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LEADING QUESTIONS: State Fair's boss plans for big bash

June 22, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Hoye_WatchVideoHow does a celebration of agriculture stay relevant? What happens after the cows go home? Cindy Hoye has answers.
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More changes coming to Star in wake of layoffs

June 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
A deep round of layoffs at The Indianapolis Star is only the beginning of a major restructuring of the company's news operations, Publisher Karen Crotchfelt told IBJ in an interview Wednesday.
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Electric car company filing for bankruptcy

June 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Think Global, which has a factory in Elkhart and uses batteries made in the Indianapolis area, plans to liquidate its assets, according to supplier Ener1 Inc. Ener1 expects to lose $32 million in the process.
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Nidec closing Frankfort plant, cutting 94 jobs

June 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Japanese manufacturer Nidec Motor Corp. plans to close its facility in Frankfort, eliminating 94 jobs in the Clinton County community.
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Wishard to be renamed after $40M gift from developer

June 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Wishard Health Services will change its name to Eskenazi Health after receiving a $40 million gift from Indianapolis real estate developer Sidney Eskenazi and his wife Lois, the county-owned hospital announced Wednesday morning.
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Red Gold moving headquarters to Elwood

June 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Orestes-based company—the nation’s second-largest tomato canner—on Tuesday announced plans to invest $3.5 million to convert a former Elwood elementary school into a new corporate headquarters.
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Indianapolis Star lays off 62 in cost-saving purge

June 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Star on Tuesday laid off 62 employees including more than 15 percent of its newsroom staff in the latest round of cost-cutting by Gannett Co. Inc., the newspaper's parent company.
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$100M 'Bridges' project in Carmel wins approval

June 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
A proposal for a roughly $100 million mix of retail, office and apartments along Springmill Road south of 116th Street was OK'd Monday night by the Carmel City Council after numerous concessions.
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Charitable giving picks up despite rocky economy

June 21, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
After pulling back from charitable giving for two years, Americans were slightly more generous in 2010—donating an estimated $290.9 billion, according to a national study released Monday.
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Emmis selling three major radio stations

June 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. has reached an agreement to sell three big-market radio stations to a partnership involving a private equity firm and a prominent media executive, the company disclosed Tuesday morning.
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Tentative settlement reached in lawsuit over historic church

June 21, 2011
Tom Harton
A provisional settlement in a federal lawsuit filed last September against the city by St. John United Church of Christ gives parties in the case six months to find a buyer for the nearly 100-year-old church.
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EU approves Lilly's weekly diabetes drug Bydureon

June 21, 2011
Associated Press
European Union regulators have approved the first once-per-week diabetes medication, the companies that developed the drug said Tuesday.
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Trinity Metals to add 50 jobs at new facility

June 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Trinity Metals is expanding its local operations, purchasing a vacant facility southeast of downtown to house its headquarters and two recycling divisions.
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White blames transient time for voting allegations

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White on Tuesday is expected to paint a picture of a man with a complicated personal life who was essentially without a home for nearly a year when he defends himself against voter fraud allegations.
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Judge grills attorney for state over immigration law

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge grilled an attorney for the state of Indiana on Monday about the state's new immigration law, questioning how police would enforce the law and saying one of its provisions conflicts with federal law.
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Planned Parenthood stops seeing Medicaid patients

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood of Indiana is no longer seeing Medicaid patients because a federal judge hasn't ruled yet on its attempt to block a new Indiana law cutting funding for certain abortion providers, officials said Monday.
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Indy taco-truck business rolling into other cities

June 20, 2011
Scott Olson
West Coast Tacos, which led a mobile culinary trend in Indianapolis last summer, plans to expand into Carmel and Fishers, as well as Bloomington and West Lafayette, in the next few months.
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Troubled economy fueling hospital deals

June 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Battered by stagnant population growth and blue-collar job loss, Howard Regional Health is merging with Indiana University Health—a deal that reflects the challenges faced by hospitals in Indiana’s outlying cities.
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Survey: Hospitals still rewarding docs for volume

June 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
The latest physician recruitment survey from Texas-based Merritt Hawkins shows three-quarters of all physician searches include a performance bonus for the doctor. Fewer than 10 percent of those bonuses are tied to something other than volume of procedures.
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Developer puts Cosmopolitan complex on block

June 20, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Cosmopolitan on the Canal, a 218-unit upscale apartment complex in downtown Indianapolis that cost more than $33 million to build, has been put on the market by Flaherty & Collins Properties.
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Receiver to manage assets of Fishers money manager

June 20, 2011
Cory Schouten
A receiver will take control of assets held by Samex Capital CEO Keenan R. Hauke, a prominent Fishers money manager accused by state officials of violating securities laws.
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Ex-charter school teacher to lead school effort

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's education chief has appointed a former charter school teacher to lead the state's efforts to turn around 18 chronically failing schools.
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Container maker Arrow to expand, add 65 jobs

June 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Corrugated container manufacturer Arrow Container LLC plans to expand operations at its Indianapolis headquarters, more than doubling its staff over the next four years.
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Well-located Carmel retail center plagued by vacancies

June 18, 2011
Cory Schouten
Merchants' Square shopping center, built in 1970 as the enclosed Keystone Square Mall and redeveloped into an open-air center and renamed in the mid-1990s, is riddled with vacancies and bracing for another high-profile departure, despite its prime location.
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2010 was great for Indiana's 100 largest companiesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Norm Heikens
Despite enjoying rising revenues and profits, companies haven't followed with big increases in job numbers.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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