comes from new investors VantagePoint Venture Partners and Rho Ventures. Since its inception in December 2005, ChaCha has raised more than $50 million, including $7 million earlier this year from a venture capital fund.
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Schools, state argue in court over funding formula

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools sued the state in February, claiming its school funding formula unfairly penalizes growing districts.
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Purdue pay freeze could end soon for some

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Purdue President France Cordova will ask university trustees to approve 1.5-percent merit raises for some employees, providing them with their first pay increase in more than two years.
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Durham art auction offers hope for Ohio investors

October 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
The eclectic art collection of disgraced financier Tim Durham will hit the auction block Saturday in a sale that could help restore a small portion of the money lost by investors in Ohio's Fair Finance.
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Rokita to politicians: Careful with donations from union

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Secretary of state warns candidates that if he prevails in court, his securities division staff will pursue any money the candidates received from the Indiana State Teachers Association's political action committee.
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Heating bills should be cheaper this winter, utility says

October 13, 2010
Citizens Energy Group projects that the gas bill of its average residential customer will decline about 7 percent over the winter heating season. The utility said a customer who uses the typical amount of natural gas will spend $580, down from $620 last season.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: CPA Sponsel takes calculated risk

October 13, 2010
Mason King
Sponsel WatchVideoWith a family history rich with entrepreneurs, Tom Sponsel decided late in his accounting career to strike out on his own.
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WellPoint, Aetna led U.S. insurers in coverage denial

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Until all consumers are required to buy health insurance, coverage restrictions are needed to keep people from gaming the system, insurers say.
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Biomet sales rise, but slower than expected

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Biomet's quarterly results are considered an indicator on the state of the orthopedic device industry because it reports results before most of its competitors.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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