IDEM issues warning on wastewater in Ohio River

IDEM is warning residents of Jefferson County and other places to avoid contact with water in the Ohio River downstream from the Madison Wastewater Management plant.  They say partially treated wastewater is likely being discharged from the facility.  IDEM officials are working to restore the plants treatment capability, however those repairs won’t be finished until mid-week.

Starbucks faces lawsuit for improper coffee cup lid

A New Castle woman is suing Starbucks.  Kimberly Dodd says she has suffered “severe pain and permanent injury” as the result of a coffee cup lid not being properly secured.  Dodd says the lid came off the cup and hot coffee spilled onto her upper legs, torso and abdomen causing severe injuries. The incident occurred at the store on South Memorial Drive in New Castle.

$650,000 spent on McKinney case

The case of the Michael McKinney shooting death by a Ball State police officer has cost the university 650-thousand dollars.  Vice President of Finance Randy Howard says the university has spent almost 850-thousand dollars defending police Chief Gene Burton and former rookie officer Robert Duplain.  However, he said a portion of that cost would be covered by the university’s insurance policy.

Angry teen drives car through Long Island mall

Nassau County police in New York say a 19-year-old who drove his car through the front of a Long Island mall was apparently upset with an ex-girlfriend who worked there.  Sergeant Anthony Repalone says Dwight Thomas of Amityville went 500 yards past screaming shoppers before he smashed through an exit.  Thomas pleaded not guilty to felony charges of mischief, reckless endangerment and third-degree arson.  No one was injured in the incident.

Bush says he won't give up on immigration plan

President Bush says he will not give up on his plan to legalize millions of illegal immigrants.  White House spokesman Tony Snow says the president is hoping to convince GOP senators that are skeptical against the measure to secure the nation’s borders.  However, Illinois Democratic senator Dick Durbin says opposition from a group of Senate conservatives contend the law would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Lieberman wants U.S. to attack Iran

Democratic senator Joseph Lieberman says the U.S. should consider military action against Iran, due to Tehran’s involvement in Iraq.  The former nominee for vice president in 2000 says America needs to be ready to take “aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq.”  The U.S. has accused Iran of harboring terrorism and Tehran’s nuclear ambitions have brought on International reproach.

Two infants among six dead in Wisconsin shooting

Six people were found shot to death in a rental house in southern Wisconsin.  Two infant twins were among the dead.  A two-year-old girl was also shot in the chest and found in a van nearby.  She was the only survivor in the incident.  Authorities are currently refusing to describe the circumstances of the shooting, but don’t believe that anyone else was in danger.

Two brothers found dead in trunk of mother's car

Two young brothers were found in the trunk of their mother’s car Saturday near London, Kentucky.  State trooper Don Trosper says the two boys accidentally locked themselves and the case is being treated as an accident.  The grandparents called police after they had not seen the two for about three hours.  Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling identified the boys as 8-year-old Chase Baker and 11-year-old Coty Baker.

Daniels pleased with progress in first term

Governor Mitch Daniels says he is proud of the changes he’s brought to the state.  He says Daylight Savings Time and an increase in cigarette taxes to pay for new health care initiatives are among several moves to help lift up Indiana.  However, the governor has spent political capital and enraged voters.  Former Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says the efforts to move the state forward caused the GOP to lose control of the House last year.