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WellPoint headquarters snags $42M

January 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Massachusetts-based Franklin Street Properties acquired the Monument Circle headquarters of insurance giant WellPoint Inc. late in 2010 for $42 million—a rich $196 per square foot—from an affiliate of locally based HDG Mansur.
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Can video games be good for your health?

January 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
Local companies are embedding stealthy video messages for high school and college students.
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By wide margin, Anthem still city's largest insurerRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's share of the Indianapolis area has leveled off, even though it still insures more than half the commercial market—or three times as much as its nearest competitor.
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LAMKIN: Health care reform is opportunity to reorganize servicesRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Ned Lamkin
Indiana should take advantage of the opportunity to build a comprehensive exchange.
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Brizzi filed for OmniSource forfeiture

January 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi blasted metal-recycling giant OmniSource in a court filing in his last week in office, asking a judge to force the company to forfeit all five of its Indianapolis scrap yards and a foundry facility in Hendricks County.
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New IU football coach Wilson is focus of marketing blitzRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University has undertaken a multi-pronged media initiative to make Kevin Wilson, its new head football coach, a household name statewide.
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Parking key issue in Rolls-Royce's possible downtown move

January 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Rolls-Royce Corp.’s decision whether to move about 2,500 office employees to a former Eli Lilly and Co. downtown campus could hinge on three critical factors—parking, incentives and lease terms for the space.
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Universal curbside recycling program looks iffyRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Finding a way to cover the cost of expanding the program with revenue from sales of recycled goods such as aluminum, plastic and glass has proved tough, even as commodities prices rise with the improving economy.
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Hoosier State Press Association revamps co-op advertisingRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The press association hired a former marketing director for Columbus-based Home News Enterprises in late 2009 to spearhead the service.
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FedEx fights to overturn jury's $66M award to ATARestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Greg Andrews
ATA charged in the two-year-old breach-of-contract suit that FedEx’s unexpected decision in January 2008 to drop it as a military-charter partner forced it into bankruptcy liquidation that spring.
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Indiana businessman agrees to $3M fraud settlement

January 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana businessman Lowell Hancher has agreed to pay $3 million and never run a public company again to settle allegations by regulators that he carried out three separate fraud schemes over 5 years.
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Bill seeks to boost investment credit, startups

January 14, 2011
Scott Olson
The legislation, assigned to a committee on Wednesday, would increase the maximum for venture capital tax credits from $500,000 to $1 million, helping high-potential startups attract outside funding.
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Peace gardens slated for downtown

January 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail being built through the heart of downtown will include sculptural gardens dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, an extension of the $2 million Glick Peace Walk.
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Newspaper chain expanding in Fishers

January 14, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Current Publications is exhibiting growth seldom seen in the newspaper industry these days. Four years after launching, the company is preparing to debut its fourth weekly newspaper in Hamilton County on Jan. 25.
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Endocyte prices IPO stock

January 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
The West Lafayette-based drug development firm intends to sell 6.15 million shares for $13 to $15 apiece. That would fetch $80 million to $92 million.
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IUPUI's Bantz passed over for UMass president's job

January 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees on Thursday tapped Robert Caret to lead the the five-campus UMass system, choosing him over IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz and Philip Clay, chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Emmis surges as industry anticipates radio sale

January 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Emmis Communications’ share price soared 42 percent on Wednesday, a day after the company reiterated that it is “actively pursuing” the sale of some assets. CEO Jeff Smulyan says it's impossible to call a station sale imminent, but shares gained another 13 percent on Thursday.
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Local Superman auction to take flight this month

January 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The collection of superhero memorabilia, once displayed at a downtown Indianapolis museum, is being auctioned to satisfy a court order.
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Gleaners capital campaign raises $12.3 million

January 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gleaners Food Bank is wrapping up an ambitious capital campaign, announcing Wednesday that it has exceeded its goal despite the difficult economic environment.
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JA inducting four into Business Hall of Fame

January 13, 2011
Ceremony at Indiana Roof Ballroom on Feb. 17 will honor Michael G. Browning, David R. Frick, Stephen Russell and the late Eli Lilly.
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Not much optimism in commercial real estate outlook

January 13, 2011
Cory Schouten
Another challenging year is in store for commercial real estate thanks to high unemployment, a still-struggling housing market and an unforgiving credit environment, Cassidy Turley plans to report Thursday at its annual State of Real Estate event.
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Analyst predicts modest year for REIT returns

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
Goldman Sachs & Co. analyst Jonathan Habermann expects a return of 5 percent to 10 percent this year after last year's 29-percent total return for REIT stocks.
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Indiana chief justice endorses sentencing changes

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
A report suggests allowing judges to sentence people convicted of lesser felonies to community corrections, which would help free up prison space for the state's worst offenders and potentially saving more than $1 billion that would otherwise go toward building new prisons.
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Casinos to escape smoking ban proposal

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
An estimate from a nonpartisan agency showed a statewide smoking ban that includes casinos could cost Indiana more than $180 million in lost gambling tax revenue.
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Neighboring states gleeful over Illinois tax increase

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
Neighboring states are plotting to take advantage of what they consider a major economic blunder and lure business away from Illinois.
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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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