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Official: Promised rate reduction key in $1.9B city water, sewer deal

March 10, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost savings from combining three utilities helped give Citizens Energy Group an advantage in the deal to take over Indianapolis' water and sewer operations, said Michael Huber, the city’s director of enterprise development.
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Logistics firm CEVA to lay off 250 workers in Plainfield

March 10, 2010
Jeff Newman
CEVA Logistics U.S. Inc. plans to permanently lay off nearly all of its workers at its warehouse operations in Plainfield, resulting in the loss of more than 250 jobs.
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Indiana's jobless rate holds steady at 9.7 percent

March 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The state's unemployment rate in January remained unchanged from the seasonally adjusted figure of 9.7 percent Indiana reported in December.
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Delta Faucet cutting 40 more jobs at Greensburg plant

March 10, 2010
The Carmel-based company said its decision to consolidate machining activities at a plant in Tennessee is driven by weak retail sales and a sluggish housing market.
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Citizens Energy to take over city's water, sewer utilities

March 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The agreement is expected to generate more than $425 million in funding for local infrastructure improvements, and Citizens has agreed to assume $1.5 billion in debt associated with the utilities.
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Q&A

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
James Jordan's firm, Strategic Data Management, has developed a Web-based portal to help diabetics chart and manage their blood sugar levels. The firm is now pitching its portal for a fee to doctors, health plans, device manufacturers, drug firms and others.
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Chances of health reform passage soar

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
By pounding health insurers such as WellPoint Inc., President Obama has greatly boosted his chances of success in the eyes of Wall Street. But to make his health reform bill reality, he might need to answer the less-than-reassuring news coming from Massachusetts.
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ITT Educational awards top managers substantial raises

March 10, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The Carmel-based for-profit educator paid CEO Kevin M. Modany $7.6 million in total compensation last year, a 63-percent increase over 2008. And the rest of his management team all enjoyed pay increases of 45 percent or more.
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Health care software firm raises $1.15 million

March 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based PolicyStat LLC raised $1.15 million in angel capital from 31 individuals and Halo Capital Group.
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WTHR general manager dies suddenly

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jim Tellus, the 47-year-old general manager of local NBC affiliate WTHR-TV Channel 13, died suddenly this week.
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Indiana closer to eliminating anti-smoking agency

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The plan approved by the Republican-controlled Senate would transfer the duties of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation board to the State Department of Health.
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CIB turns down Axe deodorant ad for stadium

March 9, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board on Monday rejected a request from Axe deodorant to place an advertisement in Lucas Oil Stadium because the message is too racy for youngsters.
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Evansville firm enters local cloud-computing fray

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
nGenX Corp. is opening an Indianapolis office to tap into increased demand for outsourced data centers.
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Children's Museum planning $4.2 million exhibit

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is teaming with National Geographic on a permanent exhibit, "National Geographic Treasures of the Earth," intended to provide immersive learning in archeological excavation.
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Huge tax-credit deal will fund rehab of 538 apartment units

March 9, 2010
Tom Harton
The largest tax credit deal in state history will fund the rehabilitation of 538 apartments in four complexes owned by the Indianapolis Housing Agency.
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Fishers video software developer adding 49 jobs

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fishers-based Exacq Technologies Inc. will invest $1.1 million to expand its Exit Five Parkway headquarters, creating as many as 49 new jobs by 2013.
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Scale Computing lands $9M from Silicon Valley venture firm

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Data-storage upstart Scale Computing on Monday announced a $9 million investment from Silicon Valley venture firm Benchmark Capital. The infusion will help kick-start a global sales expansion focused on Japan and Europe, said Scale CEO Jeff Ready.
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Talks resume at Statehouse after brief impasse

March 9, 2010
Associated Press
Negotiations on some major issues resumed in the Indiana General Assembly on Monday after a meltdown occurred last week.
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General Growth investors add $3.93B to Brookfield plan

March 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The cash payment matches a provision of a competing bid by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., which has offered to buy its biggest competitor for more than $10 billion and pay all unsecured creditors.
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NCAA Tournament may cost employers $1.8B in lost work

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Annual unscientific survey does not take into account that many employees who participate in office pools devote extra time to finishing their responsibilities.
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WellPoint may be anti-competitive, Connecticut AG says

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.'s Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut may constrain competition through contracts that require that the insurer receives hospital discounts at least as favorable as any provided to a competitor.
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Hoosier Park owner seeks to reorganize $680M in debt

March 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Centaur LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday, plans to sell its Colorado casino. Much of its debt was incurred to upgrade Hoosier Park in Anderson and add its slots parlor.
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FinishMaster reports flat profit in fourth quarter

March 8, 2010
FinishMaster Inc.'s profit in the fourth quarter of 2009 was unchanged from the previous quarter, although earnings for the entire year declined. The Indianapolis-based paint distributor attributed the drop to lower automobile-accident claims.
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Eli Lilly to buy European rights to Pfizer animal products

March 8, 2010
Scott Olson
The acquisition will benefit Elanco, Lilly's animal health division in Greenfield, which has become increasingly important to Lilly as it braces for patent-protection losses.
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Express lane opens for I-465 widening project

March 8, 2010
Associated Press
The lane opened Monday for eastbound traffic on I-465 from U.S. 31 (Meridian Street) to just past the Allisonville Road interchange.
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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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