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Central Indiana real estate auction activity heats up

October 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
A recent wave of foreclosure auctions suggests banks and other underwater real estate owners finally are poised to let go of a glut of properties.
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Award winner Boehm defines public service

October 9, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Although Ted Boehm, who clerked for U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren and served 14 years on the Indiana Supreme Court, has collected a lifetime of recognition, winning the Michael A. Carroll Award for his public service to Indianapolis is "something special" to him because Carroll was an admired friend.
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Finish Line introduces in-store kiosks to make custom T-shirts

October 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
Finish Line is testing touch-screen customization kiosks at its Greenwood Park Mall store. The kiosks, which look like oversize iPads, produce an individualized Nike T-shirt in about 15 minutes.
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Local MBA programs score with women

October 9, 2010
Tawn Parent
Female enrollment in Indianapolis master's programs surpasses the national average. Telamon Vice President Sunny Lu said her MBA has helped her grow business.
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Health care reform boosts business for consultantsRestricted Content

October 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
John Gause has grown the size of his benefits brokerage and consulting firm by more than half this year for one big reason: health care reform. He needs more hands on deck because his clients--employers--are facing a raft of new regulations with which they must comply.
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Creating smart-phone apps becomes big business for IUPUI students

October 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Used to be a college student would work in the dining hall to make ends meet. For IUPUI students Gagan Dhillon, 18, and Sarb “S.J.” Singh, 21, the future is now.
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Ailing library eyes new funding source

October 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A state lawmaker is pushing for a law that would allow Indianapolis’ public library system to get a share of local income taxes. But some already are balking at the concept, saying it would divert money from other agencies that need it.
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Downtown praised for 'livability' but needs more residentsRestricted Content

October 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
The past decade has seen roughly 5,000 more residents living downtown than in 2000, wooed by new condos and apartments within walking distance of growing retail and cultural attractions. There are now 25,000 downtown residents—but still a long way from the 40,000 city leaders want by the end of the next decade.
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Ruling cuts $42M award for state workers seeking back pay

October 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An appeals court said union workers were eligible for just a couple of months of back pay, rather than for 20 years of back pay.
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INSIDE DISH: Cajun couple plays to strengths

October 8, 2010
Mason King
Zydecos_WatchVideoDeb and Carter Hutchinson, owners of Mooresville's unlikely Creole hotspot Zydeco's, have made a living through their gifts for shifting gears. Created on little more than a whim, the eatery thrives on its out-of-left-field approach.
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East-side distribution center with 80 workers set to close

October 8, 2010
Oshkosh, Wis.-based Hoffmaster Group said the plant at 2525 N. Shadeland Ave. will permanently close by Feb. 28. The facility distributes paper plates, napkins and party invitations.
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Local environmental contractor declares bankruptcy

October 8, 2010
Indianapolis-based ESI Environmental Inc. filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The firm was the area's second-largest environmental contractor based on revenue, according to the most recent IBJ statistics.
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Jobless rate holds steady after wave of government layoffs

October 8, 2010
Associated Press
The nation's jobless rate has topped 9.5 percent for 14 straight months, the longest stretch since the 1930s.
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IHSAA launches Internet television network

October 8, 2010
The site, www.ihsaatv.org, will broadcast high school state championship games, as well as other high school sports-related content.
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Beckman Coulter plans $18.2M expansion, 100 new jobs

October 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
California-based life sciences firm Beckman Coulter Inc. is planning its third local expansion since 2007, investing $18.2 million in its Indianapolis operation and adding as many as 95 jobs here in the next three years.
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Schrenker sentenced to 10 years for securities fraud

October 7, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Superior Court Judge Steven Nation sentenced Marcus Schrenker to 10 years in prison, ignoring Schrenker's claims that a lighter sentence would give him enough time to make things right.
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BMV commissioner resigns following arrest

October 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
State Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Andrew J. Miller resigned Thursday, the day after he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in a public restroom in downtown Indianapolis.
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Speedway adds car show to Indy 500 schedule

October 7, 2010
Associated Press
Speedway officials announced a classic car show would kick off the events for the 100th anniversary of the first race.
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Closing of Greenwood call center to affect 260 workers

October 7, 2010
The center, operated by Indianapolis-based TeleServices Direct, is set to close Dec. 4. The company attributed the closing to a loss of business.
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Indiana Landmarks selling downtown headquarters

October 7, 2010
Scott Olson
The building housing the not-for-profit's current headquarters on the Central Canal is listed for $3.1 million. The not-for-profit is moving into the former Central Avenue Methodist Church in the spring.
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Election could give GOP control of state policy decisions

October 7, 2010
Mary Dieter
With a Republican tide predicted to wash over the country in next month’s election, there is a very real chance that the Indiana House will be dominated by the GOP for the first time since 2005-06, putting virtually all policy-setting responsibilities in Indiana in one party’s hands.
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Coordinating Lilly 'Day of Service' a major undertaking

October 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Getting 8,500 volunteers to where they're supposed to be along Interstate 70 relies on a system of color-coded passes. By 6 p.m. Thursday, they'll have planted 1,600 trees and 72,000 shrubs and perennials (with photo gallery).
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Chamber: State universities need to be more efficient

October 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
A new study shows Indiana's public universities vary widely in how much money they spend to educate and graduate students, and that they have room for improvement relative to peer institutions.
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Grocery distributor to create 100 jobs in Bloomington

October 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
State economic development officials on Wednesday announced food distributor Nash Finch Co.’s plans to open a Bloomington warehouse and hire 100 workers, formalizing a commitment the Minnesota-based firm made this summer.
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Indiana BMV chief arrested on indecency charge

October 6, 2010
Associated Press
Andrew J. Miller, 40, of Carmel, was arrested on a charge of public indecency about 1:30 p.m. at Claypool Court, a retail and hotel center near the Circle Centre mall, authorities said.
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