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Estate tax confusion leaving family businesses in limboRestricted Content

December 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Federal estate taxes are set to expire next year, but increase in 2011. Confusion is leaving family businesses like Greenwood-based Byrd Enterprises in limbo. Vice President Jonathan Byrd II is still sorting through the aftermath of his father's August death.
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Fair Finance's past gave investors, regulators false comfort

December 26, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Akron company had been meeting its obligations for decades before Tim Durham acquired it seven years ago.
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Expected flurry of charity mergers fails to materialize

December 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Observers offer various explanations for the lack of mergers, including that staff and budget cuts have left many not-for-profits without the manpower or time for due diligence.
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Vonnegut's kin back local memorial library

December 24, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Three of Kurt Vonnegut's children are working with local fans of the famed author to open a memorial library in Indianapolis.
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To keep sales force busy, Lilly takes on new drug

December 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. has bought the rights to co-market a new cholesterol-fighting drug in the U.S., giving it a third heart drug for sales personnel to push.
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Indiana, Michigan library groups merge to cut costs

December 24, 2009
The Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority, known as ICOLSA, has merged with the Michigan Library Consortium to form the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.
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Bank buys part of property targeted for Fishers water park

December 24, 2009
Scott Olson
A high-profile piece of land in Fishers that is part of a proposed hotel and water park project has been bought by the bank that foreclosed upon it.
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Omnicity continues wireless broadband acquisition spree

December 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Omnicity makes seventh acquisition since going public in February. The Rushville company aims to be nation's largest wireless broadband provider in rural markets.
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Trustee chooses $20.5 million Buckingham plan for old YMCA

December 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Center Township Advisory Board has picked Buckingham Cos. to redevelop a 2-acre property it owns at 860 W. 10th St. near the IUPUI campus.
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Insurance company rejects Steak n Shake takeover bid

December 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
A small Michigan insurer has rejected an acquisition bid from The Steak n Shake Co., describing the offer as a "hostile takeover attempt."
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Durham firm departing top floor of Chase Tower

December 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's Obsidian Enterprises Inc. plans to vacate the top floor of the state's tallest building next month, real estate sources say.
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Indiana banker meets with Obama, Geithner

December 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Mark Schroeder, CEO of Jasper-based German American Bancorp, was one of just 12 community bankers who talked shop Tuesday with the president and Treasury secretary.
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Cash-flush Finish Line likely to open new stores

December 23, 2009
Scott Olson
With an improved balance sheet and $150 million in its pocket, the athletic-gear retailer is looking at new locations and improving its online shopping hub.
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Elkhart County OKs tax break for electric car maker

December 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Hard-hit Elkhart County could become home three electric vehicle manufacturers if a Norwegian company chooses northern Indiana as the site for a new factory.
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Investors cheer Senate bill while WellPoint cries foul

December 23, 2009
J.K. Wall
Exemption for not-for-profit health plans could saddle WellPoint with nearly $2 billion a year in new taxes.
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College cuts will favor some schools over others

December 23, 2009
Associated Press
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education said state colleges and universities need to find new ways to be efficient—without new tuition hikes—to cope with spending cuts ordered by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
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Finish Line profit exceeds analyst expectations

December 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Finish Line Inc. barely eked into the black in its fiscal third quarter, but even that exceeded analysts’ expectations.
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Conseco raises nearly $223 million in stock offering

December 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel-based life and health insurer immediately applied $161 million of the funds to its bank loans.
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Connersville to borrow $3.5 million to clean up Visteon site

December 22, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Connersville will borrow as much as $3.5 million to clean up the former Visteon site where a startup company wants to build police cars.
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Judge approves concrete price-fixing settlement

December 22, 2009
A federal judge has preliminarily approved a settlement in which a central Indiana concrete company agreed to pay $29 million to resolve a class-action antitrust lawsuit alleging it and six other companies conspired to fix the price of ready-mixed concrete.
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City mulls proposals to 'green' municipal properties

December 22, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability has begun evaluating recommendations on ways to make 70 city-owned buildings more "green." Among the ideas: mounting wind turbines or solar panels at the City-County Building.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake turning away from core business

December 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. is taking a dramatic turn away from its core business with a bid to purchase a Michigan insurer in a deal valued at almost $37 million.
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BREAKING: Steak n Shake offers to acquire Michigan insurer

December 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. has offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Fremont Michigan Insuracorp Inc. in a deal that could be worth almost $37 million.
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Fair Finance investors file additional fraud suit

December 22, 2009
Greg Andrews
More than three dozen residents of a northeast Ohio county who invested in Fair Finance Co. are seeking to recover more than $2.1 million from the shuttered company.
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Smulyan signs new contract to lead Emmis

December 21, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Jeff Smulyan agrees to terms on a new three-year contract to lead Emmis. Signing and performance bonuses could lead to big pay raise.
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