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Hoosier Energy reaches settlement with EPA

July 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rural electric cooperative to pay civil penalty of nearly $1 million for not using most modern pollution controls. Hoosier Energy also to spend up to $300 million on pollution controls at coal-fired plants.
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Key city highway to be closed for beautification project

July 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Commuters and truckers could get an all-day headache when Interstate 70 closes in October to allow Eli Lilly and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to spruce up part of the city.
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INSIDE DISH: Reviving an iconic east-side diner

July 23, 2010
Mason King
Dish_steerin_watchvideoHarold's Steer-In was on its last legs when the Kehrer family decided to rehabilitate the beloved eatery. After a slow start, sales are stampeding.
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Small business lending measure clears filibuster

July 23, 2010
Associated Press
Community banks may soon be able tap a $30 billion government fund to help them increase lending to small businesses.
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Integra Bank unloads five Kentucky branches

July 23, 2010
Transaction is part of Evansville-based Integra's plan to narrow its geographic footprint, CEO Michael J. Alley said. The bank has 59 branches in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio.
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Proposal: Link federal aid to performance of ITT, peers

July 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Obama administration released a proposal that would tighten for-profit colleges’ access to federal student aid, threatening an industry that received $26.5 billion in U.S. funds last year. Carmel-based ITT Educational Services is among those potentially affected.
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Elevated jobless claims point to weak labor market

July 22, 2010
Associated Press
The sharp increase comes after claims fell steeply two weeks ago to their lowest level since August 2008. But much of that drop was driven by temporary seasonal factors and not an improving job market.
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Federal government asking questions about lease deals

July 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The federal government is asking questions about how the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration handles office leasing after an IBJ investigation raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.
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Carpenters union to unveil new training facility

July 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The recent dearth of construction activity has been an opportunity of sorts for the Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters: During the slowdown, the trade group built a $13 million training facility and administrative building in Greenwood.
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ITT Educational posts profit, raises forecast

July 22, 2010
The Carmel-based operator of for-profit colleges saw its profit increase to $96 million in the second quarter, while enrollment jumped 10 percent.
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Lilly's second-quarter profits surge 16 percent

July 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. recorded profits of $1.3 billion, or $1.22 per share, during the three months ended June 30, even after paying $27 million in severance to laid off employees.
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Historic financial overhaul signed into law by Obama

July 21, 2010
Associated Press
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, a member of the House GOP leadership, on Wednesday joined House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio in calling for the law's repeal.
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Indiana: IBM welfare intake work flawed from start

July 21, 2010
Associated Press
The state is suing IBM for more than $1.3 billion, claiming the company breached one of the biggest outsourcing deals in state history. IBM wants Indiana to pay $52.8 million it says it's owed in deferred payments and equipment costs.
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City inks long-term deal with motorsports show

July 21, 2010
Scott Olson
An agreement with the International Motorsports Industry Show will keep it in the city indefinitely. Attendance for the three-day December convention is expected to top 20,000.
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Auto plant's 300 jobs draw 3,000 applicants

July 21, 2010
Associated Press
The response to openings at a Chrysler transmission plant in Kokomo reflects the large number of people out of work, a union official said.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Racing promotions require big drive

July 21, 2010
Mason King
ZakBrown_WatchVideoMotorsports marketer Zak Brown, once a driver, feeds his competitive fire in the board room, and believes big egos are good for business.
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UPDATE: Irvington charter school finds new home

July 21, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Under the agreement, Irvington Community School will lease the building from the city for 15 years at a cost of $1 annually.
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Lilly completes $180 million acquisition of Alnara

July 21, 2010
Massachusetts-based Alnara Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a privately held company developing an enzyme-replacement therapy for disorders of the pancreas.
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Rolls-Royce snags $70M contract to service Canadian fleet

July 21, 2010
British firm's Indianapolis manufacturing facility will provide engine management and repair services, as well as logistics and on-site technical support for Canadian military transport aircraft.
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Medicare driving health care hookups

July 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
The scramble by local hospitals to form their physicians and facilities into “clinically integrated” networks that can do business with employers and health insurers has another huge motivating factor: Beginning January 2012, they can also do business with Medicare, the massive federal program for seniors.
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New rules raise stakes for Lilly drug

July 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
Drugmakers testing experimental Alzheimer’s medicines—including Eli Lilly and Co.—got good news last week when the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association proposed new guidelines to make earlier diagnoses of the disease.
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Charter school moving to former Children's Guardian Home

July 20, 2010
Scott Olson
City leaders will officially announce Wednesday morning that Irvington Preparatory School will occupy the children's home, which closed in June of last year. The school has signed a 15-year lease with the city.
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Indiana accused of cutting aid to food stamp users

July 20, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration attorneys do not believe federal law was broken when officials balanced food stamp payments against a state-run supplemental aid program.
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Judge hears arguments challenging Emmis sale

July 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Common shareholders are challenging the proposed acquisition of the company by closely held JS Acquisition LLC, formed by Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeffrey H. Smulyan in an effort to take it private.
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Local building permits drop; national home building falls

July 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Locally, the number of building permits filed in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell by 20 percent in June while home construction plunged nationally to the lowest level since October.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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