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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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Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor10:27 PM

After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.

Indiana agency investigates Johnson County's Election Day glitch10:16 PM

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson's office is investigating an Election Day technical glitch that left some central Indiana voters waiting in lines for hours and others not voting at all.

Indiana GOP leaders say money tight for next budget10:05 PM

Republican Statehouse leaders say they want to increase funding for Indiana's embattled child welfare agency and find a way to pay teachers more, but that money will be tight when they craft the state's next two-year budget.

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday's deadline looms

A status report Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed nearly 20 percent fewer new people signed up than at about the same time last year.

Six arrested in 2011 killing of former Indianapolis banker

Federal authorities announced Wednesday that they have solved the high-profile orchestrated killing of a former Indiana banking executive who was shot to death more than seven years ago while driving home from work.

Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

If the legislation passes, it could be a rare bipartisan policy achievement for this Congress and the largest criminal sentencing overhaul in decades.

Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees

Between 75 percent and 80 percent of Americans who have a Christmas tree now have an artificial one, and the $1 billion market for fake trees is growing at about 4 percent a year.

Monthly wholesale prices indicate U.S. inflation in check

U.S. wholesale prices barely rose last month, suggesting inflation pressures have subsided since late last year.

Report: USOC, others failed to act in response to concerns about Nassar

An independent report details a toxic pattern of bureaucratic paralysis among U.S. Olympic Committee leaders who reacted slowly, if at all, after they knew former doctor Larry Nassar was suspected of molesting young gymnasts.

Purdue board boosts possible bonus pay for Daniels

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels will be eligible for nearly $280,000 in bonus pay and a $250,000 retention payment for this school year.

Indiana getting $40 million to improve two sections of I-65

The two federal grants are to be used to increase the capacity of sections of Interstate 65 in south central and north central Indiana.

Pence aide out of running to be Trump's next chief of staff

Even senior White House officials were caught off guard Sunday when President Donald Trump and Nick Ayers, whose hiring was believed to be a done deal, couldn't come to terms.

IPS board taps deputy superintendent to serve as interim leader

Aleesia Johnson was picked to replace the departing Lewis Ferebee. She will be the first African-American woman to lead the district.

Renovations set at IU dorms plagued by mold

Indiana University will start a $56 million renovation project next summer to address ongoing mold problems at two Bloomington campus residence halls.

U.S. hiring slows to 155K jobs; jobless rate remains at 3.7 percent

The jobs figure was less than many economists forecast, but few saw the report as a sign of a broader slowdown.

Report: U.S. health spending hits $3.5T, but growth slows

The rate of growth slowed for the second year in a row, according to economic experts at the federal Health and Human Services department.

EPA proposes rolling back another Obama-era coal rule

The EPA's acting administrator signed a proposal that would loosen rule that would have required cutting-edge carbon capture techniques for new coal plants. Andrew Wheeler said the requirements were "excessive burdens" on the industry.

Parents of girl shot at Noblesville school sue shooter's parents

The parents of a 13-year-old girl who was shot seven times by a classmate are seeking damages for their daughter's injuries.

U.S. productivity shows 2.3 percent increase in third quarter

The increase was slower than the previous quarter but still an improvement over the weak annual gains of the past decade.

Federal Reserve survey cites rising concerns about trade tariffs

The report, known as the beige book, found that optimism about the future had waned somewhat, with business contacts citing "increased uncertainty."

For-profit college chain closes schools, including local Brightwood College

Birmingham, Alabama-based Education Corp. of America said it was closing campuses in more than 70 locations in 21 states.

USA Gymnastics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The embattled Indianapolis-based organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition Wednesday as it attempts to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to forestall its potential demise at the hands of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Trump task force recommends ways to boost Postal Service

The recommendation could raise costs for Amazon and other major businesses that are currently using the Postal Service to supplement their delivery operations.

U.S. stocks nosedive as trade jitters return

The Dow Jones industrial average sank almost 800 points Tuesday as investors worried that a U.S.-China trade truce reached over the weekend wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

Graduation rates for bowl-bound teams continue to rise

The overall graduation rates for athletes on bowl-bound FBS football programs continues to climb, though the disparity in the rates between white and African-American players widened slightly, according to a study released Monday.

Indiana medical firm sued by 12 states over data breach

A dozen states are suing an Indiana company over a data breach that compromised information of more than 3.9 million people.

Indiana Attorney General Hill asks for $5M budget increase

Embattled Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill did not appear in person Monday to request the increase from the State Budget Committee, which is gathering input before lawmakers write a new two-year budget.

Downtown Indy calls off civic New Year's Eve celebration

An outdoor New Year's Eve event in downtown Indianapolis that attracted 40,000 people just two years ago has been scratched.

Amazon CEO's drone-delivery prediction misses mark

Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people's doorsteps by now. Amazon customers are still waiting.

U.S.-China trade truce expected to boost stock market

The U.S. was set to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods on Jan. 1 until President Donald Trump agreed Saturday with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping to hold off for 90 days while the two sides try to settle their differences.

Indiana veterans question handling of veterans assistance fund

Agency Director James Brown acknowledged that he may have approved state employee requests more quickly than other requests because he was aware of the employee's circumstances.

Trump joins leaders of Canada, Mexico to sign new trade pact

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is meant to replace the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has long denigrated as a "disaster."

Marriott reveals years-long data breach affecting 500 million customers

The hotelier announced Friday morning that information for hundreds of millions of guests who stayed at its Starwood properties has been compromised. Credit card numbers and expiration dates for some guests may have been taken.

Carson elected board chair at USA Gymnastics

Kathryn Carson replaces Karen Golz, who stepped down after taking over as chair of a newly appointed board in June.

Consumers boost spending at fastest pace in seven months

Incomes, which provide the fuel for spending, were up 0.5 percent in October, a significant pickup from a 0.2 percent September gain.

Football coach Brohm turns down Louisville job, will stay at Purdue

It probably won't be the last time the Boilermakers face such a battle for the services of 47-year-old Jeff Brohm, who is considered one of the bright young coaching minds in college football.

Powell: U.S. economy healthy, rate hikes aren't automatic

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cast a bright picture of the U.S. economy Wednesday and appeared to suggest that the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes next year, igniting a rally on Wall Street.

UPDATE: Supreme Court weighs Indiana case on civil forfeiture

The U.S. Supreme Court left little doubt Wednesday that it would rule that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him.

Commerce Department confirms 3.5 percent GDP growth in third quarter

The U.S. economy expanded at a solid 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, led by lower but still strong consumer spending and more business investment than previously estimated.

Angry over cutbacks, Trump threatens to end subsidies to GM

President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cut off all federal subsidies to General Motors because of its planned massive cutbacks in the United States.

Surge in online holiday sales may bring February hangover

The takeaway from the past few days is that Americans are spending at unprecedented levels, and the overwhelming majority of that growth—if not all of it—is online.

United Technologies to break into three independent companies

The three companies will be United Technologies, which will house its aerospace and defense industry supplier businesses; Otis, the maker of elevators, escalators and moving walkways; and the Carrier air conditioning and building systems business.

FDA plans overhaul of medical device approval system

The decades-old system has long been criticized by experts for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments.

Hundreds of flights affected as snowstorm batters parts of Midwest

Flights from Indianapolis International Airport to Chicago were experiencing delays of almost 2-1/2 hours Monday morning.

Columbus buying shopping mall to make it recreational/tourism complex

The city of Columbus is partnering with Columbus Regional Hospital and the Heritage Fund/The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County on the $5.9 million purchase.

Indiana lawmakers look to address telemarketing issues

The state saw immediate results when the do-not-call law went into effect in 2002, but advances in technology are allowing telemarketers to find loopholes.

Q&A: Stocks slide into another market 'correction'

According to research firm CFRA, this is the first time since World War II that the S&P 500 has had two corrections in the same calendar year.

U.S. durable goods orders show worst decline in 15 months

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods dropped 4.4 percent last month.

Americans, Canadians warned not to eat romaine lettuce

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the FDA wanted to issue a warning about a new E. coli outbreak before people gathered for Thanksgiving meals, where the potential for exposure could increase.

Indiana Senate elects first new leader in 12 years

The Republican-dominated Senate, as expected, elected Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville as its president pro tem during the Legislature's Organization Day session on Tuesday.

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Visit Indy seeking 3 percent increase in CIB funding for 2019 11:59 am

The city's tourism agency plans to ask the Marion County Capital Improvement Board of Managers for an increase in funding, but is planning a slightly smaller overall budget in 2019.
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Broad Ripple nursery owner says nearby redevelopment played role in closure 06:08 am

Weaver's Lawn & Garden recently closed after 57 years in business. The property owner said he is considering his options for the land.
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State incentives help keep FFA convention in Indianapolis through 2031

Under an agreement with the state, FFA will receive $500,000 annually over the seven-year extension, which will help pay for convention-related expenses.
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Indianapolis wins bid to host FFA convention through 2031

The National FFA Convention & Expo says the event, which draws nearly 70,000 visitors, had an estimated economic impact of $39.8 million when it was hosted here this year.

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