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Comcast closing local dispatch operations, costing 103 jobs

June 30, 2011
The Philadelphia-based cable television company notified the state on Wednesday that the 103 jobs in Indianapolis will be eliminated between Aug. 29 and Sept. 11.
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Lilly plans 10 drugs in final-stage trials by year's end

June 30, 2011
Bloomberg News
Lilly has 33 drugs in the second and third stages of clinical trials, including medicines for cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, up from seven in 2005, the Indianapolis-based company said Thursday.
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Daniels says investors overpaid on Indiana Toll Road

June 29, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday marked the 5-year anniversary of the $3.8 billion lease. He said the state is insulated from any financial problems under the deal it crafted even though an investor group is in danger of defaulting.
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Interim Track & Field CEO to keep title another year

June 29, 2011
Interim CEO Mike McNees, who has led Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field since September, will continue in that capacity through the 2012 Olympics in London, the organization said on Wednesday.
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Future bleak for Arcadia as cash crunch forces sale of business unit

June 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Arcadia Resources Inc.’s auditor issued a “going-concern” warning Tuesday in the once-promising company’s annual report.
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Quail Run Apartments in Zionsville changes hands

June 29, 2011
Richmond, Va.-based McCann Realty Partners LLC bought the 166-unit complex with a $9.25 million loan. The sale marks the second time Quail Run has changed ownership in the past two years.
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People have spoken on ideas for Monument Circle

June 29, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
A former Indianapolis resident who now lives in Philadelphia won the Monument Circle Idea Competition People’s Choice award, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. announced Tuesday.
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Tornadoes latest catastrophe to hit insurer's books

June 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Baldwin & Lyons Inc. expects to lose another $10 million due to worldwide catastrophes that occurred in the first half of the year, the Indianapolis-based property and casualty insurer reported Tuesday.
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Housing agency breaking ground on $30M Lugar Tower project

June 29, 2011
The project includes renovations to the 15-story apartment building in downtown Indianapolis, as well as the construction of two mixed-income buildings containing a total of 74 units at its base.
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Tanger buys outlet center from Simon Property

June 28, 2011
Associated Press
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. said Tuesday it bought an Ohio outlet shopping center from Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. for $134 million.
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UPDATE: Recount panel finds White eligible for office

June 28, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Recount Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday morning to allow Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White to remain in office, denying a challenge to his eligibility by the Democratic party. White still faces a criminal trial.
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State appeals injunction blocking abortion law

June 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's attorney general has appealed a judge's decision blocking part of new abortion law that took away some of the public funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana.
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Republic soars as lower fuel costs prompt analyst upgrade

June 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Shares of Republic Airways enjoyed a 22-percent rocket ride on Monday after a stock analyst gave the beleaguered company an upgrade and the price of jet fuel continued to moderate.
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Rejected bidder cries foul over demolition of Keystone Towers

June 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Titan Wrecking & Environmental bid about $255,000 less than the winning proposal to demolish Keystone Towers, but was rejected because of missing paperwork. The company owner says the city could have overlooked the omissions to save taxpayers money.
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Community Health eyes expansion as it closes Westview merger

June 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
As part of its agreement to add Westview Hospital to its system, Community Health Network will assume $10 million in debt, spend $7.5 million on upgrades, and help open an outpatient center in Speedway, the two hospitals announced Tuesday morning.
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Stanley Black & Decker keys in on overseas security market

June 28, 2011
Bloomberg News
The Connecticut-based company on Monday agreed to buy Sweden’s Niscayah Group AB for $1.2 billion—its biggest deal since Stanley Works’ $4.4 billion purchase of Black & Decker Corp.
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Logistics firm planning 415 jobs in Plainfield

June 28, 2011
Ozburn-Hessey Logistics plans to expand its distribution center in the Hendricks County town and create up to 415 new jobs by 2015. Based in Tennessee, OHL is one of the largest third-party logistics providers in the world.
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Owner of several properties south of Mass Ave starts to divest

June 28, 2011
Tom Harton
The pending sale of two historic buildings and a vacant lot just south of Massachusetts Avenue is the first of what could be several deals in the area as one of its largest property owners begins to divest its holdings.
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Lilly plans more investment in two-in-one drugs

June 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly on Tuesday will announce a multimillion-dollar investment to develop drugs that act like two medicines in one. Lilly plans to add more scientists to back the effort.
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Election panel chair's law firm donated to White

June 27, 2011
Associated Press
The state elections panel that is weighing voter fraud allegations against Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White includes a Republican loosely linked to White through political contributions.
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Local contractor wins Keystone Towers demolition bid

June 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Denney Excavating of Indianapolis has been granted the contract to demolish the vacant Keystone Towers apartment complex with a bid $827,000.
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Analyst: Lilly outlook bleak until 2020

June 27, 2011
J.K. Wall

Forget this year’s loss of best-selling-drug Zyprexa’s patent. Eli Lilly and Co. faces the bleakest outlook in the pharma industry the rest of this decade, according to Bernstein Research analyst Tim Anderson.

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How to sell Martinsville to MDs

June 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Help with physician recruitment is a big factor pushing small-city hospitals into the arms of Indianapolis’ four major hospital systems. So how do the big boys entice doctors to the small towns?
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Q&A

June 27, 2011
J.K. Wall

Jim Alender has been CEO of Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo since 1997. He recently negotiated a letter of intent to merge the hospital with Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health. He spoke about the major factors that led to that decision, and the benefits he hopes to come from it. The deal, which still requires approval from Howard County officials, could close before the end of this year.

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Appeals court: Eiteljorg estate trustees breached duties

June 27, 2011
Scott Olson
A panel of state appellate court judges backed a trial court's decision, determining trustees for the estate of Harrison Eiteljorg breached their duties by failing to distribute more than $1 million to his two sons.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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