News & Analysis

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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Blackstone may join General Growth plan, Simon says

April 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group and Blackstone Group LP are in "ongoing discussions" for an investment in General Growth after the mall operator turned down a $10 billion takeover bid from Simon in February, CEO David Simon said.
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Washington university president to lead NCAA

April 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The NCAA executive committee selected University of Washington President Mark A. Emmert to lead the national association that oversees college sports. Emmert, who is expected to start work by Nov. 1, replaces the late Myles Brand, who died of pancreatic cancer in September.
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WellPoint to adhere to new rescission rules early

April 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer announced Tuesday afternoon it will be the first company to adopt stricter standards on canceling policies, which are contained in the health reform bill passed in March.
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Penrod Society thief sentenced to five years

April 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Superior Court Judge Stanley Kroh sentenced Brandon Benker to three years in prison and two years in a Community Corrections program, in which he may be assigned to work release or home detention. Benker stole more than $380,000 from the group in 2008.
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Judge rejects Guidant's defibrillator plea deal

April 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
A federal judge has rejected Guidant Corp.'s guilty plea to charges it hid defects in heart defibrillators, after some doctors and patients complained about the $296 million deal.
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FAA says regional airline didn't inspect planes

April 27, 2010
Associated Press
Federal aviation officials want to fine Chautauqua Airlines $348,000 for allegedly flying regional jets thousands of times without performing required safety inspections.
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Central Indiana home sales up slightly in first quarter

April 27, 2010
Homes sold in the first three months of the year totaled 4,634, a 1-percent increase from the 4,593 in the same period last year. However, total sales volume jumped 12 percent, to $637 million.
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IU receives $4.8M for global business institute

April 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The grant from a private equity firm will fund MBA and doctoral students working with Latin American companies.
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Homeowners need to re-file for Homestead tax break

April 27, 2010
Scott Olson
The goal of the new law is to reduce tax fraud from Hoosiers who file for the Homestead deduction on more than one residence.
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Cummins profit jumps on demand from emerging markets

April 27, 2010
Scott Olson
The Columbus-based engine maker sees sales increase in developing countries such as China, India and Brazil.
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Calumet wins $132M federal defense contract

April 27, 2010
The one-year agreement calls for the Indianapolis-based company to supply aviation fuel to the Defense Energy Support Center in Virginia.
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Celadon reports quarterly profit on higher revenue

April 27, 2010
The Indianapolis-based trucking company saw profit rise to $400,000 in its third quarter from a $2.1 million loss in the same period last year.
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Architect finds new path as real estate struggles

April 27, 2010
Tom Harton
The 25-year-old Prince/Alexander architecture firm is on the path to being acquired by Dallas-based REES Associates, an employee-owned firm with 120 architects.
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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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