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City-County Council OKs parking privatization

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council members voted 15-14 Monday night to clear the way for Indianapolis to lease its parking meters to a private firm, a move proponents say will upgrade the system even as it generates revenue for infrastructure improvements.
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KAR plans to add 249 jobs in Carmel expansion

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
KAR Auction Services Inc. announced Monday night that it plans to expand its Carmel headquarters, creating up to 249 jobs by 2015.
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Rolls-Royce eyeing former Lilly campus downtown

November 15, 2010
If the manufacturer and drugmaker can come to an agreement, Rolls-Royce would lease the space formerly occupied by Eli Lilly and Co. and relocate some of its 2,500 employees to the downtown campus on South Meridian Street. Discussions are expected to last several months.
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Governor wants to reward early high school graduates

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels plans to ask the General Assembly to allow students who choose to graduate early to use much of the money the state would save to pay for higher education.
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Legislator: Statewide smoking ban could pass in 2011

November 15, 2010
Mary Dieter
A statewide ban on smoking in all public places may have the momentum it needs to finally pass the Indiana General Assembly in 2011 after four unsuccessful attempts.
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IU dance marathon raises $1.6M for hospital

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
A 36-hour dance marathon raised about $1.6 million for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis over the weekend.
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Drugmakers seek Republican allies to defeat cost-cutting panel

November 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Pharmaceutical firms led by Eli Lilly are trying to eliminate a government panel aimed at controlling Medicare spending seven months after they supported the health-care overhaul that created it.
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October retail sales post best showing since March

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Much of the strength came from a big rise in auto sales. Excluding autos, retail sales rose a more modest 0.4 percent.
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Twitter tool winner of Startup Weekend event

November 15, 2010
The winner, StatsSquared, now will compete against other winners from cities worldwide in an online contest for the overall top prize.
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Chicago's experience causes other cities to redo parking deals

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis' City-County Council could vote Monday night on its proposed 50-year agreement with Xerox Co.’s Affiliated Computer Services, which was revised after public outcry over the original proposal.
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Small-business lending rises 30 percent in Indiana

November 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The amount of money banks loaned through U.S. Small Business Administration programs shot up close to 30 percent in Indiana this year, a sign that the state’s small businesses—including Pat Wolfred’s CCA Inc.—have started coming back to life.
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Mike's Express Carwash sued in family feud

November 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike’s Express Carwash and its principals, Bill and Mike Dahm, sons of founder Joe Dahm, are facing a lawsuit in Hamilton Superior Court brought by Jerry Dahm, a cousin who owned 35 percent of the company until May.
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WTHR's status as TV news leader starting to erode

November 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Ad buyers are watching the November sweeps period to see if the NBC affiliate bounces back from recent periods when it lost ground in the ratings.
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Unions target Indianapolis hotels

November 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Unite Here has high hopes, but the industry fears its cost advantage would erode.
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Spurned bidder: IURC program may cost consumers $65MRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission-mandated initiative to help electric customers cut consumption and save money may wind up costing them $65 million more than necessary. At least that’s the claim of a consulting firm that lost its bid to administer the program.
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Retail sales at Indianapolis International Airport edge upRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Sam Brattain
Revenue is uneven between the two concourses in the new midfield terminal, but overall sales nevertheless are outpacing growth in passenger traffic.
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Quick Hits: Indianapolis dwarfs Milwaukee in convention, tourism business

November 13, 2010
Indianapolis and Milwaukee are about the same size, with 1.7 million and 1.6 million people in their respective metro areas, but Indianapolis' convention trade is better developed.
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Most not-for-profit execs modestly paid, survey saysRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local consultants Bryan Orander and Jim Morris conducted the survey this summer to fulfill what they see as a lack of hard data on executive pay in the local not-for-profit sector.
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Expanding tax breaks could be a tough sell in Marion CountyRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Republicans who now control the Indiana House are poised to push reforms next year that would strengthen local governments’ ability to offer businesses tax abatements. But the changes might be met with caution in Marion County.
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PCBs a concern at bankrupt ESI Environmental plant

November 12, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The EPA says 300,000 gallons of sludge at the firm's northwest-side site are suspected of containing carcinogenic PCBs. A recent court ruling could expedite clean-up efforts.
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Americold investing $30M to expand operations

November 12, 2010
The Atlanta-based company plans to break ground this month on a 100,000-square-foot expansion of its southeast-side cold storage facility. The expansion should be finished in November 2011.
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Moe & Johnny’s owner files for bankruptcy reorganization

November 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Owner Chuck Mack says popular tavern and restaurant Moe & Johnny's, open in Broad Ripple since 1996, is in no danger of closing despite the Chapter 11 filing.
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Study: Arthritis drug co-developed by Lilly shows promise

November 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Lilly paid $90 million in 2009 to acquire the global rights to the treatment in a bid to beef up its pipeline of medications for autoimmune diseases.
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Republic Airways prices stock offering

November 12, 2010
The Indianapolis-based company said it plans to raise $88.5 million by pricing 12 million shares of its common stock at $7.80 each in a public offering.
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States offering more college-savings vehicles

November 12, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indiana among those rolling out new, less-risky 529 plans to attract savers wary of losing money in the stock market.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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