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Marketing firm VMS plans growth, new jobs

January 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Event-planning powerhouse VMS Inc. plans to invest more than $1.5 million to expand its Indianapolis life sciences marketing operation and create as many as 102 jobs over the next four years, state officials said Friday morning.
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Pence won't run for president; no word on governor's race

January 27, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence said Thursday he won't seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012 because he wants to focus on issues "closer to home" — a message some supporters are interpreting as his clearest sign yet that he'll run for Indiana governor.
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Indiana Health Information Exchange hires new CEO

January 27, 2011
Scott Olson
Harold Apple takes over for J. Marc Overhage, who will remain with the organization as its chief strategic officer and national policy adviser. IHIE is one of four operational exchanges in Indiana that allows for the sharing of medical records electronically.
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Local Tea Party group takes aim at Carmel mayor

January 27, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new Carmel-based Tea Party group, the Constitutional Patriots, has set its sights on Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, taking issue with his spending on projects like the $170 million Center for the Performing Arts.
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Senate to consider ban of texting while driving

January 27, 2011
Associated Press
Previous attempts to ban texting while driving have cleared the House but met resistance from conservative leaders in the Senate. It will get a hearing this year, Sen. David Long said.
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Aerospace firm plans to add 159 engineering jobs

January 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Aero Engine Controls plans to invest as much as $8.5 million to expand its operations near Indianapolis International Airport, adding up to 159 jobs over the next two years.
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Duke Realty reports strong year-end results

January 27, 2011
Cory Schouten
Duke Realty Corp. reported a fourth-quarter profit almost 70 percent above last year's figure as it closed out its best leasing year since 2007 and finished with its highest annual portfolio occupancy rate since 2004.
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Lilly's fourth-quarter profit surges, topping analysts' predictions

January 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker earned $1.2 billion in the quarter, compared with $915 million in the same period a year ago. Profit per share beat Wall Street forecasts by a penny.
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U.S. says new rules would cut thousands of coal jobs

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration's own experts estimate their proposal for protecting streams from coal mining would eliminate thousands of jobs and slash production across much of the country
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Sony moving 150 jobs to Terre Haute plant

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
A plant closing in New Jersey will result in 150 jobs moving to Sony DADC's factory in Terre Haute.
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Bren Simon fires attorneys in estate dispute, appeals ruling

January 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
Bren Simon is poised to replace her outside legal team in favor of a heavy hitter from Chicago as she appeals two courtroom setbacks in Hamilton County.
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Scholarship bill raises questions about minors on campus

January 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
As Indiana lawmakers ponder a bill that would give high school students an incentive to graduate early, state university leaders are bracing for the possible impact—an influx of minors onto their campuses.
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Bill advances to set 40 as Indiana's alcohol ID age

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
The bill would change a much-ridiculed law that took effect last summer requiring everyone — regardless of age — to be carded for carryout alcohol.
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Emmis still facing NASDAQ-delisting danger

January 26, 2011
Scott Olson
After an eight-day trading stretch in which its shares traded above $1 each, Emmis stock fell to 97 cents on Tuesday, below an important NASDAQ exchange threshhold.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Inside the mind of Scott Jones

January 26, 2011
Mason King
LQ_JOnes_WatchVideoDid the serial entrepreneur really "invent" voice mail? What's his tie to "Dr. Dunkenstein"? Why is lemonade so crucial? The CEO of ChaCha Search has answers.
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Cat Logistics to lay off 84 in Greenfield

January 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Caterpillar Logistics Inc. plans to permanently lay off 84 employees from a facility in Greenfield, where it handles distribution services for Irwin Industrial Tools.
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Life sciences to drive Purdue's next decade of building

January 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Over the past 10 years, Purdue University has built Discovery Park into a thriving research and business incubation center, launching more than 30 companies and hosting dozens more. Now Purdue will spend more than $164 million to construct a Life and Health Sciences Quadrangle next to Discovery Park.
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Q&A

January 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Chris Sears is a health care and employee-benefits attorney at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis. He spoke about how employers are sizing up health insurance reforms that hit in 2014, which would set up government-subsidized insurance as a new option for workers but also would penalize most employers if they stop sponsoring employee health benefits.
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Lilly product gets boost; Wall Street yawns

January 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. probably will get approval for its newly acquired imaging agent used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, but so far analysts are unimpressed.
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WellPoint profit better than analyst estimates

January 26, 2011
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
Excluding special charges, WellPoint’s profit fell 2 percent to $524.7 million in the fourth quarter from $536 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. But earnings per share improved thanks to stock buybacks.
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Cummins sells exhaust business to Global Tube

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Cummins Inc. will sell its exhaust business, which includes several plants in Wisconsin, to Global Tube, a portfolio company of the Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners.
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State senator: Should Indiana legalize marijuana?

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Karen Tallian, D- Portage, is sponsoring a bill that would direct the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and come up with recommendations.
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Illinois governor responds as states try to poach jobs

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Pat Quinn has a message for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and officials from other states trying to lure jobs from Illinois: Back off.
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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that cleared the Indiana House on Tuesday.
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Celadon sees quarterly rise in profit, revenue

January 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based trucking company reported revenue of $133.1 million, up 4.6 percent from the same quarter of 2009. Profit rose to $2.9 million from $1 million.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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