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  • New bishop appointed to lead Vermont Catholics Dec 22, 2014 6:59 AM
    The Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis has been appointed the 10th Bishop of Burlington in Vermont. The Most Rev. Christopher James Coyne was appointed Monday and will be formally installed as pastor of Vermont’s 118,000 Catholics on Jan. 29. A Boston native, Coyne is known as a leader in the Catholic Church’s “digital revolution,” keeping a dedicated daily presence on both Facebook and Twitter and producing a regular podcast. He previously served as pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Westwood, Massachusetts, and became a bishop in Indianapolis in 2011. Coyne will be introduced at the Diocesan offices in South Burlington on Monday.

     
  • Man’s body found in Bloomington creek over weekend Dec 22, 2014 6:59 AM
    Authorities are working to confirm the identity of a man’s body found in a Bloomington creek over the weekend. Bloomington police Sgt. Lucas Tate says officers were called Saturday evening about the body in Clear Creek on the city’s south side. Tate tells The Herald-Times the body was found in shallow water at the bottom of a 10-foot wall behind the Night Moves strip club. Tate says an autopsy was planned for Monday to determine what caused the man’s death. He says investigators didn’t immediately know how long the man was in the creek or whether foul play was involved.

     
  • Colts owner helps out Massachusetts Kerouac nonprofit Dec 22, 2014 9:23 AM
    LOWELL, Mass. — The owner of the Indianapolis Colts has ponied up $10,000 for a Massachusetts organization that keeps Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac’s legacy alive. James Irsay’s donation is the largest single pledge in the history of the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee. Treasurer Steve Edington says the organization reached out to Irsay knowing he is huge Kerouac fan. Irsay paid $2.4 million for Kerouac’s original “On the Road” scroll in 2001, and in 2007 allowed it to be displayed in Lowell, Kerouac’s home town. Edington tells The Sun newspaper that the organization was “delighted” with the donation that will help keep it viable. The Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee is a nonprofit founded in 1985 that holds a program around Kerouac’s March 12 birth date, and a large scale festival every October.

     
  • Shakeup nears from Indianapolis TV viewers Dec 22, 2014 9:23 AM
    The upcoming switch of CBS programming to a different Indianapolis television station will also see the fight for viewers start among a new slew of newscasts. CBS Corp. announced in August that it was ending its nearly six-decade affiliation with WISH-TV with a switch to WTTV effective Jan. 1. WTTV will become the fifth Indianapolis station with daily news programs, while WISH is preparing to add four hours of newscasts a day to help fill the loss of network programming. Indianapolis-based Z Marketing Partners media director Rick Doyle tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that the changes will cause much confusion among advertising buyers and viewers for months. WISH General Manager Les Vann tells The Indianapolis Star that the station isn’t starting from scratch as it looks to keep viewers.

     
  • Initiative to give small grants for project ideas Dec 22, 2014 9:22 AM
    A community center is looking to spur improvement projects in an eastern Indiana city with monthly $500 grants. Wayne Township Trustee Susan Isaacs says the money raised from donations by the Grassroots Action Resource Center in Richmond will be aimed at what she hopes will be creative ideas from organizations, groups of friends or individuals. Isaacs tells the Palladium-Item they won’t put boundaries on projects that will be considered but want to boost the small things that make a community loveable. Inspiration for the $500 Project Initiative came from a visit to Richmond this fall by “For the Love of Cities” author Peter Kageyama who described the potential impact such small projects.

     
  • Man dies inside SW Indiana grain bin Dec 22, 2014 9:22 AM
    A coroner says a southwestern Indiana man had a safety rope on him when he was killed while working in a grain bin. The Gibson County coroner says R.V. “Rocky” Schmidt was working in the bin on his farm near Lynnville when he was suffocated on Friday by the grain. Coroner Barrett Doyle tells the Princeton Daily Clarion that Schmidt was likely shoveling grain when apparently it gave way. Princeton Fire Chief Mike Pflug says firefighters cut holes on the sides of the bin and used a tractor with a vacuum system to suck the grain out at the farm about 20 miles northeast of Evansville. Crews were on the scene for three and a half hours.

     
  • State allocates $4M to 5 cities to fight blight Dec 22, 2014 5:35 AM
    Five Indiana communities are receiving a total of $4 million to eliminate blighted and abandoned homes. Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announced grants from the Indiana Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program on Friday. Anderson is receiving the most funding at $1.28 million, followed by Muncie at $1.1 million. Terre Haute will receive $897,000, Evansville $677,000 and the town of Daleville, 10 miles southwest of Muncie, will receive $43,000. The goal of the Blight Elimination Program is to eliminate blighted, vacant and abandoned homes in an effort to decrease foreclosures. The program has made a total of $75 million available for blight elimination throughout Indiana. Ellspermann says the program allows communities to transform blighted homes into functional, revitalized spaces that will again contribute to the local economy.

     
  • Golic’s lost bet to pay off for Indiana homeless Dec 22, 2014 5:36 AM
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A lost bet is going to pay off for a northern Indiana homeless center. “Mike & Mike in the Morning” co-hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg placed a bet when their alma maters, Northwestern and Notre Dame, played a football game in November. Golic, a former Notre Dame standout defensive lineman, paid off the bet by re-creating a Kim Karashian pose. Golic then made a T-shirt of that and he and his family wore them on a Christmas card. ESPN viewers started asking how they could get the shirts. So a company started making them. Golic tells the South Bend Tribune the money from the sales will go the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. Golic says he’s thrilled the bet will ultimately end up benefiting others.

     
  • Indiana creates mobile app for Indiana travelers Dec 22, 2014 5:36 AM
    The state has created a free mobile app aimed to helping people traveling through Indiana avoid trouble spots. State officials say the app will let include notifications about weather, flooding, hazardous materials spills and other events that could affect travel. Gov. Mike Pence says an online county-by-county travel advisory map has been one of the most popular pages on the state of Indiana website, particularly during times of inclement weather. He says the Indiana Department of Homeland Security county travel status map had nearly 5 million unique visitors between Dec. 1, 2013, and March 31. Pence says the app will make the information more convenient. The app allows users to set alerts for any county or counties they choose.

     
  • Purdue gets $1.6M to create virtual patients Dec 22, 2014 5:35 AM
    Purdue University has received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help medical, nursing and pharmacy students learn how to counsel people to quit smoking using “virtual patients” and educational assessments. Purdue pharmacy Professor Karen Hudmon is leading the project that will develop teaching and learning tools. Hudmon says tobacco use is the primary known preventable cause of disease and death in the United States and results in enormous health care costs. She says it is well established that the most effective method to quit is a combination of counseling from a health care provider and the use of medication to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal. But she says most health professional schools are not adequately preparing students for that role.

     
  • Flu worries prompt more Indiana hospitals limits Dec 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    More Indiana hospitals are being advised to put temporary visitor restrictions in place to try to protect patients and staff from the flu virus.

     
  • Two dozen injured in megabus crash in Indiana Dec 20, 2014 6:20 PM
    A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early Saturday, injuring 24 people, authorities said. The bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, veered off the road at around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 in Seymour, State Police Trooper Clifton Elston said.

     
  • Humane Society blames lead bullets for bald eagle death Dec 19, 2014 4:42 PM
    One bald eagle has died and another is in serious condition in Wisconsin after ingesting lead from ammunition.

     
  • Indiana voucher schools were overpaid nearly $4M Dec 18, 2014 11:53 AM
    A new study has found that 80 private Indiana schools involved in the state’s school voucher program were overpaid nearly $4 million and have returned that money to the state. The study released Wednesday by the Indiana Non-Public Education Association shows that 80 of the more than 300 private schools participating in Indiana’s voucher program were overpaid $3.9 million over three years after making unintentional errors in calculating voucher costs. INPEA Executive director John Elcesser tells The Indianapolis Star most of that overpaid money was returned by Catholic schools. Indiana Catholic Conference officials tell the Evansville Courier & Press most errors occurred when schools didn’t recognize multi-child and employee discounts before calculating voucher amounts. A spokesman for state schools chief Glenda Ritz says her office is reviewing the information.

     
  • Indiana man allegedly robbed elderly man 29 times Dec 18, 2014 11:53 AM
    An Indianapolis man faces robbery charges alleging that he robbed an 86-year-old man nearly 30 times in a single month. Police say 50-year-old Robert Amonette knew his alleged victim. The Indianapolis Star reports Amonette faces 28 robbery charges and one count of armed robbery. Court records say Amonette is accused of tailing the elderly man through his neighborhood and then driving the victim to the bank more than two dozen times in October and forcing him to withdraw money. He faces the armed robbery charge because he allegedly brought a handgun on one occasion. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry say family, friends and neighbors need to talk to elderly residents about their safety because older people are often targeted “by criminals preying on their isolation.” ——— Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

     
  • Report: Culvert repairs pose environmental risks Dec 18, 2014 11:55 AM
    A Purdue University engineering report recommends states require standardized testing to safeguard against environmental contamination caused by a widely used method for rehabilitating aging drainage culverts. Assistant engineering professor Andrew Whelton says the nation’s culvert infrastructure is decaying and states have no standardized product test method that screens out technologies or construction practices that can cause environmental damage. He says there’s evidence that a frequently-used technology called cured-in-place pipe have caused fish kills, harmed wastewater treatment plants and caused evacuations of day care centers, schools and government buildings. Whelton says a newly developed modified procedure can be used on freshly manufactured pipe rehabilitation materials to potentially screen out hazardous materials.

     
  • Indiana woman gets 60 years in murder-for-hire Dec 18, 2014 11:30 AM
    A southwestern Indiana woman who admitted plotting to have her daughter’s boyfriend kill her estranged husband has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Forty-seven-year-old Brenda Dossett of Evansville could have faced life without parole if she had been convicted at trial of murder in the May killing of her estranged husband, Gilbert Dossett. But the Evansville Courier & Press reports Dossett instead agreed last month to plead guilty to murder and was sentenced Wednesday in Vanderburgh County. She’s agreed to testify against 19-year-old Mason James Hughes, who’s accused of fatally shooting Gilbert Dossett as he slept. Court documents say Brenda Dossett expected a $42,000 life insurance payout from her husband’s death and promised to buy Hughes a car costing no more than $10,000 to kill her husband. ——— Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com

     
  • Indiana creates county travel status mobile app Dec 18, 2014 11:55 AM
    Indiana has created a free mobile app the state says will provide users with county travel status updates and alerts directly to their mobile devices. The state Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday it collaborated on creating the free app with Indiana’s Office of Technology. The app’s features allow users to set alerts for any county or counties they choose, and when a travel status in a selected county is changed, users will receive an alert notification. The app will include weather conditions for each county and contact information for county emergency management agencies. The Indiana Travel Advisory app is available to download for iPhone in the App Store and Android in the Google Play Store.

     
  • Baby Jesus statue stolen and returned will get GPS Dec 18, 2014 11:30 AM
    The baby Jesus is getting a tracking device. A statue of the newborn Jesus recently stolen and then returned to a central Indiana retirement home will soon be equipped with a GPS monitor.

     
  • 27 Valparaiso U. athletes arrested on alcohol charges Dec 16, 2014 9:31 AM
    A weekend house party in northern Indiana has led to the arrests of more than two dozen Valparaiso University athletes.

     
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