Bayh supporting middle class opportunity act

State senator Evan Bayh is touting the Middle Class Opportunity Act.  The legislation could double the child tax credit in the first year.  The bill would also expand the dependent care tax credit to offer a full 35 percent for families earning up to $100 thousand per year.  Bayh says the bill would cost about $20 billion over a four year time span and is cautiously optimistic the legislation will be passed.

Civil Rights leader dies after car crash near Valparaiso

A Northwest Indiana civil rights activist and his wife are dead after a car accident near Valparaiso.  Police say 96-year-old Clifford Minton and his wife, 95-year-old Alma Minton died when their car went off the road and into Lake Louise.  Minton was the executive director of the Gary urban league from 1949 to 1969.  He was also a U.S. Government civil rights administrator and a staff member of the White House based president’s committee on man power.

Witnesses testify in shooting death outside Village Pantry

Witnesses of the shooting death of Antron Young gave their personal accounts of what happened Tuesday in court.  Lakisha Edwards was one of four eye witnesses who testified in Delaware circuit court four in the murder trial of 26-year-old JamEs D. Roberson III.  Roberson is on trial for young’s death at a Village Pantry on Jackson and Hackley street in 2006.  Edwards says she saw Roberson standing with his arm outstretched and saw fire shooting from his hand.  Her testimony says she was hiding in a refrigerated room and could not see what Roberson was shooting at.  The 22-year-old young later died from gunshot wounds in front of the convenience store.

Public forum on music building not taken well

Those who attended a public forum Tuesday night on a proposal for a new music building at Monroe Central High School were not pleased.  No one in attendance spoke in favor of a $13 million project to include a 550 seat auditorium, new spaces for band, choir and drama, as well as a wellness center at the Monroe Central Junior-Senior High School.  Taxpayers do not want an increase in taxes to pay for the building, not knowing how many total students would be enrolled in those programs.

Democrats fight Republicans on tax increase

Senate Democrats are battling Republicans again over a cigarette tax increase.  Senator Vi Simpson says she is very disappointed that the senate was not able to vote on the bill she offered to increase the state tobacco tax by 44 cents per pack.  President Pro Tem David Long says the amendment was not germane.  The cigarette tax increase is part of plan to raise revenue to fund a health care program for uninsured Hoosiers.

Richmond hopes to host 2008 Presidential debates

The city of Richmond is looking to host 2008 presidential and vice presidential debates.  The city, along with the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County and 18 other locations submitted their applications Monday.  The Wayne County Foundation provided $2,500 to the $7,500 application fee.  The Commission on Presidential Debates will decide the sites for the three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate next spring.

Nursing home employees still facing neglect charges

Two employees of the Brander Village Health Care Center and a former employee were in court Tuesday morning. Felicia Pauley and Charlotte Strickland and former employee Tonja Cottingham were in Grant Superior Court Three to determine if a neglect case against the three should be dismissed.  However, no decision was made.  The three were arrested in September of 2006 and charge with felony counts of neglect in the alleged treatment of Elsie Hornaday in October of 2004.  Hornaday was a resident at the nursing home and later died after she was hospitalized for a diabetic related illness.

Toddler found face down in golf course pond

A 2-year-old girl found face down in a pond on the Lafayette municipal golf course was in critical condition Monday night at Riley Hospital for Children.  Neighbors say Alison Bacon wandered from the porch of a nearby home around 5 p.m. the girl’s father, Rodney Bacon, found his daughter lying unconscious in the water on the golf course after a frantic 15-minute search.  Rodney Bacon administered rescue breather before EMT’s arrived and took the girl to St. Elizabeth Medical Center. She was later airlifted to Riley.

Girl hit by bus dies

A 12-year-old girl run over by a school bus Tuesday morning has died.  The Steuben county sheriff’s department says Patricia Tink of Fremont, Indiana suffered abdominal and pelvic injuries when both of the driver’s side tires ran over her.  Police say Tink and her younger sister were waiting to board the bus at about 7 a.m.  The younger girl told the driver her sister wasn’t going to school. The driver then closed the door and started to drive without seeing Patricia, who hit the side of the bus and fell underneath.

Property tax restructuring could lower bills 5%

Property tax restructuring is still alive in the senate as of Tuesday.  A panel endorsed a plan to end the state’s practice of subsidizing local property taxes and allow counties to rather use income taxes to fund future spending growth.  Senate Tax Chairman Luke Kenley says the new plan would increase homestead credit eight percent for property taxes paid this year.  Sponsors of the bill say the increase would reduce homeowner bills by an average of five percent this year.