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Trustee sues real estate exec for $115M

July 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
The founder of an Indianapolis real estate firm is accused of preying on longtime friends to help a Miami man perpetrate a $900 million Ponzi scheme. Sydney “Jack” Williams persuaded more than a dozen Indiana investors to lend millions of dollars at high interest rates to a food brokerage firm called Capitol Investments USA Inc.
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Baseball complex could bring area near coke plant back to life

July 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A plan to build a 28-acre sports complex on the southeast side is sparking hopes that a polluted parcel across the street that formerly housed a Citizens coke plant can be revived as a retail and industrial center.
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Purdue board OKs building 3rd luxury dorm tower

July 9, 2010
Associated Press
The board on Friday approved a $20.6 million construction contact for the First Street Towers project.
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Cummins to expand Seymour plant, add 200 jobs

July 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cummins said it will invest $100 million in the Seymour plant as it rolls out a new, larger-displacement engine.
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WFBQ parent axes 'Bob & Tom' producer

July 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Programming executive and producer Marty Bender was let go from the popular radio show in apparent budget-cutting move.
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City receives $4.9 million for homeless initiatives

July 9, 2010
Federal funds will help provide 69 additional beds in three Indianapolis locations, including a large apartment complex on the east side.
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INSIDE DISH: Tulip Noir owner learns as she goes

July 9, 2010
Mason King
TulipNoir Watch VideoDina Romay-Sipe, a designer turned novice restaurateur, cooked up Tulip Noir from scratch. Good advice along the way: Stick to your budget, pay your bills, and get it in writing.
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New Jersey names Indiana's Walsh to head investment division

July 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Timothy Walsh will take over a $68 billion pension fund, eight times larger than the $8.5 billion Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund he headed since 2008.
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Regenstrief names new CEO

July 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Bill Tierney will replace Dr. Tom Inui on Oct. 1 at helm of Indianapolis-based medical research organization.
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Sales-prospecting firm expects to triple employment in 2010

July 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based consultancy LeadJen had 20 employees in January. Halfway through the year, the company already has hired 20 more, and President Jenny Vance expects to add another 20 over the next six months.
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Super Bowl Host Committee beefs up its staff

July 8, 2010
Three of the six additions are executives on loan from the Indiana Sports Corp. and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.
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Secondary lender sues Chase over fire sale

July 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Community Business Credit Corp. alleges breach of contract after JP Morgan Chase auctioned off assets of American Sentry Guard of Greenwood.
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Westfield's proposed Symphony development under review

July 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Westfield planning commission has asked city employees to further review the 1,400-acre mixed-use project that could include thousands of homes, shops, a YMCA and a baseball stadium.
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Canadian chip maker locating U.S. HQ in Fort Wayne

July 8, 2010
Saratoga Potato Chips plans to create 175 jobs in the northeastern Indiana city by 2013 and will begin hiring later this year.
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Ex-owner of cemeteries gets prison time

July 8, 2010
Associated Press
Robert Nelms, ex-owner of cemeteries in four states, including Indiana, has been sentenced to between 32 months and 10 years in prison for embezzling $4.2 million from a Grand Rapids cemetery.
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Harlan Bakeries planning $9.7M expansion

July 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Harlan Bakeries plans to expand its Georgetown Road production facility by 65,000 square feet to make a new line of products—creating 43 jobs in the process.
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Medical device firm eyeing Indianapolis growth

July 7, 2010
Greatbatch Medical wants to expand its facility on the east side of Indianapolis to accommodate its entrance into the orthopedics market. The New York-based company specializes in cardiovascular products.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Telamon CEO adopts unorthodox style

July 7, 2010
Mason King
LQ Chen Watch VideoAlbert Chen, founder of Telamon Corp., revels in a messy desk, espouses the benefits of humility, and admires Warren Buffett.
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Taco trio takes unusual road to entrepreneurship

July 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Former soldier, disc jockey and nurse get off to a fast start selling hand-held food from a mobile unit.
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Farmers Bank opening two branches in Hamilton County

July 7, 2010
Frankfort-based bank plans to open locations in Fishers and Noblesville as part of its plan to expand its presence in Hamilton County.
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Health reform rule could cost WellPoint

July 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. has about $800 million riding on one arcane rule: how to calculate a medical loss ratio. The ratio quantifies the percentage of customers’ premiums were spent on medical care, rather than overhead or profits.
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Lilly's Lechleiter: No change in plans

July 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
The global financial press keeps asking John Lechleiter for his end-game strategy to survive Eli Lilly and Co.'s nightmarish patent challenges. And, like a broken record, the Lilly CEO keeps giving the same answer: pipeline, pipeline, pipeline—no mega-merger.
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Solar panel maker must prove low production cost

July 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company says it will hire 900 to 1,200 people in Indiana, but first, it must focus on successfully scaling up its existing facility in Colorado.
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Former loan officer charged with falsifying documents

July 6, 2010
Prosecutors say Robert Tolle falsified a construction progress inspection report while at Old National Bank. He faces a maximum 30-year prison sentence and $1 million fine.
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Indiana mine operation to close

July 6, 2010
Peabody will close mine south of Terre Haute by mid-September, but a majority of the workers will move to jobs in other mining operations.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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