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Grissom air base to get $7.4 million control tower

March 20, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana air base that houses the nation's largest fleet of KC135 four-engine tankers will get a high-tech air traffic control tower next year that supporters say will better serve its growing military, civilian and commercial aviation needs.
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Group begins work to save historic Wigwam gym

March 20, 2011
Associated Press
The Anderson School Board voted 6-1 this month to shutter the 9,000-seat Wigwam gym complex at the end of current school year as part of a wider budget-cutting plan that includes cutting 65 teachers' jobs.
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WellPoint CEO received 3-percent raise last year

March 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based insurer awarded Angela Braly a total pay package worth $13.4 million, up from $13.1 million in 2009 even as the company's profit and enrollment numbers slipped.
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School district eyes events, students for revenue

March 19, 2011
Associated Press
Franklin Community Schools officials say they don't want to be in the same situation they were last year, when the state forced the district to eliminate $3 million from its budget.
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Fountain Square staple Peppy Grill thrives on independenceRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The sign behind the counter at the we-never-close greasy spoon sums up its distinct personality: “Cows may come and cows may go, but the bull in this place goes on forever.”
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Design flaws, defects stack up at 2-year-old airport terminalRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Since opening in late 2008, the midfield terminal and related structures at Indianapolis International Airport have required more than $2.5 million in fixes—not counting last month’s collapse of a canopy above the parking garage.
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Hospital systems adopt Starbucks-style service

March 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health is the latest system to drill employees ranging from clerks to physicians in how to treat patients.
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Retail/office building planned for site at Fort BenRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Tom Harton
Speculative development is almost unheard of these days, but the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority is taking the plunge.
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Plastics specialist Genesis plays to eco-conscious marketRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Fortville manufacturer plans $3.3 million expansion
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Practical IT firm Formstack a quiet success

March 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Formstack, the Indianapolis-based drag-and-drop form builder software firm, isn’t flashy like its California social-media-site sister Formspring, but it’s intensely practical for organizations needing contact forms, order forms and other online business tools.
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Home builder Estridge promises to finish homes, fight onRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Estridge Jr. says he’s in talks with three investors who are interested in keeping his company in business.
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Foundation defends risky, stock-heavy strategy

March 19, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis is an aggressive supporter of charities that serve people with HIV and AIDS, but that aggression—in the form of a risky investment strategy and big payouts—almost led to its demise.
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Convictions likely in federal Fair Finance case

March 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Defense attorneys representing indicted businessman Tim Durham and two other executives tied to bankrupt Fair Finance Co. could have a hard time convincing a jury to find them innocent. Federal prosecutors won 94.1 percent of their cases in 2009.
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Fear of GOP dominance fuels Indiana Dems' boycott

March 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats, whose walkout nearly a month ago halted the legislative process, remain in no hurry to return considering they face the prospect of losing on almost every vote.
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Wabash National adding 200 jobs at Indiana plant

March 18, 2011
Associated Press
Trailer manufacturer Wabash National Corp. is adding 200 new jobs at its north-central Indiana plant to support a new contract to build bulk storage fluid tankers for another Indiana company.
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City to close Fountain Square charter school

March 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The decision to close Fountain Square Academy, announced Friday morning at a press conference, marks the first time Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen to shut down a charter school.
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Northeast-side office building falls into foreclosure

March 18, 2011
The 83,653-square-foot office building at 6666 E. 75th St. near Binford Boulevard and Interstate 465, is known as Heritage Park II. It is only 55-percent occupied.
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INSIDE DISH: Cafe bolsters base of Turkish food fans

March 18, 2011
Mason King
Bosphorus Watch VideoAscending from server to owner of Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe, Orhan Demirtas has leveraged a relationship with Eli Lilly and Co. to diversify revenue, and solidified his base by opening a new breakfast cafe and hookah bar.
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Regulators delay approval of Lilly's Alzheimer’s screen

March 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
The Food and Drug Administration said Lilly needs to create a training program to ensure brain scans are interpreted properly.
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Westfield businessman jailed for tax evasion

March 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said Joseph Hinshaw, 57, under-reported his income from 2003 to 2007 to avoid taxes and to obtain federal and state student loans.
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Borders closing another local bookstore

March 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based bookstore chain, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last month, announced yesterday it would close the Border’s store in the Shops at River Crossing near the Fashion Mall.
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Shoe Carnival reports record annual profit

March 18, 2011
The Evansville-based shoe and apparel retailer said it earned $26.8 million in its last fiscal year. The company also reported record same-store sales.
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Butler still getting big bounce from 2010 NCAA run

March 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The number of applications to Butler University is up 41 percent—to a total of 9,357—compared with applications received by the same time last year, according to school officials. Requests for information and campus visits by prospective students are both up 35 percent for the year.
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Estridge: We need cash to survive

March 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Estridge Jr. says potential investors have inquired about helping his homebuilding company. Without millions in capital and a line of credit, the business could close within a week.
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Fair Finance investors likely to recover little money

March 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Authorities say Fair Finance, led by indicted businessman Tim Durham, owes 5,200 investors $230 million. But they're likely to recoup just a "teeny-tiny" fraction.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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