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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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Durham fate rests in judge's hands

November 29, 2012
Cory Schouten
Convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham and two accomplices will find out Friday whether they will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
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Prosecutors: Durham, accomplices deserve life sentences

November 27, 2012
Scott Olson
Saying their crimes were "as serious as any financial fraud crime ever committed," federal prosecutors re-emphasized Monday their recommendation that Ponzi schemer Tim Durham and his two accomplices deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison.
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Durham asks court for five-year sentence

November 26, 2012
Scott Olson
Convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham is requesting a much shorter prison stay than the life sentence federal prosecutors want him to serve. The convicted Ponzi schemer and two associates are set to be sentenced Friday.
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Pliant Ohio regulators helped clear path for Durham's fraudRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Ohio Division of Securities allowed Fair Finance to register investment certificates even after the company stopped providing audited financials and Tim Durham drained more than $100 million from the firm through insider loans.
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Carmel project dogged by conflict questionsRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
An executive ousted from the firm developing The Barrington in Carmel alleges that the $142 million retirement-community project was driven by conflicts of interest.
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Executives backing push to launch pro soccer teamRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A group of Indianapolis business executives is laying the groundwork to launch a professional soccer team here in 2014. Members of the group won’t identify themselves, but this month they launched a website—indyprosoccer.com—seeking season-ticket commitments.
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Health insurance stocks flop after Obama wins second term

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Health insurance stocks sank deeper than the broader market Wednesday after President Barack Obama's re-election helped clarify the future of his health care overhaul, a sweeping law that some investors fear will pinch profits.
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Investor accused of defrauding burned-down church

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have filed fraud charges against an investor who they say misspent nearly $400,000 that leaders of an Indianapolis church gave him as it tried to raise more money to rebuild from a fire.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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