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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton says negotiations on the expansion started around the first of the year and seemed all-or-nothing in nature.

Barton says if Crawfordsville hadn’t landed the additional jobs, it was likely the plant would have closed entirely as Penguin Random House streamlines its operation.

The company now has two national distribution centers. The other is in Maryland.

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Indiana will recoup nearly 40-percent of the money it lost this year in a dispute over a 1990s tobacco settlement. 

That’s money used to help fund tobacco cessation programs, community health centers and the state’s children’s health insurance program.

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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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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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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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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…

Amazon begins collecting IN sales tax

Jan 3, 2014

Hoosiers shopping on 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.

IN electricity rate and use forecast

Dec 31, 2013

Electricity rates are expected to increase more than 30% by 2023, but demand is predicted to be largely stagnant. That’s according to a State Utility Forecasting Group report released Monday.

The rate increases predicted over the next decade are being attributed largely to the investments energy companies must make to meet new environmental standards such as caps on mercury emissions.

Travelers at the Indianapolis International Airport can opt into a new program starting Wednesday to bypass some of the hassles involved with airport security.

Those who opt into the Transportation Security Administration’s pre-check program must undergo a background check. Once in the program, travelers can leave their shoes, belts, and jackets on, and don’t have to pull out laptops and liquids from their bags while going through airport security.

Less than a month after announcing a weekend MBA program for STEM Professionals, Purdue’s Krannert School of Management is announcing another.

Dean Chris Earley says it’s the same offering but in a different format. The MBA for STEM professionals on campus begins next year, while the weekend program kicks off in Chicago a year later.

Downtown Lafayette hosts Small Business Saturday

Nov 26, 2013
Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette

Merchants in downtown Lafayette want holiday shoppers to know they have something to offer.

The shops are celebrating Small Business Saturday this weekend. It’s designed to draw customers to mom-and-pop stores on Main Streets across America.

Diane Gee owns Grateful Heart Gallery and Gifts. She says while she and her neighboring storeowners don’t have everything, they have something unique.

"Growing Ag Leaders" pilot program includes IN

Nov 19, 2013

According to a U.S Department of Agriculture report, roughly 25,000 agriculture jobs go unfilled each year.

To address the issue, Monsanto and the National F.F.A. are partnering to encourage more students pursuing a degree in the field.

Most of Indiana is part of their scholarship pilot program, including Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

Human resources representatives of Greater Lafayette companies are working to attract and retain young professionals.

They were part of a daylong discussion on the topic sponsored by Tippy Connect, Purdue and Greater Lafayette Commerce.

One issue they’re dealing with is what’s available for young professionals to do outside of work.

Tippy Connect president Brianne Keyes says she was not surprised by any of the points brought up, but she thinks executives learned quite a bit.

Relationships to Partnerships event at Purdue

Nov 11, 2013

Purdue is hosting its annual Relationships to Partnerships event Friday, Nov. 15.

It’s designed to help minority and women business owners connect with other companies throughout Indiana.

The university’s Office of Supplier Diversity Development cosponsors the daylong conference. Director Jesse Moore says bringing so many different businesses together benefits everyone involved.

IN Sheep and Wool checkoff program

Nov 11, 2013
Purdue Extension

The sale of wool or sheep in Indiana will have a special assessment tacked on to it beginning next month.

Members of the industry approved the checkoff program this summer after a petition initiated the process last year. The 0.5% assessment for each transaction is expected to raise $30,000-$40,000 annually.

Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Office of Agricultural Research at Purdue (ARP), administered the check-off process. ARP is within the College of Agriculture.

He says funds may be used for promotion, consumer and producer education, and research.