Indiana 38 Repairs Forum Monday

An open-house forum about work planned for Ind. 38 will be held before the Monday, March 20th meeting of the New Castle City Council. The forum to answer questions from the public will be at the New Castle City Council chambers starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7.

Statewide Tornado Test Next Week

Emergency Management Departments across the state will sound the sirens next Tuesday. The outdoor warning sirens will be activated at 10:15AM and 7:35PM as part of the statewide test. The tests will activate alarms on weather radios, cell phone apps, and other devices.

Free Legal Help Tuesday

Free legal help is available to qualified residents next week. Indiana Legal Services will have an attorney at the Carnegie Library next Tuesday, March 21, to provide free legal help on civil legal matters to Muncie area residents. The attorney will be at the downtown library from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Dems Defending Pence’s HIP 2.0

Statehouse Democrats are calling on Indiana’s congressional delegation to defend former Gov. Mike Pence’s expansion of the state’s Medicaid program from proposed GOP cuts backed by President Donald Trump. The current vice president’s HIP 2.0 program covers more than 400,000 poor people in Indiana. But the Congressional Budget Office predicts the introduced American Health Care […]

No Traction On Hate Crime Bill

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says a hate crimes bill will “probably not” be revived in the House this session, despite calls from advocates for Indiana to take action. Bosma says the issue is not something to stick in an existing bill. Indiana is one of five states without a hate crimes statute.

Coats Confirmed As Nat’l Intelligence Director

The Senate has confirmed former Indiana Senator Dan Coats for national intelligence director. Senators voted 85-12 Wednesday to approve the nomination of Coats, making him the fifth person to hold the post created after the Sept. 11 attacks. Coats replaces James Clapper, who retired at the end of the Obama administration.

MCS Chooses National Over Local Busing Company

Going with the least expensive bid, Muncie Community Schools has hired a national busing company over locally-based M&M Bus Company. A transportation consultant working with MCS recommended Auxilio Services, based in Michigan.  The Auxilio bid came in at a million and a half dollars depending on routes, and the arrangement could mean new buses with […]

MadCo Council To Borrow $5 Million

After months of discussion, the Madison County Council has voted to borrow $3.5 million from local banks to finance the county’s portion for replacement of the Eisenhower Bridge. The Herald Bulletin reports that the council voted to borrow a total of $5 million, with $3.5 million going to the bridge project and $1.5 million to […]