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Rental home market attractive to scammers ahead of the Indy 500

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, many Hoosiers are preparing their homes for visitors and listing rooms for rent on sites such as Airbnb and Craigslist. But with the money-making opportunity comes a greater risk of becoming the victim of potential scams. Indiana Attorney General […]

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Rev your engines: Traveling exhibit brings auto history to Hoosiers

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s automobile history is hitting the road with a new traveling exhibit that displays the influence of the industry throughout the years. The Indiana Historical Society’s “Auto Indiana” goes beyond the Indy 500 and shares the history of some of the 100 Indiana automakers and manufacturers such as Cord, […]

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Indy kicks off 500 festivities with mascot race

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – To start the greatest month in the city of Indianapolis, kids and adults gathered on Monument Circle to begin the countdown to the greatest spectacle in racing. “This has become, over the last few years, the official kick off for the month of May,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug […]

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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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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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Police, tourism industry to fight human trafficking during Indy 500

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The crime is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry worldwide, and experts say it will likely happen in Indianapolis during the Indy 500. “We pride ourselves on Hoosier hospitality, and that does not include anything about the commercial sex industry,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. According […]

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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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Exception to Sunday alcohol sales ban could be made for Indy 500

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — This year race fans might be able to take home a keepsake bottle of alcohol from the Indianapolis 500. Legislation allowing Sunday carryout sales during the 100th running of the race is headed to the governor’s desk for approval. Tuesday the bill passed the House 89-6. Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, […]

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Become the Official Poet of the Indy 500

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis 500 is calling on poets from all over the world to celebrate the 100th running of the race. Poets are being asked to submit an original poem for the chance to become the Official Poet of this year’s Indy 500. The contest was inspired by a 1920s tradition, […]

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