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  • Vera Bradley to cut manufacturing at Indiana plant Aug 14, 2014 7:40 AM
    Vera Bradley plans to phase out a shift that about 150 people work at its New Haven plant in an effort to reduce manufacturing capacity and save on domestic costs.

     
  • No charges filed in deaths of Clydesdale horses Aug 14, 2014 7:41 AM
    Northeastern Indiana prosecutors have decided not to file charges in a case where dead and malnourished Clydesdales were discovered on a horse arm. Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison says she could not file charges because necropsies weren’t done on the horses found dead in March to determine how they died.

     
  • Geologists studying Mount Baldy find another hole Aug 14, 2014 5:05 PM
    Geologists beginning an in-depth study of why a then-6-year-old Illinois boy became buried in a popular sand dune in northwest Indiana last year have discovered another hole there.

     
  • Truck driver pleads innocent in fatal crash on I-55 Aug 12, 2014 10:15 PM
    A semitrailer-truck driver has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to a crash last month in Will County that claimed five lives. Francisco Espinal Quiroz of Leesburg, Indiana, is accused of falsifying logbooks and failure to maintain proper records. He has been held on $1 million bail since the July 21 accident on Interstate 55 near Channahon. Will County state’s attorney spokesman Charles Pelkie said Tuesday prosecutors have met with Illinois State Police to determine if the charges against the 51-year-old Quiroz should include reckless homicide. Authorities say Quiroz was driving at least 15 mph above the posted construction zone speed limit at the time of the crash. Defense attorney Sarah Toney on Tuesday offered condolences to crash victims. She said the accident investigation is ongoing for both sides.

     
  • 81-year-old Indiana farmer rescued from grain bin Aug 7, 2014 8:50 AM
    An 81-year-old farmer rescued after being buried beneath an avalanche of corn inside a grain bin on his family’s southwestern Indiana farm is back at work just two days after the near-fatal accident.

     
  • Police: Muncie man living with 600 animals Aug 7, 2014 8:51 AM
    Police and animal shelter officials will remove more than 600 animals from a Muncie storefront. The Star Press reports that a building commissioner on Wednesday discovered a man at a strip mall with a collection of animals including an alligator, two hedgehogs and more than 500 mice.

     
  • Interior secretary to visit Carmel to support fund Aug 6, 2014 6:21 AM
    U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to visit central Indiana in support of a federal fund that is used for urban parks, clean water and outdoor recreation. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is scheduled to expire next year unless reauthorized by Congress. The money comes from revenues from offshore oil and gas development. Jewell is scheduled to be in Carmel Thursday with Mayor James Brainard, a member of the bipartisan coalition Mayors for Parks, and other local officials in support of the fund. President Barack Obama has proposed fully and permanently funding the program. The fund has paid for more than 42,000 state and local parks, playgrounds, urban wildlife refuges, greenways, trails and open spaces over the past 50 years.

     
  • Panel to select next Indiana Supreme Court leader Aug 6, 2014 6:22 AM
    The Indiana Supreme Court is about to get its second new leader since 2012. The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Wednesday to interview Justices Loretta Rush, Mark Massa, Steven David and Robert Rucker before selecting a new chief justice to succeed Brent Dickson. Dickson took over the court’s leadership after longtime Chief Justice Randall Shepard retired in 2012. Dickson announced in June that he would step down as chief justice but remain an associate justice. Two years ago, the justices all recommended Dickson be named chief justice and the commission followed their recommendation. The nominating commission will hear from the justices in public and then meet privately to select the next chief justice for a five-year term.

     
  • 2 Indiana cities get $500,000 in EPA water grants Aug 6, 2014 6:26 AM
    The federal government has awarded two northern Indiana cities $500,000 for projects to improve Lake Michigan’s water quality by filtering the runoff from city life. Gary officials will use its $250,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to install systems such as water-filtering bioswales to reduce the amount of sediments and pollutants that flow into the lake. That effort will also be funded by more than $83,000 in city money and $168,000 from the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The city of Hammond will combine its $250,000 EPA grant with $250,000 of its own money to build rain-collecting gardens and install permeable pavement at the city’s marina and a park. Those projects will help prevent contaminated runoff from being discharged into Lake Michigan during major storms.

     
  • Police nab man suspected of trying to hit trooper Aug 6, 2014 6:42 AM
    Police say officers have arrested a man who they believe tried to run over a state trooper in northeastern Indiana. State police Sgt. Ron Galaviz says the arrest was made Tuesday night after a person called 911 reporting someone who matched the description of the man who police spent more than four hours searching for in a rural area of Noble County about 20 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. Galaviz says the search started after a battery suspect a trooper was following near Big Lake drove onto a dead-end street and then tried to run over the trooper who had left his cruiser. The trooper shot at the car, but the driver wasn’t apparently wounded and soon fled on foot. Galaviz says the man was jailed on unrelated arrest warrants.

     
  • Northern Indiana firefighter dies at business fire Aug 6, 2014 6:34 AM
    Authorities say a firefighter was killed and another injured while battling a large blaze at a northern Indiana business. Officials tell WNDU-TV and WSBT-TV that members of the New Carlisle fire department were inside the building Tuesday night when a roof collapsed. The body of the firefighter who died was found a few hours later. Information on the severity of the injuries to the other firefighter wasn’t immediately available. The LaPorte County Herald-Argus reports the fire was at K-Fex Excavating and Trucking near New Carlisle, about 15 miles west of South Bend. The fire gutted much of the building, with flames shooting through its roof.

     
  • Chicago mayor calls for summit on drinking water Aug 6, 2014 6:28 AM
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reacting to reports Lake Erie has became tainted with a toxin that prevents water consumption by calling for a summit of Canadian and U.S. mayors. He says a meeting is needed to discuss ways of protecting and preserving the Great Lakes. In a statement, Emanuel says what happened in Toledo, Ohio, where thousands were forced to stop drinking tap water for more than two days, is a reminder that much must be done to protect the lakes. They provide drinking water in Chicago and many other communities in the United States and Canada. According to the statement, Emanuel’s office is contacting mayors in the Great Lakes region to convene the meeting in the next few weeks.

     
  • Plea deal rejected for ex-Indiana county auditor Aug 5, 2014 6:09 AM
    A judge has rejected an agreement under which a former county auditor in southern Indiana was expected to plead guilty to criminal charges of wrongly paying personal expenses with county-issued credit cards. The Owen County judge overseeing the case against former Monroe County Auditor Amy Gerstman said during a court hearing Monday that she had problems with the proposed plea agreement. The penalties in that deal haven’t been released. Special prosecutor Barry Brown tells The Herald-Times that the judge wanted Gerstman to face greater punishment. Gerstman faces felony counts of theft and official misconduct over some $11,000 in charges during 2010 and 2011 for clothing, travel to New York and Florida and her children’s school tuition. Gerstman’s lawyer says she has repaid all that money.

     
  • Central Indiana county 6th this year to adopt vote centers Aug 5, 2014 6:09 AM
    A central Indiana county is the latest to get vote centers for its elections. The secretary of state’s office announced Monday that Boone County, northwest of Indianapolis, had become the 18th Indiana county where vote centers are approved. Other counties have plans pending with the secretary of state’s office, which oversees elections in Indiana. A 2011 state law allows makes vote centers an option for any Indiana county. Vote centers are polling places where any eligible voters in the county may cast their ballots instead of a specific polling location.

     
  • Indiana agency honored for mine reclamation work Aug 5, 2014 6:09 AM
    Federal officials are honoring the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for its work at an abandoned coal mine in southwestern Indiana’s Pike County. The Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining gave the DNR the 2014 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award for its work to remove a dangerous ledge left from the removal of soils above coal seams near the town of Augusta. The ledge was more than 4,000 feet long and was up to 100 feet high in spots. Crews also replaced a deteriorating county road and built a stream channel as part of the project. DNR officials negotiated with Triad Mining to perform the work for about $300,000. The original cost estimate was $6.2 million.

     
  • Indiana Gov. Pence honors breastfeeding advocate Aug 5, 2014 6:09 AM
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is honoring a breastfeeding advocate as part of state and worldwide events celebrating the practice. The Indiana State Department of Health says Pence has recognized Terry Jo Curtis, the founder of the Indianapolis-based Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition. Curtis died on Mother’s Day in May. In a recent letter to Curtis’ family and friends, Pence said Curtis “was a true role model for Indiana citizens, one who broke barriers and lived by the belief that understanding and compassion are the means to impact change.” Pence has proclaimed Aug. 1-7 as Breastfeeding Week in Indiana in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week.

     
  • Busy I-65 exit near Indianapolis draws concerns Aug 4, 2014 10:03 AM
    Leaders of two northern Indianapolis suburbs say they’re worried about the safety of an Interstate 65 intersection and are asking state officials to make changes. Commuter traffic from Indianapolis often backs up at the I-65 exit for Indiana 334 into the growing suburbs of Zionsville and Whitestown. Zionsville Town Council president Jeff Papa tells The Indianapolis Star that he’s not sure the Indiana Department of Transportation is fully aware of the interchange’s dangers. Agency spokeswoman Debbie Calder says it has completed several projects to ease congestion in the area, including an additional travel lane that was finished last year. Traffic on I-65 could’ve been lessened with a proposed exit to Zionsville off I-865, but town officials didn’t support the plan after area residents objected to it.

     
  • 2-hotel tower planned near Indianapolis arena Aug 4, 2014 10:03 AM
    A developer is looking to build two high-end hotels in a single 15-story building near Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Plans filed with city officials say Minneapolis-based CSM Corp. is planning the hotels totaling 286 rooms at what is now a surface parking lot across the street from the arena. Ratio Architects president Bill Browne tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that plans include a parking structure and restaurants on the hotel’s street level and second floors. The developer’s proposal says the hotels would carry the Aloft and Element brands. Browne says developers hope for city approval of the project this fall, with construction starting sometime after that.

     
  • Lower northern Indiana lake poses boating danger Aug 4, 2014 10:03 AM
    Boaters on a northwestern Indiana reservoir are facing more dangers with lower water levels. The state Department of Natural Resources says Lake Freeman near Monticello has fallen below its normal level because of low rainfall in the area recently. Gary Creigh of Tall Timbers Marina tells WLFI-TV that some people haven’t been able to get their boats into the water off lifts. He says other boaters aren’t going out because of the greater danger from tree stumps and other below-water hazards. The dam on the lake about 20 miles north of Lafayette is operated by Northern Indiana Public Service Co. Utility spokesman Nick Meyer tells the Herald Journal that water flow has to be maintained to protect beds of endangered mussels in the Tippecanoe River.

     
  • Indiana city considers golf carts on streets Aug 4, 2014 6:13 AM
    A southwestern Indiana city is considering allowing golf carts and all-terrain vehicles that are properly registered on city streets. The Evansville Courier & Press reports the Boonville City Council is scheduled to consider the proposed ordinance on Thursday. Two city council members say they are for the ordinance, two are opposed and the fifth says he won’t disclose his decision until he votes on Thursday. Boonville Assistant Police Chief Bryan McKain says he is concerned the golf carts and ATVs could lead to an increase in personal injury accidents. The ordinance would require drivers be at least 18 years old. The golf cart or ATV would have to be registered and inspected by the Boonville Police Department.

     
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