INDIANA STATE-OIL DRILLING
Oil drilling set to start near Indiana State
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A company is set to move drilling equipment onto Indiana State University's property and start looking for oil.
Pioneer Oil Co. executive Steve Miller says analysis of recent seismic surveys indicates an oil reservoir near the campus in downtown Terre Haute.
Crews are expected to start setting up equipment on Saturday and then start drilling work next week.
Indiana State officials tell the Tribune-Star they've worked with the company to minimize any impact on students and employees from the off-campus drilling.
Numerous other oil wells are in operation around Terre Haute, with more starting up since a large discovery in 2011.
University vice president Diann McKee says the school doesn't have an estimate on much money it could make from the oil drilling.
CLEAN ENERGY-TAX CREDITS
2 Ind. plants get $15M in clean-energy credits
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - A federal agency has awarded two Indiana manufacturers more than $15 million in tax credits intended to boost their production of clean energy equipment.
Delphi Automotive Systems is getting $10.6 million in tax credits from the U.S. Department of Energy for upgrades that will help its Kokomo Power Electronics plant remain competitive in the electric vehicle market by cutting production and engineering costs.
Delphi plans to invest more than $35 million through 2017 at the Kokomo factory as part of the project that's expected to create more than 150 new jobs.
Heating and air conditioning maker Carrier Corp.'s Indianapolis plant is getting about $5 million in tax credits to boost production of a condensing gas furnace product line that includes the most energy efficient gas furnaces on the market.
Boston company plans S. Ind. hydroelectric project
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A Boston-based company is pushing ahead with a $12 million project to retrofit and reactivate a long-idle hydroelectric power plant in southern Indiana.
Free Flow Power Corp. announced plans Thursday to install four new turbines at the Williams Dam on the East Fork of the White River in Lawrence County.
Company Vice President Tom Feldman says the project about nine miles west of Bedford will generate four megawatts of power. Free Flow Power is in talks with potential buyers of that power.
Feldman says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to approve a project license by early 2014, and the plant should go online by mid-2016.
The state Department of Natural Resources owns the Williams Dam. It originally included a hydroelectric powerhouse, but that was decommissioned during the 1950s.
NW Ind. commission OKs proposed Illiana Expressway
PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) - A northwest Indiana planning board has voted in favor of a proposed Illiana Expressway that would connect Interstate 65 near Lowell with Interstate 55 south of Chicago.
The Times of Munster reports the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission voted Thursday in favor of the 47-mile-long tollway. That move clears the way for the proposal to be submitted for final federal approvals. The plan previously had been approved by a similar Illinois board.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn both support the project, saying it would promote economic development. Critics maintain the $1.3 billion road would have minimal impact on economic development and is too costly.
Officials say if the project gets the needed federal approvals, work could begin as early as 2015.
Indianapolis woman gets 4 years for child neglect
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis woman has been sentenced to four years in prison for child neglect in the death of her 7-year-old son in an apartment fire that authorities say was started by a methamphetamine lab.
Marion County prosecutor's office spokesman AJ Deer tells The Indianapolis Star that 30-year-old Jessica Rogers was sentenced to six years, but two years were suspended. She also was ordered to serve two years on probation.
Rogers pleaded guilty last week as part of a plea agreement in which a murder charge was dismissed in the death of Dreydon Webb. Marion County prosecutors said the evidence was inconclusive that Rogers was responsible for starting the fire, though evidence still supported the neglect charge.
The child's body was found 5 feet from the window where Rogers escaped.
Ind. children's panel eyes meth, child abuse link
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A state commission looking for ways to improve the lives of Indiana's most vulnerable children wants to explore whether there's a link between methamphetamine arrests and child welfare cases.
Members of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana created an investigation task force Wednesday after hearing about child deaths in homes where adults were using illegal drugs.
The Indianapolis Star reports Department of Child Services director Mary Beth Bonaventura says drug use is a factor in the majority of the agency's child abuse and neglect cases. Commission members were particularly concerned by the prevalence of meth manufacturing in Indiana.
State Police data show that 372 Indiana children were found last year living in places with illegal meth labs.
GUARD UNIT RETURNS
Indiana Guard unit returns from Afghanistan
TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) - Members of an Indiana National Guard unit marched behind Santa Claus as they arrived at a ceremony welcoming them home after a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan.
About 110 soldiers from the 1438th Transportation Company based at Camp Atterbury were greeted with cheers Wednesday from hundreds of people who filled the gymnasium at Indian Creek High School in Trafalgar.
Some 30 relatives of Sgt. Joanna Thompson were on hand, just as many of them were when she returned from a deployment to Iraq a few years ago. Debra Lindsay tells the Daily Journal it is a blessing to have her sister home in time for Christmas.
Maj. Lisa Kopczynski says the soldiers provided security escorts for vehicles transporting food and other supplies to bases while in Afghanistan.
GOLD COIN DONATIONS
Gold coin found in C. Ind. Salvation Army kettle
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Someone has again anonymously dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in a central Indiana city.
Salvation Army Capt. Dale Brandenburg says the South African coin was found in one of its Kokomo kettles last week and it was sold it for $1,220. The Kokomo Tribune reports this marks the fifth straight year that a Krugerrand donation has been made in the city.
Brandenburg says the coin sold for about $400 less than last year when the price of gold was higher.
He says the donation of the coin is a big boost since the group is about $50,000 short of its $82,500 fundraising goal for Kokomo.
Brandenburg says it's always exciting to find one of the gold coins inside a kettle.
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