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Indiana life sciences sector copes with shrinking VC poolRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Chris O\'malley
Venture funds nationwide crested at $100 billion in 2000, but that number last year had drooped to $18 billion.
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City seeks privatization of Velodrome

October 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
City officials are hoping that privatizing the Major Taylor Velodrome, which now is in disrepair, will breathe new life into the cycling venue built in 1982 as a key part of Indianapolis’ efforts to become a sports capital.
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Oaks Academy pondering how to fund a second locationRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
Local leaders are encouraging The Oaks Academy to duplicate its successful urban private school model at a second location as part of the massive investment in near-east-side redevelopment spurred on by Indianapolis’ successful bid for the 2012 Super Bowl.
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Local Fox affiliate fattens up on news

October 30, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Since 2004, WXIN-TV Channel 59 in 2004 has gone from airing 18-1/2 hours of live local news a week to 54-1/2 hours. And if everything goes as planned, by the end of 2012 it will add a 6-7 p.m. newscast weekdays, bringing the total to an astonishing 59-1/2 hours.
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Sallie Mae consolidation bringing 350 jobs to Indiana

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Student-loan giant Sallie Mae will consolidate operations in Indiana as part of a company-wide restructuring, creating about 350 jobs at its existing facilities in Fishers and Muncie.
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UPDATE: Butler's Fong leaving for new job

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Butler University President Bobby Fong will leave at the end of the current academic year to take the helm of private Ursinus College outside Philadelphia, the Indianapolis school confirmed Friday afternoon.
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Mayor's communications strategist leaving city post

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Robert Vane, Ballard’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, plans to start his own firm specializing in crisis and strategic communications. His last day with the city is Nov. 5.
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Rail company plans new plant, 650 jobs in Muncie

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Alabama-based Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said it plans to invest about $50 million to open the first locomotive manufacturing and assembly plant in the United States in many years.
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Ascension aims to cut costs with $10.9M service center

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Bebe Paluzza trade shows sold to industry vets

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bebe Paluzza Productions, which started as a local trade show for parents and grew into a series of consumer events staged in five cities, has been sold to two industry veterans who want to continue that expansion.
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U.S. economy grew anemically in third quarter

October 29, 2010
Associated Press
The government reported Friday morning that the economy expanded at a 2-percent annual rate in the July-September quarter. It marked a slight improvement from the feeble 1.7-percent growth in the April-June quarter.
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Health care firm plans 500 jobs in Indianapolis

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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More job losses coming at doomed manufacturing plant

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Automotive Components Holdings, which makes hydraulic steering systems for Ford Motor Co., notified the state this week that it plans to permanently lay off 26 employees during the first two weeks of 2011.
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Lender Oak Street acquired by New York firm

October 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based insurance lender Oak Street Funding LLC announced Thursday that it has been purchased by private equity funds managed by New York-based Angelo Gordon & Co.
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Veolia losing water contract, will get $29M termination fee

October 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Playing a limited role under Indianapolis Water's new owner, Citizens Energy, wouldn't be profitable, Veolia says. Citizens plans to make job offers to "substantially all" Veolia employees.
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Cash crunch hits Indianapolis Urban League

October 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
After losing a key grant, Indianapolis Urban League laid off employees and failed to make three months' worth of retirement payments into one former worker's account—something that was remedied after the worker complained to the Labor Department.
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Carmel couple donating $45M to University of Maryland

October 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indiana couple is making a $45 million donation to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, which will use the money to establish a research center to study autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
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Baldwin & Lyons reports lower profit, higher revenue

October 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The insurer announced Thursday morning that it earned $9.2 million in the third quarter, down from $14.3 million a year ago. Quarterly revenue rose to $67.3 million, up from $65.5 million.
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National unemployment claims drop sharply

October 28, 2010
Associated Press
Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the second drop in a row and a hopeful sign the job market could be improving.
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Tech firm to hire about 125 in Carmel

October 28, 2010
Interactions Corp., a technology firm based in Boston, plans to hire about 125 workers at its technology center in Carmel over the next few months, the company announced Thursday morning.
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Duke Realty improves third-quarter performance

October 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Duke Realty Corp. had its best leasing quarter in three years and boosted overall occupancy to nearly 90 percent, helping the company post a profit for the fiscal period ended Sept. 30.
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Dow Agro sales climb, but profit suffers

October 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences improved revenue during the third quarter thanks to a 26-percent increase in volume, but it still recorded a loss for the period.
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U.S. attorneys, FBI to watch for voter fraud, abuses

October 28, 2010
Associated Press
The FBI also will have special agents available to receive allegations of election fraud or discrimination.
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Secretary of state files complaint against teachers' fund broker

October 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Karandos, a broker who advised the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust before it collapsed in 2009, is facing an administrative complaint from the Indiana Securities Division, which alleges 13 violations for unethical, dishonest and deceptive practices.
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NCAA athletes improve overall graduation rates

October 27, 2010
Associated Press
The annual Graduation Success Rate shows 79 percent of all athletes entering college between 2000-01 and 2003-04 earned degrees within six years.
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