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Applications for jobless benefits rise again

October 14, 2010
Associated Press
Applications for jobless benefits rose last week for the first time in three weeks, evidence that companies are still reluctant to hire in a slow economy.
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Roche acquires assets from Virginia IT company

October 14, 2010
Terms of the deal, announced on Wednesday, call for Roche to acquire all the assets associated with Medical Automation Systems Inc.'s point-of-care information technology connectivity system.
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ChaCha lands $20 million venture investment

October 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The funding comes from new investors VantagePoint Venture Partners and Rho Ventures. Since its inception in December 2005, ChaCha has raised more than $50 million, including $7 million earlier this year from a venture capital fund.
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Schools, state argue in court over funding formula

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools sued the state in February, claiming its school funding formula unfairly penalizes growing districts.
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Purdue pay freeze could end soon for some

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Purdue President France Cordova will ask university trustees to approve 1.5-percent merit raises for some employees, providing them with their first pay increase in more than two years.
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Durham art auction offers hope for Ohio investors

October 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
The eclectic art collection of disgraced financier Tim Durham will hit the auction block Saturday in a sale that could help restore a small portion of the money lost by investors in Ohio's Fair Finance.
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Rokita to politicians: Careful with donations from union

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Secretary of state warns candidates that if he prevails in court, his securities division staff will pursue any money the candidates received from the Indiana State Teachers Association's political action committee.
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Heating bills should be cheaper this winter, utility says

October 13, 2010
Citizens Energy Group projects that the gas bill of its average residential customer will decline about 7 percent over the winter heating season. The utility said a customer who uses the typical amount of natural gas will spend $580, down from $620 last season.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: CPA Sponsel takes calculated risk

October 13, 2010
Mason King
Sponsel WatchVideoWith a family history rich with entrepreneurs, Tom Sponsel decided late in his accounting career to strike out on his own.
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WellPoint, Aetna led U.S. insurers in coverage denial

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Until all consumers are required to buy health insurance, coverage restrictions are needed to keep people from gaming the system, insurers say.
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Biomet sales rise, but slower than expected

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Biomet's quarterly results are considered an indicator on the state of the orthopedic device industry because it reports results before most of its competitors.
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Duke Energy wins verdict reversal in clean-air case

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
The renovations complied with Indiana's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago said in Tuesday's ruling.
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Lilly falls short on 'field goal' attempt

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s “miss” on a new use for its cancer drug Alimta was a rare failure to get an existing drug approved for a new use—even though the company has struggled mightily to get entirely new drugs to market.
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Irsay: NFL owners, players 'have to find a solution'

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
National Football League owners are looking for ways to reach a new labor deal with players and preparing for what happens if those efforts don’t succeed. A strike or lockout could affect Indianapolis' plans to host the 2012 Super Bowl.
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German steelmaker expanding in Tell City

October 12, 2010
Associated Press
A unit of the German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG said Tuesday it will invest $36.5 million in equipment to expand capacity at the 480,000-square-foot plant, creating up to 160 jobs.
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Reebok's loss of NFL contract could hurt local plant

October 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Competitor Nike Inc. will become the official apparel maker for the National Football League in 2012. The loss of the contract could mean layoffs at the Reebok plant on Indianapolis' east side that makes NFL apparel and employs about 1,000.
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Home sales continue to slump, but prices rise

October 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county area fell 22.8 percent in September when compared with the same month a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday by F.C. Tucker Co.
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Duke Energy names interim president amid probe

October 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Decision to replace Indiana CEO Mike Reed, who has been placed on administrative leave, follows a state investigation into an ethics controversy involving Duke that resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Biglari offers to acquire Michigan insurer in $51M deal

October 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Steak n Shake has raised its offer for a small Michigan insurer that spurned its advances late last year.
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Santorini owner vows to rebuild after fire

October 12, 2010
Scott Olson
An early-Tuesday blaze destroyed the Fountain Square restaurant that Taki Sawi opened in 2001. Fire officials estimate damage between $800,000 and $900,000.
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Developer of Binford Medical Complex files for Chapter 11

October 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
The developer of an unfinished medical office complex on Binford Boulevard has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in hopes it can retain control of the property and resume construction later this year.
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WellPoint, other insurers' stock buybacks concern investors

October 12, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and competing U.S. health insurers approved $10 billion in stock repurchases in the past year, a concern to investors who say buybacks failed to increase share prices and who want more spent on dividends.
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Industry vet sees sectors on upswing, auctions booming

October 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
REW watch videoJeff Henry, managing principal of Cassidy Turley, believes the commercial real estate market has seen the worst but isn't far off the bottom yet. Meanwhile, banks are beginning to jettison properties in a wave of auctions.
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Frontier could seek marketing deal with major airline

October 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
Frontier Airlines may seek a marketing agreement with a major carrier as industry collaboration continues, said Bryan Bedford, chief executive of Indianapolis-based parent company Republic Airways Holdings Inc.
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Broadbent subsidiary seeks bankruptcy reorganization

October 11, 2010
Scott Olson
The owner of the building that houses the Music Mill concert venue listed assets of $1.4 million and liabilities of $1.3 million.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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