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  • Rural, volunteer fire agencies receiving $194,000 Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Rural and volunteer fire departments from 29 counties throughout Indiana have been awarded more than $194,000 in grants. The grants are administered by the state Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry. Recipients are selected based on population density, the acreage of public wild lands that they protect, and wild land fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters. Grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and protective gear in an effort to increase firefighting capacity and personnel safety. The grants range from $969 to $5,000 and were given to 44 departments across Indiana.

  • 5-year-old boy’s bathtub death under investigation Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    State police say an investigation is underway into the death of a 5-year-old northern Indiana boy who reportedly was found not breathing in a bathtub. Sgt. Kim Riley says Ian Davidson died Thursday at an Indianapolis hospital, where he was taken by helicopter after emergency workers were called the day before to his family’s home near Monticello. Riley says a family member reported finding Ian in the bathtub and that after a 911 call was named a neighbor who is a paramedic arrived and started CPR on the boy. Ian’s parents were home at the time. Results of an autopsy are pending and no charges have been filed.

  • Shuttered Indiana hospital heads to tax sale Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    An eastern Indiana hospital that closed six years ago is headed to a county property tax sale to help settle more than $464,000 in back taxes. The Sept. 30 tax sale of the old Reid Hospital in Richmond will help current owner Spring Grove Development Co. pay some of the site’s outstanding property taxes. Wayne County Attorney Ron Cross tells the Palladium-Item the 60-acre site will be offering as a single block to ensure no one just buy parts of the property. The Richmond hospital moved in 2008 to a new $318 million complex, leaving the old building vacant. Authorities say standing water and crumbling materials inside have left the building unsafe. A city-county partnership is conducting a site evaluation before considering a demolition plan.

  • Vincennes U. gets nearly $200,000 to train miners Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Vincennes University has received more than $191,000 to provide safety training to miners. The grant is part of a total of $8.3 million awarded to 47 states and the Navajo Nation for the 2014 fiscal year. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. Grant recipients will use the money to provide federally mandated training to workers in surface and underground coal mines and other types of mines. The grants are administered by state mine inspectors’ offices, state departments of labor, and state-supported colleges and universities. Training is tailored to the needs of area miners, including hazards they may encounter on the job. Some states also use the grants to support their mine emergency response efforts.

  • Storms cause scattered Indiana road flooding Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Thunderstorms dropping heavy rain in northern and central Indiana have snarled travel in some places with road flooding. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for several counties Friday morning, with 3 inches or more of rainfall overnight in spots. Blackford County emergency management director Aaron Henderson says the county just north of Muncie saw “boatload of rain,” but that scattered road flooding was the most serious problem. Henderson says the county’s school district delayed opening so drivers would have more light to see flooded areas.

  • Cadavers, a teen, and a med school dream Aug 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    A 17-year-old Indiana high school student has been deemed mature enough to handle a situation many could not — he’s helped prepare cadavers for an incoming medical class. The student, Johntrell Bowles of Gary, has participated this summer in the 2014 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest, also in Gary. He is the youngest person to do so.

  • 8 gang members indicted on racketeering charges Aug 22, 2014 5:36 PM
    Federal prosecutors in Illinois and Indiana have announced the indictment on racketeering charges of eight members and associates of a street gang operating in the states.

  • Slain journalist spent time with Indiana troops Aug 21, 2014 9:06 AM
    The American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State extremist group had gone to Iraq with Indiana National Guard soldiers during a 2008 deployment.

  • Indiana passenger rail extended 4 months Aug 21, 2014 8:23 AM
    The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line, it said Wednesday.

  • Indiana wants ban on abortion pill law lifted Aug 20, 2014 7:24 AM
    State attorneys asking a federal judge to lift an order blocking an Indiana abortion pill law that critics claim targets a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette say women could seek the procedure elsewhere.

  • Indiana woman pleads guilty of trying to abduct baby Aug 19, 2014 8:39 AM
    A central Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an attack during which police say she wrapped an electrical cord around a mother’s throat and demanding she hand over her 3-week-old daughter.Thirty-five-year-old Judith Ann Walker of Anderson told a Delaware County judge Monday that because of drug abuse she remembers little about the June 2013 attack at the victim’s Muncie home.

  • Hoosier Lottery operator just misses profit goal Aug 19, 2014 12:41 PM
    The Hoosier Lottery director says she’s pleased with the performance of the lottery’s private management company even though it fell slightly short of the profit goal during its first year.

  • Six star college players on struggling teams Aug 19, 2014 2:01 PM
    The next time you turn on the television and see a couple of sub-.500 teams slogging along, desperately hoping to just get bowl eligible, don’t turn it off. There is bound to be at least a few players out there worth watching. Here are six star players who will be trying to lead their struggling programs to the postseason.

  • Police say bones found in Indiana lake could be old Aug 18, 2014 8:39 AM
    Authorities say possible human skeletal remains found over the weekend in a northeastern Indiana lake could be old. Indiana Conservation Officers say a resident reported seeing the bones in SteubenCounty’s Hamilton Lake and that divers found more remains during an extensive underwater search on Sunday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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