Chesterton man bit by rattlesnake

A Chesterton man is in serious condition at Methodist after he was bit on the finger by a pet rattlesnake. 66-year-old Robert Urbanski bought two snakes at a swap meet in Pennsylvania last week.  A western diamondback rattlesnake bit the man on his left index finger at his home on Saturday. Both snakes were taken by a conservation officer from Urbanski’s home.

IU dentist students caught cheating

46 students at the IU School of Dentistry have been disciplined for cheating.  Nine of the students were dismissed from the program and 21 received letters of reprimand.  Dean Lawrence Goldblatt says the students obtained “unauthorized acquisition, sharing and use of passwords” to gain access to electronically locked image files only intended for examinations.

Army sign $49M contract with French company

A French company has been hired to burn chemical waste produced by the destruction of Indiana’s deadly VX nerve agent stockpile in Texas.  An Army official says a 49-million-dollar contract was signed with the French company Veolia Environmental Services last week.  However, a watchdog group says they might sue the Army in an effort to stop the transport of the agent from Indiana to Texas.

Better Business Bureau issues warnings on scams

The Central Indiana Better Business Bureau has issued a warning against potential consumer scams.  Those include bogus offers on foreclosure assistance, as well as house cleaning services.  Linda Carmody of the Central Indiana BBB says to be aware of companies such as Foreclosure Assistance Soloutions out of Florida, and Dirt Divas from Indianapolis.

State, city offices closed for primaries

All state offices, as well as city offices in Muncie, Hartford City, Montpelier, New Castle and Dunkirk will be closed due to the primary elections.  All county offices and courts in Delaware Blackford, Jay and Randolph Counties will be closed, as well as Town Offices in Gaston and Eaton.  However all federal offices and financial institutions will be open.

Social Security number posted on state web-site

Dozens of Social Security numbers may have accidentally been disclosed by the State Department of Administration.  Officials say those involved in the case were associated with women or minority owned businesses.  The error occurred when a state employee inadvertently loaded tax ID numbers of businesses on the Department’s website last week.

Astrophysicist named 11th Purdue president

Officials at Purdue University have named their 11th president.  France A. Cordova is the school’s first woman to hold the post. The well-known astrophysicist and current chancellor at the University of California-Riverside, will replace out-going president Martin Jiscke after his retirement on June 30th.

Military, local emergency workers receive training

Thousands of police, fire and military responders will be in Indiana this week for an extensive training exercise.  Approximately 2,000 National Guard Members and 700 local responders will be at a training center in Jennings County to simulate a nuclear detonation.  Eric Dietz of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says the scenario will take place around the clock to simulate a real life nuclear disaster.

Notre Dame fundraiser aims to bring in billions

The largest fundraising effort in the history of Catholic higher education is taking shape at Notre Dame.  The “Spirit of Notre Dame” capital campaign is hoping to raise one-point-five billion dollars by June 30th, 2011.  The school has already raised about 59 percent of it’s goal. Money from the fundraiser will go towards a social science building, a college of engineering, a law school and the university libraries.