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Advertising veterans launch new agencyRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Three Indianapolis advertising and marketing veterans have launched a new full-service agency. While the timing might not be great—with the swooning economy—Dave Lesh, Bruce Dean and Bill Hendrickson think they have the experience to forge a solid business.
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Dueling Franklins iron out trademark dispute

July 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana-based Franklin College and Ohio-based Franklin University resolved their legal case last night, with Franklin University agreeing to take specific steps in its advertisements to distinguish itself from Franklin College.
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Westfield moves ahead with sports facility plan

July 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A study commission has concluded that a major development involving a new youth-sports complex would be viable for Westfield, the city announced this morning.
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Indianapolis golf course contracts up for bidRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration is requesting proposals to manage all but one of Indianapolis’ 13 municipal courses.
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Hoosier Academies leads chase for virtual charter schoolsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Hoosier Academies is the leading candidate to operate a controversial virtual charter school pilot program authorized last month by the Legislature.
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Potential obesity breakthrough boosts Marcadia

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Favorable article in prestigious journal could draw attention to Carmel biotech startup.
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Carmel grapples with rec center financesRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
A new business plan is in the works for the high-end Monon Center in Carmel.
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Supermarket shuffle at Conseco FieldhouseRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Marketers and grocery store insiders say The Kroger Co.'s recently announced deal to partner with the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever isn't just another sponsorship agreement.
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Health care marketers taking the pulse of consumers' online habitsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Christina Galoozis
Health care marketers can adapt to, and even use to their advantage, the online search habits of consumers. Understanding when and why people search for specific health-related terms is vital to attracting more visitors (i.e. patients) to a Web site.
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State law aims to attract doctors to areas in need of careRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Scott Olson
A state law that went into effect July 1 attempts to attract young physicians and mental health practitioners to underserved areas by forgiving part of their student loans. But Indiana’s budget woes prevented lawmakers from allocating funds to support the program.
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Drug industry funds Democrat-led panel on health care reformRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
The pharmaceutical industry—which for two decades has given twice as much in campaign donations to Republicans as Democrats—organized a panel composed mostly of Democrats this month in Indianapolis to argue its position on health care reform.
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Riverside course proceeds support preschoolRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
One of the city’s golf course operators, Bob Thompson, has donated his earnings from two facilities to a single charitable cause the past 15 years.
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Neighborhood taps cash languishing in accountRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Kim Puckett
City to unleash $3.8 million for improvements in United North West Area.

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Long-term-care business to help Wishard cover construction debtRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
To pay for a shiny new downtown hospital, the parent corporation of Wishard Health Services will commit itself to yearly debt payments 10 times as high as they are now. But Wishard officials have no doubt they can bear the extra load because of places like Rosewalk Village, a nursing home that sits on the eastern side of Indianapolis.
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Lauth's lawyers raking in big fees in bankruptcy reorganizationRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Developer Lauth Group Inc. is sparing no expense on attorneys in the Chapter 11 reorganization of key subsidiaries. The company has hired two of the nation’s most prominent bankruptcy and restructuring specialists to handle the cases, and the bill for the first month easily will exceed $1 million.
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Brightpoint prices offering of 15 million shares

July 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Wireless device distributor Brightpoint Inc. said today it has priced 15 million shares of a previously announced stock offering at $5 each.
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Smith & Hawken going out of business

July 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Upscale garden retailer Smith & Hawken will close all of its stores by the end of the year, including its Indianapolis location on River Crossing Boulevard near the Fashion Mall.
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Connersville a finalist for police-cruiser plant

July 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Connersville is among three finalists in the running to produce a new police cruiser that runs on clean diesel and biodiesel technology.
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Recession forces casinos to go all in with pricey expansion projectsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a saturated gambling market, Indiana casinos increasingly rely on expanded entertainment options to attract patrons. The upshot is that an industry once considered “recession-proof” is asking the General Assembly for lower taxes and hopes to eliminate expensive regulatory requirements like maintaining engines and crews.
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State arts commission budget down 20 percentRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A 20-percent budget reduction for the Indiana Arts Commission will affect as many as 400 grant-dependent organizations across the state. The agency’s overall budget will shrink from $4 million in 2009 to $3.2 million for the next two fiscal years.
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Not-for-profits capitalize on Obama's call to serviceRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
President Obama is talking up volunteerism, and some not-for-profits are hustling to make sure they reap the benefits of the high-profile pitch. The Nature Conservancy and Indianapolis-based Kiwanis International were among the first organizations to announce their support of Obama’s summer service initiative, United We Serve, which kicked off June 22 and runs through Sept. 11.
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City considering new parking meter plan

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
City officials are considering several proposals designed to wrestle more revenue out of the city’s roughly 4,000 parking meters, including the possibility of a long-term lease to a private firm, a move that netted Chicago more than $1 billion last year.
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Hilbert in-law's life insurance dispute takes odd turn

July 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Local businessman J.B. Carlson contends the $15 million life insurance policy he took out on Stephen Hilbert’s mother-in-law was legitimate, because she served on his firm’s board and was a key decision-maker. The mother-in-law, Germaine “Suzy” Tomlinson, died at age 74 last September—just 32 months after the policy was issued.
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Kite Realty misses out on REIT revivalRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust has stuck pretty closely to the REIT recession playbook: Renegotiate debt, sell new shares, cut dividends, and set the development engine to idle. But as the shares of most publicly traded real estate investment trusts have bounced back from the lows in March, Kite’s shares have lagged.
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Conrad Indianapolis adding wine bar, sidewalk diningRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
Plans are in the works for a wine bar called Tastings that would take the first-floor corner space at the Conrad Indianapolis. The $1 million project would add an entrance to the luxury hotel at the northeast corner of Washington and Illinois streets and include a total of 80 outdoor seats along both streets, in the shadow of the Artsgarden.
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