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Jobless claims fall near lowest level of year

December 9, 2010
Associated Press
In November, the economy added just 39,000 net jobs and the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent. Many economists predict December will be a stronger month for hiring.
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Military contracts add up for Raytheon

December 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Indianapolis won a $31.1 million contract to provide cryptographic services for the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.
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Whistleblower suit cites Rolls-Royce engine flaws

December 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolls-Royce Corp. concealed repeated defects at an aircraft engine plant in Indianapolis and fired a safety official for reporting the problems, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
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Governor's education agenda includes vouchers

December 8, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Superintendent Tony Bennett pitched their ideas Wednesday to Indiana's Education Roundtable, a group of education and business leaders.
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Lucas Oil banner promoting Super Bowl coming down

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Sprawling sign draped on the south side of the stadium is causing structural damage to the windows from which it hangs.
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Cosmopolitan apartment fire prompts lawsuit

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
The insurer for Indiana Landmarks is suing developer Flaherty & Collins, claiming negligence in a blaze that partially destroyed the apartment project and damaged the not-for-profit's adjacent headquarters.
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Sallie Mae restructuring affects Indiana jobs

December 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Student-loan giant lays off about 70 people in Fishers as part of national reshuffling.
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Bill would provide oversight for key state appointments

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, wants to give lawmakers a voice in key state appointments made by the governor following an ethics scandal that led to the firing of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Irsay quickly gains Twitter following

December 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Since joining Twitter last week, the Indianapolis Colts owner has talked about player injuries, compared his team's season to an epic boxing match and made reference to a former drug habit.
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Art museum names fundraising chief

December 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cynthia Rallis, who begins work Jan. 1, held a similar job at the National Museum of Science and Industry in London.
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Cummins to build $70 million plant in Turkey

December 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The company expects to employ more than 800 workers at the plant within five years, producing filters and generators for motor vehicles.
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CNO Financial plans $300 million sale of debt

December 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
Carmel-based CNO Financial Group Inc., the insurer formerly known as Conseco Inc., plans to sell $300 million of seven-year senior-secured notes, according to a company statement.
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Solar panel maker plans up to 240 jobs in Columbus

December 8, 2010
Associated Press
A Muncie-based startup company to spend nearly $9 million to start production at a Columbus industrial park. The plant will make high-efficiency solar panels that are in growing demand around the world.
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Refinancing boosts Bioanalytical Systems

December 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Shares of the West Lafayette-based pharmaceutical-services firm soared after it wriggled out from under a $1.3 million loan that was due in February.
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Q&A

December 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Molecular biologist,David G. Skalnik will become associate dean for research and graduate education at the IUPUI School of Science in January. Since 1991, Skalnick has been a researcher at the Indiana University School of Medicine, leading a team of three in the study of epigenetics—factors that influence whether certain genes are turned on or turned off.
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Law affects hospitals with doctor-held debt

December 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health care reform put strict limits on physician-owned hospitals, but it seems the law also restricts hospitals that have physician-owned debt.
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Simon may drop interest in Capital Shopping Centres

December 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. will end its interest in buying Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc if the U.K. company doesn’t provide information necessary to evaluate a bid.
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Carmel-based wind-gear maker plans Marion plant

December 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Vela Gear Systems LLC, a Carmel-based startup manufacturer of large-scale gears for wind-turbine assemblies, said it will make a multimillion dollar investment to construct a 250,0000-square-foot plant in Marion, creating up to 163 jobs by 2013.
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Indiana cattle firm may face involuntary bankruptcy

December 7, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana firm under federal investigation for passing bad checks for cattle purchases could find itself forced into bankruptcy proceedings if a judge grants a motion filed by some of those owed money.
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IURC clears ex-judge in Duke Energy ethics scandal

December 7, 2010
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission's internal probe found no irregularities regarding former administrative law judge Scott Storms' handling of Duke Energy cases, but it did reopen a case Storms handled in July involving storm damages.
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Indiana church financier gets 54 years for Ponzi scheme

December 7, 2010
Associated Press
A judge sentenced 66-year-old Vaughn Reeves to 54 years in prison during a court hearing Tuesday in Sullivan. A jury convicted him in October on nine counts of securities fraud.
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Builders of faulty Indiana bridge face state-work ban

December 7, 2010
Associated Press
A committee has recommended that the state highway department stop hiring Gary-based Superior Construction Co. and Indianapolis-based bridge designer RQAW Corp. over a northwestern Indiana highway that has been closed because of safety concerns.
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Local firm set to launch two more mutual funds

December 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Founded in 2005, The Archer Funds will now have three mutual funds to offer clients. It is among just a handful of locally based firms that markets its own mutual funds.
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IMOCA settles in at Murphy Arts, calls off move

December 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, which faltered in the summer of 2009, is on stable footing at its year-old location in Fountain Square—so much so that it won't move closer to downtown, as it had planned.
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City Market tenant agrees to move to alternate space

December 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Under a settlement, the Indianapolis City Market dropped its attempts to evict the Grecian Garden after the restaurant said it would relocate to accommodate a renovation.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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