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General Growth hearing delayed to weigh bids

April 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, said a bankruptcy court hearing on its auction process will be delayed five days to give the company time to consider competing bids, including one from Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group.
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First Internet Bank profitable in first quarter

April 26, 2010
The Indianapolis-based parent company of First Internet Bank of Indiana said on Monday that it earned $2.2 million in the first quarter, compared with a loss during the same time frame last year.
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UPDATE: Emmis takeover deal unlikely to hit turbulence

April 26, 2010
Greg Andrews, Scott Olson
A big Emmis Communications Corp. shareholder believes the $90 million deal CEO Jeff Smulyan unveiled Monday morning to take the company private is unlikely to get derailed—even though it’s worth far less than a takeover offer Smulyan failed to get through his board four years ago.
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WellPoint gets lashing from Sebelius, again

April 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based health insurer trades jabs with U.S. health secretary after Reuters story claims insurer deliberately cancels coverage for breast cancer patients.
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Emmis chief looks to take company private

April 26, 2010
Scott Olson
JS Acquisition Inc., the company Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan has established to complete the acquisition, would purchase all shares of publicly traded Emmis for about $90 million, according to Monday morning's announcement.
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Old National improves first-quarter performance

April 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Evansville-based Old National Bancorp on Monday reported a first-quarter profit of $10.1 million, up 84 percent from the prior-year period and a big improvement from the fourth quarter of 2009, when the company posted a loss of $9.3 million.
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U.S. farmers planting corn at record pace

April 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. corn farmers may have planted more acres last week than in any week ever as dry weather and more-productive equipment sped up fieldwork.
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Medicare Advantage may survive cuts under health reform

April 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The two largest U.S. health insurance companies, UnitedHealth, based in Minnetonka, Minn., and WellPoint Inc., based in Indianapolis, sell Advantage plans.
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State job fair part of Speedway's May festivities

April 26, 2010
Scott Olson
The central Indiana WorkOne Center is teaming with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to present Career Day @ the Brickyard, an event that mixes job searching with racing.
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Franklin residents still struggle with solution for flooded land

April 25, 2010
Associated Press
Crews will begin in late April demolishing the first of 74 homes south of downtown Franklin damaged by massive flooding in June 2008. Officials still haven't decided how to reuse the land, and residents are torn.
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Carmel City Center gaining momentum

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
Thirteen years after Mayor Jim Brainard first described his vision for a new downtown along Range Line Road, Carmel City Center is starting to look like a city.
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George courting F1 again, but maybe not for Indy

April 24, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Tony George, who was Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League chairman until last June, was in China for several days this month to attend F1's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai April 18 at the invitation of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
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Politically connected broker's deals raise conflict questions

April 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
John Bales' firm earned $2.9M in commissions on leases for state agencies and $270,000 in commissions on the sale of surplus state properties. He also acted as a developer for public-sector tenants—putting them into buildings owned by him or his associates.
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Many retail locations plagued by vacanciesRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Vacancy rates unseen in 20 years are hampering efforts by developers.
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Clarian hospital system regains its appetite to buildRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian is planning to spend $1.7 billion in the next five years on capital projects, half of that going to its downtown Indianapolis campuses.
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Rising prices could help pork producers bounce backRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The prices hogs are fetching this year will help farmers begin to climb out of the crater of 2008 and 2009. Average pork prices may approach record levels this year, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt predicted, up to $53.63 per hundred pounds. The record is $55.44 per hundred pounds, set in 1982.
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With five new acquisitions, Skillman builds car-lot dynastyRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Ray Skillman bought five car lots in the last 12 months from other dealers who have struggled during the recession. Skillman now ranks among the five largest dealers in the area, and his chain is poised for even more growth.
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Medical device startup FlowCo enlists Guidant alums

April 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The upstart developer of a device to help doctors choose the right-sized stent to prop open clog-prone arteries has brought aboard former Guidant Corp. executives, including Bill McConnell. Their regulatory and marketing expertise could help FlowCo Inc. bring its artery-measurement product to market as soon as 2011.
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Anderson tech firm One Number files patent suit against GoogleRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Anderson firm that provides a “one number” service that rings all of a client’s phones has filed suit against Web giant Google, alleging Google Voice infringes on two of its patents.
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Indy defense accounting jobs appear safe

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Department of Defense concurs that Indianapolis a better location than Cleveland for about 225 Marine Corps jobs.
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New helicopters coming for Indiana medical flights

April 23, 2010
Associated Press
Clarian Health officials on Thursday plan to buy four helicopters as it replaces aircraft in its aging patient-transport fleet.
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Waterworks board wants outside review of mayor's utility plan

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The waterworks board's plan to hire outside consultants to study the proposed sale of Indianapolis Water could delay the deal.
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Harlan Labs names new CEO

April 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based provider of clinical research animals has promoted senior manager Hans Thunem to its top spot.
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INSIDE DISH: Mug-n-Bun rides on 50-year formula

April 23, 2010
Mason King
MugnBun_WatchVideoIBJ's new video feature on restaurateurs tries curbside service at Speedway's Mug-n-Bun, unchanged in concept since the 1960s but now sporting subtle tweaks.
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Museum of Art expects boost from fall Warhol show

April 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art expects its upcoming Andy Warhol exhibit to draw 40,000 people, helping it offset a drop in funding from its endowment.
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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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