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Kokomo approves tax breaks for Delphi division

October 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Delphi Electronics & Safety is moving ahead with a $28 million investment in its Kokomo operations, city officials said this week.
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Greenfield apartment market heats up with sales, development activity

October 26, 2010
Tom Harton
The Hancock County community is drawing interest because of recent hiring in the area and a strong population of seniors.
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American Commercial Lines sued over $777M buyout bid

October 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
Officials of Jeffersonville-based American Commercial and private-equity firm Platinum Equity LLC structured the $33-a-share offer in a way that unfairly bars other bids for the shipping company, American Commercial shareholder Leonard Becker said in his lawsuit.
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City-County Council approves 2011 budget

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The CIB's $73.1 million budget, which included a $10 million payment to the Pacers for the operation of Conseco Fieldhouse, passed by a 15-14 vote.
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NCAA tackles agents issue, looks to new sanctions

October 25, 2010
Associated Press
Several groups are working with the NCAA to find new ways to enforce rules prohibiting improper agent-related benefits for student-athletes, including possible post-NCAA financial penalties that reach into a player's potential NFL career.
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Grand jury indicts OmniSource for racketeering

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Marion County grand jury has returned an eight-count indictment against OmniSource Corp., accusing the metal recycling powerhouse of racketeering and receiving stolen property. Company president Mark Millett called the allegations "unfounded."
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WellPoint dismisses highly paid subsidiary CEO

October 25, 2010
Associated Press
Last year, Dijuana Lewis earned a $650,000 salary as one of the insurer's highest paid executives and received a $200,000 bonus in part for helping to lead the sale of the NextRx subsidiary to Express Scripts Inc. for about $4.68 billion.
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Recovery from Schrenker likely to be only 7 percent

October 25, 2010
Associated Press
A report by the receiver appointed to document Marcus Schrenker's assets says he just doesn't have enough money to repay investors more than that.
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Defunct ATA Airlines awarded $66M in FedEx lawsuit

October 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis jury has returned a $65.9 million verdict against Memphis-based FedEx in a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought in 2008 by now-defunct ATA Airlines.
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Female engineers appeal discrimination ruling

October 25, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two female engineers who pursued a gender-discrimination case against Rolls-Royce Corp. for the past four years intend to appeal a judge's decision in the company's favor.
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GOP could gain quorum in state Senate election

October 25, 2010
Mary Dieter
Indiana Senate Democrats, long considered the last bastion of liberal thought in state government, are in danger of becoming politically irrelevant after the Nov. 2 election—something they say would disenfranchise nearly 2 million Hoosiers who live in their districts.
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Some council members still unsure about CIB budget

October 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Capital Improvement Board’s controversial spending plan will face its final trial Monday night as the City-County Council takes up the city’s $1.1 billion budget for next year.
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Local Raytheon operation lands $47M Army contract

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Indianapolis won a $47 million deal to make infrared systems for U.S. Army armored vehicles, continuing a string of sizable military contracts it has scored this year.
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N.Y. attorney general sues FedEx over driver status

October 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Memphis, Tenn.-based company, which has a distribution hub in Indianapolis, says its contract-driver model is legal and was approved for tax purposes by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1994.
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Indiana will spend $77 million to reduce impact of new I-69

October 23, 2010
Associated Press
Environmentalists not impressed, say state is doing the minimum to comply with federal law.
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Old-school costume shop survives new competition

October 23, 2010
Sam Brattain
Costumes by Margie isn’t a strip mall box store full of packaged—and disposable—costumes for sale. The shop has a variety of clothing and accessories for rent and a staff, including owner Cheryl Harmon, ready to help put together whatever disguise a customer can dream up.
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Farmland sales go flat in suburban Indianapolis

October 23, 2010
Scott Olson
The real estate bust and a drought in transactions make values all but impossible to gauge.
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Builder's lakeside home defies rustic expectationsRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Katie Maurer
Sparse interiors, vast windows and thoughtfully placed artwork define the look and feel of the Sundstrom home. Their minimalist approach gives top billing to the view and natural surroundings that originally persuaded the couple to relocate.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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Prospects for City Market brightening at lastRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
New tenants include fresh-item vendors such as a florist and produce shop, in addition to more healthful prepared foods such as juice, crepes and freshly prepared soup.
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Developer tied to Ponzi slides into bankruptcyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sydney "Jack" Williams earned commissions by persuading dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to lend millions of dollars to a business that turned out to be fake.
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Biglari shakes up Steak n Shake building formatRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
The new prototype design for Steak n Shake restaurants will be smaller, featuring sections of floor-to-ceiling glass and an exterior that throws off a retro vibe, its signage attached to a protruding fin.
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Bird still has boss' support, but also plenty of critics

October 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
This year might be Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird's last shot to show that his skill assembling a team is on par with his talent as a player and coach.
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New tool shuffles radio ratingsRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A new method of measuring radio listening habits has shaken up local station ratings, sending radio operators scrambling to re-evaluate formats and ad pricing.
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Tax caps give township reform effort new lifeRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A push to eliminate township government will return to the Statehouse next year—this time with a better shot at success. Township reforms, which have been vigorously debated but never passed, have been touted as a way to make government more cost-effective.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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