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Indiana businessman agrees to $3M fraud settlement

January 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana businessman Lowell Hancher has agreed to pay $3 million and never run a public company again to settle allegations by regulators that he carried out three separate fraud schemes over 5 years.
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Bill seeks to boost investment credit, startups

January 14, 2011
Scott Olson
The legislation, assigned to a committee on Wednesday, would increase the maximum for venture capital tax credits from $500,000 to $1 million, helping high-potential startups attract outside funding.
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Peace gardens slated for downtown

January 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail being built through the heart of downtown will include sculptural gardens dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, an extension of the $2 million Glick Peace Walk.
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Newspaper chain expanding in Fishers

January 14, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Current Publications is exhibiting growth seldom seen in the newspaper industry these days. Four years after launching, the company is preparing to debut its fourth weekly newspaper in Hamilton County on Jan. 25.
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Endocyte prices IPO stock

January 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
The West Lafayette-based drug development firm intends to sell 6.15 million shares for $13 to $15 apiece. That would fetch $80 million to $92 million.
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IUPUI's Bantz passed over for UMass president's job

January 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees on Thursday tapped Robert Caret to lead the the five-campus UMass system, choosing him over IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz and Philip Clay, chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Emmis surges as industry anticipates radio sale

January 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Emmis Communications’ share price soared 42 percent on Wednesday, a day after the company reiterated that it is “actively pursuing” the sale of some assets. CEO Jeff Smulyan says it's impossible to call a station sale imminent, but shares gained another 13 percent on Thursday.
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Local Superman auction to take flight this month

January 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The collection of superhero memorabilia, once displayed at a downtown Indianapolis museum, is being auctioned to satisfy a court order.
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Gleaners capital campaign raises $12.3 million

January 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gleaners Food Bank is wrapping up an ambitious capital campaign, announcing Wednesday that it has exceeded its goal despite the difficult economic environment.
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JA inducting four into Business Hall of Fame

January 13, 2011
Ceremony at Indiana Roof Ballroom on Feb. 17 will honor Michael G. Browning, David R. Frick, Stephen Russell and the late Eli Lilly.
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Not much optimism in commercial real estate outlook

January 13, 2011
Cory Schouten
Another challenging year is in store for commercial real estate thanks to high unemployment, a still-struggling housing market and an unforgiving credit environment, Cassidy Turley plans to report Thursday at its annual State of Real Estate event.
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Analyst predicts modest year for REIT returns

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
Goldman Sachs & Co. analyst Jonathan Habermann expects a return of 5 percent to 10 percent this year after last year's 29-percent total return for REIT stocks.
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Indiana chief justice endorses sentencing changes

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
A report suggests allowing judges to sentence people convicted of lesser felonies to community corrections, which would help free up prison space for the state's worst offenders and potentially saving more than $1 billion that would otherwise go toward building new prisons.
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Casinos to escape smoking ban proposal

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
An estimate from a nonpartisan agency showed a statewide smoking ban that includes casinos could cost Indiana more than $180 million in lost gambling tax revenue.
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Neighboring states gleeful over Illinois tax increase

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
Neighboring states are plotting to take advantage of what they consider a major economic blunder and lure business away from Illinois.
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Panel says Lilly’s Solpura isn’t ready for approval

January 12, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. failed to win an FDA advisory panel’s recommendation to introduce the first pancreatic enzyme that isn’t derived from pig parts.
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Roche back in court as partner looks to sell to competitor

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics requested a temporary restraining order against Medical Automation Systems Inc. Tuesday after receiving word the company is speeding up plans to sell itself to Roche rival Alere Inc.
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Area home-sales slump continues in December

January 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Home-sale agreements last month dropped 15.4 percent compared to December 2009, capping a year in which sales overall dropped 10.9 percent from the previous year.
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Stadium construction issues nearly resolved

January 12, 2011
Scott Olson
More than two years after it opened, some construction problems persist at Lucas Oil Stadium, particularly with outside lighting and with some of the plumbing. The work was performed by contractors that are now defunct.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Wheeler CEO focuses, plans more beds

January 12, 2011
Mason King
LQ_RickAlvis_Watch_VideoRick Alvis looks back on 20 years at Wheeler Mission and ahead to a capital campaign and expansion of a downtown shelter.
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Hurco reports fourth quarter, annual losses

January 12, 2011
Indianapolis-based machine tool maker lost $1.1 million in the fourth quarter and $5.7 million in fiscal 2010.
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Deal could give Lilly full diabetes deck

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.'s diabetes partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH represents a new kind of disease-focused strategy that some consultants think is key to pharma companies’ futures.
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Q&A: Derek Bang

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Derek Bang, practice leader of health care advisory services at the Crowe Horwath accounting firm in Indianapolis, spent a week in March studying health care in the United Kingdom, especially its universal health care program. He was surprised by the “daily barrage of criticism” he heard about the National Health Service, but also found that the United Kingdom and United States face very similar issues when it comes to constraining growth in health care costs.
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Local tech consultant to expand, add 60 jobs

January 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis technology firm MMY Consulting Inc. will spent $700,000 to expand its local operations, economic development officials said early Wednesday, nearly doubling its staff over the next four years.
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Education dominates Daniels' State of State address

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels urged Indiana lawmakers Tuesday night to be aggressive in making sweeping changes to the state's education system.
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