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Business and political leaders in the Indianapolis-area announced Monday that the city will make a proposal for Amazon’s next headquarters. The group has 30 days to submit their proposal to the tech giant.

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett made the announcement alongside Scott Fadness, mayor of Indy suburb Fishers. The bid to lure the Amazon headquarters to Indiana will be a region-wide effort, including nine counties.

UPDATE: Indianapolis officials have since announced their plans to formally bid for the Amazon project. Read the story here

State officials won’t say if Indianapolis will join the race to house Amazon’s next headquarters. And despite the Hoosier capital’s push to become a tech hub, analysts say the it may face an uphill battle if it opts to bid on the massive project.

Indiana’s battle to collect online sales tax from businesses that don’t have a physical presence in the state will more likely play out in Congress than in the courts, says one economist.

Indiana does collect sales tax from companies such as Amazon, which has seven distribution centers across five counties.

But the state also wants to tax online retailers including Wayfair and Overstock, which don’t – but still earn more than $100,000 a year from Hoosiers.

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A new West Lafayette law could extensively regulate private and commercial drone-flying in the city limits.

The West Lafayette city council is set to hear an ordinance this evening that places new flight rules on drones, such as keeping the aircraft within the pilot’s line of sight at all times and prohibiting flying more than 50 feet in the air.

Amazon Expects More Cyber Monday Shoppers This Year

Nov 30, 2015
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Cyber Monday means a burst of activity at Amazon's four Indiana shipping centers.

With fulfillment centers in Indianapolis, Whitestown, Plainfield and Jeffersonville, Indy is one of 16 metro areas where Amazon Prime customers have the option of requesting delivery within an hour of placing their order.

Spokeswoman Lyn Hart traveled to Whitestown for what she says will be the online retailer's busiest day of the year.

“It’s really steady throughout the day because customers can expect to find deals very frequently,” Hart says. “They can shop throughout the day.”

Amazon Planning To Add 2,100 More Indiana Jobs

Jul 15, 2015
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The online retailer Amazon is looking to hire more than 2,000 Hoosiers for full-time jobs in its warehouses. Amazon spokeswoman Nina Lindsey says the company will host job fairs across the state to find candidates.

"We’re looking for candidates that are 18 year of age or older, have a high school degree or equivalent, and for many of these job fairs that we’re hosting throughout the area, they just need to bring a proof of education and a form of identification," Lindsey says.

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There was a brief moment at the ribbon-cutting for the new Amazon pickup location that spoke to the debate surrounding it.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who’d been handed one of those oversized pairs of scissors used only for such an occasion, found that though the space behind him was cutting edge, his scissors were not – he tried repeatedly to slice the ribbon, was met with little success and almost gave up.

“Ok, it’s off…seemed like a good idea,” Daniels joked to the crowd.

Purdue University

This month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels is all about relationships.

We ask Purdue’s president how the school’s relationship with minority students is developing as Purdue plans to enlarge its incoming classes and diversify the school.

We also talk about the relationship Daniels has with the head of the National Association of Manufacturers, who had some pointed words for the Obama Administration in a recent speech on campus

Also on this month's program, we address Mitch Daniels’ relationships with a couple people already on campus, as well.

Purdue University

Some questions for this month's talk, which can be heard in its entirety from 12:00-12:30 and 6:00-6:30 on WBAA News Wednesday:

You responded Monday to the IPFW faculty senate about comments you made about whether research should be done at regional campuses. What prompted you to respond?

How do you see campuses like IPFW and IUPUI playing into Purdue’s research mission going forward?

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At least one West Lafayette textbook retailer says he’s not happy with Wednesday’s announcement of an agreement between Purdue University and Amazon.com.

Tom Frey runs University Bookstore, which sits across the street from the Purdue Memorial Union, but isn’t the school’s official textbook retailer. In the spring, Amazon will open a physical storefront in the Union.

Frey says it’s the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between the internet company and the National Association of College Stores, of which he’s a member.

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