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McLaughlin covered business for daily newspapers in Massachusetts and Florida before joining IBJ in 2008. A native of the St. Louis area, she appreciates Indiana’s Midwestern hospitality. Given her beats, you may find her taking in art, chronicling the death of a factory town or touring suburban developments. McLaughlin graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1998.

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Recent Articles

Airport embarking on parking garage repairs

July 21, 2014
The Indianapolis International Airport has planned nearly $8 million in garage maintenance over the next two years. It's also looking into an alternative to its atrium canopy, which has collapsed twice in three years.

Suit tests INDOT policy of charging for highway repairs

July 19, 2014
A trucking company is challenging the Indiana Department of Transportation’s authority to sue for damage to state property, a lawsuit that could affect thousands of motorists and millions of dollars in revenue.

State to scope downtown block for new offices, parking

July 18, 2014
The Office of Management and Budget will study a state-owned parcel just north of the Statehouse, potentially to house the judiciary and provide more legislative office space.

Mayor names new fire chief

July 17, 2014
Indianapolis Fire Department veteran Ernest Malone replaces Brian Sanford, who will retire because of illness.

City focuses on streets in $30M natatorium plan

July 14, 2014
Mayor Greg Ballard on Monday morning unveiled details of the plan, in which IUPUI and Lilly Endowment each contribute $10 million for the IU Natatorium renovation. The city's $10 million part of the plan involves nearby streets.

Commuting safely on bike can require counterintuitive behavior

July 12, 2014
The rate of bike commuting in Indianapolis has more than doubled since 2000, but many cyclists still don’t know—or follow—some basic guidelines that can keep them safe.

State sits on prime downtown property near Statehouse

July 5, 2014
Three locally based firms responded to a state request for private-sector parking management, plus the construction of new spaces, by proposing mixed-use buildings for a 3.2-acre lot north of the Statehouse, according to response documents made public late last month.

Indy Chamber fights shrinking membership

July 5, 2014
The chamber has lost 19 percent of its members since the start of 2011, even while other chambers of commerce around the country see renewal rates recovering along with the economy.

Latest plan for natatorium includes IUPUI expansion

July 3, 2014
The city of Indianapolis, IUPUI and Lilly Endowment are preparing to unveil a broad plan for the west end of downtown and Haughville.
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