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Banks OK with 'clean energy financing districts'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Industry feared original bill would have put mortgage lenders at added risk.
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SOOFI: Islamic finance edging into ever-larger dealsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Asset-laden institutions sidestepped financial crisis.
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Regulatory overload is community banks' next big hurdle

March 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Banks across Indiana are preparing for a deluge of new regulations that will cut into their bottom lines, make their businesses more complex and, in some cases, force them to consolidate.
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Antitrust lawsuit threatens 'essence' of NCAARestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A former Rice University football player argues that one-year limits on athletic scholarships is a “blatant price-fixing agreement” between the NCAA and its member schools.
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Feds call Indianapolis Power & Light coal-ash ponds 'high hazard'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Environmental Protection Agency and the local utility are at odds over the condition of the ponds and the extent of remediation that is necessary.
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Bill would give neighborhoods more power to resist annexationRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cities and towns would lose the power to annex land against the owners’ will, under a bill that easily cleared the Indiana Senate.
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Noble Roman's expands grocery offerings to boost bottom line

March 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis company, founded in 1972, started as a chain of sit-down family restaurants but continues to find new outlets for its products.
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Purdue case highlights costs of defending intellectual propertyRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
A complicated legal case about trade secrets points up a down side to the success Indiana’s research universities have had turning their research into revenue: Large legal bills can eat much of the money.
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Retail chain Family Leisure finding new identityRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
Recreational product superstore Family Leisure changed its name from Watson's two years ago, but it could take years before the company led by Kevin Prefontaine builds the kind of brand equity tied up in the old name.
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Peru immigrant built career on helping local Hispanics

March 12, 2011
Ann Finch
Aida McCammon has spent 20 years helping Hispanics improve their lives and succeed in the United States.
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Not guilty plea entered for secretary of state

March 11, 2011
Associated Press
A Hamilton County court magistrate has entered a not guilty plea for Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White, who was indicted last week on seven felony counts including voter fraud.
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Firestone renews IndyCar Series supply agreement

March 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A week after announcing its intention to leave the IndyCar Series after the 2011 season, Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas announced Friday morning that its Firestone brand will continue to serve as the sole tire supplier to IndyCar through the 2013 race season.
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Super Bowl Host Committee lays out winter weather plans

March 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Jim Schellinger, chairman and CEO of CSO Architects, has been appointed to handle weather preparedness for the Super Bowl to be hosted in Indianapolis in February.
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NFL, players face expiration of labor contract

March 11, 2011
Associated Press
With the NFL on the brink of its first work stoppage in nearly a quarter of a century, Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith met at a federal mediator's office Friday, the day the league's twice-extended labor contract was set to expire.
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Local home sales continue downward slide

March 11, 2011
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 16.7 percent in February compared to the same month in 2010, marking 10 straight months of declining sales.
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Law student taps connections for shoe startup

March 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Arsene Millogo is sitting out the current semester at IU School of Law-Indianapolis to work on his own line of running shoes, a startup he and three friends financed with more than $50,000 of their own money.
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Retail sales up 1 percent in February

March 11, 2011
Associated Press
Shoppers snapped up new cars, clothing and electronics gadgets in February, pushing retail sales up for the eighth straight month.
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Indiana University to offer workers buyout plan

March 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana University is drafting plans to offer thousands of university employees a voluntary retirement buyout.
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$8 million estate to benefit 13 local groups

March 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local attorney Lawrence Reuben has chosen two fledgling organizations—the Immigrant Welcome Center and Grameen Bank of Indiana—for the largest of $8 million in gifts from his mother’s estate.
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Indiana closes monument for repairs

March 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana says it's closing the Soldiers' and Sailors monument in downtown Indianapolis until November for repairs.
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Merger with Teradata fueling Aprimo's growth

March 10, 2011
Godfrey Watch VideoAprimo Inc. ratchets up customers, sales and market presence under new owner Teradata, and will continue job growth plans for Indianapolis.
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Thousands gather for union rally at Statehouse

March 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana union members held signs, chanted slogans and cheered speakers outside the Statehouse on Thursday at a rally to protest Republican-backed bills they consider an attack on public education and labor unions.
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Massive Indy startup group heads south for convention

March 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
More than 100 local technology entrepreneurs will depart Thursday for what some call the Super Bowl of the startup world: the South by Southwest Interactive Conference.
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State unemployment rate dips to 9.1 percent

March 10, 2011
After topping out at 10.2 percent last summer, Indiana's jobless rate has been steadily declining.
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Hurco turns first quarterly profit in two years

March 10, 2011
The Indianapolis-based machine tool maker reported profit of $1.5 million on revenue of $39.7 million in its fiscal first quarter.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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