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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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Judge halts dissolution of struggling Durham firm

February 26, 2010
Greg Andrews
A judge has blocked Tim Durham and other directors of Dallas-based CLST Holdings Inc. from dissolving the struggling company at the close of business Friday. Its largest shareholder hopes to place dissident candidates on the board.
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$22.3 billion public pension merger poised to fail again

February 26, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Key House Democrat recommends summer study for a Gov. Daniels legislative priority: consolidation of the $14.2 billion Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund and the $8.1 billion Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund.
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Conseco shares fall after dip in fourth-quarter profits

February 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based insurer swings to a profit, but earnings from operations decline.
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Adesa parent turns profit, beats expectations

February 26, 2010
Scott Olson
KAR Auction Services reported a profit of $5.3 million in the fourth quarter after sustaining a loss in the same period in 2008. The company's CEO attributed the turnaround to several factors, including the completion of an initial public offering.
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WellPoint records subpoened in California probe

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
The California attorney general has demanded documents from several health insurers, including Indianapolis' WellPoint, believing that their rate-setting and claims practices might be illegal.
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Study: Hospital clout spurs higher Calif. health costs

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
While insurers get the blame for rising health-care costs for consumers, surging fees from hospitals and the growing dominance of such providers may be just as responsible for driving up expenses, according to a new study examining California's market.
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Conseco's quarterly profit trimmed by legal costs

February 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based insurer Conseco Inc. has been profitable for four straight quarters.
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Battle for General Growth biggest real estate fight in years

February 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
The battle for General Growth Properties Inc., owner of more than 200 U.S. malls, is turning into the biggest real estate skirmish since the sale of Sam Zell's Equity Office Properties Trust.
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Indiana Senate approves plan to cut township boards

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill now likely will go to a House-Senate conference committee to try to resolve the House-passed and Senate-approved versions of the bill.
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Sides mum after latest NFL bargaining session

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The two sides held their latest round of negotiations in an Indianapolis hotel ballroom as the league's annual scouting combine began.
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Ethics bill clears Senate with unanimous support

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The most sweeping Indiana legislation in years to tighten ethics and lobbying rules cleared the state Senate 50-0 Thursday and appeared headed soon to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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Weather blamed for unexpected rise in jobless claims

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
New claims for unemployment benefits jumped unexpectedly last week, mostly because state agencies processed a backlog of claims caused by snowstorms the previous week.
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WISH-TV to replace Martha Stewart with local style show

February 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Daily morning talk show will feature local food, fashion, fitness and fads, but must separate itself from crowded cable market.
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Alternative energy firm eyeing New Castle plant

February 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Plans by Washington, D.C.-based D'Arcinoff Group to manufacture wind turbines in an idled plant in New Castle could create 1,800 jobs in the next two years.
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Westfield Group enters General Growth fray, source says

February 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
Additional offers beyond those by Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management may emerge, General Growth President Thomas H. Nolan Jr. said.
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Republic to buy $3B in jets; quarterly profit rises

February 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Republic has agreed to buy 40 Bombardier Inc. CS300 regional jets valued at $3.06 billion, the largest order for the aircraft since its introduction in 2008.
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Brookfield deal doesn't put Simon out of General Growth game

February 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
The bid by Simon Property was an "initial salvo" and the Brookfield plan likely will prompt a new offer from the Indianapolis-based mall owner, real estate research analyst says.
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Indiana House OKs tax-increase repeal, jobs bill

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana House approved legislation Wednesday that would repeal an unemployment-insurance tax increase and approved a package of tax credits and other incentives designed to create jobs.
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General Growth plans to split in two to exit bankruptcy

February 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
General Growth Properties Inc. plans to split in two to exit bankrupty and will receive $2.63 billion in capital from Brookfield Asset Management Inc
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Comedy club reopening under new ownership

February 24, 2010
Scott Olson
New local owners of Morty's Comedy Joint on East 96th Street plan to open the club on March 4. It has been closed since early January.
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IU president plans aggressive building campaign

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
In a speech Tuesday, President Michael McRobbie said IU is gunning to construct at least 12 buildings on its Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses in spite of the economy and falling state funding.
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WellPoint CEO blames health costs for hikes

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
Amid attacks from Democrats over high executive salaries, Angela Braly testified in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that big insurance-premium increases are the result of growing price tags for hospital care and pharmaceuticals.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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