Interstate 65 construction begins near Seymour
SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) - People driving on Interstate 65 south of Seymour will see lane closures as part of a nearly $55 million project to upgrade 21 miles of pavement and rehabilitate 20 bridges.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says motorists can expect to see lane between State Road 56 in Scott County and U.S. 50 in Jackson County starting on Sunday and continuing through November. The lane closures will begin Sundays at 6 p.m. and end Fridays at 1 p.m.
Man with 2 children in car tries to flee police
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say an Indianapolis man was taken into custody after leading police on a chase with two young children in his car.
The chase began about 2 a.m. Saturday in Brownsburg, outside Indianapolis, when the driver wouldn't pull over for a Hendricks County police officer. WISH-TV reports the fleeing man's car struck a fence and a Brownsburg officer's vehicle hit a house.
The man fled on foot with the children, triggering a search involving a police helicopter. A 3-year-old boy was found alone and uninjured in a field about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Police took the man into custody about 6 a.m. after someone reported seeing a man carrying a small child covered in blood. The child was taken to a hospital for treatment of head and leg injuries.
3 juveniles safe after falling through ice in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities say a central Indiana man rescued two juveniles who fell through the ice on a retention pond, while a third pulled himself to safety.
Indiana Conservation Officers say 33-year-old Jeremy Parks of Indianapolis ran to the scene after three youths fell through while walking on half-inch thick ice about 12:40 p.m. Saturday. By the time Parks arrived, one youth had pulled himself out.
Parks fell in while helping the other two. He got one victim back on the ice and then began to struggle after reaching the second victim. Both were able to get out after neighbors pulled them out with a hose.
One youth was taken to Riley Hospital for observation, but appeared to be in good condition. The others were checked at the scene and released.
Missed votes prompt new accountability system
BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A southwestern Indiana county is turning to old-fashioned methods to ensure that every vote counts this year after an error kept nearly 3,800 ballots from being tallied in 2012.
Nearly 3,800 early votes cast during Warrick County's general election went uncounted because of a voting machine technician's error.
County Clerk Sarah Redman tells the Evansville Courier and Press she does not want to rely on computer-generated reports and is considering having election workers use pen and paper to ensure votes are counted.
The 2012 error didn't affect any election outcomes, and Redman says she's confident it was an isolated event.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has requested an independent review of Indianapolis-based MicroVote General Corporation's report and totaling procedures used in the 2012 general election.
Harvard grad students help East Chicago with plans
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) - Harvard University graduate students are using the downtown Indiana Harbor neighborhood of East Chicago as a case study.
The Times of Munster reports 10 students were in the northwestern Indiana city Wednesday through Friday as part of their plan to spend the semester working on a development plan. They spent the time touring different aspects of the city and meeting with residents and leaders.
Harvard real estate development professor Richard Peiser says the study will help students gain a deeper understanding of the complexities in real urban environments. The areas of study range from architecture, real estate development, urban planning and landscape architecture.
East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland will visit the students during midterms in Cambridge, Mass., and will receive a recommendation report at the semester's end.
BALL STATE-LEADERSHIP DIVERSITY
Evaluators: Ball St. falls short in female leaders
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - An evaluation team from an accrediting organization found that most leadership positions at Ball State University are held by white males even though it has a female president.
The Star Press reports the 12-member team from the Higher Learning Commission found the university to be in full compliance with federal regulations, but still urged the school to step up diversity efforts.
The report pointed out that the president's cabinet is predominantly white and mostly male and the academic deans are males, most of them white.
Ball State Associate Provost Marilyn Buck said the report overall was good, saying getting women into leadership positions is something most universities work on. The Star Press said reports it obtained showing other state schools have been cited for the need to improve diversity.
Ivy Tech's $83M wish list meets skeptical audience
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ivy Tech Community College says it could double its enrollment and graduation rates if it gets $83 million more from the state. But it might not get its wish.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley tells the Indianapolis Business Journal he wants to restore Ivy Tech's funding to the same per-student amount it once had. Funding fell after Ivy Tech's enrollment surged during the recession and as state education aid was cut.
Kenley says he isn't certain Ivy Tech should start increasing its enrollment until more of its students start graduating. Only 28 of every 100 Ivy Tech students earn a degree or transfer to a four-year school.
Ivy Tech is a key to state leaders' efforts to increase the number of Hoosiers with post-high-school credentials by 2025.
C. Ind. man gets 40 years in dad's fatal stabbing
(Information in the following story is from: (Greencastle) Banner Graphic, http://www.bannergraphic.com)
GREENCASTLE, Ind. (AP) - A 22-year-old central Indiana man who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of his father has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The Banner-Graphic reports Thomas Badgley of Greencastle was sentenced Friday by Putnam Superior Court Judge Denny Bridges to 40 years in prison, but the judge suspended the last five years of the sentence. Badgley pleaded guilty in December in the stabbing death of 53-year-old Tommie Dale Badgley on September 12th, 2012.
Testimony indicated the father was at his son's house because he thought his son had overdosed on pills and was trying to get him to a hospital. Bridges said the fact Badgley's father was unarmed and was there to try to save his son's life were factors in the sentencing.
FOOD AND FARM-PIG PENS
Bigger pig pens create challenges for farmers
FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) - The pork industry is reacting to consumer pressure by investing millions of dollars to give pregnant pigs room to move.
They're converting and building barns to put sows in group pens instead of individual stalls too narrow for the animals to turn around.
Animal rights activists have been pressuring farmers to stop using gestation stalls.
Farmers like Malcolm DeKryger are experimenting with group pens, but say the move isn't cheap or easy. Bigger sows can hog food and bully their smaller sisters.
DeKryger has installed electronic feeding systems on his farm in Fair Oaks, Indiana so each pig can be fed individually.
But the equipment adds hundreds of thousands of dollars to construction costs, and he says he's still trying to find ways to keep sows from hurting each other.
Purdue's agriculture college awards $1M in grants
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue University's College of Agriculture has awarded $1 million worth of grants to 19 projects to help with farming in Indiana, such as developing a sanitizing treatment for cantaloupe grown in the state.
Cantaloupe from a southern Indiana farm were ordered recalled by the Food and Drug Administration after a multistate outbreak of salmonella sickened more than 150 and was blamed for two deaths. The Journal and Courier reports one-year projects were given $50,000 while two-year projects can spend $75,000.
Among other approved projects were quantify the impacts of neonicotinoids, which are toxic to honeybees and other insects, in and around no-till, cover-cropped agricultural fields and to survey forestry owners to help them better protect their woodlands from invasive plants.
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