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Steak n Shake bringing menu fixtures to the freezer aisle

August 9, 2014
Scott Olson
Officials of the 80-year-old chain believe selling steakburgers in groceries will further extend the Steak n Shake brand.
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Indy startup has rare disease in its sights

August 9, 2014
J.K. Wall
Founders of Chondrial Therapeutics believe that if further testing validates their treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia, it could be a blockbuster with annual sales topping $1 billion.
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Building spree reshaping Broad Ripple VillageRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
A rush of new office, residential and retail projects suggest real estate developers in Broad Ripple Village remain optimistic in the midst of high-profile incidents of crime.
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Will a new app disrupt snow, lawn-care businesses?

August 9, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Starting this month, Indianapolis area residents and business owners can order up lawn mowing and snow plowing services through an app.
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Family peanut-butter venture sees sales take off

August 9, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
B. Happy Peanut Butter is a hit at the summer market—and then some. Available at more than a dozen retail outlets in central Indiana, its seven varieties of hand-packed PB could produce sales of $100,000 this year.
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Tag Heuer signs sponsorship with IndyCar, SpeedwayRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
IndyCar Series officials announced a deal Aug. 6 making Switzerland-based TAG Heuer the official watch of the open-wheel series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Judge rules that NCAA ban on student-player pay is illegal

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
National Collegiate Athletic Association rules barring student athletes from seeking a share of its $800 million in annual broadcast revenue are illegal, a federal judge in California ruled in a lawsuit that may dramatically change college sports.
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IUPUI plans to build $45 million residence hall

August 8, 2014
Jeff Newman
IUPUI hopes to build a $45 million residence hall for 700 students on the campus in time for the 2016-17 academic year, the university announced Friday afternoon.
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UPDATE: Cool summer sets hopes for record harvest

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce record crops this year as a mild summer has provided optimum growing conditions.
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State needs better water management, report says

August 8, 2014
Associated Press, Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce warns that demand for water from businesses and residents could outstrip the available supply in coming decades.
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NCAA decision paves way for more aid to athletes

August 8, 2014
Bloomberg News
The changes may further increase the wealth gap between the 65 schools in the top five conferences and the rest of the Indianapolis-based NCAA’s roughly 350 Division I members.
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U.S. worker productivity recovers after steep fall

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Friday that that productivity increased 2.5 percent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, after plummeting 4.5 percent in the first quarter.
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Report: Indiana consumer spending rebounds from recession

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
A new report by the U.S. Commerce Department shows that consumer spending in Indiana has rebounded from the end of the Great Recession faster than the national average.
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State agency says it lacks adoption subsidy money

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Child Services says it isn't paying subsidies to parents who adopted special-needs children out of foster care because the state Legislature hasn't appropriated enough money.
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Delayed Sugar Creek food plant may operate by next summer

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
A food processing plant that's expected to bring 400 jobs to eastern Indiana should begin operations in July 2015, a top company official says.
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Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday.
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Mike's Carwash splitting into two companies

August 7, 2014
Scott Olson
The central Indiana locations of Mike's will undergo a name change as part of the reorganization and will be called Crew Carwash effective Oct. 5. Other locations in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky will retain the Mike's name.
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Local Goodwill boss McClelland set to retire in mid-2015

August 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
After four decades at the helm of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, CEO Jim McClelland plans to step down at the end of June.
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Pennsylvania, NCAA seek time for talks in Penn State suit

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
Lawyers for the NCAA, the governor of Pennsylvania and others asked a judge to give them a month to work on a possible settlement of a lawsuit over the penalties Penn State University is paying for mishandling the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
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NCAA grants more power to five biggest conferences

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA Board of Directors overwhelmingly passed historic reforms Thursday that will give the five biggest conferences, including the Big Ten, the ability to unilaterally change some basic rules governing college sports.
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Hospital services center to hire up to 320 workers

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
An affiliate of Lutheran Health Network in northeast Indiana that concentrates on health-related businesses services expects to nearly triple its workforce.
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ITT Educational scrutiny spreads to college’s lenders

August 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
For-profit college ITT Educational Services Inc., already under pressure from the U.S. Education Department, is facing stricter terms from lenders that could put its operations at risk.
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Baldwin & Lyons' profit surges on big investment gains

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Of the insurer's $9.3 million in profit in the second quarter, only $4.1 million was attributed to its core operations.
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Finance company cutting 170 jobs in Evansville

August 7, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Springleaf Finance, a division of Springleaf Holdings Inc., has told state officials that it will permanently close its 170-worker mortgage servicing center in Evansville.
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Calumet Specialty takes loss after refinery slowdown

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP suffered a bigger-than-expected second-quarter loss, partly due to a 30-day slowdown for maintenance at its refinery in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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