Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 5:43pm
Workforce Development says Indiana gained more than 25,000 private sector jobs last month, and that's the largest one-month increase in the Hoosier state on record. Every employment sector saw significant growth, except for leisure and hospitality, which was unchanged. Indiana was responsible for nearly 13 percent of the nation’s private sector job growth in November. The state's unemployment rate declined last month, by 0.2 percent to 7.3 percent, lower than all neighboring states. Fewer Hoosiers are now unemployed than in November of 2008.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 5:40pm
Governor Mike Pence tells state employees "Happy Holidays" with a gift that will help pay off their holiday purchases. He sent a letter to employees authorizing one-time bonuses, once performance evaluations are completed in January. Employees who meet expectations will receive a $500 bonus, those who exceed expectations will receive $750, and those rated outstanding will receive $1,000. Pence says the bonuses will be funded by the Personal Services Contingency Fund or absorbed by dedicated or federal funds, so they will not impact the State's general fund.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 5:39pm
Henderson gets an acting police chief, to succeed John Reed who suddenly retired. Major David Piller - who has been with the department since 1988 - is the new man in charge. Reed said he resigned so he could slow down a bit and do some traveling. He says he's looking at other employment opportunities both in and out of Kentucky. Piller says he has a Bachelor's degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 5:37pm
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation leaders aren't the only officials pleased with accountability grades released by the state board of education. Gov. Mike Pence says "Education in Indiana is improving every day and our kids, our teachers and our schools deserve to be commended." Pence says the grades demonstrate that schools have risen to the challenge of improving outcomes across the state of Indiana and our kids are better for it. He praised the board of education, and State Supt.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 5:42pm
The long disputed nitrogen fertilizer plant north of Rockport clears another major hurdle. Fairfield, Illinois-based Ohio Valley Resources says it has signed-off on financing for the plant that officials say will employ 1,200 workers during construction until 2017, and then some 80 workers to run the operation. Chinese petrochemical firm of Sinopec Engineering and a together with a U.S.-based global engineering firm will put the billion dollar plant together.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 5:39pm
Water tests pure so the boil water advisory that was issued by Chandler Utilities is lifted. It's no longer necessary to boil water in an area north of Newburgh that had been affected by the advisory issued earlier this week.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 3:00pm
If elected officials, college leaders or developers went to a meeting hosted by IU medical officials with hopes of learning where a new Med-School campus would be located, they may have left the meeting discouraged. Dr. Tom Morrison, IU's Vice President of Capital Projects, told the 80 people at the first Pre-Proposal meeting that his committee is "completely agnostic to a location at this time" and wide open to proposals that will suggest the number of buildings and other major aspects of the project.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 2:58pm
A prominent Warrick County town official and educator is encouraged to toss her hat in the ring - and says she will. Anne Rust Aurand is a former president and veteran member of the Newburgh Town Council. She's also a former president and current member of the Warrick County Teachers Association. She has agreed to compete to fill the unexpired term of Indiana House District 78 Representative Suzanne Crouch. Aurand says she expects she'll face competition for the post when Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry holds a party caucus Jan. 4 in Evansville. Gov.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 5:47am
Henderson police are on the hunt for a grinch. A man apparently walked off with a donation jar meant for a cancer patient. The jar was stolen from Golden Glaze Bakery on Washington Street December 10th. The store's owner didn't realize the jar was missing until he looked at surveillance video from the store yesterday. The donation jar is meant for cancer patient J. Husk who's battling brain cancer and is in hospice care at Methodist Hospital. Anyone with information about the theft is being asked to call Henderson County Crime Stoppers.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:21pm
It's the next big step in deciding where to develop a new IU Medical Center in the Evansville area. A four-person development team comes to Evansville from Bloomington Thursday at 11 a.m. at Old National Bank. A university official says they'll host what's known as a pre-proposal public meeting that's expected to attract about 100 investors and developers - as well as other interested residents. The IU team will talk about the planned expansion to a four-year curriculum from the current two-year program at USI. And then it will field questions.