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Tax credit would benefit public school foundationsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ellettsville Democrat Vi Simpson wants to create an income-tax credit for gifts to public-school foundations, which could compete with one that’s already available for private-school scholarships.
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Software startup takes on personal finance heavyweightsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
MyJibe forces everyday consumers to set savings goals and plan what they will need to spend before they spend it.
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Bond wariness might make it tough for cities to borrowRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Interest rates on municipal bonds have ticked up in the last two months to pre-recession levels as investors have pulled their money from bond funds in droves. That pattern has begun, gradually, to reverse, but the higher rates could add to the cost of issuing debt for pending city projects.
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New rules rile Steak n Shake franchiseesRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
Franchise owners of Steak n Shake restaurants are revolting against parent company Biglari Holdings Inc. just as the chain plans a nationwide expansion fueled by franchising.
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Health insurance brokers set for shakeoutRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health insurance brokers, who match up employers with health insurance policies, are about to have a brighter light shone on the commissions they earn from insurers. The likely result: Commissions will fall or flatline and, eventually, fall away in favor of fee-based business models.
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Will city be ready for Super Bowl blitz?

February 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The compact nature of downtown Indianapolis—long seen as a major draw for conventions and other events—is creating challenges for organizers of next year’s Super Bowl.
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INSIDE DISH: Squealers goes whole hog on franchising

February 4, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Squealers_watch_videoJeff Yater has ushered his meat-lovers concept from the barbecue competition circuit to two Indy-area restaurants. Now he wants to recruit wannabe franchisees with $500,000 and a passion for chicken, beef and pork.
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2010 compensation fell about 20 percent for top Lilly execs

February 4, 2011
J.K. Wall
Compensation for Eli Lilly and Co.’s top executives fell last year due to a change to its stock award program and as the company struggled to bring new medicines to market.
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Cancer drugmaker Endocyte raises $75 million in IPO

February 4, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indiana-based Endocyte Inc., a developer of drugs for ovarian and lung tumors, raised $75 million in its initial public offering after cutting the price twice this week for a total reduction of as much as 60 percent.
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Purdue cancels $28 million coal-fired power plant

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
The school's board of trustees voted Friday morning to cancel the $28 million project for the Wade Utility Plant based on financial and regulatory concerns.
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Indiana Farm Bureau unveiling ads during Super Bowl

February 4, 2011
Scott Olson
The insurer's new campaign, developed by local advertising firm Young & Laramore, focuses on real-life situations amid a crowded field of competitors.
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Consumer groups balk at bills to speed utility cost recovery

February 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Proposals would mitigate rate spikes, says utility industry. Consumer groups call proposed legislation a rubber stamp for utilities.
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Brightpoint shares bask in afterglow of earnings report

February 4, 2011
The stock has soared more than 28 percent since Wednesday's earnings report.  Growth of smart phones and European logistics prospects helped Brightpoint beat earnings estimates.
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Endocyte again changes terms of public offering

February 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The West Lafayette-based biopharmaceutical company now is planning to offer at least 12.5 million shares, or 17 percent more than previously announced, but at a lower price of $6 each.
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Sport Graphics making its mark in Dallas this week

February 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Locally based Sport Graphics scored a "six-figure" deal with the NFL to design, make and install all Super Bowl signage—in Dallas and Indianapolis.
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Indiana plans Reagan celebration at Statehouse

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration is scheduled for Feb. 10 at the Indiana Statehouse. The celebration is part of events nationwide celebrating Reagan's life.
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Jobless rate falls to 9 percent despite weak job growth

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
The economy generated only 36,000 net new jobs in January, the fewest in four months, but the unemployment rate fell because many of those out of work gave up on their job searches.
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Purdue poised to cancel coal-fired power plant

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
Purdue University is moving to call off plans for a new coal-fired power unit that had been strongly opposed by environmental activists.
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Simon Property's quarterly profit rises on improving retail sales

February 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Earnings for the Indianapolis-based shopping mall owner increased to $217.9 million in the fourth quarter, up from $91.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Funds from operations, a key measurement used by real estate investment trusts, also improved.
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Missionary group says vendor holding website hostage

February 4, 2011
Evangelical Baptist Missions Inc. says its former IT vendor is holding its website hostage—potentially hampering the safety of people working abroad.
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Klipsch selling for $166M, Audiovox says

February 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Klipsch will become a subsidiary of Audiovox and operate as a stand-alone operation in Indianapolis under the leadership of the current management team, Audiovox said.
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Tighter rules for scholarship program advance

February 3, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's popular 21st Century Scholars program that provides full college scholarships to needy students who stay out of trouble would have stiffer requirements under a proposal approved Thursday by a legislative committee.
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MacAllister Machinery acquires Michigan company

February 3, 2011
Indianapolis-based MacAllister Machinery has acquired Michigan Tractor and Machinery Co., which has 590 employees and is Michigan's top Caterpillar dealer.
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NFL labor situation a hot topic in Dallas

February 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A lockout is predicted by many, but whether labor strife ultimately affects the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis remains to be seen.
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Dow Agro's quarterly sales, profit climb

February 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences on Thursday reported record fourth-quarter revenue of $1.3 billion, up 19 percent from the prior-year period.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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