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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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Decade-old Heartland fraud case nearing end

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The receiver appointed in the case is distributing the last of $2.6 million in assets he recovered from the $29 million investors lost in the Ponzi scheme.
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CIB, Colts dispute stadium concession expenses

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Colts and its stadium manager, the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County, are squabbling over who pays certain concession expenses. The dispute ultimately could reach arbitration, if an agreement is not reached.
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OneAmerica enjoys 24-percent surge in sales

March 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based life insurer pulled in sales last year of $1.7 billion and boosted its overall assets 12 percent, to $24.4 billion.
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State finds Notre Dame at fault in student videographer's death

March 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Lori Torres said Tuesday that the school will be fined $22,500 for five violations, including failing to properly train Declan Sullivan, the 20-year-old junior film student who died in the Oct. 27 accident.
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CICP exec Gifford heading regional transit task force

March 15, 2011
At the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Gifford will work primarily with the private-sector-led Central Indiana Transit Task Force, the regional mass transit initiative co-founded by CICP.
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Freight brokerage plans local office, 50 jobs

March 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cincinnati-based Total Quality Logistics Inc., a national freight brokerage firm, plans to open a satellite office in Indianapolis in April.
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Office/retail building planned for Fort Ben

March 15, 2011
Tom Harton
Speculative development is almost unheard of these days, but the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority is taking the plunge as it works toward breaking ground this year on what it expects will be a 45,000-square-foot building geared toward retail and office tenants.
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CIB awards contracts for stadium, convention security

March 15, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board voted Monday to retain the services of three firms that currently provide security at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, at an annual savings of $300,000.
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Fox News hires former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
The network announced Tuesday it had hired Bayh to offer commentary and analysis across Fox News' programming ahead of the 2012 elections.
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Colts owner wants negotiations, not litigation

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
Jim Irsay said Monday he's "optimistic" the league will not lose the 2011 season or next year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis because of the lockout, though he is "disappointed" that players have resorted to making their case through the legal system.
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Indiana Medicaid mental health list worries advocates

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
The state budget bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would save about $7 million each year by creating a list of preferred mental health drugs and trying to win larger rebates from manufacturers.
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City terminating contract of Eagle Creek golf manager

March 14, 2011
Scott Olson
Jerry Hayslett, who has managed the golf club on West 56th Street since 1999, will no longer be the operator, effective April 1, after he defaulted on a $3.5 million loan balance, city officials said.
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Indiana state budget website gets new features

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
New features being added to the state of Indiana's budget transparency website include the ability for users to sign up for e-mail alerts when information they are interested in is updated.
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Big Ten tournament attendance, economic impact up

March 14, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hotel rooms were sold out three straight nights as attendance at the Big Ten men's basketball tournament hit its highest mark since 2006.
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Lilly agrees to buy European animal health company

March 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Co., has agreed to acquire Jannsen Animal Health, a subsidiary of New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson, pending regulatory approval. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Eagle's Nest is a survivor among rooftop eateriesRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
As rooftop restaurants nationwide have fallen from grace, the Eagle’s Nest, sitting high atop the 22-story Hyatt Regency Hotel in the center of downtown, continues to fly high.
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Product delays thwart $40M Roche purchase

March 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Delays getting new diabetes meters into the U.S. market appear to have tripped up Roche Diagnostics Corp. on its way to acquiring a key software vendor.
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  1. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  2. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

  3. Good try, Mr. Irwin, but I think we all know the primary motivation for pursuing legal action against the BMV is the HUGE FEES you and your firm expect to receive from the same people you claim to be helping ~ taxpayers! Almost all class action lawsuits end up with the victim receiving a pittance and the lawyers receiving a windfall.

  4. Fix the home life. We're not paying for your child to color, learn letters, numbers and possible self control. YOU raise your children...figure it out! We did. Then they'll do fine in elementary school. Weed out the idiots in public schools, send them well behaved kids (no one expects perfection) and watch what happens! Oh, and pray. A mom.

  5. To clarify, the system Cincinnati building is just a streetcar line which is the cheapest option for rail when you consider light rail (Denver, Portland, and Seattle.) The system (streetcar) that Cincy is building is for a downtown, not a city wide thing. With that said, I think the bus plan make sense and something I shouted to the rooftops about. Most cities with low density and low finances will opt for BRT as it makes more financial and logistical sense. If that route grows and finances are in place, then converting the line to a light rail system is easy as you already have the protected lanes in place. I do think however that Indy should build a streetcar system to connect different areas of downtown. This is the same thing that Tucson, Cincy, Kenosha WI, Portland, and Seattle have done. This allows for easy connections to downtown POI, and allows for more dense growth. Connecting the stadiums to the zoo, convention center, future transit center, and the mall would be one streetcar line that makes sense.

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