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Last Updated Fri., January 20, 2017 - 3:58 PM

MIBOR opposes Carmel's short-term rental restriction 3:35 PM

Lindsey Erdody
Opposition is growing to the city of Carmel’s order that homeowners remove their properties from Airbnb listings.

Airport looks to add more local flavor to concessions12:40 PM

Susan Orr
Indianapolis International Airport wants to bring in more local vendors as contracts with some current concessionaires expire, and add other features to better reflect the character of the city.

Foreclosure suit alleges Mainscape affiliate owes more than $6M on loan12:15 PM

Scott Olson
The 100,000-square-foot building on Keystone Avenue once served as the headquarters for the landscape firm Mainscape Inc.

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., January 20, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Trump vows to 'confront hardships' as he and Pence are sworn in12:10 PM

In his inaugural speech, the new president described closed factories as "tombstones" that dot the country and said the federal government has spent billions defending "other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own."

French company plans 70 layoffs at Indiana factory 9:50 PM

One of the largest employers in an Indiana county plans to lay off about 70 workers and move some production to out-of-state factories.

Lawmaker's bill targets protesters obstructing traffic

An Indiana lawmaker says disturbing newscasts of chaotic and sometimes violent protests across the United States helped lead him to propose a bill that would direct police to use "any means necessary" to break up mass gatherings that block traffic.

Former IDEM leader to lead Missouri's Department of Natural Resources

Carol Comer, who served as commissioner of Indiana's Department of Environmental Management until earlier this month, has already landed a new job in Missouri.

Drivers eager to keep IndyCar's momentum as season nears

IndyCar's top drivers are making an effort to lure extra publicity as the series appears to be making progress in generating a larger fan base.

Indiana Supreme Court's lone black member to retire

Justice Robert Rucker, a Vietnam veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for heroism, plans to retire this year after 18 years on the court.

Bill would allow property owners to lease rooms, homes

Under a bill proposed Tuesday, cities and towns in Indiana wouldn't be permitted to ban short-term rentals that are found on websites such as Airbnb.

Terre Haute casino endorsed by Vigo County commissioners

State Sen. Jon Ford, R-Terre Haute, has authored legislation that would move unused gambling slots from Rising Star Resort and Casino in Rising Sun to Terre Haute.

IndyCar keeps Firestone on board with contract extension

Firestone has a long history with the series. Since 2000, it has been IndyCar's sole tire manufacturer.

Wal-Mart planning to add about 10,000 retail jobs in U.S.

The world's biggest retailer said Tuesday that 59 new, expanded or relocated Walmart and Sam's Clubs locations are in the works.

Holcomb to deliver first State of the State speech

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will deliver his first State of the State speech Tuesday night, where he is expected to discuss road funding, education and other priorities.

UPDATE: GM to add or keep 7,000 jobs, make $1B factory investment

General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump.

IMF boosts growth forecast for United States, cites Trump impact

The 189-nation global lending agency's latest economic outlook took note of the significant impact Trump's election has already had in giving a boost to U.S. stock prices, interest rates and the dollar.

House Republican road plan includes highway tolling options

If approved, the plan would not require any future vote on tollways by lawmakers once a specific tolling plan is in place. Instead, it would leave that up to the discretion of the governor.

As GOP proposes deep tax cuts, states can offer lesson in feasibility

Those pledging to cut federal taxes to boost the economy might consider looking first at lessons learned in GOP-controlled states, such as Indiana, that adopted similar strategies, only to see growth falter or budget gaps widen.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument wins landmark status

Dedicated in 1902, it's the largest of more than 200 Civil War memorials in the U.S. and the only one that combines large-scale sculpture in bronze and stone.

Indiana GOP leaders pledge vaping law overhaul

Republican legislative leaders say they want to unwind stiff regulations they imposed on Indiana's vaping industry, which created a stranglehold on the burgeoning market for one company and prompted an FBI investigation.

Pence goes from outsider to Trump's inside man in Congress 

Pence, who spent a dozen years in Congress before becoming Indiana's governor, is visiting frequently with lawmakers and promising close coordination after Trump's inauguration.

Justices to weigh limits on worker rights to sue employers

The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will decide whether employers can require workers to sign arbitration agreements that prevent them from pursuing group claims in court.

More pay, greater confidence lifts U.S. retail sales 0.6 percent

Americans stepped up their auto buying and online shopping in December, reflecting a boost in confidence after the election and an increase in pay.

Obama's EPA moves to preserve gas-mileage requirements

Friday's action keeps in place pollution-reduction targets for the years 2022-2025. That means the fleet of new cars will have to average 51.4 miles per gallon by 2025, up more than 18 mpg from the 33.2 mpg requirement in 2015, the most recent year available.

America's oldest brewery targets Indiana for distribution

Confirming reports that began surfacing late last month, D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc. officially announced Thursday that it has reached distribution agreements with three wholesalers in the state.

U.S. government accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a "notice of violation" to the company that covers about 104,000 vehicles, including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickups.

Bosma urges Holcomb to get behind tax hike for Indiana roads

Speaker Brian Bosma said it was "important" for the governor to vocalize his support and convince voters that it is important for the Legislature to raise revenue through increased gas taxes or vehicle fees.

IndyCar extends contract with chassis manufacturer Dallara

The IndyCar Series and longtime chassis manufacturer Dallara have agreed to new multiyear contract that will extend their relationship though at least 2020 season.

U.S. Senate takes first step to repeal Obamacare

By a near party-line 51-48 vote early Thursday, the GOP-run Senate approved a budget that eases the way for action on subsequent repeal legislation as soon as next month.

Veteran officer named new Indianapolis police chief

New Chief Bryan Roach ascends from the position of assistant chief of administration. In that role, he led a streamlining of department processes and cost-cutting.

Interstate 465 reopens sooner than expected after bridge crash

The Indiana Department of Transportation said northbound lanes of Interstate 465 reopened Wednesday, only one day after a truck carrying heavy equipment heavily damaged a highway overpass on the west side of Indianapolis.

New state schools chief picked to lead Indiana education board

Board members voted unanimously after little discussion Wednesday to endorse Jennifer McCormick as the board's leader.

Sign-ups for Obamacare lagging in Indiana

More than 167,000 Indiana residents have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

USA Gymnastics faces another suit over alleged sex abuse by doctor

A doctor accused of sexually abusing gymnasts was sued Tuesday by 18 women and girls, the latest legal action over alleged assaults. Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics was named in the suit.

Senate education chief expects delay for ISTEP replacement

The Legislature is expected to extend the life of the current test so that a new version can be written and thoroughly vetted before being administered.

Indiana lawmakers propose bills to change RV sales tax law

Two proposed bills in the Indiana Legislature aim to exempt out-of-state buyers of recreational vehicles from having to pay state sales tax, even if their states don't have a reciprocal agreement in place.

Holcomb completes ascension from unknown to Indiana governor

Eric Holcomb was a struggling Republican Senate candidate a year ago, a virtual unknown in Indiana despite more than a decade at the top levels of the Republican state politics. On Monday, he became Indiana's chief executive.

UnitedHealth branches out with $2.3 billion Surgical Care deal

The U.S.’s biggest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., said it will buy Surgical Care Affiliates Inc. for about $2.3 billion, further diversifying by adding an outpatient surgery chain.

Trump has taken few steps to disentangle from private empire

President-elect Donald Trump continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest without precedent in modern U.S. history.

Even with increased airport security, vulnerabilities remain

The attack that killed five people Friday at the Fort Lauderdale airport raised concerns about how to further protect travelers and what place firearms have in U.S. airports.

Coats' career as lawmaker, lobbyist runs counter to Trump's convictions

Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, in line to be national intelligence director, has swung back and forth between government service and lobbying, the type of Washington career that President-elect Donald Trump has mocked.

Indy Eleven's league granted extension for 2017 season by soccer's governing body

The North American Soccer League will retain its status as a Division II league for its upcoming season, but on a provisional level as U.S. soccer officials set requirements for the troubled league to maintain that status.

U.S. unemployment rate ticks up to 4.7 percent

Though the unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent from a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, it did so for an encouraging reason: More people began looking for work.

Sears to sell famed Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker

After controlling the Craftsman name for 90 years, troubled department store operator Sears said it will sell the famous tool brand.

Indiana mayor joins crowded field to lead national Democrats

A little-known mayor from Indiana on Thursday joined a crowded field of candidates seeking to become the next head of the Democratic National Committee.

Trump selects former Sen. Coats for top intelligence post 

The role would thrust the 73-year-old Coats, who retired from the U.S. Senate last year, into the center of the intelligence community the president-elect has publicly challenged.

Local Macy's, Sears stores escape new round of closures

Macy's on Wednesday announced plans to close 68 of its department stores and eliminate 10,000 jobs. Sears Holdings, meanwhile, is closing 108 Kmart stores and 42 Sears department stores.

U.S. automobile sales expected to rise for sixth straight year

Demand may be slowing, but U.S. consumers still bought a whole lot of cars and trucks in 2016.

Ford gives Trump 'vote of confidence' after Mexican plant decision

Ford is canceling plans to build a new $1.6 billion factory in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and will instead invest some of that money in a U.S. factory that will build new electric and autonomous vehicles.

GOP leaders say road-funding plan top priority for Legislature

A coalition of not-for-profit and business community voices are urging the Republican majorities to add another priority: expanding a statewide preschool program for poor children.

Budget top priority as lawmakers head back to Statehouse

As GOP leaders preach frugality ahead of the annual legislative session that kicks off Tuesday, they are also planning for a big increase in infrastructure spending—and are considering raising taxes of some kind to pay for it.

Indiana lawmakers set to kick off annual legislative session

The Senate will gavel in for this year's session at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The House will gavel in Wednesday at the same time.

Indianapolis to receive $5M in federal homelessness aid

Mayor Joe Hogsett is scheduled to announce details Tuesday morning along with anti-homelessness advocates.

Blogs

Ticket giveaway: Dance Kaleidoscope's 'Divas'

DK dances to the music of Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, and more. Here's how to win tickets.

Oregon-based juice bar, organic nosh spot opening near Monument Circle

Developments downtown are drawing a Portland entrepreneur and Hoosier native back to the city, where Greenleaf Juicing Co. in March will open its first store outside of the Pacific Northwest.

Hosting NBA All-Star Game not a financial slam-dunk for home team

While considering whether to put their headband in the ring for hosting the NBA All-Star Game, officials with the Indiana Pacers likely are weighing the significant costs that the home team must shoulder.

Golf Club of Indiana spends $1M on indoor hitting bay

The Golf Club of Indiana wants players to improve year round—and it also wants customers at its facility in Whitestown year round.

Bill would let hospitals require flu vaccinations for clinical workers

A similar bill was waylaid last year in the Indiana General Assembly after objections from some health care workers. Now, another effort is under way.

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Local hotel revenue growth beats national average 11:34 am

Through November, downtown Indianapolis hotels saw their revenue increase 8 percent over the same period a year ago, far ahead of the national average of 4.9 percent.

DINING: Go beyond the drink menu for tasty grub at new brewpub

Cannon Ball Brewing Co. stands out among recent brew-focused additions.

LOU'S VIEWS: Reheated ‘Dinner’ brought to the IRT table

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better ensemble cast, with stand-out work from Craig Spidle and Cleavant Derricks as the fathers.

Ticket giveaway: Dance Kaleidoscope's 'Divas'

DK dances to the music of Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, and more. Here's how to win tickets.

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