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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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Colts will give Luck days off but no limitations on field 7:46 PM

The team's plan calls for Andrew Luck to throw about four days per week at training camp, simulating his regular-season routine. But nobody can say with certainty when, or if, the quarterback will regain his Pro Bowl form.

Trump heightens tariff threat in trade war with China

President Donald Trump on Friday escalated his threats to punish China for its trade policies, and he also took a shot at the Federal Reserve over its interest rate hikes.

Colleges ask for share of future salary in lieu of loans

In contrast with traditional loans, students with income share agreements pay back a percentage of their salary for a set period of time after graduation.

Muncie's former building commissioner admits corruption

Craig Nichols, who resigned Wednesday, pleaded guilty to on count each of wire fraud and money laundering. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count.

NCAA to study possible effects of widespread legal wagering

The Indianapolis-based NCAA plans to study how the expansion of legalized betting could affect college athletics and member schools.

Analysis: It could be difficult to remove Indiana Attorney General Hill

Should the situation involving sexual misconduct allegations devolve further, there are several—albeit rarely used—ways the Legislature could oust Attorney General Curtis Hill from office.

Purdue professor, wife indicted on federal fraud charge

The indictment alleges the director of the Purdue Center for Materials Processing Research received more than $1.3 million in grants from the National Science Foundation and used some of the funds to buy a home and to pay salaries to his two minor children.

Indiana Black Expo moves concert indoors over weather concerns

The move could cut potential attendance at Friday evening's show from about 30,000 to no more than 8,000.

Indiana environmentalists push back on EPA's coal ash rules

Environmental leaders say the new rule changes for coal-fired power plants put Indiana residents particularly at risk because the state has the most coal ash ponds in the country.

State cites contractor in worker's death at IU's campus

Thirty-five-year-old William M. Brown Jr. died in April when a 10-foot-long limestone slab fell and killed him as it was being lifted above an interior doorway at IU's Swain Hall.

Auto industry cries foul as Trump moves toward car tariffs

President Trump's latest plan is to consider slapping tariffs on imported autos and auto parts—a move he says would aid American workers but that could inflate car prices and make U.S. manufacturers less competitive.

U.S. eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

The move represents the latest action by Trump's EPA to boost the struggling coal industry by rolling back environmental and public health rules enacted under his predecessor.

Law firm lands lucrative extension of contract in corruption probe

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration wants Taft Stettinius & Hollister to continue with its investigation into his Democratic predecessor's administration.

Noblesville district seeks tax hike to fund more security at schools

Noblesville Schools announced Tuesday that it wants to expand its operating referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. The hike would bring in an additional $50 million over eight years while doubling taxes under the current referendum.

Lucas Oil tycoon continues Carmel parties amid neighbor complaints

Lucas Oil Products founder Forrest Lucas told IBJ last year that he and his wife planned to continue hosting events on their estate even though Carmel zoning officials denied the Lucases' request for a variance that would allow large events at the property.

Caesars completes acquisition of racetrack-casino facilities

The company's $1.7 billion purchase of Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming and its Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand horse racing casinos was earlier approved by the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Fed leader bullish on U.S. economy, expects rates to keep rising

In his semi-annual testimony to Congress on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave lawmakers an upbeat assessment of the economy.

Amazon hopes its Prime Day promotion doesn't go to the dogs

Amazon's website ran into some early snags Monday on its much-hyped 36-hour Prime Day promotion, a possible embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created.

Trump draws heavy criticism for doubting own intel, siding with Putin

Donald Trump's comments in Russia drew a quick formal statement—almost a rebuttal—from his director of national Intelligence, Dan Coats, the former U.S. senator and congressman from Indiana.

Rival Pierogi festivals settle legal dispute over trademark

An Indiana city that hosts an annual festival built around a popular Polish delicacy has reached a settlement in its trademark dispute with a newer festival in Pennsylvania.

Lawsuit alleges USA Diving ignored sex abuse of divers

Two former divers are suing Indianapolis-based USA Diving, accusing the national governing body of ignoring or obstructing inquiries into allegations that a coach sexually abused them when they were young athletes.

Fishers airport gets $1.5M in improvements

The Indianapolis Airport Authority announced that the work was completed at Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers ahead of schedule.

Indiana attorney general contests special prosecutor role

Lawyers for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill have filed court papers challenging the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate whether he drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers.

Purdue tracking down 26K student applicants amid data breach

Purdue said an employee with the school's Division of Financial Aid inadvertently sent one prospective student's parent a list of data on thousands of applicants, including names, birthdays, and Social Security numbers.

Indiana finishes fiscal year with surplus, but corporate income taxes shrink

Indiana's sales and income taxes grew during fiscal year 2018, but corporate tax revenue was $318 million less than the previous year and $100 million less than projected.

Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy

The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana—and Kentucky and Illinois—are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites.

Fed Chair Powell says economy in 'good place' at moment

In an interview Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave an upbeat assessment of the economy, noting that unemployment is at its lowest point in nearly two decades and inflation is rising toward the Fed's optimal range.

Watchdog says Education Department stonewalling student loan suit

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Navient Solutions, but says the Education Department is impeding the lawsuit. Navient has hundreds of employees in the Indianapolis area.

Cities grappling with how to deal with electric scooters

Indianapolis isn't alone in dealing with a scooter invasion. Overnight in dozens of cities across the United States, the electric vehicles have arrived, often taking public officials by surprise.

Republican woman publicly accuses Curtis Hill of inappropriate touching

A Republican staffer has come forward to publicly accuse Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill of touching her inappropriately at a party, the third woman to do so.

Papa John's faces image difficulties despite Schnatter's resignation

Experts say the pizza chain will need to retool its marketing strategy so it's not tied to one person.

$300M refinery project in Indiana could create 500 construction jobs

BP is working to install a naphtha hydrotreater at the refinery to meet a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandate to make gas cleaner.

U.S. inflation sees biggest increase in six years

Consumer prices rose in June from a year earlier at the fastest pace since February 2012, lifted by more expensive gas, car insurance and higher rents.

U.S. Senate calls for more say on tariffs in bipartisan vote

Lawmakers went on record Wednesday to express their frustration with the Trump administration's growing use of tariffs as the Senate passed a nonbinding resolution designed to give Congress more say about trade penalties.

Ex-Louisville players sue NCAA over vacated national title

The Indianapolis-based NCAA stripped the University of Louisville of the title as part of sanctions for violations discovered during an escort scandal investigation.

Trump administration slashes Obamacare sign-up assistance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday announced steep funding cuts for sign-up assistance through state-based programs called "navigators."

Court: Indianapolis isn't obligated to pay police officer's legal fees

A federal appeals court says Indianapolis doesn't have to pay the legal fees of a police officer who successfully defended a lawsuit accusing him of negligence.

Former Mainscape CEO sentenced in nursing home kickback scheme

David Mazanowski, founder and former CEO of the Fishers-based landscaping firm Mainscape Inc., was the fifth and final person to be sentenced in the $19 million kickback scheme involving Indiana nursing homes.

Indiana program to provide schools with free metal detectors

Gov. Eric Holcomb's office announced Monday that all traditional public, charter and accredited non-public schools that want the devices for detecting weapons will be eligible for one device for every 250 students enrolled.

Three Indiana U.S. Senate candidates agree to two televised debates

The two debates will be broadcast statewide with live streaming and will also be available nationwide via C-SPAN.

Trump taps Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, setting up fight with Dems

A favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, D.C., Brett Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Starbucks ditching plastic straws, citing environmental threat to oceans

While plastic straws account for a small percentage of the waste that ends up in oceans, they've become a flashpoint for corporations that sell food and beverages.

Indiana attorney general to address calls for him to resign

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill plans to address calls for him to resign amid allegations that he inappropriately touched a state lawmaker and several other women.

Trump administration takes another swipe at 'Obamacare'

The Trump administration is freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year.

Judge drops suit by church that wants pot to be sacrament

The First Church of Cannabis filed the lawsuit on grounds that pot was considered a sacrament under Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Work set to begin on new performing arts center in Nashville

A southern Indiana tourist site is moving ahead with plans for an indoor performing arts center that local officials hope will lure visitors back to its once-thriving arts-and-music village.

U.S.-China trade war elevates risks to global economy

The opening shots were fired when the Trump administration imposed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion of imports from China, and Beijing promptly retaliated with duties on an equal amount of American products.

U.S. adds 213,000 jobs; unemployment rises to 4 percent

U.S. employers kept up a brisk hiring pace in June, and unemployment rose as more people began looking for a job.

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid crush of scandals

A former coal lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, will take over the agency as acting administrator on Monday, Trump said, Unlike Pruitt, Wheeler has a low-key approach, cultivated during decades of working in Washington.

U.S. service companies continue strong expansion

The services sector, where most Americans are employed, has now expanded for 101 consecutive months, or more than eight years.

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The long and short of short-film fest's debut

The Heartland Film Festival launches the first Indy Shorts International Film Festival July 26-29 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.

NCAA to study possible effects of widespread legal wagering

The Indianapolis-based NCAA plans to study how the expansion of legalized betting could affect college athletics and member schools.

Indiana Black Expo moves concert indoors over weather concerns

The move could cut potential attendance at Friday evening's show from about 30,000 to no more than 8,000.

Lucas Oil tycoon continues Carmel parties amid neighbor complaints

Lucas Oil Products founder Forrest Lucas told IBJ last year that he and his wife planned to continue hosting events on their estate even though Carmel zoning officials denied the Lucases' request for a variance that would allow large events at the property.

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