Saturday, May 18 2013 7:51 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:51:02 GMT
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis native bested IndyCar racing's big-name teams by claiming his first 500 poleMore >>
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:14:03 GMT
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University. About 250 Indiana Democrats and others attendedMore >>
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:05 GMT
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines. The wind farm'sMore >>
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:00:45 GMT
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March. Purdue treasurer Al Diaz tellsMore >>
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:56:01 GMT
Statement from the Indiana Pacers: Over the last two days under the care of the Indiana Pacers' medical staff, George Hill has participated in each step of the NBA's Return-to-Participation Exertion ProtocolMore >>
Indiana Pacers guard George Hill has been cleared to play Saturday night against the New York Knicks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:45:02 GMT
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown. Oxbow led from start to finish. It was the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and 15th Triple CrownMore >>
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:23:35 GMT
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation. The Justice department reportMore >>
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:56:07 GMT
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment. The day's festivities startedMore >>
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:03:11 GMT
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson. More than 20,000 local children got their first taste of the business world Saturday when they took part in Lemonade Day. The work behind JohnMore >>
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:32:54 GMT
There could be bumping at Indianapolis this weekend. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports said Saturday afternoon that it has hired British driver Katherine Legge to drive the No. 81 car. That gives IndianapolisMore >>
There could be bumping at Indianapolis this weekend.More >>
Indianapolis is taking a big step in its goal to go green.
Mayor Greg Ballard says he plans to replace the entire city-fleet, including police cars, with electric, plug-in hybrids and vehicles powered by natural gas by 2025.
Ballard said the switch will eventually save the city $6-$10 million a year, but it's not just about saving money.
For Joyce Givens, a city inspector with the Department of Code Enforcement, it's about saving time. Givens said she drives several hundred miles a week as part of her job. Last year, after driving a mid-size SUV, Givens was assigned a new Ford Fusion hybrid.
She said she went from "filling up two to three times a week to once every two to two-and-a-half weeks...so it saves a lot of time."
Givens is one of 120 city workers driving hybrids. Starting in January, the city will begin rotating out the old vehicles with those run on electricity and natural gas.
Compressed natural gas is selling for $1.50 a gallon less than regular gas, but the mayor says it goes beyond saving money at the pump.
He said it's about reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and the wars fought over it.
Addressing a group of business leaders the mayor became choked up as he said, "As a mayor, a Marine and a Gulf War veteran, a father and a citizen, I hope our action in Indianapolis could begin to change the course of action over the last 40 years...and I ask that other cities, states and companies follow in our footsteps."
The city now counts 3,135 vehicles in its total fleet. Of those, 1,957 are police pursuit vehicles which average about 10 miles per gallon. The mayor said police cruisers won't go alternative until the technology provides the space and engine power officers need to do their jobs. He said the city will be encouraging and working with auto companies to that it happens.
In the meantime, even garbage trucks, snow plows and fire trucks will make the switch, not to electricity, but compressed natural gas, which works better with heavy vehicles.
Butler Toyota's Gene Hairston called the mayor's plan, "A step in the right direction. There will definitely be a cost savings to the city and the community."
Even though hybrids cost more up front, for instance, about $3,000 more for a Hybrid Toyota Camry, Hairston said hybrids "pay off in the long run."
The mayor estimates the city will save $12,000 per car over its 10-year lifetime. Hairston said that's a fair number.
"The city will probably see the benefit or return quicker than the average person because of the way (the city vehicles) are being driven. They drive them longer and for higher mileage so they'll see the savings a lot quicker," he said.
The new cars will need electric charging stations. There are 200 across the city now, with more going in. The city will replace its gas and diesel fuel vehicles with hybrids as they come up for rotation. A spokesman said the city averages between 20 and 30 new vehicles a year.
Indianapolis plans to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2025 - the first major U.S. city to take such a step.
City spokesman Marc Lotter said Mayor Greg Ballard announced the move Wednesday.
The mayor argued that the move makes sense both from an economic and security standpoint.
"We have made a choice as a society which has given oil a near-monopoly on American transportation," said Ballard, referencing a quote by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN). "Now we must make a different choice in the interest of American national security and our economic future. This choice will save lives. It will save taxpayer dollars and it will shift the balance of global strategic power."
Lotter says Ballard will sign an executive order mandating the city replace its current sedans with electric or plug-in hybrids and phase in fire trucks and other heavy vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.
New vehicles would be purchased as older vehicles are retired.
Lotter says city officials also will ask automakers to develop a plug-in hybrid police car, as this doesn't yet exist.
He says research by city officials and the U.S. Conference of Mayors found no other major U.S. city has announced it will convert its entire fleet.
Sen. Lugar, meantime, praised Ballard's move and tied it into his own efforts to reduce US dependency on foreign oil.
"When I introduced the Lugar Practical Energy Plan in June 2011, it was my hope that governments and businesses would be incentivized to increase efficiency and reduce the need for foreign oil. Such steps save money, cut emissions - particularly important in urban areas, and reduce U.S. military costs of protecting shipping lanes and the flow of oil from foreign countries that are volatile and often don't mean us well. As a Marine, Mayor Ballard understands fully the national security threat to our nation from foreign energy dependency and I commend his energy initiative for the City of Indianapolis," Lugar said.
More from the City of Indianapolis:
Executive Order #6, 2012 requires the purchasing of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for non-police fleet use. The city fleet of approximately 500 non-police fleet cars will be replaced, as needed, saving taxpayers approximately $12,000 per vehicle over the ten-year life cycle of each car.
Conversion of heavy fleet vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The city is currently working with partner organizations including Energy Systems Network and finance experts to convert the city's heavy fleet, including snow plows, trash trucks and fire apparatus to CNG.
Developing the world's first plug-in hybrid police vehicle. Finally, the city is seeking to partner with one or more automakers to develop a plug-in hybrid police vehicle that meets the safety, power, electronic and range needs of a modern urban police force. If a plug-in hybrid electric car could achieve just 40 MPG and meet the needs of police officers, city taxpayers would save up to $10 million per year. The city's current police vehicles average 10 MPG.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:40:00 GMT
Allison Jacob of Indianapolis who is a junior at Ball State University where she's majoring in Communications and Public Relations was named the 2013 500 Festival Queen on Saturday morning. She graduatedMore >>
Ball State student Allison Jacob named 2013 500 Festival Queen. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:18 AM EDT2013-05-18 08:18:20 GMT
The winning numbers were drawn Friday night in the $190 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41. Saturday night, numbers will be drawnMore >>
The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 3:18 PM EDT2013-05-17 19:18:48 GMT
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her life, but nothing like he one she got Wednesday morning. CeCe, a waitress at the Steak 'n Shake restaurant at Keystone and 54th Street, receivedMore >>
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her career, but nothing like the one she got Wednesday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:43 AM EDT2013-05-18 10:43:31 GMT
A car came very close to crashing into someone's home near Lawrence. It started with a brief police chase after the officer tried to pull the driver over for a traffic stop. It ended on Conreid Drive,More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:14 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:14:33 GMT
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Peter Busch, whose father Frank oversees the American program, is a newsMore >>
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:58:30 GMT
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million. The deal to bring Freeney to the Chargers came four days after outside linebackerMore >>
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:06 AM EDT2013-05-18 05:06:01 GMT
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses. Indiana University Health implementedMore >>
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:19 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:19:05 GMT
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks. After Indiana's shootaround Saturday morning, coach Frank Vogel did not say whether Hill had passed hisMore >>
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:13 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:13:48 GMT
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding. Efforts started under the WeedMore >>
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:59:44 GMT
A mother is pleading with police and her neighbors to try and find the driver who struck her son in a hit and run crash. Daniel Lopez is in critical condition, fighting for his life at the hospital. PoliceMore >>
Police still don't know who struck seven-year-old Daniel Lopez, who remains in critical condition in a coma. More >>