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"Camp Destination" to provide kids with entertaining summer daycare

Parents needing summer daycare for their kids may be able to take advantage of the EVSC's "Camp Destination." It's a full-day summer childcare program that will be offered at Hebron, Stringtown and Vogel schools. There will be field trips to the movies, swimming pools, and bowling alleys. Those already enrolled a Extended Day Centers will receive priority for sign-ups, with the rest of the openings filled on a first come, first served basis. read more

Violence outbreak nets 10 charges against man

A Western Kentucky man is arrested for attempted murder, after shots were fired into a Webster County home. Kentucky State Police say that as they were assisting county officers and Clay Police Tuesday night, the shooter returned to the house, struck a deputy with his car, and fired more shots into the home. Officers returned fire, striking his car as he drove away, and finally apprehended 61-year old Tommy Branson of Sebree, on Highway 132 near Dixon. read more

March 10 convention hotel groundbreaking set

A new date is set for breaking ground for Evansville's $71 million downtown convention hotel project. Mayor Winnecke says it'll be March 10 at 3-pm. Winnecke says the 257 room hotel will put the city back on the map for convention business, as well as spur additional downtown development. It's expected to open in the fall of next year. Design drawings have been approved by the city, and the architects and civil engineers are in the process of completing construction drawings, which will be submitted to the state in order to secure building permits.

Guns in school parking lots

An Indiana House committee endorses a bill that would allow guns in school parking lots. The panel approved it after the gun provision was added to a bill that would ban local governments from using taxpayer money for gun buy-back programs. The addition to the measure would allow guns to be locked and out of sight in a car in a school parking lot. Currently, bringing a gun on school property is a felony. Supporters say the provision would protect parents who inadvertently have their guns with them when they pick up their kids.

Possible Indiana University data breach

Personal information from almost 150,000 students and recent graduates at I-U may have been compromised. The university notified the state attorney general's office of the potential problem. The data that may be at risk includes names, addresses and Social Security numbers for students across seven IU campuses who attended the university from 2011 to this year. IU says no servers or systems were affected. Three automated computer data mining applications, used to improve Web search capabilities accessed the personal information.

Religious bias amendment is withdrawn

A Hoosier state representative wanted a House Committee to remove a controversial amendment he authored. It would have allowed some church organizations that have government contracts to show religious bias in their employment decisions. Ways and Means agreed with Republican Eric Turner's request. House Speaker Brian Bosma says the change was only supposed to apply to a single issue, involving Indiana Wesleyan University.

ARC campaign "a great success"

It was seven years in the making, and Evansville ARC has met its first-ever capital campaign goal. More than $2 million has been raised. The total was announced by ARC President Deidra Conner, who says the funds put a much needed roof on their building, on Virginia near Deaconess Downtown. Conner says they were able to take a structure that was built in the 1970's, improve its handicapped accessability, and make a number of improvement. read more

Gun sentencing bill advances following rash of murders in Indy

A bill to jack up criminal sentences for gun crimes has cleared another legislative hurdle and is headed for the Indiana House floor. Indianapolis legislators and Mayor Greg Ballard began pushing for a mandatory extra sentence of up to 20 years after a wave of home-invasion robberies last fall. Ballard says three-quarters of Indy‘s homicides are committed by people with prior convictions for crimes against others. He says existing law allows those people to return to the streets too quickly. Current law tacks on five years for using a gun.

Pre-K school funding appears doomed again

Proposals offered by Indiana Senate Democrats to restart a pilot early childhood education program were blocked on Monday. Amendments to House Bill offered by State Sen. John Broden were defeated on near party-line votes. Sen. Broden expressed disappointment with the results, saying Indiana ranks 45th nationally in delivering a skilled, well-educated labor force. Sen. Democrat Leader Tim Lanane said early childhood education enjoyed nearly universal support at the Statehouse. read more

Justices hear Clean Air Act from states including Indiana and EPA

The U.S.Supreme Court hears Indiana‘s challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency‘s attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Indiana is one of 13 states arguing the EPA exceeded its authority when it used the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide emissions, while crafting its own numerical limits instead of those the law spells out for other pollutants. If limits originally drafted for lead and other pollutants were used for carbon dioxide, it would affect not just factory smokestacks but churches and schools.