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Democrats want Pence to release details of PR firm's work 3:56 PM

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Indiana Democrats have sent the Republican Pence administration a formal request to release documents showing what the state got for its money when it hired a New York public relations firm to deal with any damage inflicted by the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Indiana to join states suing over new EPA water rule12:05 PM

Associated Press
Indiana has decided to join a lawsuit challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

Pence elevates revenue chief of staff to commissioner11:47 AM

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An attorney who once served as Indiana's public access counselor has been tapped as the new commissioner for the state Department of Revenue, replacing the retiring Mike Alley.

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 Mon., July 6, 2015 - 4:02 PM

Democrats want Pence to release details of PR firm's work 3:56 PM

Indiana Democrats have sent the Republican Pence administration a formal request to release documents showing what the state got for its money when it hired a New York public relations firm to deal with any damage inflicted by the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Indiana to join states suing over new EPA water rule12:05 PM

Indiana has decided to join a lawsuit challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

Pence elevates revenue chief of staff to commissioner11:47 AM

An attorney who once served as Indiana's public access counselor has been tapped as the new commissioner for the state Department of Revenue, replacing the retiring Mike Alley.

Ball State yet to receive any restitution in investment scam11:18 AM

Two men who were convicted of securities fraud after stealing $13.1 million from Ball State University have surrendered homes and sports memorabilia purchased with the money, but school officials say they haven't received any restitution.

Obama overtime pay proposal raises concerns in Indiana10:21 AM

Owners of Indiana small businesses say a proposal by the Obama administration to give overtime pay to up to 5 million more people could force them to cut workers' hours or make changes to pay structures.

Ball State investment policy bends to fossil fuel concerns

The shift comes more than a year after the school shut down four coal-fired boilers dating to the 1940s. That eliminated the school's annual burning of up to 36,000 tons of coal that released sulfur dioxide and other air pollutants.

Indiana's career, technical students have higher grad rate

Ninety-five percent of students concentrating on career and technical education courses, or CTE, graduate from high school. That compares with a 90-percent graduation rate for all graduates.

1984 Indiana governor candidate Wayne Townsend dies

Townsend, who was a hog farmer in northeastern Indiana's Blackford County, broke a barrier by picking a woman as his running mate.

Report: Pacers sign shooting guard Ellis for 4 years, $44 million

Monta Ellis averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists with Dallas last season. He will help soup up the Indiana Pacers' plodding offense next season, according to a source close to the deal.

Indiana warns businesses about recent deceptive letters

Secretary of State Connie Lawson is warning Indiana firms about letters that appear to have come from her office and ask for $125 or $150 fees.

U.S. adds 223,000 jobs as jobless rate slips to 5.3 percent

The rate fell mostly because many people out of work gave up on their job searches and were no longer counted as unemployed. Average hourly pay was flat.

Indiana law spurs 'fireworks tourism' from Illinois

Fireworks store owners in northwest Indiana say half to 80 percent of their business comes from Illinois, where fireworks are strictly regulated. That's also good for restaurants and other retailers.

U.S. probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

A letter received by major U.S. carriers demands copies of all communications the airlines had with each other, Wall Street analysts and major shareholders about their plans for passenger-carrying capacity, or "the undesirability of your company or any other airline increasing capacity."

Ritz proposes 1-year hold on lower A-F school grades

The state schools superintendent, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Mike Pence next year, has been skeptical of the school grading system, while the board dominated by Pence's appointees has advocated for the grades.

Court upholds $5M cap on state fair stage-collapse case

Indiana won't have to pay any more damages from the 2011 deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse under a decision by the state Supreme Court.

Indiana school board elects teacher as vice chairwoman

A central Indiana elementary school teacher has been elected as vice chairwoman of the State Board of Education, a new position that shares authority with Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Record soybean crop planted, but progress slowed by rain

With a month of rain, Indiana's crops have gone from among the best in the nation to among the worst. An agricultural economist estimated Tuesday that production could decline by $475 million in the state.

Indiana narrows possible routes for final I-69 segment

The Indiana Department of Transportation said Tuesday it chose five preliminary alternatives for the highway's Martinsville-to-Indianapolis segment after reviewing public input and evaluations of the 14 initial proposed routes.

Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

Groups hoping to squeeze partisan politics out of how states shape congressional districts are hailing a Supreme Court decision that lets independent commissions, not legislatures, draw those lines.

Iowa Pacific rail partnership launch delayed in Indiana

The Indiana Department of Transportation has asked Amtrak to continue operating the Hoosier State Line between Indianapolis and Chicago until the state can negotiate contracts with Amtrak, Iowa Pacific Holdings and communities served by the route.

Obama plan would make 5 million more eligible for OT

Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve.

Indiana panel to consider redistricting system options

Indiana lawmakers will review whether the state should establish an independent commission for drawing congressional districts that's similar to an Arizona system upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Indiana House hires attorneys to defend public records suit

The Indiana House has hired two outside attorneys, who bill an average of nearly $400 an hour, to defend itself from a lawsuit filed over its refusal to provide correspondence over a solar power bill.

High court rules against EPA power plant mercury limits

The court said by a 5-4 vote Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to take cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.

U.S. pending home sales climb to nine-year high

More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May, as pending sales climbed to their highest level since 2006. Signed contracts, however, were down in the Midwest.

Ivy Tech at risk of losing workforce training money

Ivy Tech Community College is facing an Aug. 1 deadline to show progress in student success as state officials weigh whether to continue using the college system as a provider for workforce training and education programs.

Experts: Indiana crops have taken $300M hit from flooding

Agriculture experts say this month's heavy rains and flooding have already reduced the value of Indiana's crops by nearly $300 million and the damage could escalate with more wet weather.

Indiana groups hail court's gay-marriage decision

Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair says lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents now need civil rights protections so they can't be fired or denied services due to their sexual orientation.

Minkler sworn in as U.S. attorney in Indiana's Southern District

Josh Minkler had been serving as acting U.S. attorney after his predecessor, Joe Hogsett, resigned last July to explore running for mayor of Indianapolis.

Numerous construction projects planned at Indiana University

Work is almost complete on the $53 million School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, just one of more than a dozen construction projects on the school's docket.

Pence: Supreme Court health decision 'disappointing'

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has disappointed those who wanted a fresh start on health care.

Ticket prices going up for this year's Indiana State Fair

General admission tickets for the August fair will be $12, up from $10 last year. Advance ticket prices will rise from from $7 to $8.

Consumers ramp up spending to largest gain since 2009

The Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose 0.9 percent last month, up from a revised 0.1-percent increase in April.

Obama trade agenda recovers, thanks to GOP lift

Two weeks after his own party dealt him an embarrassing defeat on trade, President Barack Obama maneuvered his way back to victory.

Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias

The Supreme Court handed a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when it upheld a law used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination.

Subaru recalls 72K vehicles over brake issues

The recall covers about 72,000 Outback, Legacy, Impreza and XV Crosstrek models with the company's Eyesight Driver Assist system.

Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

British court ruling backs patent protecting Lilly's Alimta

Eli Lilly and Co. received some European legal backing for its top product, the lung cancer treatment Alimta, on Thursday when a British court upheld a patent protecting a vitamin regimen administered with the drug.

Court: Betting facility not exempt from city's smoking law

An appeals court panel has ruled that an off-track betting facility in downtown Indianapolis can't be excluded from the city's ban on smoking in places such as bars and restaurants.

Indiana plans to defy Obama on climate change plan

Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama's plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday.

Zimmer, Biomet complete $13.35 billion merger

The Indiana-based company has taken the name Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. and will trade under the ticker symbol to "ZBH" on Monday. Zimmer Holdings Inc. agreed to buy privately-held Biomet in April 2014.

Indiana awaits decision on waiver from federal education law

The Indiana Department of Education has asked federal officials for a three-year extension of the waiver it received for this past school year.

Economy not quite as bad as thought in first quarter

The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Purdue starts construction on $50M materials research facility

Purdue officials said the facility will support research focusing on development of lighter-weight composite materials that can be used in aerospace, aviation, automotive, energy and sporting equipment.

Longtime leader of Indiana Farm Bureau plans retirement

Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock, 65, said that with things going well, it's a good time to let someone bring in new ideas.

Groups estimate 160,000 Hoosiers could lose subsidies

About 160,000 low- and moderate-income Indiana residents could lose health insurance premium subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act if the U.S. Supreme Court rules them illegal, two groups estimated Tuesday.

NBA pipeline from Europe getting bigger, deeper and stronger

A record 101 foreign-born players are on NBA rosters. Three overseas players are potential top 10 picks in the upcoming NBA draft.

Durable goods orders make another monthly retreat

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in May, pulled down by a sharp drop in demand for aircraft. But a category that reflects business investment rose, a hopeful sign for manufacturing.

Anthem reaffirms commitment to its $47 billion bid for Cigna

Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. said Monday that the merged companies would cover more than 53 million people combined, a total that easily surpasses that of current market leader, UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Fifth Third Bancorp ready to close about 100 branches

Fifth Third Bancorp said it plans to close or consolidate about 100 branches and has abandoned plans for 30 new ones. The company has more than 40 branches in the Indianapolis area.

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Ironworks developer planning next phase for apartment project

Hendricks Commercial Properties has purchased the adjacent La-Z-Boy building and is planning to build more apartments on the high-profile property at 86th and Keystone.

IndyCar's latest race, like series' boss, loved and loathed

Aero kit rules, compact schedule, and crummy attendance has IndyCar Series teams, drivers and fans all revved up. Heat is being turned up on Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles.

Developer refines proposed CVS at 161st and Spring Mill Road

Nearly a year after receiving rezoning approval, an Indianapolis-based development group finally hopes to win design approval on a CVS-anchored commercial development near 161st Street and Spring Mill Road.

Obamacare shovels another $122M to Indiana insurers

The money, known as reinsurance payments, helped MDwise, Anthem, Humana, Assurant and the Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana keep a lid on their losses even as lots of new patients with expensive or untreated medical conditions migrated into the private insurance market.

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LOPRESTI: For Butler coach Holtmann, one year changes everything

Being in charge of the basketball program means life is different now.

DINING: A new home for gelato fits in on Virginia Avenue

I wish every ZIP code had at least one local frozen treat spot. And so it was with pleasure that I checked in at Cafe Nonna

LOU's VIEWS: In praise of libraries

As I contemplate my summer-reading pile, I want to offer some words of appreciation for one of my favorite things about Indianapolis—its library system.

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