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Local homeowners trying to cash in on Super Bowl

July 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The approach of the 2012 Super Bowl has prompted some Indianapolis-area property owners to start looking for a chance to lease their homes and condos for the big game.
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Communications giant WPP buys stake in Just Marketing

July 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
One of the world’s largest communications firms has acquired a stake in Just Marketing International, a locally based motorsports marketing firm that has been valued at about $100 million.
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Legislative safeguards can't keep state from court

July 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana conservatives appeared to win major national victories with a trio of laws passed this year, but rebukes from a pair of federal judges and a lawsuit raised questions about how proposed laws are vetted for legal issues before they get to a vote.
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Music stations doing just fine without on-air DJsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Marc D. Allan
Many popular and well-paid disc jockeys in the local radio market have been let go over the last several years, and their station’s ratings generally didn’t suffer when they left.
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IndyCar CEO may take control of more races to boost TV ratingsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard is so driven to increase race attendance and television ratings, he’s considering taking control of more of the open-wheel circuit’s races to make that happen.
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Lenders battling Broadbent legal strategyRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
Developer George P. Broadbent sold The Broadbent Co. to his wife for $50,000 in March 2010 as he faced a barrage of lawsuits threatening his control over the real estate company he co-founded in 1972. He has also transferred several properties to her.
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Matriarch's work ethic inspires Holiday World staffRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Ann Finch
Pat Koch, whose official title at her family-owned Holiday World theme park is director of values, sets a high bar for hard work and dedication.
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Simon wagers on Internet gambling's futureRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Billionaire Herb Simon is betting online gambling will become legal—and that a new company he’s backing will reap a payoff as a result.
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Employers face messy decision to drop health insuranceRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Companies that drop insurance coverage could, without spending any more money than they are now, give workers an 11-percent raise or else help them save as much as $2,000 per year buying health coverage in one of the exchanges, IBJ calculations show.
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Indiana first to require drug tests for job training

July 9, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Labor says Indiana is the first state to require drug testing of people seeking job training. But at least 30 states have considered requiring drug tests for those receiving government assistance.
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Daniels revives agency mistakenly canceled

July 9, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed an order restoring Indiana's largest state agency, the human services department, after it was accidentally eliminated due to a mistake in a new state law.
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Ultrasound broker finds stronger market overseasRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Used parts are in demand as health care reform changes industry dynamic.
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Hendricks Regional, YMCA debut fitness centerRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Marc D. Allan
Partnership combines wellness, hospital services.
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Rural broadband provider Omnicity racks up legal bills tied to acquisitions

July 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The latest of at least five suits filed since early last year involves Columbus, Ohio-based SZD Whiteboard, a consulting firm the company used to identify acquisition targets.
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Turnaround experts eye state schoolsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Interventions by state officials next month in as many as 18 struggling schools will open Indiana to a new and unproven breed of private education entities that have sprung up in just the past decade. That introduction is likely to be smaller than originally thought, but have far-reaching ramifications.
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DJ says diverging from playlist cost him jobRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Marc D. Allan
Former WFMS-FM 95.5 on-air personality J.D. Cannon said he was fired for insubordination after Jan Jeffries, Atlanta-based senior vice president of programming for Cumulus, heard WFMS play “Long Black Train” by Josh Turner and “Killin’ Time” by Clint Black.
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Agency: Duke customers shouldn't pay $530M in overruns

July 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has filed a blistering rebuke of Duke Energy Corp. for the high cost of its Edwardsport coal-gasification plant and has asked regulators to deny Duke’s request to charge ratepayers $530 million for cost overruns.
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Black Expo changes to come after Summer Celebration

July 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Organization directors will announce in August any recommendations from an outside consultant brought in after employees voiced concerns about the leadership of president and CEO Tanya Bell.
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Indiana toll road came up $209M short in 2010

July 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Now five years old, the Indiana Toll Road deal has yet to turn a profit, or break even, for its two overseas investors. The $3.8 billion contract, however, has been a bargain for the taxpayers of Indiana.
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Palladium works out kinks in accessible seating

July 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The staff at the Palladium in Carmel will receive more training on how to accommodate people with disabilities after a would-be concertgoer said she was denied a pair of $20 tickets.
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Solar panel maker says Indiana factory on track

July 8, 2011
Associated Press
A solar panel manufacturer says its plans remain on track to start production at an unfinished auto parts factory in central Indiana. Abound Solar, which projects it could eventually have up to 1,000 employees, said it may begin hiring some workers this year.
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City exploring Mass Ave redevelopment options

July 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Property that houses Indianapolis Fire Department facilities on North New Jersey Street, bordering Massachusetts Avenue, could be sold to private developers. In turn, city police and fire services could be better connected.
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Simon Property Group signs CEO to long-term contract

July 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. signed an employment agreement with CEO David Simon that will keep him as head of the largest U.S. mall owner for the next eight years—and give him a one-time award worth $120 million.
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J&J completes sale of animal-drug business to Lilly

July 7, 2011
Associated Press
Janssen Pharmaceutica said Thursday it has completed the sale of its animal health business to Eli Lilly and Co. Inc.
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Indiana fireworks tax raises millions for training

July 7, 2011
Associated Press
State budget officials said Indiana took in $2.5 million from the special 5-percent public safety tax on fireworks during the 2011 fiscal year that ended June 30. That indicates about $51 million in retail fireworks sales around the state during that time.
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