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Bond swaps cost city units $93M in penalties

July 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Wall Street bankers for decades sold municipalities like Indianapolis on debt instruments called swaps as a safe way to reduce borrowing costs and hedge against rising interest rates. In reality, the swaps were complicated bets that relied on misguided assumptions, and taxpayers paid.
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Thirst rises for liquor licenses in Marion CountyRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Finding the golden ticket of a liquor license in Indianapolis can be tricky—and costly. All 321 permits allowed in Marion County under a state quota have been allotted. Unless a restaurant is opening in an “off-quota” district, the owner has to find someone willing to transfer an existing license.
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Smart plug-in is audibly different from conventional modelRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The future of electric-powered automotive transportation is already sitting in the showroom of the Indianapolis Smart car dealership at 4000 E. 96th St. It’s a European version of the plug-in Smart.
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Biglari invests $41M in Steak n Shake parent over 2 monthsRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
The CEO of the parent company of Steak n Shake spent $40.8 million to acquire more than 134,000 shares in May and June. He now controls about 202,000 shares, or 14 percent of the 1.4 million shares outstanding.
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IBJ wins 9 national journalism awardsRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
IBJ won eight awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publications’ summer conference June 26 in Indianapolis.
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Program tying doctor bonuses to quality goes statewideRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
The program currently includes 1,200 physicians—about 10 percent of all doctors in Indiana.
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Risk inherent with bid to bring World Cup to IndyRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
But promoters of effort to bring global soccer competition here in 2018 or 2022 aren't concerned about repeat of financial failures of World Basketball Championships.
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Health care reform bringing changes to Caregivers

July 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Caregivers anticipates coping with declining Medicare reimbursements while having to offer insurance to its employees.
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DINING: Clubhouse serves mixed messages

July 3, 2010
Lou Harry
Southside newcomer serves a memorable burger.
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CIB audit shows agency finances improving

July 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board earned $10 million last year after reporting a $16.8 million loss in 2008. Its financial future is clouded, however, by talks with the Indiana Pacers over Conseco Fieldhouse operating costs.
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Connecticut to probe WellPoint security breach

July 2, 2010
Bloomberg News
Attorney general seeks more details on the breach, which may have compromised financial and health information on almost 500,000 people. He also calls on the Indianapolis-based insurer to provide affected customers with credit monitoring and theft protection services.
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INSIDE DISH: Hollyhock Hill sticks with recipe for nostalgia

July 2, 2010
Mason King
Hollyhock
                           watch video iconThe country-cuisine icon has survived several recessions and dozens of food fads. Owner Jay Snyder is staying the course, while looking ahead to his exit.
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Wishard construction bids starting to flow

July 2, 2010
Scott Olson
About $72 million in bids have been awarded so far for the $754 million Wishard Hospital project—ahead of schedule and under budget, for the time being—including demolition and foundation work.
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Lilly acquires biotech company with pancreatic drug

July 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Massachusetts-based Alnara Pharmaceuticals Inc., which has attracted $55 million in venture capital in the past two years, recently submitted its drug to the FDA for market approval.
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Fort Wayne medical practice splits, following industry trend

July 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
More than 100 staff members of Indiana Medical Associates LLC likely will land at one of two area hospital systems. The move mirrors national and local consolidation of practices with hospitals.
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Vera Bradley files for $175M IPO

July 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 28-year-old company reported profit in its latest fiscal year of $43.2 million on $288.9 million in sales.
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Richmond factory being closed by new owner

July 1, 2010
Associated Press
Engineered Plastic Components decision will cost 75 workers their jobs at the former Innatech plant.
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Daniels appoints trustees to IU, Purdue boards

July 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities among IU appointments.
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Local union boss on GM talks: 'They're forcing this upon us'

July 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Negotiations for wage cuts meant to grease the sale of a General Motors stamping plant slated for closure will proceed over public protest of 650 local union workers.
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Employers mull legal challenge to new state gun law

July 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana Chamber of Commerce president says several members have inquired about pursuing legal action, though nothing formal is in the works yet.
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Pacers, CIB still talking post-deadline

July 1, 2010
Scott Olson
A June 30 deadline imposed by the basketball team passed with no agreement on who will pay Conseco Fieldhouse operating expenses, but both sides remain optimistic a deal will get done soon.
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Grassley asks Lilly, peers about whistleblower treatment

July 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. Senator Charles Grassley asked 16 drugmakers, including Eli Lilly & Co., Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc, to reveal how they treat whistleblowers who file complaints under the False Claims Act.
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FBI scoops up Tim Durham's car collection

June 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
An agreement with Durham's attorney paved the way for FBI agents to pick up 18 cars from Durham's residences in Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
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House speaker continues quest for jobs data

June 30, 2010
Scott Olson
State Rep. Pat Bauer says employment figures provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. are a good start but insists the agency is not revealing everything it can.
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UPDATE: Stamping plant suitor gets time to negotiate

June 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
There’s more time for Illinois-based JD Norman Industries to hammer out a deal to buy a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, potentially saving hundreds of local jobs.
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