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Former bank exec receives 22-month sentence

September 9, 2010
Robert E. Tolle pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court of making fraudulent bank entries while serving as a loan officer at the Indianapolis office of Evansville-based Old National Bank.
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UPDATE: Large debt load will continue to weigh on Emmis

September 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis, which has been awash in red ink, must contend with more than $340 million in debt after CEO Jeff Smulyan failed in his attempt to purchase the company and take it private.
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Yats owners pull out of upscale bar downtown

September 9, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Two weeks after the soft launch of the long-awaited restaurant and bar on the first floor of The Ambassador apartment building downtown, Yats Restaurants has pulled out of the enterprise, leaving partner Tom Megenhardt to go it alone.
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Report: State must cut spending, hike taxes or both

September 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Dwindling tax revenues will cause a projected $1.3 billion budget gap as the state enters its next budget, according a report released Thursday by the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute.
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Area home sales still falling

September 9, 2010
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county area fell 23 percent in August. The decline marked the fourth straight month home sales have fallen in central Indiana.
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New filings for jobless benefits fall to two-month low

September 9, 2010
Associated Press
Even with latest decline, new filings for jobless benefits are still much higher than they would be if the economy is healthy.
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Fort Wayne hoping to keep some Navistar jobs

September 9, 2010
Associated Press
Fort Wayne officials say they aren't giving up hope that Navistar International Corp. will keep some jobs in the city despite the company's decision to consolidate operations in suburban Chicago.
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Emmis CEO calls off bid to take firm private

September 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis Communications Corp. will remain a public company after executives announced Thursday morning that CEO Jeff Smulyan has abandoned his efforts to buy the Indianapolis-based media firm.
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Lilly investing up to $150M in VC funds

September 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The three venture funds, which will focus on drug development, may be worth a total of $750 million, up to $250 million each, and Lilly will contribute as much as 20 percent of the money.
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Smulyan delays Emmis buyout vote again

September 8, 2010
A Wednesday evening shareholders meeting has been postponed until Thursday at 8:30 a.m., when the Emmis CEO again will try to take the company private.
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Dan Laikin sentenced to 45 months in Lampoon fraud

September 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
The sentence was short of the 60-month maximum Laikin could have received under a plea agreement worked out with federal prosecutors last fall.
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Lab used by Lilly, peers accused of animal cruelty

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An investigation found that lab employees kicked, threw, and dragged dogs; lifted rabbits by their ears and puppies by their throats; violently slammed cats into cages; and exposed animals to toxic chemicals.
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Auto parts workers hope vote will save jobs

September 8, 2010
Associated Press
Continental Structural Plastics said last month it would close an Ohio plant, and spend about $9 million on upgrades to a factory in Indiana where it will have up to 350 workers by 2012.
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Advocates renew push for statewide smoking ban

September 8, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
State Reps. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) and Eric Turner (R-Cicero) joined members of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air on Wednesday to announce legislation for a comprehensive ban they plan to introduce next year.
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Poor economy keeping Wishard project costs down

September 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Contractors starving for work are submitting more competitive bids, which so far has led to about $10 million in savings, hospital official says.
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Local developer planning Indiana wind farm

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Carmel-based Performance Services Inc. plans a 25-turbine wind farm in a rural area north of Lafayette, across about 2,500 acres in northern Tippecanoe County.
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Clarian moves to scoop up Morgan

September 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
It looks like Clarian may be back to deal-making. The Indianapolis-based hospital system has signed a letter of intent to absorb Morgan Hospital and Medical Center.
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Barron's: Brighter days ahead for WellPoint

September 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
It’s been a tough year for major health insurers, but Barron’s magazine predicts a big comeback for Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and its rival UnitedHealth Group.
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Q&A

September 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Julie Klapstein is CEO of Florida-based Availity LLC, which last week announced its acquisition of Indianapolis-based RealMed Corp. The combined firms will have $100 million in annual revenue and want to work with doctors and health insurers to finally allow patients to pay their co-pays and deductible payments when they’re at the doctor’s office—not weeks later in the mail. The change could also allow doctor’s to get paid much faster for their services.
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Symphony on the Prairie sets attendance record

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s popular outdoor concert series set an attendance record this summer, surpassing the 100,000-mark for just the third time since 1982.
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Indiana panel's proposal would expand net metering

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
The draft net metering rule would boost the state's power cap for renewable power units and expand it to all customer classes served by electric utilities.
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Indiana casino commission: Staffer hid complaints

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
The commission found the misconduct after an internal review about why 56 of 154 complaints made against the casinos during 2009 had gone unanswered.
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Liquor board OKs permit for City Market beer sales

September 7, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Marion County Alcoholic Beverage Board voted to approve a carryout liquor license for the historic downtown site. The permit will allow the Indiana Brewers Guild to open a bar featuring local craft beers.
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Auto auction's new owner calls first event a success

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
Auctions America by RM, which bought the former Kruse Auction Park in Auburn two months ago, said more than 25,000 people attended this past weekend's event, during which sales topped $13 million.
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CEO says Lilly still not interested in huge acquisitions

September 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Lilly remains disinterested in making big acquisitions and aims to rely on the company’s own pipeline, CEO John Lechleiter said Tuesday, re-emphasizing a strategy he has outlined several times in the past year.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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