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City cracks down on illegal massage parlors

April 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A multi-agency code-enforcement sweep aimed at curbing prostitution and human-trafficking targets 13 massage parlors.
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Cook promises Old Centrum work will be done by year-end

April 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Philanthropist Bill Cook will manage a $7 million restoration of the former Old Centrum building at 12th Street and Central Avenue in Indianapolis, and the newly renamed Indiana Landmarks will move its headquarters there.
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Airport CEO spent $37K on travel in first year

April 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
John Clark took trips to Malayasia, England and the Super Bowl during his first year as CEO of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.
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Fair Finance trustee sues Dan Laikin for $19M

April 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
The suit against Laikin, a longtime friend of Fair Finance CEO Tim Durham, is the first major legal move to untangle the morass of related-party loans that propelled the company into insolvency.
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Centaur's junior lenders press for bankruptcy liquidation

April 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Unsatisfied with the Hoosier Park owner's reorganization plan, hedge funds represented by Wells Fargo Bank petition for conversion of Chapter 11 bankruptcy into Chapter 7.
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CIB takes Black Expo grant request under consideration

April 13, 2010
Local not-for-profit wants annual $150,000 grant from the Capital Improvement Board restored to better market the Circle City Classic.
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Employers want cake, and to eat it, too

April 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Employers are still trying to get their arms around what the new health insurance law will mean for them. But on the eve of the law's passage last month, a survey by Indianapolis-based United Benefit Advisors LLC showed employers as a group had no hope the law would reduce their costs but also no coherent plan for reforming the current system.
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Indiana Design Center lines up tenants

April 13, 2010
Tom Harton
The $25 million project, which is the cornerstone of Carmel's Arts & Design District, has signed 11 interior design-related tenants and a restaurant.
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WellPoint, UnitedHealth, grapple with medical-cost mandate

April 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
A U.S. mandate forcing insurers led by UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc. to spend 85 percent of revenue from premiums on medical care is the newest front in the battle between the Obama administration and companies over industry profits.
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Report: Simon may drop General Growth bid

April 12, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares in General Growth Properties Inc., the second-biggest U.S. mall owner, fell as much as 6.7 percent Monday morning after a newsletter report that Simon Property Group Inc. may abandon a takeover bid for its smaller rival.
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Purdue secures $15M to expand cancer research building

April 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Stimulus dollars from the National Institutes of Health expected to spark 30 to 40 new research jobs by 2013.
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Hilbert in-law's insurance fraud trial set for October

April 12, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
As IBJ reported last year, Houston-based American General Life Insurance Company is attempting to invalidate a $15 million policy it issued in January 2006 insuring the life of Germaine “Suzy” Tomlinson—Conseco Inc. co-founder Stephen Hilbert’s mother-in-law—who died Sept. 28, 2008, at age 74.
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Ivy Tech gets $4.7M energy grant to retrain 1,500 workers

April 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Federal money will help create programs at community college and Purdue University to offer skills in smart-grid technologies.
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Historic Landmarks to announce move, name change

April 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana is expected to announce Tuesday that it will move its headquarters to the Old Centrum at 12th Street and Central Avenue in Indianapolis.
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Area home sales, prices continue to improve

April 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Sales agreements in the nine-county area rose last month by 10.6 percent, compared with the same month last year, while prices jumped 12.1 percent.
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Black Expo making pitch for lost CIB grant

April 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Not-for-profit hopes to have $150,000 in annual funding restored, particularly now that it has taken on the additional duties related to the Circle City Classic.
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Lilly sets date for move from Faris campus downtown

April 12, 2010
Work force reductions, new business structure make leased office space unnecessary. Moves will begin in late June.
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Women's Fund sets $20 million goal for endowment

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Women's Fund of Central Indiana recently completed an endowment drive that raised $7 million, making the endowment one of the largest of its kind in terms of assets.
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Noblesville company has high hopes for pomegranate

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Verdure Sciences, a botanical-extract distributor, has invested more than $1 million in marketing and research, and hopes to see its product in more foods and drinks, perhaps even mouthwash.
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Adjunct instructors organize at IUPUI

April 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Two problems come with prevalent use of adjunct instructors: a perception that adjuncts reduce the quality of instruction and the adjuncts' frustration with low levels of pay, security and benefits, and appreciation.
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Final Four run presents challenges for Butler

April 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone is hopeful Butler University officials will not let their enthusiasm over the school's recent push to the NCAA Championship game run wild.
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$15M loan brings EnerDel closer to launching productionRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The locally based battery maker serves as collateral on the financing lined up by its New York-based parent, Ener1.
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Survey: Online generation values personal touch in givingRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The findings may come as a surprise to not-for-profit executives who think the Internet generation doesn’t require a personal touch.
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Centaur bets on risky restructuring planRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Bankrupt Hoosier Park owner Centaur Inc. has offered its creditors a risky reorganization plan. For it to work, dozens of hedge funds must stay in the game, in return for a chance to buy a big chunk of the company later.
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Nursing home association facing big debtRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Health Care Association is looking for a new leader even as it tries to dig out of a pile of debt. Current President Steve Smith, whose contract expires Nov. 30, says he's put the organization on a path to be financially stable by 2012. But his predecessor says Smith has ruined a once-strong organization.
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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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