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Last Updated Sun., February 19, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Redistricting changes unlikely in Indiana this year 5:13 PM

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An effort to change who is responsible for drawing Indiana's election maps is unlikely to gain approval this year after a legislative panel declined to take a vote on the issue.

Purdue considering new names for Fort Wayne campus 4:55 PM

Associated Press
The boards of both universities approved plans in December for splitting up programs starting in July 2018 at what is now Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Purdue University tackles cheating, academic dishonesty

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Students say cheating and academic dishonesty have become commonplace at the school.

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.

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 Sun., February 19, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Redistricting changes unlikely in Indiana this year 5:13 PM

An effort to change who is responsible for drawing Indiana's election maps is unlikely to gain approval this year after a legislative panel declined to take a vote on the issue.

Purdue considering new names for Fort Wayne campus 4:55 PM

The boards of both universities approved plans in December for splitting up programs starting in July 2018 at what is now Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Purdue University tackles cheating, academic dishonesty

Students say cheating and academic dishonesty have become commonplace at the school.

House GOP seeks hourly fee for public records searches

The Indiana House has passed a measure that would bill journalists and the public $20 per hour rate for records requests under open government laws if they take more than two hours to complete.

Trump health pick from Indiana says Medicaid needs major overhaul

Indiana health care consulting executive Seema Verma on Thursday testified before the Senate Finance Committee on her nomination to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.

Vasser, KV Racing shut down IndyCar team after 14 years

Indianapolis-based KV Racing Technology, owned by Australian businessman Kevin Kalkhoven and Vasser, announced the long-rumored move Thursday.

Officials still expressing hope for delayed Indiana fertilizer plant

Local officials in southwestern Indiana say they remain confident a proposed fertilizer plant costing more than $2 billion will be built even though more than four years have passed since it was announced.

Lowe's planning to add 500 employees in Indianapolis

The jobs are part of a plan Lowe's announced Wednesday to hire 1,700 customer-support employees in total by October at offices in Wilkesboro, North Carolina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Indianapolis.

Indiana House OKs road-funding plan with tax increases

The Indiana House has approved a road-funding plan that would raise the gasoline tax by 10 cents and increase vehicle registration fees to fund improvements to the state's infrastructure.

Indiana Senate panel OKs bill to reduce solar incentives

A state Senate committee has approved a bill that Indiana's investor-owned utilities back that would eliminate much of the financial incentive for installing solar panels.

Steak n Shake stays on board with Rahal for 4 races in 2017

IndyCar driver Graham Rahal will continue to have Steak n Shake as his primary sponsor for four races in 2017.

Honda starts making CR-Vs at Indiana plant after $52M project

The Greensburg factory marked the start of production of the small sport-utilty vehicle Wednesday. Officials announced plans last year to spend $52 million on preparing the factory for CR-V production.

FBI arrests Muncie building commissioner amid probe

The U.S. attorney's office in Indianapolis confirmed the arrest of Craig Nichols on Wednesday but said it could not discuss it because records in his case remain under a court-ordered seal.

Consumer prices post biggest monthly rise in nearly 4 years

The Labor Department said Wednesday consumer prices rose 0.6 percent last month, the most since February 2013 and twice what economists were expecting.

U.S. retail sales surge, led by spending on gasoline, restaurants

Americans spent more than normally expected last month at clothiers, department stores, electronics outlets and sporting goods retailers.

Valentine's Day insurance breakups could mean massacre for ACA exchanges

The collapse of one potential mega-merger and the uncertain future of the other could hurt shoppers on the Affordable Care Act exchanges next year by leaving them with even fewer options and potentially higher prices.

Indiana Senate votes to override two Pence vetoes

The Indiana Senate has followed the House's lead and voted to override two bills that former Gov. Mike Pence vetoed last year. The Senate's votes Tuesday mean the bills become law.

Lawmakers weigh letting governor select state schools chief

Indiana is one of 13 states where voters elect the schools chief. The other 37 allow either the governor or the board of education to select someone to fill the position.

Pick for Medicare post faces questions on Indiana contracts

A review by The Associated Press found Seema Verma and her small Indianapolis-based firm made millions through consulting agreements with at least nine states while also working under contract for Hewlett Packard.

Cigna seeks to terminate merger with Anthem, sues insurer for $13B

Indianapolis-based Anthem responded almost immediately Tuesday by saying Cigna does not have the right to cancel the deal.

Gun licensing legislation sent to summer study committee

An Indiana House committee voted Tuesday to create a special summer committee to study the possibility of repealing an Indiana law requiring people to get a license before carrying a handgun.

Developer plans $300M mixed-use project for abandoned GE campus

The land is expected to be developed into a mixed-use innovation district that will include more than a million square feet of office, educational, retail, residential, hotel and community space.

House approves bill to deregulate hair-braiding practices

Stylists who specialize in braiding hair would no longer have to obtain a cosmetology license under a measure approved by the Indiana House.

Ball State decides against giving up TV station frequency

The decision comes after the university had considered giving up the WIPB-TV frequency in a Federal Communications Commission auction aimed at freeing up bandwidth for mobile devices.

Completion for I-69 project between Martinsville, Bloomington delayed

Indiana officials have delayed by another seven months the deadline for finishing construction on the Interstate 69 extension segment between Bloomington and Martinsville.

DuPont, spinoff to pay $671M in chemical leak case

More than 3,500 federal and state lawsuits allege that the DuPont Co. Washington Works plant, near Parkersburg, West Virginia, had dumped perfluorooctanoic acid into the Ohio River.

Lawmakers weigh requiring helmets for minors on ATVs

An 11-year-old Indiana girl died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in 2015, and her mother has been pushing to change laws on helmets and safety education.

St. Joseph's College alumni try to save their alma mater

Alumni say they knew little about the college's dire financial standing before the board of trustees decided Feb. 3 to close for at least the 2017-18 school year.

Hogsett leads rally against Trump immigration orders

Mayor Joe Hogsett on Sunday said Indianapolis welcomes all immigrants, refugees and marginalized people, but he stopped short of declaring the capital to be a sanctuary city.

House pre-K proposal draws backlash for voucher language

Tying an expansion of Indiana's pre-school program to its more politically touchy voucher system has drawn criticism from House Democrats, pre-K advocates and even some Republicans.

Audit: Anderson police department misplaces $16.2K in 2015

The state audit says the department didn't have sufficient internal policies to ensure funds used for confidential drug buys were secure from loss.

State seeks new funding for Pence's bicentennial projects

The dilemma comes after Gov. Eric Holcomb said Thursday he would terminate a tentative deal to lease the state's cellphone towers for potentially $260 million over 50 years.

Postal Service says it lost $200 million over holiday season

The Postal Service has lost money for 10 consecutive years. First-class mail volume is down as people rely more on email for online bill payments. But online shopping has led to record volume in its package-delivery business.

Big utilities try to tilt solar energy market in their favor

On Thursday, Indiana legislators will begin debating a proposed law that could eventually eliminate much of the financial benefit Indiana homeowners, businesses and even some churches currently reap harvesting the sun's rays.

Retail group predicts solid sales growth despite struggles for some stores

Despite a bumpy holiday season and other issues, the largest retail trade group says it's still optimistic that sales will grow this year.

Lawmakers consider lottery tickets to fund veterans services

Even if the Legislature approves the new lottery tickets, it's uncertain when they could be sold. They're not specified in the existing contract with Gtech Indiana, which runs the Hoosier Lottery.

Dow, DuPont may try more divestments in seeking merger approval

Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. say they're willing to make more business divestments as a way to nudge European regulators who remain wary of their proposed merger.

Chinese tire importer buys former GM plant in Anderson

Sutong China Tire Resources plans to have 20 to 40 workers at the site, where it will service the utility and recreational vehicle trailer industry.

Indiana's neighbor getting huge boost from bourbon

Bourbon's economic potency is getting stronger with age, increasing its impact on Kentucky by $1 billion in the past two years as global demand for American whiskeys continues to grow. Indiana has its own growing whiskey business.

Lawsuit filed against company that runs Illinois Lottery

Northstar Lottery Group, which is accused of manipulating scratch-off games in Illinois, is a subsidiary of Gtech Corp., the parent of the company that manages the Hoosier Lottery.

CNO Financial sees jump in quarterly profit, revenue

CNO Financial Group Inc. saw a big increase in profit in the fourth quarter, but not enough to meet Wall Street expectations.

DeVos confirmed as education secretary as Pence breaks tie

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.

Black lawmakers oppose Marion County judicial selection plan

Black legislative leaders say proposed changes to Marion County's judicial selection process would disenfranchise voters and limit diversity on the bench.

Gas pump advertising campaign targets Indiana fuel tax hike

A trade association will soon adorn gas pumps across Indiana with ads opposing a Republican plan to use higher fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure repairs.

Allison Transmission results top Wall Street forecast

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. on Monday topped analyst expectations for profit and revenue in the fourth quarter.

Audit of Muncie finances finds lack of internal controls

The state's first audit in three years of the Muncie city government's books has found some state-mandated procedures weren't followed.

State health advocates hope proposed cigarette tax reduces smoking

Public health officials say the increase is a proactive approach toward reducing the smoking rate and would serve as a deterrent for young people to even begin.

Madison County officials eye transit system to Indianapolis

The county's long-range transportation plan will include a feasibility study of commuter rail.

NCAA to pay $208M settlement in antitrust case

The Indianapolis-based NCAA has agreed to pay $208.7 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed by former college athletes who claimed the value of their scholarships was illegally capped.

Legal challenges to nondiscrimination ordinances will proceed

The Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday declined to take up an appeal from four cities, which had sought to dismiss the challenges from three conservative groups.

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The Cabaret smoothly transitions into a temporary home while DK sets its dancers loose as choreographers.

Roundup: City Market staple closes after 42 years; Speedway's Main Street snags bar

A downtown institution served its last sandwich this week at City Market, potentially opening up its former space for several new eateries.

Indians, CIB discussing new seating options at Victory Field

Fans of the Indianapolis Indians this year will notice a massive new scoreboard, improved sound system and spiffier concession stands. Changes to seating are being considered for 2018 or 2019.

Massive Kroger Marketplace to replace vacant Marsh in Fishers retail center

Indianapolis-based Kite Realty filed plans earlier this year signaling it would demolish the Marsh. Kroger plans to create a $20 million, 123,000-square-foot store in its stead.

Get ready for a smoking-hot debate over cigarette taxes

Indiana now has one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation. It also has one of the highest smoking rates. Some groups want to decrease the latter in part by raising the former.

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DINING REVIEW: Craft goes beyond beer at pub near Keystone at the Crossing

Craft Street Restaurant & Bar has turned an oft-turned-over spot on 82nd Street into an upgraded neighborhood bar with potential.

Hotel hiccup could cost agencies millions

Local hoteliers and hospitality officials are bracing for a soft 2018. And some in the industry are pointing to the fallout from a controversial 2015 law as the culprit responsible for an expected one-year downturn.

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Indianapolis' parks have a range of activities to choose from year-round, many at low or no cost.

LOPRESTI: Few answers after eight days spent with Indiana Pacers

It's two steps forward, one step back for this group as tough opponents loom.

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