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I-69 ORX project team announces preferred route for new Evansville-Henderson bridge
The team recommends the existing northbound U.S. 41 bridge remain open for two-way local traffic
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Discover Connersville details its busy first year to improve downtown in 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
IDEM draft permit for U.S. Steel landfill doesn't note recent data on chromium in groundwater
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Indiana's infant mortality remains one of the highest in the nation
Governor proposes programs to help more babies reach age 1
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Governor: Expanding mental health services won't be last in school violence solutions
At the time of its fall report, more than $100 million had been spent for Indiana school safety including state, federal and matching fund
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Authors of controversial 2007 government reform report still say townships must go
The absorption of township services into county government has been tried piecemeal in some areas over the past decade
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Stop the rage: Tempers flare on Indiana roads during holidays
Police anticipate increase with construction
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Funds approved for two railroad northside overpasses in Terre Haute
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Holcomb announces $121 million in matching grants for state rail projects
New competitive Local TRAX Rail Overpass Program due to make eliminate dangerous crossings
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Funds approved for two northside overpasses in Terre Haute
Friday, December 14, 2018
Lead poisoning present in dead Hammond swans
Friday, December 14, 2018
Stellar Community sights ahead: Greenfield, Fortville, Hancock County chosen
Team focused its regional plan on health, heritage and heart — preserving the historic components of the region while still adding new, modern amenities
Friday, December 14, 2018
EDITORIAL: Now's the time to raise teacher pay in Indiana
Friday, December 14, 2018
State incentives help keep FFA convention in Indianapolis through 2031
The event had an estimated economic impact of $39.8 million when it took place in Indianapolis in late October 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
Indiana Democrats to file teacher pay bills in 2019 General Assembly
Indiana ranks lowest in Midwest, 37th nationally for salaries
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Township trustee in Henry County pleads guilty to five counts of felony theft
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Could Gary lose both casino licenses?
Terre Haute state senator suggests relocating both of them a better bet for Indiana
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Latest trash-to-fuel project promises to invest $600 million and hire 160 in Gary
Similar biofuels plant outside Reno, Nevada that would become the first commercial waste-to-fuel biorefinery in the United States producing both diesel and jet fue
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Indiana teacher pay raises: What your lawmakers say they will, and won't, do
Lines are being drawn ahead of the 2019 General Assembly session on teacher pay
Thursday, December 13, 2018
EDITORIAL: Holcomb's legislative 2019 agenda a mixed bag
Thursday, December 13, 2018
IEDC reports another record-setting year in 2018 for job commitments
The average wages pledged for the jobs committed in 2018 is $26.86 an hour, about 25 percent above the state average wage, says IEDC
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Indiana Department of Child Services calls for boost in budget
Seeking $286 million more; foster parents not addressed
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Gary planning to reduce school class size, hire more teachers
Seven elementary schools got F's from recent state report card
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Terre Haute casino opponents gearing up again
Wabash Valley economists also dubious about city's odds
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Elkhart, city police police named in 2016 death civil suit
Claim department leaders interfered with an independent investigation of the incident
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Rising Sun casino owner doubles down on Terre Haute
But state approval will be 'a heavy lift,' says one gaming expert
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
COMMENTARY: Indiana holds economic data close to the vest

Ken Davidson, an adjunct scholar of the Indiana Policy Review Foundationand  publisher of the Northwest Indiana Gazette, is a lifelong resident of Hammond. This is excerpted from a larger paper in the winter issue of The Indiana Policy Review. His column appears in Indiana newspapers.

Over the course of the past three years, obtaining information on Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts has been made difficult and in some ways impossible. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Jeffersonville's arts and cultural district gets statewide designation
Joins those of Fishers and Terre Haute as 2018 Statewide Cultural Districts
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
NewAllen Alliance getting $4.5 million as Stellar Community
In September 2018 , eastern Allen County group submitted a 232-page written plan to the state that details a $64-million list of projects
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Six Huntingburg Stellar Communities projects are in the final stretch
City plans to seek other state funding to help with three leftover projects
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Fishers Nickel Plate District earns statewide arts, cultural designation
Is one of three Statewide Cultural Districts in Hamilton County
Monday, December 10, 2018
EDITORIAL: Is it time for the state to take over running the city of Gary?
Monday, December 10, 2018
As pass rates plummet, Indiana looks at changing its bar exam for new lawyers
Monday, December 10, 2018
Top Indiana teachers union tells governor that Hoosier educators need pay raises now
Average annual salary for a Hoosier teacher is $54,308, which is $10,625 less than the average salary paid to Illinois teachers and $5,352 below the national average
Monday, December 10, 2018
Richmond auto parts company plans to triple its workforce by 2022
Monday, December 10, 2018
First physical signs of Terre Haute's Turn to the River project expected in 2019
Plan to create a coherent, attractive path to connect the town’s two most famous landmarks — Wabash Avenue and the Wabash River.
Monday, December 10, 2018
OPINION: Unbalanced economic news
Eye on the pie
Monday, December 10, 2018
State Sen. Phil Boots wants to curtail 4-mile zoning reach of towns
Monday, December 10, 2018
State audit: Madison County inter-agency $81,000 check not deposited for one year
Monday, December 10, 2018
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
Holcomb falling short on two of his five 'big goals' for Indiana workforce development
His three other big goals for workforce development are on track toward being fulfilled, or, in one case, already has been exceeded
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
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
Help the Hellbender: "You don't really get do-overs with these things"
In Indiana, this slimy salamander is winning hearts and conservation efforts
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Career connection: Hoosier high school students getting them through internships
“Internships illustrate classroom relevance in the professional world,” says Indiana INTERNnet
Saturday, December 8, 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
EDITORIAL: Indiana AG should remain an elected official
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
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
Mayor Neese says he will seek independent review of Elkhart Police Department
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
EDITORIAL: Holcomb right to put stop to more toll roads in state
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
Pendleton juvenile inmates get chance to learn technology, business skills
Gov. Holcomb said The Last Mile is a life-changing program and helps the inmates through the first mile of the rest of their new lives
Wednesday, December 5, 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
OPINION: GM's layoffs are a warning to Indiana's workforce policies
Factory jobs are not coming back and manufacturing employment will be a much smaller share of US jobs in the future
Monday, December 3, 2018
COMMENTARY: Another academic study suggests the value of local newspapers
Monday, December 3, 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
Michigan's adult-use marijuana law takes effect Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
Here's what you need to know
Sunday, December 2, 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
Finding the big one: 2018 Hoosier hunters seeing plenty of deer activity
Since 1951, a total of 3.77 million deer have been harvested in Indiana
Saturday, December 1, 2018
New website offers free legal resources for qualified Indiana residents
Saturday, December 1, 2018
COMMENTARY: A 25-year-old political newcomer in 2019 Indiana Legislature
'I'm used used to being the only Asian person in the room,' says newly-elected Rep. Chris Chyung
Saturday, December 1, 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
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
Indiana Chamber creates workforce institute to help fill jobs
73 percent of survey respondents said they did not use the state's WorkOne employment system to find workers
Friday, November 30, 2018
State Rep. Eric Bassler, R-Washington, plans pitch to change time zones
Claims move to Central Standard Time would make it safer for students boarding school businesses in the mornings
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
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
Indiana state health panel sides against proposed South Bend abortion clinic
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
NWI lawmaker eyeing student homelessness, food insecurity as impediments to completing college
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
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
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
Elkhart Police chief Ed Windbigler serving a 30-day unpaid suspension
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
EDITORIAL: Cigarette-tax hike is an easy call
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
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
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
EDITORIAL: Indiana should join other states on hate crimes law
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
Indiana solar advocates stress net metering not dead
The couple attributes the lack of solar interest/awareness to what Indiana Senate Bill 309 changed in 2017
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
Infant deaths called 'window to the soul of what we care about' at Merrillville event
"Iif you can protect your most vulnerable, you can protect everyone else, too,” says Indiana Family and Social Services Administration secretary
Friday, November 23, 2018
COMMENTARY: Healthy kids are key to Indiana's future
Friday, November 23, 2018
Improving workforce quality is top legislative priority for Indiana Chamber
Wants all high school students to earn at least one career-technical education credit, such as a computer science course, as a graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2023
Thursday, November 22, 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
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






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