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Local pair wages battle against Manhattan financierRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Greg Andrews
Jonathan Evans and Sean O’Connor of the Carmel investment firm JWEST LLC are trying to win election to the board of Rand Logistics, which they believe is being mismanaged by Chairman Laurence Levy.
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Hamilton County communities battle tax appeals

September 13, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville are trying to head off appeals that cause tax revenue to come in lower than expected, especially for projects within tax-increment-financing districts.
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Indy Star loses bevy of sports veterans

September 13, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Star sports department in one month has lost four reporters and a columnist with a combined 123 years of experience at the paper.
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Pete the Planner uses humor, straight talk to become media sensationRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Sam Stall
Peter Dunn, a prolific tweeter who appears on broadcast outlets as well as in The Indianapolis Star, hopes the release of six books in January further builds his profile.
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State expands program excusing some workplaces from surprise inspections

September 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cited for lax enforcement in the past, Indiana’s workplace safety agency wants to recruit more companies into an honor-system program that takes them off the list for surprise inspections.
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Entrepreneur to offer home brewing minus the hassle

September 13, 2014
Scott Olson
The cost, time and mess that come with brewing beer at home scares a lot of beer connoisseurs, but a Greenwood health care executive thinks he has the answer.
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Crowdfunding site Localstake sees surge in deals

September 13, 2014
Jared Council
The seven-employee Indianapolis firm launched in June 2013, raising funds for two companies in its first six months. Over the following eight months, it brokered funding for eight companies and has eight in queue.
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Sports Corp., Speedway make way for new leadership

September 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, Anthony Schoetle
The change of guard at Indiana Sports Corp. will take place in late October, giving Ryan Vaughn time to finish out negotiations for the city’s 2015 budget, currently under review by the City-County Council.
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Remy to spend $32M to settle patent lawsuit

September 12, 2014
Jeff Newman
Pendleton-based Remy International Inc. has agreed to pay $32 million to settle a patent lawsuit with an Italian manufacturer that was filed in 2008, the company announced late Thursday.
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Melangton leaving Sports Corp. for IMS

September 12, 2014
Greg Andrews, Jeff Newman, Anthony Schoettle
Allison Melangton plans to step down as Indiana Sports Corp. president and will become senior vice president of events with Hulman & Co., parent of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Vaughn, chief of staff to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, will succeed Melangton.
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IU to provide business classes tailored to NFL players

September 12, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The National Football League Players Association this month launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
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Lilly execs make pitch for local preschool education

September 12, 2014
Jared Council
Eli Lilly and Co. executives on Friday repeated their plea to local businesses to support early childhood education, highlighting the work force development and crime-reduction benefits associated with the effort.
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Downtown office vacancies force landlords to get creative

September 12, 2014
Scott Olson
CRE Forslund watch
                           videoA downtown office broker who participated in IBJ's annual Commercial Real Estate & Construction Power Breakfast said office tenants are seeking building amenities that jibe with their companies' culture.
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Auto supplier plans $73.5M plant in Boone County

September 12, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A Japanese auto-parts supplier plans to invest $73.5 million to build and equip a 151,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the community of Jamestown, adding up to 195 jobs by 2017.
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Lilly cancer drug fares well in late-stage study

September 12, 2014
Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. said Friday its potential colorectal cancer drug Cyramza helped patients on chemotherapy with advanced cases of the disease survive longer than patients on chemotherapy alone.
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Bayh says no to 2016 run for Indiana governor

September 12, 2014
Associated Press
Former Gov. Evan Bayh said Friday in a written statement that he has decided not to run for governor in 2016, after seriously considering it.
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Plaza being built near state fairgrounds coliseum

September 12, 2014
Associated Press
Crews have started building a $2 million pedestrian plaza next to the newly renovated Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.
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Bub's Burgers planning $1.3M outpost in Fishers

September 11, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Central Indiana favorite Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream has chosen downtown Fishers to build its fourth restaurant, town officials announced Thursday evening.
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Former Indy Chamber exec joins Old National

September 11, 2014
Jeff Newman
Former Indy Chamber President John Myrland has been hired by Old National Bank in the new position of community engagement executive for its Indianapolis region, the bank announced Thursday.
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HHGregg hires former Marsh exec as CFO

September 11, 2014
Jeff Newman
Indianapolis-based HHGregg Inc. has hired former Marsh Supermarkets executive Robert J. Riesbeck as its new chief financial officer, the appliances and electronics retailer announced Thursday.
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Community Health buys Hilton North for redevelopment

September 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The hospital network will close the 221-room hotel along the Interstate 69 corridor by the end of the year and will begin exploring redevelopment opportunities to meet the growth of the network.
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Kroger quarterly results beat market expectations

September 11, 2014
Associated Press
Kroger Co., the leading grocer in Indianapolis in terms of market share, on Thursday reported earnings of $347 million in its fiscal second quarter, exceeding analyst expectations.
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Former WIBC news anchor Simpson lands new gig

September 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Canned by WIBC in June, Steve Simpson will leave the Indianapolis market to anchor the morning news for Minneapolis' top news-talk station.
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Democrats raise doubts about Ballard’s preschool plan

September 11, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat indiana
Funding concerns involving the homestead credit have prompted work on an alternative plan that Democrats expect to unveil soon.
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Paper companies sue over Indianapolis recycling deal

September 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A lawsuit filed by two paper companies and an Indianapolis resident seeks to invalidate a city agreement with Covanta to build a $45 million recycling center.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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