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Wine distributor plans Greenwood warehouse

May 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Southern Wine & Spirits plans to spend about $4 million to open a warehouse in central Indiana with more than 50 workers.
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Lender wants Hansen & Horn receivership terminated

May 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Salin Bank argues that it wants to "control its own destiny" by selling 49 lots the homebuilder defaulted on rather than have court-appointed receiver coordinate the sale.
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Masonic Home plans $8M assisted-living center in Franklin

May 6, 2010
Groundbreaking will be held May 16 to mark start of construction on center to be built on 300-acre campus.
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Productivity grew 3.6 percent in first quarter

May 6, 2010
Associated Press
Productivity growth and falling labor costs are good for corporate profits but mean household incomes continue to be squeezed, putting the economic recovery at risk.
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Kite reports first-quarter loss on lower revenue

May 6, 2010
Developer's $1.1 million loss in the first quarter reflected lower construction activity and lower gains on land and outlet sales.
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Adesa parent increases revenue, profit

May 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. on Wednesday reported a first-quarter profit of $8.1 million, reversing a $3.5 million loss in the same period last year.
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Brightpoint reports higher revenue, earnings

May 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Brightpoint handled 22.5 million units in the first quarter, a jump of 21 percent compared to the first quarter of 2009.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Small biz whiz talks taking risks

May 5, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Ball_WatchVideoMarketing pro Lorraine Ball suggests a test for when it's time to ditch the corporate gig, plus tips for networking and public speaking.
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Marketing experts: Clarian will get boost from IU name

May 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system, which has 16 hospitals as far afield as LaPorte, Hartford City and Paoli, can now associate with all its facilities the name of the school that trains the majority of doctors and nurses throughout the state.
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Report: Examiners failed to curb risky lending at Irwin Union

May 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The now-defunct Irwin Union Bank and Trust almost tripled in size from 2000 to 2005 as it extended credit to subprime mortgage borrowers with insufficient collateral.
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Lilly sues to block copy of Evista osteoporosis drug

May 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
Watson Pharmaceuticals filed for FDA approval to sell a low-cost version of Eli Lilly and Co.'s osteoporosis medicine. Indianapolis-based Lilly is seeking a court order that would block approval until three of its patents expire in 2017.
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Republic suffers $36.5M loss in first quarter

May 5, 2010
Indianapolis-based carrier took an $11.5 million charge to write off the Midwest Airlines brand name. Republic is combining Milwaukee-based Midwest with Denver-based Frontier Airlines.
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New federal funds come with big goals

May 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana has now received nearly $50 million in federal bucks to digitize health care around the state. But the latest grant—$16 million to the Indiana Health Information Exchange—comes with specific, ambitious goals for health care providers.
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Reduced production drives Calumet to a loss

May 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
High crude oil prices and lower production hurt the bottom line at Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP, which Wednesday reported a $13.1 million first-quarter loss. It posted a $75.6 million profit in the first three months of 2009.
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Clarian hospital system to adopt IU name

May 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian will become Indiana University Health early next year in a bet the IU brand carries more punch statewide and nationally.
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Voters back school-funding plans across central Indiana

May 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Voters in Washington Township, Pike Township, Speedway, Carmel Clay and Noblesville approved higher tax rates to help prevent teacher cuts or support building projects.
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Voters turn out in light numbers for Indiana primary

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
The low turnout could be due in part to the number of people who sought ballots early this year. More than 96,000 early and absentee ballots were issued statewide.
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Carson to face Scott in 7th District race

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
Democratic Rep. Andre Carson easily defeated three challengers for his party's nomination in Indiana's 7th District.
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Rokita wins in Indiana's GOP-heavy 4th District

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
The race for Steve Buyer's seat became a three-month sprint among 13 candidates after he announced in late January that he would retire after 18 years in Congress.
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Burton gets another GOP nod in 5th District

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
Dan Burton is seeking his 15th term from the heavily Republican district after narrowly beating former state Rep. Luke Messer.
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Coats wins GOP nomination for Senate race

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
In Indiana this fall, Coats will face Democrat Brad Ellsworth, whose nomination is assured. The candidates are seeking the seat held by retiring Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.
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Conseco profit edges analyst expectations

May 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer earned $33.9 million in the quarter, more than 38 percent higher than during the same quarter a year earlier. Nearly all of that increase, however, was due to lower losses on investments and debt modifications.
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General Growth hearing delayed as Simon makes new bid

May 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth said the hearing before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has been moved from Wednesday to Friday.
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Central Indiana gets $16M in health IT stimulus

May 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The central Indiana area has been selected as one of 15 communities that will share in $220 million worth of grants for pilot projects to test health-care information technology.
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State revenue continues to fall short of projections

May 4, 2010
Indiana has missed budget projections for nine out of the last 10 months. April tax collections hit their lowest mark since 2004.
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  1. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  2. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

  3. Good try, Mr. Irwin, but I think we all know the primary motivation for pursuing legal action against the BMV is the HUGE FEES you and your firm expect to receive from the same people you claim to be helping ~ taxpayers! Almost all class action lawsuits end up with the victim receiving a pittance and the lawyers receiving a windfall.

  4. Fix the home life. We're not paying for your child to color, learn letters, numbers and possible self control. YOU raise your children...figure it out! We did. Then they'll do fine in elementary school. Weed out the idiots in public schools, send them well behaved kids (no one expects perfection) and watch what happens! Oh, and pray. A mom.

  5. To clarify, the system Cincinnati building is just a streetcar line which is the cheapest option for rail when you consider light rail (Denver, Portland, and Seattle.) The system (streetcar) that Cincy is building is for a downtown, not a city wide thing. With that said, I think the bus plan make sense and something I shouted to the rooftops about. Most cities with low density and low finances will opt for BRT as it makes more financial and logistical sense. If that route grows and finances are in place, then converting the line to a light rail system is easy as you already have the protected lanes in place. I do think however that Indy should build a streetcar system to connect different areas of downtown. This is the same thing that Tucson, Cincy, Kenosha WI, Portland, and Seattle have done. This allows for easy connections to downtown POI, and allows for more dense growth. Connecting the stadiums to the zoo, convention center, future transit center, and the mall would be one streetcar line that makes sense.

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