Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:33pm
The city of Evansville came up about two million dollars short in property tax collections during the second half of last year. Mayor Winnecke is asking department heads to look for ways to make cuts. For now the police department will handle the problem by not paying out comp time.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:31pm
Spirits are high as earth is turned for the downtown convention hotel project. Mayor Winnecke told a big crowd that since the groundbreaking had been delayed from late January to Monday afternoon, he thought it would be appropriate to assume responsibility for the great weather for the event. The Hilton Doubletree Hotel, parking garage, and at least 78 apartments are expected to be ready by the Fall of 2015.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 7:12pm
Four same-sex couples sue in federal court for the right to marry in Indiana. The couples filed the lawsuit against Governor Pence in U.S. District Court at New Albany. Their lawyer, Dan Canon says the couples live in Floyd and Clark Counties - two were married in other states, and the other two would like to be married.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 7:10pm
The leader of the State Senate says it‘s still possible that a pilot pre-Kindergarten program could be approved by the Indiana General Assembly. Senator David Long says there might be room for it this fall. Long says the summer study committee review is needed, but he's not generally opposed to a pilot program. He's not sure how large it would be. Governor Pence supports it.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 7:08pm
Environmental and citizens' groups are asking Indiana regulators to launch a formal probe into problems and delays that have sharply limited the power output of Duke Energy's coal-gasification plant. In a motion filed with the Utility Regulatory Commission, the four groups say the $3.5 billion Knox County plant has been plagued by failures and outages. The motion says the Edwardsport plant generated just 4 percent of its maximum capacity in January, and averaged 37 percent of its max during the second half of last year.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 7:42pm
McCutchanville and German Township...and later both Perry, and Scott Township firefighters are greeted by heavy smoke, and a female, burned by flames that came from a mobile home. The two-alarm fire, in the 6100 block of Rockford Drive, in the Westbrook Mobile Home Park was reported late Thursday afternoon. Everyone got out of the trailer before firefighters arrived. No other injuries were reported. Westbrook is off St. Joe Avenue and Mill Road.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 7:41pm
Relief may be on the way next winter, for those of us who don't want another day of cold and snow. The predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean that's already brewing would likely change the weather worldwide. The warming, called an El Nino, is expected to lead to a milder winter for the nation's frigid northern tier. It's also expected to result in fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and southern states. Globally, it can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions of dollars in crop losses.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 7:40pm
Kentucky transportation officials are suing the crew of a cargo ship that struck and collapsed part of a bridge, causing millions in damage and diverting traffic for four months. The Transportation Cabinet says it spent at least $7 million to repair the Eggner's Ferry Bridge over the Tennessee River after the Delta Mariner struck it two years ago. The lawsuit says the ship's crew ignored warnings from the Coast Guard that the western Kentucky bridge's navigation lights were out. The wreck caused a 322-foot section of the span to collapse.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 7:39pm
Hundreds of dollars is missing, and the head of a Hopkins County youth basketball league is arrested. The County Attorney has charged ABA League President and Treasurer Mia Higens of Madisonville with theft by unlawful taking. If convicted, the 49-year old Higens could face up to a year in jail. State Police say they discovered that several improper expenditures were made from its checking account, including clothes, toys, gourmet food, and diet pills. The account was under Higens exclusive control.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:52pm
It didn't pass by much. But the Indiana Senate did vote 26-22 for the so called "scooter bill," and it's on its way to Governor Pence's desk for his signature. It means owners of scooters in Evansville and across the state have to spend about $27 to buy license plates and be registered. EPD Sergeant Jason Cullum had told a Senate committee the measure would reduce accidents and protect scooter operators. Cullum says the number of scooter accidents in Evansville has increased, from just 9 in 2008 to 90 in 2012.