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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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Defendant pleads guilty in $880M fraud case

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Florida man with ties to the founder of Indianapolis-based Williams Realty Group pleaded guilty Wednesday to running a multistate Ponzi scheme that prosecutors say left investors with up to $100 million in losses.
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UPDATE: New tech jobs come with handsome wages

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Mobi Wireless expects to pay average wages of more than $50,000 to 253 new workers; Bostech Corp. expects to pay more than $80,000 to 61 new employees.
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Factory production creeps up again

September 15, 2010
Associated Press
Production at U.S. factories grew in August for the 12th time in 14 months, but at a slower rate than earlier this year.
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Tech companies adding 314 jobs in Zionsville

September 15, 2010
Two tech companies located in Northwest Technology Center in Zionsville plan to invest $3.6 million and add 314 jobs over the next four years, officials announced Wednesday morning.
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Community moves to integrate doctors

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health Care watch videoCommunity Health now has about 550 physicians, either on its payroll or committed through integration contracts, who have some of their pay hinge on measures of quality and communication. CEO Bryan Mills says the hospital system is looking to add even more.
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State insurance chief Cutter dies

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana Insurance Commissioner Carol Cutter passed away Sept. 6 in Indianapolis after a months-long struggle with illness. She was 67. Cutter had been on leave from the department since January.
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City finance chief to leave post for state role

September 15, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City Controller David Reynolds, who started with the city when Mayor Greg Ballard took office in January 2008, has accepted a job as senior fiscal analyst for the Indiana Senate's Republican majority caucus.
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Senate panel refuses to fund GE engine made by Rolls-Royce

September 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The decision holds potential bad news for Indianapolis engine maker Rolls-Royce, which produces the engines. Rolls-Royce is the region's second-largest manufacturer, behind Eli Lilly and Co., with about 4,300 local employees.
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Library slashes hours, to close main branch on Thursdays

September 14, 2010
A big reduction in hours is expected to save the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library about $1.5 million next year, as it grapples with a $4 million revenue shortfall.
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Filmmaker Low planning Indy 500 movie for IMAX 3D

September 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The award-winning filmmaker behind such giant-screen gems as “The Ultimate Wave” and “Super Speedway” is developing an IMAX 3D movie focused on the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race and the evolution of motorsports.
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Conseco Fieldhouse to get new video signage

September 14, 2010
Scott Olson
The new "video ribbon," which could cost up to $1.6 million, will be paid for with funds from the Capital Improvement Board. It will be installed around the entire upper fascia of the arena between the second and third levels.
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Court delays hearing on Indiana school funding lawsuit

September 14, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools sued the state in February, claiming the school funding formula unfairly penalizes growing districts.
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U.S. retail sales increase for second straight month

September 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
Purchases increased 0.4 percent, following a 0.3-percent gain in July. Seventeen tax-free holidays in August probably drew more shoppers to malls, where discounts were deeper than those in July.
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Cummins awarded $6.9 million Army contract

September 14, 2010
The three-year deal calls for the Columbus, Ind.-based diesel engine manufacturer to develop a power train that improves efficiency by reducing fuel consumption and noise, and can run on a wide range of fuels and fuel mixtures.
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Fishers becomes draw for seniors projects

September 14, 2010
Tom Harton
One skilled-care facility is about to open and another will break ground this month.
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Report: Marian med school to add $44M to economy each year

September 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
Marian University will spend more than $32 million to build a new building for its college of osteopathic medicine and expects the school to add $44 million a year to the Indianapolis-area economy.
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Indiana's average SAT scores drop slightly

September 13, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's combined score on the three portions of the exam was 1,482 out of a possible 2,400 points. Nationally, the average was 1,509.
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USA Track & Field fires CEO

September 13, 2010
Associated Press
Chief operating officer Mike McNees will assume leadership duties of the Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field while the board begins its search to replace Doug Logan.
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AFL-CIO takes stand against NFL owners

September 13, 2010
Associated Press
One of the nation's largest unions said it sent NFL owners a letter warning that a lockout in one of America's few thriving industries could cost thousands of Americans their jobs and cities more than $140 million in revenue.
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Brizzi controversies loom over prosecutor's race

September 13, 2010
Mary Dieter
Democrat Terry Curry and Republican Mark Massa say restoring trust is job one for the next Marion County prosecutor.
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Caterpillar seeks tax abatement for Franklin plant

September 13, 2010
Caterpillar Reman Powertrain is requesting the tax break to offset costs related to a $13.6 million investment the company says will help retain 338 factory jobs.
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VoCare raises $2.2 million for telehealth device

September 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
The local startup expects to raise another $1.3 million this year and launch pilots of a new mobile device connecting patients with doctors.
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Greencastle auto supplier cutting 202 employees

September 13, 2010
International Automotive Components Group said the layoffs will occur in two stages—on Nov. 10 and again on Dec. 13. Expiring contracts are responsible for the cuts, said a company spokesman, who added that the employees could be recalled.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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