News & Analysis

Lilly scores series of small victories

November 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker finally won FDA approval for its antidepressant Cymbalta to treat chronic pain and fended off a patent challenge to rising-star cancer drug Alimta, but got a ratings downgrade on its debt.
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Q&A

November 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Les Zwirn, executive director of Better Healthcare for Indiana, talked about his group’s progress on promoting community collaborations to improve health and reduce the cost of care in cities around Indiana. BHI is hosting its third health care summit of Indiana community leaders today at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.
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Greenwood airport board ends contract with private operator

November 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Greenwood Board of Aviation Commissioners will replace Indy Jet Center Greenwood, which had only managed the airport since January, effective Nov. 25.
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State gives Speedway $2.9M for blight cleanup

November 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman says the grant will pay to demolish old building foundations, deteriorated pavement and concrete slabs in the downtown business district.
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South Bend to lose 250 jobs with Bosch closing

November 16, 2010
Associated Press
Auto parts maker says it will close its South Bend facilities by the end of 2011 and will offer about 170 of the 250 employees who work there jobs in other states.
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Indiana House speaker offers two Democrats committee chairs

November 16, 2010
Associated Press
New Republican Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he's serious about seeking bipartisan support in the upcoming legislative session.
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FedEx launches nonstop flights from China to Indy

November 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
First nonstop scheduled cargo flights from China are a milestone for Indianapolis International Airport and could attract companies that rely on ready access to Asia.
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Super Bowl workshop targets minority, female firms

November 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The first of three meetings to encourage minority- and women-owned companies to pursue 2012 Super Bowl contracting opportunities is Tuesday evening at the Madame Walker Theatre Center.
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Some IUPUI adjunct instructors to receive 3-percent raises

November 16, 2010
A coalition representing part-time educators within IUPUI's School of Liberal Arts called for a pay hike after full-time faculty received a similar raise.
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Simon CEO: Mall owner has ‘firepower’ for deals

November 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., the U.S. shopping-mall owner that paid $2.3 billion this year for an outlet-center business, has plenty of capital for more purchases, CEO David Simon said Tuesday.
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Trail Side project faces another hurdle

November 16, 2010
Tom Harton
A $10 million apartment and retail building planned for 875 Massachusetts Ave. was supposed to have broken ground by now. But difficulty in closing the sale of tax credits that will be used to finance the project could cause the deal to unravel.
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Labor costs being watched at Duke Energy plant

November 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost pressures could eat away at $2.9 billion Edwardsport project's contingency fund, leaving no room for unexpected costs during startup and testing, Duke told the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Court upholds Lilly patent on cancer drug Alimta

November 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A U.S. District Court judge on Monday upheld Eli Lilly and Co.’s patent on the cancer drug Alimta, protecting the compound until July 2016. It was a welcome win after a difficult few months for Indianapolis-based Lilly, which is facing a wave of patent expirations in coming years.
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Automotive supplier plans 200 new jobs at Butler plant

November 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Multimatic Inc. plans to expand its northeast Indiana production operation, adding new assembly lines as it aims to create over 200 jobs by 2013—more than tripling employment there.
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Indiana environmental activists to push bipartisan agenda

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, said the new Legislature will make it more challenging to sell environmental initiatives mainly because there are more than two dozen freshmen lawmakers he and others will have to court.
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City-County Council OKs parking privatization

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council members voted 15-14 Monday night to clear the way for Indianapolis to lease its parking meters to a private firm, a move proponents say will upgrade the system even as it generates revenue for infrastructure improvements.
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KAR plans to add 249 jobs in Carmel expansion

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
KAR Auction Services Inc. announced Monday night that it plans to expand its Carmel headquarters, creating up to 249 jobs by 2015.
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Rolls-Royce eyeing former Lilly campus downtown

November 15, 2010
If the manufacturer and drugmaker can come to an agreement, Rolls-Royce would lease the space formerly occupied by Eli Lilly and Co. and relocate some of its 2,500 employees to the downtown campus on South Meridian Street. Discussions are expected to last several months.
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Governor wants to reward early high school graduates

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels plans to ask the General Assembly to allow students who choose to graduate early to use much of the money the state would save to pay for higher education.
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Legislator: Statewide smoking ban could pass in 2011

November 15, 2010
Mary Dieter
A statewide ban on smoking in all public places may have the momentum it needs to finally pass the Indiana General Assembly in 2011 after four unsuccessful attempts.
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IU dance marathon raises $1.6M for hospital

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
A 36-hour dance marathon raised about $1.6 million for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis over the weekend.
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Drugmakers seek Republican allies to defeat cost-cutting panel

November 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Pharmaceutical firms led by Eli Lilly are trying to eliminate a government panel aimed at controlling Medicare spending seven months after they supported the health-care overhaul that created it.
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October retail sales post best showing since March

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Much of the strength came from a big rise in auto sales. Excluding autos, retail sales rose a more modest 0.4 percent.
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Twitter tool winner of Startup Weekend event

November 15, 2010
The winner, StatsSquared, now will compete against other winners from cities worldwide in an online contest for the overall top prize.
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Chicago's experience causes other cities to redo parking deals

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis' City-County Council could vote Monday night on its proposed 50-year agreement with Xerox Co.’s Affiliated Computer Services, which was revised after public outcry over the original proposal.
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