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Last Updated Fri., December 9, 2016 - 9:53 AM

Software firm picks up former Interactive sales leader10:00 AM

Jared Council
Fresh off plans to add nearly 200 employees by 2019, Clear Software hired a vice president of sales from Interactive Intelligence.

Tech gurus serve up board-management software10:00 AM

Jared Council
Jeb Banner and Andy Clark, co-founders of the Speak Easy, are part of the group behind a new software firm called Boardable.

Bicentennial trust preserves more than 11,000 Indiana acres 9:45 AM

Associated Press
The program works to acquire land for conservation and recreation. It honors the establishment of the state park system, which was created in 1916 to commemorate Indiana's centennial.

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 Fri., December 9, 2016 - 9:53 AM

Bicentennial trust preserves more than 11,000 Indiana acres 9:45 AM

The program works to acquire land for conservation and recreation. It honors the establishment of the state park system, which was created in 1916 to commemorate Indiana's centennial.

Small business owners have post-election surge in confidence11:59 PM

Just over half the owners surveyed said they believed actions by the administration of Republican President-elect Donald Trump and Congress will make their companies better off.

Rollback of truck safety rules may be just the beginning11:09 PM

The trucking industry scored a victory this week when Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama administration safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway.

Union president challenges Trump on Carrier job numbers

The union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter challenged the president-elect to back up his claim that a deal with Carrier Corp. would save 1,100 jobs in Indianapolis.

Northern Indiana Indian tribe plans to open casino in 2018

The casino is expected to draw business from Indiana's existing casinos, which have already been seeing business shrink because of competition from surrounding states.

Teachers could grade ISTEP replacement test under proposal

An Indiana lawmaker has proposed having teachers grade the state's new standardized test as major decisions for the replacement of the current ISTEP exams loom.

IU treasurer: School could operate at net loss by 2020

Indiana University is on a trajectory to be operating at a net loss of about $70 million by 2021, the school's treasurer told the board of trustees.

High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with smartphone maker Samsung in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over the design of the iPhone.

Supreme Court upholds broad power to curb insider trading

The justices ruled Tuesday that sharing corporate secrets with friends or relatives is illegal even if the insider providing the tip doesn't receive anything of value in return.

UPDATE: Purdue signs Western Kentucky coach to end woes, jazz up program

New Purdue Athletic Director Mike Bobinski thought Jeff Brohm was the perfect fit for a school dubbed the "Cradle of Quarterbacks."

Economists predict improved, but still slow, economy in 2017

The median estimate from economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics calls for the American economy to grow 2.2 percent in 2017.

U.S. services firms grow at fastest pace in 13 months

Services companies reported that production, hiring and new export orders all grew faster in November than they did in October.

Trump threatens payback for U.S. companies that move abroad

President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to impose heavy taxes on U.S. companies that move jobs overseas and still try to sell their products to Americans.

Report: Stutzman 'campaign' trip featured family events

A House ethics panel said it would continue its own probe after the Office of Congressional Ethics concluded that much of the trip appears "to have been undertaken for personal purposes, with only incidental, if any, campaign-related benefit," according to the report.

Purdue University employees in flux amid overtime suspension

Purdue University will hold off on raising employees' salaries and changing job classifications in the wake of a last-minute suspension on a federal rule that would have expanded the pool of workers eligible for overtime pay.

Pence: Trump call with Taiwanese leader a 'courtesy call'

The phone call drew an irritated response from China, whose foreign minister called the contact a "small trick by Taiwan" and noted that "healthy" U.S.-China relations hinge upon the so-called "one-China" policy. 

2 Indiana men sentenced to prison for biodiesels fraud

Authorities say the men took part in fraud involving federal incentives to produce renewable fuels, specifically biodiesel.

Indiana sets record with 33 percent early voting in election

The overall election turnout of 58 percent of registered voters fell short of the level of 62 percent in 2008.

Unemployment sinks to 4.6 percent as U.S. adds 178,000 jobs

The unemployment rate hit a nine-year low in November, although mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

UPDATE: IU football coach Wilson out after six seasons

Kevin Wilson departs less than 10 months after agreeing to a six-year contract extension worth $15.3 million. Indiana athletic director Fred Glass downplayed reports of player mistreatment.

House passes bill aimed at overhauling Dodd-Frank law

The House legislation is portrayed by its backers as a potential boon to regional or large community banks that didn't contribute to the financial meltdown, as opposed to the Wall Street powerhouses.

Realignment at IPFW campus one step closer with trustee OK

Indiana University trustees have voted to approve splitting the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus.

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson out after six seasons

IU has scheduled a 6 p.m. news conference to provide details about the coaching change

Huntington plant looks to be left out of Trump's Carrier deal

A 700-worker factory in northeastern Indiana facing closure doesn't appear to be part of a deal President-elect Donald Trump struck with its parent company to keep hundreds of jobs at an Indianapolis plant.

Black Friday deals helped lift U.S. auto sales in November

Black Friday deals — a relatively new phenomenon for the auto industry — are expected to pull November U.S. auto sales out of their recent slump.

'Twelve Days of Christmas' to cost a tad more this year

The prices for nine of the 12 gifts listed in the holiday carol stayed the same or became cheaper this year, according to the 33rd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index released Thursday.

Federal court weighs key decision on LGBT-workplace bias

Several of the 11 judges at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals signaled they are ready to enter what would be a historic ruling broadening the scope the 52-year-old landmark law.

Fed reports modest growth around nation in new survey

The Federal Reserve reports that the U.S. economy grew at a modest rate this fall, with solid gains in consumer spending helping offset lingering weakness in exports.

Toyota Material Handling to hire more workers in Indiana

Toyota Material Handling USA Inc. said it plans to add up to 71 workers by the end of 2019 at its facility in Columbus.

Lottery jackpot rigging scandal grows in scope as trials near

A prosecutor says two brothers accused of conspiring to fix lottery games in five states planted software on a lottery computer in Indiana that would have enabled them to fix more games.

House ethics panel to continue probe of Indiana lawmaker

The House Ethics panel said it is continuing an official investigation into Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman.

State panel backs shorter ISTEP exams without saying how

The educator-dominated panel voted 21-2 in favor of recommendations to state legislators that include moving the testing period from its current March and April times into a single time span in May.

Sens. Sanders, Warren call massive research bill gift to drug firms

The $6.3 billion bill would let the Food and Drug Administration approve drugs and medical devices more quickly and bolster federal mental health programs.

Report: Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales up 9 percent

According to First Data, almost 25 percent of the holiday dollars spent over the two-day period came from e-commerce, up from 18 percent last year and nearly 16 percent in 2014.

Pence aide cancels lobbying contract ahead of ban

A key aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence removed himself from the U.S. government's rolls of federal lobbyists and canceled a lucrative lobbying contract days before Donald Trump's team announced it will ban lobbyists from taking jobs with the administration.

Indiana officials consider sparing schools from penalties

Indiana officials are considering whether schools should be spared for a second year from penalties based on poor student scores on the state's ISTEP standardized test.

With deals offered early, Cyber Monday may lose online sales title

The Monday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest online shopping day, but stores are releasing internet deals earlier, stretching them through the week, as well as making them available in stores.

Holcomb to lead Indiana delegation to United Kingdom

During the trip, Holcomb will meet with government officials in London as well as potential investors in Indiana's top business sectors, including advanced manufacturing.

Thanksgiving weekend shoppers spend less in stores, more online

Weekend shoppers picked up hot toys, TVs and new Apple products, buying both online and in stores, but spent less per person because of rampant discounting that they've come to demand.

Madison County taking steps to avoid another computer system hack

County staffers have worked many hours of overtime restoring links between the computer software and county files that were broken in the hacking attack on Nov. 4.

For some in middle class, Trump plan could mean higher taxes

A majority of single-parent households in America could pay more in taxes under president-elect Donald Trump's proposals, while the richest 1 percent could see a 13.5 percent decrease in taxes.

After 4-8 season, Kelly says he plans to stay at Notre Dame

Coach Brian Kelly said in a postgame news conference Saturday that "Absolutely. I'll be back." Hours later, Yahoo Sports reported that Kelly had reached out to explore options outside Notre Dame.

Union leader not optimistic Trump can save Carrier jobs

United Steelworkers Local 1999 president Chuck Jones said Friday that he doesn't want the plant's workers to get their hopes up, but said "some hope is better than none at all."

Trump tweets that he's 'making progress' on keeping Carrier in Indy

The company, which has announced plans to move 1,400 jobs from Indianapolis to Mexico by 2019, confirmed Thursday it has had discussions with president-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.

Five states struggle with surging numbers of foster children

According to the new federal figures, Indiana had the second biggest surge in foster children after Georgia, rising by 37 percent from 2013 to 2015.

Indiana's high court hears Mexican man's lost-wages case

Noe Escamilla sued Indianapolis-based construction company Shiel Sexton for lost future wages after he slipped on ice in 2010 and severely injured his back while helping lift a heavy masonry capstone. The company said the man used fraud to land the job.

Indiana GOP leaders say funding for pre-K, roads are priorities

At Tuesday's Organization Day, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma called for lawmakers to move past a "rough" campaign season and refocus on the priorities of state government when the Legislature convenes in early January.

U.S. court blocks overtime-pay expansion set to begin Dec. 1

A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama's administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay.

UPDATE: NCAA orders Notre Dame to vacate 21 football victories

The school on Tuesday ripped the Indianapolis-based NCAA for its decision to vacate the wins and immediately said it would appeal. It marked the fourth time in history the NCAA has cited Notre Dame for a major rules violation.

Pence attorneys argue against Indiana release of document

Lawyers for Indiana Governor and Republican Vice President-elect Mike Pence argued in court Monday that the state's judicial branch has no authority to require him to comply with Indiana's public records law.

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Priority list includes historic attraction upgrade, jazz legend in concert

Plus, a holiday tour of historic homes along Delaware Street.

Roundup: Broad Ripple restaurant rebrands; another eatery to debut on Mass Ave

Usual Suspects on Guilford Avenue has revamped its menu and is now known as The Vanguard, while the owner of Ali Baba's downtown prepares to open another concept, this one called Petra.

Schumachers to keep Indians stock within family

Despite Max Schumacher's retirement from daily leadership of the Indianapolis Indians, his family vows to maintain control of his ownership shares. That should be a relief to downtown stakeholders.

New interchange on Interstate 69 at 106th Street is open

The $21.7 million interchange opened about seven months earlier than originally projected.

After rough November, some good news for Lilly

The FDA says the Indianapolis-based drugmaker and its partner can make an important label claim on its new diabetes drug—a move analysts say could give sales a big boost.

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IMA plans to restore damaged 'LOVE' sculpture, move it inside 08:46 am

The move means people must pay museum entry fees to see the iconic sculpture, which was artist Robert Indiana's first in a series of "LOVE" works.

Northern Indiana Indian tribe plans to open casino in 2018

The casino is expected to draw business from Indiana's existing casinos, which have already been seeing business shrink because of competition from surrounding states.

UPDATE: Indianapolis Opera leader bows out after less than two years

Kevin Patterson has stepped down at mid-season as general director of the struggling Indianapolis Opera and has quickly been replaced with a new leader.

City inks one-year deal to keep Gen Con through 2021

The short-term extension allows the city to keep one of its largest conventions, with an estimated economic impact of $70 million, for at least another year.

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