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Westfield lumber company part of acquisition

February 16, 2010
Hall & House Lumber Co. in Westfield will become part of one of the largest distributors of lumber and building materials in the nation, once the purchase of its parent is completed next month.
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Meetings start public discussion of regional transit plan

February 16, 2010
Indy Connect will hold its first public forum Tuesday evening to begin the process of gathering public input on a regional transportation plan that proposes raising taxes to build a light-rail line, improve bus service and expand roadways.
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Simon making $10B bet on future of malls

February 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Wall Street today is cheering Simon Property Group Inc.'s giant bet on the future of retail real estate, a sector that appeared left for dead just months ago. The nation's largest mall owner has offered $10 billion to take over its nearest rival, Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc., which is in bankruptcy.
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WellPoint delays investor meeting to testify on rate flap

February 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based insurer, preparing for Congressional testimony on proposed premium increases in California, says its earnings forecast is now less clear.
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Simon offers $10 billion for General Growth

February 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Deal to acquire competitor would be largest ever for Simon Property Group, already the nation's largest mall operator.
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UPDATE: Bayh will consider private sector, university post

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Tired of partisan politics, Sen. Evan Bayh told a standing-room-only crowd at an Indianapolis news conference Monday afternoon that he will eschew reelection and wants to "serve society in another way."
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Local marketing firm inks deal with Jeff Gordon

February 15, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Just Marketing International signs NASCAR star Jeff Gordon to a contract sports business experts say is a multimillion dollar deal for the local firm.
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Wintry weather testing work snow-day policies

February 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Coping with wintery blasts is made easier by advancements in work-from-home technology. But different kinds of companies have different policies when it comes to giving employees the option to telecommute or blow off the workday altogether.
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Fed up with Congress, Bayh will not run for third term

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh has a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. at IUPUI's University Place Conference Center and Hotel, where he will announce that he won't run for re-election. "I  do not love Congress," he said in a prepared statement.
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Ivy Tech, IPIC snare $10M in job-training grants

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Programs will bolster job opportunities for some 1,700 Indiana workers in sectors including health care and advanced manufacturing.
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Gambling to remain an issue in General Assembly

February 13, 2010
Associated Press
Issue likely to land in House, Senate conference committee.
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Banks suing Broadbent, pushing one strip center into bankruptcy

February 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co.’s legal battles with lenders have escalated, pushing one of its 34 strip malls into bankruptcy and prompting Huntington National Bank and PNC Bank to sue to collect principal owed on loans tied to four more.
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Local convention activity warming up during winter months

February 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Once considered a destination only eight months of the year, Indianapolis—with its compact downtown and indoor walkways—is emerging as a convention powerhouse even during cold weather.
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Clarian, IU plan $100 million neurosciences center

February 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine want their planned neurosciences hub to become a destination for patients suffering from brain, nerve and mental maladies—and for the government and industry research dollars that can fuel advances in care.
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Census expected to show Hamilton County tops in coveted demographics

February 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hamilton County is poised to become the demographic all-star of the decade. Its 269,785 residents make up the fastest-growing, most educated and wealthiest county in the state, according to estimates from the Indiana Business Research Center.
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Republic stock falls following departure of Frontier execRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
CEO Bryan Bedford remains at the helm, but shares of Republic Airways have fallen nearly 30 percent following the departure of an executive deemed key to the operation of the regional airline’s first two branded carriers, Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines.
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ICVA chief: Downtown Indianapolis will need another big hotelRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The 1,000-room J.W. Marriott isn’t even finished and support already is emerging for a second downtown hotel that would rival it in size.
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PTS sues Roche Diagnostic to end blood-monitor royalties

February 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Polymer Technology Systems Inc., a small Indianapolis-based maker of handheld blood monitors, has gone to court to fight a competitor more than 100 times its size: Roche Diagnostics Corp.
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State exporters poised to benefit from Obama effortRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Overseas sales are a major emphasis for Indianapolis-based Peerless Pump, which makes highly engineered pumps for fire suppression, factories and waterworks. President Obama’s administration wants to help rebuild the U.S. economy by putting more companies on Peerless’ trajectory.
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East-west rail line could boost Indianapolis' coreRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
With traffic congestion growing, the idea of sending streetcars zipping down Washington Street—from far-east-side Cumberland to Indianapolis International Airport on the west—is making a return. And the route could offer the best bang for the buck in spurring transit-oriented development.
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Development firm Sandor leaving midtown for CarmelRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Strip-center owner and developer Sandor Development Co. is moving its headquarters to Hamilton County after almost 50 years in Indianapolis.
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IBJ Media president leaving after 30 years

February 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Chris Katterjohn told IBJ employees Friday morning that he would leave at the end of February. Katterjohn has spent 30 years with the firm, including the past 20 years as publisher of the company's flagship Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Could WellPoint woes breathe life into health reform?

February 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The firestorm created this week by Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint's spike in premiums could resurrect some parts of the languishing health reform bills.
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Local investment firm sold

February 12, 2010
Indianapolis-based Redwood Investment Advisers Ltd. has been purchased by a firm in Portland, Ore. Redwood, whose clients include physicians and physician groups, has $350 million in assets under management.
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Patrick's stock-car foray wins sponsor big-dollar exposure

February 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Danica Patrick's initial thrust into stock-car racing earned her sponsor $230,000 in media exposure, according to a research firm. Her next race on Feb. 13 should generate much more.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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