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ISO hires former Omaha Symphony, New York Pops leader as CEO11:47 AM

IBJ Staff
James Johnson will take over the largest arts-related employer in Indiana, where he'll oversee 55 administrative staff members, 74 full-time musicians and a $26 million operating budget.

On-air reporter leaving WRTV for job with health network 9:56 AM

A fixture on Channel 6's morning news team since 2001 is leaving the station to become a communications manager at Community Health Network.

Halakar Properties reemerges after national partner ends affiliation10:07 AM

Scott Olson
The local Halakar real estate firm no longer is affiliated with Newmark Knight Frank, which has poached a former Halakar co-owner to start an Indianapolis office.

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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USA Track & Field puts president on leave during investigation11:21 PM

Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field has placed Vin Lananna on temporary leave to avoid potential conflict-of-interest concerns over an investigation into the awarding of the 2021 world championships to Eugene, Oregon.

Beer, wine sales at Purdue football games top $500,000

Purdue found a fountain of new revenue last fall at Ross-Ade Stadium, after alcohol sales were expanded to the entire stadium.

Bloomington police face criticism for armored truck purchase

Opponents argue that the vehicle will militarize the college town's police force.

Work to widen I-65 section in southern Indiana nears start

Officials say the new lanes be built in the highway's median, which means no additional land purchases are needed.

City ending contract for electric vehicle fleet

Mayor Joe Hogsett's administration is winding down the contract to lease electric or hybrid vehicles for the city's fleet—a program that at first was hailed by some as a breakthrough for the green economy and then ran into political trouble.

Indiana Supreme Court: Lake Michigan shoreline open to all

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark decision that Lake Michigan's shoreline is open to all, and adjacent property owners can't exercise exclusive control of the beach between their homes and the water.

Senate candidate Rokita not shy about tapping public funds for publicity

Over the past 12 years, Todd Rokita has spent roughly $3 million in public money on media campaigns, mailers and other forms of mass communication, usually ramping up the spending before appearing on a ballot, a review found.

Indiana lawmakers weigh 'opt-in' requirement for sex education

The proposal would require parents to be notified—and give them the opportunity to review—any curriculum dealing with sexual activity, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Election board seeks investigation of Braun's petition signatures

The election board in the home county of Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly wants an investigation into whether Republican candidate Mike Brain filed bogus signatures to get on the primary ballot.

Sunday alcohol sales bill could take effect sooner than expected

A House panel voted Wednesday to move up the effective date of a bill that would overturn the state's Prohibition-era ban on such sales.

Allison Transmission reports big jumps in profit, revenue

The Indianapolis-based manufacturer exceeded Wall Street expectations in both earnings and sales in the latest quarter.

Lexus tops vehicle dependability study for 7th straight year

The overall dependability of vehicles increased this year for the first time since 2013, thanks to improving quality.

Rise in core consumer prices stokes inflation fears

U.S. consumer prices, excluding the volatile food and energy categories, rose 0.3 percent last month. That was the biggest climb in a year.

Monthly retail report shows broad decline in sales

Americans pulled back on buying cars, furniture and other goods in January, pushing retail sales down by 0.3 percent.

Indiana lawmaker blocking bill to count dead people's votes

The Senate voted 45-2 last month in favor of the bill that requires election officials to count absentee ballots "marked and forwarded" by Indiana voters who then die before Election Day.

A backup choice, Reich embracing role as new Colts coach

When the Indianapolis Colts offered Frank Reich a chance to be their second choice as head coach, the super sub figured it was the perfect it. "The backup role has suited me well in my career," he joked Tuesday at his introductory news conference.

UPDATE: Notre Dame president rips NCAA's denial of university's appeal

The Indianapolis-based NCAA denied Notre Dame's appeal Tuesday, wiping off the books all victories from the Fighting Irish's 2012 national championship game run under coach Brian Kelly.

Indiana Senate leader Long retiring from Legislature

Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne announced his decision Tuesday, saying that his resignation will take effect in November.

Indiana facing larger school funding gap than projected

The Indiana House and Senate have approved bills allowing an additional $25 million in school funding this year, but a new state legislative analysis predicts a shortfall of nearly $60 million next year.

Report: Opioid makers gave $10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic

Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday

Farmers train on using herbicide blamed for crop damage

Tens of thousands of soybean and cotton farmers across the country are taking free but mandatory training in how to properly use a weed killer blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields.

New state senator sworn in to replace Hershman

Brian Buchanan took the oath Monday from Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush. Republican precinct committee members picked the former Boone County councilman to fill the vacancy left by former Senate majority leader Brandt Hershman.

Trump's $1.5T plan to rebuild U.S. roads relies on local dollars

The plan intends to use $200 billion in federal money to leverage more than $1 trillion on local and state tax dollars to fix America's roads, highways, ports and airports.

Trump's big promises on drug costs followed by modest steps

As a candidate, President Trump advocated Medicare negotiations and allowing consumers to import medicines from abroad. His current strategy recommends changes to policies that the administration believes unwittingly lead to higher prices, and suggests ways to speed drugs to market and increase competition.

German auto parts maker plans Indiana expansion, 120 hires

ElringKlinger intends to add $20.6 million in manufacturing, logistics and information technology equipment to its Fort Wayne plant.

Two Indiana initiatives aimed at fighting opioid epidemic

The state's Division of Mental Health and Addiction has added two dependency recovery initiatives—one virtual and one concrete.<

Checking in with the Indiana legislative session at halftime

Indiana lawmakers have reached halftime in this year's legislative session, which has been marked more by plans deferred and legislation killed than major changes.

Energy firm proposes $2.5B plant in Indiana to convert coal to diesel

Riverview Energy officials say the plant would employ about 225 workers and create about 2,000 temporary construction jobs.

After late-night drama, Congress pushes through $400B budget deal

The pre-dawn pact put to bed a five-and-a-half hour federal shutdown while authorizing big spending increases for the military, domestic programs and disaster relief.

Airline 'bumping' of passengers falls to lowest rate ever

The rate of forcing passengers off oversold flights was the lowest since the Transportation Department started keeping records in 1995, beating the previous record set in 2016.

Fraternity closes Indiana University chapter for violating bylaws

The fraternity is at least the fourth national fraternity to close or suspend its IU chapter since the start of 2017.

Artifacts from downtown monument moved due to flooded basement

A leak that sent water into the basement of a historic monument in downtown Indianapolis has prompted curators to move a collection of artifacts documenting Indiana's role in the Civil War.

Proposed windscreen for IndyCar passes first on-track test

With Scott Dixon at the wheel, the prototype for a windscreen to help protect IndyCar drivers from flying debris received its first on-track test Thursday.

Dow plunges 1,032 as market enters correction territory

The Dow Jones industrial average is 10 percent below the record high it set just two weeks ago after another market swoon on Thursday.

Retail group forecasts healthy hike to retail sales in 2017

The National Retail Federation on Thursday said sales will be helped by an improving economy as well as the major tax reform.

Twitter makes money for first time ever, but problems remain

The 12-year-old company is still struggling to get people to sign up, despite the attention President Donald Trump's no-holds barred tweets have drawn to the service.

Amazon set to roll out delivery at Whole Foods nationwide

After Amazon acquired Whole Foods for nearly $14 billion in August, rival grocers began preparing for the day the online retail giant would expand Whole Foods grocery delivery.

USA Gymnastics sets up fund for athletes abused by Nassar

The Indianapolis-based organization said it wants to provide the financial support for the young women and girls to access counseling and mental health services.

Prosecutor criticizes Trump for politicizing death of Colts player

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, a Democrat, blasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday for tweeting about the case of a suspect who'd been deported from the country and charged in a drunken crash that killed linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man.

UPDATE: Colts say 'rivalry back on' after McDaniels backs out of deal

Indianapolis Colts General Manager Chis Ballard spoke to reporters for nearly a half-hour Wednesday as he tried to explain why Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out of a deal to become the Colts' new coach.

UPDATE: Stock market goes on another wild ride

n another stomach-churning day Tuesday, stocks plunged in the morning, then pulled off a late-afternoon rally, ending the day in positive territory and recouping some of the losses from the market's two-day plunge.

Trump calls death of Colts player one of many 'preventable tragedies'

President Donald Trump tweeted that it was "disgraceful" that an Indianapolis Colts linebacker was killed in a suspected drunken-driving crash by a person who was in the U.S. illegally.

Ganassi lands PNC Bank sponsorship for Dixon's IndyCar

Scott Dixon, who is ranked fourth on IndyCar's all-time victory list with 41, got by with patchwork sponsorship last season after Target ended nearly 30 years with Chip Ganassi Racing.

U.S. economy fundamentally strong despite stock market plunge

A wave of fear about inflation and higher interest rates helped send stock prices tumbling Friday and Monday. Yet the rush of anxiety has obscured a fundamental fact about the U.S. economy: It's healthy.

Indiana township merger bill fails without legislative vote

The plan would have required consolidation by townships with fewer than 1,200 residents.

Gymnastics scandal has repercussions beyond doctor's prison sentences

The worst sex-abuse case in sports history ended Monday with a third long prison sentence for Larry Nassar, but investigations involving USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and the NCAA could go on for years.

Indiana Senate joins House in passing cannabis oil measure

The Indiana Legislature is poised to allow anyone to purchase and use a cannabis-derived extract believed to have therapeutic benefits, following a key vote by the state Senate on Monday.

After stomach-churning ride, Dow ends session with largest-ever point drop

The Dow Jones industrial average briefly plunged nearly 1,600 points Monday, definitively ending a record-setting period of calm in the U.S. stock market.

House passes bill to overhaul high school diplomas

Currently four different diplomas are offered. The bill would require the state board of education to create the "Indiana Diploma" as the state's new baseline.

Kroger bagging its 762-location convenience store unit in $2.15B sale

The stores employ 11,000 associates in 18 states and operate under the banners Turkey Hill, Loaf 'N Jug, Kwik Shop, Tom Thumb and Quik Stop.


Priority list includes sonnets, slow jams, and both city and country mice

Plus a celebration of African-American history at the JCC.

With Angie's List departing, owner of Landmark Center ups ante to snag tenants

The home services firm will leave vacant four floors in the downtown tower, where owner Fairbridge has invested about $1 million in upgrades in hopes of landing new tenants.

Reich hire could help Colts in long run, but some season-ticket holders are in selling mood

The Indianapolis Colts hired a head coach on the day before season-ticket holders started receiving renewal notices, but at least one ticket broker is still seeing a pronounced increase in fans looking to unload.

Developer building big spec warehouse in Westfield

A Carmel-based firm hopes to take advantage of Westfield's new allure for industrial development with a project expected to break ground this spring.

St. Vincent adds micro-hospital to Hendricks County's competitive health landscape

The Plainfield facility is the third of eight "neighborhood hospitals" St. Vincent plans to open in central Indiana as health systems try to stitch up the expanding Hendricks market.

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ISO hires former Omaha Symphony, New York Pops leader as CEO 12:23 pm

James Johnson will take over the largest arts-related employer in Indiana, where he'll oversee 55 administrative staff members, 74 full-time musicians and a $26 million operating budget.

Priority list includes sonnets, slow jams, and both city and country mice

Plus a celebration of African-American history at the JCC.

Hectic city schedule makes hosting football national championship trickier

Indianapolis officials say they’re up for the challenge of hosting the eighth annual College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2022, even as they're planning six other big sporting events that take place within a 13-month stretch.

Markey’s morphs with the times into juggernaut

In 57 of its 58 years, Indianapolis-based Markey's Rental & Staging has experienced year-over-year revenue increases. Only the Great Recession, in 2009, derailed Markey’s amazing streak.

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