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Growing Indiana schools districts suing over funding

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern, Franklin Township and Middlebury Community Schools of Elkhart County say the school-funding formula unfairly penalizes districts with growing enrollments.
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Report: Brookfield plans bid for Simon target General Growth

February 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
Brookfield Asset Management Inc. plans to bid for a stake in General Growth Properties Inc., beating an offer by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. for the bankrupt shopping mall owner, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Receiver: Insolvent Hansen & Horn should be liquidated

February 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The troubled home builder's $14.5 million in liabilities are twice as much as its assets, receiver tells Marion County judge, who takes the recommendation under advisement.
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WellPoint gets tax delay in Obama health plan

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Insurers WellPoint Inc. and others would get a delay in taxes on premiums and high-cost medical benefits, along with additional funding for expanding Medicaid, under a White House proposal
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Obama endorses new taxes, more drugmaker fees

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Obama, seeking to break an impasse over health-care legislation, proposes a plan that includes the first Medicare tax on unearned income such as capital gains and higher fees on drugmakers.
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Daniels opens door on 2012 presidential campaign

February 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
After years of denying interest in a presidential bid, Indiana governor tells Washington Post political writer he may consider bid for Republican nomination on platform of fiscal responsibility.
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Insurers warn of problems with federal regulator

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
President Obama's latest push for a health care overhaul could drive health plans around the country into insolvency, according to an insurance trade group.
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Some Indianapolis charters see financial position weaken

February 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Mayor's report shows smaller cash reserves for many schools, but one charter operator blames late government payments.
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Metro-area home sales plummet

February 22, 2010
January home sales in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 16.5 percent from the same month last year, according to a report from Re/Max of Indiana. But the housing news wasn't all bad. The average price of a home in the area jumped 12.1 percent.
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White River Capital sees jump in quarterly profit

February 22, 2010
White River Capital's profit rose in the fourth quarter, due largely to a strong performance by its main subsidiary, Coastal Credit LLC.
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Rolls-Royce snares military helicopter contract

February 22, 2010
Rolls-Royce Corp.'s Indianapolis manufacturing facility has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract by the U.S. Army to develop a digital engine control for one of its helicopters.
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Bayh's war chest could play role in Senate race

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
Bayh, who announced last week that he would not seek a third term in the Senate, has wide legal flexibility in directing the $12.2 million left in his campaign account.
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Young & Laramore wins back Stanley Steemer account

February 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis’ largest ad agency has achieved a rare coup in the advertising world, winning back one of its biggest former clients: flooring and upholstery cleaning firm Stanley Steemer.
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Ballard's high-risk IT project could save millions - or flop

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has decided to overhaul the city's and county's 1970s-era financial IT systems—a move that could cement his reputation for improving government efficiency. But the upgrade also is fraught with risk.
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Commercial brokers trying property management in hard times

February 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The commercial real estate slump is prompting several Indianapolis brokerages to add property-management services to their portfolios or bolster existing ones.
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Plan for optional interstate tolls may hit potholesRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposal to add optional toll lanes to parts of Interstates 69 and 65 raises all kinds of questions, such as how to squeeze more lanes into the crowded I-69 corridor northeast of the city. And it’s debatable whether toll lanes could make more money than they cost to implement.
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Obama's stimulus aims to boost access to small-biz loans

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
No incentive can make a bad deal bankable. But President Obama's stimulus measures are spurring some promising small businesses to begin borrowing again, despite the recession.
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Simon's $10 billion bid for bankrupt General Growth roils retailingRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. already is known for playing hardball with mall tenants over rent. So national retailers like The Gap Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. will be bracing for future lease negotiations if the nation's largest mall owner succeeds in a $10 billion bid to take over its nearest rival, the bankrupt General Growth Properties Inc.
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Millionaire lawyer jumps into Melvin Simon will fight

February 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
Mike Ciresi, who’s representing widow Bren Simon, helped win a $6 billion settlement from the tobacco industry.
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Urban Land Institute chapter launches in IndianapolisRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Chapter, heavily populated by developers, hopes to guide sustainable development.
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New Kiwanis boss aiming to halt membership slideRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-based service organization has 239,000 adult members, down 26 percent from the 1992 peak of 324,727.
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WellPoint's health insurance rate hike spurs legislative inquiryRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
The furor over WellPoint Inc.’s premium hikes have migrated from California to Indiana, where state lawmakers held a high-profile hearing.
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Lilly asks shareholders to lower takeover barrier

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. directors have recommended that shareholders toss out the drugmaker's most potent protection against unwanted takeovers: an 80-percent supermajority vote threshold for any shareholder mutiny to succeed.
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New electronic radio ratings system rattling nervesRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local radio operators are bracing for a potential ratings shake-up. The introduction of Arbitron Co.'s Portable People Meter in the Indianapolis market this summer is expected to tighten the ratings race and could dramatically affect how much advertisers are willing to pay for radio spots.
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Bayh's exit may pinch federal funds going to IndianaRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Sen. Evan Bayh brought home the bacon—more than $1.4 billion in federal appropriations and grants in just the last 12 months.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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