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Rolls-Royce scores $19.2M helicopter contract

September 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The local operations of the British aerospace firm has won an Army contract to build 40 more engines for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
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Initial claims for unemployment aid rise again

September 23, 2010
Associated Press
The rise suggests that jobs remain scarce and some companies are still cutting workers amid sluggish economic growth.
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Four Hoosiers among richest Americans; Irsay ascends

September 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is moving up the ranks of the richest Americans a year after making his way onto the Forbes 400 list of the nation’s wealthiest people.
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Democrats charge conflict in parking meter deal

September 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A city lobbyist who also is registered to lobby for Affiliated Computer Services Inc., which was chosen to receive a 50-year lease deal to manage meter operations, says he was not involved in the deal.
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Indy metal-stamping plant faces many hurdles

September 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Persuading workers at General Motors' Indianapolis metal-stamping plant to accept a pay cut would be a feat, but it won't be the last challenge that JD Norman Industries would face.
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Local building permits down again in August

September 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The number of building permits filed in the nine-county metropolitan area dropped by 18 percent in August from the same time a year ago, falling from 354 to 290. The drop marks the third consecutive month permits have fallen.
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Health overhaul's $264M question weighs down WellPoint

September 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
The failure by state regulators to decide how much insurers must spend on patient care is scaring investors from health-plan stocks and complicating insurance company decisions.
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Film Fest leader leaving for documentary gig

September 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dorothy Henckel, president of the Indianapolis International Film Festival, has accepted a job as director of acquisitions for The Documentary Channel.
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Schlage acquires Fusion door-hardware division

September 22, 2010
Schlage's purchase of the Georgia-based company's division gives it immediate access to the decorative door hardware and lock market, the company said.
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Building binge hasn't crimped hospital profits

September 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals spent billions on construction in the past decade and increasingly tried to poach patients from one another’s territories. Yet last year—one of the worst economically in recent history—21 of 26 hospitals still were able to show operating profits.
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Lilly discovers social media

September 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. launched its own blog this month, dubbed LillyPad, to try to start discussions about public policy and corporate social responsibility. The Indianapolis-based drugmaker also launched an accompanying Twitter feed.
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Turner gets digital rights to NCAA championships

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
The deal includes management of NCAA.com, the primary web site for all 88 NCAA tournaments and other services.
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Indiana welfare chief says hybrid system succeeding

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
The secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said error rates are down and the percentage of new applications for food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits on backlog has fallen by 83 percent in two two regions.
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Indiana corn coming in sooner, faster, better in 2010

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers harvested 27 percent of their corn by Sunday, compared with none by this time last year and an average of 6 percent over the past five years.
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WellPoint gets $87M Medicare contract renewal

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
The company said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services renewed its durable medical equipment administrative contract for a region that covers Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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Indianapolis schools continue big enrollment drop

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools lost more than 900 students from last school year, putting it within 800 students of falling behind Fort Wayne's school district as the state's largest.
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Proposed city parking deal would bring 200 jobs

September 21, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A proposal to lease the city’s parking meters for 50 years would require the vendor to bring 200 jobs to Indianapolis for at least seven years. The salaries and benefits would range from $16,000 to $95,000 a year.
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TechPoint unveiling ‘measured marketing’ campaign

September 21, 2010
Scott Olson
The initiative will promote the advantages of doing business in Indiana to attract more "measured marketers." They are companies such as ExactTarget and Aprimo Inc. that provide a platform for marketing via e-mail, social media and other technologies.
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Indiana’s unemployment rate remains flat

September 21, 2010
The state's jobless rate in August remained unchanged from the previous month's figure of 10.2 percent. The loss of seasonal government and manufacturing jobs offset the addition of 3,000 private-sector jobs.
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Structural shakeup means changes at EnerDel

September 21, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ener1 Inc., the parent company of local advanced-battery maker EnerDel, has reorganized its corporate structure and shuffled management ranks.
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Hoosier Lottery moving to Meridian Street building

September 21, 2010
Tom Harton
The lottery will move in January to the Buick, a 60,000-square-foot building at 13th and Meridian streets owned by principals of Shiel Sexton Construction.
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Home construction jumps nationally

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Housing starts are up 25 percent from their bottom in April 2009. But they remain 74 percent below their peak in January 2006.
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Angie's List snags $22.5 million investment

September 20, 2010
The Indianapolis-based consumer review and rating service said it will use the investment to expand its health and wellness consumer review product, as well as its coupon program, "The Big Deal."
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ChaCha may drop T-Mobile over planned fee

September 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Wireless carrier plans to begin charging a new one-quarter of 1 cent fee on text messages. In response, ChaCha CEO Scott Jones says his company will drop the wireless carrier from its answer service.
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Harding Dahm drops Grubb & Ellis, strikes merger deal

September 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Harding Dahm & Co., which ranked sixth on IBJ’s most recent list of commercial brokerages,  will become Lee & Associates Indianapolis. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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