Indianapolis Business Journal

MARCH 15-21, 2010

This week, see how a natural disaster is reshaping the Johnson County town of Franklin—complete with a video tour of its redevelopment areas. In Focus, check out a big battle that's heating up between community banks and their national brethren. And in A&E, etc., Style columnist Gabrielle Poshadlo provides a sneak peak at the sixth annual Midwest Fashion Week, including a slide show featuring some of the designs that will be showcased.

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Citizens says buying water, sewer systems won’t harm bond rating

Citizens Energy Group’s plan to buy the city’s water and sewer systems will require the utility to raise $262 million in new
bond debt and inherit $1.5 billion in debt. Yet Citizens executives maintain the financial load should not impair the bond
ratings of its principal utilities, Citizens Gas and Citizens Thermal.

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EDITORIAL: Citizens’ utility deal is smart move

Much work remains before the city’s water and sewer utilities are sold to Citizens Energy Group, but the general outline
of the deal makes sense and deserves support—not political posturing—as final terms are hammered out.

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MARCUS: It’s not too late for a high-speed stimulus

“Too little, too late” is the standard objection to the economic stimulus program now in effect. That criticism
is based on opinion, not fact. It will take several years to know whether the stimulus (or stimuli, because there was more
than a single stimulus) worked.

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Bars should cater to smokers, too

I am replying to the article in the March 1 IBJ where [Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association President
Don] Welsh made his nebulous claims that Indy’s weak smoking ban hurts his ability to market the city to visitors and
convention business.

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With President Obama looking to squeeze a bit more revenue out of the pharmaceutical industry, the stakes just keep getting higher for Eli Lilly and Co.’s efforts to develop drugs faster and cheaper. Lilly is already trying to shave a year or more off the time it takes the company’s scientists to turn a newly […]

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Doctors fighting insurers with data

The Indianapolis Medical Society hopes an online database that compares one doctor's reimbursement rates against market
averages helps its members negotiate with health plans.

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