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Canadian company plans to create 175 jobs in Miami County

October 20, 2010
Conforce International Inc., a manufacturer of composite flooring systems for the transportation industry, plans to invest more than $13.8 million to purchase and equip a plant in Peru, which would be the company's first location in the United States.
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State getting $25M to clean up old GM sites

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana will benefit from a $25.2 million environmental trust established to clean up and redevelop eight former General Motors plants throughout the state, officials said Wednesday.
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Investors brace for ITT's plan to survive new regulations

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based for-profit educator stands to suffer a bigger impact than its peers from new regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Education, which have already forced the industry behemoth to slash its forecasts.
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Corporations champion FFA’s mission

October 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The organization's annual convention, which runs Wednesday through Saturday, attracted 375 exhibitors, an impressive number considering the tepid economy.
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New 'Superman' fellowship hoping to start local charter schools

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Playing off the new education reform documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” the GEO Foundation is using a $100,000 grant to fund a fellowship to launch charter schools in Indianapolis.
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City rolls out revised parking-meter deal

October 20, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City would reap more cash in the long run and get more flexibility to alter the deal if necessary, but the controversial 50-year term of the contract remains.
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UPDATE: Lilly, others see stock slide after drug rejection

October 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Stock in Eli Lilly and Co., Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Alkermes Inc. dropped after they were rebuffed a second time in a bid to gain U.S. approval of a once-weekly version of the diabetes drug Byetta.
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M&I Bank names new Indiana president

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Tim Massey, who has been head of commercial banking, replaces Reagan Rick, who was promoted to a regional management position.
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Vera Bradley set to go public

October 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The Fort Wayne-based company is scheduled to begin trading as a public company Wednesday morning. The estimated offering price is $14 to $16 each, although a Morningstar analyst predicts the IPO could bring as much as $18 a share.
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'Payer mix' playing role in hospital merger

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Morgan Hospital & Medical Center is on the brink of merging with Clarian Health for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest is one that all hospitals are facing in one way or another: a declining payer mix.
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Some Lilly-paid docs sport spotty records

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. paid more than $102 million last year and early this year to physicians for talking up Lilly drugs to other doctors. Yet 88 of the doctors Lilly pays have been sanctioned by state medical boards.
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Q&A

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall

Amy Zucker is president of Indianapolis-based Synergy Marketing Group. Her firm was recently hired by Indianapolis-based ImmuneWorks Inc. to use a new website and search engine optimization to help recruit patients for a Phase 1 trial of ImmuneWorks experimental medicine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The Web strategy is a new wrinkle on patient recruitment—in addition to the traditional partnerships with disease specialists at academic medical centers—that Zucker hopes leads to lower costs and faster clinical trials. Phase 1 clinical trials cost nearly $16,000 per patient.

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Principal Financial shift to result in local layoffs

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Financial giant Principal Financial Group Inc. is exiting the health insurance business, a move that will cost 60 Indianapolis workers their jobs.
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Indiana couple accuses Bank of America of racketeering

October 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Dwayne Ransom Davis and Melisa Davis accuse the lender of using “robo-signers,” people who sign affidavits attesting to facts underlying foreclosures without actual knowledge of those facts, to push through paperwork to take their home in Knightstown.
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FDA demands more tests on new Lilly diabetes drug

October 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. will have to wait at least 18 months and conduct more studies before it wins market approval of a once-weekly version of diabetes drug Byetta, a potential billion-dollar drug.
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ISO chooses young maestro Urbanski as director

October 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Krzysztof Urbanski, 28, has been named the seventh music director in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's 80-year-history.
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3Mass resident sues developer over accessibility

October 19, 2010
Cory Schouten
A resident of the 3Mass condo development who uses an electric wheelchair is suing the developers for failing to provide handicap accessibility to a rooftop terrace.
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Consulate buys East Street space, leaving Union Station

October 19, 2010
Tom Harton
The Mexican Consulate has been a tenant at the city-owned Union Station since it opened an office here in November 2002. The new site will more than quadruple its space.
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Thinner margins squeeze Steel Dynamics profit

October 19, 2010
The Fort Wayne-based steelmaker reported profit of $19 million, or 9 cents per share, compared with $69 million, or 30 cents per share, in the same period last year.
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Indiana commerce agency, Purdue plan California office

October 19, 2010
Associated Press
Officials say the Silicon Valley office will focus on attracting California companies to move to Indiana and to sell venture capitalists on ideas and research generated by Purdue faculty and entrepreneurs.
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U.S. court voids NCAA ruling, seeks help on state law

October 18, 2010
Bloomberg News
A three-judge panel of the Chicago-based appeals court Monday reversed its own July ruling that said the NCAA must face a lawsuit by consumers claiming its ticket-distribution method violates Indiana law.
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IUPUI adjunct instructors call for more pay

October 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Full-time professors support part-time instructors in their demands to share in Indiana University's 3-percent faculty raises.
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Demolition begins on vacant Speedway motel

October 18, 2010
Scott Olson
The former Budget Inn property near Interstate 465 on the west side of Speedway has been the site of 40 police runs over the past six months.
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GE to pump $161 million into Bloomington plant

October 18, 2010
General Electric announced Monday morning that it plans to invest $161 million at its Bloomington refrigerator plant, creating up to 200 jobs by 2014. The plant, which was once slated for closure, now has more than 500 employees.
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Lilly to close drug discovery center in Singapore

October 18, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. will close its drug discovery center in Singapore, three years into a five-year, $150 million plan to expand it.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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