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Indianapolis Speedway exec wins Terre Haute nod

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
Democratic voters in Terre Haute have picked Indianapolis Motor Speedway executive Fred Nation to run against the city's incumbent Republican mayor this fall.
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Greenwood mayor rare incumbent to lose in area primaries

May 4, 2011
Four-term incumbent Charles Henderson was defeated, in part because of his plan to revitalize the city's downtown by destroying several historic buildings. Most other incumbent mayors in the Indianapolis metropolitan area were winners.
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Perry Township referendums pass, others fail

May 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Voters in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township passed two referendums for increased school funding Tuesday night, but similar votes in Franklin Township and Avon failed.
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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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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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