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Report: Ice Miller, Louisville firm end merger talks

September 8, 2009
Scott Olson
Merger talks that began last year between local legal heavyweight Ice Miller LLP and a Louisville-based law firm reportedly have broken down, putting an end to a deal that was expected to close by the end of the year.
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ExactTarget enters European market through acquisition

September 8, 2009
Indianapolis-based ExactTarget announced this morning that it has launched a new international division in London following its acquisition of Keymail Marketing.
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Planned Parenthood closing 5 Indiana clinics

September 7, 2009
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood will close five health clinics across central Indiana after losing some of its federal grant money to provide family planning services to low-income women.
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Sweetener company Heartland looks for openings in crowded fieldRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heartland Sweeteners LLC is now a top maker of private-label alternatives to Splenda. The company also markets its own products directly to consumers.
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Soft sales plague furniture retailers

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Furniture is one of the easiest big-ticket purchases for consumers to defer when money is tight. Couple that with a housing bust that left demand for new couches on the curb, and tight credit markets that continue to prevent retailers from financing customers without perfect credit, and you’ve got the worst market for furniture since the Great Depression.
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Region's expertise in hybrid cars goes beyond high-profile players

September 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Bright Automotive and EnerDel are well known for their development of components for hybrid cars, but the region has several other players poised to be big players in the sector. In fact, few realize that North America’s largest producer of electric motors for hybrid vehicles is based northeast of Indianapolis, in Pendleton.
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Corporate sculptures lauded as landmarks, investments

September 5, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
In hard times like these, why would corporations spend on sculptures? Because sculptures create one-of-a-kind landmarks, and the art has potential to grow in value.
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Ex-workers sue Navistar, charge plant closing violated contractRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Forty-three former employees of Navistar Inc.’s shuttered diesel engine plant have sued the company, claiming it breached their collective bargaining agreement by moving plant work in recent years to non-union facilities.
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Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute seeks comebackRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute’s board has hired Indianapolis Star business columnist John Ketzenberger to engineer a resuscitation.
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Building information modeling replacing computer-aided designRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Scott Olson
Architects, engineers, contractors and others in the design-build industry hope building information modeling will cut waste. The technology allows more detailed viewing of projects before they move to construction.
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Art-gallery operators opening new spaces on Mass AveRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The launch of two new gallery ventures come on the heels of the closing of one of the city’s most well-established fine contemporary art spaces, Ruschman Gallery.
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Developer Lauth's bankrupt units win round in courtRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Lauth Group Inc. in recent weeks has won critical courtroom victories that likely will allow company principals to retain control of three subsidiaries in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Sidewalk inspections help downtown get spiffed up for big eventsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Marc D. Allan
They used to say that downtown Indianapolis rolled up the sidewalks at 6 p.m. No one says that anymore. Now they say those sidewalks need to be clean. Sidewalk cleanliness is important on a day-to-day basis for aesthetic reasons, but even more so when Indianapolis wants to put on its best face for major events like the Final Four, the Indianapolis 500 and the Super Bowl.
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National Math Bee coming to Indianapolis in 2010

September 4, 2009
Scott Olson
The mathematical version of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is coming to Indianapolis in 2010, according to the director of the organization that hosts the event.
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Auto supplier set to accelerate with seat-control software

September 4, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A company founded by a Westfield chiropractor is in talks to license to automakers software that’s designed to produce a less-fatiguing ride. Comfort Motion Technologies also wants to make aftermarket versions of the software as add-on modules that could be used in most any car with a power seat.
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Republic's purchase of Frontier could mean more local jobs

September 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. is considering shifting as many as 250 jobs to its home base of Indianapolis as a result of its pending acquisition of Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. in Denver, according to a news report.
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National jobless rate hits 26-year high

September 4, 2009
Associated Press
The unemployment rate jumped almost a half-point, to 9.7 percent, in August, the highest since 1983, reflecting a poor job market that will make it hard for the economy to begin a sustained recovery.
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Auto parts supplier coming to Plainfield, plans to create 30 jobs

September 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Chicago-based LKQ Corp., a supplier of replacement and aftermarket automotive parts, will establish a distribution center in Plainfield with plans to create up to 30 jobs by 2011, the company announced this morning.
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Health information exchanges begin sharing medical records

September 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based Indiana Health Information Exchange today began sharing electronic medical records with two similar organizations across a multi-regional network, the group announced this morning.
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Star biz columnist leaving to lead Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Star business columnist John Ketzenberger is leaving the newspaper to become president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, the organization said today.
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United Way divvies up $5.8M in homelessness funds to 20 groups

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Twenty local agencies that help fight homelessness will receive $5.8 million in federal stimulus funds, the United Way of Central Indiana announced today.
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Black engineers group chooses city for 2013 convention

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said today the National Society of Black Engineers will hold its annual convention here in March 2013.
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UPDATE: Wildfire threat to Emmis transmission site eases

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Firefighters are making progress on a major wildfire north of Los Angeles that is burning perilously close to Mount Wilson, home to transmission towers used by Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. and other broadcasters.
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IT consultant's expansion plans include 130 new jobs

September 2, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based information technology consultant Apparatus Inc. plans to expand its local operations and create up to 130 jobs by 2012, the company announced this morning.
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Kansas City out of running for Harley-Davidson plant

September 1, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Central Indiana’s chances for landing a Harley-Davidson motorcycle plant have been improved by the elimination of Kansas City from the list of potential sites.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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