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Governor signs Indiana workforce development bills12:57 PM

Associated Press
Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed two workforce development bills on Wednesday that he believes will help Indiana tackle its shortage of trained workers.

Bosma, Long to donate money from special session12:49 PM

Lindsey Erdody
Democrats had challenged Republicans to donate the money after the GOP-led General Assembly failed to finish all its work before a deadline this month, forcing Gov. Eric Holcomb to call a special session.

Tech firm donates $50K for Hogsett's youth employment project12:14 PM

Hayleigh Colombo
The donation is the largest single gift in Project Indy’s short history. Last summer, the initiative spearheaded by Mayor Joe Hogsett supported about 2,000 teens and young adults in summer jobs.

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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Last Updated Wed., March 21, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Governor signs Indiana workforce development bills12:57 PM

Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed two workforce development bills on Wednesday that he believes will help Indiana tackle its shortage of trained workers.

UPDATE: IndyCar inks three-year media rights deal with NBC Sports10:56 AM

The deal with NBC Sports Group will dramatically increase IndyCar's exposure next season and move the Indianapolis 500 to a different network for the first time since 1965. It won't end the live local blackout of the Indy 500.

Indiana education official against plan to arm teachers10:07 PM

A top education official in Indiana is opposing President Donald Trump's suggestion that arming teachers would be an effective way to prevent mass shootings in schools.

Facebook shares tank over data-manipulation scandal

The social network is under fire after newspapers reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.

Bye-bye box seats? Tax law may curb corporate cash at games

U.S. companies spend hundreds of millions annually on entertaining customers and clients at sporting events, tournaments and arts venues, an expense they can no longer partially deduct from their tax bill under new law.

Indy airport gets kiosks to ease customs for international travelers

The new Global Entry kiosks re intended to save low-risk, pre-approved international travelers valuable time. The airport's inaugural, nonstop trans-Atlantic flight to Paris begins in May.

Indiana craft beer industry paying attention to Trump tariffs

The tariff will result in higher prices for the metal used in beer cans. Brewers might have to consider bottling some beers if aluminum prices become too high to absorb.

Authorities charge man suspected of critically injuring restaurateur

Maurice Dunlap, 40, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, one count of theft and one count of attempted fraud. Restaurant owner Grant Redmond remained in intensive care Thursday.

Holcomb's office unveils new tool to combat opioid epidemic

The tool, in this case, is a software platform that will allow certified addiction treatment providers to quickly locate and connect people with available inpatient or residential treatment beds.

Former IU coach Crean takes Georgia job after Matta turns down offer

Tom Crean, who was fired by Indiana University a year ago, agreed to a reported six-year deal with the University of Georgia worth $19.2 million.

Holcomb open to special session for unfinished bills

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is leaving open the possibility of calling lawmakers back to the Statehouse after this year's legislative session left several bills unresolved.

Ex-Pence Indiana aide running for Congress defends resume

A former Mike Pence aide who was fired from one government job and left another after being formally disciplined wants Indiana voters to send him to Congress.

Demise of Toys 'R' Us will force toy makers, landlords to scramble

The company's troubles have affected toy makers Mattel and Hasbro, which are big suppliers to the chain. But the likely liquidation will have a more significant impact on smaller toy makers that rely more on the chain for sales.

Legislative rundown: Flurry of bills, but not all, advance on final day of session

The Indiana General Assembly's annual session came to a chaotic close as lawmakers blew past their midnight deadline to adjourn with major bills still in play.

Toys 'R' Us to liquidate U.S. operations, CEO tells employees

Toys "R" Us plans to shut down its U.S. operations, eliminating the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a 70-year-old retailer known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot.

Tax office owner faces gun charge after self-defense shooting

Antonio Burse of Colbert/Ball Tax Service in Lawrence has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Antonio Bertram of Indianapolis on March 6.

Man skipping out on tab leaves downtown restaurateur critically hurt

The attack that took place Tuesday afternoon at Acapulco Joe's, 365 N. Illinois St., left 57-year-old owner Grant Redmond unconscious with a blood clot on his brain that required surgery.

House rejects GOP bill easing use of unproven drugs

The House rejected legislation Tuesday that would ease how experimental drugs are provided to people with terminal illnesses.

Several issues unresolved as General Assembly nears ending point

Still left to address is legislation involving school safety programs, professional licensing for young immigrants referred to as "Dreamers," sex education, school takeovers, handgun fees and workforce development leadership.

Graduation rates stagnant for men's NCAA tournament teams

A study of teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament shows that graduation rates for players have become stagnant and that the sport's governing body may need to raise academic standards to get them moving upward again.

U.S. consumer prices show modest monthly increase

Consumer prices increased at 0.2 percent pace in February, underscoring that inflation pressures appear to be muted for now.

Indiana lawmakers put finishing touches on gun rights legislation

Law enforcement groups voiced serious concerns about the bill because license fees are a major source of funding for training, including active shooter response training.

Indiana city proposes tying arts donations to business tax breaks

The proposal would establish a public arts program and a Public Art Commission in the state's second-largest city.

Purdue mulls policy to limit Wi-Fi access on campus

The biggest broadband consumption on Purdue's network is from gaming sites, streamed music and assorted video providers.

Gambling industry: $10B will be bet on March Madness, most illegally

The American Gaming Association, which favors full legalization and regulation of sports betting, found 54 million people — or about a quarter of the U.S. adult population — participated in a sports betting pool last year.

Indianapolis ponders commuter tax to fund road repairs

Indianapolis officials desperate for money to repair roads are considering whether they should try to collect income taxes from suburbanites who don't live in the city but who travel there for work.

State lawmakers take pass on bills aimed at wooing Amazon HQ2

Indiana lawmakers didn't propose any measures aimed specifically at attracting Amazon's second headquarters, nor did they pass two bills that might have enhanced central Indiana's bid.

Indiana set to discard outdated, male-only references in laws

A measure that would clean up archaic words and male-only references in Indiana's laws has been approved by the Legislature and is on its way to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk.

Indiana governor seeks $5 million boost to school security

Lawmakers allocated $10 million for the first two years of school security grants, but that funding was reduced in 2015 to $3.5 million a year under then-Gov. Mike Pence. He later added several million dollars back.

Food processor to hire 100 more workers in Indiana

SugarCreek Packing Company announced Wednesday that the new hires would be made by late June 2019, boosting the plants workforce to about 500 workers.

U.S. employers see biggest monthly job surge since July 2016

U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs and drawing hundreds of thousands of people into the job market.

Trump's trade tariffs to spare Mexico, Canada, possibly others

Unswayed by Republican warnings of a trade war, President Donald Trump ordered steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the U.S. on Thursday, vowing to fight back against an "assault on our country" by foreign competitors.

Health insurer Cigna buying Express Scripts for $52 billion

Health insurer Cigna is buying the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs.

Manning shed Papa John's franchises prior to chain's NFL split

Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning sold 31 Denver-area Papa John's stores last week, three days before the NFL replaced the chain as its official pizza sponsor.

Bill aimed at teacher shortages still alive in legislature

A bill that would allow Indiana public schools to fill up to 10 percent of their teaching staffs with unlicensed teachers will be discussed during conference committee in the next week.

NCAA passes $1 billion in revenue for first time

The Indianapolis-based NCAA raised most of the revenue from its television deal for the men's basketball tournament.

Indiana Legislature approves bill toughening abortion rules

The Indiana Legislature on Wednesday sent a bill to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk that would require medical providers who treat women for complications arising from abortions to report detailed patient information to the state.

Indiana Legislature poised to pass sexual harassment bill

The measure would require legislators to take at least one hour of training every year.

Indiana Senate backs control shift on troubled schools

The Indiana Senate has approved a bill further reducing the power of the Gary school board while allowing Ball State University to take over Muncie's schools.

Man, 20, sues Dick's, Walmart over new gun policies

A 20-year-old man filed lawsuits Monday claiming Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart discriminated against him when they refused to sell him a rifle because of his age.

Indiana lawmakers back limits on short-term rental rules

Legislation limiting regulation of short-term rentals by local governments has been approved by Indiana lawmakers and is on its way to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk.

Purdue online school gets final regulatory approval

The school said Purdue University Global received a notice of approval Monday from the Higher Learning Commission, a regional university accrediting body.

Bill allowing 'Dreamers' to get licenses clears Indiana House

Young immigrants often referred to as "Dreamers" would no longer be prohibited from obtaining professional licenses under emergency legislation approved Monday.

Indiana House approves statewide school-safety audit

The measure passed Monday on a 96-0 vote. It comes in the wake of a Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 dead.

Walmart plans expansion of meal kits into more stores

The move puts the world's largest retailer in direct competition with meal-kit companies such as Blue Apron and HelloFresh.

GOP Senate candidate Braun drops immigration ad after criticism

Republican Mike Braun said he didn't expect the negative reaction the commercial received.

U.S. services firms still growing at healthy clip

U.S. services firms grew slightly more slowly in February compared with the previous month, but still expanded at a solid pace.

White House: No exemptions from steel, aluminum tariffs

President Donald Trump's administration appears unbowed by broad domestic and international criticism of his planned import tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying the president is not planning on exempting any countries from the stiff duties.

NCAA's Emmert: Changes needed, but not paying players

NCAA President Mark Emmert said he's hopeful the scandal roiling college basketball will lead to major rule changes, but he does not think the Indianapolis-based NCAA is in crisis.

Ohio set to market its tourist attractions to Indianapolis

Indiana was the No. 1 state outside of Ohio ordering 2017 Ohio Travel Guides, and Indianapolis was the most-searched major city other than Detroit and Pittsburgh on Ohio.org.


Fishers to embrace agriculture in new city park

The 32-acre Fishers AgriPark will be the largest park in the country dedicated solely to a working farm, city officials say.

Networks score big with men's basketball tournament broadcasts

In prime time, first-round action for the tournament averaged 4.98 million total viewers on CBS, according to Nielsen, up 11 percent from last year's 4.47 million on the comparable nights.

Honky-tonk restaurant, music venue coming to near-south side

Duke's Indy plans to open this month in the building that formerly housed the Ice House restaurant, which recently closed after 34 years in business.

The healthiest county in Indiana? Still Hamilton

For the eighth year in a row, Hamilton County is the healthiest in Indiana, while Marion County is again stuck near the bottom.

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Downtown Indy Inc. launching 'pop-up' retail program 08:54 am

The goal is to showcase—and hopefully fill—some now-vacant downtown retail spaces. Artists and vendors are being recruited, and the pop-up spaces should be active in May.

Bye-bye box seats? Tax law may curb corporate cash at games

U.S. companies spend hundreds of millions annually on entertaining customers and clients at sporting events, tournaments and arts venues, an expense they can no longer partially deduct from their tax bill under new law.

Few sites leap out for possible downtown mega-hotel

Only the Pan Am Plaza and a city-owned parking garage on Illinois Street jump out as prime locations for the mega-hotel Visit Indy wants downtown, hospitality industry observers say.

Colts exhibit sticks largely to positive playbook

"Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit," which opened on March 10 and runs through January 2020, is a celebratory view of the team’s impact on Indianapolis and Indiana and its on-field successes.

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