Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:44pm
A State Senate committee passes a bill that includes a series of proposed tax cuts for Indiana businesses. It would eliminate the state's property tax on equipment for small businesses and cut the state's corporate income tax. The push comes as Governor Pence calls for an unspecified cut in business taxes, including a call to eliminate the business equipment tax. Pence has moderated his tone amid protests from local governments, which would lose an essential source of income. He now supports giving counties the option of waiving the equipment tax on new investments.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:41pm
Thousands of pages of documents showing how the Archdiocese of Chicago handled the sexual abuse of children by priests are made public Tuesday. They provide the broadest look yet into the details of what the church knew and did, or didn't do about it. Victims' attorneys say the paperwork will show the archdiocese concealed abuse for decades, including moving priests to new parishes where they molested again. The disclosures involving 30 priests were made as part of legal settlements with abuse victims.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 1:13pm
Purdue University Police say a person is in custody after a shooting was reported on campus. University officials received a report of gunfire at about 11 this morning Evansville time, and asked students and school personnel to seek shelter. The university sent out a tweet, alerting followers of the shooting, near the electrical engineering building. Two students told the Journal & Courier newspaper they heard what sounded like two shots and saw someone who possibly had blood on his or her hands.
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.