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After HQ2 loss, NWI apparently misses out on another Amazon warehouse
As it expands, it's entirely bypassed Northwest Indiana, sometimes billed as "the crossroads of America," thus far
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Six-year-old New Castle shell building 'doing its job,' says EDC director
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
In wake of Noblesville shooting, local schools warned to be ready for "combat injuries"
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter warned the commission members Tuesday against relying too heavily on technology or a quick fix
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
State: Delaware County could face lawsuit over jail
Plan says a jail with 500 to 750 inmate beds can be built in the former ASONS building for $45 million
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Looking to improve on voter turnout in La Porte County
LWV, Better Government study group want meeting to discuss options after 16 percent turnout
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Four spec buildings planned at former Celadon site in Hancock County
“Companies want a building ready for them sitting there so they can walk in and get to work,” says local EDC director
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Unclear definitions lead to additional review for 1,500 proposed Bloomington bedrooms
City may need as many as 3,000 more units to lower rental housing costs that have risen with Indiana University’s enrollment, says plan commission member
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
COMMENTARY: Shootings have altered the focus as students return to classrooms in 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
Toxic priorities: 39 locations in Indiana among EPA's top 'Superfund' cleanup sites
Cleanups costs often exceed the coffers of even some of the state’s most profitable businesses
Monday, August 13, 2018
OPINION: Smith Field Airmail Museum
Eye on the pie
Monday, August 13, 2018
South Bend mayor gets thousands of dollars from donors
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Leaders pursue signed connector for Panhandle Pathway and Nickel Plate Trail
Would like paths going through four counties
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Clark County needle exchange program renewed for two years
The Interchange’s focus on counseling is one of the reasons the program has had success, health officer says
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Prospect of 3D-printed guns raises questions from some local law enforcement officials
People involved in the gun industry say the hype and worry is overblown
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Study: Opioid crisis has cost Madison County $2.2 billion since 2003

The yearly cost of opioid misuse has risen 13 times over between 2003 and 2017


Saturday, August 11, 2018
Montgomery County town of Alamo plans to restrict wind turbines
Friday, August 10, 2018
Bloomington mayor announces goal of $6 million in affordable housing investments by 2019
“Our community is the most expensive community in the state for rental and ownership of housing,” Hamilton says
Friday, August 10, 2018
Tax abatements for new Anderson homes top $10 million value since program began in 2015
Friday, August 10, 2018
Madison County seeks case manager to ease jail overcrowding
Judge Newman proposes new way to deal with probation violators
Friday, August 10, 2018
Home inventory low and prices high, as Kokomo development continues upswing
Real estate agents like 'frenzied, starving fish' in hyper-competitive market
Friday, August 10, 2018
Say cheese: Warren to get mozzarella plant
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Planning Commission votes 'no recommendation' on Henry County wind turbine ordinance
Hot potato issue back in the laps of county commissioners
Thursday, August 9, 2018
$1.5 million customs facility at Gary airport called 'game changing'
Since the airport completed its runway expansion from 7,000 to 8,859 feet in 2015, operations increased 15 percent, official says
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Bloomington-Monroe County conflict puts convention center plan on pause
Thursday, August 9, 2018
COMMENTARY: High marks for compromise
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
As the U.S. imposed tariffs ramp up, they may have unintended consequences
Potential rising cost for homebuilders and government
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Grand design: Goshen artist enters final stretch for treatment plant mural
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Coal Line Trail excites South Bend residents, though some skeptical
The arcing, 1.5-mile paved path will convert an abandoned railroad line into a unique shortcut through the city
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
EDITORIAL: More to lose than a skate park
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
OPINION: Midwest must save middle class neighborhoods
For cities that neglect these places, the future prospects are nothing but dismal
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Grant County neighbors rally to oppose proposed CFO for 9,240 hogs on about 40 acres
“We're not against farming, it's the type of farming,” says organizer of those against the operation
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
West Lafayette City Council calls for tighter background checks on firearms
Indiana prevents cities and counties from adopting stricter gun policies than mandated by the state
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Site selector consultants get close-up look at Michigan City and Northwest Indiana
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Highland police seek to create video surveillance database to help with investigations
Monday, August 6, 2018
With responses underway, Howard County's jail overpopulation persists
Problem has not dissipated dispite measures to reduce numbers, and there is not an assured end in sight
Monday, August 6, 2018
Planning for IndyGo's Purple Line revs up
Upgraded bus stops are planned for the $140 million rapid transit project, which is scheduled for completion in 2021
Sunday, August 5, 2018
2018 overdose deaths decrease dramatically in Vigo County; officials credit antidote
'It works,' says police chief of naloxone carried by first responders
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Confidential informants and Mexican meth at center of Kokomo drug arrests
Operation Law and Order is biggest in Howard County history
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Clark, Floyd counties in top 20 for opioid cost, says IBRC report
County leaders differ on how money should be invested in the epidemic
Sunday, August 5, 2018
A STEEP COST: Opioid usage, abuse costs Indiana $43.3 billion -- $11 million daily
Number of workers dying from opioid overdoses and of misusers losing or being unable to find jobs resulted in a $2.6 billion gross state product loss in 2016, report says
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Rail operator asks feds to run freight trains on Nickel Plate line in Hamilton, Marion counies
U.S. Rail would use the tracks to transport grain to Indianapolis, its petition reads
Friday, August 3, 2018
Classic Hudson collection being auctioned
Once housed at Shipshewana museum, 69 vehicles will be sold Saturday
Friday, August 3, 2018
Kokomo's Heritage Trail to receive upgrades near Northside Park, Main Street
Friday, August 3, 2018
New comprehensive plan looks to help growth in Boone County
Spans over the next 20 years and highlights potential transportation improvements, parks and recreation, where new housing will be and where trails need to go and how they connect
Friday, August 3, 2018
Tejas Tubular continues to get tax break for plant near New Carlisle
Friday, August 3, 2018
Wabash approves $200,000 in bonds to cover loan to startup 10X Engineering
Friday, August 3, 2018
The votes are in! And the Cardinal Greenway officially is a national hall-of-famer
Thursday, August 2, 2018
COMMENTARY: Knee-deep in details: A peek at Southern Indiana's economic innovation
Data from Innovation 2.0 can be used to understand a county's weaknesses, strengths and potentia
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Town of Clarksville discusses proposals for Colgate action park
Going beyond a skate park: A green space for everyone
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Greenfield asks Hancock County if it would like to join its Stellar Communities project
If winners, would reduce matching funds required for grants
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Bloomington is shopping for candidates to develop properties
Want to hire four consultants: two developers and two real estate brokers who would direct the high-profile projects
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Study looks at vitality of Huntingburg since it received Stellar Communities grants
The majority of the indicators were positive, study says
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Charlestown progresses with new dog park
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Rep. Siegrist's blocked tweets out of bounds, says Indiana public access report
Britt wrote that state officials should treat social media accounts that discuss policy or government decision-making processes as if they were covered by Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Consultant stands behind 527-bed jail recommendation for Vigo County
Local officials have acknowledged conditions at the overcrowded jail are below par to the point that they’ve become unconstitutional
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
THE 'SHIFT' IS ON: $10 million project to reshape Lebanon's downtown corridor
Redevelopment will include co-working space
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Kokomo progresses toward annexation of 140 Darrough Chapel residents
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
With Kokomo City Council OKs, public funding for hotel, conference center unveiled
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Portage officials: State tying hands over control of fireworks
Cities and town can enact ordinance more restrictive that Indiana law, says city attorney
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
City of Bloomington funding available to boost early childhood education
Day care providers can use money for increasing staffing, purchasing supplies and making facility improvements
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
EDITORIAL: Gary violence is epidemic, not 'aberration'
Monday, July 30, 2018
Hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise in Evansville-area
Monday, July 30, 2018
COMMENTARY: Healthy Rivers Initiative gives new life along the Wabash
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Cases of hepatitis A increase in Lawrence County
The state typically averages 20 cases in a year
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Muncie, a once-industrial city, highly dependent upon government payments to stay afloat
Two largest employers, hospital and university, get a lot of public funding as do large number of residents
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Grant County Economic Growth Council faces cut of nearly two-thirds in public funding
“How can we afford to give (the Growth Council) $300,000 when we’re cutting sheriff’s deputies?” county council member asks
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Local community foundation gifts $150,000 to 10 groups helping to improve Marion downtown
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Will the city of Gary always have a hospital?
In January, merger talks between Methodist Hospitals and Northwest Indiana's second-largest hospital system broke down
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Here's what you missed at the Indiana Opioid Summit
CDC: Opioids, both prescription drugs like painkillers and street drugs like heroin, are considered the “main driver” of the rise in fatal overdoses across the country
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Kokomo OKs affordable-housing rezoning, redevelopment plan
Goal of near northside strategy is to attract grocery, new employers
Saturday, July 28, 2018
After more than 25 years city-operated Elkhart youth center closes
Comes after city council halted funding after a recent audit raised concerns about the center’s financial management
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Groups launch planning for redevelopment of White River in Marion, Hamilton counties
“This is a multi-generational project that will impact visitors and residents hundreds of years from now," says Visit Indy official
Friday, July 27, 2018
Community support key for city's future, Huntingburg mayor says
Friday, July 27, 2018
Downtown Lafayette needs a lot more housing, study says
Necessary for older professionals and empty nesters, who are looking to downsize their homes and move into the area where restaurants and other amenities are accessible by foot
Friday, July 27, 2018
COMMENTARY: Terre Haute could compete to be 'outdoor rec capital of Midwest'
Like here, Dayton wants to keep more young people, and rec helps
Friday, July 27, 2018
Task force says Vanderburgh County Jail expansion could cost $40 million
Goal is to build two housing units, each containing 300 beds
Friday, July 27, 2018
Elkhart's violent summer: Police chief: 'It's a community problem'
Over the past month police have recovered more than 250 shell casings from 20 shootings that have injured nine people
Friday, July 27, 2018
Washington uses cigarette tax funds to help offer healthy lifestyle options
Includes stations in parks for body curls, bench dips, sit-ups, knee lifts, leg extensions, chin up bars, lat pull down bars and more, can be used by park patrons of all ages
Friday, July 27, 2018
Daviess County looking at ways to upgrade jail which is less than 20 years old
Friday, July 27, 2018
Wayne County among state's hardest-hit in hepatitis A outbreak, but why?
Ranked No. 3 in the state for the total number of cases since January 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Law officials urged to help Hoosiers in opioid crisis
"Anything we can do as judicial officers and professionals in the criminal justice system to work on this problem I think is a tool we should listen to," says Boone County judge
Thursday, July 26, 2018
South Bend home repair program expanded, more focused
Grants also will be available for lead abatement
Thursday, July 26, 2018
St. Joseph County Jail short 25 correction officers; sheriff says better pay needed
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Jeffersonville's River Ridge scores $56 million bottling plant
There are around 50 different entities operating within development, officials say
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Community, collaboration stressed for Jasper's future
One suggestion included stressing Jasper’s proximity to other, larger cities, such as St. Louis and Nashville, Tennessee and comparing costs of living
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
A first for Indiana: Mobile homes now available for tax sales in Lawrence County
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Frito-Lay plans $159 million snack-food expansion in Logansport
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
15 die due to drugs so fare in 2018 in Howard County, but rate is lower than 2017
Coroner praises Turning Point, Howard County’s System of Care program, hoping it will create along-term dent
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Report calls for $66 million Vigo County Jail with 527 beds
Consultant also recommends major increase in staff, which local officials doubt they can afford
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
A new kind of health collaboration begins in South Bend
IUSB, Healthlinc open primary care clinic together
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Vincennes RDC doubles Tree Board's annual budget to bolster city's green canopy
“People notice that it becomes stark, sterile, nothing but concrete, asphalt and buildings without trees,” board member says
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Washington City Council debates merits of $27 million Business 50 deal with INDOT
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
CIVIC PRIDE: New Notre Dame center hopes to build on local programs
One of founder's hopes to see the new center grow into a vehicle for growth and redevelopment throughout the region bearing fruit in Elkhart County
Monday, July 23, 2018
COMMENTARY: Sharing intentions, communications vital to Vigo County
Convergence of local projects call for community-wide thinking
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Highland lands grant to expand downtown art and mural walk
Sunday, July 22, 2018
$4 million bond to fund infrastructure work at AmeriPlex
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Gary passes ordinance permitting use of golf carts on city streets
Golf carts are already driven in and around Lake Michigan beaches in the city
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Advisory group for Grand Calumet River restoration to resume public meetings
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Local officials optimistic about Merrillville's Broadway corridor
Saturday, July 21, 2018
South Shore vote keeps West Lake on track
If state approves, IFA can now sell bonds for the West Lake Corridor and Double Track projects, together representing a capital investment of about $1 billion
Saturday, July 21, 2018






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