Last UpdatedWED., JULY 9, 2014 - 3:48 PM

HHGregg ditches ad campaign, returns to former agency

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The Indianapolis-based retailer is going back to Zimmerman Advertising a year after parting ways with the firm and just two months after unveiling a "brand transformation."More.

Indiana agencies told to ignore gay marriages03:35 pm

Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed last month during three days following a federal court order that found the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.More.

Former Heartland CEO shifts gaze to distressed neighborhoods12:45 pm

Jeffrey Sparks, 63, has joined Indianapolis-based not-for-profit and public policy research group Sagamore Institute as a senior fellow. He stepped down from Heartland Truly Moving Pictures in 2013.More.

UPDATE: Hoosier roots keep Jarden Home HQ in Indiana12:15 pm

Andrea Muirragui Davis
Jarden Home Brands considered out-of-state sites for a new distribution center to serve its growing consumer-products business, but leaders opted to stay close to home. The Daleville-based company plans to move its headquarters to Fishers.More.
JULY 7-13, 2014
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Ex-Hoosier funnels millions back home to local tech firms

West Coast investor Parker Hinshaw and his wife, Jean Balgrosky, in 2012 founded San Diego investment firm Bootstrap Incubation LLC and in 2013 the Bootstrap Venture Fund, which have funded three Indiana companies in less than a year. A fourth deal is about to close.More.

Ambrose snags vacancy-plagued Meridian Street property

Ambrose Property Group Inc. is doubling down on the struggling downtown office market by purchasing its second property within six months.More.

Obamacare generates windfall for insurersRestricted Content

Obamacare’s tax credits are pumping nearly $400 million into the coffers of health insurers in Indiana this year, according to data released by the federal government and the insurance companies.More.

Tricky transition: Pillows balance family, business as son preps to take over

Even before taking over, Eddie Pillow is making changes at the logistics and courier company his dad started in 1988.More.

LOU'S VIEWS: A bang and a whimper end two trilogies

Reviews of the final volumes of Ben H. Winters' end-of-the-world detective series "The Last Policeman" and Walter Wangerin Jr.'s "Dun Cow" books.More.

EDITORIAL: Choose roadwork based on need, not politicsRestricted Content

The City-County Council has turned infrastructure repair into a political battleground, with Democrats and Republicans touting competing proposals for how to finance and assign a vital round of major public infrastructure needs.More.

RUSTHOVEN: Things you don’t know about Hobby LobbyRestricted Content

From reaction on the left to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, you’d think it ruled that corporations have First Amendment “free exercise of religion” rights, allowing them to refuse contraceptive coverage for women employees despite the Affordable Care Act’s statutory command. You’d be wrong. Literally none of this is true.More.

RACE: The Indy travel experience: Is improvement in sight?Restricted Content

The city needs a strategy to transform into a destination visitors would recognize.More.

Hicks: Rulings limit state power, embrace freedomRestricted Content

This past couple of weeks has offered a rare series of court rulings that have implications for both households and businesses.More.

Ex-Center Township trustee official charged with theft

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged former CFO Alan S. Mizen, 59, of Zionsville with theft and embezzlement of federal program funds. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.More.

Kellogg steps down from executive post with Pacers

Clark Kellogg, 52, who played with Pacers from 1982 to 1987, will depart as vice president of player relations, a position he’s held since 2010.More.

Kite completes $1.2B Inland acquisition

The deal swells Kite’s roster of properties to more than 130, giving it a higher profile, greater operating efficiencies and more clout in negotiations with tenants.More.

PROXY CORNER: NiSource Inc.Restricted Content

Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. is an energy holding company that provides natural gas, electricity and other products and services.More.

Records - July 7, 2014Restricted Content

Records listings from the July 7, 2014, issue of IBJ.More.

State sits on prime downtown property near Statehouse

Three locally based firms responded to a state request for private-sector parking management, plus the construction of new spaces, by proposing mixed-use buildings for a 3.2-acre lot north of the Statehouse, according to response documents made public late last month.More.

Indy Chamber fights shrinking membershipRestricted Content

The chamber has lost 19 percent of its members since the start of 2011, even while other chambers of commerce around the country see renewal rates recovering along with the economy.More.

Small colleges using lacrosse to attract monied students from East CoastRestricted Content

Finances are increasingly challenging for small, private schools, causing many to do whatever is necessary to attract students, particularly students who can afford tuition ranging from $25,000 to $45,000 annually.More.

DINING: Pub brings Irish fare to Mass Ave

Nine Irish Brothers brings bangers and mash to Mass Ave. New pub also features live music.More.

LOPRESTI: Miller’s Butler team, and its venue, are a work in progressRestricted Content

Bulldogs and historic Hinkle Fieldhouse both need work before second season in Big East.More.

MAURER: Upon reflection, some personal adviceRestricted Content

There are certain things you should do before it's too late.More.

MOSELEY: A new way to finance collegeRestricted Content

We need a fundamentally new approach to financing college education. Price resistance and over-reliance on student loans are not going away.More.

Kim: Investors fleeing market as stocks hit record highsRestricted Content

It’s amazing how the 24/7 media bombardment of random noise and sound bites on the economy and markets has investors continually on tenterhooks. It seems Armageddon is always lurking around the corner.More.

Autistic children still denied benefitsRestricted Content

Imagine your child had a chronic condition requiring on-going treatment, like diabetes, epilepsy or cystic fibrosis, and every six months you had to fight for weeks in order to continue medical treatment, even though your child’s entire clinical team and physicians agree that treatment is medically necessary.More.

Milhaus starts project in Oklahoma CityRestricted Content

The $42 million project is Milhaus' second mixed-use project outside the Indianapolis area.More.

Tech firms get chance to pitch investorsRestricted Content

Seventy-six startups and small tech companies will vie for investors’ interest July 10 at the Innovation Showcase.More.

Airport memorial planned for Col. Harvey “Weir” CookRestricted Content

An Indiana native, Cook was a decorated fighter pilot in World War I who settled in Indianapolis and was instrumental in creating the city’s first principal airport, Indianapolis Municipal Airport, opened in 1931.More.

People in the news - July 7, 2014

People listings are free.More.

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.More.
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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)More.
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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.More.
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BioCrossroads has stoked state's life sciences industry, but challenges remainRestricted Content

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.More.
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Pro athletes' charities often have limited life spansRestricted Content

Wealth and fame often lead professional athletes to share their success in the charitable arena, but those efforts rarely last much longer than their careers as the organizations struggle to survive in an already-crowded philanthropic field.More.
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CEOs see stock windfall after market crashRestricted Content

Executives at Indiana’s public companies got rich in the down-and-up market, even when investors didn't. CNO Financial's Jim Prieur, for example, received stock grants now worth $4.4M, despite share prices that are 40 percent lower than three years ago. With searchable database.More.
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New laws hang teacher pay on performance

Charters and vouchers may have sparked the loudest education-related protests before the Legislature this year, but changes to teacher evaluations are likely to have the biggest impact on Indiana’s public schools.More.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Indiana companies charge into China

With economic growth in the United States sluggish, Indiana companies are joining the race to capitalize on the fast-growing Chinese economy—even as hundreds of millions of Chinese move into the middle class and adopt a Western-style thirst for goods and services.More.
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Dual roles give Bess unusual view into schools

Bess Watch VideoAs a Danville school board member and superintendent of Indianapolis Metropolitan High, Scott Bess is straddling the increasingly contentious chasm between traditional public schools and privately operated charters.More.
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City vendor may get $1.2B from parking-privatization deal

The pitch from Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration to privatize the city's parking meters is compelling, but the proposal to sell the meters to Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has the city giving up more in the long run than is immediately apparent.More.
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Soft Landing: Pay slipped for most execs in 2009, but cuts weren't deep

Top executives at Indiana's public companies have largely been insulated from the economic crash. IBJ's review of executive pay found that, although 131 of the 238 executives listed in proxy statements the past two years saw annual compensation fall in 2009, only 10 experienced cuts of more than $1 million.More.
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Brizzi's lease deals benefited friend, donor

Records show Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi directed lucrative work for the Prosecutor's Office to his friend, business partner and political contributor John Bales.More.

Half of state's public-company CEOs saw pay rise in 2008

For investors, 2008 was the worst year since the Great Depression. Even so, more than half of the state's public-company executives saw the value of their pay packages rise from 2007—despite the fact that only 10 of the companies posted a positive total return in 2008, and 46 companies shed more than one-third of their stock market value.More.

Simon family's interests helped city thrive, but taxpayers paid the price

The Simon family's role in building the city has come at a steep price for taxpayers. Simon and its business interests in the last 20 years have collected local government incentives worth more than $400 million, an IBJ tally of those deals shows.More.

Indianapolis shows up peer cities in attracting the young and educated

Cities must woo people while they’re young—in their 20s or early 30s—because after that age, people tend to hunker down. The Indianapolis area apparently appeals to at least two key groups of young people—particularly those already married, according to a new study by researchers at IUPUI.More.

IUPUI faces tough decisions over aging sports facilities

IUPUI is grappling with how to pay for upkeep and improvements necessary to keep its three world-class athletic facilities—and the city—in the hunt for high-profile sporting events.More.

SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township trustee taps taxpayers for millions

At an aging building at 863 Massachusetts Ave., they pass through a metal detector and wait in line to show a clerk their identification and copies of overdue bills. Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer sometimes helps. The Trustee's Office received an average of $6.9 million each of the last seven years, mostly from taxes, to provide poor relief-now known as township assistance. But only about $2 million reached the penniless each year, with much of the difference covering administrative overhead....More.

Critics question trustee's property portfolio given mission to help needy

Center Township has real estate holdings worth more than $10 million, according to IBJ research. The township's robust real estate portfolio—highly unusual for an Indiana township—fits Trustee Carl L. Drummer's vision for his taxpayer-supported office. But it makes others see red.More.
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Special Report: City's building spree leaves trail of spoilsRestricted Content

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.More.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Stock-based pay builds wealth for Indiana execsRestricted Content

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)More.
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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.More.
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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.More.
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Critics: City's effort to help ex-offenders ineffectiveRestricted Content

Three years after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard launched a city office designed to help ex-offenders avoid a repeat prison visit, some of those original supporters say the city’s Office of Re-Entry Initiatives not only has fallen short of that goal but has accomplished little else.More.
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Reform law gives charters leeway to hire unlicensed teachers

Legislation that expands charter schools in Indiana also could increase the number of teachers at those schools without licenses, making it easier for educators like Eric Nentrup to take non-traditional paths to the classroom.More.
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Controversy brews over judging charter performance

There is little agreement—but lots of politics and complex statistics—on how to define success and failure in Indiana’s public schools.More.
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Partisan divide could threaten long-term education reform

Indiana’s Republican-controlled Legislature will likely pass the bulk of education-reform measures being pushed this year by party heavyweights, but partisan rancor could threaten the long-term prospects for a sweeping overhaul of the state’s public schools.More.
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Charter school's nimble approach could become the norm

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School implemented a school-wide overhaul in its educational approach in only three months. The charter school might be the face of the future for all Indiana public schools.More.
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Bond swaps cost city units $93M in penalties

Wall Street bankers for decades sold municipalities like Indianapolis on debt instruments called swaps as a safe way to reduce borrowing costs and hedge against rising interest rates. In reality, the swaps were complicated bets that relied on misguided assumptions, and taxpayers paid.More.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Brizzi ordered lenient deal for business partner's client

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi last year intervened in a major drug case to offer a reduced sentence over objections from both law enforcement officers and his own deputy prosecutors.More.
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Related-party loans pile up at Durham-owned finance firm

Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham has treated Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. almost like a personal bank since buying it seven years ago, and now he, his partners and related firms owe it more than $168 million, records show.More.

Grad students dream up plans for mass transitRestricted Content

Architecture and urban design students from Ball State have created a vision for urban renewal that is arguably more compelling than the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority's principal, utilitarian goal of reducing northeast-side highway congestion and air pollution by running a diesel commuter train atop the old Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.More.

Hospitals suffer from spiking bond interest rates, investment lossesRestricted Content

Indianapolis-area hospitals have suffered a double whammy of spiking interest rates on their bonds and heavy losses in their investment portfolios and are trying to save cash any way they can.More.

SPECIAL REPORT: Charter Homes draws scrutiny for odd sales claims, multiple liens

Charter Homes owner Jerry Jaquess fancies himself a white knight for King Park, a neighborhood once known mainly for its rampant crime, boarded-up homes and vacant lots. But as he’s constructed a slew of homes and carriage houses there, the local builder has stirred up several lawsuits, dozens of liens and persistent questions about whether his business is legit.More.

At most Indiana public firms, CEO pay hasn't fallen with stockRestricted Content

Most public companies say they tie executive compensation to performance, but an IBJ review of pay data from 65 Indiana-based firms shows otherwise. Last year, more than two-thirds of Indiana-based public companies saw their share prices decline, yet many continued to award eye-popping compensation to their executives.More.

SPECIAL REPORT: Financial travails dog 'mystery man' at helm of Premier Properties

An IBJ review of hundreds of pages of public records shows Christopher P. White and his Premier Properties USA Inc. are facing major financial and legal challenges. The most glaring signs of trouble: Contractors have filed more than $3.5 million in liens against Premier’s retail properties in Plainfield; the state of Indiana is trying to recover $375,000 in sales taxes on White’s airplane; and the contractor who renovated his Lake Clearwater mansion is suing him to recover more than $600,000 in unpaid bills.More.

IRSAY'S ODYSSEY: Owner learned from life in NFL to build winning team

The Indianapolis Colts' evolution from perennial patsy to Super Bowl favorite is a body of work with a seldom-told—and often misunderstood—history. It's easy to see the hues all-pros Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James painted on this masterpiece season. President Bill Polian and Coach Tony Dungy certainly colored the landscape. And Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore added his creativity. But theirs aren't the only signatures on this canvas.More.
Last UpdatedWED., JULY 9, 2014 - 3:48 PM

Indiana agencies told to ignore gay marriages03:35 pm

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed last month during three days following a federal court order that found the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.More.

Group backs out of deal for Anderson's Wigwam08:47 am

Officials say a private group has decided not to take over Anderson's closed Wigwam gymnasium, leaving the fate of the 9,000-seat venue uncertain.More.

New IU office aims to boost graduation rates

A state Commission for Higher Education report this year found that about 50 percent of students at IU's Bloomington campus were graduating on time, while the regional campuses were at 10 percent or less.More.

Hoosier Environmental Council opposes dam on White River

The Hoosier Environmental Council has added its name to the list of environmental groups opposing a proposed seven-mile long reservoir along the White River in central Indiana.More.

INDOT staffer in ethics case seeks new work

A top Indiana transportation official who is under investigation for land sales that benefited his family is considering taking an executive job at an engineering firm that bids for state work.More.

Program preps students to teach at high-need schools

Forty-five Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows received incentives to attend cutting-edge master's degree programs at Ball State, IUPUI, Purdue University, the University of Indianapolis and Valparaiso University.More.

UPDATE: Indiana vanity plate fight could go to Legislature

A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.More.

Pence, Ritz seek federal dollars without strings

Last Monday, Superintendent Glenda Ritz filed a request to continue using federal "Title I" education money with flexibility. A day later, Gov. Mike Pence asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant the state an exemption, and about $16.5 billion, to expand Medicaid using a version of the Healthy Indiana Plan.More.

Developer pulls plug on $300M Tipton wind farm

A Colorado-based developer said the project is no longer feasible because of conditions that a zoning board placed on the project.More.

Kokomo doctor gets 2 years for overprescribing

Don Wagoner, his wife and two other doctors were arrested last year on narcotics charges connected to clinics in Kokomo and Burlington. State officials say at least a dozen patients died from drug-related complications.More.

Vectren selling its coal-mining subsidiary for $296M

One of Indiana's largest natural-gas utilities is selling its coal-mining subsidiary to a southern Indiana-based coal-mining company, putting more than 800 coal miners' jobs at risk.More.

Counties worry about cost of criminal code changes

Sweeping changes to Indiana's criminal code took effect Tuesday that will send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons.More.

New Under Armour line excites Notre Dame fans

The contract, which makes the company Notre Dame's official outfitter, is reportedly the largest deal in the history of college athletics.More.

Indiana requests new No Child Left Behind waiver

At stake is control over a portion of the more than $200 million in federal "Title I" education funding that Indiana receives each year.More.

High court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees

The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks — and bank accounts — in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers.More.

GOP bucking business priorities on Capitol Hill

Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying in Washington, D.C., where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade.More.

Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive and Indiana native Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by problems.More.

Officials: Indiana's limestone industry on upswing

The limestone industry is thriving again with many companies reporting orders are up following a drop in business during the recession, a trade association spokesman says.More.

Lawmaker: Tobacco settlement aids health programs

Indiana's settlement of its dispute with major tobacco companies — a deal bringing the state $217 million over the next two years — will help meet the state's obligations for several health-related programs, a top lawmaker says.More.

Finish Line reports strong quarter as same-store sales rise

Sales at stores open at least a year climbed 5 percent, and the company's website improvements and relationship with Macy's also helped to drive profit.More.

Pence says GOP should seek limits on federal government

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday called on Republicans to dramatically limit the federal government's role in public education, welfare programs and transportation in a speech aimed at boosting his profile among New York's powerful political donors.More.

High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their clash with President Barack Obama.More.

Notre Dame, GE plan turbine-research facility in Indiana

The University of Notre Dame and General Electric Co. on Thursday announced plans to partner in a $36 million research and test facility for massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants, and the oil and gas industry.More.

Ball State fraud involved failed internal controls

Ball State Treasurer Randy Howard told The Star Press he doesn't know whether that failure involved deception by anyone at the university, lack of due diligence or both.More.

Pence names social services chief after sudden exit

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence picked a new secretary Wednesday to run the Family and Social Services Administration and created a position overseeing his proposed alternative to traditional Medicaid.More.

Government made $100B in improper payments in 201310:27 am

By its own estimate, the U.S. government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.More.

Education battle flares between Ritz, Pence

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused Gov. Mike Pence's education staff and appointees to the State Board of Education of trying to "undermine" her efforts to secure a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.More.

Greensburg factory to invest $28M, add 250 workers

Workers will be hired as global firm Valeo buys new equipment for its 400,000-square-foot engine cooling factory to start new product lines for Honda, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford.More.

For-profit educator closing 12 campuses in 11 states

Corinthian Colleges Inc., which competes against Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc., said Tuesday that a campus in Indiana is on its closure list.More.

Transfer of Anderson gym awaits additional approval

The Anderson City Council will have to approve the city's involvement in the transfer of the closed 9,000-seat Wigwam gymnasium to a private group planning to reopen it.More.

UPDATE: Deal set in ex-schools chief Bennett's ethics case

Inspector General David Thomas filed charges against Tony Bennett last November alleging he used state employees and resources in his failed 2012 re-election campaign.More.

UPDATE: State financing $250M for Interstate 69 segment

The project will upgrade much of the existing Indiana 37 to interstate standards for the I-69 extension that is planned to eventually connect Indianapolis and Evansville.More.

Quest for development grant sparks infighting in Nashville

The town is one of six finalists to be a Stellar Community, which brings money and support to help spur economic development. But not everyone is happy with how the application process has gone.More.

Express Scripts cuts payments for customized drugs

The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is dramatically scaling back its coverage of compounded medications, saying most of the custom-mixed medicines are ineffective or overpriced.More.

Afghanistan subcontractor cheated workers, suit says

Federal investigators are examining whether a military subcontractor from Indiana underpaid scores of medical workers in Afghanistan, pocketing federal funds that the government intended the company use to pay its employees.More.

Work resumes at Indiana GM plant after fatal explosion

Employees have returned to work at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Marion following a chemical explosion that killed a contractor and injured several others.More.

Supreme Court lets other birth-control cases stand

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law.More.

Key aide to Pence heading back to private sector

Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday that Deputy Chief of Staff Marilee Springer would be returning to Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller.More.

Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

A former Army captain, Robert McDonald would bring a blend of corporate and military experience to a bureaucracy reeling from revelations of chronic, system-wide failure and veterans dying while on long waiting lists for treatment.More.

Justices: Some employers don't have to cover birth control

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.More.

UPDATE: Butler warns students, staff, alums of data breach

The school says the exposed information includes birthdates, social security numbers and bank account information of about 163,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni.More.

Manchester University exceeds $100 million target

Manchester University has exceeded a $100 million fundraising goal 18 months ahead of its deadline, and retiring President Jo Young Switzer is receiving much of the credit.More.

Flurry of new laws set to take effect in Indiana

Beginning Tuesday, guns will be allowed in school parking lots, beer and alcohol will be legal for sale at the Indiana State Fair and veterans will have more support from the state as they seek new careers.More.

Pence reappoints members of state education board

Pence announced Thursday that Indiana developer Gordon Hendry, Lake County attorney Tony Walker, Evansville teacher B.J. Watts and Huntington teacher Cari Whicker would serve new four-year terms.More.

High court sides with Fifth Third employees in dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with bank employees in a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bancorp that accused management of irresponsibly investing employee retirement money in the bank's then-failing stock.More.

Pence to visit United Kingdom on economic development trip

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is leading a group of business and community leaders on a jobs mission to the United Kingdom next month.More.

Muncie launches 'quiet zone' push to benefit hotel

Muncie's push would benefit a $40 million Courtyard by Marriott hotel slated for a groundbreaking later this year and set to open in fall 2015 just north of CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern tracks.More.

Gay couples' Indiana celebration could be derailed

Attorneys on both sides of the gay marriage debate expect the issue to ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, which last year struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.More.

Indiana man pleads guilty in fake credit union case

An Indianapolis man has pleaded guilty to a Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of millions of dollars through a fake online credit union.More.

NFL agrees to remove $675 million cap on head injuries

The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.More.



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Group backs out of deal for Anderson's Wigwam08:47 am

Officials say a private group has decided not to take over Anderson's closed Wigwam gymnasium, leaving the fate of the 9,000-seat venue uncertain.More.

'Swarm Street' sculpture not worth the wait

Had it been ready along with the rest of the commissioned artwork, the latest addition to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail might be seen in a more positive light.More.

Transfer of Anderson gym awaits additional approval

The Anderson City Council will have to approve the city's involvement in the transfer of the closed 9,000-seat Wigwam gymnasium to a private group planning to reopen it.More.

LOPRESTI: Miller’s Butler team, and its venue, are a work in progressRestricted Content

Bulldogs and historic Hinkle Fieldhouse both need work before second season in Big East.More.

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In this issue of Forefront, John Gregg and Bill Styring argue over amending the constitution to rein in the federal government, and David Hadley and Kevin Kellems debate the most powerful lobbies in the Legislature. Shariq Siddiqui urges Democrats in Washington to adopt HIP 2.0, Kristin Froehle attacks Mike Pence for his position on coal, and more.

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