Indiana is the second state in the nation to use a prison inmate coding program that has drawn praise from the likes of the Obama administration and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg. The Last Mile founder Chris Redlitz says, while many states approached the California-based organization, he believes Indiana truly "understood our mission." The program offers coding classes to inmates as well as mentorship and job placement services after their release. 

Sun King to announce Fishers Brewery: Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing Co. will Tuesday announce details regarding a new brewery in Fishers. The facility will add to Sun King's current brewery in Indy and its small batch brewery and tap room in Fishers.

New nonstops for South Bend, Fort Wayne: New nonstop flights are coming this summer to South Bend and Fort Wayne. American Airlines has announced plans to restart operations at the South Bend International Airport with twice-daily flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airline is also adding daily nonstop service between Fort Wayne International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

Indiana Conference For Women names executive director: The Indiana Conference for Women Board of Directors has named its first executive director. Marie Davis, who previously served as director of communications strategy for Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, will take on the newly-created role.

Regional cities investments progress in 'Great Southwest': The Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana says the state's Regional Cities Initiative has generated a combined $551 million investment throughout four counties so far. Since receiving the designation in late 2015, 11 quality-of-life-boosting proposals from Indiana's Great Southwest have received approval. The projects, the organizations say, will help make the region "a magnet for talent."

Delta tacking on Seattle nonstop: A second daily, nonstop flight to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is coming to the Indianapolis International Airport. The Delta Air Lines route, expected to begin June 18, adds to existing service to the Pacific Northwest city by Alaska Airlines. IND flies nonstop to 51 destinations -- a record -- including two added by Allegiant earlier this month to Charleston, South Carolina and Sarasota, Florida.

Toyota production increases in Princeton: Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) says production at its Princeton plant topped 412,000 in 2017, slightly up from the previous year. In September, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. marked its five millionth vehicle produced.

Notre Dame at head of $26M computer collaboration: A new, $26 million research center focusing on advancing computing technologies will be led by the University of Notre Dame. ASCENT, which stands for the Applications and Systems-driven Center for Energy-Efficient integrated Nano Technologies, will involve 20 faculty members representing more than a dozen research universities throughout the country, including Notre Dame and Purdue University.

Purdue to lead $27M autonomous intelligence center: Purdue University is set to lead a five-year, $27 million project aimed at developing brain-inspired computing for intelligent autonomous systems such as drones and personal robots. The university says the goal is to have these systems operating without human intervention.

IU effort sets sights on Orange County: Indiana University's Center for Rural Engagement will partner with Orange County for its second Sustaining Hoosier Communities project. Through the collaboration, more than 500 students in 15 courses will take part in work on economic, health and quality of life projects in the southwest central Indiana county throughout the academic year. Planned efforts include a community wellness initiative, an incubator kitchen and a youth artisan apprenticeship program.

Hoosier Racing Tire's Newton passes away: Lakeville-based Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. co-founder Joyce Newton has passed away. Newton, who founded the company in 1957 with her husband Bob, was also a prominent community leader in the St. Joseph County community. Newton was 85.

Former Earlham president dies: The former president of Earlham College has died. Landrum Bolling, who led the Richmond campus from 1958 to 1973, was also a renowned scholar on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and served as a primary channel of communication between the White House and Yasser Arafat during President Jimmy Carter's administration. He was 104.

Sony DADC to lay off 375 in Terre Haute: Sony DADC has announced plans to lay off 375 workers at its Terre Haute facility. In a notice to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the company says the layoffs are due to its decision to outsource the music and video manufacturing operations at the facility.

Schneider Electric plans 60-plus layoffs in Peru: France-based Schneider Electric has announced plans for another round of layoffs at its Peru facility. In a notice filed with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the company said more than 60 employees will be out of work beginning in mid-March. 

Indiana graduation rate declines: The 2017 state high school graduation figures came in lower than the previous year. The Indiana Department of Education says the waiver graduation rate was 87.2 percent, while the non-waiver rate was 80.1 percent, compared to 89.1 percent and 82.4 percent in 2016.

INDYCAR touts growth, new aero kit: The chief executive officer of INDYCAR parent Hulman and Co. says the Verizon IndyCar Series expects continued growth heading into the 2018 season. Speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mark Miles touted a rise in live attendance and television viewership in addition to beginning the official public debut of INDYCAR'S new universal aero kit.

Notre Dame opens new Duncan Student Center: The University of Notre Dame Monday celebrated the opening of the new Duncan Student Center. The nine-story facility, which is part of the $400 million Campus Crossroads project at Notre Dame Stadium, includes student dining options, recreational sports facilities and a 500-seat student ballroom.

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