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Republicans deal Dems new hand with revised Rebuild Indy 2

June 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new, $300 million plan for streets, sidewalks and other neighborhood amenities will cost a bit less than originally proposed. Mayor Greg Ballard needs two more votes, including at least one from the majority Democrats, to make it happen.
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City-County Council OKs $16M more in road-repair spending

June 3, 2014
The amount adds to the already $8.3 million in street-repair spending that was approved by the council May 12.
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Council votes to support $30M Broad Ripple project

June 2, 2014
Developer Browning Investments Inc. plans to use $5.7 million from the bond issue to help finance the apartment/retail project along the Central Canal.
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Online grocer plans 238 jobs in Indianapolis

June 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Peapod Inc., an online grocery-delivery service, is seeking city tax incentives to help it with an expansion that would create 238 jobs by 2018. The jobs would pay about $15 per hour.
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Council to consider citywide landlord registry

June 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis landlords would have to register with the city by Jan. 1 or face a $500 fine under a proposal that will be introduced to the City-County Council on Monday night.
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Pedcor angling for $16M subsidy for City Center expansion

May 31, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Preliminary plans call for starting work on a parking garage and as many as three mixed-use buildings this fall, with another half-dozen projects in the pipeline.
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Indianapolis cancels cricket championship

May 30, 2014
"Deteriorating" communications with the sponsoring organization forced the decision, the city of Indianapolis announced Friday afternoon.
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Indy parks embark on $8 million in upgrades

May 27, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation on Tuesday announced a plan to improve 16 parks in Marion County, including the renovation or creation of playgrounds, trails, basketball courts and restrooms.
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Indiana cities getting money to fight urban blight

May 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis, Lawrence, Gary and two other Indiana cities have received a total of about $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.
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Influx of offenders may tax county coffers

May 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state’s inmate population is projected to continue rising, even after a criminal-code overhaul intended to prevent the need for prison expansions takes effect July 1.
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City unveils first car-sharing charging station

May 19, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News
A French company on Monday unveiled its first electric car-charging station in Indianapolis, where drivers will be able to rent plug-in vehicles for short-term trips later this year.
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Strapped schools are wheeling and dealing with municipalities

May 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
State-mandated tax caps are putting additional pressure on public budgets—and spurring local governments to take unusual steps to help their cash-strapped schools.
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Council OKs smoke-detector ordinance, road repair funds

May 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 24-5 Monday night to update the city code on smoke detectors. It also voted 24-5 to spend $8.3 million from the Rebuild Indy fund on emergency road repairs.
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Supreme Court takes up case on death records

May 8, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
An attorney for an Evansville newspaper on Thursday told the Indiana Supreme Court that the public should be able to find out a person’s cause of death. But the Vanderburgh County Health Department argued that state law says otherwise.
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Bid says 2 new hotels possible before 2018 Super Bowl

May 7, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The city on Wednesday turned in a 900-page bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl that mentions the possibility of two new downtown hotels. Meanwhile, a Colts official said owner Jim Irsay plans to help lobby for the city's bid at the May 19-21 NFL owners meeting.
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Fadness: Fishers needs to find common ground

May 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
With a hard-fought primary battle in the mayoral election behind him, Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness is focusing on building community consensus along with a vibrant downtown.
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Town Manager Fadness wins mayoral primary in Fishers

May 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Scott Fadness won Fishers’ first mayoral primary Tuesday, edging out five Republican candidates—including longtime Town Council President Walt Kelly and current council member Renee Cox.
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City Dems propose $16 million more for road repairs

May 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis City-County Council Democrats want to spend $16 million more on emergency road work. The Democrats oppose Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's plan for a $150 million bond issue and instead want to tap general and special funds.
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Light turnout expected for Tuesday elections

May 6, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The primary will be the first in a dozen years that the ticket won’t be led by a statewide office. But county races are on the ballot and so are all 100 seats in the Indiana House of Representatives and half of the state's 50 Senate seats.
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Election key step in town's change into city

May 4, 2014
Associated Press
An Indianapolis suburb will begin the transition from the town to city this Tuesday, as voters in Fishers vote in its first municipal primary election.
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Keystone-style overhaul discussed for key Hamilton County corridor

May 3, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A study recommends replacing as many as 10 signalized intersections along State Road 37 with roundabout interchanges, dropping the highway under the cross streets.
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Democratic councilors wrangle road repairs for districts

April 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis might forego repairing some heavily traveled, winter-damaged roads to instead focus on shoddy streets spread among all City-County Council districts.
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Indianapolis fire chief stepping down with illness

April 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Brian Sanford, who has led the department since 2008, will remain in the position until a replacement can be found.
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UPDATE: Panel proposes tax hikes to add hundreds of officers

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A City-County Council task force recommended Monday an increase in the income taxes dedicated to public safety. It also backed eliminating a homeowner tax break.
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Bike advocates choose Indy for protected lanes

April 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard is scheduled to join U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday for a press conference on the Green Lane Project.
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