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INSIDE DISH: Saffron Cafe surges in second year

December 17, 2010
Mason King
Dish Saffron Watch VideoAfter a $150,000 startup and skin-of-their-teeth opening in 2009, sales at downtown's Moroccan eatery have spiked as word has spread.
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State unemployment rate dips to 9.8 percent

December 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's jobless rate dropped for the second month in a row and has decreased four-tenths of a point since hitting 10.2 percent this summer.
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Canadian bank to acquire Marshall & Ilsley for $4.1B

December 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
M&I has about 30 branches in the Indianapolis area and controls about 6 percent of the market's bank deposits, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The bank is ranked sixth among area banks in terms of employment, with about 400 workers.
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Rolls-Royce scores more military business

December 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rolls-Royce Corp. landed more than $100 million in new business this week, winning two contracts to provide support for aircraft engines it makes in Indianapolis for the U.S. Army and Navy.
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State reaches deal on coal-gasification plant

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
The state's finance authority said Thursday that it reached a 30-year deal to buy synthetic natural gas from a coal-gasification plant planned for southern Indiana, marking the first time the state has entered into such a venture.
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Toxic chemical releases decrease 18 percent in Indiana

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
The 2009 Toxics Release Inventory released Thursday shows releases of toxic chemicals to the environment by companies in Indiana decreased by 20.6 million pounds, or 18 percent.
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FBI investigating Durham firms for phone cramming

December 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
The FBI is asking land-line phone customers across the country to check their bills for phantom charges from more than 20 companies controlled by or connected to embattled financier Tim Durham.
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Daniels says he'd sign statewide smoking ban

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said towns and cities have shown it's possible to enact smoking bans with significant benefits and minimal cost.
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Ganassi locating two new race teams in Brownsburg

December 16, 2010
Izod IndyCar Series team owner will invest $3.3 million and create up to 30 jobs. Ganassi plans to begin hiring employees immediately to prepare for the start of the 2011 season.
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State pushing to keep building-review wait times down

December 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Wait times in the plan-review process for non-residential projects increased dramatically this year, creating a backlog of cases.
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North of South project clears rezoning hurdle

December 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission agreed to rezone 14 acres of land, which houses a parking lot north of South Street between Delaware Street and Virginia Avenue downtown, to accommodate the $155 million mixed-use project.
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U.S. home construction up after two months of declines

December 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Locally, building permits were up 17 percent in the nine-county area, from 222 in November 2009 to 259 in November 2010.
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Judge removes Bren Simon as trustee over late husband's estate

December 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
A series of questionable decisions by Bren Simon in recent months appear to have paved the way for a Hamilton County judge’s order this week removing Bren as interim trustee over Simon Property Group co-founder Melvin Simon’s estate.
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First vehicles roll out of Indiana electric-car plant

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
Fifteen cars rolled out of Think North America's Elkhart plant on Wednesday, bound for Indianapolis. The cars will be used primarily by the state Department of Natural Resources.
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Daniels endorses findings of criminal code review

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Sweeping changes proposed for Indiana's criminal sentencing system won the endorsement Wednesday of Gov. Mitch Daniels, who said that if lawmakers enact the changes they would hold down the state's ballooning prison population and save taxpayer money.
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Indiana may cut Medicaid services to check costs

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
The state Medicaid actuary projected Indiana's share of the program's costs will rise by about $1.46 billion this fiscal year, by about $1.84 billion in the 2012 fiscal year and by about $2 billion in the 2013 fiscal year unless some services are cut.
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Indiana GOP chairman stepping down after 5 years

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Murray Clark announced his decision Wednesday, saying it was time to turn over the party leadership.
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Indiana lawmakers plan to float corporate tax cuts

December 15, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
State lawmakers plan to propose reducing Indiana’s corporate income tax rate next year in a move they say will make the state a more appealing place for businesses to locate.
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UPDATE: United Kingdom mall owner rejects Simon bid

December 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc, the United Kingdom's biggest shopping mall owner, turned down Simon Property Group Inc.'s $4.6 billion bid, describing it as "inadequate."
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Houston-based company purchasing Gold Club

December 15, 2010
The deal, expected to close by the end of the year, is valued at $1.6 million, including real estate. It will be Rick's Cabaret International Inc.'s first location in Indianapolis.
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Abound Solar completes financing for Tipton plant

December 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Company closes on a $400 million federal loan to help it take over the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo, where it wants to hire as many as 1,000 workers. The plant was acquired for $25 million.
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Health insurance investors unfazed by court ruling

December 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
This week’s ruling by a federal judge could force Congress to rework the new health law to avoid a health insurance market collapse. But the decision had little to no effect on investor sentiment toward WellPoint Inc. and its peers.
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Biomet owners look to arrange $11B marriage

December 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Warsaw-based Biomet Inc. could get a whole lot bigger if rumors prove true that its owners have made a bid for U.K.-based rival Smith & Nephew plc.
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Simon bids $4.6B for U.K.'s Capital Shopping

December 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. mall owner, made an offer for Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc that values the U.K. company at $4.6 billion.
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Ivy Tech gets $23M to renovate old Stouffer's Hotel building

December 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Grant from Lilly Endowment will create a workforce training center, space for distance education and administrative offices at 45-year-old former hotel on North Meridian Street.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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