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Mayor unveils infrastructure-improvement plan details

May 11, 2010
City would use $425 million expected from selling the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group to upgrade city streets, sidewalks and bridges.
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CIB agrees to help Black Expo, but not with grant

May 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board votes not to restore IBE's annual $150,000 grant, but agrees to provide the organization with in-kind services equaling the amount.
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Shareholders overwhelmingly OK Conseco name change

May 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based life and health insurer is now CNO Financial Group Inc. to reflect what company officers call a "transformation" of the once-troubled firm.
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Resource lands Colliers affiliation

May 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
Resource Commercial Real Estate, which will remain locally owned and operated, will be known as Colliers International effective immediately, the company said.
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Chrysler plans to spend $300M retooling Kokomo plants

May 11, 2010
Investment in transmission and casting plants, however, hinges on city's ability to offer tax abatement.
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Apartment sellers testing market again

May 11, 2010
Tom Harton
Several apartment properties are back on the market as owners try to appeal to private investors looking for deals before higher interest rates and inflation dampen their enthusiasm.
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Report: WellPoint, Aetna may need relief from cost mandate

May 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. health overhaul’s mandate that insurers spend 80 percent of premiums on medical care may need to be loosened to keep companies from quitting the market for people who buy coverage on their own, state regulators said.
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State's largest pension programs get new leader

May 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Steve Russo was chosen Monday as executive director of both the Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund.
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Tax credits help boost April home sales in central Indiana

May 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements surged 33.8 percent in the Indianapolis area in April as buyers rushed to beat the deadline for federal tax incentives.
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Study: Pacers, Fever add $55M to local economy each year

May 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever contribute an estimated $55 million a year to the Indianapolis economy, according to a study conducted by Chicago-based hospitality consulting firm Hunden Strategic Partners.
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WellPoint, others may need relief from law's spending mandate

May 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
The health law passed by Congress in March will force insurers like WellPoint to give rebates to customers next year if the companies don't meet the medical-spending minimums.
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Bren Simon lashes out over 'wrongfully removed' medical log

May 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
Widow alleges in a new court filing that a former nurse aide for Melvin Simon stole a confidential medical log and unlawfully turned it over to attorneys representing one of Simon's children from a previous marriage.
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Simon shares surge despite failed General Growth deal

May 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Simon’s rise suggested investors believe the company will be just fine without General Growth Properties Inc., the Chicago-based rival it had been pursuing for months.
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CIB set to release results of Pacers impact study

May 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The report from a Chicago consulting firm will detail how much the Indiana Pacers contribute to the local economy, as the Capital Improvement Board negotiates with team officials over paying $15 million in annual Conseco Fieldhouse operating costs.
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Packaging manufacturer plans 22 jobs in Westfield

May 10, 2010
Carmel-based CPS Inc. is moving into an existing 64,800-square-foot building and will begin hiring in July.
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Braly, Obama spar again over WellPoint cancellation policies

May 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
CEO of Indianapolis-based health insurer wrote to Obama on Sunday to rebut the president's criticism that WellPoint seeks out breast cancer patients to cancel their policies.
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Local funeral home operator in Michigan jail

May 10, 2010
Robert Nelms will spend at least a month in jail until the sale of Memory Gardens Management Corp. is complete. He is awaiting sentencing in Michigan and faces up to three years in prison.
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Cabela's revs up expansion, but leaves Greenwood off list

May 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Nebraska-based outdoor retailer plans to open new stores again after a two-year, recession-induced halt on expansion. But the company is not reviving its plan for the 96-acre plot it owns in Greenwood.
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Wishard Hospital project is life blood to contractors

May 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Replacing the existing Wishard Memorial Hospital is so critical to the well-being of the sickly construction sector that one industry official likens the project to a "lifeline."
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Stone Creek owner adding to his dining empire

May 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike Cunningham has run dining spots ranging from a bar and grill to yogurt stands and is now growing a popular chain of upscale restaurants—primarily under the Stone Creek Dining Co. name—in Indiana and Ohio.
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Glick Eye Institute designed to mesh architectural styles, ophthalmology researchers

May 8, 2010
Norm Heikens
The new home for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute that’s rising from the ground at IUPUI must do a lot of things well.
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Study: Indiana shows long-term decrease in air toxicsRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Chris O'Malley
IDEM says in its newly released “ToxWatch” report that the level of air toxics over the last decade has “decreased to within levels acceptable to the U.S. EPA.
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Knauf Insulation sues NatCity over $8M investment lossRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
One of Shelby County's largest employers is suing NatCity Investments Inc. to try to recover nearly $8 million in losses on auction-rate securities. Knauf Insulation filed suit in Shelby Superior Court in March, saying NatCity should repay the money in accordance with a settlement the bank reached with federal regulators in March 2009.
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Coffee sales give Christel House a boostRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Christel House is brokering sales of in-room coffee to resorts around the country, taking a 10-percent royalty to do so. The coffee is roasted by Indianapolis-based Copper Moon Coffee Co. and packaged in red and green bags decorated with drawings by students at Christel House's schools.
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Veolia concessions worry regulatorsRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Testimony filed in Indianapolis Water Co.'s rate case shows the city in 2007 agreed to take on millions of dollars in costs from the private firm it hired to operate the utility, including $48 million in retiree medical plan obligations.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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