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Hundreds Join Indy Black Lives Matter Protest

Jul 11, 2016
Michelle Johnson

Organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday in Indianapolis called on white allies to stand with them in the fight for justice and police reforms.

The protest at the Statehouse was one of dozens around the nation after a week that included police killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, and a sniper attack that killed five white officers at a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas, Texas.

Since it began three years ago, after the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin three years ago, white people have joined the movement in increasing numbers.

Brandon Smith

Hundreds of America’s mayors are in Indiana this weekend for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual conference.

They’re calling for Congress and the presidential candidates to support the nation’s cities.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake leads the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Kicking off the group’s annual meeting, she emphasized the importance of metropolitan hubs to the nation’s economy.

A Silicon Valley tech company is relocating to Carmel, in what state officials are touting as a win for Indiana's business-friendly climate.

 

San Mateo, Calif.-based Determine uses cloud technology to help companies store and manage contract data from start to finish. Its clients include AOL, Kellogg's and Sony Music Entertainment.

 

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Indiana’s largest cities and towns—especially around Indianapolis—continue to see a surge in population. A new study of 2015 census data from the Indiana Business Research Center at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business say Indy-area communities dominate a list of the state’s fastest-growing places.

Matt Kinghorn, demographer at the IBRC, says that’s nothing new.

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The American College of Sports Medicine's annual American Fitness Index is out, and while Indianapolis lands in last place again… it’s not all bad news.

The index, now in its 9th year, ranks 50 U.S. cities based on factors such as spending on parks and recreation, obesity and smoking rates and diet.

The fitness report measures the fifty largest metropolitan statistical areas, nationwide.

Conservative Groups Hope To Use RFRA To Quash Four Cities' LGBT Protections

Feb 3, 2016
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Four Indiana cities are facing a lawsuit challenging LGBT protections in their human rights ordinances.

The complaint alleges the local laws in Bloomington, Columbus, Indianapolis and Carmel violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act lawmakers passed last year.

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop says the city stands behind its human rights ordinance.  

“The people that are suing us, they didn’t tell us, they told the newspaper, so I think it gives you a little bit of insight of what their motives are, but nonetheless, we intend to defend ourselves,” Lienhoop says.

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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.

USDOT To Assess Indianapolis' Transportation Efficiency

Oct 29, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Transportation is gathering input in Indianapolis for a 30-year assessment of urban transit needs.

Indy is one of 11 stops on a tour by Transportation Department officials who are assembling the department's "Beyond Traffic 2045" report. The department says a growing population and an increasing number of cargo shipments mean the nation needs a long-term plan for increasing capacity, creating transit options for low-income Americans, and paying for it all.

Appeals Court Rules Indy Smoking Ban Unconstitutional

Jun 25, 2015
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The state Court of Appeals says part of Indianapolis‘s smoking ban is unconstitutional. A unanimous three-judge panel ruled the city could not ban smoking at bars and restaurants and at the same time exempt the Winner‘s Circle off-track betting facility, which has a bar and restaurant.

The reasoning was virtually the same as last year‘s ruling from the state Supreme Court that struck down Evansville’s smoking ban, since its only exemption was for the city‘s riverboat casino.

Central Indiana Leads Country In Gas Price Declines

Jun 23, 2015
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Central Indiana may have been the best place in the country to find gas savings last week.

Gas prices rocketed to almost $3.00 a gallon in the beginning of the week, but dropped as much as 27 cents in parts of the state.

Kokomo had the largest price drop in gas in the nation, and Indianapolis had the eight-largest decrease, according to Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com

Prices initially rose because of offline refineries in the Midwest but DeHaan says those refineries are now up-and-running again.

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