Lawsuit filed against Delaware County Commissioners

Residents who live near the proposed Muncie Ethanol refinery have filed a lawsuit against Delaware County Commissioners.  They say the rezoning for the project was illegal.  Commissioner John Brook said during yesterday’s meeting that IDEM recently issued Muncie Ethanol a permit to build and operate the estimated 160 million dollar plant at State Road three and 800 North.

Property taxes jump significantly

Property taxes are going up considerably for rental property and business owners in Muncie and Daleville.  Muncie will see rates increase almost 50 cents to $4.74 this year.  The total tax rate before was $4.26 Daleville residents will see roughly a 40 cent increase to $3.32 this year, mainly due to an 8.5 million dollar renovation of the Daleville schools.

Senate leaders agree to tabble immigration law until June

Senate leaders agreed Monday to wait until June to take final action on a bipartisan plan to give millions of illegal immigrants legal status.  The measure would tighten border security and workplace enforcement measures and has support from the White House.  However, criticism on the law has drawn criticism from across the political spectrum.  Senate leaders will not seek to complete a deal on the bill before the Memorial Day deadline.

Democrats create bill without timetable for troop pull-out

Democrats in both the House and Senate plan to draft an Iraq war-funding bill that does not have a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.  The legislation would include the first federal minimum wage increase in more than 10 years.  The bill would also provide funds for military operations in Iraq through the end of the September, which also marks the end of the fiscal year.

Iraqi military prepares for possible U.S. troop withrdrawal

Iraq’s military is coming up with plans to deal with any quick U.S. military pullout.  A senior American official warned Iraq’s defense minister Monday that the Bush administration might reconsider its support if Iraqi leaders do not make major changes by the fall.  The U.S. official didn’t say what actions would be taken by the White House, however, the comments reflected the administration’s need to show results in Iraq.

Hamilton County man arrested for selling morphine

A Sheridan man accused of selling morphine pills he gets as a military veteran went to court yesterday.  62-year-old Ricky Leath had an initial hearing on felony charges of dealing in a narcotic drug.  He has been in the Hamilton County Jail since last Friday after he was arrested on a warrant for sales to an informant with the Hamilton County Drug Task Force.  Court documents indicate the informant identified Leath as a person who was a regular source for the narcotic painkiller.

$3.4 M grant will help K-12 student achievement

A 3.4 million dollar grant from Lilly Endowment will go towards the Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Resource Network, a group dedicated towards the improvement of K through 12 student achievement.  The funds will help support initiatives such as the Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline. The ultimate goal of the group is to position Indiana’s workforce for more than 40 thousand new jobs in the life sciences by 2012.

Irsay: It's time for Indy to host Super Bowl

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says it’s time for the team to host a Super Bowl.  He’s hoping the league’s 31 other owners will agree later today when the select a location for the 2011 championship game.  The Irsay family will have owned the franchise for 40 years heading into the 2011 season.  Indianapolis is facing competition from Dallas and Phoenix as other possible sites for Super Bowl 45.

12-year-old arrested for making prank call to school

A 12-year-old student who confessed to making a prank call threatening the Sand Creek Intermediate school in Fishers has been arrested.  The boy was charged with Class D felony intimidation.  Sergeant Gerry Hepp of the Fishers Police Department believes the boy will be charged as a juvenile.  If he was tried as an adult, he could face a maximum sentence of 1.5 years in jail and a 10 thousand dollar fine.

State House bans guns; enforces use of metal detectors

Visitors to the Indiana State house will have to leave their guns at home and pass through metal detectors starting on June 7th. The new restrictions will be announced later today during a news conference at the Capitol Building.  The State House has been wide open with no metal detectors and numerous entrances.  The new policy will ban guns and visitors will have to pass through metal detectors and have their bags scanned by X-ray machines.