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LEADING QUESTIONS: Real estate maven keeps swinging

February 24, 2011
Mason King
LQ Litten watch videoHow does the owner of F.C. Tucker Co. rally the troops during the home-sales slump? How did his tour in Vietnam reset his course? Why is his desk always so clean? Talk to Jim Litten; he has answers.
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Auto auctioneer KAR sees quarterly profit surge

February 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. announced Wednesday that it pulled in profit of $7.3 million in the three months ended Dec. 31, a 38-percent jump from the $5.3 million earned in the same quarter the prior year.
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Ballard: City must build 'attractive urban environment'

February 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The theme of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's fourth-annual State of the City address will include putting “the needs of the next decade ahead of the next day, next year or next election,” according to excerpts released Wednesday.
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Truck stocks signal economic growth

February 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Companies that act as brokers for trucking services are gaining favor with investors as the 20-month-old rebound shifts into a new phase that’s less dependent on inventory restocking.
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Indiana official out of job after 'live ammo' tweet

February 23, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana deputy attorney general "is no longer employed" by the state after Mother Jones magazine reported he tweeted that police should use live ammunition against Wisconsin labor protesters, the attorney general's office said Wednesday.
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UPDATE: CNO shares soar after quarterly profit rises

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer, in an after-markets announcement, said it earned $168.2 million in the final three months of last year, a big jump from the $18.2 million profit it posted in the same quarter the prior year.
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Republic takes quarterly loss but beats analyst estimates

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Republic Airways suffered a loss in its fourth quarter as its Frontier Airlines business continued to lose money and its contract business with other airlines remained slower than in 2009. But the airline's performance easily topped expectations of Wall Street.
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Language Training Center expands relationship with LPGA

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based Language Training Center is now translating the letters of the professional golf association’s commissioner into multiple languages and providing live interpretation at association meetings.
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Casket maker plans $16.5M investment, 300 jobs

February 23, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Genesis Casket Co., launched just last year, expects to produce 30,000 caskets in its first full year of operation. The company plans to fill the first 150 jobs by the time the plant opens this summer.
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WellPoint board declares 25-cent dividend

February 23, 2011
Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. became the latest health insurer to reward shareholders with a quarterly payout after piling up cash from a string of strong financial performances.
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Franciscan's electronic records rollout shows industry growth

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Franciscan Alliance will spend more than $100 million over the next two years to install a common electronic medical record system at its 13 hospitals and more than 165 physician practices. It’s a sign of the growth of the health information technology industry in Indiana, which a new BioCrossroads report says generates $200 million a year in sales and is growing at 8 percent annually.
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Lilly looks to double pipeline size again

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Lilly is developing what it calls “The Mirror Portfolio,” which it expects to grow to 45 to 60 drugs in five years. This month, Lilly announced it had secured venture-capital funding for the first two drugs in this alternative pipeline.
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Fair bankruptcy trustee hears from prospective Lampoon suitors

February 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Fair Finance Co.’s bankruptcy trustee is getting inquiries from parties interested in buying National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based comedy business led by embattled Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham.
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Indiana Senate OKs contentious immigration bill

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-ruled Senate voted 31-18 Tuesday for the bill, which contains penalties for businesses that hire illegal immigrants and allows police officers to ask someone for proof of immigration status if they have a reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally.
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Democratic lawmakers leave Indiana, block labor bill

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats took a page from the playbook of their counterparts in Wisconsin on Tuesday, refusing to show up and at least temporarily blocking a Republican-backed labor bill.
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House GOP budget spares bank insurance fund

February 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana bankers are relieved House Republicans decided to spare a bank insurance fund from being raided to plug holes elsewhere in the state’s finances, but they're not done lobbying against the idea.
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Court OKs reorganization plan for Hoosier Park owner

February 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino owner Centaur LLC last week won court approval of its plan to cut debt by about $636 million and exit bankruptcy.
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Water playground proposed for far-east side park

February 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Splash zone is among several improvements slated for German Church and 30th Park, a few of which will be considered Thursday by the Metropolitan Development Commission's hearing examiner.
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Blockbuster selling movie-rental chain to creditors

February 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The bankrupt chain will immediately close 609 stores. The company declined to comment on whether any of the 20-some stores in the Indianapolis area will be among the casualties.
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Broad Ripple raising money to preserve historic buildings

February 22, 2011
Tom Harton
A movement to protect historic buildings in Broad Ripple could target as many as 60 properties.
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Former U.S. Rep. Ellsworth won't run for governor

February 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Democrat who lost to Dan Coats in November's U.S. Senate race says he won't run for any office in 2012. With recent announcements by other potential candidates, the field is beginning to shake out.
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Indiana home sales and prices rise in January

February 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The median sale price of homes across the state rose to $100,000 during January, up 5 percent when compared to the same month last year.
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Judge tosses Noble Roman's franchisee claims

February 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
Noble Roman's Inc. has won a pivotal courtroom victory in a battle with 14 former franchisees of its dual-branded Noble Roman’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs restaurants.
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Ex-manager files $600M suit against Indiana Live owners, others

February 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Maryland-based Cordish Cos. says the casino owners withheld $8.4 million in payments and conspired with other groups trying to sabotage its plans for a Maryland gambling facility.
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Midway Produce acquired by U.S. Foodservice

February 21, 2011
Founded in 1999, Indianapolis-based Midway Produce mostly distributes produce to restaurants, health care facilities and schools throughout central Indiana.
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