Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 4:43pm
Indiana fourth graders got modestly higher math and reading scores on this year‘s National Assessment of Educational Progress test.
Indiana students were among the top five gainers in the country last year for reading and math at the fourth grade level. 8th grade scores were also up, though not as much.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:43pm
The National Weather Service and three local broadcasters who were heavily involved with the Nov. 6th tornado eight years ago speak at a seminar. The session at the Red Cross in Evansville was attended by emergency planners, storm spotters and other interested residents. Ricky Shanklin of the NWS noted 24 of the 25 deaths in the Nov. 6th tornado involved mobile homes hit by a night time twister. Others noted storms move about twice as fast in the winter, compared to summer months.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:30pm
Indiana is joining other states in trying to address the fast growing senior population. Indiana‘s senior population now stands at 800,000. The nation‘s above 65 population will more than double from 40 million in 2010 to 89 million in 2050. Nearly 10,000 people turn 65 every day across the nation. The state is trying to address the need of seniors in the areas of transportation, housing and health care. More and more localities are looking at ways to make existing communities more livable and accessible for seniors.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 5:29pm
Disappointing was the word used to describe the economic outlook for 2014. In their annual forecast released Wednesday Indiana University Kelley School of Business economists say only 2 percent growth is expected in the first half of the year because of the gridlock in Washington. The outlook for Indiana is slightly better. Hoosier personal income is rising faster than the U.S. average and that‘s fueled by earnings from manufacturing, transportation and warehousing.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 1:14pm
A Posey County man pleads guilty to murder. 26-year old Thomas Davidson entered the plea Wednesday morning to charges he shot and killed 58-year old Sandra Burkhardt, in August in rural White County, Illinois. Davidson and Burkhardt were both from Poseyville. In exchange for the plea, the judge sentenced Davidson to 60 years in prison. Other charges were dropped, but under Illinois law, Davidson will not be eligible for day-for-day credit for good behavior.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 1:12pm
Evansville police are looking for a woman who pulled a gun on a gas station clerk while stealing fuel. It happened about 10:45 Wednesday morning, at the Phillips-66 on North Main Street. Officers say the woman is black, she was wearing a pink coat, and was last seen driving away in a silver, 1990s Dodge or Chrysler.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 1:11pm
A self-employed oilfield worker dies in Southern Illinois. The coroner says 62-year old Alexis Anderson of McLeansboro was servicing an oil well, when he was pulled into an operating pump and crushed Tuesday. His clothes had become tangled in the equipment, and he was pulled into the pumping unit. He was working by himself, checking on the well to make sure it was operating as it should.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 1:09pm
Nobody was hurt, when a shot was fired into the front window of an Owensboro home. It happened early Wednesday morning, in the 4000 block of Kipling Drive. Police say the house was occupied at the time, and they say there have been some disputes on that block, and they have some suspects. No arrests have been made.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 1:08pm
An Evansville police officer is going to ride his bike more than a thousand miles to raise awareness for House of Hope. The non-profit is a counseling and education program for 13 to 17 year-old females. The Evansville office will soon have a house so they can start a residential program, and eventually, they hope to start a program for boys. Sergeant Brian Talsma says he'll begin his journey at Evansville's riverfront and finish in Orlando. He says the journey will take him about a month.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 4:58pm
A company called nerdwallet.com releases a report identifying the best towns for young families in Indiana. Most are in the central part of the state. The list includes Carmel, Fishers, Granger, Crown Point, Greenwood, Plainfield, Valparaiso, Noblesville, Jeffersonville and Schererville, in that order. Spokesman Mike Anderson says they measured school performance, home values and affordability, and other financial considerations. Nerdwallet.com describes itself as a free tool to find the best credit cards, cd rates, savings, checking accounts, scholarships, healthcare and airlines.