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Braly's political skirmishes hurting insurer, critics say

June 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
When WellPoint Inc. named Angela Braly its CEO three years ago, it touted her experience dealing with politicians and government regulators. But WellPoint is now the poster child for health insurer bad behavior—credited in Washington with reviving a dead health reform bill the company opposed.
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IPL mulling hydroelectric power on Ohio RiverRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Expecting to be burned by greenhouse gas legislation that will make electricity generated from coal costly, Indianapolis Power & Light is studying whether to buy power from two hydroelectric projects proposed for the Ohio River, near Evansville.
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IU grads carve Greek-based niche in newsRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
What started with a casual meeting between two Indiana University students in a business class in 2008 has grown into an operation with projected revenue of $2 million this year. Despite long odds and little capital, Evan Burns and Adrian France launched a weekly print newspaper at IU last September.
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Katz Sapper caught up in Simon estate battle

June 18, 2010
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
The longtime accounting firm for Simon family interests objected to subpoenas it received from Melvin Simon's daughter Deborah, saying the information requested was far too broad.
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Colts ponder effects of possible NFL season expansion

June 18, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts officials have not taken an official position on expanding the NFL regular season from 16 to 18 games, but they don't think it would boost revenue significantly.
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Process begins to change name of Mount Comfort Airport

June 18, 2010
Suggested moniker of Indianapolis Regional Airport needs approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Residential building activity levels off after surge

June 18, 2010
Scott Olson
The number of building permits filed in the nine-county metropolitan area has been flat the past two months following a flurry of activity leading up to the expiration of federal home-buying tax credits.
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INSIDE DISH: H2O owners return with new strategy

June 18, 2010
Mason King
H2) Watch VideoFormer owners Eli and Nicole Anderson are back at the helm of H2O Sushi and are on the brink of a significant revamp, likely including rebranding the Asian-themed eatery.
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Lilly, Amylin stock rises on drug postponement

June 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Roche Holding AG's decision to postpone its experimental diabetes drug is helping boost shares in Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and drug partner Eli Lilly and Co.
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State jobless rate holds steady at 10 percent

June 18, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana's May unemployment figure remains in double digits for second consecutive month, despite some job growth.
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Advocates decry cuts to Indiana home health program

June 17, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Family and Social Services told Area Agencies on Aging that a 15-percent cut in funding for the program known as CHOICE will save about $7.3 million from the program's $48.8 million annual budget.
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Bloomington Brewing Co. planning expansion

June 17, 2010
Associated Press
A small brewery in southern Indiana plans to start selling its beer around the state as a new facility will boost its production capacity by 1,000 percent.
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CIB, Pacers discussing three-year deal

June 17, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
City officials want to wait until economy, National Basketball Association labor situation stabilize before entering longer-term deal. Optimism remains deal can get done by June 30.
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Union accuses Marsh of unfair labor practices

June 17, 2010
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700 says the grocery chain used illegal interrogation practices and fired a worker for exercising his right to organize a union.
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Shelbyville man sentenced for ripping off employer

June 17, 2010
John K. Branam was sentenced to 57 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling $1.6 million over four years from King’s Title & Abstract Co.in Shelbyville.
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Purdue names interim Krannert School dean

June 17, 2010
After 10-month search, Purdue University officials broaden quest for new permanent dean for Krannert School of Management. School officials hope to have position filled by spring.
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AIT Labs moving headquarters, adding 160 jobs

June 17, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based forensics, clinical and pharmaceutical testing firm, led by CEO Michael Evans, plans to invest $74 million to acquire and equip an existing 90,000-square-foot building in Woodland Corporate Park near West 79th Street and Interstate 465.
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Batesville Tool & Die expansion should create 40 jobs

June 17, 2010
Southeastern Indiana company plans to add 25,000 square feet to plant and begin hiring additional employees by the end of next year.
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Duke Realty buying out joint venture partner for $298M

June 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Duke Realty Corp. plans to buy out its partner in a joint venture that owns 106 industrial buildings in the Midwest and Southeast, the Indianapolis-based company announced Wednesday.
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WellPoint CFO says feds may phase in medical-spending rule

June 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. regulators may phase in requirements on how much health insurers spend on medical care to avoid pushing plans out of the market for people who buy their own coverage, WellPoint Inc.'s chief financial officer said Wednesday.
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UPDATE: Commission approves City Market funding

June 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday afternoon to release nearly $4 million to improve the historic building in downtown Indianapolis.
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Big Ten considering name change

June 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
With the addition of the University of Nebraska, the Big Ten logo is likely to change. Conference officials are seriously considering a new name for the conference.
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Carmel-based power provider receives $5M federal grant

June 16, 2010
The Indiana Municipal Power Agency will use funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to retrofit streetlights in 20 communities that it serves.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Clarian CEO on daily rounds

June 16, 2010
Mason King
Evans
                           Watch VideoDan Evans, president and CEO of Clarian Health, details his cure for losing sight of day-to-day operations, how he gauges his effectiveness, and two bits of crucial advice.
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Indiana moves up in med tech rankings

June 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Medical technology companies employed 19,950 Hoosiers in 2007 and supported another 35,000 jobs in supplier companies, according to an analysis funded by an industry trade group.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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