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Property tax caps heading to Indiana voters

January 19, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has given final approval to a proposal that would allow voters to decide whether property tax limits belong in the state constitution.
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Court affirms receiver for Michelle Schrenker's assets

January 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana Court of Appeals agrees with lower court's decision to appoint receiver to oversee finances of ex-wife of convicted money manager Marcus Schrenker.
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Tony George resigns from Speedway, IRL board

January 19, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
His resignation removes George from any remaining role in Hulman & Co., Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS Productions and other affiliated companies.
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Orbis Education lands $8 million in venture capital

January 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The locally based maker of nursing-education software will use the infusion to accelerate growth.
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ICVA hotel-room bookings ahead of schedule

January 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Groups that committed in 2009 to hold meetings in Indianapolis in future years booked a total of nearly 688,000 hotel-room nights, a number that exceeded ICVA's goal by 5 percent.
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F.C. Tucker predicts modest rally for residential market

January 19, 2010
Cory Schouten
Central Indiana's housing market is on track to notch gains in the number of homes sold and the average sales price in 2010.
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ISTA wants schools to tap reserves, rainy day funds

January 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
State teachers union's recommended approach differs sharply from spending cuts and salary freezes recommended by the Indiana Board of Education.
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Daniels to tout state's relatively solid position in address

January 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will deliver the annual State of the State address Tuesday night at 7 p.m. before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate.
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City's industrial market fared better than most in 2009

January 19, 2010
Tom Harton
The Indianapolis industrial real estate market didn't escape the recession unscathed, but the sector outperformed most other cities and took less of a hit than in the last recession.
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Car-seat manufacturer plans Columbus expansion

January 19, 2010
Dorel Group wants to expand its development and production operations in Columbus, creating 98 jobs by 2013.
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Biotech firm plans $28M Greenwood plant

January 19, 2010
Greenwood pharmaceutical firm Elona Biotechnologies plans to build a $28 million production facility and create 70 jobs to help develop a cheaper form of insulin that could gain significant market share.
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Duke Energy to trim Midwest work force, expenses

January 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Duke Energy is offering buyouts to employees as it moves some corporate functions performed in two Midwest offices, including its central Indiana office in Plainfield.
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HALO shines on IT upstart

January 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Policy management firm PolicyStat lands venture investment from HALO Capital Group, the angel investor network managed by TechPoint. HALO has invested a total of $12.5 million in firms statewide in the past 20 months.
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Recession takes toll on university president pay

January 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A survey released Monday by the Chronicle of Higher Education showed compensation packages of chief executives at public universities leveling off in 2008-2009, rising a relatively modest 2.3 percent. How did Indiana college presidents fare?
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City Market redevelopment hopefuls have ambitious plans

January 18, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
City Market's board president warns financing will challenge any of the six groups that responded to Mayor Greg Ballard's request for business ideas.
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Bank says Durham had no right to sell Duesenberg

January 18, 2010
Greg Andrews
A legal brouhaha over the recent auction of a Duesenberg automobile by Tim Durham has taken a new twist, with Durham's bank charging the financier didn't have the right to sell the car in the first place.
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Hamilton County tourism leader selected to join CIB

January 18, 2010
Scott Olson
Brenda Myers, executive director of the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, rounds out the appointments to a restructured Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board.
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Fortune Industries names new chief executive

January 18, 2010
Scott Olson
Fortune Industries Inc., an Indianapolis-based professional employer organization, has appointed Tena Mayberry as its CEO. Mayberry, who also will continue to serve as president, succeeds John Fisbeck.
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Lender alleges Lauth insiders backdated loan documents

January 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
The largest creditor for Lauth Group Inc. has asked a bankruptcy judge to appoint a trustee after evidence in a related case suggested Lauth insiders may have backdated documents to thwart creditors.
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United Hospital Services laundry co-op considers statewide expansion

January 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The massive far-east-side facility already launders linen for 30 hospitals and 400 clinics in Indiana, handling more than 36 million pounds of soiled linen each year.
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Area hospital construction taking break after expensive binge

January 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Observers expect a lull with inpatient facilities for five years or more, but continued proliferation of outpatient clinics and surgery centers.
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State links university funding to lifting graduation ratesRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education late last month slashed college budgets based on key performance measures.
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Auto, battery jobs hinge on landing federal energy loansRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana's future as a hub for making electric and hybrid vehicles hinges on a single government loan program.
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Legislation to protect car dealers re-emerges at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Dozens of Chrysler and General Motors dealers in Indiana were terminated last year. Now, a dealer trade group wants to block automakers from preying on termination fears to wrest concessions from surviving dealers.
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NBC's Jay Leno failure puts pinch on WTHRRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
With its 11 p.m. news ratings declining and its network partner, NBC, struggling to plug the 10 p.m. programming slot crucial to those ratings, WTHR-TV Channel 13 finds itself at a precarious crossroads.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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