Indianapolis Business Journal - January 30 - February 5, 2017


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Hospital systems fight for pre-eminence in transplant field

The number of transplants performed in Indiana last year hit an 11-year high, up about 6 percent from a year before, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

Job training tax credits gain steam in Legislature

Indiana employers would be able to claim tax credits to offset costs associated with training and credentialing their employees under legislation being considered by the Indiana General Assembly.

Speaker firm Klipsch rocking again after losing its beat

Voxx International Corp.'s Premium Audio segment—essentially Klipsch—has seen three straight quarters of strong sales growth, including a 27-percent showing in the latest quarter.

Top Stories

Will Butler's basketball success lead bigger schools to recruit its coach?

Four of Butler's last five coaches have moved on to bigger, better-paying programs.

Passenger counts are on the rise at Indianapolis airport

Indianapolis International Airport’s passenger traffic took flight last year, nearly reaching an all-time record and outpacing industry averages.

Lawsuit alleges bank CEO trying to drive Dallas firm out of business

A Dallas mortgage company accuses Carmel banker Michael Petrie of launching a "delberate and vindicative campaign" to try to drive it out of business. But a separate lawsuit against the Dallas firm tells a different story.

FEIGENBAUM: Will Lake County finally get its due from lawmakers?

Residents of the key economic and industrial hub associate more with Chicago for news, economic welfare, entertainment and sports than with anywhere in Indiana and feel ignored by state government in Indianapolis.

UPDATE: Circle Centre anchor Carson's commits to 5-year lease extension

The department store's lease had been due to expire next January. If it had pulled out, the downtown mall would have been left with no anchors.


Allure of IPO fades for fast-growing Hoosier firms

Candidates for initial public offerings are increasingly opting for mergers or private equity instead.

Dealmakers wonder if Trump will intervene in mergers

A&E, etc.

LOU'S VIEWS: Vonnegut for beginners

Don't feel left out of the Year of Vonnegut just because you haven't read one of his books yet. Here's where to start.

LOPRESTI: Memories still flowing 5 years after Super Bowl XLVI

The echo of that week still carries, in different ways. A near-east-side legacy center and neighborhood revitalization. Georgia Street, a civic gathering spot that helped give the world the zip line. A track record of delivering, under high-stakes pressure, the city can claim when wooing other events.


EDITORIAL: Judicial selection process must be open

We urge Republicans—who control both the House and Senate—to listen to the concerns of Democrats. It would be unwise and unfair to design a system that created an advantage for one party over another.

MAURER: Patch the holes in your philosophy

I still ask myself on occasion, “What would Glick do?”

GOLDSMITH: Trump and his private-sector appointees

NIEDERPRUEM: Accuracy, not speed, leads to trust in media

So heading into the strong headwinds of 2017—realizing you might rather be on the banks of a 5-foot snow drift reporting in subzero temps than at a Washington presser—here are some items that could save your face and preserve your grace.

KIM: Time in market, not timing, key for millenials’ investing

Compound interest is a powerful lever that can make your financial life better. Or it can kill you.

BOHANON & STYRING: Economic effects of smoking are not all obvious

If you think federal spending and deficits are out of control or that the state of Indiana needs a bigger surplus, advocate cigarette smoking.

LETTER: Important answers to key pre-K questions

We’re encouraged by the bipartisan support from Indiana lawmakers for expansion of quality pre-K.

In Brief

Planned Parenthood leader Cockrum stepping down after 15 years

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc. is searching for a new president and CEO to succeed Betty Cockrum, who plans to retire in June.

Ball State fills yearlong vacancy in president's office

Ball State University's trustees hired Geoffrey S. Mearns as president Tuesday, a year after the school's previous leader resigned without explanation. He expects to take the new job by August.

Hilton planning two hotels in Indy under new brand

Called Tapestry, the brand is designed to jump on the bandwagon for individualized and upscale hotels with distinctive local features.

Music venue The Warehouse in Carmel abruptly closes

The Warehouse—a 150-seat venue in a 60-year-old former machine shop in the Arts & Design District—had three shows scheduled this week. Dozens of national artists played at the music hall over the past 15 months.

Octiv Inc. cofounder Sapp steps down as CEO

Dustin Sapp, 38, is taking a sabbatical from the software company he co-founded in 2010. Chief Operating Officer David Kerr is the new CEO.

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