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WTHR winner during November sweeps period

December 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Channel 13 received a huge ratings boost at 11 p.m., enabling it to surpass WISH-TV Channel 8 as the most-watched newscast during that time. WTHR's newscast retained its lead in several other time slots, although audience numbers dipped, enabling competitors to close the gap.
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INSIDE DISH: Irvington favorite breaks off slice for Greenwood

December 3, 2010
Mason King
Jockamo Watch
                           VideoThe owners of Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza had seen other local eateries sink after expanding. They weighed many risks before pulling the trigger.
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Factory orders sink for first time since June

December 3, 2010
Associated Press
Factory orders declined 0.9 percent in October, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the first setback since June and the biggest decline since a 1.8-percent fall in May.
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Children's choir founder taps protege

December 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Children's Choir founder Henry Leck has named Josh Pedde as the first assistant artistic director in the 25-year history of the not-for-profit organization.
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UIndy rolls out new Lugar Center scholarship program

December 3, 2010
The program will award $10,000 per school year to each of 10 incoming students who attend the annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow's Leaders.
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Two more WellPoint executives set to depart

December 3, 2010
Associated Press, J.K. Wall
Chief Actuary Cynthia Miller and Chief Strategy Officer Bradley Fluegel—both of whom were prominent during the health reform debate—are leaving the health insurance giant.
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World Bank chief: U.S. still good place to invest

December 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Robert Zoellick, who was set to address the Economic Club of Indiana on Friday, doubts the United States' debt problems will become as severe as the crisis in Europe and said the U.S. is still a good investment for foreign countries.
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Jobless rate rises to 9.8 percent as U.S. job growth slows

December 3, 2010
Associated Press
With hiring so weak, the unemployment rate rose from 9.6 percent to 9.8 percent. The jobless rate has now topped 9 percent for 19 straight months, the longest stretch on record.
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Indiana revenue shows slight gains in November

December 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's finances showed signs of life in November as growth in sales and individual income tax collections helped bring in $49 million more than projected in the most recent revenue forecast.
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UPDATE: City Market has tentative deal with longtime tenant

December 2, 2010
Scott Olson
City Market operators have reached a tentative deal to settle a dispute with Grecian Garden's owners after alleging the eatery was late on its rent payments for several months. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
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USA, Indianapolis lose out on 2022 World Cup

December 2, 2010
Associated Press
Qatar was selected as host of the 2022 World Cup, beating out a bid by the United States to bring soccer's showcase back to America for the first time since 1994.
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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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  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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