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Harlan Labs names new CEO

April 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based provider of clinical research animals has promoted senior manager Hans Thunem to its top spot.
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INSIDE DISH: Mug-n-Bun rides on 50-year formula

April 23, 2010
Mason King
MugnBun_WatchVideoIBJ's new video feature on restaurateurs tries curbside service at Speedway's Mug-n-Bun, unchanged in concept since the 1960s but now sporting subtle tweaks.
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Museum of Art expects boost from fall Warhol show

April 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art expects its upcoming Andy Warhol exhibit to draw 40,000 people, helping it offset a drop in funding from its endowment.
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Indiana budget chief orders another 5 percent in cuts

April 22, 2010
Associated Press
State revenues are $867 million, or 9.4 percent, less than forecast through the first nine months of the current fiscal year.
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NCAA to expand March Madness from 65 to 68 teams

April 22, 2010
The three-team expansion is much more modest than 80-team and 96-team proposals the NCAA outlined just a few weeks ago at the Final Four.
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Local firm's Carolina development slides into bankruptcy

April 22, 2010
Scott Olson
Owner of Flaherty & Collins' apartment complex in Raleigh seeks to reorganize debts related to a $24.8 million loan. It's the second Flaherty & Collins project in North Carolina to fall into bankruptcy in six months.
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IDEM chief choking on EPA's new ozone proposal

April 22, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost of proposed EPA ozone limit would far outweigh any potential health benefits, Indiana Department of Environmental Management commissioner says.
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Indiana schools to exit Race to the Top competition

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
State will bow out of the $4.35 billion federal competition after a highly public feud between public schools chief Tony Bennett and the state’s teachers unions.
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PNC Financial's quarterly profit falls on bailout repayment

April 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
PNC Bank has about 80 bank branches and 1,100 employees in the Indianapolis area, all doing business under the National City name.
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ITT Educational posts first-quarter profit, raises forecast

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based operator of for-profit colleges pulled in profits of $85.7 million, or $2.46 per share, up nearly 44 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
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Simon adds $1.1B to General Growth proposal

April 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. added four backers to its proposal to help rival mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. emerge from bankruptcy, increasing the plan’s total investment by $1.1 billion.
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Indianapolis gets $10 million for clean energy

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday is part of $452 million in stimulus funding nationwide for projects meant to make buildings more energy efficient.
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Report: Indiana far short of funding teacher pensions

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana is among the nation's five most underfunded teacher pension programs, but low ranking is misleading.
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Revised Mel Simon estate suit calls Bren 'abusive'

April 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon’s daughter Deborah is lashing out at her stepmother Bren in a new court filing, saying  she was “mentally and verbally abusive” toward the billionaire late in his life and kept him isolated from friends and family.
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ITT Educational altered test scores, ex-employee's suit says

April 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
Former director says he saw employees give passing scores to students who had failed entrance exams, raise their grades and alter their attendance records so they would continue to receive U.S. financial aid.
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Ohio congressmen seek to raid Indy defense accounting jobs

April 21, 2010
Chris O'Malley
U.S. Reps. Kucinich and LaTourette say about 225 Marine Corps IT jobs belong in Cleveland instead of Indianapolis.
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Santorini owner realizes 'American Dream' with national honor

April 21, 2010
Scott Olson
Fountain Square eatery owner Taki Sawi is one of only three restaurant operators to receive an award given by National Restaurant Association every two years.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Trucking firm CEO leans into the pain

April 21, 2010
Mason King
Russell_WatchVideoCeladon CEO Stephen Russell faced a treacherous patch of highway when fuel prices spiked and the recession drove the trucking industry into an economic Death Valley. In IBJ's new video feature on leadership issues, Russell explains how advice from his dentist helped pave the way to recovery.
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Huntington Bancshares reports first profit since 2008

April 21, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Huntington National Bank, a subsidiary of Huntington Bancshares, operates nearly 50 branches and has about 600 employees in the Indianapolis area.
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Drug prices rise ahead of rebates

April 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
Drug prices rose faster last year than they have in a decade—just in time for big rebates the drug industry promised as part of the health reform law.
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Chrysler's old assets in bankruptcy can be liquidated, court rules

April 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Investors who had challenged the bankruptcy sale, including the Indiana State Police Pension Trust, had argued that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner violated the Constitution by using TARP money to finance the sale, and had their arguments overruled in the appeals court.
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City-County Building 'greening' project to cost $8 million

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City expects environmentally friendly overhaul of downtown headquarters to provide net savings of $250,000 per year.
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Democrats want government approval of health premiums

April 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Insurers like WellPoint Inc. should be required to get U.S. approval to increase premiums, Sens. Diane Feinstein and Tom Harkin say.
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Circle Centre arcade reopens under new ownership

April 20, 2010
Texas-based Tilt Family Entertainment acquires GameWorks chain, which closed last month, leaving gaping hole on fourth floor of mall.
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City flush with energy-saving ideas for building

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City-County Building energy-efficiency upgrades are set to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon. The nearly 50-year old landmark is the centerpiece of the city's greener-building initiative.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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