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U.S. unemployment rises to 9.1 percent on slow job growth

June 3, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. employers in May added the fewest jobs in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. The weakening job market raised concerns about an economy hampered by gas prices and the Japanese nuclear disaster.
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Ex-Countrymark CEO’s bid to reduce sentence denied

June 3, 2011
David Swanson had asked a federal judge to vacate or reduce his 12-year prison sentence stemming from his 2002 conviction for wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.
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Finish Line settles with former employee

June 3, 2011
The Indianapolis-based athletics retailer agreed to pay $38,000 to the worker after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed it violated federal law by firing her because of a physical disability.
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Lilly Endowment’s value holds steady at $5.3 billion

June 3, 2011
Scott Olson
Eli Lilly and Co. stock, which accounts for 91 percent of the endowment’s assets, was worth nearly $4.8 billion at the end of 2010, a 2-percent drop over the previous year.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Influential Miles enjoys wide reach

June 3, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Miles_WatchVideoWhat's the status of the Super Bowl? Mass transit for Indy? Economic development? How is one man so connected? Mark Miles shrugs off "power broker" but fits the bill.
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HHGregg gets 'Help' from Beatles to sell big screens

June 3, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based retailer launched its first national advertising campaign using the tagline “We Help” and the Beatles song “Help!” as its soundtrack.
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Appraisal services firm plans local expansion, 150 jobs

June 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based StreetLinks Lender Solutions plans to expand its operations, adding 150 employees by 2013, the real estate appraisal management services provider announced Friday morning.
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Officials say bridge project can be changed

June 2, 2011
Associated Press
Officials who want to build two new bridges over the Ohio River and redo a downtown interchange announced Thursday that they've found ways to cut the cost of the project by more than $1 billion.
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Groups eye once-doomed City Market west wing

June 2, 2011
Scott Olson
Although slated for demolition, the City Market's west wing is now generating interest from the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects, who want to move there as part of an effort to support neighborhood development.
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Foreclosed Ramada hotel up for auction

June 2, 2011
The hotel on the east side of Indianapolis near Interstate 465 and Pendleton Pike will go up for online auction on Tuesday with a minimum starting bid of $300,000.
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ITT Educational's stock price leaps as feds ease crackdown

June 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Obama administration gave for-profit colleges more time to comply with rules that will cut off federal aid to institutions whose students struggle the most to repay their government loans.
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State eyes possible takeover of 18 failing schools

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said it's simply unacceptable to have six straight years of failing schools.
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Government to lose $14B of auto bailout funds

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration said Wednesday that the government will lose about $14 billion in taxpayer funds from the bailout of the U.S. auto industry, a third of the loss officials had initially estimated.
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Roche lands $11M contract at D.C. army medical centers

June 1, 2011
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics Corp. landed an $11.4 million contract to provide laboratory testing services at military hospitals in the Washington, D.C., area.
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Better Wi-Fi sought for stadium, convention center

June 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is accepting proposals to improve Wi-Fi service at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. The systems are expected to be operational in time for the Super Bowl in February.
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Alexandria working on factory deal with defense contractor

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
Alexandria Mayor Jack Woods said plans are for Maryland-based Floatograph Technologies to buy the former U.S. Pipe facility from the city and then repair and remodel the factory. The plant could eventually have 100 workers.
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Longtime CEO steps down at philanthropic consultancy

June 1, 2011
Johnson Grossnickle and Associates in Greenwood announced Wednesday that firm veteran Angela White will replace co-founder Ted Grossnickle as CEO.
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Klipsch steps down as speaker maker CEO

June 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Longtime Klipsch Group executive Paul Jacobs will take the helm, giving the Indianapolis company its first leader not named Klipsch.
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Ball State defends planned tuition increases

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
Ball State University officials say a proposed tuition increase of about 4 percent for undergraduates and 9 percent for graduate students is needed to offset cuts in state funding.
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Defense spending bill leaves out Rolls-Royce jet

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. House committee rejected efforts by some in Congress to spend more money on construction of an extra engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
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Massive wind farm planned north of Indianapolis

May 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A Chicago-based wind-farm developer is planning a $175 million farm about 45 miles north of Indianapolis that will span parts of Madison, Tipton, Grant and Howard counties.
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Government cutting rates for hard-to-insure patients

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
So far, about 18,000 people have signed up for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, well short of government projections that some 375,000 people would gain coverage in 2010. Rates in Indiana will fall 26 percent.
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General Mills plans $36M distribution center

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
General Mills Inc. announced Tuesday it would spend $36 million in building the new distribution center in Fort Wayne and potentially add 65 jobs by the end of 2012.
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Hoosiers in line for $30M in rebates

May 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Only 19 of the 63 companies writing individual health insurance policies in Indiana have been meeting the new 80-percent medical-loss threshold of the health care reform law, potentially triggering a refund for customers.
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Hospitals nearing 'saturation' on doc hiring

May 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis may be reaching a saturation point for hospitals employing physicians, according to the latest report from the Center for Studying Health System Change.
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