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Indiana budget faces hundreds of possible changes

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
More than 330 proposed amendments to the state budget bill were listed online as of Monday night, and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said more are pending.
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Whitestown interchange lands $8M travel plaza

March 29, 2011
Cory Schouten
A growing distribution hub anchored by Amazon.com and MedcoHealth Solutions along Interstate 65 in Boone County has inspired plans for an $8 million truck stop and travel plaza.
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Fair Finance trustee renews call for return of political donations

March 28, 2011
Cory Schouten
The trustee in the Fair Finance bankruptcy has renewed a call for recipients of political contributions from accused Ponzi schemer Tim Durham to return the tainted cash after a federal grand jury indicted Durham on 12 felony counts.
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Another suit filed in Emmis, financier dispute

March 28, 2011
Emmis Communications Corp. is accusing Alden Global Capital, which once backed Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's attempt to take the company private, of violating the "short-swing rule." This is the third suit involving the parties since Smulyan called off the move last year.
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Bank seeks to foreclose on Polo Club restaurant

March 28, 2011
The south-side steakhouse is named in lawsuit stemming from a $1 million loan made to the former owners of a Steak & Ale restaurant at the location on South East Street.
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Former Irwin CEO takes helm of New York foundation

March 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
William I. Miller, the former CEO of Irwin Financial Corp., which went bankrupt in 2009, is joining The Wallace Foundation of New York as its president.
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Remy International files plans for public offering

March 28, 2011
Associated Press
Pendleton-based manufacturer Remy International Inc., the former General Motors Co. unit that exited bankruptcy in 2007, has filed plans to raise up to $100 million through an initial public stock offering.
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Indiana seeks to become player in cargo flights

March 27, 2011
Associated Press
The state nicknamed the "Crossroads of America" wants to become a preferred landing spot for cargo planes, but industry leaders say Indiana could have a tough time attracting flights from neighboring states because many airports are competing for the same business and freight companies are resistant to change.
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As Japan shutdowns drag on, auto crisis worsens

March 27, 2011
Associated Press
In the weeks ahead, car buyers will have difficulty finding the model they want in certain colors, thousands of auto plant workers will likely be told to stay home, and companies such as Toyota, Honda and others will lose billions of dollars in revenue.
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Job-creation claims are hot potatoRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city’s decade-record number of job commitments in 2010 could be the most frequently discussed figure in the run-up to this fall’s mayoral election, but the number of commitments is difficult to verify.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Indiana companies charge into China

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
With economic growth in the United States sluggish, Indiana companies are joining the race to capitalize on the fast-growing Chinese economy—even as hundreds of millions of Chinese move into the middle class and adopt a Western-style thirst for goods and services.
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Growth funding drying up in Indianapolis

March 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A key financial stepping stone for Indianapolis-area startups is dwindling, with no significant replacement on the horizon.
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Hospitals' finances improve somewhat in 2010Restricted Content

March 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
It was a good but not great year financially for three of the four largest hospital systems operating in the Indianapolis area last year—and hospital analysts are expecting several head winds to continue.
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WXLW beats odds to stay in sports-talk radioRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Anthony Schoetle
Small Franklin station has survived loss of ESPN affiliation, emergence of better-funded competitors.
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High-end home audio gear will be made in IndianaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A team of former Klipsch Group engineers has spent the two years trying to infuse high-end home audio equipment with the all-in-one sophistication of a smartphone.
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Versus forces IndyCar to kill online streamingRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar's television partner is planning its own online content, but that doesn't satisfy some racing fans.
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IU Health cancels $73M project, acquires Gateway PlazaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health has canceled its plans for a $73 million administrative office building at 16th Street and Capitol Avenue and has instead purchased the Gateway Plaza tower at 10th and Illinois streets.
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Can China maintain pace of economic growth?

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
People talk about China’s continued economic growth almost as if it is a foregone conclusion, but not all economists are so sure.
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Cummins' early start revs growth in China

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
Columbus-based engine maker Cummins Inc. has been building business in China for 30 years, long before many U.S. companies had even begun formulating a China strategy.Cummins now employs 8,000 people in China and racked up 2010 sales of $3.1 billion.
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Demographic shift steers Lilly's Asian operations

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
China remains a small market for Eli Lilly and Co. It generated $320 million in sales for the company in 2010, just 1.3 percent of its $23 billion in sales worldwide. But Lilly has big ambitions in China and is racing to capitalize on its rapid economic growth.
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Maturing Chinese market gives WellPoint new prospects

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
Premiums for private health insurers in China are expected to rise to $90 billion by 2020 from $9 billion now, and WellPoint Inc. is angling for a big piece of that pie.
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City names new golf manager for Eagle Creek

March 25, 2011
Scott Olson
Golf club's former operator defaulted on loan agreement, forcing city officials to make $222,724 in payments and search for another contractor to manage it.
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Sluggish demand for electric car forces layoffs at Ener1

March 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Battery maker Ener1 has laid off about 3 percent of its 770 employees worldwide, partly because of lower-than-expected demand from the Think electric car being assembled in Elkhart. It had about 380 workers in central Indiana.
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Toning-shoe trend fading, but doesn't trip up Finish Line

March 25, 2011
Cory Schouten
The toning trend in athletic shoes apparently has run its course. Sales of the oddly shaped shoes fell more than 45 percent in the fourth quarter for The Finish Line Inc., but the local retailer still posted improved profit and revenue.
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State unemployment rate drops to 8.8 percent

March 25, 2011
The February decline marks the first time the state's jobless rate has been below 9 percent since December 2008. Still, the state lost 1,600 private-sector jobs and 6,300 government jobs in February.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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