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Clarian grows market share to 40 percent

November 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health has been growing faster than its peers in the Indianapolis market the past five years and is now generating healthy margins, according to a report this month by Moody’s Investors Service.
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Three-quarters of state high schools miss standards

November 23, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's top education official says the latest performance statistics show schools are failing students once they reach high school.
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Keystone plans mixed-use project on Madison Avenue

November 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
A local developer is planning a $2 million mixed-use project for a vacant parcel along Madison Avenue just south of downtown.
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Duke Energy exploring other uses for electric-vehicle batteries

November 23, 2010
Scott Olson
The utility, which has about 780,000 customers in Indiana, is teaming with Japanese firm Itochu Corp. to test applications for used electric vehicle batteries. The pilot project builds on Indiana's clean-tech initiative, Energy Systems Network.
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Ad Age: Steak n Shake seeking new agency

November 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Two years and at least two advertising agencies after ending a long-term advertising deal, Steak n Shake is reviewing pitches from agencies interested in its business, according to a report from industry publication Advertising Age.
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Chrysler to invest $843 million in Kokomo plants

November 23, 2010
Associated Press
The investment was announced just ahead of appearances Tuesday by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at a Chrysler transmission plant.
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State's unemployment rate drops below 10 percent

November 23, 2010
Indiana's unemployment rate in October dipped to 9.9 percent, marking the first time the rate has been below double digits since March.
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Scale Computing scores $17M in venture capital

November 23, 2010
The latest round of funding brings the total raised by the local data-storage upstart to $31 million and follows a $9 million investment it received in March.
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Geist apartment complex sale ends drought of Class A transactions

November 23, 2010
Tom Harton
Grande Reserve at Geist fetched $13.3 million, just shy of the asking price.
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Rolls-Royce lands $20M maintenance contract

November 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rolls-Royce Corp.'s local operation won a $20.3 million contract extension to provide maintenance services for the helicopter engines it makes for the U.S. military, the Department of Defense said Monday.
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Health insurance stocks rise after spending rules outlined

November 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. health insurers, including WellPoint Inc., can include the cost of federal taxes in determining whether they spend enough on patient care, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday.
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Start of downtown North of South project in flux

November 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The developer of the $150 million mixed-use project in downtown Indianapolis had hoped to start construction by the end of the year. But delays in getting the project zoned properly likely will move the start date back.
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Phase 10 inventor folds in dispute over top-selling card game

November 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The inventor of the world's second-best-selling card game has settled a lawsuit with Fundex Games, the Plainfield company that markets and distributes Phase 10.
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Hamilton County foundation president leaving

November 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Legacy Fund President Brad Little is stepping down to take a similar job in Iowa. In three years, the foundation serving Hamilton County has grown from $25 million to $40 million in assets.
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St. Francis hospitals getting Franciscan Alliance name

November 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Mishawaka-based health system's move comes after months of consumer research—and six months after rival system Clarian Health said it would change its name to Indiana University Health.
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Truck manufacturing might ramp up 56 percent in 2011

November 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
An expected push to refresh the oldest North American commercial trucking fleet in at least 31 years should boost sales at partsmakers like Columbus-based Cummins Inc.
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Gold is booming, but for how long?Restricted Content

November 20, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Experts are split over whether runup in precious metal is a classic bubble.
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Indianapolis investment adviser Gene Tanner in it for the long haulRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Norm Heikens
At 78, L. Gene Tanner is one of the longest-serving investment advisers working in Indianapolis. Tanner spoke with IBJ's Norm Heikens about why he shifted to City Securities, his brush with convicted Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff, and how his investment strategy has changed.
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Carp czar has huge task of fighting invasive fishRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Marc D. Allan
John Goss, a Hoosier who helped create the Great Lakes Compact to conserve water, is coordinating federal, state attack.
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Ethanol's future clouded by potential loss of tax breaks

November 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The fortunes of Indiana’s 12 ethanol plants, and the farmers and truckers who supply the corn to make the motor fuel additive, hinge on two decisions facing Congress and federal regulators in the weeks ahead.
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Allison Transmission, key supplier continue court battleRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The dispute reached a boiling point early this year when the supplier, Allison’s sole supplier of bonded piston seals, threatened to stop shipping.
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Election gives GOP upper hand in dealing with unionsRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The goals of Gov. Mitch Daniels and his fellow Republicans could chisel away further at the clout that has dwindled among the state’s labor unions.
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Controversy engulfs Devington community groupRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Devington Community Development Corp. tried to tackle a host of neighborhood ills before closing its doors this month. But the agency also was embroiled in disputes with a local minister and its landlord.
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Company thinks it can make college textbooks obsolete

November 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
An Indianapolis company has developed Web-based software that allows college students to read and electronically mark up textbooks, articles, chapters of books, etc. It also has a business model that its owners think will make more money for publishers and slash students’ textbook costs—which average $1,200 a year—in half.
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Federal Home Loan Bank suing major playersRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis has filed suit against some of the nation’s largest financial institutions, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase, to recover losses on a $3 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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