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Casinos to escape smoking ban proposal

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
An estimate from a nonpartisan agency showed a statewide smoking ban that includes casinos could cost Indiana more than $180 million in lost gambling tax revenue.
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Neighboring states gleeful over Illinois tax increase

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
Neighboring states are plotting to take advantage of what they consider a major economic blunder and lure business away from Illinois.
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Panel says Lilly’s Solpura isn’t ready for approval

January 12, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. failed to win an FDA advisory panel’s recommendation to introduce the first pancreatic enzyme that isn’t derived from pig parts.
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Roche back in court as partner looks to sell to competitor

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics requested a temporary restraining order against Medical Automation Systems Inc. Tuesday after receiving word the company is speeding up plans to sell itself to Roche rival Alere Inc.
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Area home-sales slump continues in December

January 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Home-sale agreements last month dropped 15.4 percent compared to December 2009, capping a year in which sales overall dropped 10.9 percent from the previous year.
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Stadium construction issues nearly resolved

January 12, 2011
Scott Olson
More than two years after it opened, some construction problems persist at Lucas Oil Stadium, particularly with outside lighting and with some of the plumbing. The work was performed by contractors that are now defunct.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Wheeler CEO focuses, plans more beds

January 12, 2011
Mason King
LQ_RickAlvis_Watch_VideoRick Alvis looks back on 20 years at Wheeler Mission and ahead to a capital campaign and expansion of a downtown shelter.
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Hurco reports fourth quarter, annual losses

January 12, 2011
Indianapolis-based machine tool maker lost $1.1 million in the fourth quarter and $5.7 million in fiscal 2010.
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Deal could give Lilly full diabetes deck

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.'s diabetes partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH represents a new kind of disease-focused strategy that some consultants think is key to pharma companies’ futures.
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Q&A: Derek Bang

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Derek Bang, practice leader of health care advisory services at the Crowe Horwath accounting firm in Indianapolis, spent a week in March studying health care in the United Kingdom, especially its universal health care program. He was surprised by the “daily barrage of criticism” he heard about the National Health Service, but also found that the United Kingdom and United States face very similar issues when it comes to constraining growth in health care costs.
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Local tech consultant to expand, add 60 jobs

January 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis technology firm MMY Consulting Inc. will spent $700,000 to expand its local operations, economic development officials said early Wednesday, nearly doubling its staff over the next four years.
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Education dominates Daniels' State of State address

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels urged Indiana lawmakers Tuesday night to be aggressive in making sweeping changes to the state's education system.
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Emmert has full plate at his first NCAA convention

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Mark Emmert would like to get tougher on rule-breakers and plans to expand the push for academic reforms started by the late Myles Brand.
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Brightpoint will handle supply chain for Allied

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Brightpoint said it will take over direct sales of Allied Wireless, as well as billing, shipping of equipment and other functions.
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UPDATE: Analysts praise Lilly diabetes deal with Boehringer

January 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
The deal Eli Lilly and Co. announced Tuesday morning with Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH sounded a lot like a baseball trade—with five drugs and payments to be named later—but analysts and investors generally liked what they heard.
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Emmis reports $1.6 million quarterly loss

January 11, 2011
The Indianapolis-based media company suffered a loss in the fiscal third quarter despite a 3-percent rise in revenue.
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ICVA executives sharing leadership duties

January 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Three hospitality industry executives are holding down the fort as the ICVA board searches for a new leader to replace outgoing CEO Don Welsh. Directors are on no timetable to name a replacement.
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Bill would lift ban on booze at Indiana State Fair

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Robert Cherry of Greenfield says alcohol sales could provide needed revenue to the State Fair and allow the event to showcase Indiana wine and beer.
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Interactive Intelligence expecting strong earnings

January 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based business-communications software firm said it is expecting higher profit and revenue for both the fourth quarter and fiscal 2010. Lucrative product orders in the fourth quarter should help boost earnings.
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Trail Side funding finally closes

January 11, 2011
Tom Harton
Financing for construction of a $10 million, mixed-use building at 875 Massachusetts Ave. closed Dec. 22, allowing developers to proceed with the project after a funding snag nearly killed it.
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Citimark rejoins development game

January 11, 2011
Tom Harton
The company last month broke ground on an 8,000-square-foot medical building near 86th Street and Allisonville Road. The project is the first of three buildings it plans to develop as part of Gardens at Castle Creek.
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Lilly agrees to pay up to $1.2B for diabetes drugs

January 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
A complex deal with Boehringer Ingelheim also gives the German company rights to two experimental Lilly insulins.
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Simon Property abandons offer for Capital Shopping

January 11, 2011
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. shopping mall owner, abandoned its $4.5 billion bid for Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc after the British company resisted Simon’s takeover interest.
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Lilly partner moves up timetable for diabetes drug

January 11, 2011
Bloomberg News
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., rebuffed twice in its bid for U.S. approval of a weekly diabetes drug, will meet its timetable and submit a heart-safety study to regulators by the end of 2011, its CEO said.
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Advocates say most Hoosiers want school changes

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
Advocates met at the Statehouse Monday to push education proposals that have renewed life during this legislative session because of support from Gov. Mitch Daniels and leaders in the GOP-controlled House and Senate.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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