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Last Updated Thu., February 22, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Kitchen equipment maker plans $7M renovation, 75 jobs11:15 AM

IBJ Staff
The city's Metropolitan Development Commission on Wednesday approved a personal property tax abatement to support CaptiveAire Systems Inc.'s expansion plan.

New local tech industry survey reveals growth, concerns 7:50 AM

Anthony Schoettle
A new survey that takes a wide-ranging look of the local tech community reveals an industry that is growing quickly while still facing some economic and social challenges, including concerns about capital and diversity.

Bill aims to gather more education information on foster children12:19 AM

Shaina Cavazos, Chalkbeat Indiana
The Indiana Department of Education has very little data on how the 30,000 children in foster care perform in school. New legislation aims to change that.

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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Indiana gun-permit bill sees more scrutiny in wake of Florida shooting 9:22 PM

Democrats objected to a proposal approved by an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday that would eliminate fees and make changes to the handgun licensing process.

Pitino: Louisville should consider legal action against NCAA 8:43 PM

Former University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the school should sue the Indianapolis-based NCAA after the governing body stripped the Cardinals of their 2013 men's national basketball title after a sex scandal.

Indiana University cleared in sexual violence complaints 8:13 PM

A federal agency has completed its investigation into four Title IX sexual violence complaints against Indiana University and determined that the school didn't mishandle them.

Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes 4:10 PM

Many analysts think the Fed may accelerate its rate increases and boost rates four times this year. That would likely cause consumer rates such as mortgage rates to rise more quickly.

Indiana House vote puts Sunday alcohol sales near approval

Hoosiers could be able to buy carryout alcohol on Sundays within weeks, depending on how quickly final legislative action is taken.

Indiana House panel drops opt-in requirement for sex education

The new bill would require schools to make two attempts to notify parents of the sex education curriculum before the classes start, with a period of at least 45 days between the two attempts.

Indiana GOP Senate candidates take shots in raucous debate

With all three candidates seeking to claim the mantle of most conservative and few major policy differences between them, most of what distinguished them was style

Luck tells Colts fans he feels better, rules out more surgery

If all goes well, three-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck might return from his shoulder injury in time for the start of April's offseason workouts, he said Tuesday.

Evansville medical campus expected to open in August

The facility will host students from Indiana University, University of Southern Indiana and University of Evansville.

NCAA denies appeal, says Louisville must vacate basketball title

The University of Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel's decision to uphold sanctions against the men's program in a sex scandal case.

USA Track & Field puts president on leave during investigation

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.

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Chosen buyer for IPS property plans 268-apartment mixed-use project

TWG Development LLC has beaten out four other bidders to buy and redevelop the site on East 16th Street, which is in the midst of a residential and commercial renaissance.

City contingent collects intel on hosting NBA All-Star Game

Pacers officials, along with the host committee, traveled to Los Angeles last week to watch the game and to learn about staging the festivities in preparation for the event's return to Indianapolis in 2021.

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

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.
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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.
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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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