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Green River Road project moving ahead

Santa may find it easier to travel North Green River Road. Vanderburgh County Commissioners took action last night to open all four lanes of Green River between Lynch and Millersburg roads by Christmas. The two-year, $26 million project is widening that stretch of road from two to four -- and in some places -- five lanes.

 

Duke fallout continues

There's more fall-out in the relationship between Indiana regulators, and the regulated. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will reopen a Duke Energy case that was handled by an agency attorney who was later hired by the company. The case is one in which Duke won the ability to seek a rate increase for damage from a 2009 ice storm. On Monday, a top Duke executive left the company. James Turner was president of the company's U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas business.

 

Death probe launched at Fort Campbell

Military officials are investigating the death of the wife of a 101st Airborne soldier. Fort Campbell police and emergency workers responded to a 911 call on Sunday afternoon and pronounced 21-year-old Linzi Jenks dead in her home on the post on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.

 

Levco wins top award

Lawyers from across the state do more than applaud Stan Levco, for his work as Vanderburgh County Prosecutor. Levco was honored with the Eugene "Shine" Feller Award from the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council. It's membership includes every prosecuting attorney in the state, as well as their chief deputies. Director Stephen Johnson says the award's namesake, Feller, was a Southern Indiana lawyer who was an early proponent of better training for prosecutors.

 

One city employee group gets a new contract

The Evansville City Council votes unanimously to approve the transit workers’ contract for 2010 through 2012. It provides union members with 2 percent pay increases in each of the next 2 years, and prevents their health insurance payments from rising in both years. Larry Shane is the union's business agent, and he told the council that workers have been operating under a years old agreement.

 

Substitute teacher recovering following crash

"She's expected to make a full recovery." That's what EVSC Communications Director Marsha Jackson says about substitute teacher Jessica Kamman. The 23-year old Kamman is doing better at Saint Mary's, after being admitted to intensive care Sunday. Her car skidded off an ice-covered bridge on Indiana Highway 57 in Gibson County and struck a tree. Kamman had to be extricated. She had recently been filling in with a second-grade class at Scott School.

 

Tell City honors a fallen war hero

Friends say a soldier from Tell City who died in Afghanistan had found direction after joining the military. Army Sgt. Barry Jarvis was among six Ft. Campbell soldiers killed a week ago Sunday by a lone gunman from the Afghan Border Police. The 39-year-old Jarvis graduated from Tell City High School in 1993 and finished Army basic training in 1998. His deployment to Afghanistan started in August. Jarvis and his wife, Tina, had four children, ages 2 to 17.

 

Princeton man accused of battery on woman and her daughters

A Princeton man is accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and her daughters. 22 year old Ryan Arnold was transported to St. Mary's, because police say he was severely under the influence of a drug. The incident was brought to the attention of Princeton authorities around noon Wednesday, when a woman living on Seminary Street said her ex-boyfriend was trying to kill her children. When officers arrived the woman ran out carrying her 4-year-old to safety.

 

Roy Lee Ward's latest appeal denied

A special judge denies the latest appeal of death row offender Roy Lee Ward, and agrees the original sentence should remain intact. Judge Robert Pigman of Vanderburgh County rejected every claim Ward’s defense team raised. State Attorney General Greg Zoeller says victim Stacy Payne was killed "in a horrifically violent manner by an intruder in her own home." Ward stands sentenced to death for the 2001 murder and rape of the 15-year-old Payne in Spencer County.