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Simon weighs new General Growth bid, sources say

March 17, 2010
Associated Press
Simon Property Group Inc. is considering raising its $10 billion buyout offer for rival shopping mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. as early as this week.
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Visteon judge won't halt benefits termination

March 17, 2010
Associated Press
An attorney for a union representing some 2,100 people who worked at two Visteon plants in Indiana argued Tuesday that many are facing hardship, and that the order should be stayed pending an appeal to a federal district court judge.
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Old National name to adorn Murat for three years

March 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The century-old Murat Centre will be named the Old National Centre for the next three years. Event promoter Live Nation on Tuesday put the new name in royal blue lettering above the marquee of the entertainment venue downtown.
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Judge: Bren Simon can't liquidate Simon Property holdings

March 16, 2010
Greg Andrews
A Hamilton County judge says Mel Simon’s widow can’t cash in partnership units worth more than $500 million.
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Cummins expects profit to grow 10 percent a year

March 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
Columbus-based Cummins Inc., North America’s largest maker of heavy-duty diesel truck engines, expects pretax profit to increase 10 percent a year and sales to grow 13 percent annually over the next five years.
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Bakehouse drives growth for Scholars Inn

March 16, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
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                           iconScholars Inn’s growth engine is its wholesale bakery, which distributes granola and other fresh products across state lines thanks to deals with partners like Kroger.
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St. Francis acquires orthopedic surgery practice

March 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has acquired Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana, a six-doctor practice that operates in St. Francis' Mooresville hospital.
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Web site developer Imavex gets new CEO

March 16, 2010
A former executive of Indianapolis-based engineering firm The Schneider Corp. has been named CEO of Imavex LLC, a Noblesville-based Web site developer and Internet marketing consultant.
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Lilly victim of theft from Connecticut warehouse

March 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Pharmaceuticals stolen Sunday morning could be worth up to $75 million.
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Columnist Kravitz dropped from radio show

March 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Sports columnist Bob Kravitz made his final appearance on The Fan's afternoon radio show on Monday. Emmis Communications Corp. executives said the decision was based, in part, on the show's "financial performance."
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Former Summit House apartment tower sold

March 16, 2010
Tom Harton
The landmark apartment building at 38th and Meridian streets formerly known as Summit House has been purchased by a pair of Chicago investors who plan to invest  “a significant amount of capital” into the 20-story tower.
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Custom builders, banks convene to discuss lending environment

March 16, 2010
Tom Harton
The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis is trying to jump-start new home construction by convening a forum on how builders can adapt to banks’ stricter lending requirements.
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$18.9M Navy contract boosts Raytheon's local facility

March 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC will make guided missile launchers for the U.S. Navy at its Indianapolis avionics development center, the Department of Defense announced Monday.
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Lilly pays $50M-plus for rights to testosterone lotion

March 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Lilly will pay Acrux of West Melbourne, Australia, a $50 million license fee, plus $3 million when manufacturing assets are transferred, but the deal could be worth millions more.
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WellPoint affiliate ordered to pay $206K for transplant

March 16, 2010
Associated Press
Blue Cross of California has been ordered to reimburse a man $206,000 after he paid for his own liver transplant.
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Airport makes more executive changes

March 15, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Airport's new hires include Gov. Mitch Daniels' chief legal counsel and a former Simon Property Group senior vice president.
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BlueLock plans $35.6 million investment, 118 new jobs

March 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based tech firm BlueLock LLC is poised to continue its growth spurt, planning a $35.6 million investment at its north-side facility that could create 118 jobs. City planners have recommended approval of a 10-year tax abatement.
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Old National Bank puts name on Murat Centre

March 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The voice-mail system at the Murat already greets callers with this message: You have reached the Old National Center, a Live Nation venue.
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No buyers surfacing for former Winona Hospital

March 15, 2010
As of Monday morning, the Marion County Metropolitan Development Commission had received no bids to buy the property. MDC is set to begin reviewing bids at its Wednesday meeting.
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Big Ten tourney attendance rises by nearly 20 percent

March 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Organizers credit stronger ticket-selling efforts and new promotions for boosting attendance to more than 81,000, the highest it's been since the tournament became an annual event in Indianapolis.
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Biz leaders relieved over one-year payroll tax-hike delay

March 15, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Legislators postponed a $400 million tax hike to shore up Indiana's bankrupt Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, but state's most troubled employers still face automatic payroll tax hike this year.
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Speedway, F1 discussing race's return to Indianapolis

March 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Officials from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Formula One say they're in discussions to bring a Formula One race back to the city. F1 left the city in 2007 after an eight-year run.
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Simon, rival seek foreign investors to back General Growth bid

March 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group and its chief rival in the battle to acquire bankrupt shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. are seeking funding from sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East and Asia, according to the Financial Times of London.
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Local luxury home sales jumped in February

March 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Luxury home sales in central Indiana surged in February despite an overall decline in home sales, Re/Max of Indiana reported Monday morning.
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Community Health Network Foundation names new CEO

March 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Michele Thomas Dole has been a wealth adviser at JP Morgan Chase and development director of the IU Foundation.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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