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Blackstone may join Simon's bid for General Growth

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest private-equity firm, may join Simon Property Group Inc.'s bid to buy bankrupt General Growth Properties Inc., according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.
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Indianapolis to demonstate plug-in electric vehicles

February 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Green watch
                           video iconCity will be among first to conduct demonstration of several plug-in electric vehicles prior to their market launch next year.
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J.D. Power ranks Indianapolis airport best

February 18, 2010
A survey by J.D. Power and Associates has Indianapolis International Airport tops among 64 major airports in the country when it comes to overall passenger satisfaction.
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Kite Realty reports quarterly profit, annual loss

February 18, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based developer Kite Realty Group Trust turned a small profit in the fourth quarter, but reported a loss in 2009 amid difficult commercial real estate conditions.
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Foes keep up 31-year fight over central Indiana landfill

February 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A developer who has been trying for 31 years to build a central Indiana landfill says he's ready to start construction after receiving a state permit.
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Vortek Surgical moving HQ to Brownsburg, adding 60 jobs

February 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Vortek Surgical LLC will relocate to Brownsburg, expanding its headquarters, manufacturing and distribution operations and creating more than 60 jobs in the next three years.
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WellPoint rate hikes spark protest in Indianapolis

February 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Congressman Andre Carson will make remarks Thursday during a public chastising of Indianapolis-based health insurer for 21-percent rate hike on individuals.
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House panel OKs delay in unemployment tax hike

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee endorsed legislation Wednesday that would delay for one year increases in taxes that employers pay into the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund.
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Mays named to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed former Democratic state Rep. Carolene Mays of Indianapolis to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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WellPoint, insurance commissioner get earful from lawmakers

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
State House insurance committee chair grills executives about WellPoint's 21-percent premium increase for individual policyholders in Indiana.
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Cultural Trail snags $20.5 million stimulus boost

February 17, 2010
Scott Olson
The funds will be used for construction on the remaining 4.5 miles of the $62.5 million project, officials announced Wednesday.
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Bioanalytical Systems reports quarterly loss

February 17, 2010
Bioanalytical Systems Inc., a West Lafayette-based life sciences contract research firm, on Wednesday reported a loss of $1.4 million for its fiscal first quarter.
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Indiana part of national medical school surge

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Marian University's planned medical school is one of two dozen nationally, but budget cuts are forcing Indiana University to retreat on enrollment expansion.
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WellPoint hits bottom with customers

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Even before WellPoint dissatisfied President Obama over its rate increases in California, it wasn't doing so hot satisfying its actual customers, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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Carmel software consultant acquires Ohio firm

February 17, 2010
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe has purchased TransTech Consulting Inc., a management consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio.
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Calumet's quarterly profit shrinks on higher oil prices

February 17, 2010
Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products reported a profit of $8.2 million in the fourth quarter, a 56-percent decrease from the same period a year ago.
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General Growth snubs initial offer from rival Simon

February 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. will have to wait in line with other potential bidders and raise its offer if it wants to land bankrupt rival General Growth Properties Inc., the Chicago-based company said in a letter late Tuesday.
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Earthbound RV plans Marion plant, 300 jobs by 2013

February 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A startup firm that makes fuel-efficient recreational vehicles plans to locate its manufacturing operation in Marion, state officials announced Tuesday night, creating as many as 300 jobs by 2013.
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State lawmakers to probe WellPoint premium hikes

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Three WellPoint executives will be on hand Wednesday morning to answer questions about premium increases on its individual policies, which have risen as high as 39 percent this year.
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Airport ready to embark on redevelopment plan

February 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John Clark revealed Tuesday evening that he is ready to proceed with a plan that could transform the former terminal site into a hub for urban development.
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Pfizer's Viagra patent partially rejected in Lilly fight

February 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
The patent on impotence drug Viagra was partially rejected after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said it wasn't different enough from a Chinese herb known as Horny Goat Weed. The patent was key to an infringement suit Pfizer filed in 2002 against Eli Lilly and Co. over its rival Cialis drug.
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No Democrat meets Indiana deadline for Senate seat

February 16, 2010
Associated Press
The only Democrat seeking to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh has missed out on qualifying for Indiana's May primary ballot.
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Purdue to get $12M to help small health providers

February 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Stimulus funds will help university's technical assistance service show doctors and nurses in small groups and in medically under-served areas how to adopt medical-records technologies.
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Westfield lumber company part of acquisition

February 16, 2010
Hall & House Lumber Co. in Westfield will become part of one of the largest distributors of lumber and building materials in the nation, once the purchase of its parent is completed next month.
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Meetings start public discussion of regional transit plan

February 16, 2010
Indy Connect will hold its first public forum Tuesday evening to begin the process of gathering public input on a regional transportation plan that proposes raising taxes to build a light-rail line, improve bus service and expand roadways.
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