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Marcadia may fetch up to $537 million in sale

February 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
The December sale of Carmel-based Marcadia Biotech to Roche garnered at least $287 million—and as much as $537 million—for the company’s owners and could lead the Marcadia management team to launch a firm using one of Marcadia’s experimental diabetes medicines.
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Report: Gifts to universities flat despite market recovery

February 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
College fundraising was flat during the 2010 fiscal year as a recovering stock market failed to instill donors with confidence. But Indiana University bucked the trend.
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For-profit colleges make costly loans, report says

February 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
Companies including ITT Educational Services Inc., DeVry Inc and Career Education Corp. are making loans with “high costs” and “predatory terms,” the group said.
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Indiana watchdogs seek probe of Duke Energy plant

February 1, 2011
Associated Press
Consumer advocates are calling for Indiana regulators to appoint an independent investigator to look into whether Duke Energy Corp. used undue influence to win state approval for a nearly $3 billion coal-gasification plant.
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Columbia Club Foundation says funds stolen by director

February 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The private club's president alerted members to the theft in a letter, but declined to specify how much was taken. Still, he said the director, who is not named in the correspondence, is making restitution.
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Pacers owner to keep Bird as team president

February 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon says team president Larry Bird's job is safe through the rest of the season, and he could be back next year.
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Lender seeks to foreclose on Castleton Plaza

February 1, 2011
Scott Olson
German American Capital Corp. claims the owner of the strip mall, Castleton Plaza LP—a subsidiary of Broadbent Co.—owes it $10 million. The lender is requesting the property be sold at a sheriff's sale to help satisfy the debt.
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Cumulus Media to buy out radio partners for $740M

February 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc. said late Monday it has agreed to acquire its partners' interest in a venture that owns 32 radio stations in nine cities, including three in Indianapolis. No local changes are expected.
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Integra Bank's auditor says situation may be dire

February 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Monday’s announcement is the latest ominous news for Integra, which is at risk of becoming the second Hoosier financial institution to fail since the financial crisis began in 2008.
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Cummins reports record quarterly sales, profit

February 1, 2011
Sales for the fourth quarter were $4.1 billion, up 22 percent from the same period in 2009. Quarterly profit of $362 million, or $1.84 per share, exceeded analyst expectations.
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Indiana House, Senate cancel work due to ice storm

February 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House and Senate have cancelled plans to work Tuesday because of the ice storm that's sweeping across central Indiana.
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Rolls-Royce wins a pair of military contracts

February 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis manufacturer lines up deals with the Navy and Air Force worth a total of $225 million.
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House passes measure fixing unemployment fund

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House approved a bill Monday to help fix the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund by reducing jobless benefits for some people and softening tax increases on businesses.
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St. Louis firm pursuing local retail, industrial properties

January 31, 2011
Tom Harton
Bianco Properties has purchased its fourth Indianapolis property in less than five years and is pursuing more deals here.
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Indiana House OKs smoking ban with bars exempted

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-led House voted 68-31 Monday to approve the bill, which now moves to the GOP-controlled Senate for consideration.
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Florida judge strikes down health care overhaul

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states, including Indiana, that sued to block it.
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Candy Dynamics expands Nuclear Sludge recall

January 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Candy Dynamics has expanded a voluntary recall of its Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge products because they may contain too much lead.
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Florida marketing firm suing IRL over Izod contract

January 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Florida-based CV Sports Marketing Inc. alleges in a lawsuit that the IRL and Indianapolis Motor Speedway could owe millions of dollars in fees relating to its role in landing Izod as a title sponsor.
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Former Sen. Bayh joining Washington, D.C., law firm

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The firm of McGuireWoods announced Monday that former Sen. Evan Bayh would be a partner and strategic advisor to domestic and international clients on public policy matters.
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Execs from WellPoint, peers meet to hone health-law lobby

January 31, 2011
Bloomberg News
Top executives from WellPoint Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. are meeting almost monthly with their counterparts from Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc. in an informal lobbying alliance aimed at blunting parts of the health-care law, say sources with knowledge of the sessions.
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Ball State touted for research even as funding drops

January 30, 2011
Associated Press
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified Ball State as a "high research university" for the first time, elevating it to a status shared in Indiana only by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
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English-language bill advancing despite questions

January 30, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana proposal to require that state documents be issued only in English is raising philosophical and practical questions from lawmakers trying to navigate the tricky territory of immigration politics.
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Coupon site targets lunch-pail crowd

January 29, 2011
Cory Schouten
Robert Baer and Joel Curts spent five months and almost $15,000—mostly on programming their own coupon platform—to launch DailyLunchDeal.com, a coupon site focused solely on dining.
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Fix-up list is long as Indianapolis prepares for 2012 Super Bowl

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Plenty of opportunities await city officials bent on making downtown shine for the massive event.
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Molecules are moneymakers for software firm Indigo BioSystemsRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Eli Lilly and Co. spin-off has landed new private investment and may double its work force this year.
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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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