Last Updated Thu., May 28, 2015 - 11:09 PM

Gay rights not part of state's study-committee roster11:02 PM

Keith Kassen, The Statehouse File
State lawmakers will not conduct a public study of gay rights issues in Indiana in advance of the 2016 legislative session.

Indiana's ethanol industry awaits EPA fuel decision10:50 PM

Associated Press
Indiana's ethanol producers warned that their industry could face a long-lasting "chilling effect" if the federal government lowers the amount of ethanol blended into the U.S. fuel supply.

Amazon rolls out same-day delivery in Indy, 13 other cities10:24 PM

Associated Press
E-commerce powerhouse Amazon on Thursday began offering free same-day delivery service in some cities, including Indianapolis, to its Prime loyalty club members.

As Circle Centre turns 20, declining performance, anchor woes spur worry

Sales per square foot are down, the building itself is aging, and persuading the lone anchor, Carson Pirie Scott, to stay another three years required generous incentives.

Executive pay continues on upswing

The median senior executive collected $923,705 in salary, stock or stock options, incentive pay and perks in 2013, IBJ found in a review of proxy statements at 64 companies.The median compensation rose 20 percent from 2012 and doubled since 2006.

No-holds-barred tactics lifted developer Ozdemir

Ersal Ozdemir, who heads the development and construction firm Keystone Group, has charmed elected officials for years with big ideas—and hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions.

Special Report: City's building spree leaves trail of spoils

Mayor Greg Ballard takes pride in Rebuild Indy, the city’s nearly $400 million program that doubled the volume of public works projects—and became engineering and construction firms' largest business opportunity with the city in more than a decade.

City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit

Indianapolis last year sold 154 properties from its land bank for $1,000 each to a novice not-for-profit, which immediately flipped them for a total $500,000 profit. More than a dozen have changed hands multiple times since then, making investors more than $1 million. (with interactive map)

SPECIAL REPORT: Stock-based pay builds wealth for Indiana execs

IBJ's annual review of proxy statements for Indiana public companies found senior executives' median compensation rose 14 percent in 2011. But that analysis uses the fair market value of stock and options awards on the date they were granted. If a company's stock price surges, executives can make out far better. (with searchable database)

Crean, Painter contracts packed with rewards for postseason success

Indiana University Coach Tom Crean and Purdue University Coach Matt Painter cash in big time when their teams perform well, especially in postseason play.

Airport execs' globetrotting sparks scrutiny

Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John Clark and two key officers spent more than $67,000 last year on travel that included extended business trips to Brazil, Denmark, Greece, Morocco and Switzerland.

BioCrossroads has stoked state's life sciences industry, but challenges remain

In the 10 years BioCrossroads has been promoting life sciences in Indiana, the effort has netted more than 330 new companies, an infusion of more than $330 million in venture capital, a tripling of exports, and a growing number of mentions in national reports on life sciences.

Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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Last Updated Thu., May 28, 2015 - 11:09 PM

Indiana's ethanol industry awaits EPA fuel decision10:50 PM

Indiana's ethanol producers warned that their industry could face a long-lasting "chilling effect" if the federal government lowers the amount of ethanol blended into the U.S. fuel supply.

Amazon rolls out same-day delivery in Indy, 13 other cities10:24 PM

E-commerce powerhouse Amazon on Thursday began offering free same-day delivery service in some cities, including Indianapolis, to its Prime loyalty club members.

Sale of Indiana Toll Road lease-holder closes for $5.7B12:14 PM

Australia-based IFM Investors plans to invest $260 million in capital improvements on the Indiana Toll Road over the next five years.

Byers, NCAA's first executive director, dies at 93 8:58 AM

Walter Byers, who spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization that oversees college athletics, has died.

Lawsuit says Mourdock gave chief deputy 3-year contract

A lawsuit by former Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock's chief deputy challenging his firing claims the official gave him a three-year, $300,000 contract before he resigned from office last year.

NCAA: Athletes continue improvement in classroom

Academic Progress Rate numbers are showing record highs, but disparity remains between the richest athletic departments and those with limited resources.

Purdue to freeze tuition for fourth consecutive year

Tuition at Purdue's West Lafayette campus will remain at $10,002 for in-state residents and $28,804 for non-residents.

Mobile home operator accused of discrimination

The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana this month filed the federal lawsuit against Shiloh Estates in Indianapolis and Colorado-based owner FR Community.

Amazon beefing up employment at distribution centers

Central Indiana distribution centers in Plainfield and Whitestown will be among those that will add staff, Amazon said.

Environmental groups sue over Illiana Tollway approval

A lawsuit over the proposed Illiana Tollway claims federal approval for the project relied on faulty information and didn't adequately consider environmental impacts.

Pence picks ex-TV news producer as communications chief

Shelley Triol will take over the role formerly held by Christy Denault, who resigned citing family reasons.

GM plans $1.2B in upgrades for Indiana truck plant

The project announced Tuesday includes new painting facilities, an expanded body shop and improvements to the truck assembly area at the factory near Fort Wayne that has about 3,800 workers.

Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives

Pay packages for CEOs overall grew for the fifth straight year in 2014, driven by a rising stock market that pushed up the value of executive stock awards. Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry.

Business investment climbs as factories thaw from winter

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell slightly in April. But a category that reflects business investment climbed for a second month, a hopeful sign that the key sector is starting to revive.

National Road Yard Sale set for its 12th year

The dawn-to-dusk sale spans more than 800 miles of U.S. 40, from Baltimore to St. Louis, and always starts the Wednesday after Memorial Day.

GM poised to reveal big investment at Fort Wayne-area plant

GM previously said it was considering upgrading the truck assembly plant  to build its next generation of pickup trucks. The Allen County Council voted in October to approve a 10-year tax abatement that would save GM more than $15 million on a possible $1 billion investment in equipment and related improvements.

Montoya racks up $2.4 million for Indy 500 win

Juan Pablo Montoya will receive $2,449,055 for his Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday. The Colombian driver's earnings were part of a $13,397,315 overall purse announced at the annual victory banquet Monday.

Fallout from Supreme Court case on Obamacare could be 'ugly'

A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law.

Indiana fish farm loses lawsuits over unpaid bills

A central Indiana fish farm that last year won approval for a $30 million expansion faces more than $200,000 in court judgments after lawsuits filed by businesses who say the company owes them money.

In white-knuckle shootout, Montoya wins second Indy 500

Despite a finish in which several drivers had a shot, there was little doubt that the winning team would either be Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing. Their drivers dominated the field and led 193 of 200 laps.

Questions about safety hover over 99th Indianapolis 500

Concern hangs over the Speedway after the cars of Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter all went airborne during practice sessions in the 10 days leading up to Sunday's race.

Indy 500 broadcast to introduce real-time telemetry

Fans watching on television will be able to see just how much physical strain is put on a driver's body during the race.

Private equity fund buying iconic Frisch's Big Boy chain

Frisch's Big Boy restaurants are being sold to a private equity fund, ending family ownership of a Cincinnati-based chain that dates to 1948.

U.S. consumer prices show slight April increase

U.S. consumer prices were up slightly in April, but overall gains were held back by another decline in energy costs that offset the biggest one-month jump in medical care in eight years.

Steel Dynamics to make $100M Mississippi expansion

Indiana-based Steel Dynamics Inc. said it will invest $100 million to add more steel-finishing capacity at its mill in Columbus, Mississippi, and add 40 employees to the current 630 at the plant.

George's push for softer walls likely saved Hinchcliffe

When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. The origins of that barrier began at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony George.

Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend see population growth

Despite the relatively strong growth, Indianapolis was passed by Jacksonville, Florida, and San Francisco on the list of the nation's largest cities and now ranks 14th.

Indiana State Fair to hold job fair, wants to hire 500

State officials say the Indiana State Fair hires about 1,400 seasonal employees every year. More than half of the fair's 218 year-round employees started out as seasonal or summer workers.

Purdue's airport to receive $11.25M upgrade this summer

The Federal Aviation Administration will pay 90 percent of the costs, while the Indiana Department of Transportation and the airport will split the rest.

Father, son sentenced to prison for roles in concrete scam

Court documents say Bloomington paid tens of thousands of dollars to Reliable Concrete Co., operated by the Hardins, between 2011 and 2014 for work that was never done.

31-state deal should make credit report errors easier to fix

Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck the settlement with attorneys general in 31 states, including Indiana. It calls for the agencies to pay a combined $6 million to participating states and to adjust a host of business practices.

Indiana details possible routes for final segment of I-69

State highway officials planning the final leg of the Evansville-to-Indianapolis Interstate 69 extension have released details of 14 possible routes they're considering that would either cut across Indianapolis' south side or adjacent suburban counties.

IU may freeze in-state tuition at main campus

Tuition at IUPUI and IU's five regional campuses would increase an average of 1.65 percent under a recommendation by President Michael McRobbie.

Downtown monument repairs should be finished in June

Scaffolding has been up around the lower levels of the 113-year-old Soldiers and Sailors Monument since last October as crews have been working to fix water leaks and damage to bolts holding bronze figures in place.

Indiana county to oppose proposed $450M reservoir project

The Delaware County Council is drafting a resolution that will strongly oppose the proposed $450 million Mounds Lake reservoir that would be formed by damming the White River.

AG's office warns residents as scams in Indiana escalate

The attorney general's office received 5,255 scam complaints in 2014, more than double the 2,341 from a year earlier.

Indianapolis bar owners challenge city's smoking ban

Attorneys for the owners of the Whistle Stop Inn and the Thirsty Turtle argued before the court Monday that the city shouldn't be allowed to ban smoking at bars that don't offer gambling when it allows smoking at off-track betting facilities.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College to admit first male undergrads

The private western Indiana liberal arts college open to women only for 175 years will enroll its first male undergraduates on campus this fall.

IndyCar still trying to find answers to frightening crashes

Questions concerning the level of safety headed into the Indianapolis 500 continued to mount Monday after James Hinchcliffe was injured in a crash.

Indiana judge weighs fate of BMV overcharges case

A judge heard arguments Monday in the case alleging that the BMV overcharged motorists by tens of millions of dollars for fees and services.

Supreme Court strikes down Maryland tax law

The 5-4 ruling could mean the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for Maryland and affects similar tax laws in nearly 5,000 local jurisdictions in other states, including New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

IMS to get major renovations before next year's Indy 500

Officials are planning another $30 million-plus in renovations to the historic track in time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next May. Improvements will be made to gateway entrances and grandstand seating.

Scary crashes prompt series to slow down Indy 500 qualifying

Over five days, three drivers hit the walls at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and all wound up with a similar result: going airborne. IndyCar officials responded by reducing horsepower and eliminating the pole shootout.

Indiana Limestone Co. back on solid ground after bankruptcy

All 166 employees were laid off on May 2, 2014, but Wynnchurch Capital quickly bought the business for $26 million and hired back 120 of the company's former stonecutters. Since then, the operation has added 43 workers.

Indy's Mini-Marathon sees drop in number of finishers

Organizers of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon say they're focused on producing a quality event and aren't concerned by the number of finishers, which have fallen from 31,170 to 24,472 in three years.

Brakes put on Ivy Tech construction amid questions

Ivy Tech Community College's construction plans have been put on hold and it will face a state review of its programs over concerns about low graduation rates and declining enrollment.

Prosecutor finds no reason for charges against Bennett

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Friday that his staff reviewed hundreds of documents and thousands of emails, but the evidence didn't justify criminal charges against former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.

UPDATE: Lawmakers eye changes at troubled BMV

Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis, said Friday that legislative leaders should establish a committee for a comprehensive review of the agency and develop proposals that the General Assembly can consider during its 2016 session.

Ex-congressman Hill to join Indiana Senate race

Former Democratic congressman Baron Hill plans to join Indiana's U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Republican Dan Coats.

Discovery hinders Indianapolis transit center construction

Work has halted on part of the $20 million downtown Indianapolis transit center project after workers discovered an old building foundation several feet below ground.

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Ticket giveaway: 'I'll See You in My Dreams'

Win run-of-show tickets to the new film stars Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott and June Squibb.

Roundup: Scotty's $500K remodel; Louie's Wine Dive and Sangiovese opening

The Scotty's Brewhouse location on East 96th Street will undergo a massive renovation in July when the restaurant will close for about a week.

IndyCar hopes to book 2 foreign races for 2016

Less than a week removed from this year’s Indianapolis 500, and Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is already looking ahead to the 2016 IndyCar Series season.

Hamilton County officials agree to raise minimum salary rate

The Hamilton County Council approved new pay ranges and a minimum salary for county employees that works out to about $13 per hour.

How Indy's hospitals kept chugging through that terrible year of 2013

The individual hospital campuses around Indianapolis saw their collective revenue rise 8 percent and their collective operating profits rise 22 percent from from 2011 to 2013. That's solid, just not stellar, growth.

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Ticket giveaway: 'I'll See You in My Dreams'

Win run-of-show tickets to the new film stars Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott and June Squibb.

What to do this week? Priority list includes beer at Conner Prairie, sweet soul music, more

Also, professional dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and more are paired with young talent at the Tarkington.

National Road Yard Sale set for its 12th year

The dawn-to-dusk sale spans more than 800 miles of U.S. 40, from Baltimore to St. Louis, and always starts the Wednesday after Memorial Day.

Casinos say law won't be cure-all

Indiana lawmakers bought the state’s embattled casino industry time, but the new protections might not be enough to ensure each gambling parlor’s long-term survival.

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