Governor Pence is declining to clarify whether he‘s willing to support allowing live dealers at Indiana racetrack casinos; including Hoosier Park in Anderson. Pence has long said he opposes expansion of gambling without specifying what would meet that definition. Pence says he‘s made his position clear to legislators, but he still won‘t take a public stance on specific provisions. Pence says, “If the bill gets to his desk, you‘ll know his position for sure.”
A well-known plastic surgeon in Richmond says she and her family were the victims of a hate crime early Tuesday. Dr. Myla Bennett says her family was awoken to the sound of an explosion. She and her family found her husband‘s pickup truck engulfed in flames in their driveway and a racial slur spray painted on their garage door. Indiana State Police are investigating.
A Summitville man is in critical condition after crashing his Jeep early Thursday morning. Police say they received a 911 call from a semi-truck driver who said a Jeep Wrangler had crashed and overturned in the 12,000 block of North Indiana 9 in Alexandria. When emergency crews arrived, they found 33-year-old Jacob J. Johnson, had been ejected from the Jeep. Johnson was last listed in critical condition, with a fractured back, ribs and possible brain trauma.
There may be momentum for doing away with the ISTEP exam. The Senate voted 46-3 this week to get rid of ISTEP after next year and replace it with something shorter and cheaper. Governor Pence says while it wasn‘t part of his education agenda, he‘s open to the idea, as long as it doesn‘t weaken accountability requirements. House leaders in both parties aren‘t committing outright to killing ISTEP but agree the bill deserves a serious look.
Two Hoosiers now say they‘ve been poisoned by McDonalds. The most recent case involves an Indianapolis police officer who had to be hospitalized after drinking what he thought was sweet tea from McDonald‘s, but turned out to be industrial cleaner. McDonald‘s says they are looking into the issue. In January, the family of a Muncie teenager filed a lawsuit, after he reportedly drank cleaning solution out of the sweet tea machine.
If you live in Anderson, your electric rates are about to go up. The Anderson Board of Public Works has approved a 2.19 percent increase, meaning that the average residential customer of Anderson Light & Power will see a slight increase in their electric bill during the second quarter of the year, raising the average bill to a little more than $110 a month.
While most Madison County schools won’t begin administering the ISTEP + exam until next week, administrators with Anderson Community School Corporation say that after three days of testing, things are going well for their students. Attendance is up, student spirits seem high, and teachers have had no difficulty explaining changes to shorten the high-stakes assessment that required permission from state lawmakers that Gov. Mike Pence signed into law late Monday afternoon.
The Muncie Community School Board will hold a special meeting next Wednesday. The trustees have called the meeting to solicit input from the public on the selection of a new superintendent to replace Tim Heller who announced his resignation in November. His contract expires on June 10. The meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the auditorium at Northside Middle School.
A Muncie teenager has been arrested after he allegedly battered and threatened the mother of his two children. 19-year-old Bradley Allen Swallow Jr. was charged with battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, intimidation and domestic battery. Swallow, who admitted that he started the fight and hit her first, was being held in the Delaware County jail under a $5,000 bond.
Alexandria Mayor Jack Woods has unveiled some of the goals for his town in a recently approved 2015 comprehensive plan, including working to finish the North Alexandria business park, which he says should be shovel ready by the middle of March. Woods says the business park is going to be a game-changer for Alexandria, calling it a chance to build factories and create jobs.