Most S. Indiana counties under travel advisories
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Most southern Indiana counties remain under travel advisories following a winter storm that dumped more than 10 inches of snow in some locations and contributed to the deaths of two motorists.
All but two Indiana counties bordering the Ohio River had travel advisories or more serious travel watches in place Saturday and one, Crawford County, issued a travel warning, restricting travel to emergency management workers only.
The National Weather Service reported 11½ inches of snow fell since Thursday in Pike County northeast of Evansville and some locations had estimated snow depths close to 13 inches.
The weather service says some light snow showers are possible over parts of Indiana today, with mixed precipitation across south central Indiana.
Senators talk up benefits of Illiana Expressway
CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Senators Mark Kirk of Illinois and Dan Coats of Indiana are talking up the benefits of the proposed Illiana Expressway.
The 47-mile-long tollway would connect Interstate 65 in northwest Indiana with I-55 south of Chicago.
Kirk says the plan to build and run it in partnership with private investors should be a model for faster infrastructure development.
Coats says it would increase opportunities to ship goods made in Indiana.
Skeptics, including some Chicago metropolitan planners, say the road would have minimal impact on economic development and that toll revenue would fall short, leaving taxpayers on the hook.
The Illinois Department of Transportation estimates construction costs at $1.3 billion, with Illinois responsible for about $1 billion.
It's been approved in Illinois. An Indiana planning agency will vote December 12th.
Indiana board asks abortion doctor to appear
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A doctor who performs abortions in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend has been asked to appear before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.
An Indiana Professional Licensing Agency spokeswoman tells The Journal Gazette the agency requested a personal appearance by Doctor Ulrich Klopfer after seeing reports he might not have not properly filed reports with the state.
Ulrich told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Saturday that he found it "amazing" that a paperwork error could jeopardize his license. He says he's never lost a patient.
Ulrich conceded two reports were not filed with the state in a timely fashion. Indiana Right to Life and the South Bend Tribune have reported discrepancies in Ulrich's reporting.
The Indiana attorney general's office has not filed any disciplinary complaints against Klopfer.
IU faculty question new legislative mandates
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana University faculty are expressing concern over legislative requirements that colleges develop road maps to degree completion and create common curricula and standards to make general education classes transferable.
But the head of IU's board of trustees says faculty need to accept that college standards are changing and adapt to stay ahead of the shift.
The Herald-Times reports that faculty leaders met with trustees Chairman Thomas Reilly Junior recently in Bloomington to discuss whether the moves designed to increase efficiency and on-time graduation will achieve those goals.
Bloomington Faculty Council President Herb Terry says he fears lawmakers are adopting a "one-size-fits-all" approach to higher education.
Reilly says universities have to accept that efficiency is necessary and that the status quo isn't enough.
EYE ON CRIME
Columbus considers video cameras to police city
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) - Police in Columbus could soon have extra sets of electronic eyes keeping watch over city streets.
The Republic reports the city is considering installing high-definition video cameras at key public sites. The cameras would transmit footage to the county emergency operations center and police department, and officers could access the feeds from computers in their squad cars.
Mayor Kristen Brown says the proposal originated from residents' concerns and is expected to cost about $116,000. City officials are working on a request for proposals and hope to have bids by mid-January.
Police officials say the cameras would allow officers to keep an eye out for criminal activity without having patrol cars present.
Several sites would feature cameras with infrared equipment that allows officers to see at night.
Central Indiana coroner arrested on theft charge
(Information in the following story is from: (Greenfield) Daily Reporter, http://www.greenfieldreporter.com)
GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana coroner faces a theft charge for allegedly stealing toys.
Police say 30-year-old Crystel Myers of Greenfield was charged Friday with stealing two $50 toy trucks from a discount store on Thanksgiving Day. Court documents say surveillance video shows Myers going through a self-checkout line and paying for some but not all of the items in her cart.
Myers was arrested at her apartment Friday. She was released on bond from the Hancock County Jail.
Myers does not have a published telephone number and she couldn't be reached for comment Saturday. She declined comment to the Greenfield Daily Reporter (http://bit.ly/IJqMYy ).
Myers was elected coroner last year a few months after her predecessor was arrested for arriving intoxicated at the scene of a death investigation.
Nearly 150 patients moved in hospital transition
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Medical workers, military personnel and hundreds of volunteers have transferred nearly 150 patients from one Indianapolis hospital to another as part of the opening of Eskenazi Hospital in the city's downtown.
Eskenazi admitted its first patients and the hospital it's replacing, Wishard Memorial, discharged its last Saturday as part of the transition between the two hospitals.
A spokeswoman says 149 patients were transferred from Wishard to Eskenazi, located about four blocks apart, with the help of the U.S. Navy Reserves and the Indiana National Guard. With new patient admissions, Eskenazi had 179 patients Saturday evening after opening at 7 a.m.
Wishard's last patient, a newborn baby boy, was discharged to go home Saturday afternoon.
Woman convicted in sex assault goes back to prison
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - A 19-year-old Valparaiso woman convicted of handcuffing and sexually assaulting a special needs student has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to escaping from a home detention program earlier this year.
The Munster Times reports April Kuchta was sentenced Friday after fleeing the detention program in February.
Kuchta was convicted two years ago in connection with the sexual assault when she was 16. She was released January 14th from Rockville Correctional Facility and registered with Porter County's community transition program. Probation officers called her in because of irregularities on her home monitoring device. When was asked to submit to a drug screen, she allegedly cut off her GPS monitor, threw it in a garbage can and escaped.
Officers arrested her a few weeks later.
Legal battles stall removal of Indy sand pile
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Residents of a low-income Indianapolis neighborhood dwarfed by a giant pile of foundry sand say they're frustrated that the eyesore remains years after city and state officials and a judge ordered it removed.
The pile nicknamed "Black Mountain" by residents weighs nearly 200,000 tons. It isn't toxic, but it clogs drainage pipes and blows onto nearby properties.
The Indianapolis Star reports environmental officials ordered it removed nine years ago. A judge followed suit three years later. But the property owner, an insurance company and two businesses are still battling over who's responsible.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management spokesman Bruce Palin says officials are doing their best to get the site cleaned up. But environmental attorney Kim Ferraro questions why the agency hasn't pursued sanctions.
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