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Employers mull legal challenge to new state gun law

July 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana Chamber of Commerce president says several members have inquired about pursuing legal action, though nothing formal is in the works yet.
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Pacers, CIB still talking post-deadline

July 1, 2010
Scott Olson
A June 30 deadline imposed by the basketball team passed with no agreement on who will pay Conseco Fieldhouse operating expenses, but both sides remain optimistic a deal will get done soon.
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Grassley asks Lilly, peers about whistleblower treatment

July 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. Senator Charles Grassley asked 16 drugmakers, including Eli Lilly & Co., Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc, to reveal how they treat whistleblowers who file complaints under the False Claims Act.
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FBI scoops up Tim Durham's car collection

June 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
An agreement with Durham's attorney paved the way for FBI agents to pick up 18 cars from Durham's residences in Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
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House speaker continues quest for jobs data

June 30, 2010
Scott Olson
State Rep. Pat Bauer says employment figures provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. are a good start but insists the agency is not revealing everything it can.
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UPDATE: Stamping plant suitor gets time to negotiate

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
There’s more time for Illinois-based JD Norman Industries to hammer out a deal to buy a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, potentially saving hundreds of local jobs.
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Indiana Supreme Court upholds state's voter ID law

June 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Critics have argued that the law, which requires voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot, violates the state constitution because it isn’t applied equally to all voters. Those who vote by mail don't have to prove their identity.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Stolen spotlights IRT fundraising

June 30, 2010
Mason King
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Union leaders meeting with GM plant bidder

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
United Auto Workers official Maurice "Mo" Davison is making one last attempt to put a deal together for a Chicago-area firm to buy the General Motors stamping plant southwest of downtown Indianapolis, which is slated to close in 2011.
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Lilly's Effient steps forward, then back

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
A day after doctors were alerted to a black-box warning that could slow sales of Effient’s main competitor, Plavix, a medical journal published research showing that patients suffered 43-percent more cancer tumors on Effient than on Plavix.
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Doctors breathe a sigh of relief

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
As doctors threaten to drop Medicare patients, Congress delays cuts for another six months.
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FedEx wins dismissal of some claims in drivers' suit

June 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
FedEx Corp. won partial dismissal of a class-action lawsuit brought by contract drivers who contend they are entitled to full benefits because the company treats them as employees.
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Indianapolis office vacancy rates still rising

June 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Vacancy rates in the downtown and Keystone at the Crossing markets climbed in the past six months, according to Meridian Real Estate's latest report, but the market shows signs of stabilizing.
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Raytheon lands $250 million Navy electronics contract

June 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Workers at Raytheon Technical Services' Indianapolis facility will spend four more years working on software to control electronics on the Navy's V-22 Osprey aircraft.
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Agency settles stadium water damage claim for $6.2M

June 29, 2010
Flooding from a drainpipe malfunction caused extensive damage to Lucas Oil Stadium's data center prior to its opening in August 2008.
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$69M U.S. Courthouse modernization a boon for local firms

June 29, 2010
Cory Schouten
More than a dozen local companies have begun work on a three-year modernization of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in the state's largest individual project funded by the federal stimulus.
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Allison dedicates $130 million hybrid plant

June 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Allison Transmission Inc. said Monday that it has begun renovating a vacant manufacturing space to work on hybrid systems for commercial vehicles.
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Marcadia enlists Lilly to help develop new diabetes drug

June 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The two companies will jointly develop a short-acting glucagon drug, which they hope proves more convenient than Lilly’s current Glucagon for patients with severe hypoglycemia.
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Group tries to turn Sunday booze ban into July 4 fireworks

June 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
An alliance of drugstores, groceries and gas stations is using the July Fourth holiday—which falls this year on Sunday—to drum up more support for ending Indiana’s ban on Sunday retail sales of alcohol.
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Impact Racing wins latest court battle over safety labels

June 28, 2010
Ruling prevents industry-certification group from breaking contract with Brownsburg-based company founded by Bill Simpson.
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Trustee asks for Hansen & Horn bankruptcy to be dismissed

June 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Beleaguered home builder doesn't appear to have funds available to pay an attorney to prepare necessary paperwork for Chapter 7 liquidation, trustee says in court filing.
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Mind Trust fills leadership positions

June 28, 2010
The Indianapolis-based not-for-profit has a new president and a vice president of strategic growth initiatives.
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Cummins looks to boost India sales by 40 percent

June 28, 2010
Bloomberg News
Cummins Inc., the Columbus-based maker of diesel truck engines and generators, expects to boost India sales about 40 percent this year as economic growth spurs road traffic and demand for electricity.
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IBJ wins national journalism awards

June 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ won eight awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publications’ summer conference Saturday in Indianapolis.
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Plug-in car startup breaks all the rules

June 26, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Wabash-based ClearFlex Automotive is using off-the-shelf technology to design a 2010 Ford Focus plug-in electric vehicle, powered entirely by lead acid batteries. The company is gearing up for initial production of up to three vehicles a day.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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