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Owner attempting to foreclose on Walker Theatre property

August 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Theater directors agreed to purchase the property north of the theater on contract in January 2006. Officials hoped to use the land to accommodate an expansion that never materialized.
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Rolls-Royce looks to expand test sites

August 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rolls-Royce Group, one of the largest employers in Indianapolis, is studying sites in the United States and Germany for new engine test sites.
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Local stocks pummeled in global sell-off

August 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Stock prices of the dozen largest public companies in the Indianapolis area all tumbled Monday morning as a Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt spooked investors worldwide.
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1,300 Hoosiers eligible for United Financial restitution

August 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said more than 1,300 Hoosiers are eligible for restitution from United Financial Systems Corp. in the wake of a court ruling against the Indianapolis-based company. The company also faces at least two class-action lawsuits.
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Slingshot SEO names tech veteran its CEO

August 8, 2011
Jay Love, who co-founded and sold software maker eTapestry for $24.8 million in 2007, will return to Indianapolis to lead the growing search engine optimization firm.
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Zimmer playing hardball with plaintiffs' lawyers

August 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
The Warsaw-based company has sued seven law firms this year and sent warning letters to at least three more, saying their ads and Internet postings distorted the safety record of its $1.8 billion-a-year knee business.
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Smarter product mix boosting BrightpointRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mobile-phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. is a wireless industry middleman, constantly trying to strike deals with competing manufacturers and carriers, to gain market share in distributing the world’s high-priced smartphones and tablets.
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'Buy local' law could make projects costlierRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new state law that alters the public bidding process could add complication and possibly millions of dollars to a soon-to-be-bid segment of a massive Indianapolis sewer project.
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State fair chief 'born and raised' to lead showcase eventRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Ann Finch
Indiana State Fair Commission Executive Director Cynthia Hoye has parlayed a lifelong love affair with 4-H and fairs into a career of supporting agriculture and extension programs and finding ways to make a good fair better.
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Global micro lender Grameen ramps up in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Low-income women could receive loans in weeks.
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Indianapolis-based banks struggle to emerge from slumpRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana regional banks and national institutions are faring better, a possible indication that Indianapolis' economy isn't recovering as quickly as expected.
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Palladium sells well, ups ante for its competitorsRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
About 40 percent of the tickets sold during the Palladium’s first half-season went to subscribers, prompting managers to expand the series offerings for the full season that begins later this month.
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Marion County prosecutor plots white-collar strategyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
Terry Curry expects his creation of a task force will start paying off with new cases—ranging from employee theft and investment fraud to political corruption—in the next few months.
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Firm helping others create 'an app for that'Restricted Content

August 6, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A two-man Indianapolis firm is making a splash in the graphic design industry with a Web-based tool that allows designers unfamiliar with Apple Inc. software code to build applications for iPads and iPhones.
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Site with rich history could become catalyst for east-side growthRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A four-acre site just east of downtown with a rich history is being targeted by city officials and redevelopment leaders for redevelopment. They want to restore the once-vibrant spot at Washington and Gray streets in hopes that it will help revive the beaten-down corridor.
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Indiana banks continue quest for tax consistencyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Lobby prepares new pitch for next legislative session.
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Stocks go on roller coaster ride after jobs report

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Market swings continued all day after a better-than-expected employment report. By the market's close, the Dow was up 60 points, or 0.54 percent, to 11,444.
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Indiana counties wrestling with tax overpayment

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
City and county officials across Indiana are starting to wrestle with how they'll deal with the state's plan to recoup roughly $610 million it overpaid local governments for income taxes it expected to collect.
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City cracking down on noncompliant tax breaks

August 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
The city of Indianapolis is seeking to overturn property tax breaks for more than 20 companies that continued to apply for abatement even though they were unable to meet job commitments.
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Harrison, Conexus create logistics degree program

August 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
The associate's programs will begin in September for students at Harrison College, a for-profit school formerly known as Indiana Business College.
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Stocks turn lower as optimism about jobs fades

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Stocks rebounded Friday on a report that the U.S. added more jobs than expected during July, but quickly retreated.
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Hoosier firms integral part of State Fair midway

August 5, 2011
Scott Olson
Danny Huston, a native Hoosier, bought rides provider North American Midway Entertainment and moved it from Mississippi to Indiana. And in a bid to help increase ticket sales, he's introducing automated machines built by Standard Change-Makers in Indianapolis.
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Hillenbrand to buy Cincinnati business for $240M

August 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Batesville-based company expects to close on its purchase of Cincinnati-based Rotex Global LLC later this month. Rotex makes dry material separation machines.
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Orthopedics company plans $27M Indiana project

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Warsaw-based DePuy Orthopaedics expects to spend $20 million on manufacturing equipment and $7 million on research and development equipment and have it installed before 2014.
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U.S. jobless rate dips as economy adds 117,000 jobs

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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