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Indiana University football on a financial winning streak

December 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Program is contributing more to the school's athletics department in spite of poor record on the field.
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ITT Educational, for-profit peers reaped $521M from military

December 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Twenty for-profit colleges—led by Carmel-based ITT Educational Services—reaped $521 million in U.S. taxpayer funds in 2010 by recruiting armed-services members and veterans through misleading marketing, according to a Congressional report released Thursday.
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Clarian Health looks to scoop up White County hospital

December 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system’s board of directors could vote to acquire the 25-bed hospital as early as next week, but might put off a decision till February.
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Refinancing boosts Bioanalytical Systems

December 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Shares of the West Lafayette-based pharmaceutical-services firm soared after it wriggled out from under a $1.3 million loan that was due in February.
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Exports fueling Indiana business growth

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Firms are taking matters into their own hands to open trade relationships overseas, developing export policies they hope will benefit themselves and their communities.
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Simon Property offers to settle dispute over widow's stake

December 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. has offered to settle a lawsuit with Bren Simon by cashing out 6.5 million partnership units her late husband Melvin held in the giant shopping mall developer.
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St. Francis Hospital project targets Greenwood's growth

December 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The $20 million facility would attempt to capture some of the 32-percent growth in population Greenwood experienced from 2000 to 2009.
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Conner Prairie to open interactive Civil War exhibit

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park will open a Civil War exhibit in June, hoping for a similar bump in membership and ticket sales as it got from its Balloon Voyage rides the past two years.
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St. Francis covets Greenwood's growth

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers is going to build a new ER and medical office complex near Greenwood: The area has been growing over the past decade 10 times faster than the city of Indianapolis.
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Electronics maker buying former GM factory in Anderson

November 30, 2010
Northwind Electronics LLC will invest $954,000 to buy, renovate and equip a former General Motors factory in Anderson—creating as many as 100 jobs in the next two years, state economic development officials said Tuesday afternoon.
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Anderson loses out on Bright Automotive tech center

November 30, 2010
Upstart hybrid vehicle maker plans to locate tech center in Rochester Hills, Mich. About 200 jobs and an $11 million investment were at stake.
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Coaching search gives Hoosiers uncertain future

November 29, 2010
Associated Press
The new coach, whomever it is, will become the school's sixth since 1996 — more than any other Big Ten school. He will take over a team that has only three Big Ten wins over the past three years and just ended a 12-game losing streak against conference foes and a 15-game losing skid against league opponents away from Bloomington.
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Palladium draws staff from Indy arts organizations, venues

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony, Clowes Hall are among those that have experienced defections.
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Brightpoint takes over s2f after big growth plans fizzleRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Minority-owned logistics firm s2f Worldwide, started a year ago with high-profile investors and tax incentives in tow, has been acquired by Brightpoint Inc. The deal closed about three weeks ago, said former s2f CEO Randall Lewis.
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Phase 10 inventor folds in dispute over top-selling card game

November 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The inventor of the world's second-best-selling card game has settled a lawsuit with Fundex Games, the Plainfield company that markets and distributes Phase 10.
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Hamilton County foundation president leaving

November 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Legacy Fund President Brad Little is stepping down to take a similar job in Iowa. In three years, the foundation serving Hamilton County has grown from $25 million to $40 million in assets.
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Ethanol's future clouded by potential loss of tax breaks

November 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The fortunes of Indiana’s 12 ethanol plants, and the farmers and truckers who supply the corn to make the motor fuel additive, hinge on two decisions facing Congress and federal regulators in the weeks ahead.
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Turkey Hill chain targets Indianapolis

November 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
A convenience-store chain called Turkey Hill Minit Markets is expanding into central Indiana. The chain opened its first Indianapolis store in October and plans to add at least five more by the end of 2011.
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NFP of NOTE: Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County

November 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that is dedicated to working in partnership with families in Hamilton County under the conviction that every person should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in safety and dignity.
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Printpack closing 230-worker Greensburg plant

November 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
More than 200 workers will lose their jobs when packaging materials maker Printpack Inc. will close its Greensburg plant early next year, the company said in a notice filed this week with the state Department of Workforce Development.
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Greenwood airport board ends contract with private operator

November 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Greenwood Board of Aviation Commissioners will replace Indy Jet Center Greenwood, which had only managed the airport since January, effective Nov. 25.
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KAR plans to add 249 jobs in Carmel expansion

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
KAR Auction Services Inc. announced Monday night that it plans to expand its Carmel headquarters, creating up to 249 jobs by 2015.
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Mike's Express Carwash sued in family feud

November 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike’s Express Carwash and its principals, Bill and Mike Dahm, sons of founder Joe Dahm, are facing a lawsuit in Hamilton Superior Court brought by Jerry Dahm, a cousin who owned 35 percent of the company until May.
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Irwin Financial trustee poised to sue insiders

November 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
Court papers reveal officers and directors of the holding company for the failed Columbus-based bank will soon be defendants in a $40 million suit.
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Motor maker Remy plans expansion driven by electric vehiclesRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Motor maker Remy International will embark on a major expansion next spring to satisfy growing demand from makers of hybrid and electric vehicles—and Madison County officials think they’re well positioned to land the jobs.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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