Report: Payless To Close Muncie Store And All Stores Nationwide

Payless Shoesource is reportedly on the verge of closig all of its 2,700 stores across the country including the once in Muncie and two dozen others across the state. Reuters is reporting the company plans to liquidate after attempts to find a buyer for the chain have been unsuccessful. Payless filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and exited with some $400 million in loans.

Young-Sponsored FFA Bill Passed By Senate

The Senate passed a bipartisan resolution yesterday introduced by Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), and cosponsored by a bipartisan group of over 40 additional Senators, to mark February 16-23, 2019 as National FFA Week. In addition to designating National FFA Week, the resolution recognizes the important role of the National FFA Organization in developing young leaders and providing educational and career opportunities to students, and celebrates 50 years of female membership in the National FFA Organization.

Hep A Cases Reach County Jail

The Delaware County lock up is dealing with a hepatitis A outbreak. The sheriff says it was detected this month. Statewide, there have been more than 980 confirmed cases of hepatitis A , including seven in Delaware County. The Delaware County Health Department provided vaccinations to inmates and jail staff. Jammie Bane, administrator of the county health department, said the “quick action and teamwork … has been critical in providing an effective response.”

National Headlines:

The White House says President Trump plans to sign a government spending bill, but will also declare a national emergency so he can bypass Congress and build a border wall.

William Barr has been sworn in as Attorney General. The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Trump’s nominee in a vote of 54 to 45. Barr was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Amazon announced Thursday that it is scrapping plans to build a headquarters in New York City. The company’s decision came after some lawmakers said the tech giant did not deserve billions of dollars in government subsidies.

A large number of ISIS fighters are surrendering and those remaining in the town of Baghuz are fighting back, as civilians try to escape.

Anderson Woman Found Dead Of Gunshot Wound

Officials investigating the death of an Anderson woman that they believe died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Authorities were called to the 4100 block of Northwood Lane Thursday. There, they found the body of a 62-year-old woman who appeared to have died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Another Scotty’s Brewhouse Closes

Another Scotty’s Brewhouse has closed for good. The Hazel Dell Crossing in Noblesville location permanently closed Wednesday. In December, the company announced the closure of four locations, including the restaurants in Muncie, Carmel and downtown Indianapolis, after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.