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Would-be buyer urging GM workers to vote on pay cuts

August 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A businessman seeking to buy General Motors Co.'s Indianapolis metal-stamping plant met with workers Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium to urge them to accept pay cuts allowing the sale.
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MotoGP attendance slips

August 29, 2010
Associated Press
A total of 136,184 spectators attended the three days of action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Teen motorcycle racer killed in crash at Speedway

August 29, 2010
Associated Press
The death of a 13-year-old motorcycle rider at Indianapolis Motor Speedway cast a shadow over Sunday's races at the historic track and prompted mourning competitors to defend the development system for the dangerous circuit.
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City vendor may get $1.2B from parking-privatization deal

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The pitch from Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration to privatize the city's parking meters is compelling, but the proposal to sell the meters to Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has the city giving up more in the long run than is immediately apparent.
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New enforcement rules worry environmental activists

August 28, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management's top attorney asked agency staff to change how they cite companies for violating the state's water pollution law.
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A half-century later, Indiana Landmarks returns to roots

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
Old Centrum Watch VideoBankrolled by yet another multimillionaire, the historic preservation group is preparing to move into a new headquarters in Old Centrum, a former church now undergoing a big renovation.
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WFYI seeks more money from public broadcasting audience

August 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Public TV and radio broadcaster WFYI is counting on its listeners and viewers to open their wallets in a big way this fall, as it gears up for a campaign to grow its endowment well beyond its current $2.2 million.
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Banks still cautious on commercial real estateRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Singed by the downturn, banks are winnowing real estate portfolios.
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Apartment developer S.C. Bodner sued over accessibilityRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The National Fair Housing Alliance and two of its member groups allege that Bodner communities in eight states including Indiana violate accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
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Indianapolis hot rod event still on trackRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The National Hot Rod Association has had to go into fuel conservation mode during the recent economic downturn, but the California-based drag racing series seems to have come through the recession in better shape than many of its motorsports brethren.
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Marian University goes on fundraising tearRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marian University pulled in a whopping $54.2 million in pledges for the fiscal year ended June 30, largely related to its effort to launch Indiana’s first college of osteopathic medicine. The year before, the Catholic institution raised $14.4 million, an in-house record.
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Indiana universities nearly double research spendingRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
In the last 10 years, Indiana’s major research universities—Indiana and Purdue—have nearly doubled their science-based research budgets, to a total of $895 million. Yet Indiana’s public universities still run in the middle of the pack nationally.
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iSalus sees business boom as docs chase stimulus cash

August 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The company is seeing a rush of new sales for its Web-based electronic medical record system from doctors, who all stand to receive bonus payments from the federal stimulus act for computerizing their patient records.
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Speedway, MotoGP extend contract for another year

August 27, 2010
Associated Press
Shortly after this year's first Indianapolis MotoGP practice started Friday, Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus said the two sides had agreed to a one-year contract extension that will bring the event back for a fourth year in 2011.
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Emmis privatization effort still on hold

August 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local media company still discussing deal with dissident shareholders, who refused to vote Friday evening. A new date for another shareholders meeting is to be announced Monday.
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Indiana governor seeks more federal stimulus money

August 27, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels has publicly railed against the newly approved $26 billion stimulus package, but his office said Friday that applications had been submitted for about $200 million toward Medicaid and about $200 million for education.
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Urban farming key to this 'Taste of Indiana'

August 27, 2010
Scott Olson
First-of-its-kind event in Indianapolis showcases what's known as the slow food movement, which promotes the benefits of producing plants, seeds and livestock for local consumption.
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Bid deadline looms for former Hilbert mansion

August 27, 2010
The 25,000-square-foot mansion once owned by Conseco Inc. founder Stephen Hilbert was listed five years ago at $20 million—and about half that in recent months. Now the property is being sold in a sealed-bid auction, and offers are due Friday.
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CIB's 2011 budget slated to grow by $10 million

August 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board president says initial $10 million payment to the Indiana Pacers is not only reason for the larger budget. Rather, she insisted it's largely due to $5 million in renovations slated for Conseco Fieldhouse and other CIB-operated facilities.
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INSIDE DISH: Iozzo's endures heat of first year

August 27, 2010
Mason King
Iozzios Watch VideoIn a first year filled with adjustments, fledgling restaurateur Katie Harris of Iozzo's outlines lessons learned from the $350,000 start-up and fluctuating sales.
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Centaur wins approval to sell Colorado casino

August 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
Luna Gaming Central City LLC is paying $7.5 million in cash plus a $2.5 million note, less adjustments. There were no competing bids.
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Ivy Tech sees first drop after enrollment explosion

August 27, 2010
Associated Press
Ivy Tech counted 111,452 students statewide, up about 4 percent from a year ago, but down from the nearly 120,000 students the college had for the spring semester.
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Health insurer cash shifts to favor Republicans before election

August 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. are backing Republicans with campaign donations by an 8-to-1 margin, favoring the party that's promised to repeal President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul if it wins back Congress.
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Lilly wins further delay in sales of Strattera copies

August 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
Strattera generated U.S. sales of $445.6 million last year, and each day that Lilly can fend off generic competition would translate into an average $1.22 million in sales.
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Police lock down Circle Centre area after gunman commits suicide

August 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A lone gunman atop a South Meridian Street parking garage fired "indiscriminate" shots into the air Thursday afternoon before shooting himself and falling to the sidewalk below, police spokesman Lt. Jeff Duhamel said.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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