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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Indiana Senate elects first new leader in 12 years 4:12 PM

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.

Global markets sink again as tech, retail stocks struggle12:33 PM

Stocks were skidding again Tuesday as weak results from retailers and mounting losses for big technology companies pushed the market back into the red for the year.

Turbulent stock market spooks some older workers, retirees

Volatility has sparked concern with some investors, particularly the group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis.

Indiana lawmakers draft hate-crime legislation for 2019 session

The draft covers bias-motivated crimes based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry and sexual orientation.

36-year-old political 'veteran'—now Pence's press secretary—eyed for Trump chief of staff

Trump is said to have warmed to Nick Ayers in part by watching the effectiveness of Pence's largely independent political operation.

Another gay Roncalli counselor alleges discrimination at school

A 39-year employee filed a discrimination charge Friday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Roncalli High School.

Indiana casket plant with 200 workers to close in 2019

Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions announced Friday it will close its Richmond plant and move work to two other locations.

UPDATE: Two paintings from Robert Indiana estate fetch $5M at controversial auction

The estate of artist Robert Indiana, creator of the iconic LOVE series, auctioned off two paintings by other artists that he owned to raise money to defend against a lawsuit and to stabilize his deteriorating island home in Maine.

Longtime exec Galimore resigns from embattled USA Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics Chief Operating Officer Ron Galimore resigned Friday, the latest high-profile departure for the organization in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

DeVos proposes overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints.

Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

Regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues.

FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

The move represents a major step to further push down U.S. smoking rates, which have been falling for decades.

Graduation rates for NCAA athletes reach new high

Since a series of academic reforms were passed by the NCAA from 2003-07, graduation rates for athletes have increased from 78 percent to 88 percent.

Postal Service reports red ink for 12th straight year as mail volume drops

In April, President Donald Trump issued an executive order demanding a review of the Postal Service's finances. That report, led by the Treasury Department, is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Indiana's Young to head Senate Republican campaign wing

Indiana Sen. Todd Young has been picked to lead the National Republican Senate Committee during the 2020 election cycle.

Indiana attorney general gets national post amid allegations

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has been named vice chairman of the national Republican Attorneys General Association even as he resists calls from the state's GOP governor and legislative leaders to resign.

Amazon bypasses Indy for massive logistics hub in Tennessee

Indianapolis is known as the Crossroads of America, but a site-selection expert said Amazon didn’t tell local officials that it was considering creating a 5,000-worker logistics and operations hub. Amazon has picked Nashville, Tennessee, for the hub, which will be the largest economic development deal in the state's history.

U.S. colleges attracting fewer new students from abroad

The number of foreign students heading to U.S. colleges and universities fell again last year, the second straight decline after more than a decade of growth, a new report finds.

Here's what Amazon is getting, giving in site selections

Amazon stands to get nearly $2.5 billion in tax breaks and other incentives as part of its deals to open up two new East Coast offices and an operations hub in Tennessee.

Amazon HQ site choices: Similar basics but different vibes

The communities reportedly chosen to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon.com are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.

Sports governing bodies face issues galore, limited resources

There are 50 national governing bodies for sports—all with differing sizes, agendas, budgets and staffs—but with this common thread: Running one typically involves a job description from hell.

Two area power co-ops land federal loans to make upgrades

Two rural electric cooperatives that provide power to customers in the Indianapolis area are set to receive federal loans to improve their systems.

Air, groundwater tests in Franklin detect cancer-causing chemicals

The EPA is expanding its contamination testing area near a former electronics manufacturing facility. The federal government has also begun installing air filtering systems in some residences.

EPA cites Indiana factory for toxic lead

The discovery comes less than a year after Indiana officials renewed the company's air pollution permit, despite concerns from residents.

Indiana paper straw maker planning to add 200 employees

The company's straws are an alternative to plastic straws, which are being banned or restricted in some places. It said demand was skyrocketing for the product.

Indiana extends option for possible third Ohio River port

Indiana currently operates Ohio River ports in Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon, and a Lake Michigan port at Burns Harbor.

Indiana's Young seeks to lead U.S. Senate GOP campaign committee

Indiana Sen. Todd Young has launched a bid to become chairman of Senate Republicans' campaign committee during the 2020 campaign, a cycle where the GOP will face a tougher electoral map.

Fed leaves key rate unchanged, but sees further hikes ahead

The Federal Reserve portrayed the economy as robust, with healthy job growth, low unemployment, solid consumer spending and inflation near its 2 percent target.

Missouri tour boat captain indicted in sinking that killed 17

Charges have been filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Subaru recalls nearly 400K vehicles to fix stalling problems

The first recall covers about 229,000 Outback and Legacy vehicles that could have software problems.

Trump administration finalizes birth control opt-out policy

The Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a policy change that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for female workers.

Northwest Indiana county begins counting votes after delay

Porter County commissioners asked the FBI on Wednesday to investigate what they called "scores of alleged violations of Indiana Election Law."

Sessions resigns as U.S. attorney general under pressure from Trump

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Trump frames midterms as 'tremendous success' despite House losses

Resigned to losing his party's grip on the House, President Donald Trump chose to celebrate "tremendous success" for Republicans in maintaining or even expanding their hold on the Senate.

Hollingsworth reclaims 9th District over Watson

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth has defeated Democrat Liz Watson to win re-election to a second term in southern Indiana's 9th District, which extends from the Ohio River to the south Indianapolis suburbs.

Indiana voters OK balanced budget amendment

Voters have approved an amendment to the Indiana Constitution obligating the General Assembly to adopt balanced budgets unless two-thirds of the members of both chambers vote to suspend the requirement.

Indiana voters say health care, economy most important issues

Health care and President Trump's policies were important issues among Indiana residents in the midterm election, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate that found they're divided over the state of the nation.

UPDATE: U.S. Olympic Committee moves to decertify Indy-based USA Gymnastics

The U.S. Olympic Committee is choosing to pursue the nuclear option for USA Gymnastics after the organization botched its rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Fed likely to keep rates on hold, sketch a bright outlook

With the economy strong, wages rising and unemployment at a near-five-decade low, the Federal Reserve remains on track to keep raising interest rates — just not this week.

Report: Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build HQ2 near Washington, DC

Such a decision would leave Indianapolis and 18 other finalists out of the running for the giant economic development prize.

GOP drops NRA president North from rally in Noblesville

GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer later said Oliver North was dropped because it would have been "the wrong place and wrong time."

State: $2.5B coal-to-diesel project won't harm air quality

According to the air permit application, the plant would have annual emissions of about 2.2 million tons of carbon dioxide, 225 tons of carbon monoxide and 120 tons of sulfur dioxide.

Indiana legislators push for school bus cameras after crash

The cameras would be mounted to the outside of buses and would take pictures of drivers who pass when the stop arm is deployed. Law enforcement agencies could then use the pictures to issue charges or citations.

Obama's rally for Donnelly reflects senator's political balancing act

The appearance may win points with Democrats upset over Donnelly's embrace of some Trump priorities, such as building a border wall with Mexico.

Latest segment of I-69 extension ready for 70 mph

There's 's a 55 mph speed limit for nearly 8 miles through Bloomington before the northbound speed limit increases to 70 mph for more than 13 miles.

Geoffrey the Giraffe to make comeback in Kroger aisles

Meanwhile, the hedge funds that now own the Toys “R” Us brand plan to relaunch the toy retailer as a standalone operation next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Survey: Indiana districts still struggling to find qualified teachers

An annual survey of Hoosier school superintendents shows 91 percent say their districts had a teacher shortage this fall.

U.S. adds robust 250,000 jobs; pay growth fastest since 2009

The last major economic data before Tuesday's congressional elections also showed that the unemployment rate remained at a five-decade low of 3.7 percent.

Apple's quarterly results, change in iPhone sales disclosure jar investors

Apple's faithful customers aren't snapping up iPhones quite as enthusiastically as anticipated heading into the crucial holiday shopping season.

Indiana utility faces criminal probe in natural gas explosions

Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into the natural gas explosions and fires that rocked three communities near Boston in September, killing one person and injuring 25 others.


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Bidders on state park's concert stage upgrade go wide of mark, delaying work

New restrooms will be ready for concertgoers at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, but a key portion of the venue's two-year, $27 million revamp must wait until 2020.
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Developer in downtown hotel project sues bank in rift over relocating branch

Loftus Robinson plans to transform the 16-story tower into a 130-room Kimpton-brand hotel. But it says it has hit a snag with moving Centier Bank from the ground floor.

UPDATE: Two paintings from Robert Indiana estate fetch $5M at controversial auction

The estate of artist Robert Indiana, creator of the iconic LOVE series, auctioned off two paintings by other artists that he owned to raise money to defend against a lawsuit and to stabilize his deteriorating island home in Maine.

Dishing up art monthly at the Harrison Center

Harrison Center Executive Director Joanna Taft created the monthly Art Dish series as an opportunity to encourage conversation between artists and potential patrons using the lure of first-rate cuisine.

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