Wednesday, September 19, 2012

IMA's 'Fall Equinox: Hungry Ghosts' features musicians performing from boats - Indianapolis Star

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Indianapolis coffee company plans to open facility in Lafayette - Indianapolis Star

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There's a Copper Moon Coffee shop in Indianapolis International Airport.
There's a Copper Moon Coffee shop in Indianapolis International Airport. / The Star file photo

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Job fair held in Indianapolis for area veterans and their spouses - Fox 59

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Panther Racing hosted a job fair for veterans and their spouses Tuesday afternoon. It is part of a national initiative to employ 500,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2014.

"My first child is due in December. I'm pretty excited," said Andrew Rehmel, an area veteran.

The soon-to-be-dad said he thinks a sales job would be perfect for his skill set.
 

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“I did military intelligence so I like talking to people anyway,” said Rehmel.
 
And there were plenty of people who wanted to talk to him inside Banker's Life Fieldhouse.

“We want to make their transition back into the civilian world as seamless as possible,” said Shaun Carter, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
 
 “The family gets drafted and they are along for the ride whether they want to be or not,” said Brig. Gen. Brian Copes with the Indiana National Guard.
 
There were more than 50 employers who signed up for this job fair. Another one of its kind is already being planned for April.
 
“We have program analyst positions, engineering positions electronics positions,” said Angie Crane, Tri Star Engineering.
 
The companies made their pitch and some even interviewed on the spot.
 
“It’s been hard and for something like this to have face time with employers and put my name out there is really cool,” said Samuel King, veteran.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Forecast calls for stretch of mild days, with a little rain - Indianapolis Star

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Indianapolis honors outstanding community volunteers - Indianapolis Star

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Ballard introduces Riggs as new public safety director - Fox 59

Indianapolis residents got a first look at their new public safety director.

Mayor Greg Ballard introduced Troy Riggs Tuesday morning. Riggs, an assistant city manager in Corpus Christi, Texas, was considered the leading candidate to succeed former Public Safety Director Frank Straub.

Riggs formerly served as chief of police in Corpus Christi and also spent time in Louisville, Ky., as an assistant police chief.

"I seek top-level experience and bold action from my public safety directors, and Troy perfectly fits that mold," said Ballard. "His experience on the street and in command and his leadership of multiple public safety agencies make him a great choice to help Indianapolis continue its drive for the best public safety team in the nation."

Riggs, 46, hails from Louisville, Ky., and has 22 years of experience in police and public safety leadership.

"I look forward to working with the men and women in the Department of Public Safety and serving the people of Indianapolis," said Riggs. "There are exciting things happening in the city of Indianapolis, and my family and I look forward to becoming a part of it."

Riggs said he often visited Indianapolis while serving as an officer in Louisville. He noted that he has experience working in a merged police department. In Kentucky, the Jefferson County Police Department and the Louisville Division of Police merged in 2003 to create the Louisville MetroPolice Department (LMPD).

“I want to make sure citizens are served by their government,” Riggs said, adding that he pledged to be honest and forthcoming in his dealings with the public.

Riggs impressed the Reverend Charles Harrison of Barnes United Methodist Church, who met the new public safety director when the public safety director search committee met earlier this month.

“He's a very effective communicator. He really is,” Harrison said. “He's just a nice guy and I think he understands policing and he understands public safety and I think he's gonna bridge the gap and bring about a lot of healing in this community.”

Harrison called Riggs the “best choice” among candidates and walked away “very impressed” during the meeting.

When Riggs takes over on Oct. 29, he’ll inherit some challenges. The Department of Public Safety faces a multi-million dollar budget deficit. Crime has climbed while fewer officers patrol the streets.

“I think he has to figure out a way in which to build confidence in the public safety efforts of this administration. That is going to be a very tall order,” said Brian Mahern, a Democrat on the City-County Council.

Republican City-County Councilor Jack Sandlin said he believes Riggs will help move the city in the right direction.

“I’m encouraged by his credentials,” Sandlin told Fox59. “I’m also encouraged that we may get some new leadership in the public safety department to move this city forward.”

One of the first decisions Riggs may have to make concerns the police chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Rick Hite is currently serving as interim chief following the resignation of Chief Paul Ciesielski in April.


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