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A downtrodden portion of Indianapolis has been granted more than $8 million from the Obama Administration for revitalization.

The Circle City’s near-eastside neighborhood – just east of downtown – is one of eight areas designated by the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture as “Promise Zones.” Also on the list are parts of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sacramento, California and St. Louis County, Missouri.

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Indianapolis has become one of a handful of cities to adopt a so-called Homeless Bill of Rights.

By a vote of 16-13, the Indianapolis-Marion County Council narrowly adopted the ordinance Monday night. 

Modeled after similar laws in Illinois and Rhode Island, it spells out certain rights for homeless people, including the right to move freely in public places, the right to emergency medical care, the right to vote and the right to equal treatment by city agencies. 

Bill Shaw

Former U-S Attorney Joe Hogsett says he plans to file the necessary paperwork to form an exploratory committee for a possible run as mayor of Indianapolis.

Speaking with Inside Indiana Business, Hogsett says there was a lot he wasn‘t able to do over the last four years as U-S Attorney, including discussing political matters.

Now that he‘s left the U-S Attorney‘s office and has begun work at the law firm Bose, McKinney and Evans, Hogsett says he hopes to talk with a wide variety of people over the coming weeks and months.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Crawfordsville’s mayor says he believes Amtrak’s Hoosier State rail line will cease operation in October unless the state – not just the cities along the route – kicks in more money.

Car sharing coming to Indianapolis

Jun 10, 2013

Next spring, those traveling around Indianapolis will have a new transportation option. French company Bollore is starting an electric car share program in the city.

Users will pay a monthly fee and a per trip service rate, which have not been determined yet. In Paris, monthly membership is $16 and it costs about $4.50 for a 20 minute trip.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard believes the program will help create a more vibrant downtown and attract new people to the area. He says it could mean residents put off buying a car or second car.

New security measures in place for Indy mini-marathon

Apr 30, 2013

Some changes in security procedures will be in effect Saturday for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon in Indianapolis.

The changes come in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Festival spokesperson Megan Bulla says, in addition to increased security personnel on site, organizers are asking people to not bring backpacks to the event.

She says if you want to check a bag at the gear check station, the 500 Festival is asking that you use the white plastic bag that was given out to each runner at the Mini Marathon expo.

Indy Getting Early Praise as SB XLVI Host

Feb 2, 2012

The co-chairman of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Media Relations Committee says he is pleased with how the city has handled the event so far, but says there is still work to be done.

Bill Benner says there is a special ‘buzz’ around the area which started late last week.

He says that kind of excitement leading up to Sunday’s game already gives Indianapolis an edge over last year’s Super Bowl host, Dallas.  Benner believes Indy has done a better job than Dallas in engaging fans with events prior to the game.