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Economic rebirth in Indiana downtowns can be a two-way street – literally.

Hoosier cities are spending millions to convert one-way main streets into two-way arteries.

The change can help boost the local economy, but it can also be hard on small businesses, like the one John von Erdmansdorff runs in West Lafayette.

Von Erdmansdorff is a local legend who’s spent almost 50 years selling all kinds of treasures out of his row of stores, Von’s Shops, on State Street.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg To Run For DNC Chair

Jan 5, 2017
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended weeks of speculation when he announced in a video Thursday he’ll run for Democratic National Committee chair.

“Right now, as Democrats, we’re at our lowest level of national, state and local influence in nearly a century,” Buttigieg says in the announcement. “It’s time to make a new plan for our future.”

 

The federal government has agreed to take land into trust in South Bend for Michiana’s Native American tribe.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians plans to use its newly restored homeland for a tribal housing and government complex, and a $400 million hotel and casino.

At this weekend's U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, leaders from cities big and small are brainstorming ways to collaborate on economic growth, rather than competing.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says that approach is already catching on in Indiana.

Outside a session with the mayors of Boston and New York, Buttigieg said his city of 100,000 is just big enough to have all the problems of a major metro area:

 

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Indiana and the city of South Bend are wading into a redistricting case set for oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The justices will decide whether states can draw legislative districts based on the number of registered voters, rather than the total population. Two Texans are suing their state government, arguing the principle of "one man, one vote" is diluted by counting people who can't vote.

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Fellow Democrats and LGBT leaders are heaping praise on South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as he became Tuesday what’s believed to be Indiana’s first openly-gay mayor.

In an essay published in the South Bend Tribune, Buttigieg, who’s been mayor since 2012, announced he is gay, saying that while he’s “instinctively private” about such things, he realized being more open about it, in his words, “could do some good.” 

IACT Staying Neutral In Common Construction Wage Debate

Mar 2, 2015
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Supporters of the move to repeal Indiana‘s common construction wage say it would save cities and schools money as they try to squeeze building projects into their budgets.

But local governments are divided on whether repeal is a good idea.

Indiana Association of Cities and Towns executive director Matt Greller says IACT‘s informal survey of its members found them split almost evenly.

South Bend Mayor Returns After Service In Afghanistan

Oct 8, 2014
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is back to work after a deployment to Afghanistan.

Buttigieg served six months with the Afghan Threat Finance Cell, which is a counter-terrorism unit specializing in the link with narcotics funding and the insurgency.

Buttigieg says he took a week off before resuming his duties as Mayor.

He says the transition is a big one, since he served as a junior officer trying to take care of his commander and worrying about "very different things than I worry about here."

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State Senator Jim Banks, a Naval Reserve officer, will become the first state lawmaker to use a provision in Indiana law to take a temporary leave of absence when he is deployed to Afghanistan this fall.