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HHGregg shares swoon after quarterly report

November 9, 2010
Scott Olson
HHGregg Inc.'s profit in its fiscal second quarter fell 20.4 percent from a year ago while expansion boosted revenue 45 percent.
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Powerade becomes official sports drink of NCAA

November 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
NCAA officials on Monday announced a multi-year sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola, making Powerade the official sports drink of the association's 88 championships.
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Latest Startup Weekend offers twist for entrepreneurs

November 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Unlike past events in Indianapolis, this one features a panel of judges who will select a winning business idea, enabling a team to compete in a global online contest against other winners from cities worldwide.
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Redevelopment planned for vacant car dealership

November 9, 2010
Tom Harton
The 2.5-acre property might be retrofitted by late spring for fast-food, retail and possibly medical office users.
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Moody's downgrades long-term ratings for Eli Lilly

November 9, 2010
Associated Press
Moody's Investors Service on Monday lowered the long-term ratings of Lilly one notch, to A2 from A1, citing a wave of patent expirations the drugmaker faces in coming years.
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Arson ruled out in $7M fire at airport hangar

November 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis Airport Authority leases the hangar to ComLux Aviation Services, which uses it to maintain and refurbish business aircraft.
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Indianapolis, U.S. reach deal on sewage overflows

November 8, 2010
Associated Press
The new plan includes an accelerated construction schedule for the city's efforts to reduce sewage overflows from systems that carry both storm runoff and sanitary waste.
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Duke fires Indiana chief, lawyer after ethics flap

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. has fired the president of its Indiana operations and a staff attorney following an ethics flap over its dealings with state utility regulators.
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City names new controller, communications director

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jeff Spalding, a former financial administrator at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, has been named controller for the city of Indianapolis.
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Citigroup subsidiary agrees to $717,000 Indiana fine

November 8, 2010
The penalty stems from charges that Citigroup Global Markets failed to monitor a former agent accused of working with Robert Nelms, who was sentenced in May for securities fraud involving a $24 million cemetery trust fund operated by Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp.
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Dealer Expo returning to Indianapolis through 2016

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massive powersports trade show Dealer Expo has committed to keep its annual event in Indianapolis through at least 2016—extending its stay by five years.
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Funding biggest obstacle for proposed regional transit system

November 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Scaled-back transit plan, which includes rail line from downtown to Noblesville and Franklin, is projected to cost $2.4 billion, with local taxpayers picking up about half the amount. Funding would need to be approved through county referendums, however.
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Habitat for Humanity executive stepping down

November 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dean Illingworth will step down as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis at the end of the year, the organization announced Monday morning. An architect and former partner at Schmidt & Associates, he has led the organization since 2005.
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Governor starts Asia trip with Indiana delegation

November 8, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels and about 40 government and business officials from Indiana are scheduled to be in China until Sunday. The governor and a smaller group will then go to Japan for meetings until returning to Indiana on Nov. 17.
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Biglari's revised incentive package approved by shareholders

November 8, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
After criticizing an earlier pay proposal, 82 percent of Biglari Holdings' shareholders approved a scaled-back bonus agreement for their CEO.
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Indiana firm pays W. Virginia $175,000 in consumer case

November 8, 2010
Associated Press
West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw said Monday that the money will be used to compensate customers of Indianapolis-based Preferred Financial Solutions Inc., doing business as CCR Now or Credit Card Relief Now.
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Republic Airways profit soars on acquisitions

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis airline plans a public offering of 12 million shares of common stock that could raise $100 million or more.
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Lilly makes $300M deal for Philadelphia drug company

November 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly said it will acquire Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, maker of an experimental agent that could help identify patients with Alzheimer's disease. The price could climb to $800 million if the agent is commercially successful.
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Democrats pick up pieces after Tuesday's bloodbath

November 8, 2010
Democrats lost 12 House seats, two congressmen and a U.S. senator, and the party failed to win any of three state offices.
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Emmis faces NASDAQ delisting danger again

November 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. spent much of last year in danger of being delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange. Now, it's back in the same precarious position.
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Fire causes $7M in damage to Indianapolis plane site

November 7, 2010
Associated Press
A fire has swept through an airport hangar in Indianapolis, causing $7 million in damage to the building and an unknown amount of damage to five planes inside.
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Pilots unhappy over airport changes in Greenwood

November 6, 2010
Associated Press
Pilots say they're upset by changes since new management took over and have begun go to Shelbyville and other airports to buy fuel. Some are even considering moving their planes.
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It may be do or die for Indianapolis charter school

November 6, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) College Preparatory School faces its seventh—and final—review this year, one that could determine its survival.
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City's Conrad hotel investment starts to pay off for taxpayers

November 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city put up $25 million for the hotel, restaurant and condo development at the corner of Washington and Illinois streets, including $3.75 million in exchange for the economic equivalent of an 8-percent stake.
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ExactTarget aims to deliver ads through new channels

November 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
E-mail is merely one component of e-mail marketer ExactTarget’s explosive growth of late, which included last month’s announcement of 500 new jobs by 2015. ExactTarget’s software-as-a-service platform has expanded to include mobile devices, Facebook and Twitter.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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