Gregg pondering 2nd run for Indiana governor
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg is pondering another run at the state's top job, but has yet to make a decision.
Gregg narrowly lost to Republican Gov. Mike Pence last November despite the state's Republican tilt. But Gregg said Wednesday he hasn't decided whether it's worth another run.
The Corydon Democrat reported Wednesday that Gregg told Democrats in Harrison County that he wanted to "keep going" following two years on the campaign trail. But Gregg said that was a lighthearted response to the local Democratic chairman's insistence that Gregg should be governor.
Still, Gregg has given every indication he's interested in the job he almost won. He has traversed the state in the last few months speaking at local fundraisers and gauging support among Democratic activists.
3 former executives sue Carbon Motors over pay
CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Three former executive vice presidents of a company that planned to build high-tech police cars at an eastern Indiana factory are suing it for more than $600,000 in deferred wages.
The Connersville News-Examiner reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/Ze2oFY ) that Trevor Rudderham, Alan Bratt and Keith Marchiando have filed suit in Fayette Circuit Court to collect back wages that they claim defunct Carbon Motors Corp. had promised to pay by March 1.
Bratt resigned Feb. 20, followed the next day by Rudderham and Marchiando.
The company fell apart after the U.S. Department of Energy rejected the company's request for a $310 million loan last year.
A message seeking comment was sent to former Carbon Motors Chairman William Santana Li through the social network LinkedIn. A telephone number for Santana wasn't immediately available.
Indiana presses ahead with I-69's next section
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana is pressing ahead with its search for a private company to finance and build a 21-mile section of the Interstate 69 extension that will eventually run from Evansville to Indianapolis.
State officials said Wednesday they'll ask interested companies to demonstrate they're capable of handling the project. A short list of qualified bidders would be released July 30.
The first half of the 142-mile highway opened last year and was built by contractors with state funding.
But the company that will build the 21-mile Bloomington-to-Martinsville segment by upgrading existing State Road 37 will sign a public-private deal under which it will arrange its own financing to design and build that stretch. Indiana would make payments to that firm for 35 years after the highway's completion.
Fishers adopts ordinance limiting fireworks use
FISHERS, Ind. (AP) - Setting off fireworks outside approved times and dates could cost residents a pretty penny in an Indianapolis suburb.
The Fishers Town Council passed a fireworks ordinance last month that limits when people can set off personal pyrotechnics.
Fireworks will be allowed from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset June 29 through July 3 and July 5 through July 9. Fireworks also can be set off between 10 a.m. and midnight on July 4 and from 10 a.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1.
Violators can be fined $150 for a first offense and $250 for each additional violation.
Acceptable fireworks include sky rockets, aerial spinners, Roman candles, firecrackers and chasers.
The ordinance doesn't apply to supervised public fireworks displays.
SEVERE STORMS-SAFER BUILDINGS
Ind. professor pushes changes in construction
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana professor is working to improve construction standards so that buildings can better withstand high wind loads such as those carried by this week's deadly tornado in Oklahoma.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Professor Fred Haan has spent 15 years studying ways to build structures that can survive high winds. He hopes to establish new standards that can be placed into building codes or implemented through discounts from insurance companies.
Haan tells the Tribune-Star (http://bit.ly/1680fyY ) that tornadoes can produce wind forces three times greater than those of straight-line winds. That's more than most are designed to handle.
He says installing better connections between the roof, walls and foundation could help buildings withstand tornadoes but that some people balk at the extra cost that would require.
Identical twins have suspects doing double-take
GALVESTON, Ind. (AP) - Identical twins are policing the small Indiana town of Galveston, making suspects and residents do a double-take.
Shawn Durham is the town marshal. His brother Shane is a full-time deputy on the police force.
The 35-year-old brothers say many people have difficulty telling them apart. Sometimes the two wind up on the same call together and confuse people.
It's not the first time they've served the same department. Both worked in Bunker Hill before the community dismantled its full-time police force because of budget issues.
Both say they enjoy the small-town atmosphere in the town of about 1,300 residents and can see themselves retiring from the Galveston force.
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