Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:14pm
The U.S. Senate follows the House in approving a bipartisan budget plan. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted for it, saying it provides needed certainty for the next two years. Donnelly says no one got 100% of what they wanted, but the bill makes additional cuts to the deficit, and prevents another government shutdown. He also says it's an example of how the parties can work together, and that's something that needs to happen more often. The Senate approved the bill on a bi-partisan vote of 64 to 36 over Tea Party opposition.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 9:41am
Evansville police are investigating an armed home invasion in the 13-hundred block of South Lombard Avenue. Victims tell police they were in the kitchen Tuesday night when someone threw something through the glass in the back door and three men forced their way inside the home. The victims tell police two of the men had handguns and the third man had what looked like a machine gun. The robbers told the victims to hit the floor and stole a purse, wallet and cell phone before taking off. No one was hurt.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 9:35am
Old National gets naming rights to The Centre. The name change, to Old National Events Plaza recognizes the bank's $14 million investment in the downtown convention hotel project. Bank President and CEO Bob Jones told County Commissioners that the 30-year agreement is good for everyone. The bank will will be providing new signs, in and out, as well as an electronic message board for the downtown convention facility.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 9:31am
A Boonville woman who was seriously hurt in a car crash in Warrick County over the weekend has died. 86-year-old Norma Jean Love was a retired Evansville Police Officer who worked for the EPD from 1954 to 1974. She was the first woman to take the merit system test when the system was put into effect. The accident happened Saturday afternoon at South Rockport and Metz Roads, south of Boonville. Investigators say 20-year-old Tyler Hylton of Reynolds, Kentucky, crossed the center line and apparently hit a van driven by Love.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:14pm
The Indiana Supreme Court votes unanimously in favor of building a controversial coal gasification plant in Spencer County. The court ruled that altering the contract that developers of the Rockport plant signed with the state did not amount to a significant change. Opponents had argued the contract wasn't valid. Under it, the state will buy synthetic gas produced at the plant at a fixed price for 30 years. The state will then resell the gas and consumers will either make or lose money.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:13pm
A member of the Evansville Parks Board disagrees with those who have criticized conditions at a number of city parks. Kenny Overton brought a slide show of the parks to City Council members Monday night. Overton says the parks are for the most part well groomed and well maintained. He encouraged more public-private partnerships, and asked the council to consider restoring a $50,000 emergency maintenance fund it cut, just before next year's city budget was approved.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:11pm
It's a tight time frame. The Redevelopment Commission votes to request qualifications from developers interested in working on the IU medical school project in Evansville's downtown. But the developers only have until January 3 to respond. And the commission is expected to choose who the city will work with at its January 7th meeting. Mayor Winnecke says the city has options on land where the school could be built, but for now won't say where it is. IU says the deadline for site proposals to be submitted is the end of next month.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:09pm
Chandler Utilities issues a boil water advisory for an area near Newburgh. A water main break led to the advisory for the area bounded by Oak Grove Road, Telephone Road, Libbert Road, and Bell Road. About 500 customers are affected by it. It is recommended that all cooking and drinking water be brought to a full boil for five minutes before using.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:08pm
It's been a great year on the stock market - out-performing just about all predictions - and a top investment analyst expects more of the same next year. While in Evansville, John Augustine, Chief Market Strategist for Fifth Third, said one reason is Europe, Japan and the United Kingdom following the U.S. out of the Great Recession. But Augustine says businesses haven't shared their increasing wealth with employees because of concerns about costs of the Affordable Care Act.
Submitted by WIKY News on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 5:03pm
Owensboro Police are asking for help in finding a missing woman. 48-year old Sandra Daugherty was reported missing when she failed to return to her McLean County home last Saturday, after being discharged from Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Surveillance footage shows Daugherty leaving the hospital in a light colored passenger car. Police are searching for her because of her medical condition and the medication she needs to be taking.