Indianapolis Business Journal

NOV. 26-DEC. 2, 2012

This week, see what small retailers are doing to grab a slice of the holiday shopping pie and find out what education-reform advocates think of Glenda Ritz' surprising election win. In Focus, read about how employers are trying to influence employees' health habits. And in A&E, etc., sports columnist Bill Benner boils down the Big Ten's recent moves.

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Insurance customer lawsuits dog CNO

CNO Financial Group appears to have wrapped its arms around the cost of settling a trio of consumer lawsuits involving life insurance rate hikes, but it’s not out of the woods yet.

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Lawmaker seeks funding to tackle abandoned housing

State Rep. Ed Clere plans to introduce a bill that would give municipalities explicit powers to create land banks, which can sell surplus property for redevelopment. He also wants to include a revenue source to support land-bank operations and eliminate tax-foreclosure sales as a form of investor speculation.

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Charter, voucher backers wary of schools chief Ritz

During Republican Tony Bennett’s tenure as superintendent of public instruction, Indiana became the poster child for school choice. But with Bennett’s surprising election loss to Democrat Glenda Ritz this month, the future of charter schools and private-school vouchers is murkier.

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Analyst: WellPoint CEO search down to two

According to one Wall Street analyst, the search for a new CEO for Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint Inc. is down to two candidates: former Aetna Inc. CEO Ron Williams and Amerigroup Corp. CEO Jim Carlson.

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SCHAFIR: Businesses face tough decisions over health care

Now that the election is over, it seems clearer that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely move forward. The question is whether business owners will be able to steer their employees to state exchanges and wash their hands of health care coverage.

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MILES: The future of health care from the front lines

The perspective from a benefits adviser is always interesting. I am in the middle of the health care discussion, helping organizations meet the benefits needs of the employee, while staying aligned with the strategic needs of the organization.

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EDITORIAL: Transit question is ‘how,’ not ‘if’

Mass transit advocates held a rally here to kick off Indy Connect Now, their latest attempt to convince state legislators that voters in Marion and Hamilton counties should be allowed to decide whether to fund creation of a $1.3 billion bus and light rail system in central Indiana.

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ROKITA: Sweeping tax reform long overdue

As I’ve traveled across Indiana and met with Hoosier employees, business executives and civic groups over the past two years, I’ve heard many stories about the complex, unfair nature of our federal tax code.

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Mass Ave design should be edgier

At the American Institute of Architects Regional Conference in Lexington, Ky., Olson Kundig of Seattle and Archimania of Memphis, the keynote speakers, left Indiana architects in awe of the beautifully detailed and technologically experimental, and amazingly crafted work.

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Cook wins approval for new stent

Bloomington-based Cook Medical won approval for the first drug-coated stent for clogged leg arteries in the United States, which accounts for 40 percent of the soon-to-be $3 billion market.

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Holiday Wish List

The following is a list of Indianapolis-area not-for-profit organizations and the things each needs most. This list is being published weekly through Dec. 24.

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