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Airport cargo-traffic rise could be sign of improving economy

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Retailers restocking lean inventories and more online purchases could be driving cargo uptick.
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Super Bowl practice facility moving to UIndy

April 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Host committee opts to partner with University of Indianapolis and build community center at Arsenal Tech High School, the original site of the domed practice facility.
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USA Football makes move to Indianapolis official

April 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
As expected, city officials announced Tuesday morning that USA Football will relocate its headquarters to Indianapolis from Vienna, Va. The move should be complete by August.
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Marsh renews effort to sublease headquarters

April 20, 2010
Tom Harton
Most of the 148,000-square-foot building just north and east of the 96th Street/Interstate 69 interchange is empty.
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Health care tech firm Gemms adding 69 jobs

April 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based electronic medical records developer Gemms Inc. plans to invest $2.1 million to expand its headquarters and software development operations here, more than doubling its staff in the next five years.
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Simon's General Growth plan 'crazy,' fund manager says

April 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Bid to invest in General Growth Properties would give Simon too much control over its biggest competitor, said fund manager Bruce Berkowitz, who's backing a rival plan.
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USA Football expected to announce relocation to city

April 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Mayor Greg Ballard's office has an announcement scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday to reveal a "major sport's national governing body" that is moving to the city. IBJ reported in February that USA Football was seriously considering moving here.
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Shareholders fail to remove Lilly's anti-takeover provision

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
The proposal to remove an 80-percent approval threshold for takeover bids against the wishes of Lilly’s board received approval from shareholders holding 74 percent of Lilly’s shares.
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Future of Brizzi radio show up in the air

April 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Marion County prosecutor Carl Brizzi has not hosted "Crime Watch" on WIBC in three weeks, due to a scheduled break. But station officials want him to address accusations on air if he is to continue the show.
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Shares fall after Lilly earnings report

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
Lilly shareholders are set to gather Monday in Indianapolis to hear an update on the company’s performance, including how it will keep paying its generous dividend during the lean years after Zyprexa’s patent expiration.
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Arts Commission to share duties with regional groups

April 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Arts Commission revamped the way it allocates money out of concern about future state budget cuts, which would further reduce grants available to arts organizations.
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Volcano's ash postpones Indiana trade mission

April 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Officials hope to reschedule flight to Italy for Tuesday to salvage the remainder of planned job attraction and creation trip.
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Lilly to pay $400M to repurchase Cymbalta rights

April 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. will repurchase rights to develop and market antidepressant Cymbalta outside the U.S. and Japan from European partner Boehringer Ingelheim for an initial payment of $400 million.
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Higher-priced home sales on the rise

April 19, 2010
A total of 242 homes in the nine-county area sold for at least $250,000 last month, an increase of 23.5 percent from the same time last year.
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Health reform dings Lilly's earnings

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker also lowered its forecast for full-year profits because the new health care law grants bigger rebates on prescription drugs to federal health insurance programs.
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Indiana near bottom of heap for 2010 earmarks

April 18, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana received just over $14 per capita and ranked 48th among all states, down from 43rd in 2009.
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Hendricks County scales back hospitality plan

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The convention bureau has shelved its plan to attract a full-service hotel and instead will boost spending on tourism marketing.
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Carbon Motors' prototype cop car is crammed with technology

April 17, 2010
Norm Heikens
Carbon_WatchVideoThe specialized vehicle can read license plates, sniff for weapons of mass destruction and see people and animals in the dark.
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Pacers would pay big if they moved

April 17, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Moving the Indiana Pacers from Conseco Fieldhouse to another city would impose serious financial hardship on the franchise, according to one interpretation of the team's 10-year-old deal with the city.
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Clarian plans $375M hospital tower at Methodist

April 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health is planning to build a bed tower at Methodist Hospital in a massive project that shows renewed commitment to the downtown campus. The tower would have 175 to 250 beds and allow Methodist to make all its rooms private.
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Can Lilly afford to maintain its dividend?Restricted Content

April 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
As shareholders gather April 19 for Eli Lilly and Co.'s annual meeting, more of them than ever will come with an unusual question: Will Lilly be able to keep paying its dividend?
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Struggling firms stash away losses to cut future taxesRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Conseco expects its write-offs will be worth more than $800 million over the next 20 years.
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Utilities face conundrum with carbon dioxide emissionsRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
So-called carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, is seen by some in the utility business as a potential salvation for coal. But utilities may face a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you don't scenario.
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Historic preservation group poised to expand roleRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Historic Landmarks' endowment is down sharply, but executives believe they can afford to take on the cultural-events-center project.
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Carbon storage presents prickly trade-offsRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Not only are utilities grappling with how to pull carbon from their coal-fired emissions, but they also crave certainty about where to put the carbon. With minimal information available about Indiana's deep subsurface , much remains to be done to determine where and at what scale the practice could be deployed here.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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