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Charges drive down first-quarter profit at Lilly

April 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
First-quarter profit fell at Eli Lilly and Co. as the company recorded restructuring charges due to its downsizing and higher research costs as it tries to develop new drugs to help it shrug off its looming patent expirations.
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Indiana lawmakers push voluntary renewable standards

April 17, 2011
Associated Press
Senate Bill 251, which passed the Indiana House Utilities and Energy committee Friday, calls for a voluntary goal of producing 10 percent of the state's electricity from renewable energy resources by 2025.
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School district to take science instruction online

April 17, 2011
Associated Press
Students in a central Indiana community will soon get their science instruction online instead of through textbooks, but the technology will come at a price.
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Indiana Live owners using big-buck firms in Chapter 11 caseRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Downs LLC, owner of Indiana Live racetrack and casino, has hired top-tier national investment banking and law firms to represent it in Chapter 11 proceedings in U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware.
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Carl Cook to succeed father as CEO at Cook Group

April 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Carl Cook has been named CEO of Bloomington-based medical device company Cook Group, replacing his father, who died Friday, company officials announced Saturday.
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Fairgrounds officials consider Pepsi Coliseum overhaul

April 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana State Fairgrounds officials are laying the groundwork for a massive Pepsi Coliseum renovation that could cost tens of millions of dollars and transform the inside of the 72-year-old landmark.
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Pop-up retailers emerging in Indianapolis

April 16, 2011
Marc D. Allan
With the retail vacancy rate hovering around 13 percent locally and nationally, temporary retailers are becoming a fact of life in malls, strip malls and downtowns around the country.
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Unusual North of South deal leaves taxpayers vulnerable

April 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
The $156 million North of South project is a complicated, risky and potentially transformative bet on downtown.
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Companies seek equity in return for services to startupsRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A crop of Indianapolis companies is embracing the practice of developing and marketing products for startups in exchange for an ownership stake.
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Shelbyville uses new incubator to lure tech firm TyrosRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A company that will soon become Shelbyville’s newest corporate resident has a nifty, high-tech idea to help schools, leagues and sports associations connect with sports referees and officials.
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Indiana's anti-tobacco agency's first decade mixed

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation officials acknowledge they still have work to do in a state that in 2008 had the nation's highest smoking rate and still has more than 1 million smokers.
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House panel backs GOP redistricting plan

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House elections committee voted 8-5 along party lines in favor of the proposals after Republicans revised the lines for several scattered state House districts from what they had proposed Monday.
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FDA wants further testing of Lilly pancreas drug

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. Inc. said Friday that the FDA has asked the drugmaker to conduct another clinical trial of its proposed pancreas drug before it resubmits an application to have the drug approved for sale.
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Aggressive bills aimed at consolidating township governments failRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
With two weeks left in the legislative session, only two statewide local-government-reform bills remain. Both fail to accomplish reformers’ key aim: removing layers of township government they say have outlived their use.
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First-quarter commercial real estate stats for IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
IBJ's Commercial Real Estate Focus sections include statistical snapshots of Indianapolis' multi-tenant office vacancy rates and the local industrial market.
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INSIDE DISH: Irvington cafe knows its audience

April 15, 2011
Mason King
Dish Watch Video LegendJohn Robertson swore he'd never go into the restaurant biz. Now his comfort-food oasis is an east-side institution, in part for hemming to its historic surroundings and middle-class roots.
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Bill Cook, medical device magnate and philanthropist, dies at 80

April 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The founder of Bloomington-based life sciences giant Cook Group Inc. and the wealthiest man in Indiana leaves a legacy of dozens of historic structures saved from decay or demolition. He also was a major donor to Indiana University and its athletics department.
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Judge freezes assets of Fishers money manager

April 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A Hamilton County judge has ordered a temporary asset freeze against prominent Fishers money manager Keenan Hauke, who is being investigated by the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office over financial irregularities involving a hedge fund he operates.
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Indiana House OKs bill limiting teacher contracts

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill that would limit collective bargaining agreements between local districts and teachers' unions to only wages and wage-related benefits.
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New EPA rules could trigger Indiana emission testing

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
Drivers across Indiana could be required to have their vehicles undergo emissions testing if new federal Environmental Protection Agency rules set for release this summer are strict enough, a state environmental official said.
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Feds: CVS to pay $17.5M over inflated Rx claims

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department says CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle allegations it overcharged Medicaid programs in 10 states, including Indiana.
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Amusement center set for Clearwater area

April 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
An entertainment venue featuring a bowling alley, concert hall and restaurant is set to replace a vacant movie theater.
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House panel backs weakened immigration bill

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has approved a watered-down immigration proposal a day after removing a contentious provision that would have given police officers more latitude to ask people for proof that they are in the country legally.
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Landlord seeking to evict Jillian's over unpaid rent

April 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The landlord of the downtown building that houses Jillian's, which filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week, wants the restaurant and entertainment complex out of its building, alleging the tenant owes nearly $700,000.
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Analysts: Indiana taking in more money than expected

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
Analysts told the State Budget Committee on Friday they expect the state to take in some $643.7 million more in fiscal 2012 and 2013 than anticipated in the previous revenue forecast.
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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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