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Auction services firm improves revenue, profit

May 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The parent company of the Adesa auto auction firm more than quadrupled its first-quarter profit on revenue that increased 5 percent.
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Ex-Indianapolis deputy mayor Kennedy wins primary

May 3, 2011
Associated Press
Former Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Melina Kennedy has easily won the city's Democratic mayoral primary and will face first-term GOP incumbent Greg Ballard in the November general election.
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J.D. Byrider sold to private equity firm

May 3, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based used-car chain has been acquired by Altamont Capital Partners near San Francisco, in a deal Byrider executives say will give the franchisor the necessary capital to grow.
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UPDATE: Republic Airways loses $22M on fuel, maintenance

May 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. said it lost $22.4 million during the first quarter on higher fuel and maintenance costs.
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Verizon retirees coming to city to protest executive pay

May 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Association of BellTel Retirees Inc. will press the board of Verizon Communications Inc. to tighten standards for executive pay when the New York company holds its annual meeting in Indianapolis this week.
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'Survivor' star looking for investors for casino game

May 3, 2011
Scott Olson
Rupert Boneham has created a casino table game and is searching for investors to help market it. A portion of the game's revenue will benefit his Indianapolis charity, Rupert's Kids.
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Duke Energy quarterly profit rises almost 15 percent

May 3, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp.'s first-quarter earnings rose almost 15 percent on strong results from its international operations and lower corporate costs.
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School moving to vacant downtown building

May 3, 2011
Tom Harton
A small private school that serves gifted and talented students intends to move to a downtown building that has been vacant since a daycare center moved out three years ago.
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Watchdog: State agency heads colluded on gas deal

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chief David Hardy and the state's then-finance director, Jennifer Alvey, improperly discussed the merits of a $6.9 billion contract the Indiana Finance Authority ultimately struck with operators of the Indiana Gasification plant proposed for Rockport, plant opponents alleged Monday.
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CNO Financial's first-quarter profits surge 59 percent

May 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer earned $54 million, or 19 cents per share, topping the expectations of Wall Street analysts.
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FDA OKs new diabetes pill from Lilly, Boehringer

May 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a new diabetes pill from Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly for patients who can't control their blood sugar with older medicines.
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Honda to cut production of new Civic, other models

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Honda Motor Co. warned U.S. dealers Monday that it will run short of popular models such as the Civic compact later this summer because of parts shortages caused by Japan's earthquake.
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Indianapolis mayor challengers among primary hopefuls

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Democrats will choose their candidate Tuesday to run against Indianapolis Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, while voters statewide pick nominees for city offices.
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Fee could feed $100M to hospitals

May 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana hospitals could pull in more than $100 million a year from the federal government under a new assessment fee included in the state’s 2011 budget bill.
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Economist: Expect boom in medical offices

May 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Demand for medical office buildings is set to grow twice as fast as it was expected to in the next decade, thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Business groups say legislative session among best

May 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Victories include a reduction in corporate income taxes, an overhaul of the state’s unemployment insurance system, and the weakening of an immigration bill that initially resembled a controversial Arizona law.
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St. Vincent settles class-action debt-collection case

May 2, 2011
The hospital paid $31,500 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a patient who claimed St. Vincent used a debt collector that was not licensed in Indiana.
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Controversial utility bill heads to governor

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Opponents say the legislation shifts clean-energy risks to ratepayers and protects utility shareholders. Utilities say they need the legislation to help them comply with federal pollution mandates.
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Pence to call supporters; may signal 2012 plans

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence is planning a private conference call with supporters this week, fueling speculation that he will make an announcement soon on whether he'll run for Indiana governor in 2012.
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Two area landmarks make ‘Most Endangered’ list

May 2, 2011
This year's list compiled by Indiana Landmarks includes the Taggart Memorial at Riverside Park in Indianapolis and a portion of historic downtown Greenwood.
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Daniels to decide on White House bid within weeks

May 2, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is on an East Coast trip this week, says he'll decide within weeks whether to run for president.
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Marsh hires Price Chopper executive as chairman, CEO

May 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
As expected, grocery industry veteran Joseph M. Kelley has been named chairman, president and CEO of Marsh Supermarkets Inc., the Indianapolis-based company said early Monday.
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Obama reschedules Indianapolis visit for Friday

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
President Barack Obama plans to make his postponed visit to an Indianapolis auto parts manufacturer on Friday and will use the occasion to talk about plans for dealing with rising gas prices.
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Districts: Full-day kindergarten funds not enough

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to allocate $47 million for full-day kindergarten in districts that don't offer it isn't likely to be enough to make that vision a reality, some districts say.
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Uncertain pilot labor situation creates turbulence at RepublicRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Republic Airways Holdings' 2009 purchases of regional airlines has created one of the industry’s most complicated labor integration challenges, particularly among pilots now represented by different unions.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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