Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 6:56pm
An autopsy shows smoke inhalation was the cause of death for a man killed in an early morning house fire last Friday. Police say they believe 54-year old Thomas Duncan of 71-44 Wright Drive may have started the fire. Two brothers and a sister got out of the house without serious injuries. They were checked out at Deaconess Hospital and released. The sheriff's department and firefighters continue to investigate the incident.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 2:45pm
As the Indiana State House and Senate start to consider each other‘s version of a cut in the business personal property tax, a new report provides details about how much local governments would lose if the tax were eliminated.
The report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says the prior elimination of other taxes on personal property and the property tax caps written in the state Constitution in 2008 would make an equipment tax difficult on cities and counties.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 7:18pm
The name of the man killed in Friday morning's house fire in Vanderburgh County is released. The coroner's office says he's 54-year old Thomas Duncan. Sheriff Eric Williams says investigators found Duncan's body inside what's left of the home at 7144 Wright Drive. Williams also says there's reason to believe Duncan could have started the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the brothers and a sister who survived.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 7:14pm
In Illinois, a former sheriff convicted of drug trafficking and trying to have a witness killed loses his appeal to a federal court. 52-year old Raymond Martin will continue to serve a life term in prison. The district court in Chicago found the two life sentences plus 10 years imposed against the former Gallatin County Sheriff were appropriate, saying Martin's case was one of the most severe it had seen and noted Martin's betrayal of the public trust.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 7:13pm
The latest unemployment numbers are out. The U.S. Labor Department says unemployment dropped to 6.6 percent in January. That‘s the lowest in five years. The economy added 113,000 jobs. Republican Congressman Larry Buschon responded by saying President Obama's policies are standing in the way of sustained job growth.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 8:01pm
IU Health is charged with discrimination against a former employee. The state's Civil Rights Commission says there's probable cause to believe "the disciplinary action taken against a Caucasian employee was done so because of his race." The employee says he and his co-worker, who is Filipino, engaged in a wrestling match at work. IU determined both behaved in an inappropriate manner and violated company policy.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 8:00pm
Mother Nature continues to cause local water main breaks. There have been almost 200 this year in Evansville. Icy conditions have made it difficult for crews to fix some of the breaks, and contract crews have been brought in to help when needed. Utility Director Allen Mounts says water mains will likely break until we see a consistent weather warm-up this spring.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 7:59pm
A proposed statewide smoking ban in Kentucky workplaces and public buildings wins bipartisan backing from a House committee. Supporters say the bill would protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke. Opponents say the measure encroaches on the use of a legal product, and impacts people's liberty and freedom. There is a patchwork of local smoking bans in the Commonwealth, and there's still quite a challenge, to pass sweeping anti-smoking restrictions in a state that typically posts some of the nation's highest smoking rates.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 7:57pm
Senator Dan Coats votes against ending debate on the Unemployment Insurance Extension bill. Coats says he did so after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to allow debate and votes on Republican solutions to pay for and reform the program. The Indiana Republican has offered and supported amendments to the bill, including one that would strengthen existing requirements, to ensure unemployment benefits are going to individuals actively trying to return to the labor force.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:54pm
The trial of a former member of Evansville's Redevelopment Commission is postponed. That's because the lawyer for John “Jay” Carter withdrew from the case. Carter had decided he wanted a trial instead of negotiating a plea agreement on federal money laundering charges. Attorney John Brinson then said he was withdrawing. Carter faces seven money laundering counts, two of providing false statements, one of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and one of illegally structuring a currency transaction.