Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:42pm
Vectren says there won't be a short-term impact on your bills, even though the utility is preparing to go ahead with between $70 and $90 million in planned investments. Vectren has filed a request with the Utility Regulatory Commission, seeking approval to upgrade the existing emissions control equipment on its coal-fired electric power plants. The changes ensure the utility can comply with new EPA mandates, including mercury and toxin standards that take effect in two years. Vectren says it intends to delay recovery
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:40pm
Police are investigating three recent incidents involving gunfire in Evansville. The first was Thursday night in the 1500 block of Savannah Drive, where an apartment was struck by at least one bullet. The second happened a half-hour later, in the 800 block of Jackson. A witness says four men got out of an SUV, walked away from it, and after several shots were fired, they ran back and left the area.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:39pm
State health officials say the number of Indiana flu deaths this season has jumped to 11, up from three reported a week ago. The Department of Health says six deaths have happened in northern Indiana's St. Joseph County and that no other county had recorded more than one death. State health commissioner William VanNess says this season's flu strains are hitting young and middle-aged adults fairly hard, and all but one deaths has been in the 25 to 64 age group. Indiana had 27 flu deaths at the same time last year.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:06pm
A woman who became a State Representative less than two weeks ago files papers to keep the job. Holli Sullivan of Evansville was selected by Republican Precinct leaders to succeed Suzanne Crouch in the district representing Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. Gov. Mike Pence appointed Crouch to an open position as state auditor. Sullivan has been active with the group known as Women Right of Center. She'll be challenged by Democrat Vanderburgh County Commissioner Steven Melcher, a man known for being left of center.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:05pm
Congressman Larry Buschon files for re-election. The Newburgh Republican says he spent his career as a doctor fighting every day to improve the lives of his patients. He also says he opposes the Administration's new EPA regulations that he says put coal industry jobs and affordable energy at risk. Buschon says that over the past three years, he has been one of only four members of Congress to have two bills signed into law. He says they protect businesses from burdensome regulations, help put veterans back to work, and would improve the nation's transportation systems.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:01pm
You can follow the plume through your electronic device. The Evansville Water & Sewer Utility has been closely monitoring the impact and issues stemming from the chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia, last week. It's coming our way, expected to arrive in Evansville Monday. The Elk dumps into the Ohio and Evansville draws its water from the Ohio River, so some residents have been concerned.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:14pm
A tragic shooting at a northern Indiana grocery store kills two women, including the ex-wife of former U-E standout basketball player Dan Godfread. State Police say 22-year old Shawn Bair shot and killed 44-year-old customer Rachelle Godfread and 20-year-old Krystle Dikes, an employee who was stocking shelves. All three are from Elkhart. When police arrived, they say Bair was waving a gun at a kneeling store manager, and they shot and killed Bair. The manager and another employee escaped unharmed.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:12pm
A bill that would create a pilot program to offer low-income families assistance in affording preschool clears the Indiana House. It would start in five Indiana counties. Eligible parents of 4-year-olds would receive up to $6,800 for a full-day program and $3,400 for a half-day program. Family and Social Services would supervise it. But, leaders in the Senate say they have to consider the cost of the program, which would not be funded until next year.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:11pm
There's a decision in the case of an Owensboro priest, who had been accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor. Police say Father John Meredith will not be charged in the case. Investigators say the allegations are non-criminal in nature, and may be a violation of church policy, but not a violation of the law. Police say the minor is now an adult, and declined investigators' requests to be interviewed. No word from the church on what, if anything will happen to Meredith. He's been at Blessed Mother Church in Owensboro since 2008, and is on temporary suspension.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:09pm
The Eastland Mall store is staying open, but J.C. Penney will be eliminating 2,000 jobs and closing 33 stores across the U-S as it tries to get back on the path to profitability. The news raises concerns that Penney's holiday season sales were not what the company hoped for, and that the chain needs to do even more to recover from a turnaround plan that has had disastrous results. The cuts should save more than $65 million annually. All the job cuts are related to the store closings, and represent about 3 percent of it's stores and 2 percent of its workforce.