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Old National profit rises

November 1, 2010
The Evansville-based bank reported a third-quarter profit of $11.9 million, up from $4 million in the year-ago period.
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September consumer spending weakens while incomes dip

November 1, 2010
Associated Press
Americans slowed their spending in September to the weakest pace in three months and their incomes fell for the first time in 14 months.
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Simon's quarterly results slip, but profit, revenue rise

November 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. shopping-mall owner, said third-quarter profit declined from a year ago after the company recorded an expense to buy back debt.
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First Internet Bancorp quarterly earnings up again

November 1, 2010
First Internet Bancorp earned just over $1 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to a loss of $208,806 for the same quarter of 2009.
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Voters expected to OK property-tax cap amendment

October 31, 2010
Associated Press
A recent poll found that more than 60 percent of likely voters support the proposed constitutional amendment, and some of the measure's biggest opponents have given up the fight.
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Indiana's life sciences industry sees trouble ahead

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's life sciences industry has weathered the recession relatively well, but Eli Lilly's struggles and tight capital markets could threaten the future.
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State sues WellPoint over data breach

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
The lawsuit filed Friday in Marion County accuses Indianapolis-based WellPoint of violating a state law that requires businesses to provide notification of data breaches in a timely manner.
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Workplace safety rules a part of ND death probe

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
State regulators are investigating whether the University of Notre Dame violated safety rules when it allowed a student to videotape football practice from a tall hydraulic lift that toppled in high winds, killing the young man.
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BioCrossroads helping laid-off life sciences workers land safely

October 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana firms have dismissed more than 1,400 life science workers over the last two years. Now BioCrossroads has launched a website that aims to keep that talent in the state.
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Former IU tech-transfer chief: State isn't competitive enoughRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Norm Heikens
Mark Long was president of the Indiana University Research & Technology Corp., which was responsible for the university’s tech transfer, before launching a consulting firm, Long Performance Advisors, in 2008.
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New parking meter plan could yield Indianapolis more cash

October 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The revised plan calls for less money up front, more over the life of the contract and more flexibility to terminate the 50-year deal early.
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Eli Lilly will have to beat odds to meet drug-rollout goals

October 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. executives have said repeatedly that the company’s bulging pipeline will produce two new drugs per year, beginning in 2013. But only three times in the past six decades has Lilly been able to launch two or more new drugs in back-to-back years.
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Critics say state ethics panel too lenient

October 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Indiana State Ethics Commission, which has been under fire for allowing a state regulator to take a job with a utility, has a long history of lenient decisions.
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Downtown apartment developers take divergent paths to financing

October 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
J.C. Hart Co. spent more than a year securing a $5 million bank loan to expand an existing project; Buckingham Cos. turned to the city to finance its ambitious project just north of the Eli Lilly and Co. campus.
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Di Rimini violations reveal holes in process that relies on trust

October 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
Brazen violations of city design guidelines and state building codes by the developer of the Di Rimini apartments cast a spotlight on what is essentially an honor system of regulation for developers once they win approval for their projects.
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Indiana life sciences sector copes with shrinking VC poolRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Chris O\'malley
Venture funds nationwide crested at $100 billion in 2000, but that number last year had drooped to $18 billion.
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City seeks privatization of Velodrome

October 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
City officials are hoping that privatizing the Major Taylor Velodrome, which now is in disrepair, will breathe new life into the cycling venue built in 1982 as a key part of Indianapolis’ efforts to become a sports capital.
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Oaks Academy pondering how to fund a second locationRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
Local leaders are encouraging The Oaks Academy to duplicate its successful urban private school model at a second location as part of the massive investment in near-east-side redevelopment spurred on by Indianapolis’ successful bid for the 2012 Super Bowl.
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Local Fox affiliate fattens up on news

October 30, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Since 2004, WXIN-TV Channel 59 in 2004 has gone from airing 18-1/2 hours of live local news a week to 54-1/2 hours. And if everything goes as planned, by the end of 2012 it will add a 6-7 p.m. newscast weekdays, bringing the total to an astonishing 59-1/2 hours.
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Sallie Mae consolidation bringing 350 jobs to Indiana

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Student-loan giant Sallie Mae will consolidate operations in Indiana as part of a company-wide restructuring, creating about 350 jobs at its existing facilities in Fishers and Muncie.
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UPDATE: Butler's Fong leaving for new job

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Butler University President Bobby Fong will leave at the end of the current academic year to take the helm of private Ursinus College outside Philadelphia, the Indianapolis school confirmed Friday afternoon.
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Mayor's communications strategist leaving city post

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Robert Vane, Ballard’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, plans to start his own firm specializing in crisis and strategic communications. His last day with the city is Nov. 5.
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Rail company plans new plant, 650 jobs in Muncie

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Alabama-based Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said it plans to invest about $50 million to open the first locomotive manufacturing and assembly plant in the United States in many years.
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Ascension aims to cut costs with $10.9M service center

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Bebe Paluzza trade shows sold to industry vets

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bebe Paluzza Productions, which started as a local trade show for parents and grew into a series of consumer events staged in five cities, has been sold to two industry veterans who want to continue that expansion.
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