Pence tax cut traveling rough road thorough General Assembly
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence's road to passage of a signature item of his campaign has been a bumpy one as he learns how to work with the Legislature and works to overcome worries that road funding should be a higher priority.
Pence wants a $500 million cut in the personal income tax. Lawmakers say the economy is still fragile and that the state needs to restore money cut from roads and education under former Gov. Mitch Daniels.
The cut would put about $156 in the average taxpayer's pocket, but its political ramifications could be much greater.
Pence needs to establish himself as a strong executive to build his resume for a potential 2016 White House run. Local highway officials say they need more money to fix crumbling roads that anger constituents.
Indy piano competition carries a $50K prize, recording label
INDIANAPOLIS | An Indianapolis piano competition has increased its cash prize and is offering its winner a chance to record on a famed classical music label for the first time.
The American Pianists Association's Classical Fellowship Awards kicks off Monday and will feature five musicians ages 18 to 30. They'll compete for a $50,000 prize, up from $20,000 in 2009, and the opportunity to record on the Steinway & Sons classical music label.
Association artistic director Joel Harrison told the Indianapolis Business Journal the time was right to increase the cash prize.
"I didn't feel the money was commensurate with the level of talent we were getting," Harrison said. "These are the top American pianists of their age group."
The contest winner also will receive career assistance that can include travel for an international tour, the purchase of a new piano or other needs, Harrison said.
Cops feet run over by car as suspect flees roadside questioning
INDIANAPOLIS | Police say a suspect drove his car over an Indianapolis officer's feet while he was questioning him in connection with a noise complaint.
Department spokesman Michael Hewitt says the officer fired two shots at the car, striking its rear window as it sped away.
Police say the off-duty officer was investigating a complaint of noise from a car near a Kroger store on the city's near-north side and was writing the driver a ticket when the car took off and ran over the officer's feet.
A news release says the suspect called police when he got home. Officers came to his home and took him into custody, but didn't immediately arrest him.
Police say the officer had only minor injuries.
Capital city TV stations cash in on gun control debate
INDIANAPOLIS | Indianapolis television stations have made more than $300,000 by airing commercials in favor of gun control.
The Indianapolis Business Journal reports about $230,000 made by local TV stations in recent months came from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group. Another $100,000 was spent by the Virginia-based Americans for Prosperity on ads criticizing the economic and other effects of federal policies.
Mayor in the Indiana cities of Angola, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Gary, Muncie and South Bend belong to Bloomberg's coalition.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, did not join the group led by independent Bloomberg. Ballard's spokesman says the mayor prefers to stay out of federal legislation and focus on local issues.
Political battles can be a blessing for TV station budgets.
Signups for state's Komen breast cancer run down again
INDIANAPOLIS | Organizers of an annual Indianapolis fundraiser for breast-cancer charity say signups are down for the second consecutive year.
Last year's drop in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure run followed a move by national leaders to end funding to Planned Parenthood that was soon reversed.
Komen's central Indiana leader tells The Indianapolis Star that only about 17,400 people had signed up for the April 20 Race for the Cure, a 5K walk and run.
Earlier this week, Dana Curish said she had hoped for a turnout of about 26,000. Now she says it could be as low as 20,000, down from 37,000 in 2011 and 26,000 last year.
Curish says the organization had hoped signups would bounce back from 2012, but they haven't.