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Emmis loss shrinks as radio stations produce more cash

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based media company announced this morning that it lost $2.3 million in the latest quarter, down from a whopping $135.6 million in the same period a year earlier.
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AmericInn buys Fishers hotel, enters local market

October 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Minneapolis-based hotel chain AmericInn has purchased a Holiday Inn along Interstate 69 in Fishers, giving the company its first Indiana location.
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Indiana loans for jobless to hit businesses Jan. 1

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
The state will begin paying millions of dollars in penalties and interest to the federal government next year because it has borrowed nearly $2 billion to pay for jobless benefits.
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Former agent's admission shines light on NCAA enforcement

October 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based college sports body acknowledges that it needs the help of others, including former players, coaches and the National Football League, to reduce improprieties.
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FSSA secretary gets green light to take new job

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy can take a private-sector job helping a hospital network cope with the federal health care overhaul she opposed as a public official, the state ethics commission said Thursday.
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City pitching in $38M for $192M Clarian project

October 14, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city is kicking in up to $38 million for infrastructure upgrades to support a massive expansion of the Clarian Health campus at 16th Street and Capitol Avenue.
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Applications for jobless benefits rise again

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
Applications for jobless benefits rose last week for the first time in three weeks, evidence that companies are still reluctant to hire in a slow economy.
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Roche acquires assets from Virginia IT company

October 14, 2010
Terms of the deal, announced on Wednesday, call for Roche to acquire all the assets associated with Medical Automation Systems Inc.'s point-of-care information technology connectivity system.
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ChaCha lands $20 million venture investment

October 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The funding comes from new investors VantagePoint Venture Partners and Rho Ventures. Since its inception in December 2005, ChaCha has raised more than $50 million, including $7 million earlier this year from a venture capital fund.
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Schools, state argue in court over funding formula

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools sued the state in February, claiming its school funding formula unfairly penalizes growing districts.
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Purdue pay freeze could end soon for some

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Purdue President France Cordova will ask university trustees to approve 1.5-percent merit raises for some employees, providing them with their first pay increase in more than two years.
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Durham art auction offers hope for Ohio investors

October 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
The eclectic art collection of disgraced financier Tim Durham will hit the auction block Saturday in a sale that could help restore a small portion of the money lost by investors in Ohio's Fair Finance.
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Rokita to politicians: Careful with donations from union

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Secretary of state warns candidates that if he prevails in court, his securities division staff will pursue any money the candidates received from the Indiana State Teachers Association's political action committee.
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Heating bills should be cheaper this winter, utility says

October 13, 2010
Citizens Energy Group projects that the gas bill of its average residential customer will decline about 7 percent over the winter heating season. The utility said a customer who uses the typical amount of natural gas will spend $580, down from $620 last season.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: CPA Sponsel takes calculated risk

October 13, 2010
Mason King
Sponsel WatchVideoWith a family history rich with entrepreneurs, Tom Sponsel decided late in his accounting career to strike out on his own.
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WellPoint, Aetna led U.S. insurers in coverage denial

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Until all consumers are required to buy health insurance, coverage restrictions are needed to keep people from gaming the system, insurers say.
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Biomet sales rise, but slower than expected

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Biomet's quarterly results are considered an indicator on the state of the orthopedic device industry because it reports results before most of its competitors.
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Duke Energy wins verdict reversal in clean-air case

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
The renovations complied with Indiana's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago said in Tuesday's ruling.
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Lilly falls short on 'field goal' attempt

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s “miss” on a new use for its cancer drug Alimta was a rare failure to get an existing drug approved for a new use—even though the company has struggled mightily to get entirely new drugs to market.
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Irsay: NFL owners, players 'have to find a solution'

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
National Football League owners are looking for ways to reach a new labor deal with players and preparing for what happens if those efforts don’t succeed. A strike or lockout could affect Indianapolis' plans to host the 2012 Super Bowl.
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German steelmaker expanding in Tell City

October 12, 2010
Associated Press
A unit of the German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG said Tuesday it will invest $36.5 million in equipment to expand capacity at the 480,000-square-foot plant, creating up to 160 jobs.
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Reebok's loss of NFL contract could hurt local plant

October 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Competitor Nike Inc. will become the official apparel maker for the National Football League in 2012. The loss of the contract could mean layoffs at the Reebok plant on Indianapolis' east side that makes NFL apparel and employs about 1,000.
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Home sales continue to slump, but prices rise

October 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county area fell 22.8 percent in September when compared with the same month a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday by F.C. Tucker Co.
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Duke Energy names interim president amid probe

October 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Decision to replace Indiana CEO Mike Reed, who has been placed on administrative leave, follows a state investigation into an ethics controversy involving Duke that resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Biglari offers to acquire Michigan insurer in $51M deal

October 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Steak n Shake has raised its offer for a small Michigan insurer that spurned its advances late last year.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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