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Angie's List CEO wanted shot at WellPoint's Zagat dealRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. and Angie's List are both racing to launch doctor-rating services early next year. But Angie's List is already sour over Well-Point's decision to partner with New York-based Zagat Survey LLC for its doctor-rating service, apparently without talking to Angie's List.
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IRL widens advertising baseRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Racing League will roll out category sponsorship deals with soft drink, energy drink and motor oil brands in the next two months. IRL officials declined to divulge which companies the deals are with, but said each are multiyear, multimillion-dollar deals.
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New gadget may alter radio bizRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
If it lives up to the hype, the Portable People Meter could revolutionize radio advertising by providing a more accurate look at who's listening to what. The pager-size device tracks radio-listening habits in real time, rather than relying on ratings survey participants to remember what stations they tuned in during the course of a day.
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City's life sciences corridor to get $4M in improvementsRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
City planners have long envisioned a high-tech corridor of life sciences research buildings and businesses extending northwest of downtown to 16th Street. And the city is now spending $4 million on infrastructure and streetscape improvements toward that end, as well as signage identifying the area as a life sciences hub.
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City ready to launch bid for USA BasketballRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis is poised to launch a bid to attract USA Basketball's headquarters from its Colorado Springs home. The not-for-profit national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States recently put out a request for proposals for a new headquarters city.
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WellPoint adjusts to executive exodusRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
J.K. Wall
Fifteen senior executives have left WellPoint Inc. since November 2004, when the giant health insurer formed through Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc.'s $16.5 billion acquisition of California-based WellPoint Health Networks Inc. The merger made many of them rich, work at WellPoint was grueling, and personal commitments called. So they moved on.
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India deal boosts BastianRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Little more than a decade ago, Bastian Material Handling had annual sales of less than $35 million. Since 2000, its revenue has doubled, to $80 million, and its business interests don't just cross the state, they circle the globe.
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Endowments on rise for small not-for-profitsRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Wendy Gould
Leaders of small not-for-profits often are so concerned with day-to-day survival that they have little--if any--time to worry about saving for the future. A growing number of local organizations are bucking that trend, taking a proactive approach to build an endowment its leaders hope will result in more stable, predictable income.
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Pizza parlor, dog groomer among those going mobileRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Neighborhood Pizza, which operates out of the back of a souped-up box truck equipped with a pizza oven and other necessities, is among a growing number of startups that are hitting the road--literally.
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IEDC ups pressure on Shelbyville's Intelliplex parkRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Shelbyville leaders and residents are grumbling about restrictions the Indiana Economic Development Corp. just slapped on Intelliplex, their $22.8 million certified technology park.
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Emmis' decision to shift WIBC to FM jolts local radioRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The local radio market's biggest shake-up in more than a decade has almost every commercial station in central Indiana scrambling to attract the thousands of listeners and millions of advertising dollars suddenly up for grabs. Emmis Communications Corp. said Oct. 8 it will move WIBCAM 1070 programming to the FM frequency previously occupied by WNOU-FM 93.1, which it will kill. Industry experts said the fallout will continue to rain down throughout the fourth quarter and well into 2008. "There's lots...
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Half-billion-dollar traffic plan considered for northeast sideRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Whether it's southbound I-69 traffic backed up almost to Noblesville, or northbound I-465 traffic a parking lot all the way to 56th Street, the northeast highway system is grossly inadequate at peak hours. But a report issued last month by an INDOT consultant shows a radical, $600 million reconfiguration is in the works.
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Need for college watchdog not-for-profit questionedRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Not everyone is welcoming the launch of an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit, backed by billionaire businessmen, that aims to curb colleges' discretion in spending donor contributions.
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State feels pain from health care costsRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
J.K. Wall
Spending on health care is rising faster in Indiana than it is across the country. Yet the state's job and income growth continue to lag national norms.
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IU, state pushing regulators to halt sale of I-Light vendorRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Indiana University and the state's Office of Technology have sought an emergency order from regulators to halt a Colorado company's further assimilation of an Indianapolis fiber provider it bought Oct. 1.
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Players benched for new Pacers adsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers recently rolled out a marketing initiative that was in sharp contrast to last year's campaign, which prominently featured players and proclaimed, "It's up to us." This year's new television, radio and print advertisements appear with not a whisper from or mention of anyone actually wearing the blue and gold.
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Jones taps friends nationwide for Daniels fund raisingRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Jack Gill--and dozens like him--are being recruited from far beyond state lines to support Indiana's incumbent governor. On Oct. 9, Gill will be in the crowd at technology entrepreneur Scott Jones' Carmel mansion. Jones, who organized the event, aims to collect $1 million for Daniels in a single day.
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Consumer-driven health plan only option for Marsh employeesRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
J.K. Wall
Marsh Supermarkets Inc.'s decision to offer its employees a health reimbursement account as their only health insurance option this year has captured the attention of local employers and benefits consultants.
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Ralston Square project would honor city's first plannerRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Cory Schouten
A local development team is working on a 10-story, mixed-use tribute to a man who helped design the original plan for Indianapolis, Alexander Ralston. The $60 million project, dubbed Ralston Square, would feature a 150-room hotel, 55 condos, a 617-space parking garage and 41,000 square feet of retail space.
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Arts Council offers more help directly to artistsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
When Shannon Linker went to work for the Arts Council of Indianapolis in mid-2002, it was a typical pass-through organization--re-granting city money to local arts groups. Now Linker is director of an artist-services program for the council that is on par with those offered in communities like Seattle and New York City but few other places.
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To weather downturn, housing industry rolls out incentivesRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Sam Stall
For most of this decade, the Indianapolis residential real estate market enjoyed a very good run. But now it's muddling through the doldrums just like the rest of the country, and builders are pulling out all the stops to avoid getting stuck with inventory.
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Atterholt's toughness with insurers questionedRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
J.K. Wall
Indiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Atterholt says his philosophy toward consumer protection is to be tough on the "bad actors," but friendly toward the "good actors";--in part, so he can call for their help when needed.Not everyone is convinced, however, because Atterholt has done so much in his 2-1/2 years as commissioner to promote industry causes.
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Premier not afraid of going head-to-head with SimonRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Cory Schouten
Premier Properties USA Inc. is preparing to go head-to-head with Simon Property Group Inc., the nation's largest and most powerful mall developer, across the street from Simon's top-performing The Fashion Mall at Keystone. Premier is proposing a 2.3-million-square-foot, $750 million development at 86th Street and Keystone Avenue called Venu.
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Payola alleged by radio executiveRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Radio One Indiana's former controller has filed a civil lawsuit against the company charging she was terminated because of her race after she raised concerns about fraud and payola in relation to the company's financial statements.
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Indiana themed food trails will court culinary touristsRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Mississippi Delta has its hot tamale trail. Alabama and Texas boast a Southern BBQ byway. Now Indiana is getting in the game with planned candy and pork tenderloin trails. State boosters are looking to tap into a growing travel industry niche: culinary tourism.
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