Indianapolis Business Journal

JUNE 27-JULY 3, 2011

This week, see what national advertising campaign has Young & Laramore back in the national spotlight and read about what's next for Emmis Communications after agreeing to sell three big-market radio stations. In Focus, meet Brad Chambers, who quietly built Buckingham Cos. into a real estate colossus. In Forefront, columnists weigh in on defunding Planned Parenthood, among other topics. And At Home Quarterly visits a Carmel house that wraps around a golf course clubhouse.

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Bush Stadium fixup fans tax tensions

The city plans to tap a taxing district downtown to help pay for the Bush Stadium renovation, rekindling concern among some elected officials and taxing experts that the Mayor’s Office is using the massive district to fund whatever special city needs crop up.

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Tomisue Hilbert settles suit over $15M policy

Tomisue Hilbert quietly settled a 3-year-old lawsuit last month over whether a controversial life insurance policy issued in 2006 on her mother, Suzy Tomlinson, was valid, and whether the beneficiary of the policy, J.B. Carlson, committed fraud.

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Startup takes on abandoned homes in Indianapolis

Indianapolis is in the early stages of expanding the practice of land banks, which allow government agencies and not-for-profits to take over tax-foreclosed properties and put them back into productive use,. Land banks have shown positive results in states such as Michigan and Ohio.

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Quirky ads put local agency in national spotlight

Young & Laramore is back on the national stage with a new round of Stanley Steemer television commercials, which began airing in May. The quirky, humorous 15- and 30-second spots are gaining the Indianapolis agency national attention.

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Insurance industry protects consumers

I write in response to [Julia Vaughn’s Forefront column June 13] titled “State protects insurers better than consumers” and its mistaken view that insurance commissioner Stephen Robertson’s support of medical loss ratio reform does nothing to protect consumers.

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Troubled economy fueling hospital deals

Battered by stagnant population growth and blue-collar job loss, Howard Regional Health is merging with Indiana University Health—a deal that reflects the challenges faced by hospitals in Indiana’s outlying cities.

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IndyCar appears poised to drop Milwaukee race

IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard is considering taking the open-wheel series to the Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for 2012. That race could replace the Milwaukee race, which Bernard said faces a 50-percent chance of being eliminated.

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City’s Rebuild Indy money to revamp railroad overpasses

The city of Indianapolis released bids soliciting contractors to repaint, clean and add lighting underneath the overpasses at Meridian, Pennsylvania and Illinois streets and College and Capitol avenues downtown, and on 10th Street east of the Monon Trail.

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PROXY CORNER: Vera Bradley Inc.

Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley Inc. sells handbags, accessories, paper-and-gift items and travel items through 3,300 specialty stores and 45 Vera Bradley stores nationwide.

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