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Indiana tries to close loophole that helped Durham commit fraud in OhioRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
The legislature is considering a bill that would require intrastate securities offerings to file audited financials, a safeguard that caused trouble for Fair Finance investors.
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Families sue to recover lost investments

February 1, 2013
Associated Press
A central Indiana county commissioner, his wife and members of three other families who lost more than $700,000 they invested in businesses state officials say were shell companies are suing two men accused of orchestrating the scheme.
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S&P 500 in longest winning streak since 2004

January 25, 2013
Associated Press
The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, lifted by strong earnings from Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.
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Michigan lawyer claims Indiana prosecution was political

January 25, 2013
Associated Press
A Michigan attorney claims in a lawsuit that former Indianapolis prosecutor Carl Brizzi and former Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita used unwarranted charges against her in a cemetery theft scheme to enhance their political reputations.
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ITT suffers tough quarter on enrollment drop, loan losses

January 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services Inc. shares swooned Thursday morning after the private educator reported sinking revenue and a $9.5 million loss in the fourth quarter. But the stock rebounded strongly later Thursday.
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Lampoon paid for Durham’s defense, trustee alleges

January 23, 2013
Scott Olson
Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee Brian Bash, charged with recovering funds for Fair investors, alleges in a court filing that National Lampoon funded convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham's defense. Durham is a former CEO of the film company.
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Ex-councilor Bateman agrees to plead guilty to fraud charges

January 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Paul C. Bateman Jr., a former Democrat city-county councilor, agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to 13 counts of money laundering and wire fraud for his part in defrauding an Indianapolis physician of $1.7 million.
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Local buyout firm acquires New York shapewear maker

January 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis investment firm E&A Industries has acquired a fast-growing New York apparel firm specializing in body-slimming fashions, the companies announced Tuesday.
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Local tooling manufacturer acquired by private-equity firm

January 21, 2013
Techniks Inc., a designer and distributor of industrial cutting tools, has been acquired by Tenex Capital Management. Tenex, in turn, merged Techniks into another of its companies, Jasper-based Nap Gladu, to form a new holding company.
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HHGregg ratchets back, but analysts still uneasyRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Greg Andrews
HHGregg now has 228 stores in 20 states. So it has grown a great deal. But the “exceptional store economics” it used to promote are gone, thanks largely to a breathtaking collapse in sales of flat-screen televisions.
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Indiana firms see big drop in venture funding

January 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
Venture capital investments in Indiana dropped off in 2012, but local investors see the market here steadily gaining strength.
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Leader of fraud scheme pleads guilty to 20 counts

January 17, 2013
Scott Olson
Michael Russell faces between 57 and 71 months in prison for defrauding an Indianapolis investor of $1.7 million. Two associates, Paul Bateman, a former City-County councilor, and Manuel Gonzalez, have pleaded not guilty and are set for trial Feb. 11.
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Emmis' well-paid CEO signs on for 3 more yearsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Greg Andrews
CEO Jeff Smulyan's supporters praise him for repositioning Emmis during a harrowing stretch for the media industry. Detractors complain about his hefty compensation.
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Analyst cuts Cummins rating, citing rise in shares

January 11, 2013
Associated Press
Analyst Stephen Volkmann lowered his rating on the engine maker's stock to "Hold" from "Buy," noting that the shares have risen 30 percent from their October lows and are now just 10 percent below all-time highs.
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BioCrossroads seed fund makes first investments

January 10, 2013
Local startups Esanex Inc. and Algaeon Inc. have received $500,000 and $250,000, respectively, from Indiana Seed Fund II, BioCrossroads' second fund to help fledgling life sciences companies.
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Investment strategists confront shrinking interest ratesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
You know the investing climate is unusual when a stock’s dividend yields more than bonds issued by the same company.
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Columbus-based mutual fund shines in 2012Restricted Content

January 5, 2013
Scott Olson
Kirr Marbach's 'mid-cap blend' outpaces similar Indiana-based investments.
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'Cliff' deal sends stocks up, but problems lurk

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
The "fiscal cliff" compromise, even with all its chaos, controversy and unresolved questions, was enough to send the stock market shooting higher Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year.
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Former brokerage VP suing for sex, age discrimination

December 27, 2012
Dan Human
Attorneys for Dana Hurst say in a Dec. 20 court filing that David A. Noyes & Co. didn't grant her pay increases or year-end bonuses during her last 15 years on the job, while male counterparts were better rewarded.
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Remy rises in first day of trading on NASDAQ exchange

December 13, 2012
Shares of the Pendleton-based company opened Thursday at $15.85 each and climbed to $16.50 by the end of the day. The stock had previously been listed on the thinly traded pink sheets.
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Investors let down guard, opening door to Durham fraudRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Greg Andrews
Shouldn’t the 5,100 Ohio investors who lost more than $200 million when Fair collapsed have seen Fair’s lofty interest rates as a red flag?
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Midwest Energy oil firm drilling for $15MRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis investment advisory oil firm has been looking for blowouts in its own back yard. Midwest Energy Partners is preparing for its seventh—and largest—round of funding to pay for oil drilling in southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
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Successful Durham appeal unlikely, outside lawyers say

December 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Local criminal defense lawyers who tracked the trial of Tim Durham and his accomplices say chances are slim that they would prevail on appeal. One said Durham would have a better chance of winning the lottery.
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Durham gets 50 years for fraud scheme

November 30, 2012
Greg Andrews, Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
Former Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham was sentenced to 50 years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme that led to the collapse of Fair Finance, costing thousands of investors $250 million. Accomplices Jim Cochran and Rick Snow received 25 years and 10 years, respectively.
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KAR Auction Services declares first dividend

November 30, 2012
Associated Press
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. is declaring its first quarterly dividend since going public in December 2009.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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