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Duke Energy puts local CEO on leave amid state probe

October 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Duke Energy Corp. placed Mike Reed, CEO of its Indiana operations, on administrative leave Tuesday afternoon amid a state investigation that involves the company and resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Indiana utilities commissioner fired after ethics probe

October 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Daniels administration alleges Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy knew an administrative law judge was talking with Duke Energy Corp. about a job even as he presided over a Duke case.
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Longtime car retailer closes on west side

October 5, 2010
National Car Sales, for years known for its commercials featuring basketball coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard, closed last week after more than 20 years in the market.
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German American Bancorp acquires Bank of Evansville

October 5, 2010
American Community Bancorp Inc.'s subsidiary bank, Bank of Evansville, will become part of Jasper-based German American Bancorp Inc. in a deal valued at nearly $30 million.
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Plastic recycler establishing $25M plant in Richmond

October 5, 2010
Chicago-based Perpetual Recycling Solutions said it will purchase and renovate an existing, 100,000-square-foot facility in the city, with plans to create up to 55 jobs by 2012.
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Closing of Berne plant putting 250 out of work

October 5, 2010
Michigan-based Camryn Industries plans to close the facility in Berne on Oct. 15 after the sale of the plant to Visionary Technologies Inc., also based in Michigan.
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UIndy to manage teacher bonus pay program at 44 schools

October 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
The University of Indianapolis has been selected to manage a $32.7 million effort to improve schools through teacher-improvement programs and performance-based bonuses.
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Christamore House laying off seven employees

October 5, 2010
Local not-for-profit also may temporarily reduce client services to ease its financial struggles. The agency said it needs to raise $200,000 to continue operating through the rest of the year.
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Interactive Intelligence buys Jacksonville software maker

October 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Interactive Intelligence Inc. has bolstered its product line of business software applications by acquiring Latitude Software for $14 million.
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Local school district gets $12M magnet school grant

October 5, 2010
Associated Press
The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township Schools is the only school system in Indiana and one of just 36 nationwide receiving the grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
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Walnut Street building sold for retail use

October 5, 2010
Tom Harton
The two-story industrial building along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail will be converted into a furniture store.
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Clarke Engineering plans $2.1M expansion in Fishers

October 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fishers-based Clarke Engineering Services plans to invest $2.1 million to expand its headquarters operation, creating as many as 29 jobs by 2012. The 13-year-old firm said it will begin hiring immediately.
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Ex-IU hoops player Leary avoids prison time in fraud

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
Former Indiana University basketball player Todd Leary was sentenced Monday to two years of work release or home detention followed by two years on probation. He still faces theft and burglary charges in Hamilton County in a separate case.
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Customer-service jobs likely casualty in utility merger

October 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Consultant finds 23 or so customer-service jobs may be unneeded after Citizens Energy acquires city water and sewer utilities. Administrative jobs may also be on bubble, though most savings are from capital-related expenses.
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Federal audit knocks state's safety, health program

October 4, 2010
Scott Olson
The report from the U.S. Department of Labor raises concerns over whether Indiana's Occupational Safety and Health program is properly funded and staffed. Overall, the report provided 45 recommendations to improve procedures within the program.
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Plans for moving Greenwood airport put on hold

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
A slump in business travel has left the Greenwood Municipal Airport unable to attract the additional jet traffic it needs to have a chance at federal money for an expansion project.
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Expert: Indiana an island of drought in Ohio Valley

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's official climatologist says Indiana is drier than surrounding states.
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Indiana pumpkin patches, orchards see visitors swell

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
Attractions like apple orchards and corn mazes are reporting bigger crowds this year, especially with cooler temperatures and dry weather.
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'Ghost' students cost Indiana $94 million in 2009

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana practice of paying schools for students no longer in attendance illustrates the need for changes in how schools are funded, the state's top education official says.
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New grads struggle to put education to work

October 2, 2010
Joe Jasinski
In May, only one-quarter of 2010 college graduates who applied for a job actually received one, compared with more than half in 2007. About as many college graduates of all ages also are plagued by underemployment, working jobs below their skill level—including Butler grad Tom Otero.
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Health reform forces providers, insurers to lay aside rivalriesRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In this new age of health care, ushered in by President Obama’s signing in March of a sweeping health care reform law, health care players are encouraged to remove the gloves if they want to reap the benefits of reform.
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Reform will boost health care costs, Indianapolis panel predicts

October 2, 2010
Health care
                           watch videoRising costs aren't the only impact of reform, say panelists taking part in a Power Breakfast sponsored by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Legal fight over Pan Am Plaza outpaces redevelopmentRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Plaintiffs are challenging the city's 2007 decision to waive a hefty fee that otherwise would have been required to redevelop the crumbling site.
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Republic's big moves pay off, but rival airline's deal poses threatRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Republic Airways Holdings not only beat analysts' second-quarter estimates this year, but also posted a profit. But just weeks after the new player in scheduled service announced those solid results, arch-enemy Southwest Airlines announced it was buying AirTran for $1 billion.
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Firms with jobs ask for the moon; governments here show restraint

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Businesses have always held the upper hand in negotiating for incentives with local government, but the past couple of years have given rise to the most intensely competitive economic development environment since the early 1980s.
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