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6:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Tourism Offices Looking For More Local, State Funding

Local tourism officials want to coax people to visit the wolves at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, but say they need more cash to advertise their area's offerings.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The Executive Director of the Indiana Tourism Association, Carrie Lambert, visited the Lafayette Area Friday while on a statewide tour of local tourism bureaus.

WBAA's Stan Jastrzebski met with Lambert and with Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette President Jo Wade at Wolf Park in Battle Ground to talk about what the local tourism push is doing well and what hurdles it faces from state and local leaders.

In a word: money.

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Business
2:59 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In May

Despite the unemployment rate staying steady, one economist says job seekers are more optimistic in recent weeks.
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Indiana’s unemployment rate in May failed to drop for the first time in nine months, holding steady at 5.7-percent. 

Indiana’s private sector added 48 hundred jobs last month, yet the unemployment rate remained unchanged. 

The Department of Workforce Development says that’s because the state’s labor force increased, with about two thousand unemployed Hoosiers actively resuming the job hunt. 

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Business
5:17 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Chilled Beer Sales Likely To Continue Getting The Cold Shoulder From Lawmakers

Groups pushing for universal cold beer sales were dealt a blow this week when a judge ruled the state had the right to keep its restrictions in place.
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Groups pushing Indiana to allow cold beer sales in convenience stores likely face a tough road in the state legislature. 

A federal judge this week ruled against convenience store owners in their lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on cold beer sales by non-liquor stores. 

In a statement, Attorney General Greg Zoeller noted that the proper place for debating the issue is the legislature. 

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Business
3:12 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Purdue Airport Plans Expansion, But Not Regular Commercial Flights

A small plane lands at the Purdue Airport, which will continue mostly serving planes this size, even if planned expansions come to fruition.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Purdue Airport officials say despite a plan to expand the facility’s two runways, travelers shouldn’t expect regular commercial air service to West Lafayette any time soon.

Airport Director Betty Stansbury says the demand for flights isn’t likely to meet airlines’ needs, even if improvements are made. She says the runways are capable of handling those flights now, but the airport has a reputation for not being able to keep client airlines…

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Business
7:42 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Amazon begins collecting IN sales tax

Hoosiers shopping on Amazon.com are now being charged sales taxes on their purchases. The online retailer’s new policy is part of a settlement it made with Indiana back in 2012.

The Indiana-based mall operator Simon Property Group sued Indiana in 2011, saying it was giving Amazon an unequal business advantage by not requiring it to charge sales tax.

Amazon doesn’t collect sales tax in most states. State Budget Director Brian Bailey says the difference between those states and Indiana is that Amazon has four distribution centers here.

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