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Former commerce chief lands at local company

August 4, 2010
Scott Olson
Nate Feltman, former state secretary of commerce, has left his partnership position at Baker & Daniels LLP to become president of Home Health Depot LLP, a growing home-medical-equipment supplier.
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Trustee: Durham used Fair funds for gambling, donations

August 3, 2010
Greg Andrews, Associated Press
The bankruptcy trustee said Durham spent $2.8 million on gambling and resorts, $3.3 million on interior decorating and $14 million on real estate.
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Enforcement lax on teen-driver mobile-phone ban

August 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana State Police report ticketing only one driver for violating the cell phone ban, and a state agency that tracks infractions for 160 police departments could find just two other citations.
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Candidates for Indiana Supreme Court narrowed to three

July 31, 2010
Associated Press
One of the finalists, Marion Superior Court Judge Robyn Moberly, would be the first woman on the state's highest court since 1999.
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Judge halts distribution of assets from Simon estate

July 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Hamilton County judge has ordered a halt to distributions from the estate of the late Melvin Simon to his widow Bren or any other beneficiary without the court's approval.
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Publisher's book fair questioned amid financial troubles

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Charity event scheduled for July 31 is postponed again as complaints against New Century Publishing mount.
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Attorneys finish arguments on Simon estate issue

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Bren Simon's stepchildren contend she's incapable of serving as trustee of her late husband's estate and should be removed. A Hamilton Superior Court judge took the matter under advisement and will rule at a later date.
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Bren Simon deposition sheds light on family feud

July 29, 2010
Cory Schouten
Bren Watch VideoA judge is scheduled to hear final arguments Thursday over whether Bren Simon should remain as trustee for her late husband's roughly $2 billion estate. A video deposition has provided a glimpse into ugly family conflicts.
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Judge rules against Emmis shareholders, allows sale

July 27, 2010
Shareholders sued to temporarily block the sale of the public company, which is set to be acquired by JS Acquisition LLC, a private company formed by Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeffrey H. Smulyan.
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Feds: Texas pastor misused loan for Indiana church

July 27, 2010
Associated Press
A Houston minister accused of using money borrowed to build a new church to buy a mink coat and a Mercedes Benz missed his initial hearing in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
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SHOUP: Emancipation is near for independent contractorsRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Steve Shoup
State regulators are gearing up to crack down on companies thought to be treating people as though they are independent contractors instead of employees.
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Judge rules against Inlow heirs

July 23, 2010
J.K. Wall
Hamilton County Judge Steve Nation ruled Friday that the heirs of former Conseco Inc. executive Lawrence Inlow failed to justify their attempt to remove Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank as the fiduciary of his estate.
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Federal government asking questions about lease deals

July 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The federal government is asking questions about how the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration handles office leasing after an IBJ investigation raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.
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Carmel law firm settles consumer claims in Vermont

July 19, 2010
Associated Press
Mossler Law Firm of Carmel agreed to cease all business in Vermont, refund about $79,500 in fees paid by Vermont residents and pay $60,000 in civil penalties.
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Banker who wreaked havoc fesses up to felony charge

July 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
Overseeing a portfolio filled with deteriorating loans is downright excruciating, as lending officers who’ve lived through the carnage of the recession can attest. Rob Tolle apparently cracked under the pressure.
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Attorneys argue widow should remain Simon estate trustee

July 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Attorneys for Bren Simon argued Friday she has served capably to date as executor of the estate of her late husband, Melvin Simon, as shown in a series of moves she made to transfer his stake in the Indiana Pacers.
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Appeals court reverses Bargersville annexation

July 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned the town of Bargersville’s annexation of land that Greenwood officials also wanted to take over, saying it failed to get the required consent from property owners.
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Ex-Indiana University player Leary pleads guilty in fraud

July 16, 2010
Associated Press
Todd Leary of Carmel pleaded guilty in court Thursday to a felony charge of misappropriating title insurance escrow funds. His agreement with prosecutors calls for him to face up to three years in prison, with that cut in half if he pays nearly $295,000 in restitution.
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UPDATE: Bren Simon criticizes stepchildren in court hearing

July 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
In a deposition aired during an estate hearing, Bren Simon described her stepchildren as spoiled, vicious and hurtful, and said they refused to accept her as family during 37 years of marriage to late mall billionaire Melvin Simon.
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Inlow heirs accuse Fifth Third, Hall Render of fraud

July 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
A bitter battle between the heirs of former Conseco Inc. executive Lawrence Inlow and the bank and attorneys overseeing his estate will get a hearing Friday in Hamilton County Court
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Sparks fly at Simon estate hearing

July 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
Details of years of squabbling between family members of the shopping mall magnate Mel Simon have begun to emerge in a court battle over the late billionaire's estate.
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President nominates Hogsett for U.S. Attorney

July 14, 2010
Michael W. Hoskins
The White House has chosen an Indianapolis labor and employment attorney to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Purdue steps up efforts to halt illegal downloads

July 10, 2010
Associated Press
The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires schools to fight illegal distribution of copyrighted material and educate campus communities about the issue. Schools that don't comply risk losing their eligibility for federal student aid.
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Trustee sues real estate exec for $115M

July 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
The founder of an Indianapolis real estate firm is accused of preying on longtime friends to help a Miami man perpetrate a $900 million Ponzi scheme. Sydney “Jack” Williams persuaded more than a dozen Indiana investors to lend millions of dollars at high interest rates to a food brokerage firm called Capitol Investments USA Inc.
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Challenging job market trips up new attorneysRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Michael W. Hoskins
It’s a tough time to be starting in the profession when established lawyers struggle to keep up their practices and client lists.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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