INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana nonprofit group is helping small businesses get off the ground through grants that pay for sprucing up their facades with fresh paint, business signs, lighting and other improvements which make new establishments more attractive to patrons. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the Local Initiatives Support Corp.'s Small Business Facade Improvement program has awarded more than $3 million to Marion County businesses since 2004.
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The final link of an Ohio River biking and hiking trail that will connect three southern Indiana communities is on pace for completion this year. The town of Clarksville is its second year of work on the 1.3-mile Lewis and Clark Trail, which will complete the 7-mile Ohio River Greenway. Clarksville Parks superintendent Brian Kaluzny says work on the trail is expected to wrap this year, completing the greenway that will connect Jeffersonville, Clarksville and New Albany.
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - A jury has ordered a northern Indiana city to pay a couple roughly $102,000 for flood damage their home suffered a decade ago. Richard and Janet Brown sued the city of Valparaiso after 18 inches of floodwater entered their home in September 2008, leaving them with more than $91,000 in out-of-pocket damages. They argued the city caused the flooding by damming the area's natural drainage when a retention pond was installed years after their home was built.
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana congresswoman says a teacher who stopped a school shooting has been released from a hospital. U.S. Rep Susan Brooks says she met Saturday with Jason Seaman at the Noblesville, Indiana, school where the shooting occurred Friday. She says Seaman is a "hero teacher" who stopped the violence. Seaman and a student were shot by another student at Noblesville West Middle School.
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