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Report: Insurers secretly funded ads attacking health reform

January 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. reportedly joined fellow health insurance giants to fund TV ads as insurers tempered their support for reform.
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City to bolster economic development funding

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Mayor Greg Ballard expected to announce at his State of the City address Wednesday evening that the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and Indianapolis Economic Development Inc. could receive about $1 million each from the city.
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IPL: Changing tree-trimming policy could cost utility $100M

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. made the claim in testimony submitted to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission as part of a hearing investigating complaints that the utility's tree-trimming policies are too aggressive.
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Q95 fires 'Mad Dog' Matis

January 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
An employee of WFBQ-FM 94.7 since 1986, popular radio personality Jimmy "Mad Dog" Matis has been dismissed.
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Clarian to restart Riley project, reverse pay cuts

January 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health soon will restart work on a new tower at Riley Hospital for Children near downtown Indianapolis and is set to lift other cost-saving restrictions.
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FDA letters scold Lilly, others over marketing materials

January 13, 2010
Associated Press
The letter to Indianapolis-based Lilly cites a print advertisement for the antidepressant Cymbalta that did not adequately display information about the drug's side effects.
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HHGregg shares fall after analyst downgrade

January 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Customers are buying fewer high-priced big-screen TVs from electronics chain HHGregg Inc., an analyst said Tuesday as he lowered his investment rating on the company's stock.
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City's sole high school will keep Anderson name

January 13, 2010
Associated Press
The district's school board voted 6-1 Tuesday night for a plan using the Anderson High School building for grades 10-12 starting next fall. The Highland High School building will house grades 7-9.
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Indy man gets 2 years for extorting insurance firm

January 13, 2010
Associated Press
Kevin Stewart stole a computer server that contained the names and confidential information of 900,000 people.
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Indiana Senate OKs bill to delay jobless-tax hikes

January 12, 2010
Associated Press
The Senate has approved a bill delaying unemployment-tax increases on businesses for a year, but the legislation may face hurdles in the Democrat-led House.
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Indianapolis still in hunt to be World Cup host

January 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was one of 18 cities included in United State's bid to host World Cup Soccer event in 2018 or 2022.
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Durham's Fair Finance drops effort to sell securities

January 12, 2010
Greg Andrews
Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. told securities regulators this week that it is withdrawing its request for approval to sell an additional $250 million in investment certificates.
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Cincinnati-area builder Fischer expands to Indianapolis

January 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Home builder hopes to sell as many as 200 houses in region this year. Fischer, which entered the Columbus, Ohio, market in 2008 after buying subdivisions from retreating builders, is using the same strategy to establish a foothold in Carmel, Westfield, Zionsville and Avon.
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Roche taps new local CEO

January 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics named a new CEO for its North American operations Tuesday to replace Michael Tillmann, who resigned on Friday.
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Study: Urban tax money subsidizes rural counties

January 12, 2010
Scott Olson
A report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says metropolitan counties pay more in state taxes than they receive in benefits. The results, though not surprising,  document the disparity for the first time in Indiana.
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Steak n Shake CEO buys more shares

January 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. CEO Sardar Biglari bought $290,000 worth of stock in the Indianapolis-based burger chain last week in another big bet the company's shares are undervalued.
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Kiwanis to choose worldwide service project

January 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Representatives of three international organizations will visit Indianapolis-based Kiwanis International this week to make their cases to become its next worldwide cause—and the beneficiary of tens of millions of dollars the organization could raise with help from its 600,000 members.
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Kittle's Furniture shuffles executives, names new CEO

January 12, 2010
Jim Kittle Jr., the company's owner and chairman of the board, will be less involved in daily operations, giving two executives more responsibility.
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Riley Towers expansion in works

January 12, 2010
Tom Harton
The owner of the Riley Towers apartment complex is preparing to develop a 54-unit extension of the landmark downtown property.
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Brightpoint increases stock repurchase to $80 million

January 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based cell phone distributor is buying back more shares as part of a settlement it reached in October with Denmark holding company NC Telecom Holding A/S, which Brightpoint bought in 2007.
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Tillmann out as Roche Diagnostics CEO

January 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
The management change comes as the Indianapolis company's diabetes market share has been sliding. Roche says successor will be named "shortly."
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Realty franchise gives Sotheby's a presence in Indianapolis

January 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Four veteran real estate agents are operating as part of Sotheby's international network. The north-side office opened Friday and already has 117 residential listings in the metropolitan area.
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Cummins gets $54M to improve fuel efficiency

January 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Columbus engine maker Cummins Inc. will receive nearly $54M in federal funding as part of a program designed to significantly increase fuel efficiency in heavy trucks and passenger vehicles, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Monday.
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Hillenbrand acquiring conveyor manufacturer

January 11, 2010
The Batesville holding company said it will purchase K-Tron International Inc. in New Jersey for about $435 million, including $45 million in K-Tron debt and cash on hand. The deal is expected to close by the end of March.
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Bill could pave way for Indiana nuclear power plantsRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The word “nuclear” isn’t even mentioned, but Senate Bill 69 is a virtual launch code for reviving attempts at commercial nuclear power in Indiana.
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  1. I am also a "vet" of several Cirque shows and this one left me flat. It didn't have the amount of acrobatic stunts as the others that I have seen. I am still glad that I went to it and look forward to the next one but I put Varekai as my least favorite.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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