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UPDATE: Bioanalytical researcher opening lab in Indianapolis

March 1, 2011
Advion BioServices is expected to open the lab at Purdue Research Park in Indianapolis in May with 49 employees. Some of the workers may come from Eli Lilly and Co., which is moving its drug-discovery bioanalytical operations to Advion as part of a partnership.
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Key House Republican praises Obama housing plan

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration's plan to gradually dissolve ailing housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and to shrink the government's role in the mortgage market drew praise from House Republicans on Tuesday.
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Second Helpings names CEO

March 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Second Helpings named Jennifer Vigran, a human resources professional and past board member, its new CEO.
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Indiana private-school voucher bill faces changes

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
To win solid support for the bill from his own caucus, House Speaker Brian Bosma said Republicans are considering limiting the number of students who could receive vouchers and may further restrict qualifying income levels.
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Construction activity falls to near-decade low

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
The current pace of construction activity is just about half of the $1.5 trillion level that economists believe would signal a healthy construction sector.
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Interactive Intelligence buys German firm

March 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis-based Interactive Intelligence Inc. has acquired Agori Communications in an all-cash transaction, announced Tuesday morning.
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City-County Council OKs new crime grants board

March 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation will administer the city's tax-supported crime grants program, under a proposal approved Monday night 26-0 by the City-County Council.
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North of South development to start this summer

March 1, 2011
Tom Harton
Now that financing for Buckingham Cos.’ massive project has the city’s blessing, the local developer is turning its full attention to construction of the 14-acre, mixed-use complex.
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Republicans turn up public pressure on Dem holdouts

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans are trying to turn up the political heat on Indiana House Democrats who left the state to stall labor- and education-related bills they find objectionable.
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Bankruptcy filings ease slightly in Indiana

February 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Total bankruptcy filings in the Southern District of Indiana, which encompasses Indianapolis and the surrounding counties, ticked down last year. Business bankruptcies in Indiana dropped 3.2 percent.
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IPO could help ease Allison Transmission's debt

February 28, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Allison Transmission Inc.'s enormous debt load is probably one factor driving the company to consider a public offering, an investment analyst said Monday morning.
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Indiana House Democrats take boycott into second week

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
House Democrats say they won't return to the Statehouse unless Republicans give into their demands to change labor-related legislation.
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Rising pump prices rattle drivers, businesses

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
High fuel prices are forcing tough choices on small-business owners who are loathe to charge more for fear of losing cost-conscious customers.
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Tax cut lifts incomes, but spending barely rises

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
Consumers increased spending 0.2 percent in January, the smallest gain since June, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Personal incomes jumped 1 percent, reflecting the 2 percentage point reduction from the Social Security tax cut.
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Congress takes up major change in patent law

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
Congress has been trying for well over a decade to rewrite patent law, only to be thwarted by the many interested parties.
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Ballard encouraged by NFL labor negotiations

February 27, 2011
Associated Press
He believes NFL owners and players are making progress on a new collective bargaining agreement and that next year's Super Bowl will still be played at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Purdue to help businesses, towns participate in global economy

February 26, 2011
Associated Press
China is the first country chosen for the initiative, which is aimed at generating trade and investment opportunities for Indiana companies and communities.
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Local lawyer's connection to the greats runs deep

February 26, 2011
Scott Olson
What do Johnny Unitas, Vince Lombardi and Babe Ruth have in common? Indianapolis intellectual property attorney Jonathan Faber.
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Cuts may spark mergers among public broadcastersRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis public broadcaster WFYI is bracing for an era of budget cuts that could prompt consolidation among Indiana stations.
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Partisan divide could threaten long-term education reform

February 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana’s Republican-controlled Legislature will likely pass the bulk of education-reform measures being pushed this year by party heavyweights, but partisan rancor could threaten the long-term prospects for a sweeping overhaul of the state’s public schools.
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Hulman board overhaul may signal strategy shift, even IPORestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Feb. 17 announcement that Terre Haute-based Hulman & Co. was expanding its board of directors from four to eight members could simply mean the company is looking for guidance from a broadened brain trust, or it could be a signal the company is at a significant crossroads.
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Ties to Durham haven't hurt McKain

February 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
For the past decade, Indianapolis-based professional speaker Scott McKain has used his experience at Obsidian Enterprise Inc. as the centerpiece of his marketing pitch, but Obsidian is not the success his bio advertises it to be.
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Intellectual property theft rising quicklyRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bob Kronemyer / Special to IBJ
Filching ranges from crude to highly sophisticated, experts say.
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Indianapolis airport plan plays up money-making logisticsRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Growing cargo and logistics business overshadows such titillating concepts as solar farm, recreation campus.
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Experts: Economy too weak to fuel venture-capital investmentRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Norm Heikens
Activity won’t gain much steam until more entrepreneurs become optimistic, and optimism won’t materialize until the economy gets warmer, said John Barnard, managing director of Pearl Street Venture Funds.
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  1. Thank you to the scientists who care enough to find a cure. We are so lucky that their intelligence has brought them to these understandings because it is through these understandings that we have new hope. Certainly the medicine will be expensive, these drugs usually are, especially the ones that are not mass produced. If I know anything from the walks that my town has put on for FA it is this: people care and people want to help. Donations and financial support can and will come to those who need it. All we need is a cure, the money will come. I mean, look at what these scientists have done thanks to the generosity of donors. 30 million dollars brings us here where we can talk about a drug's existence! There is so much to be frustrated about in this world, but this scientific break is not one of them. I am so happy for this new found hope. Thank you so much to the scientists who have been slaving away to help my friends with FA. We wish you speedy success in the time to come!

  2. I love tiny neighborhood bars-- when I travel city to city for work, it's my preference to find them. However, too many still having smoking inside. So I'm limited to bars in the cities that have smoking bans. I travel to Kokomo often, and I can promise, I'll be one of those people who visit the ma and pa bars once they're smoke free!

  3. I believe the issue with keystone & 96th was due to running out of funds though there were other factors. I just hope that a similar situation does not befall ST RD 37 where only half of the overhaul gets built.

  4. It's so great to see a country founded on freedom uphold the freedom for all people to work and patronize a public venue without risking their health! People do not go to bars to smoke, they can take it outside.

  5. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.

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