News & Analysis

Another General Growth suitor enters fray

March 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
Elliott Associates LP and Paulson & Co. are said to be discussing a plan to team with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. to bring mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. out of bankruptcy, competing with Simon Property Group.
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Receivership business picks up for property managers

March 23, 2010
Tom Harton
Companies hired by the courts to manage properties in financial distress are benefiting as the number of such properties grows.
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Ariad loses $65M patent appeal against Eli Lilly

March 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Monday's decision throws out a $65.2 million patent-infringement verdict won by Ariad for royalties on Lilly's osteoporosis drug Evista and sepsis medicine Xigris.
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Fair Finance co-owner charged with domestic battery

March 22, 2010
Greg Andrews
The embattled businessman was booked into the Hamilton County Jail following an incident Saturday morning at his Geist Reservoir home.
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State attorney general looks to challenge health care bill

March 22, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general in at least 13 states have signaled they intend to challenge the constitutionality of the legislation in court.
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Bill kicks off years of change for local health care players

March 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Sweeping changes phase in slowly for most, but insurers, hospitals, drug companies, employers, workers, medical device makers and more will eventually feel impact.
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BMW, Carbon Motors ink $1.35B supply contract

March 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
BMW has won a contract from Indiana-based Carbon Motors Corp. worth more than $1.35 billion to supply engines for U.S. police cars.
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Approval of college-aid overhaul to shake Sallie Mae

March 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The legislation, piggybacked to the health care bill that passed Congress Sunday night, could also mean major job losses for Sallie Mae, which employs about 2,400 people in Indiana, including 1,700 in Fishers.
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Reform offers risk, opportunities for Lilly, WellPoint

March 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Drugmakers and insurers could gain millions of customers under the legislation, but the industry also will pay new fees and face stricter rules that may shrink profit and fuel mergers.
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Insurer lending $7M for east-side Super Bowl project

March 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The aim is to spur redevelopment on the city's blighted near-east side before the 2012 Super Bowl is played in Indianapolis.
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ITT 'buying accreditation' strategy makes critics uneasy

March 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
ITT Educational Services and other for-profit educators are buying not-for-profit colleges to gain access to their regional accreditation. The tactic could fuel rapid growth but makes critics uncomfortable.
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Congress passes historic health care bill

March 21, 2010
Associated Press
To pay for the changes, the legislation includes more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade, roughly half of it from a new Medicare payroll tax on individuals with incomes over $200,000 and couples over $250,000.
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Moonlighting may be on rise among cash-strapped teachers

March 21, 2010
Associated Press
Teachers have traditionally taken summer jobs, but union claims more are working evenings and weekends during the school year.
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Attorney selected to fill Plowman's City-County Council seat

March 20, 2010
Associated Press
Republican precinct committee members selected a replacement of Lincoln Plowman, who resigned earlier this month.
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Animal shelter tries to improve under new leader, tight budget

March 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis' new public safety director says the city's pound is woefully underfunded. But he also takes umbrage at critics who call it a dirty death row for unwanted cats and dogs.
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Trucking firms shift gears to weather long downturnRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Logistics companies have found the last few years an unparalleled challenge. If it wasn't higher fuel prices, it was softening business in key sectors, such as the automotive industry. Fewer goods to move created overcapacity and softened rates.
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Indiana food manufacturers ramp up safety precautions

March 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The peanut-borne salmonella outbreak of 2009 raised awareness about the risk of illness from unlikely sources. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last time a seemingly innocuous ingredient made people sick, and prompted recalls.
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Prosecutor Brizzi defends no-cost real estate deal

March 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi paid nothing for a 50-percent stake in an Elkhart office building he acquired with a local defense attorney.
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Big guns behind Allos Ventures tech fund

March 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The region’s blossoming technology sector is about to get another shot of financial fertilizer. The newly formed Allos Ventures has raised $20 million from investors and plans to focus on early-stage tech companies.
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Indy Partnership aims to double economic development dealsRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The organization last year closed 11 business expansion or attraction deals, netting 2,950 new jobs in the process.
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City, NCAA forge 30-year event pact

March 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
It started as a meeting seven years ago between the NCAA, city and state officials, representatives of the Indiana Sports Corp. and a few others. The result was an agreement assuring Indianapolis hosts a major NCAA event every year between now and 2039.
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Year delay in unemployment tax hike won't satisfy Uncle SamRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Hoosier legislators are crowing about the deal they just brokered to delay a $400 million state tax hike meant to shore up Indiana's bankrupt Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Here's what they're not touting: the mandatory federal tax increases every single business in Indiana now faces the next three years.
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Sales slowdown prompts biz model change at WeblinkRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Software maker took abrupt turn into advertising for its customers when recession threatened.
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Thousands of teachers losing jobs, union says

March 19, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana State Teachers Association forecasts up to 5,000 teachers may lose their jobs. That's about 8 percent of public school teachers statewide.
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Shriners weighing legal options against Live Nation

March 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Group that owns downtown's Murat Theatre is considering legal options to prevent the venue's name from changing to Old National Centre.
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