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Borders closing another local bookstore

March 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based bookstore chain, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last month, announced yesterday it would close the Border’s store in the Shops at River Crossing near the Fashion Mall.
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Shoe Carnival reports record annual profit

March 18, 2011
The Evansville-based shoe and apparel retailer said it earned $26.8 million in its last fiscal year. The company also reported record same-store sales.
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Butler still getting big bounce from 2010 NCAA run

March 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The number of applications to Butler University is up 41 percent—to a total of 9,357—compared with applications received by the same time last year, according to school officials. Requests for information and campus visits by prospective students are both up 35 percent for the year.
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Estridge: We need cash to survive

March 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Estridge Jr. says potential investors have inquired about helping his homebuilding company. Without millions in capital and a line of credit, the business could close within a week.
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Fair Finance investors likely to recover little money

March 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Authorities say Fair Finance, led by indicted businessman Tim Durham, owes 5,200 investors $230 million. But they're likely to recoup just a "teeny-tiny" fraction.
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Trade agency to probe Lilly's infringement claim

March 17, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co.’s patent-infringement claim over Hospira Inc.’s generic version of the cancer treatment Gemzar will be investigated by a U.S. trade agency with the power to block imports of the copycat drug.
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Angie's List lands $53 million investment

March 17, 2011
Jeff Newman
The privately held firm, which has been raking in private investment since 2005, landed the biggest round of funding in its history from “two of the world’s largest public money managers.”
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Panel nixes transportation aid for charter schools

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate panel eliminated part of a proposal on Wednesday that would have required traditional public schools to help provide transportation to students attending charter schools.
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Indiana House walkout brings talk of recall elections

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican speaker of the Indiana House said Wednesday that the ongoing walkout by Democratic legislators has stirred up interest in one day making such actions illegal or allowing voters to remove boycotters from office.
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Officials: Fair Finance largest fraud case in state's history

March 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Indictment_WatchVideoTimothy S. Durham (pictured at far left), James F. Cochran and Rick D. Snow were all arrested on Wednesday following a grand jury indictment.
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Local home construction plummets again

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Home-building permits filed in the Indianapolis area fell by more than 40 percent in February compared with the same month last year. Nationally, builders broke ground last month on the fewest homes in nearly two years.
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BREAKING: Durham, two other executives indicted for fraud

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Beleaguered local businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. have been indicted on felony charges of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a complaint against the men in federal court.
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Another northwest-side apartment complex faces foreclosure

March 16, 2011
Lender Fannie Mae filed to foreclose on Inverness Apartment Homes, whose Vancouver-based owner allegedly owes $4 million on a note that was due in February.
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Economist: U.S. recovery ‘turning a corner’

March 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Manufacturing growth will continue to lead an economic recovery in the United States, predicted PNC Financial Services Group senior economist Robert Dye, in town Wednesday to deliver his forecast at Meridian Hills Country Club.
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Wholesale prices jump on steep rise in food costs

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the biggest rise in food prices in 36 years.
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Brightpoint invests in Latin American operations

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Locally based wireless phone distributor plans to spend more than $15 million for a stake in a Miami-based company focused on Latin America.
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Forklift accident kills worker at Indianapolis plant

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis fire officials say a forklift operator was killed at Royal Food Products Inc. when a floor collapsed beneath the machine at the food manufacturing plant.
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Dow Agro thinks it has a winner

March 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based company released more details this month about its Enlist Weed Control System, which would genetically modify corn, soybeans and cotton to be resistant to one of the most common weedkillers.
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Lechleiter: After the deluge, we'll be fine

March 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter visited Japan last week—three days before the massive earthquake—to deliver his tried-and-true message: Drug companies need to reinvent invention, governments needs to support innovation, and Lilly will be just fine after it has sustained the damage of the next three years.
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CARLSON: 'Nerdy' Daniels needs to turn laughs into votes

March 16, 2011
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg News
When someone as staid as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels turns out to have a sense of humor about himself, it may be time to take him seriously.
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Estridge again seeking investors to avoid closing

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Carmel-based homebuilder said Tuesday that it will shut down if outside investors or a line of credit aren't obtained soon. The company previously received a cash infusion last June from a group of subcontractors.
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Annual profit, revenue shrink for Noble Roman's

March 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based pizza franchisor saw declining results from its restaurants, but got a boost from its growing line of take-and-bake products.
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Indiana House speaker weighing options over boycott

March 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican leader of the Indiana House said his patience was wearing thin with Democratic lawmakers who have shut down the legislative process in Indiana for three weeks by walking out on their jobs.
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Subaru, Toyota curb output at Indiana plants

March 15, 2011
Associated Press
Two Japanese automakers are scaling back production at North American plants as they assess their ability to get parts from Japan after that country's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
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Rolls-Royce moving 2,500 workers downtown

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The British-based company will move the office workers later this year to a downtown Indianapolis office building on South Meridian Street formerly occupied by Eli Lilly and Co.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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