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Despite flat numbers, insiders says there's good news on the housing starts front in Central Indiana.

The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis says new building permits for the nine-county area remained steady last month compared to November 2014.

There were 4,760 single-family building permits issued in November 2015 compared with 4,759 in November of last year.

Some might argue that could indicate discouragement in the market, but BAGI CEO Steve Lains says the market typically sees a dip in permit numbers in late fall into winter.

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Indiana began the countdown to its 200th birthday Friday with the unveiling of the Bicentennial Torch, which will be used for a relay next year that will travel more than 23 hundred miles to all 92 counties.

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Indiana faith leaders will meet Friday with Syrian refugee families in Indianapolis.

Leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will gather with Syrian refugee families Friday night to send the message that they’re welcome in the Hoosier State.

The Syrian American Council organized the gathering.

Council spokesperson Omar Hossino says Governor Mike Pence was invited to attend Friday night’s meeting but has declined because of a scheduling conflict. However, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will attend the meeting.

State Could See Record-Breaking Warm Weather This Weekend

Dec 10, 2015
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Much of Indiana could see record-breaking temperatures over the next few days. Indianapolis-based National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Tucek says temperatures on Saturday could top 65 degrees--the record for that date back in 1991.

Tucek says high temperatures today through Sunday should remain in the low-to mid-60s.

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The City of Indianapolis is courting Hollywood.

Visit Indy, the Indy Chamber and the Central Indiana Community Foundation have launched a new two-year marketing project called "Film Indy,” with the goal of luring more television and film production to the Circle City.

The public-private partnership will position Indianapolis as a production-friendly city in an attempt to also boost exposure and tourism dollars for the region. Visit Indy spokesman Chris Gahl says there’s significant economic impact.

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