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GM's move to IndyCar could cost up to $50 million

November 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Heavy investments in research and development, testing and marketing will be needed for the Detroit-based automaker to keep up with Honda.
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Gatling Gun Club building set for auction

November 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The historic structure at 709 N. Illinois St., along with a nearby parking lot, could be sold Wednesday afternoon. Declining membership and rising costs led the private club to seek a sale of the 160-year-old building.
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Teachers Credit Union chooses new leader

November 10, 2010
Senior vice president Paul A. Marsh will take over for Richard J. Rice, who has been president of the credit union since 1987.
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Jobless claims fall sharply to 4-month low

November 10, 2010
Associated Press
The U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday that initial claims for jobless aid dropped by 24,000, to a seasonally adjusted 435,000. Many Wall Street economists expected a smaller decrease.
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Acquisition big step for Lilly Diagnostics

November 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s $800 million acquisition of Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc. is the biggest step yet in the drugmaker’s attempt to add diagnostics to its product portfolio.
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Nurse practitioners get some autonomy

November 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Could nurse practitioners get a promotion in the medical field? At least one health insurer is treating them like doctors now.
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Drugmaker restarts race to boost 'good' cholesterol

November 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
Merck & Co. is betting it can succeed where Pfizer Inc. failed, with a new type of drug to combat heart disease by raising good cholesterol levels. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. is testing a similar pill.
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Simon rival General Growth exits Chapter 11

November 9, 2010
Associated Press
General Growth exits bankruptcy with more than 183 regional malls in 43 states — a retail portfolio second only to Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., which failed in its bid to scoop up its rival earlier this year.
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HHGregg shares swoon after quarterly report

November 9, 2010
Scott Olson
HHGregg Inc.'s profit in its fiscal second quarter fell 20.4 percent from a year ago while expansion boosted revenue 45 percent.
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Powerade becomes official sports drink of NCAA

November 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
NCAA officials on Monday announced a multi-year sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola, making Powerade the official sports drink of the association's 88 championships.
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Latest Startup Weekend offers twist for entrepreneurs

November 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Unlike past events in Indianapolis, this one features a panel of judges who will select a winning business idea, enabling a team to compete in a global online contest against other winners from cities worldwide.
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Redevelopment planned for vacant car dealership

November 9, 2010
Tom Harton
The 2.5-acre property might be retrofitted by late spring for fast-food, retail and possibly medical office users.
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Moody's downgrades long-term ratings for Eli Lilly

November 9, 2010
Associated Press
Moody's Investors Service on Monday lowered the long-term ratings of Lilly one notch, to A2 from A1, citing a wave of patent expirations the drugmaker faces in coming years.
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Arson ruled out in $7M fire at airport hangar

November 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis Airport Authority leases the hangar to ComLux Aviation Services, which uses it to maintain and refurbish business aircraft.
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Indianapolis, U.S. reach deal on sewage overflows

November 8, 2010
Associated Press
The new plan includes an accelerated construction schedule for the city's efforts to reduce sewage overflows from systems that carry both storm runoff and sanitary waste.
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Duke fires Indiana chief, lawyer after ethics flap

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. has fired the president of its Indiana operations and a staff attorney following an ethics flap over its dealings with state utility regulators.
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City names new controller, communications director

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jeff Spalding, a former financial administrator at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, has been named controller for the city of Indianapolis.
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Citigroup subsidiary agrees to $717,000 Indiana fine

November 8, 2010
The penalty stems from charges that Citigroup Global Markets failed to monitor a former agent accused of working with Robert Nelms, who was sentenced in May for securities fraud involving a $24 million cemetery trust fund operated by Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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Dealer Expo returning to Indianapolis through 2016

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massive powersports trade show Dealer Expo has committed to keep its annual event in Indianapolis through at least 2016—extending its stay by five years.
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Funding biggest obstacle for proposed regional transit system

November 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Scaled-back transit plan, which includes rail line from downtown to Noblesville and Franklin, is projected to cost $2.4 billion, with local taxpayers picking up about half the amount. Funding would need to be approved through county referendums, however.
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Habitat for Humanity executive stepping down

November 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dean Illingworth will step down as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis at the end of the year, the organization announced Monday morning. An architect and former partner at Schmidt & Associates, he has led the organization since 2005.
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Governor starts Asia trip with Indiana delegation

November 8, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels and about 40 government and business officials from Indiana are scheduled to be in China until Sunday. The governor and a smaller group will then go to Japan for meetings until returning to Indiana on Nov. 17.
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Biglari's revised incentive package approved by shareholders

November 8, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
After criticizing an earlier pay proposal, 82 percent of Biglari Holdings' shareholders approved a scaled-back bonus agreement for their CEO.
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Indiana firm pays W. Virginia $175,000 in consumer case

November 8, 2010
Associated Press
West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw said Monday that the money will be used to compensate customers of Indianapolis-based Preferred Financial Solutions Inc., doing business as CCR Now or Credit Card Relief Now.
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Republic Airways profit soars on acquisitions

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis airline plans a public offering of 12 million shares of common stock that could raise $100 million or more.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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