Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 7:31pm
An Indiana House committee endorses a bill that would allow guns in school parking lots. The panel approved it after the gun provision was added to a bill that would ban local governments from using taxpayer money for gun buy-back programs. The addition to the measure would allow guns to be locked and out of sight in a car in a school parking lot. Currently, bringing a gun on school property is a felony. Supporters say the provision would protect parents who inadvertently have their guns with them when they pick up their kids.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 7:30pm
Personal information from almost 150,000 students and recent graduates at I-U may have been compromised. The university notified the state attorney general's office of the potential problem. The data that may be at risk includes names, addresses and Social Security numbers for students across seven IU campuses who attended the university from 2011 to this year. IU says no servers or systems were affected. Three automated computer data mining applications, used to improve Web search capabilities accessed the personal information.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 7:28pm
A Hoosier state representative wanted a House Committee to remove a controversial amendment he authored. It would have allowed some church organizations that have government contracts to show religious bias in their employment decisions. Ways and Means agreed with Republican Eric Turner's request. House Speaker Brian Bosma says the change was only supposed to apply to a single issue, involving Indiana Wesleyan University.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 6:52pm
It was seven years in the making, and Evansville ARC has met its first-ever capital campaign goal. More than $2 million has been raised. The total was announced by ARC President Deidra Conner, who says the funds put a much needed roof on their building, on Virginia near Deaconess Downtown. Conner says they were able to take a structure that was built in the 1970's, improve its handicapped accessability, and make a number of improvement.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 6:49pm
A bill to jack up criminal sentences for gun crimes has cleared another legislative hurdle and is headed for the Indiana House floor. Indianapolis legislators and Mayor Greg Ballard began pushing for a mandatory extra sentence of up to 20 years after a wave of home-invasion robberies last fall. Ballard says three-quarters of Indy‘s homicides are committed by people with prior convictions for crimes against others. He says existing law allows those people to return to the streets too quickly. Current law tacks on five years for using a gun.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 6:48pm
Proposals offered by Indiana Senate Democrats to restart a pilot early childhood education program were blocked on Monday. Amendments to House Bill offered by State Sen. John Broden were defeated on near party-line votes. Sen. Broden expressed disappointment with the results, saying Indiana ranks 45th nationally in delivering a skilled, well-educated labor force. Sen. Democrat Leader Tim Lanane said early childhood education enjoyed nearly universal support at the Statehouse.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 6:45pm
The U.S.Supreme Court hears Indiana‘s challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency‘s attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Indiana is one of 13 states arguing the EPA exceeded its authority when it used the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide emissions, while crafting its own numerical limits instead of those the law spells out for other pollutants. If limits originally drafted for lead and other pollutants were used for carbon dioxide, it would affect not just factory smokestacks but churches and schools.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 4:26pm
The Police Chief in Indianapolis says the public has to help if officers are to stop a small percentage of the population from committing violent crime. Chief Rick Hite says police are working non-stop to solve eight murders that took place across the city on Thursday. He says they appear to have a theme all too common. Hite says the individuals involved in the criminal activities have prior criminal histories. Marion County had 26 murders so far this year.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:25pm
Three persons are jailed - two from Boonville and one from Evansville - as suspects in the death of a man whose body was found this week in coal handling equipment at Alcoa's Warrick Generating Station. The Warrick County Sheriff's Dept. says they face preliminary charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. 30-year old David John Lackey, Jr., of Boonville, 22-year old Jade Niceole Stigall of Boonville and 25-year old Shawn Grigsby of Evansville are jailed in Warrick County. Officials say the homicide occured in Northern Warrick County.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 8:55pm
A trio of convenience store chains and a trade group ask a federal judge in Evansville to stop Indiana from enforcing a law barring them from selling cold beer. They asked Judge Richard Young to keep the state from enforcing the law, until they can prove he should throw it out altogether. Their attorney John Maley says the law essentially contradicts itself. He says convenience stores can legally sell chilled wine and wine coolers with a higher alcohol content than beer.