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Republic sues website operator over airline gift cards

December 6, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and its Frontier Airlines unit filed a trademark-infringement case against the operator of a website offering gift cards as consumer incentives.
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Charities struggling to keep up with growing need

December 5, 2010
Associated Press
The chief operating officer for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana said demand caused by the economic downturn is unprecedented in the organization's 30-year history.
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Exports fueling Indiana business growth

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Firms are taking matters into their own hands to open trade relationships overseas, developing export policies they hope will benefit themselves and their communities.
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Simon Property offers to settle dispute over widow's stake

December 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. has offered to settle a lawsuit with Bren Simon by cashing out 6.5 million partnership units her late husband Melvin held in the giant shopping mall developer.
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Touted Build America Bonds may not be available for utility dealRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy previously said not using the bonds would add about $100 million to the cost of the deal over 30 years.
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Menard lawsuit entangles businessmen Hilbert, Dick

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Former Conseco executives Steve Hilbert and Rollin Dick are caught in a bitter legal battle between billionaire hardware king John Menard and his ex-fiancee.
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Izod claims 350-percent return from IndyCar Series

December 4, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Izod officials said that in 2010, Izod brand awareness increased 10 percentage points, brand familiarity rose 16 percent among 25- to 35-year-old men, and digital impressions increased 20 percent over 2009.
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Abandoned United Airlines repair base now bustlingRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Seven years ago, United Airlines abandoned the 1.7-million-square-foot aircraft repair base that once employed 3,000 people. Today, the mall-sized complex is humming and is essentially fully occupied.
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Fountain Square turning to first-of-kind tax to fund improvementsRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Fountain Square group led by neighborhood business owners hopes to create an “economic improvement district” for the up-and-coming neighborhood, where additional tax revenue could be used for everything from litter cleanup and marketing to capital improvements.
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IU tries new tack in online educationRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
Traditional colleges like Indiana University know they must shift to more online learning options or else lose students to upstart competitors using digital technology to offer college curriculum at greater convenience.
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Foreclosed-property care sparks fight over who's responsibleRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Lawmakers might address in the upcoming legislative session the controversy over who is responsible for upkeep on foreclosed properties.
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WTHR winner during November sweeps period

December 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Channel 13 received a huge ratings boost at 11 p.m., enabling it to surpass WISH-TV Channel 8 as the most-watched newscast during that time. WTHR's newscast retained its lead in several other time slots, although audience numbers dipped, enabling competitors to close the gap.
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INSIDE DISH: Irvington favorite breaks off slice for Greenwood

December 3, 2010
Mason King
Jockamo Watch
                           VideoThe owners of Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza had seen other local eateries sink after expanding. They weighed many risks before pulling the trigger.
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Factory orders sink for first time since June

December 3, 2010
Associated Press
Factory orders declined 0.9 percent in October, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the first setback since June and the biggest decline since a 1.8-percent fall in May.
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Children's choir founder taps protege

December 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Children's Choir founder Henry Leck has named Josh Pedde as the first assistant artistic director in the 25-year history of the not-for-profit organization.
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UIndy rolls out new Lugar Center scholarship program

December 3, 2010
The program will award $10,000 per school year to each of 10 incoming students who attend the annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow's Leaders.
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Two more WellPoint executives set to depart

December 3, 2010
Associated Press, J.K. Wall
Chief Actuary Cynthia Miller and Chief Strategy Officer Bradley Fluegel—both of whom were prominent during the health reform debate—are leaving the health insurance giant.
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World Bank chief: U.S. still good place to invest

December 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Robert Zoellick, who was set to address the Economic Club of Indiana on Friday, doubts the United States' debt problems will become as severe as the crisis in Europe and said the U.S. is still a good investment for foreign countries.
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Jobless rate rises to 9.8 percent as U.S. job growth slows

December 3, 2010
Associated Press
With hiring so weak, the unemployment rate rose from 9.6 percent to 9.8 percent. The jobless rate has now topped 9 percent for 19 straight months, the longest stretch on record.
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Indiana revenue shows slight gains in November

December 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's finances showed signs of life in November as growth in sales and individual income tax collections helped bring in $49 million more than projected in the most recent revenue forecast.
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UPDATE: City Market has tentative deal with longtime tenant

December 2, 2010
Scott Olson
City Market operators have reached a tentative deal to settle a dispute with Grecian Garden's owners after alleging the eatery was late on its rent payments for several months. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
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USA, Indianapolis lose out on 2022 World Cup

December 2, 2010
Associated Press
Qatar was selected as host of the 2022 World Cup, beating out a bid by the United States to bring soccer's showcase back to America for the first time since 1994.
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Ice Miller elects new chief managing partner

December 2, 2010
Phillip L. Bayt assumes leadership of the firm, which also elected two new deputy managing partners. Bayt currently chairs Ice Miller's real estate practice.
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Credit counselor to merge with Ohio-based network

December 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Service Inc. has agreed to be absorbed by Ohio-based Apprisen Financial Advocates, as financial pressures in the industry push not-for-profit agencies to become larger.
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Local GM stamping plant layoffs to begin next month

December 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
It’s official: General Motors will begin shutting down its Indianapolis metal-stamping plant Jan. 28, with an initial wave of layoffs that will cost 75 workers their jobs.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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