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4 Indy representatives named James Beard Awards semifinalists

Four Hoosier foodies have landed a spot as semifinalists for the 2020 Restaurant and Chef Awards from the James Beard Foundation in New York. Martha Hoover of Patachou Inc. and Abbi Merriss of Bluebeard are each receiving recognition alongside Beholder and Love Handle, which have been honored in their respective categories.

IU names 13th dean of McKinney School of Law

Karen Bravo has been named dean of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law at IUPUI. She will be the first person of color and the second woman in the school's history to lead the institution.

Seven Hoosier airports to receive grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding $2.26 million to seven Indiana airports. The grants will fund airport safety and infrastructure projects.

Two new tenants to join Bottleworks District

A cocktail bar and a coffee shop are joining the $300 million Bottleworks District project in downtown Indianapolis. Sundry and Vice and Certain Feelings Coffee Co. are slated to open during Phase I of the project later this year.

Scientific Methods lands EPA funding

Granger-based environmental microbiology testing laboratory Scientific Methods has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The funding will supports the company's initiatives to develop a field-deployable kit for detecting antibiotic resistant bacteria in wastewater.

Indy Firm acquires Word Systems, merges with iRecord

Indianapolis private investment firm The September Group LLC is acquiring two local technology companies. Indianapolis-based Word Systems Inc. and iRecord LLC will merge into one company named Word Systems LLC. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Finalists named for Indianapolis Prize

Six conservationists have been named finalists for the Indianapolis Zoological Society's top award for animal conservation. The Indianapolis Prize honors and rewards individuals who have worked to save an animal species, or multiple species, from extinction.

Connect 2 Help dissolves

Indianapolis-based independent non-profit Connect2Help has announced it will be ceasing operations at the end of this month. Chief Executive Officer Ann Hartman said the organization's "model of free, locally-focused service for all callers unfortunately could not be sustained."

Butler Trustees Commit $43M to Campaign

The Butler University Board of Trustees have committed more than $43 million to the university’s $250 million fundraising campaign, Butler Beyond: The Campaign for Butler University. The total donation represents gifts to 119 different funds that span academic, athletic, student-life and infrastructure projects.