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Panel adds no-excuse absentee voting by mail to vote center bill

Posted: 02/07/2008 - The House Elections Committee added the amendment to a bill that would allow all counties to use centralized vote centers instead of traditional neighborhood polling places. Supporters say it makes sense for the proposals to be in the same bill since they both make it easier to vote.

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State plan draws 21,000 applications; lawmakers say more needed

Posted: 02/07/2008 - Mitch Roob is secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration. He told a joint meeting of the state Senate and House health committees today that his agency has had to more than double the staff of the Healthy Indiana Plan because of the number of applications from each of the state's 92 counties.

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Storms rip through Indiana, most rivers rising

Posted: 02/07/2008 - At least one body is reported in a submerged car in a flooded Newton County quarry. Authorities say it may have plunged into the icy water overnight because of the heavy rains and flooding from the latest winter storm.

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Woman charged after 2-year-old son found dead beneath her

Updated: 05/13/2013 - Authorities say Latasha McMorris appeared to have passed out under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the case is being investigated as a homicide. The cause of death of the boy, Sheldon Bartley Jr., still hasn't been determined pending results of toxicology tests.

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Storms rip through Indiana

Posted: 02/06/2008 - In Putnam County west of Indianapolis, the storm tore the roof off a fire station in Bainbridge and destroyed its radio tower. Barns and mobile homes also were damaged, along with several utility trailers.

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High school senior believed to be Indiana's youngest licensed insurance agent

Updated: 05/13/2013 - Gaskill had been doing clerical work for her father and grandfather, who run a State Farm office in Anderson. She started studying for her insurance license after enrolling in a Pendleton Heights vocational business program and received her license on her birthday on December 19th.

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Senate committee considers property tax plan

Posted: 02/06/2008 - Committee chairman Luke Kenley says some items likely won't make the final cut as lawmakers try to reach a compromise before the legislative session ends March 14th. He says the committee plans to meet on the bill again in two weeks, when lawmakers could discuss possible changes to the proposal.

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Costs lead FSSA to scrap plan to privatize mental hospitals

Posted: 02/06/2008 - FSSA Secretary Mitch Roob says the change in strategy was driven by a variety of reasons, including concerns about costs. He says turning over the 300-patient Richmond State Hospital to a local group would cost the state 3 million to 5 million dollars.

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Fairmount town marshal resigns amid FBI investigation

Posted: 02/06/2008 - Grant County Prosecutor Jim Luttrull says the FBI and Indiana State Police are looking into allegations of rules violations related to the police department, but officials won't say whether Reneau is also being investigated.

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Adopt-a-Pet: Meet Luka!

Posted: 02/05/2008 - South Bend Police and Animal Care & Control joined efforts in rescuing Luka from an abandoned house after she climbed out a second story window and stood barking from the roof. It's unknown if Luka was actually left behind by owners or if she simply sought refuge from the cold in the unsecured house, but her desire to be with people is obvious.

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Island purchased with help of semi-nude calendar fundraiser

Posted: 02/05/2008 - Money raised from the sale of semi-nude photos, home-brewed beer and cookbooks has helped a group of nature lovers raise enough money to by a small northeast Indiana island to protect it from development.

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Two dead as SUV hits ambulance head-on

Posted: 02/05/2008 - Police say neither weather nor alcohol appear to have been factors in a head-on crash between an ambulance and an SUV.

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Light sculpture celebrates museum anniversary

Posted: 02/04/2008 - The 25th Anniversary Light Totem uses 51 multicolored LEDS and a 208-million candle power searchlight mounted on a 70-foot freestanding aluminum tower. A 40-foot-long tube within the museum atrium is also part of the show.

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