Regional News

Apple buyout in ChaCha's future?

November 30, 2013
Dan Human
Apple has applied for a patent that sounds pretty familiar to the folks at Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc. Enough so that ChaCha founder Scott Jones has suggested that his business is well-suited for an acquisition by one of the largest companies in the world.
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Westfield gearing up for big hospitality play

November 30, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield’s massive Grand Park Sports Campus doesn’t open until March, but city leaders already are focused on making sure the 1 million-plus visitors they expect next year want to come back.
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Home builders race to meet demand

November 23, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Slow but steady growth in central Indiana’s new-home market has chipped away at the supply of available lots, leaving developers and builders scrambling to keep up with demand.
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Avon firm enters competitive video game industry to promote reading

November 23, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis firm that makes software for libraries has teamed with an elementary schoolteacher to improve kids’ reading skills by using books’ longtime nemesis—video games.
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New law paves way for micro-distilleries to open across state

November 23, 2013
Sam Stall
A new state law allows Indiana distillers to obtain a permit to produce and sell spirits by the glass, bottle or case. Previously, they could sell only to distributors, never to the public.
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Book captures Madison County's automotive history

November 22, 2013
Associated Press
When America was making the transition from horse and buggies to the horseless carriage at the start of the 20th century, the city of Anderson was a part of the innovation that changed how the nation would travel forever.
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New U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo opening Tuesday

November 21, 2013
Associated Press
The bypass will allow drivers to avoid 15 traffic signals on the highway's current route through the city.
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Muncie OKs consolidating two high schools into one

November 19, 2013
Associated Press
School board members voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of turning Southside High School into a middle school and moving its students to Central High School.
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Future murky for Carmel's 2-story development rule

November 16, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
City leaders are embroiled in a debate over the future of Range Line Road, through the heart of Carmel's redeveloped downtown. Special density zoning rules are intended to create a consistent look and keep residents from bearing the brunt of the city’s significant infrastructure investment. The question is whether it’s working.
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Growing central Indiana suburbs mull class status

November 16, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
When Fishers becomes Hamilton County’s newest city in 2015, it also will be the first of Indianapolis’ northern suburbs to achieve “second-class” status. Others—including suburban standouts Carmel and Noblesville—qualify for an upgrade because of their growth but have not made the leap. Yet.
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Tipton County won't stop work at Chrysler plant over permits

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Three residents have appealed the Tipton County planning director's decision to extend without public notice the building permit originally given to Getrag, which stopped construction at the factory in 2008.
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Funding for Mounds Reservoir study moves ahead

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
The state will provide a $600,000 grant for the next phase in a proposed project to build a $400 million reservoir in central Indiana.
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Hearing draws lively debate on Fishers food-drink tax

November 13, 2013
Larry Lannan / Special to IBJ
The Fishers Chamber of Commerce and some individual business owners are on opposite sides of a debate over imposing a 1-percent food-and-beverage tax to help fund economic development efforts in the town.
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Denver company completes Chromcraft acquisition

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
Apparel maker Sport-Haley Holdings Inc. has closed its $3.45 million purchase of Indiana-based furniture maker Chromcraft Revington.
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New U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo nears opening

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
The opening of the new 13-mile stretch around Kokomo's east side will be a key step in the state's project to upgrade the most-congested sections of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend.
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Pet show barking to audiences in six states; more markets on tap

November 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis-based pets TV show now seen in six states is galloping off in search of new territory—much like a fearless puppy.
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Fee push helping banks overcome low interest ratesRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Two Indiana-based banks showed up on a national ranking of best non-interest income as a percentage of operating revenue: Evansville-based Old National Bancorp and South Bend’s 1st Source Corp.
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Fishers looking to fund development with tax hike

November 9, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Suburban neighbors already impose 1-percent levy on food and beverage sales.
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Central Indiana city moves closer to solar park approval

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
The proposed 4,000-solar panel solar park would cover eight acres in Frankton, about 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis and be surrounded by a fence.
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Foes say proposed reservoir would have adverse impact

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
A Muncie group that opposes a proposal to build a new reservoir in central Indiana says the project raises health concerns, including waste from former auto industry plants that might contaminate the reservoir.
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Redevelopment commission for Carmel in turmoilRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The city's big-spending redevelopment commission, which helped fund some of Carmel's most ambitious projects, now is facing a tight budget, a staff exodus and brow-raising audit.
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GE, union talks save jobs at Bloomington plant

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
About 130 workers at the GE Appliances factory will no longer have jobs effective Friday, although that number is down from about 160 jobs the company announced in early September.
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Greenwood airport adding hangars for plane storage

October 30, 2013
Associated Press
The $500,000 project at the Greenwood Municipal Airport will give it space for up to 10 planes inside the enclosed hangars.
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Cummins' stock sinks after worse-than-expected quarter

October 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Shares in Cummins Inc. slid more than 9 percent Tuesday morning after the Columbus-based engine manufacturer reported weaker-than-expected sales and profit in the third quarter, and lowered its outlook for the rest of the year.
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Carmel firm's bird feeders perched in 2,700 Walmarts

October 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sisters Jan Long and Chris Mowery had little more than an idea in 1995 when they trekked to Kmart’s corporate headquarters to pitch a product they thought had potential: a recyclable bird feeder their father had designed to promote his plastics business. They left with their first big contract.
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