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Outlying counties, tired of waiting for Indianapolis convention spillover, set own strategiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Some industry insiders worry that, while Indianapolis is busy chasing bigger conventions, adjoining counties may raid the cupboard made plentiful by investments within Marion County, particularly downtown.
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Carmel Community Players retools after lost grant; group facing $75,000 debt, loss of longtime venueRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kim Puckett
Cash-strapped theater group Carmel Community Players has nixed its summer musical, canceled its Summer Camp for Kids, and pulled out of Carmelfest 2009 after being denied the public funding it has received for years.
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Irvington rolls out $1.2 million promotional campaignRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
In the midst of a $1.2 million campaign to upgrade streets, sidewalks and other neighborhood infrastructure, a coalition of Irvington businesses and residents is launching a unique marketing campaign to tout the neighborhood's recent enhancements and position it as an alternative to places such as Carmel, Zionsville, Geist and Noblesville.
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Indiana logs more complaints against collectors as pressure mounts to make debtors pay upRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Sam Stall
A lot of people owe money these days, and some of the agencies hired to pursue them are resorting to old- school tactics to collect. Things like calling at all hours, threatening to have debtors jailed or fired, or employing abusive language.
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Gregg landing in prime spots abandoned by failed retailers Circuit City, Linens & ThingsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Cory Schouten
Electronics retailer HHGregg Inc. has snapped up at least a dozen former Circuit City and Linens & Things locations in six states and is eyeing more of the empty big boxes in an opportunistic move toward expansion.
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Transit, sustainable development likely to be themes in rescue of near-north neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Local leaders and, soon, a national team of experts, are quietly developing a strategy to revitalize Marion County's biggest concentration of brownfield sites and impoverished urban neighborhoods, centered at East 22nd Street and the Monon Trail.
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Indianapolis outpaces Cincinnati in many convention measuresRestricted Content

June 1, 2009

In this Quick Hits look at a competing convention city, Cincinnati boasts more convention space, but Indianapolis draws more guests.

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Arts Council faces grants-divvying dilemmaRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis faces the unenviable task of divvying up less than $1 million in city grants for the arts, compared with $2.15 million that was awarded last year.
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Heartland Distillers joins mini-boom in artisan spirit-makingRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kim Puckett
Since January, Heartland Distillers has turned out several small batches of its first signature spirit—Indiana Vodka—available at about 300 area retailers.
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Express Scripts closer to $4.7B WellPoint deal

May 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Express Scripts Inc. has cleared an antitrust review for its planned purchase of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.'s pharmacy benefits management business, bringing the $4.7 billion deal closer to completion.
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Churches look for ways to pay off construction projects planned before recession took toll on collection platesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
In Indianapolis and around the country, congregations that expanded before the recession are now taking drastic measures, including budget cuts that have resulted in layoffs, salary reductions and giving less to charities.
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Led by educators instead of investment specialists, state teachers fund fell into $67M holeRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
J.K. Wall
The people overseeing the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust had no background in investments or insurance, likely leaving them ill-equipped to grasp the ever-larger amounts of complicated investments the trust was buying.
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Lauth granted reprieveRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A judge has given Lauth Group Inc. a reprieve from an equity investor that is seeking to take control of most of the developer's properties.
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In recession, commercial brokers struggle to determine property valuesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Chip Cutter
Few commercial real estate properties are changing hands in the Indianapolis area these days, creating challenges for brokers who say it's becoming increasingly difficult to determine the value of properties.
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Developer wants to turn project into apartments, officesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A local developer is hoping to convert an unfinished eight-story luxury condo project downtown into a mostly affordable apartment building with its headquarters on the top floor.
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Sunny days could save delayed corn cropRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
Hoosier farmers are racing to catch up with their corn plantings after a waterlogged spring.
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IPL wins retiree benefit disputeRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light could have been on the hook for more than $100 million in retirement benefits, but a ruling this month by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission allows IPL to keep the money.
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Recession forces small-business owners to take second jobsRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
With sales slowed to a crawl, some entrepreneurs must take second jobs working for others to make ends meet.
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Simple invention targets blanket problem for surgical patientsRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Chris O'Malley
In a state steeped in advanced research that spawns biomedical companies by the dozen, Apricity LLC is preposterously low-tech, given that its latest product is nothing more than a warm blanket.
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NEA takeover humbles once-mighty ISTA

May 20, 2009
Greg Andrews
The National Education Association said today that it is taking over its Indiana affiliate, a stunning comeuppance for what long had been one of the most powerful union forces in the state.
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Binford medical complex takes another punch

May 19, 2009
Chip CutterMore

Audiovox cranking out digital antennas as consumers prepare for changeoverRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Marc D. Allan
The biggest remnant of the former Thomson consumer electronics operation in Carmel is cashing in on the digital TV transition with a higher-tech version of the rabbit ears.
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Theater satellite feeds help groups boost revenueRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
National CineMedia, the dominant player in movie video feeds, has worked with Indianapolis-based Drum Corps International and many other nonprofits to allow people to view the organizations' live shows in a theater setting.
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The state of the newspaper industry is no joke; Star parent making money, but paper far from secureRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Today, life without a daily newspaper isn't so farfetched.
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Recession slows the creation of a self-contained Boone County communityRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Creating a self-contained community on 1,700 acres of farmland could take much longer than the 15 to 20 years Duke Realty Corp. predicted.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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