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Auction of superhero memorabilia nets $70,000

January 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The mementos were owned by Fishers collector Dane Nash, who operated the American Super Heroes Museum downtown.
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Ritter’s Frozen Custard franchisees reopening stores

January 25, 2011
Scott Olson
As a new owner revamps the Ritter's business plan, at least four of the frozen custard stands in the area have either opened or are set to reopen in the same locations where they previously operated.
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State’s unemployment rate declines to 9.5 percent

January 25, 2011
The decline marks the third straight month that Indiana's unemployment rate has fallen, but private-sector jobs actually dropped in December.
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Brenwick turns over commercial sales, leasing at Village of West Clay

January 25, 2011
Tom Harton
Ambrose Property Group, a commercial leasing and development company headed by former Duke Realty Corp. broker Aasif Bade, took over for Brenwick, which is primarily a residential developer, at the beginning of the year.
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Head of Lilly's oncology unit resigning

January 25, 2011
John H. Johnson has been hired as CEO by East Brunswick, N.J.-based biotechnology company Savient Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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Remy International considering stock offering, CEO says

January 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Pendleton-based Remy International Inc., the former General Motors Co. unit that exited bankruptcy in 2007, is considering a public offering of its stock this year, CEO John Weber says.
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State lawmakers to take on unemployment insurance

January 24, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses with a history of laying off employees would pay more in unemployment insurance costs, and workers in industries where layoffs occur regularly would receive lower benefits under a bill Indiana lawmakers are preparing to take up.
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City offers another parks facility for lease

January 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indy Parks & Recreation officials on Monday issued a request for proposals from entities interested in leasing the Riverside Marina facility near 30th Street and White River Parkway.
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Mayor OKs school for students with learning disabilities

January 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
If approved by the City-County Council, the new Damar Charter Academy would open later this fall. It would specialize in students with significant cognitive, behavioral or developmental challenges, including those on the autism spectrum.
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Vanderbilt rejected by high court on Cialis patents

January 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Supreme Court justices on Monday left intact a ruling throwing out a lawsuit pressed by the Nashville, Tenn., university against Eli Lilly's Icos subsidiary.
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Zionsville retirement village plans $32 million expansion

January 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Hoosier Village Retirement Center in Zionsville announced plans Monday morning for a $32 million project that will expand its campus and allow the center to add 50 full-time workers.
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Some big bills on back burner in Indiana Legislature

January 23, 2011
Associated Press
Three weeks into Indiana's legislative session, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is touting the hard work being done on major issues. Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer contends the session is off to a slow start.
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Durham car collection fetches $2.2M

January 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
A 1929 Duesenberg once driven by Elvis Presley garnered the largest price—$1.237 million.
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Unions looking to make Hoosier comebackRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana could be on the front line in the United Auto Workers’ campaign to unionize foreign-owned plants.
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Uptick in M&A activity suggests a turnaroundRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Fourth quarter helps to bolster 2010 deal-making.
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Indiana mergers and acquisition ranged upward of $2.3 billionRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Simon Property Group's acquisition of Prime Outlets was the largest by an Indiana company in 2010.
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Lack of a disclosed price kept deals off the listRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
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21st Century Fund pockets a payoff from saleRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The state’s principal fund investing in high-tech companies has reached a milestone—for the first time recouping all the money it granted an emerging company, and then some.
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Legislation seeks RFP option for selling state landRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
The bill would allow the Indiana Department of Administration to sell real estate using a request for proposals, in addition to existing options for competitive bids or an auction.
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NAI Olympia vets join brokerage startup AllianceRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
If Alliance grows as fast as projected, it could break into the city’s top-10 largest commercial real estate brokerage companies for 2011, based on IBJ’s Book of Lists.
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Class size takes back seat in education debate

January 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
In his State of the State address, Gov. Mitch Daniels called class size "virtually meaningless" in determining which kids succeed.
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City push on building codes draws gripesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A vigorous effort by city officials to enforce building-safety codes has some concerned that it’s becoming tougher to revitalize older properties.
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Trucking firms need drivers; students can't afford trainingRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A study by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals estimates that the trucking industry needs to hire 200,000 more drivers this year, but some driver-training schools locally say many potential students don’t have the $3,000-to-$5,000 or more for tuition.
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Indiana companies prepping for burst of acquisitions

January 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Conditions are ripe for a barrage of mergers and acquisitions to take place this year.
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IndyCar, other circuits show signs of motorsports recovery

January 22, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Open-wheel series leads resurgence in sponsorship dollars flowing to racing circuits, venues and teams.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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