News & Analysis

Politically connected broker's deals raise conflict questions

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
John Bales' firm earned $2.9M in commissions on leases for state agencies and $270,000 in commissions on the sale of surplus state properties. He also acted as a developer for public-sector tenants—putting them into buildings owned by him or his associates.
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Many retail locations plagued by vacanciesRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Vacancy rates unseen in 20 years are hampering efforts by developers.
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Clarian hospital system regains its appetite to buildRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian is planning to spend $1.7 billion in the next five years on capital projects, half of that going to its downtown Indianapolis campuses.
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Rising prices could help pork producers bounce backRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The prices hogs are fetching this year will help farmers begin to climb out of the crater of 2008 and 2009. Average pork prices may approach record levels this year, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt predicted, up to $53.63 per hundred pounds. The record is $55.44 per hundred pounds, set in 1982.
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With five new acquisitions, Skillman builds car-lot dynastyRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Ray Skillman bought five car lots in the last 12 months from other dealers who have struggled during the recession. Skillman now ranks among the five largest dealers in the area, and his chain is poised for even more growth.
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Medical device startup FlowCo enlists Guidant alums

April 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The upstart developer of a device to help doctors choose the right-sized stent to prop open clog-prone arteries has brought aboard former Guidant Corp. executives, including Bill McConnell. Their regulatory and marketing expertise could help FlowCo Inc. bring its artery-measurement product to market as soon as 2011.
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Anderson tech firm One Number files patent suit against GoogleRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Anderson firm that provides a “one number” service that rings all of a client’s phones has filed suit against Web giant Google, alleging Google Voice infringes on two of its patents.
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Indy defense accounting jobs appear safe

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Department of Defense concurs that Indianapolis a better location than Cleveland for about 225 Marine Corps jobs.
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New helicopters coming for Indiana medical flights

April 23, 2010
Associated Press
Clarian Health officials on Thursday plan to buy four helicopters as it replaces aircraft in its aging patient-transport fleet.
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Waterworks board wants outside review of mayor's utility plan

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The waterworks board's plan to hire outside consultants to study the proposed sale of Indianapolis Water could delay the deal.
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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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