97-year-old woman robbed by man posing as cop

A man posing as a police officer stole $130 from a 97-year-old woman.  Family members say a man knocked on Wilma Cooper’s door Tuesday evening and told her he needed to check her money in connection with some robberies in the area.  An official report was not filed by Muncie police, due to a lack of information on the suspect.

FDA orders andi-depressant labels be re-written

Antidepressant drug makers, including Eli Lilly, have been ordered to put new warnings on the most widely prescribed anti-depressants in the country. The Food and Drug Administration says labels need to be rewritten to state the use of these drugs lead to suicidal behavior in young adults.

IU freshman arrested for burglary, conterfeit money

An Indiana University freshman was arrested by police after he was accused of burglarizing 11 dorm rooms and stealing from four cars.  IU police say 18-year-old Ryan Mason was found with several stolen wallets Sunday.  Mason is also being investigated by the Secret Service because counterfeit money was found in his room by investigators.

Congress fails to override Bush's veto

An effort by Congress to override President Bush’s veto of legislation to withdraw U.S. from Iraq failed on Wednesday.  The defeat spurred talks on a new measure to fund the conflict.  The House vote was 62 votes short of the two-thirds majority need to override a presidential veto.  The president remains confident an agreement will be reached.

Lafayette man drives through house in Dayton

A Lafayette man was found nearly a quarter-mile from a house he drove through in Dayton, Indiana Tuesday afternoon.  49-year-old Kevin Marsell had a blood alcohol content of .05 percent at the time of the crash and was listed in serious condition at Home Hospital in Lafayette late Tuesday.  Authorities in Tippecanoe County believe a medical problem may have also contributed to the crash.

Plea bargain reached in Pike County slayings

Authorities in Pike County say a man who killed three and injured another in a cornfield last year could escape the death penalty.  23-year-old Nicholas Harbison will appear in court May 24th where a judge will determine if his plea agreement with prosecutors will be accepted or not.  Harbison’s defense attorney says he would serve three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole plus 50 years, if the deal is approved by a judge.

Purdue Research Foundation licenses new technology

A new technology was licensed by the Purdue Research foundation Wednesday.  The San Diego-based Pax-Vax Incorporation was authorized to mass produce a possible bird flu vaccine.  The new technology would carry an extra gene related to the influenza virus to produce a protein in host cells and trigger an immune response against the bird flu.  The process is awaiting the approval of the Food and Drug Administration.

Cigarette tax hike could insure more than 100,000 Hoosiers

Smokers in Indiana will pay 44 cents more per pack of cigarettes. That’s if Governor Mitch Daniels signs a bill he says will be “the biggest step for health care in Hoosier history.” The extra money of about $200 million per year would fund a health initiative to provide insurance to more than 100 thousand uninsured Hoosiers.

Marion City Council considering property maintenance ordiance

An ordinance to regulate the maintenance of exteriors and interiors of properties in Marion is under consideration by the City Council.  The new plan is similar to one used in Goshen and would control problems such as chipped paint and the expectation of privacy in a bathroom.  The original ordinance would have applied to all properties in Marion, however the new plan will only target rental properties.

Coroner training bill awaits Governor's signature

A bill to require state coroners to have training was sent to Governor Daniels yesterday for approval.  The law also outlines different ways to identify a dead person.  An identity mix-up involving two Taylor University students last year in a fatal crash on I-69 led to the creation of the bill.