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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State cites contractor in worker's death at IU's campus11:55 AM

Thirty-five-year-old William M. Brown Jr. died in April when a 10-foot-long limestone slab fell and killed him as it was being lifted above an interior doorway at IU's Swain Hall.

Auto industry cries foul as Trump moves toward car tariffs11:50 PM

President Trump's latest plan is to consider slapping tariffs on imported autos and auto parts—a move he says would aid American workers but that could inflate car prices and make U.S. manufacturers less competitive.

U.S. eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

The move represents the latest action by Trump's EPA to boost the struggling coal industry by rolling back environmental and public health rules enacted under his predecessor.

Law firm lands lucrative extension of contract in corruption probe

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration wants Taft Stettinius & Hollister to continue with its investigation into his Democratic predecessor's administration.

Noblesville district seeks tax hike to fund more security at schools

Noblesville Schools announced Tuesday that it wants to expand its operating referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. The hike would bring in an additional $50 million over eight years while doubling taxes under the current referendum.

Lucas Oil tycoon continues Carmel parties amid neighbor complaints

Lucas Oil Products founder Forrest Lucas told IBJ last year that he and his wife planned to continue hosting events on their estate even though Carmel zoning officials denied the Lucases' request for a variance that would allow large events at the property.

Caesars completes acquisition of racetrack-casino facilities

The company's $1.7 billion purchase of Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming and its Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand horse racing casinos was earlier approved by the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Fed leader bullish on U.S. economy, expects rates to keep rising

In his semi-annual testimony to Congress on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave lawmakers an upbeat assessment of the economy.

Amazon hopes its Prime Day promotion doesn't go to the dogs

Amazon's website ran into some early snags Monday on its much-hyped 36-hour Prime Day promotion, a possible embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created.

Trump draws heavy criticism for doubting own intel, siding with Putin

Donald Trump's comments in Russia drew a quick formal statement—almost a rebuttal—from his director of national Intelligence, Dan Coats, the former U.S. senator and congressman from Indiana.

Rival Pierogi festivals settle legal dispute over trademark

An Indiana city that hosts an annual festival built around a popular Polish delicacy has reached a settlement in its trademark dispute with a newer festival in Pennsylvania.

Lawsuit alleges USA Diving ignored sex abuse of divers

Two former divers are suing Indianapolis-based USA Diving, accusing the national governing body of ignoring or obstructing inquiries into allegations that a coach sexually abused them when they were young athletes.

Fishers airport gets $1.5M in improvements

The Indianapolis Airport Authority announced that the work was completed at Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers ahead of schedule.

Indiana attorney general contests special prosecutor role

Lawyers for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill have filed court papers challenging the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate whether he drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers.

Purdue tracking down 26K student applicants amid data breach

Purdue said an employee with the school's Division of Financial Aid inadvertently sent one prospective student's parent a list of data on thousands of applicants, including names, birthdays, and Social Security numbers.

Indiana finishes fiscal year with surplus, but corporate income taxes shrink

Indiana's sales and income taxes grew during fiscal year 2018, but corporate tax revenue was $318 million less than the previous year and $100 million less than projected.

Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy

The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana—and Kentucky and Illinois—are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites.

Fed Chair Powell says economy in 'good place' at moment

In an interview Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave an upbeat assessment of the economy, noting that unemployment is at its lowest point in nearly two decades and inflation is rising toward the Fed's optimal range.

Watchdog says Education Department stonewalling student loan suit

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Navient Solutions, but says the Education Department is impeding the lawsuit. Navient has hundreds of employees in the Indianapolis area.

Cities grappling with how to deal with electric scooters

Indianapolis isn't alone in dealing with a scooter invasion. Overnight in dozens of cities across the United States, the electric vehicles have arrived, often taking public officials by surprise.

Republican woman publicly accuses Curtis Hill of inappropriate touching

A Republican staffer has come forward to publicly accuse Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill of touching her inappropriately at a party, the third woman to do so.

Papa John's faces image difficulties despite Schnatter's resignation

Experts say the pizza chain will need to retool its marketing strategy so it's not tied to one person.

$300M refinery project in Indiana could create 500 construction jobs

BP is working to install a naphtha hydrotreater at the refinery to meet a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandate to make gas cleaner.

U.S. inflation sees biggest increase in six years

Consumer prices rose in June from a year earlier at the fastest pace since February 2012, lifted by more expensive gas, car insurance and higher rents.

U.S. Senate calls for more say on tariffs in bipartisan vote

Lawmakers went on record Wednesday to express their frustration with the Trump administration's growing use of tariffs as the Senate passed a nonbinding resolution designed to give Congress more say about trade penalties.

Ex-Louisville players sue NCAA over vacated national title

The Indianapolis-based NCAA stripped the University of Louisville of the title as part of sanctions for violations discovered during an escort scandal investigation.

Trump administration slashes Obamacare sign-up assistance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday announced steep funding cuts for sign-up assistance through state-based programs called "navigators."

Court: Indianapolis isn't obligated to pay police officer's legal fees

A federal appeals court says Indianapolis doesn't have to pay the legal fees of a police officer who successfully defended a lawsuit accusing him of negligence.

Former Mainscape CEO sentenced in nursing home kickback scheme

David Mazanowski, founder and former CEO of the Fishers-based landscaping firm Mainscape Inc., was the fifth and final person to be sentenced in the $19 million kickback scheme involving Indiana nursing homes.

Indiana program to provide schools with free metal detectors

Gov. Eric Holcomb's office announced Monday that all traditional public, charter and accredited non-public schools that want the devices for detecting weapons will be eligible for one device for every 250 students enrolled.

Three Indiana U.S. Senate candidates agree to two televised debates

The two debates will be broadcast statewide with live streaming and will also be available nationwide via C-SPAN.

Trump taps Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, setting up fight with Dems

A favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, D.C., Brett Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Starbucks ditching plastic straws, citing environmental threat to oceans

While plastic straws account for a small percentage of the waste that ends up in oceans, they've become a flashpoint for corporations that sell food and beverages.

Indiana attorney general to address calls for him to resign

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill plans to address calls for him to resign amid allegations that he inappropriately touched a state lawmaker and several other women.

Trump administration takes another swipe at 'Obamacare'

The Trump administration is freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year.

Judge drops suit by church that wants pot to be sacrament

The First Church of Cannabis filed the lawsuit on grounds that pot was considered a sacrament under Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Work set to begin on new performing arts center in Nashville

A southern Indiana tourist site is moving ahead with plans for an indoor performing arts center that local officials hope will lure visitors back to its once-thriving arts-and-music village.

U.S.-China trade war elevates risks to global economy

The opening shots were fired when the Trump administration imposed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion of imports from China, and Beijing promptly retaliated with duties on an equal amount of American products.

U.S. adds 213,000 jobs; unemployment rises to 4 percent

U.S. employers kept up a brisk hiring pace in June, and unemployment rose as more people began looking for a job.

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid crush of scandals

A former coal lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, will take over the agency as acting administrator on Monday, Trump said, Unlike Pruitt, Wheeler has a low-key approach, cultivated during decades of working in Washington.

U.S. service companies continue strong expansion

The services sector, where most Americans are employed, has now expanded for 101 consecutive months, or more than eight years.

Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick, with three judges topping list

President Donald Trump's top contenders for the vacancy include federal appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana. The president plans to announce his selection Monday night.

Indiana high court to hear civil forfeiture, schools case

Indiana's top court will consider whether all civil forfeitures in the state must be paid into a fund that helps school districts pay for technology upgrades, building new schools and other projects.

Fire at east-side Indianapolis business destroys dump trucks

The blaze destroyed seven 20-ton dump trucks valued at more than $1 million.

House speaker 'disturbed' DCS failed to act on past reports

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said Monday that he was "disturbed" after finding out that the state's child welfare agency failed to take action after five different reviews conducted in recent years found problems at the agency.

Indiana attorney general investigated over groping claims

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill was investigated this year after four women, including a lawmaker, claimed he touched them inappropriately at a bar.

U.S. factories register another month of faster-than-expected growth

U.S. factories are on a 22-month winning streak, according to the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index.

Mexico's victor reaches out to Trump, seeks NAFTA deal

The morning after his crushing election victory, Mexico President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he supports reaching a deal on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Canada.

Healthy cash flow curbs businesses' appetite for financing

A survey released Monday shows that only 30 percent of companies tried to raise outside financing during the previous three months.

Chamber eyes closures, cuts to help IPS manage budget issues

The Indy Chamber said it has "identified dozens of recommendations that add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential savings" for Indianapolis Public Schools.


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Lucas Oil tycoon continues Carmel parties amid neighbor complaints

Lucas Oil Products founder Forrest Lucas told IBJ last year that he and his wife planned to continue hosting events on their estate even though Carmel zoning officials denied the Lucases' request for a variance that would allow large events at the property.

Caesars completes acquisition of racetrack-casino facilities

The company's $1.7 billion purchase of Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming and its Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand horse racing casinos was earlier approved by the Indiana Gaming Commission.
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Symphony quietly renews contract with conductor Urbanski

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra confirmed Tuesday morning that Krzysztof Urbanski’s contract has been extended. The new deal with the 35-year-old conductor is shorter than the typical music director contract, according to an orchestra consultant.

CNO Financial extends sponsorship deal with Monumental Marathon

CNO initially signed a three-year deal in 2016 to become the title sponsor of the annual race organized by local not-for-profit Beyond Monumental.

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