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Some Indianapolis charters see financial position weaken

February 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Mayor's report shows smaller cash reserves for many schools, but one charter operator blames late government payments.
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Metro-area home sales plummet

February 22, 2010
January home sales in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 16.5 percent from the same month last year, according to a report from Re/Max of Indiana. But the housing news wasn't all bad. The average price of a home in the area jumped 12.1 percent.
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White River Capital sees jump in quarterly profit

February 22, 2010
White River Capital's profit rose in the fourth quarter, due largely to a strong performance by its main subsidiary, Coastal Credit LLC.
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Rolls-Royce snares military helicopter contract

February 22, 2010
Rolls-Royce Corp.'s Indianapolis manufacturing facility has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract by the U.S. Army to develop a digital engine control for one of its helicopters.
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Bayh's war chest could play role in Senate race

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
Bayh, who announced last week that he would not seek a third term in the Senate, has wide legal flexibility in directing the $12.2 million left in his campaign account.
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Young & Laramore wins back Stanley Steemer account

February 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis’ largest ad agency has achieved a rare coup in the advertising world, winning back one of its biggest former clients: flooring and upholstery cleaning firm Stanley Steemer.
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Ballard's high-risk IT project could save millions - or flop

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has decided to overhaul the city's and county's 1970s-era financial IT systems—a move that could cement his reputation for improving government efficiency. But the upgrade also is fraught with risk.
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Commercial brokers trying property management in hard times

February 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The commercial real estate slump is prompting several Indianapolis brokerages to add property-management services to their portfolios or bolster existing ones.
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Plan for optional interstate tolls may hit potholesRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposal to add optional toll lanes to parts of Interstates 69 and 65 raises all kinds of questions, such as how to squeeze more lanes into the crowded I-69 corridor northeast of the city. And it’s debatable whether toll lanes could make more money than they cost to implement.
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Obama's stimulus aims to boost access to small-biz loans

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
No incentive can make a bad deal bankable. But President Obama's stimulus measures are spurring some promising small businesses to begin borrowing again, despite the recession.
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Simon's $10 billion bid for bankrupt General Growth roils retailingRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. already is known for playing hardball with mall tenants over rent. So national retailers like The Gap Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. will be bracing for future lease negotiations if the nation's largest mall owner succeeds in a $10 billion bid to take over its nearest rival, the bankrupt General Growth Properties Inc.
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Millionaire lawyer jumps into Melvin Simon will fight

February 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
Mike Ciresi, who’s representing widow Bren Simon, helped win a $6 billion settlement from the tobacco industry.
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Urban Land Institute chapter launches in IndianapolisRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Chapter, heavily populated by developers, hopes to guide sustainable development.
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New Kiwanis boss aiming to halt membership slideRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-based service organization has 239,000 adult members, down 26 percent from the 1992 peak of 324,727.
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WellPoint's health insurance rate hike spurs legislative inquiryRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
The furor over WellPoint Inc.’s premium hikes have migrated from California to Indiana, where state lawmakers held a high-profile hearing.
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Lilly asks shareholders to lower takeover barrier

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. directors have recommended that shareholders toss out the drugmaker's most potent protection against unwanted takeovers: an 80-percent supermajority vote threshold for any shareholder mutiny to succeed.
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New electronic radio ratings system rattling nervesRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local radio operators are bracing for a potential ratings shake-up. The introduction of Arbitron Co.'s Portable People Meter in the Indianapolis market this summer is expected to tighten the ratings race and could dramatically affect how much advertisers are willing to pay for radio spots.
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Bayh's exit may pinch federal funds going to IndianaRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Sen. Evan Bayh brought home the bacon—more than $1.4 billion in federal appropriations and grants in just the last 12 months.
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General Growth board sued for rejecting $10B Simon bid

February 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Directors at Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. are being sued by a shareholder claiming they shouldn’t have rejected a $10 billion buyout offer from competitor Simon Property Group Inc.
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Indianapolis officials used Super Bowl to prep for 2012

February 20, 2010
Associated Press
Nearly four dozen host committee members and Indianapolis officials attended the game. The entourage will apply what they learned to the 2012 event.
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White House plans new rules for health insurers

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
President Obama will release a proposal to restart the health-care debate before a bipartisan White House meeting on Feb. 25, one day after WellPoint officials testify before Congress about steep rate increases.
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Judge places Fair Finance into bankruptcy

February 19, 2010
Greg Andrews
A federal trustee will take control of the company's assets while securities-fraud probes continue.
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Airport picks team to study re-use of land at old terminal site

February 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority's plan for the next "30 to 50 years" starts with a team tapped Friday morning. Five firms will study ways to use airport property, including the former passenger terminal.
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Apartment developer plans 217 units in Lawrence

February 19, 2010
Cory Schouten
J.C. Hart Co. is designing plans for a $17 million upscale apartment community as part of the master-planned Lawrence Village at the Fort.
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State funding cuts a setback for public stations

February 19, 2010
Scott Olson
The state's eight public television and radio stations, including WFYI in Indianapolis, will not receive their final two installments of public funding for fiscal 2010 because of Indiana's budget crisis.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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