The Chairmen of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, intends to see White House officials testify about the dismissal of federal prosecutors, and intends to force the issue through the subpoena power of the Senate if the White House fails to cooperate. Although Federal prosecutors serve at the pleasure of the President, some Senators have concerns about political motivations, not performance considerations, in the dismissal of eight attorneys. Presidential strategist Karl Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers are being sought to testify on the firings.
New technologies have been deployed to help the search for a missing
A decision is expected Wednesday in a longtime dispute in the land sale of the
Indiana House Bill 1324 will address metal theft. With the rising theft of aluminum and copper, the bill will require anyone selling scrap to show an ID. The bill cleared the house unanimously and will now go to hearing in the Senate. Another bill originating in the Senate, Bill 411 is now in the house. It would allow police to tap cell phones and e-mail. The current law only allows for land line interceptions. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is opposing the bill.
A car crash on Interstate 69 killed a 19-year old
Viewing for our friend and Backyard Broadcasting News Director Tom Hammond is 4 – 8 p.m. at Elm Ridge in Muncie. A private service will be held Monday. Memorials are requested in Toms name to Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) and the Muncie Southside Band Boosters. Additionally, a TOM HAMMOND NEWS SCHOLARSHIP has been set up by Nancy Carlson at the Ball State TCOM department. It is listed under BSU Foundation Acct. # 7450. Checks should be made payable to BSU Foundation Account #7450 with the words Tom Hammond written somewhere on the check.
A Muncie man convicted of child abuse in the battery of his own stepdaughter was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in jail, the maximum allowed under terms of a plea agreement. Aaron Conwell pleaded guilty last month to battery counts related to an extended period of abuse against his stepdaughter, then-two-year-old Haley Benson, from July 2005 to October 2005. Conwells wife, the mother of Haley Benson, has also been charged in relation to the abuse, with counts of neglect. Thurma Conwell will appear in court next month, where she is also expected to plead guilty.