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Plug-in car startup breaks all the rules

June 26, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Wabash-based ClearFlex Automotive is using off-the-shelf technology to design a 2010 Ford Focus plug-in electric vehicle, powered entirely by lead acid batteries. The company is gearing up for initial production of up to three vehicles a day.
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Electric rates likely to rise with cost of Duke coal plantRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Pressure is building on Duke Energy to contain costs of its controversial Edwardsport generating plant in southwestern Indiana, following the company’s recent disclosure that the price tag will soar by $530 million—likely boosting average customer rates in Indiana by 3 percent.
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Subcontractors come to Estridge's aid with $10M investment

June 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Estridge Cos.' subcontractors have invested $10 million into the firm led by COO Matt Cohoat and CEO Paul Estridge Jr.—an infusion that paves the way for them to proceed with a massive development in Westfield.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 100 thoughts on 100 Acres

June 26, 2010
Lou Harry
Watch video icon for 100 Acres100 Acres, a new art and nature park, opened behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art June 19. This major addition to the city’s cultural and social landscape seemed worthy of at least 100 thoughts—and two videos.
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City eyes Central State site for sports complexRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis officials are exploring turning the former Central State Hospital into a 150-acre sports complex that could include facilities for everything from soccer and baseball to tennis and ice skating.
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Buckingham thinks big with plans for downtown development

June 26, 2010
Cory Schouten
Will the latest ambitious downtown development proposal finally master the formula for transforming a downtown surface parking lot?
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Hoosier firms that rely on innovation pine for patent reform

June 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
One key change would grant patents to the first inventor to file an application, not the first who can prove to have made the invention first.
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BP disaster casts shadow over Hoosier enterprisesRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
BP franchisee Ricker Oil and Conner Prairie, whose balloon ride is emblazoned with the company logo, find themselves awkwardly linked to the disastrous Gulf oil spill. illainous image.
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IMA searching for executive to lead big capital campaign

June 26, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is gearing up for a major campaign and will create a senior management position in fundraising. CEO Maxwell Anderson said the national search for a “chief development officer” coincides with strategic planning that will result in a capital campaign for a still-unspecified amount.
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Potterhill Homes enters Indianapolis marketRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Scott Olson
A Cincinnati-based homebuilder’s expansion into Indianapolis marks the second time in six months a builder from the Queen City has carved out space in the metropolitan area.
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RUBENSTEIN: New law may put limits on residential seller financingRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Clifford Rubenstein
A new federal law intended to enhance consumer protection and reduce fraud in the residential loan market may put the kibosh on seller financing of residential properties. This has huge implications for owners of rental housing.
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Ex-Commerce chief: Lift the veil on state incentive deals

June 25, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The former executive director of IEDC's predecessor agency argues that regular headcount disclosure is a key part of the economic development process once incentive deals have been struck with companies.
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Durham attorney blasts FBI after vehicle seizures

June 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
Embattled financier Tim Durham's lawyer, Larry Mackey, said the FBI should have known a bankruptcy trustee had the titles. An attorney for the trustee said investigators were aware.
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INSIDE DISH: Goose the Market laying golden eggs

June 25, 2010
Mason King
Goose watch video iconEnvisioned by Christopher Eley as a one-man butcher shop, Goose has grown in three years to a 12-person operation trending for $1 million in sales.
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Lawmakers approve big Wall Street revamp

June 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
Bill headed for Obama's desk would reform financial regulation in effort to protect consumers, curb risks, boost surveillance of threats to markets, and give regulators more emergency powers to avoid future bank bailouts.
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Kiwanis backs UNICEF in fighting tetanus

June 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Kiwanis International will back UNICEF with a $110 million campaign to eliminate tetanus in mothers and newborns, the Indianapolis-based organization announced Thursday.
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Rob Reiner film to premiere in Indianapolis

June 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Director Rob Reiner will be at Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis Aug. 2 for the premiere of his latest film, "Flipped." The big-screen debut will be hosted by locally based Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.
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WellPoint exec sees health insurer 'oligopoly' coming

June 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. health insurers are “moving towards an oligopoly,” a process that this year’s health-care overhaul will accelerate, the investor-relations chief at WellPoint Inc. said Thursday.
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Greenwood mobile home park sold to Illinois firm

June 24, 2010
Indy Mobile purchases 527-lot Friendly Village through a court-appointed receiver.
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Fort Ben home, condos fail to sell at auction

June 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
Auction turns up no buyers for the former home of the commanding general at Fort Benjamin Harrison and four condominiums at the old Army base.
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Graphics firm adds workers to fulfill TruGreen deal

June 24, 2010
TKO Graphix in Plainfield calls back 15 workers and adds another 15 to help install graphics on 6,000 vehicles operated by the national lawn care company.
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Senator: For-profit colleges require tougher oversight

June 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
For-profit colleges like ITT Technical Institutes need tougher oversight and regulation, according to a report from a Democratic Senate committee chairman that questions the industry’s advertising spending, tuition costs and reliance on taxpayer money.
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Suitor extends tender offer for Emmis

June 24, 2010
Associated Press
JS Acquisition Inc., a company owned by Emmis Communications CEO Jeffrey Smulyan, extended its buyout offer to July 30.
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Ohio plant eyes Indiana to avoid environmental rule

June 23, 2010
Associated Press
Ohio's governor has asked state environmental regulators to come up with a way to save 214 jobs at a northwest Ohio plant that is considering a move to Indiana.
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OneAmerica to acquire McCready and Keene

June 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
McCready and Keene Inc. is the fifth-largest employee benefits firm in the Indianapolis area. It employs 95 people nationally, 82 of them in Indianapolis, according to IBJ research.
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