Bayh supporting middle class opportunity act

State senator Evan Bayh is touting the Middle Class Opportunity Act.  The legislation could double the child tax credit in the first year.  The bill would also expand the dependent care tax credit to offer a full 35 percent for families earning up to $100 thousand per year.  Bayh says the bill would cost about […]

Civil Rights leader dies after car crash near Valparaiso

A Northwest Indiana civil rights activist and his wife are dead after a car accident near Valparaiso.  Police say 96-year-old Clifford Minton and his wife, 95-year-old Alma Minton died when their car went off the road and into Lake Louise.  Minton was the executive director of the Gary urban league from 1949 to 1969.  He […]

Witnesses testify in shooting death outside Village Pantry

Witnesses of the shooting death of Antron Young gave their personal accounts of what happened Tuesday in court.  Lakisha Edwards was one of four eye witnesses who testified in Delaware circuit court four in the murder trial of 26-year-old JamEs D. Roberson III.  Roberson is on trial for young’s death at a Village Pantry on […]

Public forum on music building not taken well

Those who attended a public forum Tuesday night on a proposal for a new music building at Monroe Central High School were not pleased.  No one in attendance spoke in favor of a $13 million project to include a 550 seat auditorium, new spaces for band, choir and drama, as well as a wellness center […]

Democrats fight Republicans on tax increase

Senate Democrats are battling Republicans again over a cigarette tax increase.  Senator Vi Simpson says she is very disappointed that the senate was not able to vote on the bill she offered to increase the state tobacco tax by 44 cents per pack.  President Pro Tem David Long says the amendment was not germane.  The […]

Richmond hopes to host 2008 Presidential debates

The city of Richmond is looking to host 2008 presidential and vice presidential debates.  The city, along with the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County and 18 other locations submitted their applications Monday.  The Wayne County Foundation provided $2,500 to the $7,500 application fee.  The Commission on Presidential Debates will decide the sites for the […]

Nursing home employees still facing neglect charges

Two employees of the Brander Village Health Care Center and a former employee were in court Tuesday morning. Felicia Pauley and Charlotte Strickland and former employee Tonja Cottingham were in Grant Superior Court Three to determine if a neglect case against the three should be dismissed.  However, no decision was made.  The three were arrested […]

Toddler found face down in golf course pond

A 2-year-old girl found face down in a pond on the Lafayette municipal golf course was in critical condition Monday night at Riley Hospital for Children.  Neighbors say Alison Bacon wandered from the porch of a nearby home around 5 p.m. the girl’s father, Rodney Bacon, found his daughter lying unconscious in the water on […]

Property tax restructuring could lower bills 5%

Property tax restructuring is still alive in the senate as of Tuesday.  A panel endorsed a plan to end the state’s practice of subsidizing local property taxes and allow counties to rather use income taxes to fund future spending growth.  Senate Tax Chairman Luke Kenley says the new plan would increase homestead credit eight percent […]