Dow Jones and Co. sold for $5 billion

Five-billion dollars is all it took for Rupert Murdoch to purchase Dow Jones and Company yesterday.  The sale of the company ends a century of family ownership and adds a crown jewel to Murdoch’s worldwide media empire, News Corp.  A definitive agreement was signed yesterday morning by the two companies, even though the Bancroft family was against the buyout.

Medicaid changes concern caregivers, suppliers

Changes to the way Medicaid patients receive certain medical supplies has suppliers and caregivers worried about possible shortages.  But the plan to consolidate distribution of incontinence, catheter and ostomy supplies to a few or even one state wide suppliers will save taxpayers money.  Marcus Barlow of the Family and Social Services Administration says suppliers will have until August 23rd to submit bids to supply the whole state.

Minneapolis bridge collapses over Mississippi River

A bridge spanning the Mississippi River collapsed yesterday in Minneapolis during rush hour.  The I-35 West bridge as being repaired when it broke into several large sections.  The Star-Tribune reported that 50 vehicles went into the water and onto the land below.  Homeland Security Department spokesman Russ Knocke says there is nothing to indicate the collapse was an act of terrorism.  Six people were killed in the tragedy.

Health Department urges consumers to throw away contaminated cans

Consumers who got Castleberry’s hot dog chili sauce or beef stew from churches and food pantries are being urged to throw it away immediately by the Delaware County Health Department.  Health Department officials learned that the Salvation Army had given away one-thousand cans of the beef stew before learning of the recall.  Major Douglas Rick of the Salvation Army says all of the cans distributed through his pantry were 24-ounce cans, and that the recall included 15 and 10 ounce cans.

Bush meets with new Prime Minister

President Bush met with new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday at Camp David. The two forged a unified stand against Iraq yesterday, hoping to fend off talk of a splintering partnership in the face of the unpopular war.  Bush said he believes that Brown understands what is at stake in the struggle.

Police arrest two possible crack-cocaine dealers

Two suspected crack-cocaine dealers were arrested late Friday.  Members of the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force apprehended 34-year-old Sonny Smith and former Ball State University basketball standout, 31-year-old Duane Clemens in the Industry Neighborhood.  Authorities say the bust happened after a warrant was obtained after the drug task force had made numerous buys of the drug from Smith.

Muncie man faces DWI charges in two counties

A Muncie man who caused a fatal crash 10 years ago is now facing DWI charges in two ECI counties.  29-year-old Benjamin Donati was charged last week in Henry Superior Court.  He was also charged in June in Grant Superior Court Three for driving while intoxicated and is set to go to trial in that court on August 20th.

Daniels makes visit to Portland for announcement

Governor Daniels will be in Portland later this morning for an economic development announcement. Daniels will be visiting Mars Pet Care on East Lincoln Street at nine o’clock.  Local officials have declined to elaborate on the reason for the governor’s visit to the plant that produces over 60 tons of dog treats on a daily basis.

Property tax deadline extended 10 days

The deadline for paying this springs installment of property taxes has been extended by 10 days.  Delaware County Treasurer Warren Beebe and Auditor Judy Rust made the announcement yesterday.  The County Council also announce their plans for a special meeting sometime this week to talk about the ramifications of Governor Daniels’ order for a reassessment.

Panel hears plan on tax relief

The governor’s plan to distribute 300-million dollars in tax relief was heard by a panel in Indianapolis yesterday.  Director of the Office of Management and Budget Ryan Kitchell says the plan is designed to target those homeowners hit the hardest with sharp property tax increases this year.  He added the plan would cap increases on a home’s assessed value at a certain percentage.