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Plan to study babies of addicted moms

A major study of babies born to addicted mothers in Indiana would take place, under a bill that passed the House via a unanimous vote. The measure that started in the Senate creates a new definition for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and requires hospitals to report when it happens. The state Health Department would create a pilot program, on ways of identifying and reporting affected newborns. And it assigns a commission the job of studying treatments available to women who are pregnant and addicted, and the training available to professionals who deal with children born addicted.

Warrick County votes not counted

A mistake was made, it was just discovered, but it apparently would not have affected the outcome of any of the 2012 Warrick County elections. The Evansville Courier and Press reports an error caused 3700 early votes cast to not be counted. Chair of the Warrick County Democrat Central Committee, Kevin Derr says the company that services Warrick's electronic voting machines found one of their technicians inadvertently uploaded votes at the Election Office incorrectly. read more

Fire extinguished in Princeton

Firefighters from a half dozen departments are called-in to help put out a house fire, at Pine and Seminary streets in Princeton. Chief Mike Pflug says two men had already gotten out of the home when his crews arrived. Pflug says the fire appears to have started in the back of the house near the laundry room and then spread to the attic. He says below freezing temperatures made it difficult to extinguish Monday morning. Nobody was hurt.

Top Indiana Consumer Complaints

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has released his annual list of top consumer complaints. “The more you are informed, the better your chances to avoid becoming a victim of a fraud, scam or bad business transaction,” Zoeller said. read more

Boonville woman killed when he pick-up truck crashes

A Warrick County woman is killed in a crash at Highway-62 and Maxville Road in Boonville. She's identified as 34-year old Carson Kaye Carlisle of Boonville. Sheriff's investigators say that late Friday morning, Carlisle was west-bound on Maxville at a high rate of speed, when she drove off the road, then over-corrected her steering. Her pick-up truck began to flip and Carlisle, who was apparently not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. She was the only one in the truck.

Tanning bed restriction closer to becoming law

A measure to block children under 16 from using tanning beds in Indiana has cleared another legislative hurdle. House members approved the proposal Thursday. The Senate passed the bill last month. The bill would throw out a current law requiring minors under 16 to have parental supervision at tanning salons. The proposal also would require the State Department of Health to create standards regulating tanning bed use in Indiana.

Kentucky decision on same sex marriage

Kentucky must immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. A federal judge signed an order Thursday that eliminates part of the state's ban on gay marriages.  It makes official his February 12th ruling that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them." Same-sex couples may change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of a married couple in Kentucky.

Senate votes for conference committee to study early childhood education

The Indiana Senate votes by a wide margin to create a conference committee, to study early childhood education. Republican Luke Kenley says the legislature needs to have a better handle on getting federal funds for education scholarships, because the annual cost of a statewide voucher program could reach $270 million. Thursday's vote was 44-4. Governor Pence had asked for a $10 million pilot program, that would provide access to pre-kindergarten for low-income Hoosier families in five counties.

Unlicensed daycare bill faces further relaxation

Legislators are seeking a compromise on closer regulation of unlicensed day care centers. The Senate will vote next week on a bill which holds unlicensed daycares who receive government grant money to the same staffing requirements as similar-sized licensed centers. But the bill deletes House-passed requirements on nutrition and daily activities, instead ordering providers to spell out in writing what they do offer. Church day-care ministries had split on the original bill.

Operation Pull Over returning

More than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies will be putting more officers on the road, starting Friday, through March 23, as part of another Operation Pull Over Blitz. Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dave Wedding says state and federal funds will employ many more city, county, and state officers. Wedding says sober drivers will only face brief delays during those checkpoints. He says drivers need to have a plan before they start drinking, and have to get behind the wheel later.