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Assistant commissioner promoted to lead IHSAA

August 6, 2010
Associated Press
The IHSAA announced Friday that Bobby Cox would replace Blake Ress as commissioner in February when Ress retires after 10-1/2 years in the position.
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Logistics teams compete on public stage

August 6, 2010
Joe Jasinski
About 400 people and nine teams convened at a vacant 96th Street distribution center Thursday for the inaugural Indianapolis LogistXGames.
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Vendors unsure of benefits from more State Fair days

August 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Many say it's too early to tell whether last year's decision to extend the Indiana State Fair schedule by five days is resulting in stronger sales.
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WRTV replaces Wallace as evening newscast anchor

August 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
ABC station did not renew Todd Wallace's contract after three years, instead recruiting Todd Connor, an ABC News correspondent. Wallace's co-anchor, Trisha Shepherd, will stay on.
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Stocks retreat after disappointing jobs report

August 6, 2010
Associated Press
The disappointing jobs data magnifies worries that slowing growth could end up leading the country back into recession during the second half of the year.
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Trustee pressing Daniels, others to return Durham's donations

August 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Trustee Brian Bash has sent letters to politicians who he says received a total of $900,000 in funds Durham had borrowed from the coffers of Fair Finance, a now-bankrupt investment firm based in Ohio.
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Red Gold expanding Madison County operations

August 5, 2010
Following $5.1 million investment, the company plans to create 42 jobs by 2012 by expanding its production operations in Orestes.
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New store openings drive HHGregg profit

August 5, 2010
Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer opened 26 new stores in its fiscal first quarter and earned $2.7 million in profit.
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Kite Realty Group reports lower funds from operations

August 5, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based developer said the loss reflected slower construction activity and lower profit on land and outlet sales. Occupancy at its retail centers increased, however, to 91 percent.
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Brightpoint boosts revenue, profit

August 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Brightpoint Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter revenue of $788.6 million as the Indianapolis company continued to grow its share of the wireless device distribution business.
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Nordstrom confirms plans to open Rack store in Indianapolis

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ first reported in May that Kite Realty Group Trust had recruited Nordstrom Rack and The Container Store as likely anchors of a redevelopment of the Shops at Rivers Edge.
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Gen Con Indy expects to draw 28,000 gaming fans

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Gen Con Indy runs Thursday through Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center. It's in its 42nd year.
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Indiana state revenue falls short of projections again

August 4, 2010
Associated Press
The State Budget Agency reported Wednesday that Indiana collected $917 million in July, $15 million below the most recent revenue projections.
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Smulyan considering another option to take Emmis private

August 4, 2010
Scott Olson
The communications company said in a news release that CEO Jeff Smulyan is continuing to negotiate with a group of preferred shareholders and is considering another buyout option that would not require their consent.
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Indiana company planning hybrid van gets GM backing

August 4, 2010
Associated Press
Anderson-based Bright Automotive is getting a boost from a $5 million investment by General Motors' new venture capital arm.
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Hillenbrand profit falls on acquisition costs

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Excluding acquisition costs, the Batesville-based maker of caskets exceeded Wall Street forecasts with earnings of $28.1 million.
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Indiana Downs cancels horse races after complaints

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Shelbyville track's final race on Monday was canceled after a horse pulled up lame and was later euthanized. The track canceled its full card of Tuesday races.
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Former commerce chief lands at local company

August 4, 2010
Scott Olson
Nate Feltman, former state secretary of commerce, has left his partnership position at Baker & Daniels LLP to become president of Home Health Depot LLP, a growing home-medical-equipment supplier.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Education guru's back-to-school advice

August 4, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Merisotis_Watch_VideoCollege costs continue to soar, putting more pressure on students. Jamie Merisotis, CEO of the Lumina Foundation, offers advice on how to keep them enrolled and engaged in school.
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Calumet see smaller loss in second quarter

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based owner of oil refineries lost $907,000 in the three months ended June 30. In the same quarter last year, the company lost $26 million.
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Consumers facing record prices for bacon

August 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. hog-breeding herd is near the smallest on record, and wholesale pork-belly prices are up 72 percent in the past year, to the highest price since at least 1998.
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Analyst: Arcadia sales poised to take off

August 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
Arcadia Resources’ DailyMed business will grow revenue 10-fold in the next three years and push the Indianapolis-based company into profitability, according to a research report by the first analyst to officially cover the company.
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Q&A

August 4, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Michael Meneghini, 37, became the first orthopedic surgeon at the Indiana Clinic when he joined last month. Until two years ago, he worked mainly at St. Vincent hospitals. After a two-year stint at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Meneghini returned to Indianapolis to be near family.
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Republic Airways profit dips despite higher revenue

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 2009 acquisition of Frontier and Midwest airlines more than doubled second-quarter revenue for Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc., the company said late Tuesday, but profit fell because of additional expenses.
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Revenue, earnings up for KAR Auction Services

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The company had revenue of $470 million in the quarter ended June 30, a 7-percent increase over the $439.1 million it reported in the same quarter of 2009.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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