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Lilly settles Zyprexa case with S. Carolina for $45M

October 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster said Friday that the state has reached a $45 million settlement with drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. over the company's marketing of an anti-psychotic drug.
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Stretch of I-465 westbound reopens, several ramps still closed

October 23, 2009
The westbound lane of Interstate 465 reopened Friday afternoon on the city's northeast side following the tanker explosion Thursday that closed parts of the expressway in both directions.
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Bankruptcies, store closings help Halloween shops scare up space

October 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Like zombies coming to life in a low-budget horror flick, the Halloween specialty shops that invade empty store fronts are groaning with activity.
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Steak n Shake nearer to merger with steak chain

October 23, 2009
Under terms of the deal, Steak n Shake will pay Western Sizzlin shareholders $22.9 million and Western will pay its shareholders a $15.9 million stock dividend, making the total deal worth about $38.8 million.
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I-69 reopens; I-465 still closed following explosion

October 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana State Police are cautioning motorists to steer clear of Interstates 465 and 69 on the northeast side of the city this evening following a propane tanker explosion that closed the roadways.
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Eli Lilly CEO banking on new drug pipeline

October 22, 2009
Associated Press
CEO John Lechleiter says Lilly's pipeline has helped it rebound from significant patent losses three times during his 30-year career at the company. He's betting there will be a fourth.
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Huge truck explosion clogs north-side traffic

October 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A liquid propane tanker exploded on a highway ramp Thursday morning, closing Interstates 69 and 465 on the north side of Indianapolis. According to initial TV reports, the closure could be long term due to structural damage caused by the explosion.
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Local lenders support small-biz loan initiative

October 22, 2009
Scott Olson
Small business lenders in Indianapolis are supporting a proposal announced by President Obama Wednesday that would increase the size of government-backed loans.
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Dow AgroSciences' revenue, profit fall on lower crop prices

October 22, 2009
Dow AgroSciences, the local subsidiary of Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co., said Thursday that revenue fell 20 percent and profits plummeted in the third quarter due largely to lower crop commodity prices.
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ITT stock swoons despite higher profits, enrollment

October 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Investors dumped shares of ITT Educational Services Inc. on Thursday morning as the company remained mute on its year-end profit forecast while announcing that its bad-debt expenses were rising faster than revenue.
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Zimmer profits fall, but beat expectations

October 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
The Warsaw-based company recorded a third-quarter profit of $150 million, down 30 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
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Lilly, GE announce cancer diagnostic breakthrough

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. and General Electric Co. say they've made a breakthrough in cancer research that could help Lilly cut the size and cost of its clinical trials.
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Uncertainty over drug pipeline sends Lilly shares down

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
For the first time publicly, Eli Lilly and Co. officials admitted the obvious: Their pipeline products aren't likely to offset the revenue the company will lose after its two bestsellers, Zyprexa and Cymbalta, lose patent exclusivity.
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City official: 'We're obligated' to weigh privatizing some stadium, convention duties

October 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Mayoral Chief of Staff Paul Okeson said the city isn't sure it makes sense to privatize operations now handled by the Capital Improvement Board, “but we’re obligated on behalf of the taxpayer to find out.”
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Water bottler buys Plainfield distribution building

October 21, 2009
Cory Schouten
A California water bottler has purchased a Plainfield distribution building for its first Midwestern outpost.
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State jobless rate dips for third consecutive month

October 21, 2009
Scott Olson
Unemployment in Indiana fell for the third consecutive month in September, bucking the national trend of rising jobless rates, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Wednesday morning.
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Cook: Tax could kill 1,000 jobs in Bloomington

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. could find itself cutting as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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Lilly reports $942 million profit in third quarter

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Excluding special items, Eli Lilly and Co.'s earnings per share spike 22 percent on the strength of Alimta, Cymbalta and Humalog sales. Lilly's revenue rose 7 percent in the quarter over the same period of 2008, to $5.56 billion.
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City seeks ideas to privatize stadium, convention center operations

October 20, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The city of Indianapolis is considering ways to get out of the professional sports stadium and convention center management business.
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Fewer home-building permits signal weakness ahead

October 20, 2009
Associated Press
Applications for home-building permits, a gauge of future construction, fell in September by the largest amount in five months.
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Emmis on way to avoiding stock delisting

October 20, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based media company Emmis Communications Corp. is halfway home to maintaining its listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
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Medco plans to compare Plavix, Effient in study

October 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Medco Health Solutions Inc. said Tuesday it will compare the blood thinner Plavix, the world's second-best selling drug, with Effient, a potential blockbuster drug sold by Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.
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Second developer facing foreclosure on Fishers property

October 20, 2009
Scott Olson
The developer of the proposed $80 million project is facing foreclosure on the property at the same time adjoining land critical to the project's development has been scheduled for liquidation by a lender.
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Cook calls for new approach to health reform

October 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Founder of medical device firm says Congress should fund network of low-cost clinics.
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Law firm sticks with unconventional space

October 20, 2009
Tom Harton
With its expansion last month into the historic Eden-Talbott House at 1336 N. Delaware St., the local environmental law firm Plews Shadley Racher & Braun now owns and occupies three historic homes and a 1950s-era office building in the same block.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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