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Last Updated Sat., December 3, 2016 - 1:02 PM

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 Sat., December 3, 2016 - 1:02 PM

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.

Indiana contractor accused of defrauding Iowa woman

Investigators say Shawn Bolduc Jr., doing business as American Construction of Indianapolis, pressured the elderly woman into giving him several checks totaling about $50,000 for home repair work that should have cost only a fraction of that.

Indiana Democrats face low point after election losses

Indiana Democrats saw their hopes for a resurgence dashed under the weight of Donald Trump's landslide victory and Republicans gaining complete control of the state's government.

UPDATE: Fever hire former Chicago Sky coach to replace White

The Indiana Fever hired Pokey Chatman as their new coach Friday, bringing in a WNBA veteran in hopes of continuing their annual visits to the postseason.

HUD: Nearly 6,000 people homeless in Indiana this year

HUD says more than 5,100 of the homeless population was located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs and nearly 700 were living on the streets.

Yellen says 'case for an increase' in rates has strengthened

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen sketched a picture Thursday of an improving U.S. economy. The Fed is widely expected to raise the federal funds rate when it meets in mid-December.

Court rules Notre Dame can keep campus police reports secret

The Indiana Supreme Court said in unanimous ruling that the private university's police department isn't a public agency that falls under the state open records law.

Trump's school choice expansion plan may face uphill battle

School voucher programs in the nation's capital and Vice President-elect Mike Pence's home state of Indiana could serve as a blueprint for a Trump administration.

ISTEP replacement panel divided over offering specific plan

Committee chairwoman Nicole Fama, a principal in the Indianapolis Public Schools district, told members Tuesday she would work with their suggestions and draft a "very broad" proposal ahead of the final meeting Nov. 29.

General Motors cutting about 160 jobs at plant in Indiana

Detroit-based GM said employees were notified last week about the decision, which will affect about 100 hourly and 60 salaried employees.

Warrant: Indiana workers submitted bogus voter registrations

Employees of an Indiana voter mobilization group with deep ties to the Democratic Party submitted several hundred voter registrations that included false, incomplete or fraudulent information, according to a search warrant unsealed Monday.

Basketball player sues NCAA, Northwestern over transfer

A Northwestern University basketball player is suing the school and the NCAA in federal court, claiming the association's transfer regulations violate antitrust laws.

Indiana panel begins forming consensus around ISTEP exam

Members of a state panel criticized by Indiana superintendents for being slow in rolling out a replacement for the ISTEP student test said they expect to forward a detailed proposal to lawmakers by the December deadline.

Toyota to pay up to $3.4 billion to settle U.S. truck lawsuit

Toyota will pay up to settle a class action lawsuit brought by U.S. pickup truck and SUV owners whose vehicles lacked adequate rust protection. Two of the models were made in Indiana.

Pence's transition job could signal key role in White House

President-elect Donald Trump's decision to empower his running mate Mike Pence to steer the presidential transition gives the soon-to-be vice president a powerful hand in shaping the incoming government.

Purdue renames chemical engineering school after $20M gift

Purdue University is renaming its School of Chemical Engineering after an alumnus and his wife who donated $20 million to the school.

Indianapolis YMCA to open first facility for veterans in U.S.

The facility will offer physical and occupational therapy provided by staff of the Richard Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center, as well as pain management and other counseling services.

Blogs

Chicago director launching Indy theater company

The not-for-profit professional Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis will stage new work even as it searches for a permanent home.

Broad Ripple jeweler finishes $3.6M renovation of historic downtown building

Nick Blum had planned to occupy the ground level but has changed course after several restaurateurs began expressing interest in the space.

Massive racing industry expo growing, pondering expansion to Lucas Oil Stadium

The Performance Racing Industry Show has boosted its presence this year to use nearly every square inch of the Indiana Convention Center. As the event approaches the economic impact of Gen Con, organizers are looking for more space to grow.

Grand Junction Brewing Co. opening second facility in Westfield

The 10,000-square-foot production facility and tap room on 181st Street will double the brewing capacity for Grand Junction Brewing Co.

Buy, sell or hold after Lilly's Alzheimer's flop?

Analysts are all over the map on how investors should react to the Indianapolis-based drugmaker's news that a promising drug failed to help patients.

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LOPRESTI: Last year’s Indiana All-Stars take their games to bigger stages

Many have easily transferred their success from high school to the college hardwood.

LOU'S VIEWS: ‘Hamilton’ thrives in Chicago

"So is it as good as it is on Broadway," is the question I keep getting asked. Here's my answer.

Chicago director launching Indy theater company

The not-for-profit professional Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis will stage new work even as it searches for a permanent home.

DINING: Branching out with creative fare

LongBranch helps a neighborhood continue to evolve into a dining destination.

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