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Bosma to return $10,000 Durham donation

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance's trustee says Bosma has agreed to return a $10,000 contribution from Durham. Meanwhile, Carl Brizzi, another big recipient of Durham donations, is in settlement discussions with the trustee.
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Chamber names former utility leader as interim president

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Past board chairman David N. Griffiths will fill in for Roland Dorson, who resigned as president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce last week in the wake of a dispute with board leaders.
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Fair trustee sues to recoup $138,580 in GOP donations

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
The five lawsuits filed this week do not include the biggest recipients of Tim Durham’s political largesse—campaign committees associated with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
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Local developer seeks bankruptcy protection

April 29, 2011
Scott Olson
Platinum Properties LLC, an Indianapolis upscale residential real estate developer, sought Chapter 11 protection on Monday, listing several huge debts to prominent local businesses and business people.
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Industrial support for utility sale to cost $1.5 million

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The price to get big industrial firms like Eli Lilly and Co., National Starch and Rolls-Royce Corp. to support the sale of the city’s water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group is at least $1.5 million.
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INSIDE DISH: 'Diners' TV spot boon and bane for Jersey's Cafe

April 29, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Jersey_watch_videoAfter a massive spike in traffic sparked by a Food Network show, owner Blair Laing must deal with food shortages, employee departures and long waits for patrons.
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Simon Property results improve as store rents climb

April 29, 2011
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. shopping-mall owner, said funds from operations rose 75 percent in the first quarter as retail sales climbed.
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Brightpoint's earnings surge on smartphone sales

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
Brightpoint Inc., a distributor of wireless phones, said Thursday that its earnings increased more than sixfold as the growing demand for smartphones meant that more higher-priced devices passed through Brightpoint's facilities.
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New Indiana congressional districts clear Legislature

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 62-31 mostly along party lines Thursday to give final legislative approval to the redistricting plan and send it to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is expected to sign it.
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Indiana budget deal includes Daniels-backed refund

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are set to vote Friday on a new $28 billion state budget that would give slight funding increases to schools without raising taxes, leave the state with more than $1 billion in reserves and give taxpayers refunds if the state takes in more money than it needs.
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Compromise emerges on Indiana immigration bill

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
The state senator who said Indiana should crack down on illegal immigration says a compromise includes the potential loss of state tax benefits for businesses hiring illegal immigrants.
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UPDATE: Skjodt-Barrett Foods bringing 300 jobs to Lebanon

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The newest tenant in Lebanon Business Park will occupy 214,000 square feet and make a $20 million investment to build out the space and install equipment.
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Sports auction firm visits Indy seeking ABA, Clowns items

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
New York-based Clean Sweep Auctions plans to hold an "Antiques Roadshow"-like event in Indianapolis this week, offering local residents free valuation of sports memorabilia.
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Duke Realty reports strong quarterly results

April 28, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based real estate investment trust reported a first-quarter profit of $47.6 million compared with a loss of $15.3 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Gains from the sale of properties helped drive profit.
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Dow AgroSciences reports record revenue

April 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences on Thursday reported sales of $1.6 billion in its first quarter, up 17 percent from the same period last year due to higher volume and increased prices.
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Cultural Trail unveils garage's million-dollar art installment

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The latest piece of art to be installed along downtown Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail will cost almost as much as the first eight displays combined.
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Angie’s List CEO says IPO possible in 2011

April 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Angie’s List Inc., a web service that provides consumer reviews to 1.5 million members, may decide to opt for an initial public offering as early as this year, CEO Bill Oesterle said.
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Indiana Legislature OKs redistricting proposal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Maps for new Indiana legislative election districts have gained final approval from the General Assembly and go to Gov. Mitch Daniels for consideration.
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Indiana poised to cut Planned Parenthood funding

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 66-32 Wednesday to approve a bill cutting the $3 million in federal money the state distributes to the organization for family planning and health programs. The Senate approved the measure earlier this month.
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Key Indiana lawmakers optimistic about budget deal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Legislative leaders think they are on track to reach a budget deal by the time the legislative session ends Friday.
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Nation's broadest voucher plan passes final hurdle

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 55-43 to give final approval to a bill creating the controversial voucher program. It would allow even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools.
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Indiana lawmakers OK bill to expand charter schools

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
A bill aimed at spurring more charter schools in Indiana has cleared its final legislative hurdle, marking another piece of Gov. Mitch Daniels' aggressive education agenda to pass.
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Butler hires Villanova dean as its new president

April 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Jim Danko, who became an entrepreneur at 19 and went on to become a business school administrator, will be the next president of Butler University.
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Local architectural firm Woollen Molzan disbands

April 27, 2011
Scott Olson
The venerable Indianapolis architectural firm that designed many of the city's most recognizable buildings—including the Minton-Capehart Federal Building—has closed and two of its leaders have joined a local competitor.
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WellPoint profit continues health insurance rally

April 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. is the third health insurer in the past week to beat analysts' predictions by a huge margin and raise its full-year forecast.
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