News & Analysis

INSIDE DISH: Papa Roux pops after stumbling at the start

April 30, 2010
Mason King
PapaRoux_WatchvideoArt Bouvier fled his corporate IT gig to open a small Cajun place without a business plan or prior restaurant experience. After a number of blunders, Papa Roux looks like it will pan out.
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Wishard Foundation appoints new leader

April 30, 2010
Ernest Vargo II's Vargo's top priority will be guiding the foundation's $50 million capital campaign for the construction of the new, $754 million Wishard Hospital.
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Goldsmith to become New York deputy mayor, reports say

April 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Goldsmith, 64, was Indianapolis mayor from 1992 to 2000. He will replace Ed Skyler, 36, who is leaving the post to join Citigroup.
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Employment costs up 0.6 percent in first quarter

April 30, 2010
Associated Press
The increase was the biggest quarterly gain since a similar 0.6-percent rise in the third quarter of 2008.
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Goldsmith named deputy mayor of New York City

April 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The former Indianapolis mayor will become a deputy mayor and oversee the fire and police departments.
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Simon Property earnings fall on debt-retirement expenditures

April 30, 2010
Bloomberg News
Funds from operations fell to $325.6 million, or 94 cents a share, from $476.8 million, or $1.61 a year earlier, the Indianapolis-based shopping mall giant said Friday morning.
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ExactTarget reports record quarterly revenue

April 30, 2010
The Indianapolis-based e-mail marketing firm posted revenue of $29 million in the first three months of the year, a 37-percent increase from the same period last year.
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Anthem Blue Cross withdraws big California rate hike

April 29, 2010
Associated Press
Anthem Blue Cross withdrew plans to raise health insurance rates for Californians by as much as 39 percent after an independent audit determined the company's justification for raising premiums was based on flawed data.
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State finalizes auction-rate securities settlements

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Twelve investment firms agree to repurchase auction rate securities from Indiana clients for a total of over $370 million and to pay fines totaling more than $3.5 million.
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Sale of GM plant could come as soon as June

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
UAW official says General Motors and prospective buyer are working on a "real aggressive" schedule to have the acquisition completed by the end of June.
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Earthquake shakes Baldwin's first-quarter profit

April 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
The February earthquake in Chile sent first-quarter profit tumbling 90 percent at Indianapolis-based property and casualty insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc.
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Memory Gardens manager sought $3.2M, awarded $175,000

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
A Johnson County judge approved the reduced amount, which was agreed upon during mediation. The settlement brings funeral home and cemetery business a step closer to being sold.
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Former Star columnist suing newspaper

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Susan Guyett, who wrote the Talk of Our Town column, claims the newspaper discriminated against her on the basis of age when she was let go from her job in 2008.
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Duke Realty reports leasing at 5-year high

April 29, 2010
Cory Schouten
Duke Realty Corp. handled more leasing activity last quarter than it has in any first quarter in five years, the locally based real estate investment trust said on Wednesday.
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Prosecutor's Office missed deadline on $273K in seized OmniSource cash

April 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department likely will have to return more than $273,000 in cash seized as part of a racketeering investigation after the Marion County Prosecutor's Office missed a civil forfeiture deadline.
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Navistar finalizes foundry closing

April 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Navistar Inc. has notified state leaders that its Indianapolis Casting Corp. foundry at 5565 Brookville Road will close in July, costing about 220 employees their jobs.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Conner Prairie CEO on missteps, 'The Matrix'

April 28, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Rosenthal_WatchVideoEllen Rosenthal, CEO of the 19th-century history park, shares her biggest career blunder, how to raise funds in a recession, and how Conner Prairie is like a certain sci-fi film.
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Medco Health profits climb as it adds big clients

April 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Medco, which operates a major pharmacy and distribution center in Whitestown, got a boost from higher prices on brand-name drugs and from greater sales of more profitable generic drugs.
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Dow AgroSciences' profit rises despite lower revenue

April 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis unit of Dow Chemical sees quarterly profit rise 6 percent, to $384 million, despite an 8-percent dip in revenue. The parent company reports strongest quarterly results in more than a year.
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Sallie Mae's job cuts spare Indiana, at least for now

April 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Sallie Mae says a new law that cuts banks out of the federal student-loan business is costing 2,500 workers their jobs in Florida and Texas, but the cuts won't hit Indiana in 2010.
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Q&A

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Stanley Adkins is chief medical officer of Indianapolis-based AmeriVeriCR, a startup that uses software to review medical claims for errors. With health care reform and a new, larger set of diagnosis codes phasing in over the next few years, AmeriVeri is betting that demand for its service will increase.
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Chao exit hurts drug development industry

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Purdue University’s decision to close the Chao Center in West Lafayette is a setback for Indiana’s effort to grow a vibrant contract drug manufacturing sector. But it’s just the latest in a series of unexpected changes—not all for the worse—since Indianapolis-based BioCrossroads launched a contract drug manufacturing initiative in late 2007.
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Reform to accelerate health care costs

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Medicare actuary Richard Foster estimated the new law would raise overall health care spending by an additional $311 million over current law—more than when he first examined the legislation in December.
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Interactive Intelligence reports strong profit, revenue

April 28, 2010
Interactive Intelligence's quarterly profit rises to $1.9 million, a 58-percent improvement over the first three months of last year.
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WellPoint profits rise, beat analysts' expectations

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer was helped in first quarter by a mild flu season, but it now expects to lose nearly 700,000 customers by year end.
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