Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:55pm
Kentucky's Transportation Secretary says there are no plans to re-route Interstate-69 across the Natcher Bridge and then through Owensboro. Mike Hancock also says a proposal being pushed by Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne would be "costly and difficult to implement." Payne met with Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. Winnecke says that under Payne's plan, Evansville would become a cul-de-sac, without a new bridge to Henderson. He says Payne's proposal wound not be in the best interests of Southwestern Indiana, Henderson, or Madisonville.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:40pm
A University of Indianapolis economist says get ready for another corporate monopoly. Dr. Matt Will says the Federal Communications Commission is likely to approve Comcast‘s $45 billion takeover bid for Time Warner. Will says the deal will make Comcast the television "behemoth" that even controls the broadband lines that service Hulu and Netflix which are currently viewed as alternatives to pricey cable television. Will says the deal will surely mean less choice for cable customers.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:30pm
A year after setting aside $400-dollars for long-term highway needs, legislators are considering breaking that piggy bank open now. Legislators had hoped to keep adding to the highway fund, and use it in 2020 for some big-ticket projects. But INDOT says rising gas and labor prices mean the fund‘s purchasing power is likely to be 20% less by then. Commissioner Karl Browning says tapping the money now would let INDOT get started on those plans. Browning argues spending the money now remains true to the purpose of the fund, since the money would be spent on long-term projects.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:23pm
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is leaving office but hopefully only for a while. He will be on active military duty in Afghanistan. The 31-year-old will serve as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve for Operation Enduring Freedom. Buttigieg is leaving February 28th and won’t return until October, but he says the work of his office will continue. Buttigieg says nothing underway will stop or pause during his absence.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:13pm
Meetings that will lead to new academic standards for Indiana schools continue. Evaluation teams coming up with a framework for the standards that could replace Common Core in Indiana met Thursday and got together again Friday at Indiana Government Center South next to the Statehouse. Their work is to help the State Board of Education meet a pair of mandates from the legislature. One is to evaluate the Common Core state standards that were adopted in 2010, and second to adopt college and career-ready standards.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:11pm
It's the top local award dedicated exclusively to women. And this year's winner is Sheila Huff. The Bosse High School Principal has been a prominent educator for the past 37 years. She's been a teacher, a coach and a principal. Huff has also been active as a member of the YWCA Board of Directors, has been a mentor in the Live Y'ers program - which provides after-school programming and mentors for at-risk girls, and has been active in numerous other serving-groups. Huff was earlier named a YWCA 100 Years 100 Women honoree.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 7:57pm
Those against the effort to place Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution win a surprising victory, as the Senate effectively delays a statewide vote on the issue for at least two years. In a parliamentary move that spared a vote, the Senate advanced the marriage ban without the "second sentence" ban on civil unions. The House stripped that language from the amendment before passing it last month, and the Senate's decision not to restore the language means the effort to amend the constitution has to start fresh.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 7:55pm
A State Representative is asking the Utility Regulatory Commission to come to Evansville and hold a public hearing on Vectren’s plan to hike its natural gas rates. Gail Riecken says she's "understandably leery" whenever utilities want to increase rates, and is looking out for those on fixed incomes. Riecken says if approved, the increase starting next year would initially be up to $1.50 a month for an average customer.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 7:23pm
Mayor Winnecke says he's already spoken with City Council president John Friend, but it's too soon to say what, if any action city leaders will take following the court ruling that invalidates Evansville's anti-smoking ordinance. The court ordered the reinstatement of the city's previous law, enacted in 2006. There's also a state law that restricts smoking. Winnecke says city lawyers and others are looking at how the laws fit together.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 7:21pm
A sinkhole collapsed part of the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, damaging eight cars but not shutting down the building. A museum spokeswoman says six of the cars were owned by the museum and two were on loan from General Motors. When the hole opened up it set off an alarm and a call to the fire department. No one was in the museum at the time. The hole is in part of the domed section of the museum, and that area will remain closed. The fire department estimated the hole is about 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep.