Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 3:53pm
Former public official and businessman Robert "Bob" Davies has died following a lingering illness. Davies operated a lumber and hardware company before retiring. The Republican was a former member of both the Vanderburgh County Commission and the Evansville City Council in the 1970s and '80s. Friends say he died Tuesday night, and funeral arrangements are pending.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 2:50pm
Republican voices with different messages are heard as the clock winds-down on the nation going into default on its financial commitments. Senate leaders announced a compromise that they'll vote on tonight. And House Speaker John Boehner said his side "fought the good fight - we just didn't win." Boehner says the House will not block the Senate deal. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce - representing business interests - is calling on the House and Senate to pass the deal and avoid defaulting - and said the government partial shutdown must end.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 2:46pm
A group that has provided a home and food for the needy elderly for more than 130 years is saying goodbye to Evansville. The Little Sisters of the Poor say they've sold St. John's Home in Evansville to Ides Management Company, an Indiana-based healthcare provider. They expect to withdraw from St. John's Home on Oct.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 2:43pm
In observance of Domestic Violence Month, law enforcement agencies in most states in the nation served a variety of warrants on thousands of persons. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's office and U.S. Marshal's Service took part in the action starting early Wednesday morning. Thirteen deputies and the service served 21 arrest warrants on 11 persons in Vanderburgh County for Failure to Pay Child Support, Domestic Violence, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Resisting Law Enforcement and Possession of Cocaine.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 2:42pm
A man convicted of beating his girlfriend to death is given the maximum sentence for a single murder conviction in Indiana - 65 years in prison. Judge Robert Pigman handed to the sentence to Racxon Cruze McDowell. The Vanderburgh County Coroner said 24-year old Rachel Lomax suffered 21 separate injuries during a severe beating in her apartment on Mount Vernon Avenue in July of 2002 after a night of drinking.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 4:01pm
If you want to get rich....get smart. That sums-up the message of Theresa Lubbers. She's Indiana's Commissioner for Higher Education. She says it's no coincidence that Hoosiers rank 40th in the nation in educational attainment, and 40th in the nation in income. Lubbers has another sobering bit of advice for Indiana residents. She tells local Rotarians that a high school degree is not enough. Lubbers says if you want a good job, you'll need both a high school sheepskin and college credentials.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 3:57pm
Evansville firefighter George Madison Junior files a tort claim. That's required before a lawsuit is filed, and could indicate he intends to sue the city of Evansville. Madison was on his bicycle, on the southeast side last August, when he says he was detained by two Evansville Police officers for not stopping at a stop sign. Madison says he was threatened with a taser. An internal police probe found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 3:54pm
Kentucky's Legislative Ethics Commission finds probable cause to believe former State Representative John Arnold may have sexually harassed three legislative staffers. The panel set a hearing for December 12 to determine whether Arnold should be reprimanded or fined. The Democrat from Sturgis resigned from the Legislature last month. Two Legislative Research Commission staffers alleged that Arnold touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments. A third woman also has filed a complaint.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 3:52pm
Indiana reaches an 11th-hour deal to keep Amtrak‘s Indy-to-Chicago line operating for another year. Amtrak is no longer funding routes of less than 750 miles. That left the four-day-a-week Hoosier State service on the brink of extinction. But the state says it‘s reached an agreement in principle to split the operating costs with six communities along the route based on their share of ridership. Officials say Indy‘s $300,000 pledge is not a permanent commitment and the city will insist on performance measures before agreeing to contribute funding long term.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 3:49pm
Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is heading back to Indy to play against the team he led for 14 seasons. Manning, now quarterback for the Denver Broncos, brought more than excitement to Colts fans -- he brought tons of extra visitors to Indianapolis. And with them, lots of extra cash spent in restaurants, bars, and hotels. Chris Gahl, of Visit Indy, calls it the "Peyton Effect." Downtown hotels which are about half-full during a normal week-end are now virtually all taken because Number 18 is heading back to play in Lucas Oil Stadium.