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U.S. jobless rate dips as economy adds 117,000 jobs

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years.
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Kite sees smaller loss, more revenue in 2nd quarter

August 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Kite Realty Group Trust saw a smaller loss and higher revenue in the second quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago, the Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust announced late Thursday.
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Goldsmith stepping down as New York deputy mayor

August 4, 2011
Bloomberg News
New York City Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, the former Indianapolis mayor who joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration last year, has resigned to pursue a job financing infrastructure development.
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Franklin Electric moving HQ, 220 jobs to Fort Wayne

August 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Franklin Electric Co. Inc. says it will move its corporate headquarters from Bluffton to a $25 million development in Fort Wayne by 2013. The company has 220 employees and expects to add 35 more by 2014.
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UPDATE: Dow drops 513 in worst day since '08

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
A broad sell-off sent major stock indexes down more than 4 percent for the day.
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HHGregg shares plunge after rare quarterly loss

August 4, 2011
Cory Schouten
Shares of electronics and appliance retailer HHGregg Inc. slumped more than 18 percent Thursday morning, to a two-year low, after the chain reported its first quarterly loss in four years.
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Gen Con convention betting on attendance surge

August 4, 2011
Scott Olson
Organizers of the four-day gaming conference think this year's event will draw 35,000 visitors to Indianapolis, thanks in large part to a bigger convention center.
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Indiana schools chief suggests grades for districts

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's public education chief wants to start giving school districts letter grades on an A-to-F scale to hold them accountable for how their schools perform.
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U.S. unemployment applications slip slightly

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week but has been at or above 400,000 for 17 straight weeks.
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Mother Nature again slams insurer Baldwin & Lyons

August 4, 2011
Cory Schouten
Catastrophic tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri took their toll on second quarter results for Indianapolis-based insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc.
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Retailer HHGregg suffers rare quarterly loss

August 4, 2011
Scott Olson
The appliance and electronics retailer on Thursday reported a loss of $800,000, or 2 cents per share, in its fiscal first quarter ended June 30—just its second quarterly loss since going public in 2007.
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Medical implant maker plans move from northern Indiana

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
Rochester Medical Implants plans to move operations from Rochester to Noblesville in October. The company has 28 employees.
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Skillman to lead trade mission to Japan

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
The lieutenant governor's delegation will will leave in September and focus on job creation.
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Aetna latest out of Indiana individual health market

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The nation's third-largest health insurance company is the latest to leave the individual policy market in Indiana in another sign of diminishing competition.
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Frontier, flight attendants reach tentative deal

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
Frontier Airlines and the union representing its nearly 1,000 flight attendants have reached a tentative agreement to trim labor costs.
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Candidate Pence eyes Indiana income-tax cuts

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence is looking at ways to cut Indiana income tax rates across the board if elected governor next year.
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Holiday World plans world's longest water coaster

August 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Officials at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in southern Indiana on Wednesday unveiled plans for a $9 million ride that will be the most expensive in the park’s history.
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Indiana tax revenue better than expected for July

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The new budget year is off to a good start for Indiana's state government with about $23 million more in tax revenue coming in than expected.
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IU union urges president to not accept big raise

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The union that represents Indiana University's support staff is urging IU's president to turn down a 22-percent pay raise, saying the money could instead go toward preventing layoffs at a campus library.
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Fair sues Shelbyville bank over sale of Durham Duesenberg

August 3, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee sued Shelbyville’s SCB Bank this week, charging it refuses to turn over hundreds of thousands of dollars it raised by auctioning off one of Tim Durham’s most valuable automobiles, a 1929 Duesenberg.
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North of South gets a new name: CityWay

August 3, 2011
Cory Schouten
The $156 million mixed-use development at Delaware and South streets in Indianapolis has a new name designed to reference both the project's downtown locale and the urban "way of life" it will offer.
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Endocyte completes secondary public offering

August 3, 2011
The West Lafayette-based biotech firm raised about $66.8 million by selling nearly 6.7 million shares of company stock, priced at $12.26 per share.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Zoo's top dog aims to inspire

August 3, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Crowther_WatchVideoHow does the Indianapolis Zoo aspire to save the world? What has its CEO learned from past mistakes? Michael Crowther has answers.
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Railroad plans Gary redevelopment, 251 jobs

August 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Canadian National Railway Co. on Wednesday announced plans to relocate part of its operations from Markham, Ill., to northwest Indiana.
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Indiana State Fair to promote soybean industry

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair will celebrate the versatility of the soybean and its $2.5 billion impact on the state during its 17-day run beginning Friday.
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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