Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 3:21pm
It's a tale of two powerplants. The state of Indiana has approved $260-million in upgrades to the Rockport Power Plant. It a compromise that gives Indiana Michigan Power until 2018 to finish the job. Meanwhile, the TVA has decided to shut-down two of three coal-fired power units at the Paradise Plant in Muhlenberg County. Valley Watches John Blair says the Rockport and Paradise plants are among the dirtiest in the country. The TVA says it will be less expensive to build and operate a natural gas plant at Paradise than to retrofit its existing coal powered units.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 3:18pm
A former FBI agent from Indiana is sentenced for leaking national security information and child pornography. 55-year old Don Sachtleben of Carmel was given 12 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release. He also must pay $15,000 in restitution to one victim, and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 5:09pm
The feud between state school superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education has boiled over again, with a chaotic end to the latest board meeting. Ritz abruptly adjourned the meeting and left after board member Brad Oliver moved to allow board staff to coordinate with Department of Education staffers on the review of Common Core curriculum standards. Ritz contends had no choice but to adjourn the meeting to block what she says was an illegal motion.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 5:05pm
Two Indiana-based computer experts say politics rather than lack of computer expertise is likely to blame for the trouble-plagued Obamacare website. Purdue University Computer Science Professor Buster Dunsmore says it takes "at least a year" of testing to work out the kinks of any new website before it‘s unveiled. He says it appears the Healthcare.Gov site was in development for a only few months amid political pressure to get the project done quickly.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 8:03am
Mayor Winnecke will light Evansville's Christmas tree in front of the Civic Center next Wednesday. The 18-foot-tall Blue Spruce is being donated by Florence Murphy. You can see the lighting on November 20th at 4:45 p.m.
The largest Christmas tree lot in the area will be opening Friday, November 29th at noon. It's the 59th year Boy Scout Troop 399 will host its annual Christmas Tree Sale. The lot on the grounds of Sacred Heart Church will have over one thousand Balsam and Frasier Fir trees available, as well as holiday wreaths.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 7:58am
State Attorney General Greg Zoeller joins 30 of his peers in urging leading smartphone manufacturers to step up their security features. One in three thefts in the U-S involves a mobile communications device. Zoeller is part of the "Secure our Smartphones" initiative, which has asked Google/Motorola, Samsung and Microsoft to install better anti-theft software.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 7:56am
Most of those living in Evansville's Glenwood neighborhood are smiling. The lawyer for the Liquor Locker says it isn't going to build a store at Riverside and Bedford, near the Glenwood Leadership Academy. Area residents had said the Apollo Liquor store that closed at that location a few months back attracted problems that included underage drinking, prostitution, panhandling, and burglary. Apollo owners still hold the liquor license for the property.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 7:53am
A close call for an Evansville man, who was "very shaken up", but not seriously injured when he drove his pick-up truck into the path of an oncoming train. It happened early Wednesday afternoon, near Highway-57 and Green River Road. Investigators say 51-year old James William Watkins was leaving his job at Hobgood Contractors when an Indiana Southern Railroad train engine hit the driver's side of his truck. Investigators say Watkins was conscious and alert when transported to St. Mary's. He said he didn't see or hear the engine coming.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 7:52am
Jasper Police are asking for your help in solving an apparent hit-and-run accident. They have re-opened the investigation into a reported hit-and-run just outside Jasper Middle School. Police say they received a call that someone had been hit by a car at 36th and St. Charles. When officers arrived school officials told them a female student fell down in the roadway and was never hit by a car. And since then police say they've received conflicting reports of what actually happened. An officer says he was told the girl had suffered a leg injury.