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Ice Miller elects new chief managing partner

December 2, 2010
Phillip L. Bayt assumes leadership of the firm, which also elected two new deputy managing partners. Bayt currently chairs Ice Miller's real estate practice.
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Credit counselor to merge with Ohio-based network

December 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Service Inc. has agreed to be absorbed by Ohio-based Apprisen Financial Advocates, as financial pressures in the industry push not-for-profit agencies to become larger.
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Local GM stamping plant layoffs to begin next month

December 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
It’s official: General Motors will begin shutting down its Indianapolis metal-stamping plant Jan. 28, with an initial wave of layoffs that will cost 75 workers their jobs.
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North of South financing clears first hurdle

December 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission has approved an $86 million city loan to help fund the $155 million mixed-used development near the downtown campus of Eli Lilly and Co. The project still needs approval from the City-County Council.
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Jobless claims tick up again

December 2, 2010
Associated Press
Difficulties adjusting for the Thanksgiving holiday contributed to last week's spike in new applications, a government analyst said. The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths volatility, fell to 431,000 last week, a two-year low.
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Local coatings company plans expansion, 50 hires

December 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Locally based KECO Engineered Coatings Inc. has acquired a second location in Indianapolis where it plans to invest $1 million and hire 50 employees by 2013, the company announced Thursday morning.
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Rising Medicaid costs for Indiana mean service cuts likely

December 1, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers likely will cut some Medicaid-provided services in the upcoming legislative session after learning Wednesday that the state's share of government health insurance program costs will balloon by $1.1 billion over the next two years unless checked.
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Swing in governors could help WellPoint deal with reform

December 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Rick Scott of Florida will get another chance next month to derail the law President Obama signed in March when he and 21 other Republican governors-elect are sworn in just as states begin implementing details of the legislation the candidates campaigned against.
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Feds sue developer Premier over raid on retirement accounts

December 1, 2010
Cory Schouten
Executives of defunct Indianapolis developer Premier Properties USA Inc. are negotiating to settle a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Labor that claims the company raided employee retirement accounts in a last-ditch bid to save itself in early 2008.
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Conner Prairie to open interactive Civil War exhibit

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park will open a Civil War exhibit in June, hoping for a similar bump in membership and ticket sales as it got from its Balloon Voyage rides the past two years.
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Online Transport buys Frontier assets from Toronto firm

December 1, 2010
Greenfield trucking company buys 794 trailers from Toronto-based Vitran Corp. for about $5 million to bolster operations.
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Kite plans to raise $65 million in stock offering

December 1, 2010
The Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust said it will sell 2.6 million shares of preferred stock at $25 each to repay debt, purchase property and use for general corporate purposes.
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Marion County GOP chairman stepping down

December 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Tom John will resign as chairman of the Marion County Republican Party once a new chairman is elected, he announced in a letter sent to Republican party members.
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St. Francis covets Greenwood's growth

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is going to build a new ER and medical office complex near Greenwood: The area has been growing over the past decade 10 times faster than the city of Indianapolis.
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Contrarians think it's new day for Lilly

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
The trouble-free market approval obtained by Eli Lilly and Co. for a new underarm testosterone treatment brightened the company’s outlook—at least for one of the few optimistic analysts covering the company.
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State lawmakers face tough choices over prison costs

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will swim rough political waters next year when deciding whether to spend millions more on overcrowded prisons or reducing prison sentences and being seen as soft on crime.
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Electronics maker buying former GM factory in Anderson

November 30, 2010
Northwind Electronics LLC will invest $954,000 to buy, renovate and equip a former General Motors factory in Anderson—creating as many as 100 jobs in the next two years, state economic development officials said Tuesday afternoon.
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Anderson loses out on Bright Automotive tech center

November 30, 2010
Upstart hybrid vehicle maker plans to locate tech center in Rochester Hills, Mich. About 200 jobs and an $11 million investment were at stake.
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State memo: Schools won't see more budget cuts

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Memo from Superintendent Tony Bennett to district administrators says there are "no current plans for reductions"
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Renewed Sunday liquor fight to focus on money

November 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Backers of the proposed legislation have begun touting a study estimating that as much as $9 million in additional tax revenue would be generated for Indiana by the allowance of Sunday sales.
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Simon widow's attorneys want judge to step down

November 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
Attorneys for Bren Simon turned their ire toward a Hamilton County judge on Tuesday, asking him to recuse himself from a legal battle over real estate magnate Melvin Simon's $2 billion estate.
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Organic food company with big plans cutting jobs

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Really Cool Foods, which started operations in eastern Indiana two years ago with plans for hiring 1,000 workers, now has about 200 after a round of layoffs this week.
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CNO Financial looking to refinance bank loans

November 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer says it has started discussions with a group of lenders about refinancing $652.1 million in debt.
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WRTV names new general manager

November 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Larry Blackerby, a 30-year television veteran, has been picked to replace long-time WRTV-TV General Manager Donald Lundy, parent company McGraw-Hill Broadcasting announced Tuesday.
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Historic downtown building poised for overhaul

November 30, 2010
Tom Harton
DLZ Indiana closed in September on the century-old building at 157 E. Maryland St. and plans to spend nearly $2.3 million renovating it.
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