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Biglari's comparisons to Buffett debatedRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sardar Biglari has copied some of the trademarks of his investing idol, Warren Buffett, including a folksy annual letter to shareholders. But Biglari is just starting his career and already is showing signs of taking a different approach than that of the Oracle of Omaha.
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Tomisue Hilbert investigates mother's death, $15M insurance policy

April 17, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The wife of Indianapolis businessman Steve Hilbert is working with a team of attorneys to determine whether her deceased mother’s estate can claim the benefit of a life insurance policy issued by Houston-based American General Life Insurance Co.
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HICKS: Good local governance will support schools

April 17, 2010
Mike Hicks
Reorganizing school districts is difficult, but we Hoosiers have done so before.
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Cash-strapped schools eye full-day kindergarten

April 17, 2010
Associated Press
Many districts want to keep the full-day programs and say they're considering increasing fees to do so.
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Duke: New coal plant's cost rises to $2.9B

April 16, 2010
Associated Press
Duke Energy says the cost of the coal-gasification power plant it's building in southwestern Indiana has risen by $530 million.
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Brizzi ordered dismissal in trespassing case

April 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Another case has surfaced in which Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi personally weighed in to the benefit of defense attorney Paul Page, Brizzi’s friend and business partner.
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General Growth seeks better offer than Simon's

April 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc. is seeking a higher price, fewer stock warrants or both from Brookfield Asset Management Inc. after its bankruptcy exit plan was matched by Simon Property Group Inc.
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Pacers' woes tied to Lucas Oil Stadium deal

April 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Five years ago, the Indiana Pacers ownership was not included in discussions about a potential new downtown home for the Indianapolis Colts, and now city and Pacers officials are paying the price.
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INSIDE DISH: Restaurateur rebounds with Pizzology

April 16, 2010
Mason King
Pizzology_WatchVideoAfter a sales slowdown during the recession forced him to close the high-end eatery L'explorateur, Neal Brown mulled a move into Neopolitan-style pizza with friendlier price points. The result—Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub—is off to a profitable start.
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Former basketball players accuse firm of investment fraud

April 16, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Three Serbian players, two of whom spent time in the NBA, allege Carmel-based Worldwide Associates LLC mismanaged over $12 million.
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Live Nation seeks dismissal of Murat lawsuit

April 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Beverly Hills, Calif.-based entertainment company says lease gives it the right to change venue's name to Old National Centre.
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State jobless rate ticks up to 9.9 percent

April 16, 2010
The number of jobs in Indiana rose by 16,600, marking the largest month-to-month increase since September 2005, the Department of Workforce Development said.
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Race organizers hoping for last-minute registration rush

April 16, 2010
Scott Olson
As of Friday, 39,900 people had signed up for the local Race for the Cure, which drew 42,000 last year and 45,000 in 2008. The Indianapolis event is the sixth-largest in the country, but it ranks 70th nationally in terms of dollars raised.
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Missed payments force Emmis to add independent directors

April 16, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Preferred stockholders, owed about $14 million after six consecutive quarters of missed dividends, will elect two new members to media firm's board at its July 14th annual meeting.
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UPDATE: Teachers union tells Bennett to start over on reform

April 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett invites heads of teachers unions to meeting to publicly share reform ideas instead of "bureaucratic rhetoric and no specifics."
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Expansion set for Camp Atterbury training site

April 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The proposed plan will expand the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury, bring economic development to south-central Indiana, and open a new fish and wildlife area in Putnam County in western Indiana.
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Failed developer of French Lick casino sues Cook exec

April 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Cook Group Chairman Steve Ferguson is target of complaint that charges he and others violated federal racketeering laws by serving on an entity that recommended a team that included Bill Cook to develop the French Lick Resort project.
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Simon mansion in Bel Air on market for $50M

April 15, 2010
Scott Olson
The 20,000-square-foot estate is in the ritzy neighborhood's most prestigious area, and boasts eight bedrooms and 16 bathrooms.
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Interactive Intelligence performance lifts CEO's pay

April 15, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
CEO Donald Brown saw a 32.4-percent increase in total compensation last year as the software-maker's shares soared 169 percent.
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IUPUI cracks top 10 in MBA program rankings

April 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Kelley School of Business' "Evening MBA" program at IUPUI finished 10th overall and fourth among public business schools in U.S. News & World Report's inaugural ranking of part-time MBA programs.
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Rockefeller: Insurers don't spend enough on medical care

April 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint “reclassified” more than half a billion dollars of administrative expenses as medical expenses when it was defining its medical-loss ratio, according to a report released by U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller’s office.
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IEDC leads European trade mission

April 15, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana delegation plans to visit Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom on a job- and investment-attraction mission.
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California brewer to open Franklin plant, hire up to 150

April 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
TailGate Beer said it will invest millions of dollars in machinery, equipment and energy-efficiency upgrades to establish operations in an existing 48,000-square-foot building in Franklin Business Park.
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Butler's Hayward declares himself eligible for NBA draft

April 14, 2010
Butler University star sophomore Gordon Hayward does not plan to hire an agent, which means he could return to school if he does not like his draft status.
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Local Scholars Inn sold, to reopen under new name

April 14, 2010
Scott Olson
The Mass Ave. restaurant is set to become Mesh, which will feature a more casual atmosphere and menu, as well as a new operator who will lease the space from the building's owners.
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