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Last Updated Thu., February 23, 2017 - 11:36 PM

George stays with Pacers but wanted input on trade talks11:18 PM

Associated Press
After almost a week of speculation about Paul George's future, the Indiana Pacers decided to stand pat at the trade deadline Thursday.

Senate OKs legislative employees' bringing guns to work10:26 PM

Associated Press
Senators voted 40-9 Thursday in favor of allowing staff members who have permits and can otherwise possess handguns to bring them to work.

Supreme Court weighs arguments in liquor wholesaling permit case12:41 PM

Susan Orr
Spirited Sales and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission are at odds in a lawsuit that could decide whether Indiana beer and wine wholesalers can also legally sell liquor.

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 Thu., February 23, 2017 - 11:36 PM

George stays with Pacers but wanted input on trade talks11:18 PM

After almost a week of speculation about Paul George's future, the Indiana Pacers decided to stand pat at the trade deadline Thursday.

Senate OKs legislative employees' bringing guns to work10:26 PM

Senators voted 40-9 Thursday in favor of allowing staff members who have permits and can otherwise possess handguns to bring them to work.

Indiana Senate panel slashes pre-K funding proposal11:38 AM

The GOP-dominated Senate Appropriations Committee endorsed a move Thursday to sharply curtail the governor's modest request for $10 million a year in additional funding.

As trade rumors swirl, George gets back to work with Pacers

With the NBA trade deadline set for 3 p.m. Thursday, four-time All-Star Paul George tried to tamp down speculation by staying focused on his job.

Study: Technology trouble dents car, truck reliability rankings

In its annual rankings of most reliable auto brands, J.D. Power said the audio-communication-entertainment-navigation category caused the most problems in the survey, accounting for 22 percent of complaints.

Indiana Senate panel advances restrictive abortion-notice bill

An Indiana abortion bill meant to strengthen parental rights would require notifying parents when a daughter under the age of 18 pursues legal action to obtain an abortion without their consent.

Senate committee advances vaping law overhaul

The panel has sent a bill to the Indiana Senate a bill to drastically overhaul the vaping industry law that granted a monopoly to one company and sparked an FBI probe last summer.

KAR misses quarterly profit forecast amid surge in revenue

KAR Auction Services Inc. missed Wall Street expectations with its fourth-quarter earnings despite revenue that exceeded predictions.

Indiana House sends gun-carry legislation to Senate

The Indiana House has approved a bill to allow those protected by an order of protection to carry handguns without a license.

Hoosiers face deadline to register for do-not-call list

Indiana residents face a Tuesday deadline to add themselves to an updated list that will help them avoid unwanted calls from telemarketers.

Indiana House approves ISTEP-replacement measure

The Indiana House has approved a bill that would require students in grades 3 through 8 to complete the new assessment by the 2018-19 school year.

Indiana Senate votes down bill to appoint schools chief

The Indiana Senate unexpectedly shot down a bill on Monday that would have made the role of state superintendent of public instruction an appointed rather than elected position.

State lawmakers send abortion bill goes back to committee

Indiana House Republicans are taking the unusual step of reassigning an abortion bill to the same panel that narrowly approved it last week.

Bill would ditch barriers for minors at small wineries

A reinterpreted Indiana statute has created headaches for artisan distilleries and farm wineries, as well as tourists with children. A new bill aims to fix the problem.

Many public universities now using private planes

At Ohio State University, football coach Urban Meyer and members of his family took 11 personal trips last school year at a cost to the university of $120,000. Purdue University flew an alumnus from Rhode Island for $15,000.

Solar farm planned for 17-acre site

The $4 million project east of Indianapolis is slated to have about 11,000 solar panels.

High-profile gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor

The gymnasts accused Dr. Larry Nassar, a volunteer team doctor for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics for almost three decades, of touching them inappropriately while he disguised the abuse as treatment.

Redistricting changes unlikely in Indiana this year

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

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.

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Symphony announces Prairie lineup, including Beethoven, Beach Boys

Tribute nights dominate this year's lineup, with celebrations of the Eagles, Michael Jackson, more.

Vine & Table uncorking second north-side location, at prominent intersection

The wine shop, launched in Carmel by local caterer Joe Husar, was purchased last year by Big Red Liquors, which is bringing the store to the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.

Big East chief: Conference financially healthy, not looking to expand

Commissioner Val Ackerman talked with IBJ on Thursday about the potential growth of the Big East, what Butler brings to the conference, and a recent claim about bullying within the WNBA, a league she used to lead.

Hamilton County housing projects on wait list for tax credits

For the sixth consecutive year, area affordable housing projects have missed out on federal tax credits. The Noblesville Granary Elevator and Lofts development is first on the waiting list.

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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LOU'S VIEWS: Student work shines, challenges at Art Center

The Student Invitational includes work from the Herron School of Art, Notre Dame, and more.

Symphony announces Prairie lineup, including Beethoven, Beach Boys

Tribute nights dominate this year's lineup, with celebrations of the Eagles, Michael Jackson, more.

Review: 'An Act of God'

The Phoenix Theatre puts the creator on stage for a revamping of the Ten Commandments.

Priority list includes Lily & Madeleine, 'Extreme Weather,' more

Plus an in-progress Jack the Ripper musical and a twist on dinner theater from NoExit Performance.

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