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Indianapolis AdClub gets major overhaulRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis AdClub is getting another face-lift, and this time some heavy hitters are coming in to make the changes.
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Track, tennis venue at IUPUI eyed for demolition

December 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Long-range plans for IUPUI unveiled this month call for the demolition of the Michael A. Carroll Track & Field Stadium and Indianapolis Tennis Center, raising questions about the future of sporting events held at those venues that have generated tens of millions of dollars in economic activity for the city.
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3M prepares launch of Hoosier startup's toothpasteRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
In January, St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M will release "Clinpro 5000," a specialty toothpaste Indiana Nanotech developed.
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Kroger, Marsh continue store-upgrade spreeRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Sam Stall
Even in the midst of a recession, one form of economic activity continues apace -- supermarket construction and refurbishment.
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Feltman to pursue law, business in IndianapolisRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Norm Heikens
Outgoing state Commerce Secretary Nate Feltman said that he likely will return to practicing law and become involved in business after leaving the post at the end of the month.
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Recession, budget shortfalls will have major impact on everything legislators debateRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Now expecting $935 million less in annual revenue than they did a year ago, legislators will spend the next four months arguing over budget cuts.
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Tax-cap bill, jobless fund among top business issues during legislative sessionRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Scott Olson
Several major issues with business implications are expected to receive ample attention when legislators convene next month, particularly the continuing saga of property-tax relief and the state's ability to pay jobless benefits.
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Indian truck maker Mahindra making inroads at local dealersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Ford dealers John Pearson and Ray Skillman will be among the 300 domestic dealers of Mahindra trucks and SUVs when the company makes its U.S. passenger car debut as early as next summer.
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City of Lawrence, billboard firms tangle with Marion County plannersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
What started as a dispute over a pair of digital billboards in Lawrence has evolved into a battle with broad implications for Marion County.
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'Star' scales back on reviewing arts events, much to promoters' dismayRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Star, the state's largest daily newspaper, has scaled back its roster of critics in recent years — a reduction in coverage that put the onus on local arts promoters to get the word out through other channels, such as blogs.
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New retirement savings law means new biz for AULRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
J.K. Wall
In order to comply with stricter rules from the Internal Revenue Service, schools and other not-for-profits are making changes and consolidations to retirement plans, creating growth opportunities for companies like Indianapolis-based American United Life Insurance Co.
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U.S. Capitol Dome replica latest feat for Midwest Model MakersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Sam Stall
Indianapolis-based Midwest Model Makers has found big success by making very small objects — specifically, detailed architectural models of everything from buildings to golf courses to weapons systems.
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Kite drops about 10 percent of its staff as retail market floundersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust has joined local peers Duke Realty Corp. and Lauth Group Inc. in laying off employees as it copes with dried-up credit and a soft retail market.
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Dean hopes Herron's public-art projects will prompt attention for the school's new master's degree.Restricted Content

December 15, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
IUPUI's Herron School of Art and Design is raising money to expand its classrooms — especially for those artists engaged in sculpture and public projects.
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Tourists rank Indianapolis as the second-most-popular Midwestern destinationRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Fueled by a $740,000 regional advertising campaign, local tourism spending went sky high even as the economy was in a free fall.
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New ER in Mooresville likely to intensify competition with Martinsville's Morgan HospitalRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Chris O'Malley
St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville is seeing higher-than-projected use of a newly added emergency department that has firmed up its status as a full-service hospital.
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Local stores promote service and uniqueness, not discounts, during holidaysRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Scott Olson
Indianapolis merchants are banking on customer loyalty to achieve sales they hope will surpass the gloomy expectations forecast for the holiday shopping season.
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Lilly fighting with generic drug firms over Cymbalta, Alimta, 5 other medicationsRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly & Co. has filed lawsuits against seven generic drug companies in federal court in Indianapolis, asking a judge to declare its Cymbalta patent valid and to tell the generic companies to back off.
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20-story 'Aerophare' at White River park would change skylineRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chris O'Malley
If "Aerophare" gets off the ground, downtown visitors will literally be riding up and down in a balloon, within a 20-story, helical tower in White River State Park.
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Appeals pay off for biz ownersRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
More than one in four Marion County commercial and industrial property owners has appealed its property tax assessments this year, and the challenges often are paying off in a big way.
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Merger trend hits Indiana as law firms seek fast growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Scott Olson
Indianapolis is finally jumping in a big way into the merger mania that's sweeping the legal profession.
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Marian College wants to create alternative-transportation hub, community center at VelodromeRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Marian College wants to take over operation of the Major Taylor Velodrome from Indy Parks and make the facility a hub for alternative transportation and Midwestern cycling.
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Health reform network crumbles without RooneyRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
J.K. Wall
The state's Dec. 1 takeover of Medical Savings Insurance Co. marks the formal crumbling of J. Patrick Rooney's network of health care reform efforts.
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Chicago's Jones Lang LaSalle attracts talented local brokers to establish Indy branchRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chip Cutter
Some of the city's most prominent commercial real estate brokers have resigned from locally owned Meridian Real Estate to launch an Indianapolis affiliate of Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Sign Craft experiences record growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While many central Indiana manufacturers are feeling the pinch of the downturned economy, locally based Sign Craft Industries Inc. is posting record growth this year and projecting another robust year in 2009.
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