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IMPD suspends officer over golf cart incident

May 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has suspended and reassigned a supervisor on Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's security detail who incorrectly reported that a fellow officer—and not Brizzi—was driving a golf cart that flipped at a 2008 political fundraiser.
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Old General Motors sites could receive $800M for clean up

May 18, 2010
Associated Press
The proposed sites include the Indianapolis Stamping plant on the west side and the former GM Delco Plant 5 in Kokomo.
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Buffett bails on WellPoint

May 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Influential investor sold off all 1.3 million shares in the Indianapolis-based health insurer during the first quarter.
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Interstate 70 shortcut getting an obstacle

May 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
INDOT plans to put a traffic signal on a well-known west-side shortcut from Interstate 465 southbound to I-70 East, a move stemming from the rebuilding of Sam Jones Expressway.
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Tipton County Council to vote on Getrag site incentive

May 18, 2010
The $13 million bond would be used to lower the price of the abandoned plant to help lure a company that is considering manufacturing solar panels at the site.
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Indiana Rep. Souder says he'll resign over affair

May 18, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Rep. Mark Souder announced Tuesday he would resign from Congress, effective Friday, because he had an affair with a staffer.
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WellPoint meeting ends abruptly as Bush collapses

May 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Board member William "Bucky" Bush, uncle of former President George W. Bush, appeared OK after a shortened meeting in which shareholders approved a "say-on-pay" proposal. Protesters gathered outside WellPoint's headquarters after the meeting.
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New monthly event aims to recruit downtown residents

May 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis Downtown Inc. is launching a new monthly event to encourage more people to live downtown just as real estate brokers say interest in available homes is picking up.
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Indiana Supreme Court turns to Twitter

May 18, 2010
Indiana Lawyer Staff
Court-watchers can get legal updates in 140-character bursts instead of 140-page legal documents detailing court business. Indeed, times are changing.
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Lilly Endowment's value drops to $5.3 billion

May 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lilly Endowment announced Monday that its assets declined 7 percent, to $5.3 billion, in 2009, as the foundation continued to lose money on Eli Lilly and Co. stock.
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IMPD investigates Brizzi golf cart incident

May 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer's injury at a 2008 fundraiser for Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. IMPD also has cut back overtime hours allowed for Brizzi's security detail, one of its most prolific overtime producers.
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State cites Veolia Water over safety concerns

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Veolia Water is contesting three "serious" safety penalties involving a gas line strike. IOSHA alleges utility failed to instruct employees and properly determine location of lines.
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UIndy names nursing dean

May 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Interim dean Anne Thomas now has job outright at University of Indianapolis nursing school.
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IPL settles $190M dispute, resumes wind farm project

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light tilted at wind farm developer by terminating its contract. Now a new agreement avoids the potential $190 million in damages enXco sought against the local utility.
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OrthoX receives top Mira award

May 17, 2010
South Bend-based company wins Innovation of the Year honor for its development of orthopedic implants product.
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Bioanalytical Systems reports loss in second quarter

May 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bioanalytical Systems Inc. narrowed its losses in the second fiscal quarter despite a 2 percent drop in revenue, the West Lafayette-based contract research firm said late last week.
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Butler's basketball success as a 'mid-major' a rare feat

May 15, 2010
Associated Press
The Bulldogs are one of a handful of "mid-major" teams that have carved out a spot on the national map with a simple strategy: You win by being yourself.
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IU targets tech-transfer gap

May 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana University is showing signs that it's finally serious about translating research into commercial product, through grants it is awarding via its $10 million Innovate Indiana Fund and by developing a computing technology mini-campus.
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Simon biding its time after failed bid for rival

May 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
Analysts predict Simon Property Group Inc. will pay off debt and wait patiently for its next opportunity after withdrawing separate offers to either acquire General Growth Properties or finance its exit from bankruptcy. A New York judge had endorsed a rival plan that allows General Growth to stay independent.
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Indianapolis law firms raising rates again

May 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Recession's over. Time for law firms to get cracking on raising rates again. As was the case before the recession, the increases are outstripping inflation.
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Officials: Despite expansion, convention center needs work

May 15, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Seven months before the $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center is complete, convention planners and local convention and tourism officials are calling for an upgrade to the existing Convention Center space.
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Lender lawsuits seek millions from Broadbent owner

May 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Two new lawsuits stemming from Broadbent Co.’s financial problems charge company President George Broadbent defaulted on loans and owes more than $2.6 million.
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Resurgent Finish Line eyes plan for cash hoard

May 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
Finish Line Inc. is working to deploy the money it has built up through cost-cutting. The 684-store chain plans to reinvest in its core business, return cash to shareholders through higher dividends and share repurchases, and diversify its business.
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Duke Energy downsizes smart-grid plansRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Duke Energy has dramatically scaled back its proposed "smart" electric grid rollout, five months after regulators rejected an initial, $445 million plan.
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Renamed Conseco OK with less-flashy futureRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
CNO Financial Group Inc., known as Conseco Inc. until May 11, has become almost the polar opposite of what it was under flashy co-founder Steve Hilbert. Instead of high-octane growth driven by merger deals, CNO Financial has returned to profitability by selling low-dollar products and emphasizing low-cost operations.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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