Local News from WIKY

Indy chief wants help in stopping murders

The Police Chief in Indianapolis says the public has to help if officers are to stop a small percentage of the population from committing violent crime. Chief Rick Hite says police are working non-stop to solve eight murders that took place across the city on Thursday. He says they appear to have a theme all too common. Hite says the individuals involved in the criminal activities have prior criminal histories. Marion County had 26 murders so far this year.

Warrick County Sheriff announces arrests in homicide

Three persons are jailed - two from Boonville and one from Evansville - as suspects in the death of a man whose body was found this week in coal handling equipment at Alcoa's Warrick Generating Station. The Warrick County Sheriff's Dept. says they face preliminary charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. 30-year old David John Lackey, Jr., of Boonville, 22-year old Jade Niceole Stigall of Boonville and 25-year old Shawn Grigsby of Evansville are jailed in Warrick County. Officials say the homicide occured in Northern Warrick County.

The pros and cons of having cold beer available at convenience stores

A trio of convenience store chains and a trade group ask a federal judge in Evansville to stop Indiana from enforcing a law barring them from selling cold beer. They asked Judge Richard Young to keep the state from enforcing the law, until they can prove he should throw it out altogether. Their attorney John Maley says the law essentially contradicts itself. He says convenience stores can legally sell chilled wine and wine coolers with a higher alcohol content than beer.

The State of Real Estate

A good crowd took advantage of the opportunity to be in on an overview of commercial and industrial real estate in the Evansville market. A crowd gathered at the Old National Events Plaza for the once a year State of Real Estate from F-C Tucker Emge Realtors. Ken Newcomb is President of Tucker Commercial. He says the market has not returned to its 2007 level yet. But he says late 2013 and early 2014 have been promising. Guest speaker was the Indiana Secretary of Commerce, Victor Smith.

Outside group working to find way around Indiana law

A Washington-based group that pressed the General Assembly to approve a ban on gay marriage will try to find a way to get the proposed constitutional amendment on this year‘s ballot, even though that isn‘t supposed to be possible. State law says that proposed amendments to the Constitution must be approved twice with no change in language in order to go before voters. The marriage amendment approved by the General Assembly this year did not include a sentence that also banned same-sex civil unions, unlike the version passed in 2011.  No lawsuits have been filed as of yet.

Be careful when you open that utility bill

Vectren says they‘ve logged gas delivery volume so far this frigid season that haven‘t been seen in more than a decade. They say their 13,000-mile natural gas delivery system has logged more than 540 billion therms of natural gas flow to some 570,000 customers. Those figures cover central and southeastern Indiana during the months of November 2013 through January 2014. That‘s compared to 440 billion therms during the same period last season.

Potholes bad here, worse to the north

If you think we have an unusually bad pothole problem this year - you're right. But if you really want to see craters, head for northern Indiana. Sustained cold temperatures and pounding lake effect snow have ripped up roads. And officials say this quick warm-up combined with rain in the near future, could be a recipe for road closures. Officials are warning motorists not to drive into standing water because - under it - roads may be washed away.

Report discloses long education careers

The first study on college completion rates in Indiana tell us what we mostly already knew - the rates are low. Only about 30% of students at the state‘s four-year public colleges and universities finish school within four years, and only half get their degree within six years according to the Indiana College Completion Reports. State Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers delivers the numbers. She says fewer than one out of ten students at Indiana‘s two-year colleges get their degree in two years.