Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 3:39pm
Alarming numbers involving sexual assaults involving children in Indiana: State Rep. Christina Hale testified before the Criminal Law And Sentencing Policy Study Committee at the Statehouse. She cited Centers for Disease Control figures that show Indiana leads the nation in reported sexual assaults involving girls. Hale says 17.3 percent of Indiana girls in grades nine through 12 say they‘ve been raped. The national average is 10.5 percent. Hale says more boys are also impacted, but those cases are likely under-reported.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 3:22pm
A lot of organizations cringe when the State Fire Marshal approaches to check on the safety of their planned event. But the culture of safety can be traced back to a horrific event 50 years ago. 74 people were killed, and more than 400 were injured in what many consider to be one of the worst tragedies in Indiana history, the 1963 Indiana State Fair Coliseum Explosion. More than 4,000 spectators were packed into the building for a Holiday on Ice performance when there was a massive explosion.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 3:19pm
Starting Nov 1, 48 million Americans who depend on the SNAP program to survive will see their food stamp allocation reduced. That's because a $5 billion boost in the allocation implemented during the Great Recession is expiring. Mary Blair of the Tri-State Food Bank says people unable afford enough groceries in stores will be heading for organizations served by the Food Bank. One out of seven Americans will lose some of their income dedicated to food, because that‘s how many are receiving at least some SNAP assistance.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 3:13pm
Indiana is marking a milestone in its efforts to dispose of unused prescription drugs. Indiana has now incinerated a million pounds of medication. That‘s 5,000 tons out of harm‘s way. Attorney General Greg Zoeller says leaving unused medications lying around the medicine cabinet creates a danger that they‘ll fall into the hands of children or otherwise be misused. And he says simply throwing away or flushing meds creates problems for the water supply.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 3:11pm
Not to be a buzz-kill during Halloween, but a new report by financial powerhouse Credit Suess finds that the sugar in all those yummy treats is costing the global health care system about $470 billion in diabetes, obesity, and other health problems.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 3:09pm
If you see snow plows driving slowly along western Kentucky highways over the next few days don't be alarmed. Crews are gearing up for snow season. Plow operators are checking their equipment and making test runs along their assigned routes. The official Kentucky snow season runs from November 1st to April 1st, and the area averages about 10.5 inches, most in January and February.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 2:57pm
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department launches a new website. Sheriff Eric Williams says it's designed to not only provide information to the public in an efficient matter, but will help the department receive information from the public efficiently. The address is the same as the old website: http://www.vanderburghsheriff.com/
Williams says the website will deliver as much timely and accurate information as allowed and reasonable.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 4:08pm
Evansville and Vanderburgh County officials are joining Owensboro leaders in recommending that Halloween activities be moved back to Friday because of the chances of torrential rain Thursday afternoon and evening, Halloween. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and County Commissioners President Marsha Abell are taking the action out of safety concerns. Large hai and damaging winds may also be part of Thursday's weatherscape.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 4:05pm
A year-and-a-half of hard work is coming to a head as the Convention and Visitors Bureau gains county council approval to establish a building corporation to finance a proposed new softball-baseball complex. Bureau Executive Director Bob Warren discussed it. Warren says its critical that swift action is taken because interest rates are at an all-time low and rising rates would add hundreds of thousands of dollars to the cost of the complex adjacent to the Goebel Soccer complex.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 4:03pm
The IU School of Medicine will have another choice to pick from, when it decides where to locate its new campus in Evansville. Developer Steve Martin says "The Promenade" would be northwest of the Lloyd Expressway and Interstate-164. Martin says the site is ready to build on. It will compete with another area, not too far away in Warrick County, and another in downtown Evansville.