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Local home builder placed in receivership

December 14, 2009
Scott Olson
A receiver appointed to manage the assets of financially troubled Hansen & Horn Group Inc. will recommend whether the Indianapolis-based home builder should remain in business.
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Indiana weighs changes to combat out-of-state casinos

December 13, 2009
Associated Press
State lawmakers are weighing possible changes to state gambling laws at a time when growing competition from out-of-state casinos threatens to cut into business at Indiana's 11 riverboat casinos.
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Obama reforms not necessarily dire for Sallie Mae in IndianaRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
The plan to nationalize the federal student loan program threatens to force Sallie Mae to hack its network of 26 offices down to five. Yet the company's Indiana operations have several advantages that could help weather the cuts.
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Stout's Shoes still in step after 123 years

December 12, 2009
Brock Benefiel
After more than a century in business, Indianapolis-based Stout’s Footwear Co. isn’t just surviving. It also is proceeding with plans to open a store next year on the city’s north side.
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Federal filing lists another link between Brizzi, Durham

December 12, 2009
Greg Andrews
A federal financial-disclosure statement Brizzi submitted in May lists the politician as an investor in Red Rock Pictures Holdings Inc., a film-development firm also backed by Durham.
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Cash-strapped mayors may tap owners of tax-exempt propertyRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A group of mayors led by Tom Henry of Fort Wayne and Greg Ballard of Indianapolis is seeking new sources of revenue to replace the millions they’ll lose because of property tax caps.
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Basketball tournament expansion could pay off for NCAA

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA might expand its annual men’s tournament from the current three-week, 65-team format to one featuring an added week and a whopping 96 teams. Proponents of the plan say it will generate a bigger television rights-fee deal for the not-for-profit NCAA, which disperses 95 percent of the income to member institutions.
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Espresso Book Machine could open new pages in local retailingRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
The pricey Espresso prints and binds books while customers wait. But retailers aren't sure what to expect when the the machine gains wider acceptance.
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Plainfield's MD Logistics sued by Bristol-Myers over lost insulinRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Two semi-trailers of the medication were stolen in 2007 from a back lot at Daum Trucking, which isn't named in the lawsuit. Bristol-Myers charges MD Logistics with negligence in the $10.7 million suit.
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Fledgling motorsports show growing faster than expectedRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The show held in Indianapolis Dec. 3-4 is picking up speed much faster than event organizers and local convention and tourism officials expected. But the nation’s biggest motorsports trade show, Performance Racing Industry Show, is considering competing with the local show head-on in 2010.
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Hoosier Energy avoids financial brownoutRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Hoosier Energy, which supplies electricity to customers in 48 counties in central and southern Indiana, has settled a dispute that had threatened to plunge the utility into bankruptcy.
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Holiday Wish List

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Here is a list of Indianapolis-area not-for-profit organizations and the things each needs most.
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General Growth deal would extend Simon's mall dominance

December 12, 2009
Cory Schouten
Wall Street analysts have described the potential sale of Chicago-based General Growth Properties as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for a company to make “the deal of the decade” in the shopping-mall business.
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Widow aspires to continue operating Burd Ford

December 12, 2009
Norm Heikens
Chris Burd still unsure why husband, Rich Burd, owner of Burd Ford, committed suicide. Burd was an auto dealer in Lawrence.
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Greenfield chain makes gas stations a family affair

December 12, 2009
Marc D. Allan
In high-turnover industry of gas stations and convenience stores, Greenfield-based GasAmerica builds loyalty under the guidance of CEO Stephanie White-Longworth.
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Fair Finance press release leaves investors hanging

December 11, 2009
Greg Andrews
The statement says the company anticipates reopening its loan-collection arm, but offers no assurances to the Ohio investors it owes.
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Dormir acquires two sleep companies

December 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Carmel firm using $12 million in venture capital for buying spree is now nation's second-largest operator of sleep centers.
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Arts group names president

December 11, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Lawrence, who has been acting president at Arts Council of Indianapolis since July, continues the task of leading an organization that has seen its funding fall dramatically in the past year.
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Retail sales rise more than expected

December 11, 2009
Associated Press
The government's report came as a surprise because the nation's retailers have been reporting generally lackluster results for the start of the holiday shopping season.
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Indiana Black Expo takes control of Circle City Classic

December 11, 2009
With the move, IBE hopes to rejuvenate the annual football game and related events, which have been suffering from declining attendance.
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UPDATE: KAR Auction IPO raises less than hoped

December 10, 2009
Associated Press
The Carmel-based auctioneer had expected to raise $340.9 million through its IPO, but the company said it would sell 25 million common shares at $12 each for total proceeds of $300 million.
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Eli Lilly's shares slip after it forecasts mixed profits in coming years

December 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker predicts strong profits through 2011, but its forecast for 2012 suggests bottom-line results could fall precipitously.
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Jobless claims rise unexpectedly

December 10, 2009
Associated Press
The number of newly laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, after falling for five straight weeks.
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Lilly launching new venture capital fund

December 10, 2009
J.K. Wall
The fund would acquire experimental drugs and use Lilly R&D staff to try to prove their effectiveness, perhaps boosting Lilly's drug pipeline.
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Parks Foundation gets $7.3M Lilly Endowment grant

December 10, 2009
Scott Olson
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the Indianapolis Parks Foundation a $7.3 million grant to fund improvements that include a new pool at Bethel Park on the near-southeast side.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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