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Turbulent Indiana General Assembly just ahead

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Scarce resources promise to vex lawmakers charged with writing a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January.
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Performing-arts groups stretch to cover rent at Palladium

December 18, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel is building a dream home for the performing arts. Now those groups planning to move into it just have to figure out how to pay their share of the mortgage.
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Redistricting, education issues also on docket for General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Legislature will consider redistricting along with controversial education issues.
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Business agenda might get friendly receptionRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
With Republicans firmly in control of the Indiana General Assembly, businesses have a better chance of achieving some of their legislative objectives than they have for years.
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Caldwell VanRiper names new president, predicts stronger 2011Restricted Content

December 18, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Former Finish Line executive Kevin Flynn is now a partner and will handle the agency's day-to-day operations, taking over from Paula MacVittie.
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Simon Property likely to continue pursuit of British mall ownerRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
In rejecting Simon’s offer, London-based Capital Shopping Centres Group said the cash bid “very substantially undervalues the company and its prospects."
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Conseco name lives on at downtown arena

December 18, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
CNO Financial Group appears to have backed away from plans to change the name of the Indiana Pacers home it sponsors, Conseco Fieldhouse, even though the company no longer uses the Conseco name.
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Clarian off to slow start in insuranceRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health got few takers in its first year offering a health care benefits program to large employers, but the Indianapolis-based hospital system is undeterred in growing its budding insurance services business.
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Governor seeking leeway on road dealsRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ legislative priorities for next year include putting guidelines into law that would allow the state to more broadly use the private sector to design, finance or operate public infrastructure.
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Holy Cross startup sees plenty of room for more craft brewers

December 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
A startup brewery called Flat 12 Bierwerks has ignited a revival along lonely Dorman Street in Holy Cross, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
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OneAmerica moves beyond small employers, eyes big retirement plansRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. last month launched an insurance product aimed at landing far larger retirement plans than it has served before, and significantly growing its assets.
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Airport consultant presents long-term land-use plan

December 17, 2010
Much-hyped study won't portend immediate investment, but will help steer development on and around airport through 2040.
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UPDATE: Regional bank shares rally on M&I Bank deal

December 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Shares in regional banks are rallying after Canada's BMO Financial Group agreed to acquire Marshall & Ilsley Corp. in an all-stock deal.
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INSIDE DISH: Saffron Cafe surges in second year

December 17, 2010
Mason King
Dish Saffron Watch VideoAfter a $150,000 startup and skin-of-their-teeth opening in 2009, sales at downtown's Moroccan eatery have spiked as word has spread.
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State unemployment rate dips to 9.8 percent

December 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's jobless rate dropped for the second month in a row and has decreased four-tenths of a point since hitting 10.2 percent this summer.
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Canadian bank to acquire Marshall & Ilsley for $4.1B

December 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
M&I has about 30 branches in the Indianapolis area and controls about 6 percent of the market's bank deposits, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The bank is ranked sixth among area banks in terms of employment, with about 400 workers.
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Rolls-Royce scores more military business

December 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rolls-Royce Corp. landed more than $100 million in new business this week, winning two contracts to provide support for aircraft engines it makes in Indianapolis for the U.S. Army and Navy.
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State reaches deal on coal-gasification plant

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
The state's finance authority said Thursday that it reached a 30-year deal to buy synthetic natural gas from a coal-gasification plant planned for southern Indiana, marking the first time the state has entered into such a venture.
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Toxic chemical releases decrease 18 percent in Indiana

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
The 2009 Toxics Release Inventory released Thursday shows releases of toxic chemicals to the environment by companies in Indiana decreased by 20.6 million pounds, or 18 percent.
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FBI investigating Durham firms for phone cramming

December 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
The FBI is asking land-line phone customers across the country to check their bills for phantom charges from more than 20 companies controlled by or connected to embattled financier Tim Durham.
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Daniels says he'd sign statewide smoking ban

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said towns and cities have shown it's possible to enact smoking bans with significant benefits and minimal cost.
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Ganassi locating two new race teams in Brownsburg

December 16, 2010
Izod IndyCar Series team owner will invest $3.3 million and create up to 30 jobs. Ganassi plans to begin hiring employees immediately to prepare for the start of the 2011 season.
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State pushing to keep building-review wait times down

December 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Wait times in the plan-review process for non-residential projects increased dramatically this year, creating a backlog of cases.
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North of South project clears rezoning hurdle

December 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission agreed to rezone 14 acres of land, which houses a parking lot north of South Street between Delaware Street and Virginia Avenue downtown, to accommodate the $155 million mixed-use project.
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U.S. home construction up after two months of declines

December 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Locally, building permits were up 17 percent in the nine-county area, from 222 in November 2009 to 259 in November 2010.
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