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Upstart automaker Bright faces tough road in competitive nicheRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Two years after Bright Automotive was founded, the prospect of thousands of Indiana factory workers cranking out Bright’s 100-mile-per-gallon “IDEA” delivery vans by 2012 seems dim.
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State steps up chase for data centersRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jam-packed with expensive equipment, data centers represent huge capital investments in a relatively small footprint. That can mean steep property tax bills, though Indiana allows communities to exempt a portion of that tax. Jobs-hungry Indiana is eager to attract more of these climate-controlled computing fortresses.
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UIndy forges relationships between schools and bizRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Business leaders often criticize schools, but sometimes have little first-hand experiences with them.
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Preferred-shareholders group may thwart buyout of Emmis

July 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Emmis Communications Corp. Chairman Jeff Smulyan’s effort to take the media company private could be derailed by a band of preferred stockholders who oppose the plan.
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Ex-Dow AgroSciences employee accused of stealing trade secrets

July 31, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Ke-xue Huang, a native of China's Hunan province, of stealing trade secrets of a Dow AgroSciences insecticide and giving them to the People's Republic of China. Federal agents arrested the former Dow Agro scientist July 13 in Westboro, Mass.
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New law takes American Health Network full circleRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Ben Park joined Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 1993 to start a large group of primary care physicians who would institute a concept called managed care. Now American Health Network is well-positioned to take advantage of the new version of managed care, called accountable care.
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Judge halts distribution of assets from Simon estate

July 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Hamilton County judge has ordered a halt to distributions from the estate of the late Melvin Simon to his widow Bren or any other beneficiary without the court's approval.
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Publisher's book fair questioned amid financial troubles

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Charity event scheduled for July 31 is postponed again as complaints against New Century Publishing mount.
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Secretary of state candidate leaves architectural firm

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Vop Osili of Indianapolis-based A2SO4 is focusing full time on his run for secretary of state as the Democratic candidate.
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INSIDE DISH: Italian eatery thrives despite early blunders

July 30, 2010
Mason King
Matteo Watch VideoFor Matteo and Emily Di Rosa, the sustained profitability of Matteo's Ristorante Italiano is even sweeter in light of the errors of naivete made at the start.
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Attorneys finish arguments on Simon estate issue

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Bren Simon's stepchildren contend she's incapable of serving as trustee of her late husband's estate and should be removed. A Hamilton Superior Court judge took the matter under advisement and will rule at a later date.
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Lilly among bidders for Denmark company, source says

July 30, 2010
Bloomberg News
Copenhagen-based health-care company Ascendis Pharma A/S received offers of about $400 million, an unidentified source said. Ascendis may choose a final bidder by early September.
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Simon Property Group reports improved quarterly results

July 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based real estate giant experienced higher occupancy and sales at its shopping malls compared to a year ago.
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$6.6M grant to help project at Crane tech park

July 30, 2010
Associated Press
A federal grant will pay most of the costs for an $8 million conference center that officials hope will help attract business to a technology park near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.
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Emmis, Colts hire ex-Q95 jock 'Mad Dog' Matis

July 29, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Jimmy "Mad Dog" Matis, who was fired after 23 years at Q95 earlier this year, finds a new gig—in sales—at Emmis. He also will do the Colts post-game show with Barry Krauss.
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Lauth moving HQ to North Meridian office building

July 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lauth Group Inc. will relocate its headquarters to a North Meridian Street office building as part of a bankruptcy court settlement, the company announced Thursday afternoon.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Burd Ford flies after tragedy

July 29, 2010
Mason King
Burd_WatchVideoRichard Burd's suicide led to shrewd cost-cutting at the family auto dealership. For Christine Burd, returning to profitability is both heartening and heartbreaking.
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Expedited security returns to Indianapolis International

July 29, 2010
iQueue promises faster travel through security checkpoints. Participants pay $169 a year and get biometric identity card.
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Bren Simon deposition sheds light on family feud

July 29, 2010
Cory Schouten
Bren Watch VideoA judge is scheduled to hear final arguments Thursday over whether Bren Simon should remain as trustee for her late husband's roughly $2 billion estate. A video deposition has provided a glimpse into ugly family conflicts.
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Hill-Rom raises profit forecast after quarterly earnings jump

July 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Batesville-based maker of hospital beds and furniture announced Wednesday night that it earned $30.6 million in its third quarter, up from $20.2 million in the same quarter of 2009.
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First Internet Bank reports strong second quarter

July 29, 2010
Fewer loan losses and an increase in net-interest income help the bank post one of its biggest quarterly profits in company history.
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Duke Realty's loss widens despite higher revenue

July 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust reports bigger quarterly loss, even though revenue, occupancy and tenant-retention rates rise.
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Baldwin profit falls on smaller investment returns

July 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based insurer of truck and car fleets earned $5 million in the quarter ended June 30, down from $14.2 million in the same quarter a year ago.
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Investors fear insurers' rosy outlook will boost regulators' scrutiny

July 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. became the third U.S. health insurer this month to increase its 2010 profit forecast, stirring investor concern that state and federal regulators may increase scrutiny of industry pricing.
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Kokomo GM plant 'assessing' business operations

July 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
GM spokesman Kevin Nadrowski says officials at the Kokomo Integrated Circuit Fab plant met with 375 workers Wednesday to say they're "assessing the business model at the plant based on recent business developments."
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