Last Updated Sat., April 18, 2015 - 8:59 AM

Pence signs bill expanding use of overdose drug 8:53 AM

Associated Press
The new law allows Indiana residents to obtain and use a drug that can reverse heroin overdoses in their relatives, friends and loved ones.

Final state budget negotiations get underway

The Statehouse File
Legislative fiscal leaders launched final budget negotiations Friday with a somber tone, a reflection of this week’s downward revision in the state’s revenue projections.

Antitrust lawyers said to be leaning against Comcast merger

Bloomberg News
Staff attorneys at the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block Comcast Corp.’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

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 Sat., April 18, 2015 - 8:59 AM

Pence signs bill expanding use of overdose drug 8:53 AM

The new law allows Indiana residents to obtain and use a drug that can reverse heroin overdoses in their relatives, friends and loved ones.

Local dispute-resolution program sees growing caseload

In nearly a decade, the Johnson County's court-mediation program, also called the alternative dispute-resolution program, has doubled its number of cases. Last year, the program took on nearly 700 cases

Indiana lawmakers approve rules for e-cigarette liquids

The bill's provisions include banning sales to those younger than 18, establishing manufacturing safety standards, and requiring child-proof and tamper-proof caps on containers.

New Jersey man, 2 companies plead guilty in biofuels scam

Joseph Furando and two companies he co-owns have pleaded guilty to federal charges in a biofuels scam that became one of the largest frauds in Indiana history and bilked taxpayers and fuel buyers out of tens of millions of dollars, prosecutors said.

Indiana House sends construction wage law repeal to governor

The bill repealing the state law that sets wages for public construction projects is on its way to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence after his strong push for the measure.

Gary lures Chicago company across border to create 300 jobs

Edsal Manufacturing Co. Inc. announced plans Thursday to expand to northwest Indiana, a move that comes as a longtime job-poaching rivalry between the two states appears to be intensifying.

Indiana Landmarks honors Butler for Hinkle restoration

Indiana Landmarks has chosen Butler as the winner of its annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration for its preservation of the National Historic Landmark.

Indiana bill banning powdered alcohol sent to Pence

Senate members approved a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal to possess, purchase, sell or use powdered alcohol in Indiana. It also requires further study on the issue this summer.

Indiana Senate hears warning of possible budget cuts

The Indiana Senate endorsed a proposal for a new two-year state spending plan on Wednesday, just after its chief budget writer warned that cuts might soon have to be made.

Indiana Senate backs repeal of construction wage law

Senators voted 27-22 Wednesday to support eliminating the boards that set wages for state or local projects costing more than $350,000.

Iowa Pacific wants to increase routes on Hoosier State Line

Iowa Pacific Holdings Inc. President Ed Ellis he wants to increase round trips for the Indianapolis-to-Chicago line from four a week to 12 per day. And he wants to decrease one-way travel to less than two hours.

Senate shoots down bill regulating fenced-in deer hunting

The Indiana Senate has narrowly voted down a proposal to legalize high-fenced preserves where farm-raised deer are hunted, officially killing any movement on the issue for this session.

Industrial production posts biggest monthly drop since 2009

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that industrial production—which includes factories, utilities and mines—slid 0.6 percent in March, the biggest drop since a 1.1-percent drop in May 2009.

Finally, Congress OKs bill reshaping Medicare doctors' fees

The Senate gave final congressional approval late Tuesday to the $214 billion bipartisan measure, which rewrites how Medicare pays doctors for treating over 50 million elderly people.

Indiana House revives drug-testing plan for welfare clients

The proposal from Rep. Terry Goodin, D-Austin, would require drug testing for welfare recipients deemed at high risk for drug abuse or who've been previously charged with drug crimes.

New concussions deal with NCAA proposed

Filings in U.S. District Court in Chicago late Tuesday night notified a federal judge that there was a new proposed settlement for a head injury lawsuit against the NCAA brought by football players and other college athletes.

Education board leadership bill nears final approval

A Republican-backed proposal that would allow the Indiana superintendent of public instruction—currently Democrat Glenda Ritz—to be replaced as leader of the state Board of Education advanced Tuesday toward final negotiations in the Indiana Legislature.

Senate rejects proposed changes to construction wage bill

The Republican-controlled Senate defeated several proposed changes Tuesday to a measure that would repeal the state's construction wage law.

Senate passes resolution opposing tougher ozone limits

Indiana lawmakers say the tougher federal standards on smog-forming pollution will harm the state's economy.

U.S. prescription drug spending jumps 13 percent

U.S. spending on prescription drugs soared last year, driven up primarily by costly breakthrough medicines, manufacturer price hikes and a surge from millions of people newly insured due to the Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers approve bill to remove limit on I-69's final leg

The bill would revoke a 2004 law that prohibits the highway from passing through southern Marion County's Perry Township.

House rejects delaying education board control change

Republicans in the Indiana House on Monday rejected a series of Democratic-sponsored amendments to a contentious bill that would allow the state Board of Education to elect its own chairman.

Senate stalls discussion on repeal of construction wage law

Indiana Senate leaders on Monday delayed discussing a proposal that would repeal the state's law that sets wages for public construction projects. Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long said lawmakers need more time to consider 27 proposed amendments.

State taps PR firm to boost tourism, economic development

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Monday it was collaborating with the Indiana Office of Tourism Development in hiring Porter Novelli to strengthen Indiana's reputation "as a welcoming place to live, visit and do business."

Church recommits to 2017 Indy convention after law flap

A Christian denomination that pulled a convention from Indianapolis amid the furor over a new Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act is bringing the meeting back to the city after the law was amended.

Report predicts demand for school vouchers will level off

Statewide school voucher programs across the U.S. are starting to see demand level off, but Indiana's relatively new program has yet to discover its capacity, Indiana University researchers say.

Budget plans include millions for local criminal programs

The Indiana House and Senate have each proposed putting at least $80 million more toward county prison diversion programs over the next two years as part of the state's major overhaul of its criminal sentencing guidelines.

Attorney General says Ball State is not alone in ID theft

The 140 faculty and staff at Ball State make up just a portion of victims of such attacks targeting university employees across the country.

High tech hopes: Can Bloomington's tech park succeed?

After years of a growing Indiana University student population dominating downtown housing, Bloomington city planners believe diversification is possible through the employees who "live, work and play" in the Certified Technology Park.

Kokomo team says baseball stadium on track for May 30 opener

Work on the downtown stadium for the Kokomo Jackrabbits has continued as the city negotiates with Indiana and federal governments.

IndyCar forcing manufacturers to strengthen body components

The enhancements, announced Thursday, are intended to minimize the amount of damage involved in car-to-car contact and reduce the amount of debris littering the track — or hurdling over catch fences and into spectator areas.

Colts extend contract for quarterback Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck is sticking around Indianapolis for at least two more years. If Colts owner Jim Irsay has his way, it will be for a whole lot longer.

Senate backs allowing inland moves for riverboat casinos

The proposal endorsed in a 36-13 vote Thursday would not permit live dealers for table games at the two horse track casinos near Indianapolis until 2021.

House panel backs bill to let education board decide leader

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is one step closer to losing her position as leader of the State Board of Education.

Senate panel proposes phase-in of school-funding shifts

Indiana Senate budget leaders are proposing that changes to local school funding be phased in so that cuts faced by some urban and rural districts with shrinking enrollments will be easier to manage.

Walgreen aims to close about 200 stores nationwide

The store closings amount to about 2 percent of the 8,232 Walgreens drugstores it runs in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

School funding debate back on Indiana Legislature's agenda

Education issues are coming back to the forefront of the Indiana Legislature as lawmakers are set to renew debates over funding for local school districts and who will head up the State Board of Education.

Central Indiana to get new 463 overlay area code in 2016

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission said Wednesday it had issued an order creating the new 463 area code that will overlay the existing 317 area code in the Indianapolis area.

FBI, Anthem staff to visit Ball State after identity thefts

Staffers from the FBI and the Indiana attorney general's office will be among experts to visit Ball State University after at least 140 school employees' identities were stolen.

Brevini pays $375K to Delaware County for unmet jobs

An Italian wind turbine maker is expected to pay a central Indiana county $375,000 for failing to meet a goal of hiring 200 workers by the end of 2014.

State tax revenue falls short for 7th time in 9 months

The report from the State Budget Agency comes as the General Assembly faces a deadline in three weeks to finish work on a new two-year state spending plan.

Pacers' Copeland, wife stabbed outside NYC nightclub

Police say the couple was arguing on the street when a group interfered. The dispute escalated until one man pulled out a knife.

Garth Brooks dedicates child play zone at Indiana hospital

The 4,200-square-foot space, which includes billiards, foosball, a video game wall, an arts and crafts area and even a recording studio, is the nation's 11th and largest hospital Child Life Zone.

UPDATE: Panel approves Pence's balanced budget amendment

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's request for a proposed balanced budget constitutional amendment has cleared a legislative committee after first hitting a bump.

UPDATE: Senate panel approves repeal of construction wage law

Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee members voted 8-5 Tuesday to support eliminating the boards that establish construction wages for each state or local project.

Illinois governor wants to 'rip the economic guts' out of Indiana

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is talking tough about challenging the Hoosier state for jobs. The feud dates back at least to 2011, when Indiana mounted a PR campaign against Illinois' high taxes.

NCAA final earns best preliminary TV rating in 18 years

Duke University's 68-63 comeback win over Wisconsin in Indianapolis on Monday night on CBS-TV drew a 17.1 overnight rating and 27 share.

Indiana ports commissioner quits over common wage law flap

A Republican member of the Indiana Ports Commission says he's resigning in protest of Gov. Mike Pence's support for a GOP-backed effort to repeal the law that sets wages for public construction projects.

Prosecutors: Man in biodiesel scam made death threats

Prosecutors say a suspect in a $90 million biodiesel scam in central Indiana made threats to harm or kill people who might give evidence against him.

Bill opening adoption records access stalls in Indiana House

A proposal that would have expanded Indiana adoptees' access to more than 50 years of sealed records appears to be dead this session, to the disappointment of some advocates.

Blogs

B'way in Indy season includes 'Once,' 'Newsies,' and the return of 'Mormon'

Season starts in December with "Cirque Dreams Holidaze." Yes, I had to look that one up.

Veteran restaurateur jumping into microbrewery biz

Rick Lux, whose Lux Restaurants operates eateries such as the Elbow Room and Binkley's, will open the Blind Owl Brewery in a strip center on Binford Boulevard.

Indy Eleven sponsorship revenue up; all eyes on attendance

After leading the North American Soccer League in attendance during its inaugural season, the Indy Eleven faces a big challenge to maintain that momentum. The team has lobbied hard for an 18,000-seat home venue. Now it has to prove it can fill it.

Whitestown adds sexual orientation as protected class

Whitestown is among the first communities to approve adding sexual orientation as a protected class in the wake of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy.

Paying for low value

A recent ranking of health care value in all 50 states puts Indiana in the basement. By my rough figures, working-age Hoosiers are paying a couple billions dollars extra for their health care.

A&E, etc.

Storytelling Arts teaches business community the power of a good yarn

Storytelling Arts of Indiana is conducting workshops to help teach businesspeople how to better tell their companies' stories.

DINING: Passione Pane keeps it simple

Unimposing independent Fishers wood-fired pizzeria has limited menu but knows how to deliver. Fresh bread, too.

Indiana may build archive on downtown canal

Indiana is working on plans to build a $25 million state archives building on the Central Canal downtown, taking up green space and adding another institutional user to the Canal Walk. The canal site, across from the Indiana History Center, beat out three other locations the state evaluated.

LOPRESTI: Anderson legend Carl Erskine still a fixture at the ballpark

There he was the other day at Victory Field in a Brooklyn cap and Dodger sweater.

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