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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Prosecutors: Arrests made in Indiana synagogue vandalism12:40 PM

Federal prosecutors say they've made arrests in connection to anti-Semitic graffiti that was spray-painted at a suburban Indianapolis synagogue last month.

Walmart raises outlook after strongest quarter in 10-plus years10:26 AM

Walmart shares surged as much as 11 percent Thursday morning, the biggest intraday rise for the stock since October 2008.

INDOT to miss completion target for Interstate 69 section11:40 PM

The city of Bloomington says the state will miss its Aug. 31 target for substantially completing Section 5 of the Interstate 69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville.

U.S. retail sales show robust monthly rise of 0.5 percent

Americans shopped at a healthy pace in July, buying more cars, clothes and appliances, evidence that consumers are helping drive robust economic growth.

South Bend mayor wants commuter rail to run downtown

The mayor of South Bend is pushing for a downtown relocation of a commuter railroad that runs between the northern Indiana city and Chicago.

Survivor of duck boat sinking urges ban on such crafts

An Indiana woman whose husband and three children died when a duck boat sank last month in Missouri said Tuesday she hopes to save lives by backing an effort to ban the amphibious tourist boats.

McDonald's plans $168M in improvements at 270 Indiana restaurants

The renovations, which will include the addition of more digital self-order kiosks, come as the company celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac.

Indiana attorney general might have violated law with ad

A state ethics law prohibits officeholders from using their names in audio, video or newspaper ads paid for with state funds.

Indiana law certifies 12 midwives for home births

Certified direct entry midwives in Indiana must be at least 21 and meet certain educational requirements.

Same-sex marriage could cost Catholic school counselor job

Roncalli High School said Shelly Fitzgerald has been placed on administrative leave after 15 years with the school.

Google tracks users' movements, whether they like it or not

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.

Duke's Krzyzewski: No 'plan of execution' for NCAA hoops reforms

Among other initiatives, the NCAA wants to allow a few high school players identified as elite prospects by USA Basketball to sign with agents beginning July 1 before their senior year.

Pacers to appear on national television 12 times in 2018-19

The team outperformed expectations in 2017-18, when just one of its regular-season games was on national television.

Braun owns auto-parts brand that sells foreign parts

Senate candidate Mike Braun has downplayed his company's use of foreign-made goods, but his parts brand, Promaxx Automotive, includes products that were manufactured abroad, according to a review by The Associated Press.

Retired Tony Stewart eyes Indy 500 in 2019 in bid for elusive title

The three-time NASCAR champion and Indiana native said would like to return but doesn't "want to be a sideshow like Danica (Patrick)) was at Indy this year."

Judge denies Indiana AG Hill's motion in early voting case

Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled Thursday that the consent decree was entered into by all of the parties in a lawsuit that resulted in the agreement, including the Marion County Election Board.

I-69 construction crews preparing for IU student move-in

The Indiana Department of Transportation is in the final stages of construction of a 21-mile section of the highway from Bloomington to Martinsville.

Court orders ban on Dow Agro pesticide, says EPA violated law

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos, sold by Dow AgroSciences, on the market.

Who's in, out in small business tax break? It's complicated

New rules floated by the Trump administration lay out what kinds of businesses can take a 20 percent deduction against income taxes under the new tax law.

Ball State sees large response after Papa John's decision

The university is in the process of reviewing hundreds of messages, which have included both positive and negative reactions.

NCAA adopts college basketball reforms for draft, recruiting

The Indianapolis-based NCAA announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors adopted a "series of significant policy and legislative changes."

Retailers put twist on back-to-school supplies to lift profit margins

Companies that make school supplies have figured out how to get parents to spend more by offering innovations on the basics.

Struggling Indiana Fever on track to get WNBA's top draft pick

While most WNBA teams are battling for playoff spots, Indiana, New York, Chicago and Las Vegas are jockeying for the draft lottery position.

With arm strength returning, Luck hopes to check off more boxes in first start of comeback

The big question in the Colts' preseason opener on Thursday is how Andrew Luck's shoulder will react under game conditions, especially when he takes his first hit. For now, Luck is concentrating on getting re-acclimated to the big stage.

Trump going ahead with taxes on $16B in Chinese imports

Customs officials will begin collecting the border tax Aug. 23, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said. The list is heavy on industrial products such as steam turbines and iron girders.

Missouri voters reject law banning compulsory union fees

Missouri voters delivered a resounding victory to unions Tuesday, rejecting a right-to-work law that had been passed by Republican state officials but placed on hold after organized labor petitioned for a referendum.

Airlines, consumer groups ready for fight over proposed bill

Congress is considering a sweeping tally of proposals that could affect travelers, from dictating seat size and legroom to rolling back rules that require airlines to advertise the full price of a ticket.

State lawmakers consider expanding industrial hemp market

Legislators again are considering allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp, after an effort to legalize the product died in the General Assembly earlier this year.

Reward offered in Indianapolis-area gun shop burglary

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation announced the reward following the break-in late Sunday or early Monday at KS & E Sports at 8756 Pendleton Pike in Lawrence.

North Carolina suspends 13 players for selling school-issued shoes

The NCAA violations will leave the Tar Heels with little depth during much of the football season's opening month.

Testing finds flaws with car electronic safety systems

Cars and trucks with electronic driver assist systems may not see stopped vehicles and could even steer you into a crash if you're not paying attention, an insurance industry group warns.

NASCAR chairman France takes leave after DWI, drug arrest

Brian France is a third-generation leader of NASCAR. His late grandfather Bill France Sr. founded the company in 1948.

Insurance companies approach Trump health plans cautiously

Insurance companies say it will take time to design new plans and get approval from state regulators.

Columbus' 3-year-old bike-share program faces falling ridership

A southern Indiana city's bike-share program has cut its expenses and is weighing other changes in hopes of reversing its falling ridership.

Q&A: What's behind the growing scrutiny of insulin prices?

The American Medical Association recently called on regulators to monitor competition among the three drugmakers who control the market—Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Denmark-based Novo Nordisk and Paris-based Sanofi.

Indiana wind farm to receive $300M expansion

Houston-based alternative energy company EDP Renewables North America announced Thursday that it plans to build 50 new turbines that will help power Facebook's Midwest data center.

U.S. employers add 157,000 jobs; jobless rate ticks down

The slip in hiring last month may be temporary. Consumers are spending freely and businesses are stepping up their investment in buildings and equipment, accelerating growth.

Indiana State Fair begins 17-day run with circus theme, more security

Organizers are hoping for a repeat of last year's string of dry, sunny days that helped boost attendance to nearly 907,000 people.

Trump administration seeks to freeze future gas-mileage standards

The administration also served notice that it wants to revoke states' long-standing authority to set their own, stricter mileage standards.

Gary Schools gets bid for just one of 33 former school properties

The emergency manager who oversees the financially struggling Gary school district put 33 closed schools up for sale, but only one property received interest.

Brookstone files for bankruptcy, to close all mall stores

Among the closures will be the store in Circle Centre in downtown Indianapolis—an original tenant in the mall when it opened in 1995. The only other Brookstone store in Indiana is at Indianapolis International Airport.

Report: Indiana farmers to face climate change challenges

The state will likely see heavier rainfall patterns, earlier springs and hotter summers in the decades ahead, the report said.

Fed keeps key rate unchanged while signaling future hikes

In a brief policy statement, the Federal Reserve noted a strengthening labor market, economic activity growing at "a strong rate," and inflation that's reached the central bank's target of 2 percent annual gains.

Wells Fargo to pay $2.1 billion for role in housing bubble

Wells Fargo is one of the last remaining big banks to settle charges related to its role in the subprime mortgage crisis.

Kroger introduces online delivery in four markets

Kroger, the biggest grocery chain in the country, said it will "quickly" expand the service to other markets over the next few months.

Trump's cheaper short-term health plans include coverage gaps

The Trump administration on Wednesday cleared the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obamacare policies for people struggling with high premiums.

Products distributed by local company recalled for possible parasite

The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said lettuce in the products, distributed by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods LLC, might be contaminated with cyclospora. The parasite causes intestinal illness.

Indiana family files second lawsuit in boat sinking

The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday by members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank this month in Missouri.

Utility estimates $177M to replace lead water lines around state

Indiana American Water, which serves about 1.3 million people, estimates it will replace all lead service lines by no later than 2042 and possibly as soon as 2028.

Consumer spending shows solid monthly increase of 0.4 percent

Meanwhile, a key gauge of inflation increased at an annual pace of 2.2 percent for a second straight month—the strongest back-to-back gains in six years.


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Bird plans Indy return with nearly 10 times as many scooters 12:00 pm

In its permit application with the city, scooter-rental service Bird Rides Inc. said high ridership rates it experienced last month in Indianapolis convinced it to come back with a much larger fleet of scooters.

Groups roll out city-endorsed fund to boost local arts, culture

The Create Indy Fund was co-funded by the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Visit Indy, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Survivor of duck boat sinking urges ban on such crafts

An Indiana woman whose husband and three children died when a duck boat sank last month in Missouri said Tuesday she hopes to save lives by backing an effort to ban the amphibious tourist boats.

Hoosier Lottery's private operator to get larger-than-expected incentive payment

This is the first year IGT Indiana has qualified for an incentive payment since it was hired by the lottery in 2012.

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