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Elevate Ventures makes 3-year investment commitment to Bloomington, Columbus
“We hope to begin to pivot local communities and regions toward making innovation a fundamental factor to their success for decades to come"
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Some of Gary mayor's political donors also receive lucrative contracts
A Times review of Lake County and Gary records found 67 city vendors contributed to the mayor's campaigns and they have received more than $38 million in city business
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Brazilian company receives abatement to locate plant in Portage
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Japan trip about forging relationships to benefit Wayne County and beyond
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Indiana Farm Bureau mission: Stop township reform
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Indiana Legislature to wrestle with township budget surpluses
On average, Indiana townships hold a balance of 116 percent above their annual budgets
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Will lawmakers listen? Schools want laws, stiffer penalties, funding to make busing safer
Lights, cameras action could help curb the massive number of stop-art violations in Indiana, USA TODAY's Network 5 newspapers find
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Hancock County crams record number of 259 inmates into jail with 157 beds
An additional 53 county offenders are in other Indiana jails, says sheriff-elect
Friday, December 7, 2018
Terre Haute becomes Indiana's 8th Statewide Cultural District
Joins Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Madison, Nashville, Noblesville and Lafayette-West Lafayette
Friday, December 7, 2018
Design firm works with Fort Wayne businesses to find diamonds in the rough
Works to create a starting point to find ways to get people downtown and to create experiences to keep them there all day
Friday, December 7, 2018
New TIF district established in South Whitley
Friday, December 7, 2018
More drug treatment could cost less than a new jail, mental health worker suggests
Henry County grapples about when it might need a new jail 
Friday, December 7, 2018
Portage growth called 'almost unprecedented'
Friday, December 7, 2018
Governor unveils legislative agenda, but teacher salary increase is years away
Governor's administration wants to evaluate teacher pay in other Midwest states, a process that could take between two and four years
Friday, December 7, 2018
Jeffersonville's River Ridge fulfills U.S. Army lease 35 year early
About one-fifth of the 6,000-acre park has been developed
Thursday, December 6, 2018
IDEM gets an earful on coal-to-diesel permit for $2.5 billion proposed Dale plant
Air permit “would give the plant the capacity to use up to 1.6 million tons per year of coal as feedstock to produce diesel, naphtha and other products.”
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Hancock County trails plan tries to balance connectivity and rural sensibilities
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Mayor Neese says he will seek independent review of Elkhart Police Department
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
$6.6 million TIF request endorsed by Gibson County
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Perry County Development Corp. looks to Japan for growth
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Hoosier jails react to growth in female populations
Mental-health, addiction programs springing up
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Indiana voter turnout for 2018 midterm elections was highest since 1994
The highest turnout in the state this year was recorded in Henry County at 64 percent
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Promise of state, local tax breaks lures Alliance Steel manufacturer to Gary
Company is investing $19.7 million to establish operations at a closed 250,000-square-foot facility and bringing 100 jobs from Illinois
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Lake County sheriff seeks $360,000 armored vehicle
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Cass County gathering info on wind turbines
Commission continuing with plans to reexamine local rules
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Drinking and scootering is public intoxication in Blomington, not drunken driving
“Scootering while intoxicated” is not defined under Indiana law, so every jurisdiction can decide how to proceed in such cases
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Browning plans $157 million mixed-use development in downtown Fishers
Will include residential, retail, a boutique hotel and a six-story office building in Nickel Plate District
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Indiana lawmakers seeking more oversight of toll road lease decisions
Bremen state representative said they’re also discussing whether some of the projects Holcomb has proposed to spend the $1 billion on qualify as “transportation” projects
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Elkhart council members: Private investigation of city police may be necessary
One council member, Richard Shively, a Republican, says he is unsure how long the council would wait for the mayor to act
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Chesterfield and Daleville open to plans for Mounds Greenway
Would be a linear park along the White River connecting trails in Anderson and Muncie
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Boone County has more jobs, few workers
“You have to make $90,000 to $100,000 a year to live in Whitestown, and we don’t have very many of those jobs”
Monday, December 3, 2018
COMMENTARY: Another academic study suggests the value of local newspapers
Monday, December 3, 2018
Porter County tourism group to join in effort to battle Lake Michigan erosion
Caused by combination of unusually high lake levels, sand starvation caused by structures blocking the normal drift of sand along the shoreline and the increasing number of extreme storms
Sunday, December 2, 2018
'Newest fad:' Concerns rise over kids' use of addictive e-cigarette variant
JUUL comes in a variety of flavors and also uses nicotine salts, which can allow high levels of nicotine to be inhaled more easily and with less irritation
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Some lawmakers wonder why tolling is only OK for northern Indiana
"If you put them (tolls) throughout the state, you won't win elections," says South Bend state representative
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Wabash County law enforcement officials say meth is a growing local problem
Crystal meth mainly comes from Mexico while the homemade “bottle dope” is a more old school approach, says detective
Sunday, December 2, 2018
LouVelo bike share service coming to Jeffersonville
Saturday, December 1, 2018
North Spencer schools to lobby again for legislative change during 2019 session
Want to be able to collect additional funds when  TIFs expire
Saturday, December 1, 2018
New website offers free legal resources for qualified Indiana residents
Saturday, December 1, 2018
7 experts and Delaware County leaders address challenges, solutions to opiate crisis
Local drug statistics show that the number of possession of heroin cases nearly doubled from 2015 to 201
Friday, November 30, 2018
EDITORIAL: Gary mayor sets sights on national role while city crumbles
Friday, November 30, 2018
Illinois steel company's move to Gary is hinging on $1.4 million incentives proposal
Friday, November 30, 2018
East Chicago residents unnerved with EPA cleanup
About 235,000 tons of soil will be removed and institutional controls put in place
Friday, November 30, 2018
Gary owes $3 milion to CIGNA as it switches health coverage to save
Friday, November 30, 2018
Residents discuss lack of sidewalks with Terre Haute officials
Friday, November 30, 2018
Terre Haute back in play for casino
Local businessman Greg Gibson an owner of group acquiring two Majestic Star licenses in Gary
Friday, November 30, 2018
COMMENTARY: Economic development' has lost its meaning in Indiana
Force, coercion by government are behind LED proposals
Friday, November 30, 2018
Kokomo targets Apperson Way corridor with business retention, expansion program
Friday, November 30, 2018
Holcomb won't pursue toll roads to improve Indiana's highways, ranked 3rd worst
Currently, state highway revenue is expected to peak in the mid-2020s and then begin a consistent decline without alternative funding
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Wabash ordinance banning smoking in workplaces, public parks, outdoor events dies
Only one council member offered support for the proposal, which he saw as an effort to protect public health
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Washington City Council and INDOT still grappling with final Business 50 deal
City is moving forward on a number of utility increases that are tied to the rebuilding project
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Indiana's Lake Michigan shore lawsuit could end up before U.S. Supreme Court
Case began in LaPorte Superior Court where couple sought to prevent people from walking on their beach property
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Rural firefighters face challenges, including the lack of hydrants to dose fires
Lack of ready access to water can lead to higher insurance costs for homeowners
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Residents say they want places to eat, shop and be entertained in Portland's downtown
Respondents who didn't visit downtown frequently said it was because of a lack of things to do and parking frustrations 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Indianapolis-based company agrees to buy Gary's Majestic Star Casino
General counsel of new firm says it is 'committed' to moving license to another city
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Fort Wayne approves $12.5 million tax abatement for Sweetwater Sound expansion
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Need for hate crime law in Indiana is gaining traction, Madison County prosecutor says
State Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, releases draft legislation that would create a statewide hate crime statute
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
TIF district proposed in Ingalls for development at I-69 Exit 214
Indianapolis company wants to move its headquarters there
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
State calls out Gary over EMS-related revenue, spending
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Evansville Regional Airport's fresh new look celebrated
Part of $20 million in improvements funded by Regional Cities Initiative
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Common Council approves rezoning for downtown apartment complex
Developer says 58-unit, $6 million project is meant to attract young professionals
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
South Bend commits $4 million to downtown library project to cost $36 to $38 million
Includes a new $19 million Community Education Center
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Elkhart Police chief Ed Windbigler serving a 30-day unpaid suspension
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Over objections, $45 million, 500-bed Delaware County jail plan moves forward
Would turn the former ASONS/Wilson Middle School into a courts-and-jail complex by adding a wing
Monday, November 26, 2018
Iconic 'Breaking Away' limestone quarry is no longer a swimming hole
Three people have died in the past 25 years after jumping from the quarry’s 65-foot-high ledges
Monday, November 26, 2018
OPINION: State and local government workers get the short straw
Eye on the pie
Monday, November 26, 2018
Legal weed in Michigan could produce more legal problems for northern Hoosier police
Prosecutors say they won’t hesitate to enforce state law if a person who purchased marijuana legally in Michigan possesses it illegally in Indiana
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Newburgh trail extension will bring path closer to Angel Mounds
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Debate over location of new Vigo County jail continues to rage
Riverscape: 'Once in a century' opportunity at risk if locate there
Sunday, November 25, 2018
CHAIN REACTION: Standardized businesses taking up more downtown Bloomington space
Ordinance applies to businesses with more than one location that are looking to open within the University Village Overlay and the Courthouse Square Overlay
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Amazon HQ2 snub sets off alarm bells among Hoosier tech leaders
In addition to sheer volume, local tech leaders think Indianapolis lacks mid- and senior-level tech workers
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Gary mayor says role with national organization means more 'opportunity' at home
The National League of Cities is a place where cities can learn from each other and get new ideas, Freeman-Wilson said
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Pathway between New Albany, Clarksville now open to pedestrians
When completed in the spring, this seven-mile trail will link those two communities together with Jeffersonville along the Ohio River Greenway
Saturday, November 24, 2018
StoneGate set to open its doors in downtown Bedford
At a cost of $4.4 million, the building is bringing education, training and art to downtown
Saturday, November 24, 2018
IndyGo planning on electric buses for Red Line despite report problems
Albuquerque replacing it's buses with diesel-power units
Friday, November 23, 2018
Delaware County still hopes to find some use for $5 million, unused rail spur
Friday, November 23, 2018
'No less than a purposeful cover-up,' Elkhart councilman says of police investigation
Assitant chief criticized reporters for reaching out to officers to ask about their disciplinary records
Friday, November 23, 2018
Lawmakers want more coordination among workforce development agencies
Building and maintaining a large and skilled workforce is the state's top challenge, says state chamber
Friday, November 23, 2018
Bias crimes to get legislative attention in upcoming 2019 session
With governor now behind idea, hate crimes may get special look
Friday, November 23, 2018
COMMENTARY: Healthy kids are key to Indiana's future
Friday, November 23, 2018
Crawfordsville and CSX have new agreement to reduce blocked crossing: Mayor
City has applied for federal and state fund to build overpass carrying U.S. 136, State Road 32 and State Road 47
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Greater Clark awards $11.5 million contract to build downtown Jeffersonville school
Replaces two aging buildings which mayor feared with stall downtown growth if not replaced
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Marion General Hospital gets its own police department
Officers will have the same level of authority as the Marion Police Department, but limited to the hospital’s campus
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Elkhart mayor yet to request DOJ investigation into the police department
Assistant police chief criticizes media
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Goshen City Council approves $87 million hospital expansion
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Fayette County Commissioners consider new jail for women
Henry County official asking local officials if they would be interested in going together on a regional jail that would serve several counties
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Tire recycling service to open at Vermillion Rise Mega Park in 2019
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
County commissioners accept early plans accepted for new Vigo County jail
Estimated cost is $57.5 million for 494-bed facility
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Seymour Main Street announced as part of pilot program in nine Hoosier communities
Other communities listed for the pilot program are Dillsboro, Elwood, Fairmount, LaPorte, Rockville, Sullivan, Tell City and Tipton
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Grant County economic Growth Council reconsiders role for downtown Marion makeover
Project is taking a large focus on quality of life and place rather than attracting talent, says marketing director
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
OPINION: Amazon location choices have lessons for the losers
The clearest lesson is that people matter to business location decisions, probably more than everything else combined
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Jeffersonville's River Ridge deal for gateway project called a 'game-changer'
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Spencer County Commissioners back state permit for $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel
Many people have spoken out in support of the plant for economic reasons, while those opposed cite health and environmental concerns
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Hancock County commissioners OK jail schematic design contract for county farm site
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Downtown zoning overlay district may become a 2019 goal for Batesville
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Indiana State Police decline request to investigate Elkhart Police Department
Suggest mayor ask federal government to examine city police
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Chesterton adds new boxcar to downtown park; provides bathrooms, baby changing area
The $300,000 project was funded through a mix of a town bond issue, crowd funding, town funds and private donations
Monday, November 19, 2018
Portage officials want casino license for north side property
The rebirth of a push for a Portage casino idea began 25 years after Porter County voters shot down a referendum that would have allowed such a development in the lakeside cit
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Bloomington seeks public art installation for Switchyard Park
Sunday, November 18, 2018
HOOKED: Attraction becomes an unbreakable contract, leaving kids hopeless and devoted
No matter their background, victims of domestic minor sex trafficking do not self-identify as victims
Sunday, November 18, 2018






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