Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 4:55pm
Legislative leaders haven‘t ruled out passing their own academic standards for Indiana schools to replace Common Core. The State Board of Education is supposed to write new academic standards, but the tug-of-war between the board and state superintendent Glenda Ritz has left that work behind schedule. Senate President Pro Tem David Long says legislators will step in if they have to, but says he‘s been encouraged by an apparent improvement in the working relationship between Ritz and the board at their last two meetings. The state is facing federal deadlines to complete the standards.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 4:51pm
A southern Illinois woman goes on trial Tuesday for allegedly lying to police investigating the deaths of a young man and his girlfriend. 31-year old Candice Brown of Centerville is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice in the deaths of 22-year old Jacob Wheeler of Centerville and 17-year old Jessi Evans of Norris City. Brown allegedly told investigators her fiancee at the time, Danny Coston, was at home with her when Wheeler and Evans died. Coston was convicted of their murders last summer and is serving a 53-year prison sentence.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 4:49pm
A new report suggests that more than half of Indiana's congressmen may have a hard time understanding people facing financial challenges, because those congressmen are millionaires. The Center For Responsive Politics publishes the net worth of every member of Congress each year. It's based on the financial disclosure forms filed by members. As of 2012, the latest year studied, Republican Senator Dan Coats was the wealthiest member of Indiana‘s delegation, with an average net worth of $4.7 million. But he ranks only 103rd out of the 535 members of the House and Senate.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 4:47pm
Owensboro Police are trying to figure out what caused a man to drive his pick-up truck through guardrail at the top of a bridge on Highway-60 East. The truck fell on it's top near the road below, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was being withheld, because family members were still being notified. It happened about 8:30 Monday morning near Owensboro Municipal Utilities.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:35pm
You can click http://ewsu.com/index.aspx?page=3146 for information from Evansville's water utility. That West Virginia chemical spill is expected to reach Evansville early Monday. The group monitoring the spill now estimates it'll reach Evansville around 12:30 in the morning. The plume's expected to reach the Newburgh Locks and Dam beforehand, at about 5 Sunday afternoon.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:42pm
Vectren says there won't be a short-term impact on your bills, even though the utility is preparing to go ahead with between $70 and $90 million in planned investments. Vectren has filed a request with the Utility Regulatory Commission, seeking approval to upgrade the existing emissions control equipment on its coal-fired electric power plants. The changes ensure the utility can comply with new EPA mandates, including mercury and toxin standards that take effect in two years. Vectren says it intends to delay recovery
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:40pm
Police are investigating three recent incidents involving gunfire in Evansville. The first was Thursday night in the 1500 block of Savannah Drive, where an apartment was struck by at least one bullet. The second happened a half-hour later, in the 800 block of Jackson. A witness says four men got out of an SUV, walked away from it, and after several shots were fired, they ran back and left the area.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:39pm
State health officials say the number of Indiana flu deaths this season has jumped to 11, up from three reported a week ago. The Department of Health says six deaths have happened in northern Indiana's St. Joseph County and that no other county had recorded more than one death. State health commissioner William VanNess says this season's flu strains are hitting young and middle-aged adults fairly hard, and all but one deaths has been in the 25 to 64 age group. Indiana had 27 flu deaths at the same time last year.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:06pm
A woman who became a State Representative less than two weeks ago files papers to keep the job. Holli Sullivan of Evansville was selected by Republican Precinct leaders to succeed Suzanne Crouch in the district representing Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. Gov. Mike Pence appointed Crouch to an open position as state auditor. Sullivan has been active with the group known as Women Right of Center. She'll be challenged by Democrat Vanderburgh County Commissioner Steven Melcher, a man known for being left of center.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:05pm
Congressman Larry Buschon files for re-election. The Newburgh Republican says he spent his career as a doctor fighting every day to improve the lives of his patients. He also says he opposes the Administration's new EPA regulations that he says put coal industry jobs and affordable energy at risk. Buschon says that over the past three years, he has been one of only four members of Congress to have two bills signed into law. He says they protect businesses from burdensome regulations, help put veterans back to work, and would improve the nation's transportation systems.