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Traffic-signal maker flashing red over Indianapolis contractRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Domestic vendor who thought "buy American" provision would help it win contract loses out to Taiwanese supplier.
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Insurance seller chases music dreams with jazz labelRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Al Hall started Owl Studios in 2005 to promote local musicians and has expanded its roster of performers to 16.
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Lauth revival hinges on judge approving settlementRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
The deal with financial backer Inland American Real Estate Trust would leave Lauth Group with fewer properties but a more manageable debt load.
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Dakich finds growing popularity as broadcasterRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Former IU basketball player and coach Dan Dakich is one of the hottest sports broadcasters in the Midwest, and he’s about to take his act national.
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Sun Capital's cuts spark union drive at Marsh Supermarkets

September 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Workers at the Beech Grove grocery will vote Sept. 17. The United Food and Commercial Workers would have to prevail in votes at all locations to provide representation for the entire chain.
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IU football gains ground as sports program nears financial crossroads

September 4, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Under Athletic Director Fred Glass, attendance and optimism are on the rise at Indiana University. Soon, he'll have to decide whether spending millions more on Indiana football is worth the risk.
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Indiana's August revenue jumps 8.4 percent from year ago

September 3, 2010
Associated Press
The state Budget Agency reported Friday that Indiana collected $938 million in August. That's $51 million above the most recent forecast, but still $2 million less than projected in the budget lawmakers passed in early 2009.
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Estridge drops Westfield sports complex, still plans stadium

September 3, 2010
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
The Estridge Cos. has withdrawn a proposal to build a massive youth sports complex in its master-planned Symphony development in Westfield.
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Van Rooy buys Greenwood apartment complex

September 3, 2010
Indianapolis-based company purchases 438-unit Westminster Apartments from court-appointed receiver. The listing price of the property was $8.2 million.
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EnerDel parent lines up more financing

September 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The parent company of lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel Inc. has raised another $65 million to help finance operations and ramp up its manufacturing operations in the Indianapolis area.
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Another day, another delay for Emmis going-private vote

September 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan delayed a shareholder vote Friday morning, for the eighth time overall and second time in 24 hours, on a proposed deal to take the company private.
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Republic Airways lands $110,000 in federal penalties

September 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Federal regulators say Republic delayed filing financial reports for subsidiaries Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airline and Shuttle America. it is the second proposed sanction levied against the Indianapolis-based carrier this year.
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Hurco reports smaller loss on higher revenue

September 3, 2010
The Indianapolis-based machine tool maker said the increase in sales primarily was driven by increased demand for computerized metal cutting machines, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.
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Indiana to get share of Botox settlement

September 3, 2010
Associated Press
Botox maker Allergan Inc. said it would pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into its marketing of the drug. Indiana will get $636,000 of that money.
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Dow Agro acquires Colorado seed company

September 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Grand Valley Hybrids has been growing and conditioning hybrid seed corn in the West since 1946.
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Smulyan delays Emmis buyout vote for 7th time

September 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan delayed a vote again on his plan to take the company private. But shareholders of the Indianapolis-based radio company will gather Friday morning at 8:30 to decide the fate of Smulyan's $90 million buyout bid.
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Hat World acquires New York sporting goods dealer

September 2, 2010
The purchase of Anaconda Sports helps Hat World to grow its LIDS Team Sports division, created to expand the Indianapolis-based company's reach beyond hat retailing.
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Eateries cash in on TV appearance

September 2, 2010
Scott Olson
Owners of Edwards Drive In and Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream say they've experienced a large uptick in business after being featured last month on the Travel Channel's popular "Man v. Food" show. Now Indianapolis' Flying Cupcake and West Coast Tacos are hoping for their time in the spotlight, too.
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New jobless claims tick down slightly

September 2, 2010
Bloomberg News
Initial jobless claims fell by 6,000, to 472,000, in the week ended Aug. 28, in line with the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, Labor Department figures show.
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State makes it easier to renew asbestos-removal license

September 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana currently licenses about 2,500 asbestos-removal professionals each year.
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Logistics firm plans 100-plus jobs in Greenwood

September 2, 2010
Associated Press
Caterpillar Logistics will lease at least half of a 668,000-square-foot warehouse that has been empty since it was built four years ago.
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Indianapolis software firm RealMed acquired

September 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Health care software firm RealMed Corp. will keep its base of operations in Indianapolis after being acquired by health information exchange provider Availity LLC of Jacksonville, Fla. Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: IPL chief takes charge

September 1, 2010
Mason King
Mutlow watch videoAnn Murtlow describes taking control of the troubled utility and how she handles the demands of serving on a dozen different boards.
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UPDATE: Michigan, Ohio State in separate Big Ten divisions

September 1, 2010
Associated Press
Neither division has been named, but they break down like this: Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwestern in one; Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue and Indiana in the other.
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Lauth affiliate reaches deal to exit bankruptcy

September 1, 2010
Cory Schouten
The once-mighty Indianapolis-based developer laid low by the credit crisis has reached a deal to retain control of most of its properties.
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