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General Growth board sued for rejecting $10B Simon bid

February 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Directors at Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. are being sued by a shareholder claiming they shouldn’t have rejected a $10 billion buyout offer from competitor Simon Property Group Inc.
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Indianapolis officials used Super Bowl to prep for 2012

February 20, 2010
Associated Press
Nearly four dozen host committee members and Indianapolis officials attended the game. The entourage will apply what they learned to the 2012 event.
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White House plans new rules for health insurers

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
President Obama will release a proposal to restart the health-care debate before a bipartisan White House meeting on Feb. 25, one day after WellPoint officials testify before Congress about steep rate increases.
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Judge places Fair Finance into bankruptcy

February 19, 2010
Greg Andrews
A federal trustee will take control of the company's assets while securities-fraud probes continue.
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Airport picks team to study re-use of land at old terminal site

February 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority's plan for the next "30 to 50 years" starts with a team tapped Friday morning. Five firms will study ways to use airport property, including the former passenger terminal.
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Apartment developer plans 217 units in Lawrence

February 19, 2010
Cory Schouten
J.C. Hart Co. is designing plans for a $17 million upscale apartment community as part of the master-planned Lawrence Village at the Fort.
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State funding cuts a setback for public stations

February 19, 2010
Scott Olson
The state's eight public television and radio stations, including WFYI in Indianapolis, will not receive their final two installments of public funding for fiscal 2010 because of Indiana's budget crisis.
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Teva gets European OK to sell generic of Lilly's Evista

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Evista generated $1.03 billion in sales last year, of which $348.1 million came outside the United States.
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Blackstone may join Simon's bid for General Growth

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest private-equity firm, may join Simon Property Group Inc.'s bid to buy bankrupt General Growth Properties Inc., according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.
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Indianapolis to demonstate plug-in electric vehicles

February 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Green watch
                           video iconCity will be among first to conduct demonstration of several plug-in electric vehicles prior to their market launch next year.
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J.D. Power ranks Indianapolis airport best

February 18, 2010
A survey by J.D. Power and Associates has Indianapolis International Airport tops among 64 major airports in the country when it comes to overall passenger satisfaction.
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Kite Realty reports quarterly profit, annual loss

February 18, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based developer Kite Realty Group Trust turned a small profit in the fourth quarter, but reported a loss in 2009 amid difficult commercial real estate conditions.
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Foes keep up 31-year fight over central Indiana landfill

February 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A developer who has been trying for 31 years to build a central Indiana landfill says he's ready to start construction after receiving a state permit.
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Vortek Surgical moving HQ to Brownsburg, adding 60 jobs

February 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Vortek Surgical LLC will relocate to Brownsburg, expanding its headquarters, manufacturing and distribution operations and creating more than 60 jobs in the next three years.
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WellPoint rate hikes spark protest in Indianapolis

February 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Congressman Andre Carson will make remarks Thursday during a public chastising of Indianapolis-based health insurer for 21-percent rate hike on individuals.
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House panel OKs delay in unemployment tax hike

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee endorsed legislation Wednesday that would delay for one year increases in taxes that employers pay into the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund.
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Mays named to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed former Democratic state Rep. Carolene Mays of Indianapolis to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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WellPoint, insurance commissioner get earful from lawmakers

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
State House insurance committee chair grills executives about WellPoint's 21-percent premium increase for individual policyholders in Indiana.
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Cultural Trail snags $20.5 million stimulus boost

February 17, 2010
Scott Olson
The funds will be used for construction on the remaining 4.5 miles of the $62.5 million project, officials announced Wednesday.
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Bioanalytical Systems reports quarterly loss

February 17, 2010
Bioanalytical Systems Inc., a West Lafayette-based life sciences contract research firm, on Wednesday reported a loss of $1.4 million for its fiscal first quarter.
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Indiana part of national medical school surge

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Marian University's planned medical school is one of two dozen nationally, but budget cuts are forcing Indiana University to retreat on enrollment expansion.
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WellPoint hits bottom with customers

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Even before WellPoint dissatisfied President Obama over its rate increases in California, it wasn't doing so hot satisfying its actual customers, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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Carmel software consultant acquires Ohio firm

February 17, 2010
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe has purchased TransTech Consulting Inc., a management consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio.
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Calumet's quarterly profit shrinks on higher oil prices

February 17, 2010
Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products reported a profit of $8.2 million in the fourth quarter, a 56-percent decrease from the same period a year ago.
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General Growth snubs initial offer from rival Simon

February 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. will have to wait in line with other potential bidders and raise its offer if it wants to land bankrupt rival General Growth Properties Inc., the Chicago-based company said in a letter late Tuesday.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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