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Butler hires Villanova dean as its new president

April 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Jim Danko, who became an entrepreneur at 19 and went on to become a business school administrator, will be the next president of Butler University.
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Local architectural firm Woollen Molzan disbands

April 27, 2011
Scott Olson
The venerable Indianapolis architectural firm that designed many of the city's most recognizable buildings—including the Minton-Capehart Federal Building—has closed and two of its leaders have joined a local competitor.
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WellPoint profit continues health insurance rally

April 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. is the third health insurer in the past week to beat analysts' predictions by a huge margin and raise its full-year forecast.
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Bell Industries turns annual profit

April 27, 2011
The holding company for Bell Techlogix and the Recreational Products Group earned a profit of $300,000 in 2010 after losing $1.9 million the previous year.
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Rolls-Royce, union strike deal as competition looms

April 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Competition from a new, state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce factory in Virginia drove contract talks in Indianapolis between the company and a union representing 1,700 of its workers here.
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Think hopes to boost sales through Indiana rebate

April 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Electric car maker Think hopes to kick-start sluggish sales through a rebate program available only to Indiana residents.
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Long-time anchor Ahern coming back to local TV

April 27, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Former WISH-TV Channel 8 anchorman starts hosting new interview show May 12.
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Deal would set 40 as Indiana alcohol ID age

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
State legislators have reached an agreement on changing Indiana's much-ridiculed law requiring everyone — regardless of age — to provide identification when buying carry-out alcohol.
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Developer plans $13M senior-living center in Westfield

April 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cicero-based developer Mainstreet Property Group LLC plans to build a $13.3 million senior health care center in Westfield. The 65,000-square assisted living facility will employ about 150 people when it opens in 2012.
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Distributor closing Plainfield facility, 76 jobs affected

April 27, 2011
Toronto-based Ditan Distribution LLC said it will close the distribution center in three phases beginning June 18 and lasting until Aug. 5.
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Life sciences firm Hycor moving HQ, jobs to central Indiana

April 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
California-based Hycor Biomedical Inc. plans to move its headquarters to central Indiana, creating as many as 20 jobs in the next two years, state economic development officials announced Wednesday morning.
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WellPoint's first-quarter profit soars above expectations

April 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer earned $2.44 per share and raised its full-year profit forecast by 40 cents per share.
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Celadon boosts financial performance

April 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Celadon Group Inc. improved revenue and profit in its third fiscal quarter despite lower volumes attributed to bad weather, the Indianapolis-based trucking company said Tuesday.
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Butler to announce new president

April 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The private, 4,600-student Indianapolis university scheduled an event Wednesday afternoon to introduce its new president.
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Judge: Governor doesn't have to testify in IBM case

April 26, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
Marion Superior Judge David Dreyer has ruled that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels doesn’t have to testify about his involvement in the cancelled multimillion dollar IBM contract to modernize the state’s welfare system.
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KAR Auction plans to refinance with $1.5B term loan

April 26, 2011
Bloomberg News
KAR Auction Services Inc., a provider of vehicle-auction services, is seeking to refinance existing debt with a $1.5 billion senior secured term loan and a $250 million senior secured revolving credit facility.
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Ivy Tech says it'll save $18M with IU computer pact

April 26, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University agrees to let Ivy Tech store computer records on its system, an agreement that help Ivy Tech avoid building its own data center.
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David Marsh fears criminal charges from IRS probe

April 26, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorneys for David Marsh say information the executive has received from the IRS suggest he might face both criminal and civil charging stemming from expenses he submitted for reimbursement while serving as president of Marsh Supermarkets Inc.
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Zimmer, peer sued over arthritic-knee treatments

April 26, 2011
Bloomberg News
Genzyme Corp., the drugmaker bought by Sanofi-Aventis SA this month, sued Zimmer Holdings Inc. and Anika Therapeutics Inc. alleging the companies’ treatments for arthritic knee pain infringe a patent.
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Cummins' profit more than doubles in first quarter

April 26, 2011
The Columbus, Ind.-based engine maker reported first-quarter profit of $343 million amid continued strength in key international markets and a recovery in the North American truck market.
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Lilly teams with Medtronic on Parkinson's treatment

April 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. plans to use an implantable drug-delivery system made by Medtronic Inc. to precisely target patients' brains with an experimental drug for Parkinson’s disease.
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Estridge becomes division of national home builder

April 26, 2011
Scott Olson
The Estridge Group, which had operated in the Indianapolis area since 1967, has become part of Houston-based David Weekley Homes. Estridge had struggled in recent months to stay afloat during the severe housing downturn.
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Pentagon pulls plug on Rolls-Royce engine project

April 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Congress and the General Electric/Rolls-Royce group that was developing the engine were notified of the termination decision Monday. Rolls-Royce had about 130 people, mostly engineers, working on the F-35 project in Plainfield and Indianapolis.
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Real estate-related bills still alive in Legislature

April 26, 2011
Tom Harton
The bill with perhaps the best chance of emerging is the so-called dinosaur buildings bill, which would make it easier to win tax incentives for renovating obsolete industrial buildings.
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Profit, revenue up at Interactive Intelligence

April 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis business-communications software firm on Monday reported revenue of $47.7 million in the quarter ended March 31, up 36 percent from the same period last year. Profit was $3.1 million.
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