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Conseco's quarterly profit trimmed by legal costs

February 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based insurer Conseco Inc. has been profitable for four straight quarters.
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Battle for General Growth biggest real estate fight in years

February 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
The battle for General Growth Properties Inc., owner of more than 200 U.S. malls, is turning into the biggest real estate skirmish since the sale of Sam Zell's Equity Office Properties Trust.
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Indiana Senate approves plan to cut township boards

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill now likely will go to a House-Senate conference committee to try to resolve the House-passed and Senate-approved versions of the bill.
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Sides mum after latest NFL bargaining session

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The two sides held their latest round of negotiations in an Indianapolis hotel ballroom as the league's annual scouting combine began.
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Ethics bill clears Senate with unanimous support

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The most sweeping Indiana legislation in years to tighten ethics and lobbying rules cleared the state Senate 50-0 Thursday and appeared headed soon to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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Weather blamed for unexpected rise in jobless claims

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
New claims for unemployment benefits jumped unexpectedly last week, mostly because state agencies processed a backlog of claims caused by snowstorms the previous week.
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WISH-TV to replace Martha Stewart with local style show

February 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Daily morning talk show will feature local food, fashion, fitness and fads, but must separate itself from crowded cable market.
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Alternative energy firm eyeing New Castle plant

February 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Plans by Washington, D.C.-based D'Arcinoff Group to manufacture wind turbines in an idled plant in New Castle could create 1,800 jobs in the next two years.
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Westfield Group enters General Growth fray, source says

February 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
Additional offers beyond those by Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management may emerge, General Growth President Thomas H. Nolan Jr. said.
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Republic to buy $3B in jets; quarterly profit rises

February 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Republic has agreed to buy 40 Bombardier Inc. CS300 regional jets valued at $3.06 billion, the largest order for the aircraft since its introduction in 2008.
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Brookfield deal doesn't put Simon out of General Growth game

February 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
The bid by Simon Property was an "initial salvo" and the Brookfield plan likely will prompt a new offer from the Indianapolis-based mall owner, real estate research analyst says.
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Indiana House OKs tax-increase repeal, jobs bill

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana House approved legislation Wednesday that would repeal an unemployment-insurance tax increase and approved a package of tax credits and other incentives designed to create jobs.
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General Growth plans to split in two to exit bankruptcy

February 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc. plans to split in two to exit bankrupty and will receive $2.63 billion in capital from Brookfield Asset Management Inc
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Comedy club reopening under new ownership

February 24, 2010
Scott Olson
New local owners of Morty's Comedy Joint on East 96th Street plan to open the club on March 4. It has been closed since early January.
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IU president plans aggressive building campaign

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
In a speech Tuesday, President Michael McRobbie said IU is gunning to construct at least 12 buildings on its Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses in spite of the economy and falling state funding.
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WellPoint CEO blames health costs for hikes

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
Amid attacks from Democrats over high executive salaries, Angela Braly testified in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that big insurance-premium increases are the result of growing price tags for hospital care and pharmaceuticals.
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Fort Wayne equipment distributor adding 150 jobs

February 24, 2010
Heritage Food Service Equipment Inc. will begin hiring in March, as a $1.5 million upgrade to its 125,000-square-foot facility is completed.
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WellPoint testimony drops green flag on health reform restart

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
CEO Angela Braly is defending individual premium hikes one day before Obama's summit to debate his new reform proposal with Republicans.
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Norwood moving to Florida; Indianapolis losing 99 jobs

February 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Norwood Promotional Products is departing Indianapolis for Clearwater, Fla., as part of a larger consolidation undertaken by the company's parent, Bic Graphic USA.
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Regulatory job prompts Mays to resign as Recorder publisher

February 24, 2010
Carolene Mays plans to leave the Indianapolis newspaper after being named to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Obama health reform plan slaps drugmakers

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Drugmakers, such as Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., would shoulder $3.3 billion in fees, face ban on pay-for-delay deals with generic competitor.
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Schools decry funding disparity in lawsuit

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern will see its per-pupil spending of $5,000 drop about $100 in 2010 despite a projected 900-student increase, the lawsuit says. Indianapolis Public Schools, which has lost more than 1,000 students a year for the last five years, will receive $7,500 per student in 2010.
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House approves smoking ban in public places

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
The House has approved legislation that would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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IU fund-raising campaign meant to expand IUPUI, life sciences

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana University's president says IU this fall will launch a $1.1 billion fund-raising campaign aimed at expanding the IUPUI campus' life science programs.
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Brookfield after 30-percent stake in General Growth, source says

February 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
The plan by Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management would give General Growth Properties a higher valuation than a $10 billion takeover bid by Simon Property Group.
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