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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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AHLRICHS: Turn health reform into pragmatic answersRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Health reform entrepreneurship could brand Indiana as productive, healthy place for employers to operate.
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Raidious aims to feed online marketing beastRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Upstart firm helps its clients meet onerous content demands of social media, other online marketing channels.
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St. Francis-WellPoint deal is a sign of the timesRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis, which operates three Indianapolis-area hospitals, and WellPoint, the giant health insurer, announced this month that they have agreed to jointly form an accountable care organization.
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Retail giants hope to cash in on local flavor

November 27, 2010
Cory Schouten
National retailers from Macy’s to Walmart, Best Buy to Lowe’s—brands built on national scale and buying in bulk to lower costs and muscle out competitors—are offering a new proposition to customers: Help us become more local.
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Men's basketball still a cash cow at IURestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Despite its serious ills since 2007, Indiana University basketball remains a national power—at least financially. The men’s basketball program ranked No. 8 among all NCAA Division I schools in revenue generation during the 2008-2009 season.
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Brightpoint takes over s2f after big growth plans fizzleRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Minority-owned logistics firm s2f Worldwide, started a year ago with high-profile investors and tax incentives in tow, has been acquired by Brightpoint Inc. The deal closed about three weeks ago, said former s2f CEO Randall Lewis.
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Senior staffer settles retaliation lawsuit with IMARestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A longtime senior manager at the Indianapolis Museum of Art has retired—the result of a settlement in a retaliation lawsuit she filed earlier this month.
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Racing equipment maker Simpson testing helmets for footballRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Bill Simpson, one of the biggest names in motorsports safety, is getting involved in the crusade to make a better football helmet and reduce the number of concussions in the National Football League.
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2010 Holiday Wish List

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The following is a list of Indianapolis-area not-for-profit organizations and the things each needs most.
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Possible Simon bid boosts British mall owner's stock

November 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares of Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc, Britain’s biggest mall owner, rose the most since the company went public in 1992 after saying Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. may offer more than $3.6 billion in cash for the company.
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Noble Roman's expanding grocery-product line

November 24, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The pizza franchisor will begin offering pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese, cheesy bread sticks, cheese dip and a deep-dish lasagna dish to grocery stores to supplement franchise revenue.
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Electric car maker starts production at Elkhart plant

November 24, 2010
Associated Press
Think North America has started work on two-seat electric cars at its northern Indiana facility and expects the first ones to be finished in the coming days.
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Brown & Brown acquires Mavum benefits brokerage

November 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based benefits brokerage Mavum Consulting LLC has sold its assets to Florida-based Brown & Brown Inc., the latest in a wave of broker consolidation in recent years.
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Foreclosure washes away water park plans in Fishers

November 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Developer Puller Group has agreed to relinquish a high-profile property approved for a massive water park and retail project to lender Fifth Third Bank following a months-long legal battle over an $8.6 million loan.
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October durable goods orders drop 3.3 percent

November 24, 2010
Associated Press
The setback was the sharpest decline since demand fell 8 percent in January 2009. The unexpectedly sharp decrease raises questions about the strength of manufacturing.
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Jobless claims drop sharply

November 24, 2010
Associated Press
A Labor Department analyst said weekly claims are volatile during the week between the Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving holidays. A key question is whether claims will remain this low in future weeks.
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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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