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Emmis' decision to shift WIBC to FM jolts local radioRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The local radio market's biggest shake-up in more than a decade has almost every commercial station in central Indiana scrambling to attract the thousands of listeners and millions of advertising dollars suddenly up for grabs. Emmis Communications Corp. said Oct. 8 it will move WIBCAM 1070 programming to the FM frequency previously occupied by WNOU-FM 93.1, which it will kill. Industry experts said the fallout will continue to rain down throughout the fourth quarter and well into 2008. "There's lots...
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Half-billion-dollar traffic plan considered for northeast sideRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Whether it's southbound I-69 traffic backed up almost to Noblesville, or northbound I-465 traffic a parking lot all the way to 56th Street, the northeast highway system is grossly inadequate at peak hours. But a report issued last month by an INDOT consultant shows a radical, $600 million reconfiguration is in the works.
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Need for college watchdog not-for-profit questionedRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Not everyone is welcoming the launch of an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit, backed by billionaire businessmen, that aims to curb colleges' discretion in spending donor contributions.
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State feels pain from health care costsRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
J.K. Wall
Spending on health care is rising faster in Indiana than it is across the country. Yet the state's job and income growth continue to lag national norms.
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IU, state pushing regulators to halt sale of I-Light vendorRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Indiana University and the state's Office of Technology have sought an emergency order from regulators to halt a Colorado company's further assimilation of an Indianapolis fiber provider it bought Oct. 1.
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Players benched for new Pacers adsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers recently rolled out a marketing initiative that was in sharp contrast to last year's campaign, which prominently featured players and proclaimed, "It's up to us." This year's new television, radio and print advertisements appear with not a whisper from or mention of anyone actually wearing the blue and gold.
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Jones taps friends nationwide for Daniels fund raisingRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Jack Gill--and dozens like him--are being recruited from far beyond state lines to support Indiana's incumbent governor. On Oct. 9, Gill will be in the crowd at technology entrepreneur Scott Jones' Carmel mansion. Jones, who organized the event, aims to collect $1 million for Daniels in a single day.
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Consumer-driven health plan only option for Marsh employeesRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
J.K. Wall
Marsh Supermarkets Inc.'s decision to offer its employees a health reimbursement account as their only health insurance option this year has captured the attention of local employers and benefits consultants.
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Ralston Square project would honor city's first plannerRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Cory Schouten
A local development team is working on a 10-story, mixed-use tribute to a man who helped design the original plan for Indianapolis, Alexander Ralston. The $60 million project, dubbed Ralston Square, would feature a 150-room hotel, 55 condos, a 617-space parking garage and 41,000 square feet of retail space.
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Arts Council offers more help directly to artistsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
When Shannon Linker went to work for the Arts Council of Indianapolis in mid-2002, it was a typical pass-through organization--re-granting city money to local arts groups. Now Linker is director of an artist-services program for the council that is on par with those offered in communities like Seattle and New York City but few other places.
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To weather downturn, housing industry rolls out incentivesRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Sam Stall
For most of this decade, the Indianapolis residential real estate market enjoyed a very good run. But now it's muddling through the doldrums just like the rest of the country, and builders are pulling out all the stops to avoid getting stuck with inventory.
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Atterholt's toughness with insurers questionedRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
J.K. Wall
Indiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Atterholt says his philosophy toward consumer protection is to be tough on the "bad actors," but friendly toward the "good actors";--in part, so he can call for their help when needed.Not everyone is convinced, however, because Atterholt has done so much in his 2-1/2 years as commissioner to promote industry causes.
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Premier not afraid of going head-to-head with SimonRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Cory Schouten
Premier Properties USA Inc. is preparing to go head-to-head with Simon Property Group Inc., the nation's largest and most powerful mall developer, across the street from Simon's top-performing The Fashion Mall at Keystone. Premier is proposing a 2.3-million-square-foot, $750 million development at 86th Street and Keystone Avenue called Venu.
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Payola alleged by radio executiveRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Radio One Indiana's former controller has filed a civil lawsuit against the company charging she was terminated because of her race after she raised concerns about fraud and payola in relation to the company's financial statements.
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Indiana themed food trails will court culinary touristsRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Mississippi Delta has its hot tamale trail. Alabama and Texas boast a Southern BBQ byway. Now Indiana is getting in the game with planned candy and pork tenderloin trails. State boosters are looking to tap into a growing travel industry niche: culinary tourism.
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Fiercely private developer built strip-center empireRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Cory Schouten
Sid Eskenazi fell in love with the board game Monopoly as a child. Buying and developing make-believe properties with make-believe money inspired the grade-schooler. And he was good at it. So several years later, Eskenazi began playing what he likes to call "adult Monopoly." He bought one property at a time with real money.
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Hilbert taking on tanning nicheRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Less than two years after New Sunshine LLC was bought by a group led by former Conseco Inc. CEO Stephen Hilbert, its Australian Gold division has acquired its top two competitors, amassing 80 percent of the indoor suntan lotion market.
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Cincinnati ballet troupe might open regional office hereRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Cincinnati Ballet is taking an exploratory step toward a regional ballet company, announcing plans to stage a six-show "Nutcracker" production here this December. The idea of a collaboration--where the two cities would share production and administration expenses--has elicited mixed response.
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Rising tuition fuels Lumina's reform agendaRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
The 7-year-old Lumina Foundation, formed as part of the sale of USA Group, is on a radical mission-to overhaul the way higher education is funded in this country. The not-for-profit believes the nation's economic future depends on making college more affordable, and accessible.
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Home entrepreneurs test child-care watersRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Motherhood is a common path to the home-based child care business, but more childless women looking for self-employment options also are getting into the field. Nearly 3,000 Indiana child-care providers are licensed to provide services in their homes--including 469 in Marion County.
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Wishard considers new hospitalRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
J.K. Wall
Matt Gutwein and Lisa Harris drive into work each morning knowing their hospital, Wishard Health Services, will lose half a million dollars that day. But they're OK with that. In fact, they're laying a plan to keep it up for the next 20 years. Looming large on their to-do list: building a new hospital.
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City paves way to redevelop Bush Stadium siteRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis has initiated the redevelopment process for Bush Stadium, its shuttered sports landmark. The Metropolitan Development Commission has hired a pair of local firms for $25,000 to appraise historic Bush Stadium--a first step toward reuse or, more likely, at least partial demolition.
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Health hot spot rises in BrownsburgRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
J.K. Wall
Plans abound to bring new health care facilities to Brownsburg, one of Hendricks County's fast-growing towns. Some familiar local names, such as OrthoIndy, St. Vincent Health and Clarian Health Partners, all have claims to land in the Brownsburg area.
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ExactTarget accurately predicts its fast growth

September 17, 2007
Tammy Lieber
ExactTarget Inc.'s 2005 announcement that it would be moving into 30,000 square feet on Monument Circle and hiring 100 people over seven years seemed ambitious. Indianapolis was littered with the ashes of once-high-flying technology startups that had flamed out. But ExactTarget is fast becoming one of the city's biggest technology success stories.
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AT&T's stealth over U-verse drawes fireRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Some in the telecom industry think AT&T had the Indiana General Assembly twirled around its finger like a coil of phone cord last year. It lobbied legislators to rewrite the state's telecommunications laws so it could more easily deploy its "U-verse" video product.
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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