ndiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar believes a bill that would force Amazon.com Inc. and other Internet-only retailers to begin collecting state sales tax in July is still alive, despite opposition in the Indiana Senate. The House overwhelmingly passed the measure in February, which would require Amazon to begin collecting the tax six months earlier than outlined in a deal struck with former Gov. Mitch Daniels. It faces opposition in the Senate, where Sen. Luke Kenley has stated there will not be a vote because of concerns about breaking the previous deal.
Scotty's Brewhouse Closes Indianapolis Location
Scotty's Brewhouse has closed a restaurant in the Indianapolis metro area approximately nine months after it opened. The company says the move was a "mutual decision" with the location's owner, MSCB Group LLC, which has announced plans to replace it with a different franchise.
Underperforming Schools Receive Grants
The United Way of Central Indiana is awarding a total of nearly $750,000 in grants to three underperforming schools in the region. The funding will support programs including English language learning, special education and ISTEP preparation.
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana Names New Leader
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC in Greensburg has selected Bob Nelson to be its next president. He previously served as the company's senior vice president. Nelson succeeds Jun Nishimoto, who will become general manager of a unit in Japan.
Holiday World Earns More National Honors
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari has received a pair of national awards. The Santa Claus-based attraction was mentioned among the 2013 Travel Award winners by FamilyFun magazine, and the "Mammoth" watercoaster was named Best New Water Park Ride by an About.com reader poll.
Indy Company Announces Layoffs
A Fort Wayne-based consulting firm is planning to let go dozens of employees in Indianapolis. In a notice to the state, Briljent LLC says the move could affect up to 130 workers.
500 Festival Mini-Marathon Sells Out Again
The 500 Festival says the OneAmerica Mini-Marathon has sold out for the 12th straight year. The organization says approximately 35,000 people from 48 states and 13 countries have registered for the event.
Historic Church Set to be Razed
A more than century-old church in LaPorte is set to be demolished. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report work to tear down St. Paul's United Church of Christ could begin by the end of the month.
Columbus to Host Job Fair
Approximately 60 employers are set to participate in a job fair in Columbus this week. Organizers say all of the participants have immediate openings they are looking to fill.
Airport Honored For Air Cargo
The Indianapolis International Airport has received an "Award of Excellence" from Air Cargo World. The facility says air cargo is a "vital source of revenue" for the airport.
Evansville Energy Company Updates Project
Evansville-based Imperial Petroleum Inc. says development of a mine in Kentucky is progressing despite weather delays. The Stampede Mine is expected to recover approximately 1,000 barrels of oil per day once complete.
Heart Researcher to Headline IUPUI Event
An IUPUI researcher, studying drugs that could prompt a damaged human heart to repair itself, will deliver the keynote address at the school's Research Day this week. Loren Field will headline the event showcasing student and faculty research.
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