Friday, May 24 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:44:52 GMT
Andretti Autosport has five cars in the top nine in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Any of them could win the race. The team has already won three out of four INDYCAR races this season. One of the AndrettiMore >>
I'm picking Marco to finally add another win to the Andretti legacy at Indianapolis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:32:12 GMT
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used. Friday's Memorial Day service is one of many events that takes place on MonumentMore >>
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:15:26 GMT
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500. With four women in the field, this year ties the record for the most female drivers in the big race. The rumbleMore >>
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:58:56 GMT
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night. Richard Allen Moore died after he was struck by IMPD Ofc. Jason Rauch atMore >>
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:49 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:49:53 GMT
St. Vincent Health's restructuring announcement this week did not come as a surprise. The 22-hospital system currently employs more than 3,000 physicians and 16,000 other employees. St. Vincent CEO VincentMore >>
The St. Vincent announcement is really the latest installment by hospitals trying to deal with the uncertainty to come.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:30:44 GMT
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe. The eyes are on the cars, the part and the people at IMS. This year, more than everMore >>
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:34 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:34:50 GMT
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night. Now the Pacers are looking for a split on the road in MiamiMore >>
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:47:38 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
It's far from the city's biggest convention, but Visit Indy considers it one of the most important.
This week Indianapolis is hosting the Society of American Travel Writers, having beat out several other locales, including the Caribbean.
At 250 people, it's a relatively small group. But they have the potential to reach millions of tourists through their travel pieces and Visit Indy is making sure they leave with a good impression.
The group is being wined and dined and given guided tours of the city's best known attractions and its least known. Some of the destinations include the Trader's Point Creamery, a tour of the catacombs at City Market, the chance to canoe the White River and tour Gilchrist and Soames, which makes luxury lotions, soaps and other toiletries.
Getting them here was a bit of a push with England, New Zealand and Switzerland the site of previous conventions.
As Spud Hilton, with the San Francisco Chronicle said, "When I told people I was coming here for a convention, a lot of them said, 'Really, Indianapolis? I mean, you know...and I said I'd read a lot of good things about it and wanted to check it out."
Hilton and others said they've found a lot of things to like about the Circle City, like all the outdoor activities and "the new things going on (downtown) as well as the history and culture that continues despite the renovation."
Annette Thompson is a freelancer based in Alabama.
"I'm in love with the town!" she said. "I've had a few opportunities to wander around. I went over to White River State Park and ran through the Cultural district and downtown and it makes me want to come back and do more."
Betsa Marsh, president of the SATW, said, "I love the quirky stuff and there's so much of it."
She mentioned the "chocolate massage" at a local spa, the Slippery Noodle and the city's history with gangster John Dillinger and writer, Kurt Vonnegut.
Anne Banas, with Smarter Travel, said, "One of the things I love is food." She said she was impressed with the number of independent, locally-owned restaurants and how many are embracing the slow-food and farm-to-table movement.
"When people travel one of the first things they care about is food," She said. "They want to go to great restaurants and see local wineries or farms."
While the writers found plenty to enjoy here, they also said to make the transition from convention city to tourist destination, Indianapolis has to a bit more.
"You could use a stronger counter-culture type of neighborhood," said Hilton. "I got a glimpse of that in Fountain Square. Once you build something for the locals that hip and wonderful, the tourists will go there too because they want a level of sophistication that's beyond, yes, we have monuments and yes, we have museums."
Banas agreed, saying downtown also needed more residents.
"If you want a vibrant downtown you need more people living in the city and bringing nightlife and culture vibes of 'here's where the locals are' and if the locals want to be here, the tourists do as well," she said.
Visit Indy hopes the travel writers will deliver some good press, just like the Super Bowl did.
Asked how they might begin their travel stories, Thompson said, "The fastest city in America to win your heart."
"Small cities can surprise you," said Banas.
As for Hilton, "I know I'll go back and people will still say, "Indianapolis, really?" and I'll say you have to see it to find out for yourself."
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:02:40 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:22:46 GMT
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride. A Morgan CountyMore >>
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:37:35 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:26:01 GMT
Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tell Eyewitness News that 35 runners from the Midwest who did not complete the Boston Marathon because of the tragedy there will be finishing that race atMore >>
The Speedway invited runners to cross the finish line on race day morning before the start of the race. They will be running from Turn Four across the historic Yard of Bricks.More >>