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Indianapolis-area home builders see best first quarter in 12 years11:59 PM

IBJ Staff
Area home builders saw more demand for new homes in the first quarter than they have since 2006, according to a report released Thursday by the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis.

Cigna-Express Scripts deal to face Justice Department review10:55 PM

Bloomberg News
Cigna Corp. confirmed that its proposed $54 billion acquisition of Express Scripts Holding Co. will be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has raised the bar for approving deals that don’t combine direct competitors.

IndyCar star Scott Dixon to try skills on 'American Ninja Warrior'10:36 PM

Associated Press
Scott Dixon will be the latest IndyCar driver to enter the realm of reality TV when he auditions in Indianapolis next week for "American Ninja Warrior."

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 Fri., April 20, 2018 - 12:32 AM

IndyCar star Scott Dixon to try skills on 'American Ninja Warrior'10:36 PM

Scott Dixon will be the latest IndyCar driver to enter the realm of reality TV when he auditions in Indianapolis next week for "American Ninja Warrior."

Defensive star Dwight Freeney to retire as member of Colts10:26 PM

Defensive end Dwight Freeney was a seven-time Pro Bowler, a three-time first-team All-Pro selection and played in three Super Bowls.

Wells Fargo expected to be fined $1B for lending abuses 9:51 PM

The potential $1 billion fine would be largest ever imposed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the bank's main national regulator, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal watchdog bureau.

Carmel district should have disclosed facts behind dismissals, counselor says 3:27 PM

Indiana's public access counselor found Carmel Clay Schools and its attorney tried to sidestep Indiana's public records law and "should have provided a factual basis" for the dismissals of two top administrators.

Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions, new report says11:39 AM

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the United States fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years.

Amazon's reveals its Prime service has 100 million members

CEO Jeff Bezos quantified the size of Amazon's Prime membership for the first time Wednesday. Amazon launched the service 13 years ago as a way to foster customer loyalty.

With U.S. Olympic Committee in turmoil, athletes testify about sex-abuse cases

Testimony from four Olympic athletes to a Senate subcommittee Wednesday provided yet another reminder of the way leaders at the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Figure Skating, USA Gymnastics and other federations failed to protect them over a span of decades.

Carson's parent Bon-Ton Stores heading for liquidation

The end is near for Bon-Ton Stores, the 160-year-old department store chain that operates more than 250 stores under various names, including Carson's, Younkers and Elder-Beerman.

Overhaul of historic Anderson theater delayed, but still in progress

New owners had hoped to reopen the 88-year-old State Theatre late last year or early in 2018, but work has been put on hold until heating-and-cooling system issues in the building are addressed.

Trump campaign rebukes claims on Todd Rokita's yard signs

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has demanded that Rep. Todd Rokita take down yard signs, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for racial-bias training

Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 workers.

IRS gives taxpayers extra day to file after website issues

The IRS said that individuals or businesses with a filing or payment due Tuesday now have until midnight Wednesday to complete the task. The Indiana Department of Revenue also extended its deadline.

Indiana House speaker Brian Bosma expects May 14 special session start

House Speaker Brian Bosma said he's confident the special session will be short and he is aiming to keep it to one day.

Olympic medalist Jordyn Wieber sues USA Gymnastics, Michigan State

Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging Michigan State University and former leaders for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics hid Larry Nassar's conduct from the public and law enforcement.

State awards contract for widening Interstate 69 in central Indiana

State officials have awarded a $79 million contract to widen a section of Interstate 69 to six lanes northeast of Indianapolis.

Purdue University trustees back contract extension, raise for Mitch Daniels

Purdue board chairman Mike Berghoff said the former Indiana governor is enhancing the university's reputation nationally.

Major trade rift could imperil solid global economy, IMF says

The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its economic outlook for the United States in 2018 and foresees a strong year for the global economy as well. But its chief economist warns that a major trade conflict could change things.

Call center company plans to hire 621 at new Indiana facility

Toledo, Ohio-based United Collection Bureau Inc. announced Tuesday that it expects to spend $2.4 million to lease, renovate and equip a 55,000-square-foot building where it will eventually employ more than 600 workers.

Allegiant Air under fire after '60 Minutes' safety report

Allegiant, which opened a $40 million aircraft base at Indianapolis International Airport in February, experienced more than 100 serious mechanical incidents from January 2017 to October 2017, the TV news show reported.

U.S. retail sales rebound sharply after post-holiday lull

The Commerce Department on Monday said retail sales rose 0.6 percent last month, the largest increase since November.

EPA begins cleanup of lead-tainted former battery store site in Indianapolis

The site on Indianapolis' southwest side was the location of a retail battery sales store from about 1962 until 2008.

Trove of author Ray Bradbury's papers set for preservation at IUPUI

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, which is devoted to the study of the science fiction-fantasy author's works, won a $50,000 grant this month from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin planning the giant archive's conservation.

Agricultural experts troubled by GOP Senate candidates' tariff talk

Indiana's three Republican Senate candidates continue to voice support for President Donald Trump's trade brinkmanship with China, even as experts warn that a trade war could drive farmers into bankruptcy.

Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms recalls 200M eggs over salmonella concerns

A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website says the eggs shipped to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states may be tainted with salmonella.

Indiana Democrats seeking end to their legislative futility

Indiana Democrats say a jump in new candidates on the May 8 primary ballot is a sign that they could cut into large Republican majorities in the Statehouse that have left them largely powerless.

Holcomb names former Coats aide to chair Gaming Commission

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb on Friday named Indianapolis attorney Michael McMains to the position.

Indiana lawmaker plans to reintroduce logging legislation

An Indiana lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation that he says would protect the state's forests after seeing the outcome of a timber cut that removed more than 1,700 trees from a 300-acre state forest site.

IRS head sees huge task ahead to administer new tax law

The agency, pummeled for years by criticism from congressional Republicans and funding cuts, now must administer and enforce the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades.

Tony Stewart, Ward family settle wrongful death lawsuit

Tony Stewart and the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. have agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family against the former NASCAR champion for his role in the death of their son.

Bumping to return to Indy 500 qualifications as 34th car enters race

J.R. Hildebrand will enter this year's Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and bumping will return to the event for the first time since 2015.

Indiana GOP locked Todd Rokita out of database, sources say

Senate candidate Todd Rokita likely violated ethics laws as Indiana's secretary of state by repeatedly accessing a Republican donor database from his government office, three former GOP officials say.

Purdue University to extend tuition freeze into seventh year

Purdue University said the tuition freeze and other steps have helped reduce student debt.

Judge strikes down Hamilton County's restrictions on road signs

The order nullifies an ordinance that Hamilton County commissioners passed Feb. 12 and updated April 3. The ban largely targeting political and real estate signs along roads.

Fed discussed 'slightly steeper' future rate hikes in latest meeting

Federal Reserve officials signaled rising confidence last month that a strong economy will lift inflation closer to its 2 percent target and that they may accelerate the Fed's pace of interest rate hikes as a result.

Zuckerberg says regulation of social media inevitable

After two days of congressional testimony, what seemed clear was how little Congress seems to know about Facebook, much less what to do about it.

USA Gymnastics sues insurance carriers amid Nassar lawsuits

Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics is suing its insurance carriers, alleging that they haven't fully reimbursed it for defense costs incurred in lawsuits filed by victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he won't seek re-election

The Wisconsin Republican cast the decision to end his 20-year career as a personal one, saying he did not want his children growing up with a "weekend dad."

Facebook's Zuckerberg fends off senators during five hours of questioning

Under fire Tuesday for the worst privacy debacle in his company's history, CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized several times for Facebook failures and batted away often-aggressive questioning from lawmakers.

Television ratings down for NCAA title game on cable TV

The 30 percent drop is likely due to a combination of a relatively non-competitive game and its airing on a cable network instead of CBS, which showed last year's game.

Trump signs executive order pushing work for welfare

The order focuses on finding ways to strengthen existing work requirements and exploring new requirements for benefits such as food stamps, cash and housing assistance programs.

Anthem agrees to $1.6M settlement over autism therapy

Insurance company Anthem Inc. has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Indiana parents who were denied coverage for therapy for their children with autism.

Report: Airlines improve in key areas except delays

U.S. airlines are getting better at many things except getting you to your destination on time.

Leaders of Trump's Indiana campaign endorse Rokita

Members of Trump's team from 2016 are backing Rokita in Indiana's GOP Senate primary, claiming fellow Rep. Luke Messer and former state Rep. Mike Braun didn't do enough to support Trump.

Opponents of proposed Carmel mosque appeal city's approval

Dissenters have raised concerns about property values in nearby upscale neighborhoods being hurt by additional traffic and calls to prayer disturbing the peace.

China vows to 'counterattack' U.S. as trade spat worsens

Now in a tit-for-tat fight with the United States, the global superpower vowed Friday to retaliate if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to apply tariffs to an additional $100 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Ivy Tech plans $43M in projects in Muncie

The school's downtown campus will get $30 million in work, including a $17.2 million Downtown North Building to be constructed on the site of the former home of the Muncie Star Press.

March report shows modest job growth, rise in wages

U.S. employers added 103,000 jobs in March after several months of bigger gains, though the government's overall jobs report suggests the labor market remains healthy.

Analysts eagerly await news of wage growth to accompany strong hiring

Economists have forecast that employers added a solid 185,000 jobs in March and that the unemployment rate dipped from 4.1 percent to a fresh 17-year low of 4 percent. Was that enough to boost pay?

Target settles suit claiming its hiring system discriminated

Target has agreed to settle a lawsuit that said its hiring process, which automatically rejected people with criminal backgrounds, disproportionately kept blacks and Hispanics from getting entry-level jobs at its stores.

Trump proposes new tariffs on $100B in Chinese goods

President Trump's surprise move came a day after Beijing announced plans to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft, in response to a U.S. move this week to slap tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports.

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Afternoons heating up in local sports-talk radio battle

WFNI's JMV show had dominated the sports-talk radio airwaves during the afternoon drive time but was surpassed in February by WNDE's Jake Query and Derek Schultz.

Indy CD & Vinyl, Luna Music, Square Cat Vinyl, others to celebrate Record Store Day

Event boosts independent retailers. Also this week: Bentley's Pet Stuff, Bird Fever, Le Peep and Tom Wood Toyota.

Four candidates hoping to replace Kathy Richardson in District 29

Four Republicans are vying for a primary victory in the House District 29 race, and the contenders say workforce development and education will be among their top priorities if they go on to victory in the general election.

Ordinary people take center stage in new IU Health campaign

The Indianapolis-based health system says it wants to give patients and consumers a chance to tell them what's wrong with health-care delivery, and how to improve it.

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Overhaul of historic Anderson theater delayed, but still in progress

New owners had hoped to reopen the 88-year-old State Theatre late last year or early in 2018, but work has been put on hold until heating-and-cooling system issues in the building are addressed.

Trove of author Ray Bradbury's papers set for preservation at IUPUI

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, which is devoted to the study of the science fiction-fantasy author's works, won a $50,000 grant this month from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin planning the giant archive's conservation.

Holcomb names former Coats aide to chair Gaming Commission

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb on Friday named Indianapolis attorney Michael McMains to the position.
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Live Nation books more shows for Indianapolis, Noblesville concert venues

The entertainment provider is launching its biggest seasons yet at both Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville and Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis.

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