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  • Farm bill could pave way for hemp in Indiana: ‘Biggest thing to happen to agriculture in Indiana in my lifetime’

    Farm fields across the state may soon look a bit different: Hemp is on the horizon in Indiana. After years of hemming and hawing over the prospect of expanding hemp production to Indiana — and years of not doing anything about it — politicians, farmers and experts all expect 2019 to be the year that marijuana’s non-psychedelic cousin finally gets the green light, according to the IndyStar. That’s because of the federal 2018 Farm Bill, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by […]

  • Freebies and deals offered for Indy government workers impacted by shutdown

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– With the government shutdown still going on with no clear end in sight, Hoosiers are stepping up to help out workers who are furloughed or not getting paid. If you need a haircut, a meal or even financial advice, help is available. If you need a distraction for the family or a day out that won’t break the bank, options are available for that as well. Here are some freebies and options for affected workers with help from our […]

  • New subscription service brings Indy specialty coffee straight to your door

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — For Zach Guthrie and Stephanie Poppe, 2019 is off to a strong start. On Jan. 1, the Indianapolis couple made their business official, filing the LLC for Indy Coffee Box. “I woke up, and wanted to do it first thing,” Guthrie said. “It was a way to take control of the new year.” Indy Coffee Box is a coffee subscription company that showcases Indianapolis-area roasters. Each month, subscribers receive 12 or 24 ounces of specialty coffee beans, […]

  • Indy man won’t be charged for killing intruder; burglary suspects to face murder charges

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Prosecutors in Marion County have decided a man who killed a burglar during a home break-in will not face criminal charges. The shooting is protected by Indiana’s self-defense statute, commonly referred to as the state’s stand-your-ground law. The shooter is the son of the homeowner and was being asked to protect the property.  Prosecutors say the shooting appears to be a justifiable case of self-defense. The incident began when a 59-year-old woman reported a burglary at a home […]

  • New Indy gym combines rock climbing and beer – what more could you want?

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The area near the north end of Mass Ave. will soon have a one-stop shop for all of your rock-climbing, socializing and eating needs. Oh, and beer-drinking. The concept of North Mass Boulder, 1409 Roosevelt Ave., draws inspiration from similar gyms Seattle Bouldering Project and Austin Bouldering Project. “What we find with millennials is that they want to get a workout in and have a beer and socialize, but they don’t have time to do both,” CEO Elliott Steward said. “What we’re offering is […]

  • Enjoy sausage, hand-pattied burgers and craft beer at this new Mass Ave. spot

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Mass Ave. and Delaware Street crossroads becomes a trifecta of tacos, fried chicken and burgers when the owners of Bakersfield (tacos) and The Eagle (fried chicken) unveil their burger, sausage and canned craft beer place Krueger’s Tavern. After a weekend of private tasting events, Krueger’s opens at 4 p.m. Jan. 14 at 323 N. Delaware St. we’ve yet to sample the food, but got a peek a some of the menu during a pre-opening staff meeting. The 150-seat Krueger’s specializes in ground meats, […]

  • Utilities to clean up toxic groundwater sites in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Utilities across the country — including in Indiana — admitted late last year that they violated state and federal pollution standards by leaking dangerous levels of toxic chemicals from their coal ash ponds into nearby groundwater. The admissions are expected to lead to the eventual clean-up of toxic sites around the nation, although the Donald Trump administration has extended the clean-up timeline, allowing the pits to keep spewing dangerous chemicals for nearly two more years. In Indiana, which leads the […]

  • Legislation making it easier to remove state officials from their jobs filed by lawmaker who accused Curtis Hill

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indiana Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, one of four women who have accused Attorney General Curtis Hill of inappropriately touching them in March, has filed legislation that could impact Hill’s future, making it easier for him and other state officeholders to be removed from their jobs, according to our newsgathering partners at the IndyStar. The Munster Democrat didn’t mention Hill in her news release announcing the legislation, but the bills could directly impact him or similar sexual harassment allegations in […]

  • Your dog or cat can donate blood to help save lives

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — When a dog is hit by a car, contracts fleas or gets into rat bait, it needs blood just like a human. Unfortunately, there’s a national shortage. “Every day we receive calls from hospitals all over the country in need of blood products, but we have no blood to spare,” Dr. Kelly Robertson, department head of the IndyVet Blood Donation Center, said. “Hospitals are waiting four to six weeks before we can send them any blood.” Here are the […]

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    IMPD staffing evens out in 2018 with 110 hires, departures

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department did not grow in 2018. That is a remarkable, if not entirely shocking, reality for a department that has been struggling to hire and retain officers. It ensures police staffing will be one of the most important — and politically notable — city government stories to watch this year. IMPD’s staffing numbers have been disappointing for months. As recently as Dec. 18, the city presented “year-end” figures to media that projected IMPD would […]