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Bill would expand powers of campus police officers

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Police officers at Indiana colleges and universities could have the same authority as city and county officers under a bill introduced in the General Assembly.
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Indians adding dining option to Victory Field

February 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Indians have torn out about 400 seats in Victory Field's left flank to make way for Captain Morgan Cove—an open-air restaurant and bar that will feature a menu separate from other stadium offerings and table service for up to 120 fans.
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Tax credit would benefit public school foundationsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ellettsville Democrat Vi Simpson wants to create an income-tax credit for gifts to public-school foundations, which could compete with one that’s already available for private-school scholarships.
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Software startup takes on personal finance heavyweightsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
MyJibe forces everyday consumers to set savings goals and plan what they will need to spend before they spend it.
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Bond wariness might make it tough for cities to borrowRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Interest rates on municipal bonds have ticked up in the last two months to pre-recession levels as investors have pulled their money from bond funds in droves. That pattern has begun, gradually, to reverse, but the higher rates could add to the cost of issuing debt for pending city projects.
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New rules rile Steak n Shake franchiseesRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
Franchise owners of Steak n Shake restaurants are revolting against parent company Biglari Holdings Inc. just as the chain plans a nationwide expansion fueled by franchising.
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Health insurance brokers set for shakeoutRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health insurance brokers, who match up employers with health insurance policies, are about to have a brighter light shone on the commissions they earn from insurers. The likely result: Commissions will fall or flatline and, eventually, fall away in favor of fee-based business models.
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Will city be ready for Super Bowl blitz?

February 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The compact nature of downtown Indianapolis—long seen as a major draw for conventions and other events—is creating challenges for organizers of next year’s Super Bowl.
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INSIDE DISH: Squealers goes whole hog on franchising

February 4, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Squealers_watch_videoJeff Yater has ushered his meat-lovers concept from the barbecue competition circuit to two Indy-area restaurants. Now he wants to recruit wannabe franchisees with $500,000 and a passion for chicken, beef and pork.
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2010 compensation fell about 20 percent for top Lilly execs

February 4, 2011
J.K. Wall
Compensation for Eli Lilly and Co.’s top executives fell last year due to a change to its stock award program and as the company struggled to bring new medicines to market.
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Cancer drugmaker Endocyte raises $75 million in IPO

February 4, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indiana-based Endocyte Inc., a developer of drugs for ovarian and lung tumors, raised $75 million in its initial public offering after cutting the price twice this week for a total reduction of as much as 60 percent.
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Purdue cancels $28 million coal-fired power plant

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
The school's board of trustees voted Friday morning to cancel the $28 million project for the Wade Utility Plant based on financial and regulatory concerns.
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Indiana Farm Bureau unveiling ads during Super Bowl

February 4, 2011
Scott Olson
The insurer's new campaign, developed by local advertising firm Young & Laramore, focuses on real-life situations amid a crowded field of competitors.
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Consumer groups balk at bills to speed utility cost recovery

February 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Proposals would mitigate rate spikes, says utility industry. Consumer groups call proposed legislation a rubber stamp for utilities.
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Brightpoint shares bask in afterglow of earnings report

February 4, 2011
The stock has soared more than 28 percent since Wednesday's earnings report.  Growth of smart phones and European logistics prospects helped Brightpoint beat earnings estimates.
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Endocyte again changes terms of public offering

February 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The West Lafayette-based biopharmaceutical company now is planning to offer at least 12.5 million shares, or 17 percent more than previously announced, but at a lower price of $6 each.
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Sport Graphics making its mark in Dallas this week

February 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Locally based Sport Graphics scored a "six-figure" deal with the NFL to design, make and install all Super Bowl signage—in Dallas and Indianapolis.
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Indiana plans Reagan celebration at Statehouse

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration is scheduled for Feb. 10 at the Indiana Statehouse. The celebration is part of events nationwide celebrating Reagan's life.
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Jobless rate falls to 9 percent despite weak job growth

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
The economy generated only 36,000 net new jobs in January, the fewest in four months, but the unemployment rate fell because many of those out of work gave up on their job searches.
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Purdue poised to cancel coal-fired power plant

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
Purdue University is moving to call off plans for a new coal-fired power unit that had been strongly opposed by environmental activists.
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Simon Property's quarterly profit rises on improving retail sales

February 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Earnings for the Indianapolis-based shopping mall owner increased to $217.9 million in the fourth quarter, up from $91.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Funds from operations, a key measurement used by real estate investment trusts, also improved.
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Missionary group says vendor holding website hostage

February 4, 2011
Evangelical Baptist Missions Inc. says its former IT vendor is holding its website hostage—potentially hampering the safety of people working abroad.
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Klipsch selling for $166M, Audiovox says

February 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Klipsch will become a subsidiary of Audiovox and operate as a stand-alone operation in Indianapolis under the leadership of the current management team, Audiovox said.
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Tighter rules for scholarship program advance

February 3, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's popular 21st Century Scholars program that provides full college scholarships to needy students who stay out of trouble would have stiffer requirements under a proposal approved Thursday by a legislative committee.
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MacAllister Machinery acquires Michigan company

February 3, 2011
Indianapolis-based MacAllister Machinery has acquired Michigan Tractor and Machinery Co., which has 590 employees and is Michigan's top Caterpillar dealer.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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