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Published on March 7th, 2012 | by Nick D

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Notes: Peyton Manning Era Ends in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Colts will release quarterback Peyton Manning today.

Peyton Manning forever will be thought of around Indianapolis as No. 18, the quarterback who led the Indianapolis Colts to an NFL championship.

He’ll be remembered, too, for his record four MVP awards, his 50,000 yards passing and his 200 consecutive starts. Most of all, Manning will be the guy in the horseshoe helmet who turned around a franchise and transformed a basketball-loving city into a football hotbed that hosted the Super Bowl.

Despite all of that and barring a last-minute change of heart, the Colts planned to release the 35-year-old Manning rather than pay him a $28 million bonus. The Colts scheduled a noon news conference for Wednesday without saying why, but a person with knowledge of the decision said the team was preparing to announce it will part ways with its QB, who missed all of last season after a series of operations on his neck.

Proposed changes to the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne would cost about 150 jobs.

The Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council has given the green light to the $210 million Central Indiana Regional Bikeways Plan.

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