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Indiana State Police go after unsafe drivers

Indiana State Police say they‘re going after aggressive drivers. Starting tomorrow, troopers will be participating in a campaign to reduce the number of crashes involving semis and passenger cars. Troopers will be looking for vehicles who drive dangerously around semi trucks and other commercial motor vehicles. Some of the violations troopers will be looking for include: unsafe lane changes, failure to yield the right of way, following too closely and aggressive driving.

Illinois casinos could hurt Indiana budget

The potential for new Illinois casinos is threatening to throw the Indiana spending and tax cut plan out of balance. The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday for a Senate Bill permitting new casinos in Chicago, the south suburbs and three other cities; slot machines at horse racing tracks and the two Chicago airports; and a reduction in casino tax rates. The gaming plan, which now goes to the House, is strongly backed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has pledged to give schools all the revenue from the Chicago casino.

USI Board of Trustees makes plans for the future

The University of Southern Indiana's Board of Trustees makes plans for the next two school years.  Yesterday, the Board learned more about the state's new two-year budget and other outcomes of the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.  Trustees determined the university's operating appropriation will increase by about 5% during the 2014 fiscal year.  USI is also alotting funds for dual credit priority courses, full-time faculty support, and renovations and repairs.  The school will hold a public hearing the week of May 20th to talk about tuition and fees for 2013 through 2015.<

Highland helps children with special needs play baseball

A cheerleading league for children with special needs is inspiring a local man to create another activity for these youth. Highland Baseball Club Vice President David Fisher is working to develop a Challenger Division baseball league for children with mental or physical challenges ages 4 through 18, or up 21 if they are still in high school. Club President Matt Pokorney says the league will have no costs or fees, and it will provide all of the uniforms and equipment for participants.

Indiana schools receive help to upgrade security

Schools will receive financial help to upgrade security under a bill on its way to Governor Pence.  The House and Senate gave overwhelming approval to a bill setting aside 10-million dollars in matching grants to help schools to hire security officers, conduct threat assessments, or make physical improvements to security. Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who supported the bill, says it will produce "safer schools and a greater appreciation for law enforcement." 

Chicago power outages raise gas prices

 

Gas prices have seen a spike in Indiana over the last few days, and one expert says it‘s due to problems in Chicago. Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com says massive power outages in that area forced the shutdown of refineries and pipelines that carry gasoline through Indiana. DeHann says it‘s hard to say when prices will settle back down, but says it won‘t happen until traders regain confidence in the market.

Evansville Police have confidence in security cooperations

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Evansville's Police Department is paying attention to how Massachusetts organized the large-scale public lockdown. Sergeant Jason Cullum says he is confidence the department could work with local, state, and federal agencies if a similar serious event occurred in Evansville. Cullum says law enforcement officials stay already updated on the best ways to improve event security, by doing an annual review of security and giving daily briefings to officers working events.

Indiana accepts nominations for new Poet Laureate

Indiana is looking for a new state poet laureate.  The Indiana Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the position,  which includes the responsibilities of developing educational programming and raising awareness of poetry.  Nominees must be current Indiana residents, remain residents during the two-year term, and be published poets.  Nominations with a cover letter and resume must be submitted via email to the Commission by August 1st.

KY schools can earn grant for raising dropout age

Kentucky school districts can earn a $10,000 grant, if they are one of the first 57 school districts to raise their dropout age from 16 to 18. Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday says the money is already in the department's budget. Kentucky's legislature passed a bill this year that allows local districts to decide if they want to raise the age, but a provision states once 55 percent of districts make the decision to increase the age, then the change will be made statewide within four years.

Franklin Street brings a Color Run, kid's events, and recycled art to Evansville

Franklin Street Association is bringing new events to Evansville in one fun-filled celebration of Earth Day. A 5K Color Me FUN Run kicks off at 8am on April 20th, where participants run with a white shirt and get sprayed with non-toxic, eco-friendly paint at each kilometer. Kid-friendly activities start around 10, with face-painting, a farmer's market, and free seedlings. And around 40 businesses are working with artists to display recycled art projects. The event will wind down with a recycled outfit runway show at Lamasco Bar and Grill.

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