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WTHR general manager dies suddenly

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jim Tellus, the 47-year-old general manager of local NBC affiliate WTHR-TV Channel 13, died suddenly this week.
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Indiana closer to eliminating anti-smoking agency

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The plan approved by the Republican-controlled Senate would transfer the duties of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation board to the State Department of Health.
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CIB turns down Axe deodorant ad for stadium

March 9, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board on Monday rejected a request from Axe deodorant to place an advertisement in Lucas Oil Stadium because the message is too racy for youngsters.
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Evansville firm enters local cloud-computing fray

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
nGenX Corp. is opening an Indianapolis office to tap into increased demand for outsourced data centers.
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Children's Museum planning $4.2 million exhibit

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is teaming with National Geographic on a permanent exhibit, "National Geographic Treasures of the Earth," intended to provide immersive learning in archeological excavation.
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Huge tax-credit deal will fund rehab of 538 apartment units

March 9, 2010
Tom Harton
The largest tax credit deal in state history will fund the rehabilitation of 538 apartments in four complexes owned by the Indianapolis Housing Agency.
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Fishers video software developer adding 49 jobs

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fishers-based Exacq Technologies Inc. will invest $1.1 million to expand its Exit Five Parkway headquarters, creating as many as 49 new jobs by 2013.
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Scale Computing lands $9M from Silicon Valley venture firm

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Data-storage upstart Scale Computing on Monday announced a $9 million investment from Silicon Valley venture firm Benchmark Capital. The infusion will help kick-start a global sales expansion focused on Japan and Europe, said Scale CEO Jeff Ready.
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Talks resume at Statehouse after brief impasse

March 9, 2010
Associated Press
Negotiations on some major issues resumed in the Indiana General Assembly on Monday after a meltdown occurred last week.
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General Growth investors add $3.93B to Brookfield plan

March 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The cash payment matches a provision of a competing bid by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., which has offered to buy its biggest competitor for more than $10 billion and pay all unsecured creditors.
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NCAA Tournament may cost employers $1.8B in lost work

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Annual unscientific survey does not take into account that many employees who participate in office pools devote extra time to finishing their responsibilities.
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WellPoint may be anti-competitive, Connecticut AG says

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.'s Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut may constrain competition through contracts that require that the insurer receives hospital discounts at least as favorable as any provided to a competitor.
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Hoosier Park owner seeks to reorganize $680M in debt

March 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Centaur LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday, plans to sell its Colorado casino. Much of its debt was incurred to upgrade Hoosier Park in Anderson and add its slots parlor.
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FinishMaster reports flat profit in fourth quarter

March 8, 2010
FinishMaster Inc.'s profit in the fourth quarter of 2009 was unchanged from the previous quarter, although earnings for the entire year declined. The Indianapolis-based paint distributor attributed the drop to lower automobile-accident claims.
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Eli Lilly to buy European rights to Pfizer animal products

March 8, 2010
Scott Olson
The acquisition will benefit Elanco, Lilly's animal health division in Greenfield, which has become increasingly important to Lilly as it braces for patent-protection losses.
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Express lane opens for I-465 widening project

March 8, 2010
Associated Press
The lane opened Monday for eastbound traffic on I-465 from U.S. 31 (Meridian Street) to just past the Allisonville Road interchange.
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Logistics firm s2f investing $10.8M in Plainfield facility

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Startup logistics firm s2f worldwide LLC will invest $10.8 million to set up its headquarters and distribution center in Plainfield, creating 250 jobs by 2013, state economic development officials said early Monday.
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Hoosier Park owner Centaur files for bankruptcy protection

March 7, 2010
Indianapolis-based Centaur LLC, owner of Hoosier Park horse track and casino in Anderson, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on Sunday. The company's casino, racing and hotel operations will continue without interruption, it said.
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Timber industry seeks respect, profit from 'green' standards

March 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Why should bamboo imported from Asia or steel made through intensive use of energy be consider greener than locally grown trees? timber interests ask.
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Low-profile CIB leader embraces tough financial task

March 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Lathrop Watch VideoAnn Lathrop's interactions with the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts aren't what she might have envisioned as a young college student pursuing a career in sports medicine. Now president of the city's Capital Improvement Board, her relations with the teams are tied to their financial conditions rather than the health of their players.
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Simon Property CEO uses hard-nosed style to excel at acquisitions

March 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
David Simon, the shrewd and blunt deal-maker—an acquisitive former Wall Street wunderkind who transformed Simon Property Group Inc. into the nation's largest mall owner—is trying to land his biggest deal yet.
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Market surge doesn't lift Lilly EndowmentRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lilly Endowment's resistance to diversify its holdings reached a new height last year, as it failed to sell a single share of the underperforming Eli Lilly and Co. stock while the broader market surged.
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Bottled-water company ramps up production in PlainfieldRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Niagara Bottling LLC recently hired 55 for its plant on Whitaker Road, which will make half-liter bottles of purified municipal tap water.
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Indians ready to score with Comcast, Brighthouse TV dealRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A full season of televised games will give franchise a platform to promote attendance at Victory Field.
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Legal battle over Simon estate plan puts big gifts in limbo

March 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Billionaire mall developer Melvin Simon wanted to leave the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis $10 million, but it could be up to his widow, Bren Simon, whether to fulfill that wish.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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