News & Analysis

City's parking deal similar to much-maligned Chicago pact

September 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Officials promoting a 50-year lease of Indianapolis' parking meters have taken pains to point out the differences between their proposal and a controversial 75-year parking meter lease in Chicago. But a close look at both contracts shows Indianapolis' pact largely uses the Chicago template.
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Debating where to turn as Bush tax cuts near expiration

September 18, 2010
Scott Olson
With a deadline looming, supporters and detractors debate extending tax cuts signed by former president George W. Bush.
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Owners enjoy Melody Inn's niche as well-worn music venue

September 18, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Since Melody Inn owners Dave Brown and Rob Ondrish bought the 38th and Illinois streets mainstay in 2001, they figure more than 7,000 bands have played on the 18-inch-high stage tucked just inside their front door.
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Business school expands investment theme for studentsRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Norm Heikens
Grant will give Indiana University undergrads a shot at managing real money.
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IU hits license jackpot; Purdue royalties surgeRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana University had a license or two to print money from the commercialization of its technology over the last year—and did it ever. While Purdue University didn’t collect as much in royalties from commercialization, it pulled down record levels of research grants.
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IPL identifies locations for electric car charging stationsRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The utility plans an aggressive rollout of charging stations with the imminent arrival of electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, due in showrooms this December.
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Warsaw bank jumps into Hamilton County frayRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Lake City Bank dipped its toe in the Indianapolis market in 2006 with a loan-production office and now has bigger ambitions.
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Local United Way eyes broader donor base

September 18, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
After losing more than 6,000 donors in a single year, the United Way of Central Indiana is making its first concerted effort to reach people outside their workplaces.
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Alliance aims to boost adult learning in Hancock CountyRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Three separate colleges will hold classes in Hancock County—if a business-led education alliance can finance the space. The Hancock Community Education Alliance has lined up a vacant retail building on State Road 9 in hopes that Ball State, Purdue and Vincennes universities can offer classes next spring.
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JPMorgan Chase sues to foreclose on Durham mansion

September 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
The bank says Durham stopped making the required $18,329 monthly payments on the 30-year mortgage this spring.
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Fried chicken franchises, Argentine eatery call it quits

September 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Five Popeyes restaurants in Indianapolis owned by one franchisee close down, as does downtown eatery Taste of Tango.
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Daniels picks Boone County judge for Supreme Court

September 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed Boone Circuit Court Judge Steven David to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Franklin calls off deal to land brewery plant

September 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Franklin Redevelopment Commission decided Thursday to call off the deal because TailGate Beer of San Diego failed to respond to a deadline to provide detailed financial information.
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Union cancels Marsh vote planned for Friday

September 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The local grocery workers union has pulled its request for an election at Marsh's supermarket in Beech Grove, saying recent events cast a pall over the vote that was scheduled for Friday.
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Medical equipment maker primed to expand in Greenwood

September 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Advantis Medical Inc., a maker of cases and trays for surgical instruments, plans to add more than 100 jobs in Greenwood over the next five years.
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Failed bid to take Emmis private costing millions

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's JS Acquisition LLC has racked up takeover expenses of $10.2 million, a figure that's sure to escalate now that JS Acquisition is suing its one-time financier for backing out of the deal.
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Bank suing Estridge Cos. for securities fraud

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Bank of Indiana files complaint against the home builder, alleging it failed to repay a $1 million investment due June 30. The complaint further accuses law firm Krieg DeVault LLP of malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.
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Former councilman indicted in strip club case

September 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Federal officials on Thursday charged a former City-County Council member in an extortion scheme to use his official position to grease the wheels for opening a strip club, taking $6,000 in exchange for the help.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Butler's Fong talks sports, Stevens

September 16, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Fong_WatchVideo3The university president likens his role to that of a major-league manager, but retaining talent like Brad Stevens is just the start.
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Tower manager proposes 4th Artsgarden skywalk

September 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Reit Management & Research LLC made a presentation Wednesday to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission for its plans to build a pedestrian walkway between Circle Centre mall and PNC Center.
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U.S. homes lost to foreclosure up 25 percent this year

September 16, 2010
Associated Press
August makes the ninth month in a row that the pace of homes lost to foreclosure has increased on an annual basis. Banks have been stepping up repossessions to clear out their backlog of bad loans.
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Republicans: Force state to live within means

September 15, 2010
Associated Press
House Minority Leader Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said the state's next two-year budget doesn't have to be "honestly balanced," meaning the state could spend more than it takes in by dipping into reserves if the economy continues to sag.
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Daniels says no presidential pitch made at dinners

September 15, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday he has hosted about a dozen dinners with top Republican fundraisers and business and policy leaders, but never pitched himself as a potential presidential candidate.
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Smulyan-led firm sues backer over failed Emmis deal

September 15, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Emmis Communications Corp. CEO Jeff Smulyan’s JS Acquisition LLC is suing its one-time financier for backing out of a deal to take the Indianapolis-based media company private.
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UPDATE: Schrenker pleads guilty to securities fraud

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former money manager admits to bilking friends, family members and other investors out of millions of dollars before trying to fake his own death. He'll be sentenced Oct. 7.
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