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Racing to a victory: Indy sees tourism spike for 500

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — When the green flag drops at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, there will be 350,000 race fans to witness the 100th running of the Indy 500. For Dillon Kaller, 24, it’s surreal to experience the Indy 500 festivities in person for the first time. Although Kaller is from […]

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A rainy start for the Statehouse Market

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Mother nature decide to rain on the Statehouse Market’s opening day as food trucks and market vendors lined up at their temporary location along the Indiana State Museum lawn due to construction on Senate Avenue. The goal of the Statehouse Market is to promote healthier eating habits as well […]

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Sellout means Indy 500 will air live

Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be a monumental day in history. But Wednesday, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials made it even more historical by making the decision to lift the 65-year TV blackout for Sunday’s race. This year’s running of the Indianapolis 500 will be telecast live in […]

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Modern Indiana love stories are beautiful, but expensive

By Chelsea Howell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — On November 22, 1956, high school sweethearts by the name of Marvin Sweeney and Valerie Jordan walked down the aisle and made one of the biggest commitments of their young lives to each other. Marvin, a recent Purdue University graduate, was nervous, but excited. For more than four years, […]

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A walk and talk in the woods

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A walk and talk in the woods

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The words of Pulitzer-winning, Mary Oliver painted the scenery at the Oliver woods reserve as event goers sat around the fire behind the chipped-white house. At the entrance of the park on Indianapolis’s far north side rush-hour traffic created a buzz in the sticky-humid Indiana day.  People have gathered […]

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Runner’s death influences research and college cross country teams

By Deron Molen TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s Note: Deron Molen was a member of that 2013 Franklin College cross country team and was at the 2013 Sodexo Grizzly Invitational when Jenna collapsed. EDINBURGH, Ind. — Four hundred meters. Only four hundred meters stand between Jenna Parlette and her first collegiate cross country victory. It’s the first race of […]

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Taking flight: Indiana’s role in the future of space exploration

By Ian Mullen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is a quiet contributor to the aerospace industry, but as the landscape becomes worldwide, the state has a choice to make. “What people don’t realize is how much of the space program actually does come from Indiana,” said Dan Dumbacher, professor of practice at Purdue University’s School of […]

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Former L.S. Ayres employees to reunite at appreciation day

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been over 20 years since L.S. Ayres closed its doors, and the Indiana Historical Society is giving former employees the chance to reconnect. On Friday, May 20, Indiana Historical Society is holding an Ayres Appreciation Day at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center and is offering free […]

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Newly revealed panoramic photos of the first Indy 500

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— To mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the Indiana Historical Society is sharing panoramic photographs from the first race. The four photos were taken by Charles F. Bretzman, the race’s first official photographer, at the inaugural running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 30, 1911. “He […]

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The Indy 500 is a sell-out and that’s good for state’s economy

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time in years, the Indy 500 is sold out. Indianapolis Motor Speedway leadership made the announcement on the steps of the Statehouse alongside Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Friday. “When people ask ‘What’s the race going to be like this year?’ I […]

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