Indianapolis Business Journal

JANUARY 7-13, 2013

This week, read about Centaur's new strategy for central Indiana's two horse tracks and find out why the leaders of 18 area cities and towns are working together. In Focus, investment strategists confront shrinking interest rates. And in Forefront, columnists take on the issues of the day.

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Lucas Oil might host 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials

A local group led by the Indiana Sports Corp. is bidding to bring the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials to Indianapolis for the fifth time. But the event wouldn’t be in the 4,200-seat IUPUI Natatorium. Instead, officials want to host the 2016 trials in 63,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Microlenders aim to help businesses grow, survive

Indiana has three certified, not-for-profit SBA microloan intermediaries, which not only make short-term microloans—as any lender can—but also use the SBA grants they receive to offer business coaching along with the financing.

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Centaur strategy cheers horse industry

Centaur Holdings LLC plans to concentrate all thoroughbred racing at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville and all standardbred harness racing at Hoosier Park in Anderson once it clears regulatory hurdles to take control of the Shelbyville track.

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CNO’s Bonach has insurance firm back on offense

CNO Financial Group’s stock price has nearly doubled since Ed Bonach took the helm in October 2011. Some analysts that follow the successor to Conseco Inc., which a decade ago was the nation’s third-largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, now regard CNO as an attractive value play.

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Daniels did his job

To put in perspective the flurry of activity that has been the eight years of the Daniels administration, one must think back to the state he inherited following a succession of solid, but caretaker, governors.

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MAURER: A look back at memorable topics

Each January, I reflect on a few of the prior year’s columns. I am always curious about the topics and people I have written about over the course of the year. I hope you are, too.

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RUSTHOVEN: Clinging to facts about guns

Folks on the left tend to view themselves as intellectually superior to most on the right, especially blue-collar sorts who follow NASCAR and (to quote our president) “cling to their guns and religion” to deal with “their frustrations."

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CLARK: The fairness of marriage

Indiana defines marriage in a singular way—between a man and a woman. As I discussed the merits of this law recently with an opponent, his disagreement fell into two fundamental areas: fairness and civil rights.

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Gasification plant is wise investment

Lincolnland Economic Development Corp. is recruiting the $2.8 billion Indiana Gasification LLC clean energy project. The plant represents hundreds of permanent, high-paying jobs in newer, cleaner advanced industrial technologies.

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Coal plant good for jobs

I commend Lincolnland Economic Development Corp. for finding the perfect fit in a company for our state. The coal gasification plant planned to be built in Rockport will really help our state.

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