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Contrarians think it's new day for Lilly

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
The trouble-free market approval obtained by Eli Lilly and Co. for a new underarm testosterone treatment brightened the company’s outlook—at least for one of the few optimistic analysts covering the company.
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State lawmakers face tough choices over prison costs

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will swim rough political waters next year when deciding whether to spend millions more on overcrowded prisons or reducing prison sentences and being seen as soft on crime.
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Electronics maker buying former GM factory in Anderson

November 30, 2010
Northwind Electronics LLC will invest $954,000 to buy, renovate and equip a former General Motors factory in Anderson—creating as many as 100 jobs in the next two years, state economic development officials said Tuesday afternoon.
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Anderson loses out on Bright Automotive tech center

November 30, 2010
Upstart hybrid vehicle maker plans to locate tech center in Rochester Hills, Mich. About 200 jobs and an $11 million investment were at stake.
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State memo: Schools won't see more budget cuts

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Memo from Superintendent Tony Bennett to district administrators says there are "no current plans for reductions"
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Renewed Sunday liquor fight to focus on money

November 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Backers of the proposed legislation have begun touting a study estimating that as much as $9 million in additional tax revenue would be generated for Indiana by the allowance of Sunday sales.
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Simon widow's attorneys want judge to step down

November 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
Attorneys for Bren Simon turned their ire toward a Hamilton County judge on Tuesday, asking him to recuse himself from a legal battle over real estate magnate Melvin Simon's $2 billion estate.
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Organic food company with big plans cutting jobs

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Really Cool Foods, which started operations in eastern Indiana two years ago with plans for hiring 1,000 workers, now has about 200 after a round of layoffs this week.
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CNO Financial looking to refinance bank loans

November 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer says it has started discussions with a group of lenders about refinancing $652.1 million in debt.
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WRTV names new general manager

November 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Larry Blackerby, a 30-year television veteran, has been picked to replace long-time WRTV-TV General Manager Donald Lundy, parent company McGraw-Hill Broadcasting announced Tuesday.
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Historic downtown building poised for overhaul

November 30, 2010
Tom Harton
DLZ Indiana closed in September on the century-old building at 157 E. Maryland St. and plans to spend nearly $2.3 million renovating it.
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Logistics provider moves to city’s northwest side

November 30, 2010
FitzMark Inc. relocates to space on Zionsville Road to accommodate growth, much of it resulting from the launch of an online subsidiary called FreightCity Inc.
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$26.8M military deal revs local Rolls-Royce operation

November 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rolls-Royce Corp.’s Indianapolis operations continue to cash in on military contracts, scoring a $26.8 million deal to provide 12 spare engines for the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
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Coaching search gives Hoosiers uncertain future

November 29, 2010
Associated Press
The new coach, whomever it is, will become the school's sixth since 1996 — more than any other Big Ten school. He will take over a team that has only three Big Ten wins over the past three years and just ended a 12-game losing streak against conference foes and a 15-game losing skid against league opponents away from Bloomington.
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Judge denies motion to dismiss school funding suit

November 29, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools say the school formula violates the state constitution's requirement for "general and uniform" public education funding because districts get different per-pupil amounts.
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Indiana voter turnout up nearly 4 percent from 2006

November 29, 2010
Associated Press
Figures released Monday by the Indiana secretary of state's office show that about 1.79 million Hoosiers cast ballots for the Nov. 2 election.
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Digital textbook startup moving to Indiana

November 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Encompass Media LLC, run by Indianapolis native Scott Watanabe, projects rapid growth for digital textbooks.
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Storage-unit auctions not so ‘strange’ anymore

November 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Cable television shows have helped drive the popularity of storage-facility auctions, and an Indianapolis man who conducts the sales is witnessing the trend firsthand.
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Cost of '12 Days of Christmas' items soars 10.8 percent

November 29, 2010
Associated Press
Trying to buy the items repeated in the song's verses would cost $96,824—10.8 percent more than last year due to rising gold prices and higher pay for nine dancing ladies.
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Indiana resists call for renewable energy mandates

November 28, 2010
Associated Press
The state is one of only 14 nationwide without a renewable energy standard, according to the Pew Center of Global Climate Change.
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State still issuing water permits under controversial, old rules

November 28, 2010
Associated Press
More than three years after sparking an uproar by issuing BP a permit allowing it to discharge more pollution from its Whiting refinery, Indiana is still issuing permits under the same problematic set of rules that played a role in that 2007 controversy.
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Production firm turns out TV shows without leaving state

November 27, 2010
Sam Brattain
Indiana-based MMY Productions, an independent production company that specializes in reality TV, is working on a new show that chronicles action at Terre Haute's Crossroads Raceway.
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Indiana medical students opt for specialties, not family practice

November 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Interest in primary care has fallen off markedly due partly to relatively low pay.
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Med school students share their stories

November 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Five students at Indiana University School of Medicine contemplate whether to opt for family practice or a specialty.
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Health reform tripping up Indiana wellness incentiveRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Federal health reform will trump an Indiana law that allows health insurers to offer steep discounts to employers with healthy workers and which institute aggressive wellness programs, but experts say other provisions will motivate small firms.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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