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Pets, often overlooked in wills, are getting more attentionRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
While most people consider their family members and funeral costs in estate planning, many overlook their babies who happen to have four legs, a tail, feathers or even scales. A pet trust is a good solution.
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EnerDel poised to get jolt of stimulus juiceRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Greg Andrews
Within weeks, EnerDel expects to receive notification that it's getting as much as $480 million in financing under a U.S. Department of Energy program aimed at fostering advanced vehicle manufacturing.
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Judge to determine whether Lauth's filing was properRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The largest outside investor in embattled developer Lauth Group Inc. is asking a federal judge to dismiss the company's bankruptcy cases.
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Indiana logs more complaints against collectors as pressure mounts to make debtors pay upRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Sam Stall
A lot of people owe money these days, and some of the agencies hired to pursue them are resorting to old- school tactics to collect. Things like calling at all hours, threatening to have debtors jailed or fired, or employing abusive language.
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Lauth granted reprieveRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A judge has given Lauth Group Inc. a reprieve from an equity investor that is seeking to take control of most of the developer's properties.
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In recession, commercial brokers struggle to determine property valuesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Chip Cutter
Few commercial real estate properties are changing hands in the Indianapolis area these days, creating challenges for brokers who say it's becoming increasingly difficult to determine the value of properties.
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Bankrupt firm's creditors unlikely to rubber-stamp saleRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Greg Andrews
Norwood Promotional Products Inc. suggests it's positioned to sail through bankruptcy, thanks to a pending-sales agreement. But creditors, owed nearly $300 million, are expected to balk.
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White River Capital negotiating new terms for its First Chicago Bancorp mergerRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a March 13 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, publicly traded White River revealed it's postponed its merger with First Chicago Bancorp, and now is negotiating new terms.
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Lauth, a once-booming developer, has sliced 90 percent of work force, lost control of some propertiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Struggling developer Lauth Group Inc. has cut about 90 percent of its staff and lost control of part of its portfolio to a major equity partner-developments that raise doubts about whether the locally based company can survive the recession.
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Quality-control firm launches after key player foldsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Entrepreneur Steven J. Cage has launched a new quality-control business after the one he built into an industry leader shuttered suddenly.
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Recession slices into golf business; courses roll out promotionsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana golf course operators are nervous about how the recession might lead to fewer golfers and lost revenue.
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Gambling habit puts state at riskRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The state's overreliance on gambling, what once seemed like easy money, is becoming a major concern to taxpayers.
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Indians buck recession, score more sponsor dollarsRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Despite the bad economy, the Indianapolis Indians' franchise could make a record amount of money in 2009.
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Auto sellers want refuge from industry fallout, but trio of bills have fallen flat at StatehouseRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Car dealers fearful of losing their flagship brands if auto manufacturers crash and burn aren't getting much help from the Indiana General Assembly.
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Analysts lower outlooks for Allison, say transmission maker vulnerable to defaultRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local manufacturing stalwart Allison Transmission will have to restructure its more than $4 billion in debt or further cut expenses if it's going to weather the recession.
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State's gambling jackpot may have reached its limitRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Hoosiers' long ride on the gambling gravy train finally may be coming to an end.
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Investment losses leave Conseco searching for $400M in horrible environment to raise capitalRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
J.K. Wall
Without fresh capital â?? or loosened debt obligations â?? Carmel-based Conseco could find itself in bankruptcy or looking for a buyer or both.
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Mays upset with ex-owner of Pathway ProductionsRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Pathway Productions, purveyors of some of the highest-profile documentaries to come out of the Indianapolis area in the last decade, is on the brink of extinction.
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Proprietary developments withering from recessionRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Financing is the lifeblood of companies turning intellectual property into a product or service, but turbulent economic conditions have made it increasingly difficult to raise cash from investors who are content to wait out the storm by concentrating on their existing portfolios.
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Durham insider deal sparks outcry

March 9, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham is facing allegations of self-dealing after a publicly traded company he helps run in Dallas acquired assets from a finance company he owns in Ohio.
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Struggling contractors hope for sale of factoryRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Contractors struggling under the weight of an unfinished factory in Tipton are hoping for a quick sale to recover at least some of the $44 million they say they're owed by Getrag Transmission Manufacturing.
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Pension merger raises questionsRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
We're generally supportive of a plan to merge the state's two largest public pensions in an effort to save money, but it's hard to know exactly what to think considering the lack of detailed information available about the performance of the funds.
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Brightpoint adjusts as wireless demand finally cools offRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After years of torrid gains in the number of wireless phones it handles, Brightpoint has had two consecutive comparable-quarter declines.
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Geist restaurateur buffeted by financial squalls

March 2, 2009
Greg Andrews
Henri and Shelley Najem, who own The Bella Vita restaurant in Geist, represent the scores of Indiana restaurant operators feeling financial pressure, given the severe economic slump.
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War did not end the Great DepressionRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Morton Marcus
It was not World War II that moved America out of the Great Depression.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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