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Ex-higher ed chief Jones unveils college completion group

March 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
With funding of $12 million over four years, Stan Jones wants to influence states to focus on getting college students to graduate.
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Ford supplier Lear to add 200-plus jobs in Hammond

March 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Michigan-based auto components maker Lear Operations Corp. plans to invest more than $2.2 million to expand and upgrade its manufacturing facility in Hammond, adding more than 285 jobs this year.
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Consumer group sues Anthem over policy changes

March 1, 2010
Associated Press
A consumer watchdog group filed a lawsuit Monday against WellPoint's California subsidiary on behalf of policyholders, claiming they were pushed to take coverage with fewer benefits and higher deductibles.
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Stutz Business Center owner purchases Canterbury Hotel

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Turner Woodard has purchased the historic Canterbury Hotel on South Illinois Street. He said the hotel fits his vision of turning around properties and making them profitable.
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State health commissioner leaving for CDC

March 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Judy Monroe, after five years as Indiana's public health leader, will spearhead communication between federal and state health agencies.
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Hearings on Walgreens' bid to sell alcohol continued

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
The Illinois-based drugstore chain is seeking to sell beer and wine at 29 of its stores in Marion County. Opponents argue that the county already has granted enough permits.
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Hoosier Hysteria history available on demand

March 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bright House Networks, Comcast offer digital cable subscribers access to classic IHSAA boy's basketball title games.
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First Internet Bank suffers first loss since 2000

March 1, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Problem loans led to a $2.1 million loss for the Web-based financial company in 2009.
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Convention center tours part of larger tourism strategy

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Executives of Gen Con, one of the city's largest conventions, visited Indianapolis last week to get their first glance of the construction of the Indiana Convention Center expansion. Local tourism officials are using such tours to market the larger space.
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Regulators take interest in Simon's play for Prime Outlets

February 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Federal Trade Commission has contacted Gap Inc. about Simon Property Group's proposed acquisition of Prime Outlets Acquisition Co.
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Pacers could buck NBA trend, see slight rise in attendanceRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana Pacers officials believe with a late surge they can register their second straight season with an attendance increase. If the Pacers can boost ticket sales by a few hundred per game, the team would be one of only 10 in the 30-team National Basketball Association to score an increase.
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Chinese investors financing startup, early stage companiesRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Norm Heikens
Indiana entrepreneurs weary of hitting dry holes with angel investors and venture capitalists are turning to Chinese investors who are eager to diversify their portfolios, latch onto American innovations—and take advantage of a federal visa program.
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NCAA plans to battle counterfeiters during the men's Final Four

February 27, 2010
Scott Olson
A National Collegiate Athletic Association posse will be supplemented by local police officers in search of unlicensed T-shirts and other memorabilia.
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Tech-savvy Scotty's owner eyes national expansion

February 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Scotty watch videoScott Wise has five Scotty's Brewhouse locations and is set to debut the Scotty's Lakehouse concept Monday. Within 10 years, he'd like to have restaurants in the Southeast and on the West Coast.
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Officials: Weak smoking ban hurts Indianapolis' hospitality efforts

February 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The ongoing smoking-ban debate is getting a new spark from convention leaders trying to light a fire under lawmakers, who have been reluctant to approve the kind of comprehensive smoking ban that health—and now tourism—officials say is needed here.
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Ballard retooling city's curbside recycling strategyRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard plans to renegotiate the city's trash-collection-and-processing deals, a move aimed at boosting Indianapolis' woeful 3.5-percent curbside-recycling rate and making the city one of the best environmental stewards in the Midwest.
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Intellectual property practices in law firms recovering from recessionRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Norm Heikens
Practices are beginning to thaw along with other areas of the economy.
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Restoration planned for landmark Old Centrum propertyRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana plans to acquire the Romanesque Revival former church and is considering moving its headquarters there.
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Decline in service clubs threatens funding for international causesRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Organizations like Kiwanis boost awareness of international needs, which otherwise rank low on Americans' giving priorities.
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Redevelopment planned for site of former juvenile facilityRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Cory Schouten
King Park Area Development Corp. is preparing to approach developers interested in submitting plans for the 1.8-acre site, the equivalent of about eight residential lots.
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Protest at Evansville Whirlpool plant draws 1,500

February 26, 2010
Associated Press
Company shuttering plant, moving work to Mexico.
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Lilly to shift more employees to Covance

February 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Greenfield Labs operation expects to add 17 Eli Lilly and Co. workers after taking over staff of 264 in 2008 acquisition.
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General Growth seeks to block lawsuit over Simon bid

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc. asked a judge to block a shareholder lawsuit accusing its board of improperly rejecting an acquisition bid from Simon Property Group Inc.
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Scotty's owner planning to open microbrewery

February 26, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis restaurateur Scott Wise is moving forward with plans to launch Scotty’s Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., a microbrewery that will produce craft beer for his eateries and the public. It will share space with another startup craft brewer.
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USA Football touring city, considering moving HQ here

February 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
USA Football officials toured Indianapolis and met major sports brass on Feb. 26 and are considering several local sites, including the former Citizens Gas facility on the southeast side, to be its new home. The organization, part-owned by the NFL, is set to move from its Virginia home later this year.
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