Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:14pm
The Indiana Supreme Court votes unanimously in favor of building a controversial coal gasification plant in Spencer County. The court ruled that altering the contract that developers of the Rockport plant signed with the state did not amount to a significant change. Opponents had argued the contract wasn't valid. Under it, the state will buy synthetic gas produced at the plant at a fixed price for 30 years. The state will then resell the gas and consumers will either make or lose money.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:13pm
A member of the Evansville Parks Board disagrees with those who have criticized conditions at a number of city parks. Kenny Overton brought a slide show of the parks to City Council members Monday night. Overton says the parks are for the most part well groomed and well maintained. He encouraged more public-private partnerships, and asked the council to consider restoring a $50,000 emergency maintenance fund it cut, just before next year's city budget was approved.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:11pm
It's a tight time frame. The Redevelopment Commission votes to request qualifications from developers interested in working on the IU medical school project in Evansville's downtown. But the developers only have until January 3 to respond. And the commission is expected to choose who the city will work with at its January 7th meeting. Mayor Winnecke says the city has options on land where the school could be built, but for now won't say where it is. IU says the deadline for site proposals to be submitted is the end of next month.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:09pm
Chandler Utilities issues a boil water advisory for an area near Newburgh. A water main break led to the advisory for the area bounded by Oak Grove Road, Telephone Road, Libbert Road, and Bell Road. About 500 customers are affected by it. It is recommended that all cooking and drinking water be brought to a full boil for five minutes before using.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:08pm
It's been a great year on the stock market - out-performing just about all predictions - and a top investment analyst expects more of the same next year. While in Evansville, John Augustine, Chief Market Strategist for Fifth Third, said one reason is Europe, Japan and the United Kingdom following the U.S. out of the Great Recession. But Augustine says businesses haven't shared their increasing wealth with employees because of concerns about costs of the Affordable Care Act.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:03pm
Owensboro Police are asking for help in finding a missing woman. 48-year old Sandra Daugherty was reported missing when she failed to return to her McLean County home last Saturday, after being discharged from Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Surveillance footage shows Daugherty leaving the hospital in a light colored passenger car. Police are searching for her because of her medical condition and the medication she needs to be taking.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:02pm
The threat of heavy rain prompts the National Weather Service at Paducah to activate its storm spotter network. The weather service tells spotters an active weather pattern will exist late this week and this weekend, bringing the threat of heavy rain and flooding. Anywhere from two-to-four inches of rain is expected to fall over southern Illinois and southwest Indiana. It says persistent differences in storm models makes the predictability of the system difficult. It says there's a potential for severe weather -- but it's too soon to say how likely that is.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:01pm
A Vincennes man is given a five-year prison sentence and is ordered to repay more than $400,000 in federal income taxes. 46-year old Gregory Stodghill was in U.S. District Court at Evansville, where he admitted to tax evasion. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Stodghill used a number of complicated schemes to put investor funds into off-shore shell companies, made more than $1 million, and didn't pay taxes on the money.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:57pm
A USI professor and faculty senate member says the panel determined that the interests of USI would not be served by the proposed amendment that would ban gay marriage in Indiana. Garret Merriam tells WIKY News the faculty senate called on both the university administration and General Assembly to disagree with it. The vote was 8 to 3 with 2 abstentions. If it passes the legislature, the question would be on the ballot for the state's voters to decide.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 4:53pm
A woman who got married Saturday night lost her husband a few hours later when he stopped to help a stranded motorist on a snow-packed Northern Indiana road. Police say William Knight and 42-year-old Linda Darlington, were both struck and killed by another vehicle. Knight's new wife, Nikki, said she's still in shock. She says it's all a blur. She and her new husband were driving from their reception to a hotel when he stopped to help a woman whose car had slid-off a Lake County Road. The two were standing by the side of the road when Nikki - still in their car - heard a loud thump.