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Four star schools named

19 hours ago

A number of Southwest Indiana schools are being honored as four star schools. 

Indiana State School Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick Friday morning released the second round of schools to achieve the four star designation.

In order to reach the four star designation, a school must receive an “A” rating as well as high pass rates in ISTEP testing.

In the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, Oak Hill and Scott Elementary Schools made the list. No EVSC high schools were named.

Vincennes among Stellar Community finalists

May 25, 2017

Vincennes is among a half-dozen Indiana cities chosen as finalists for a “Stellar Community” designation. 

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced the six communities who are Division 1 and Division 2 finalists in the 2017 competition.

Division 1 is for towns with a population of 6,000-to-50,000. Vincennes is among the three finalists in that division, along with Madison and Greensburg.

Division 2 is for smaller towns, and the finalists are Churubusco, Culver, and Union City.

Police looking for gas station shooter

May 25, 2017

Police have identified a suspect in last week’s shooting at an Evansville gas station.

Police are looking for 20-year-old Jalin Thomas Taylor for the shooting outside the Phillips 66 station on N. Main St. May 15th.

A felony attempted murder warrant has been issued for Taylor, after 27-year-old Thendis Compton was shot “multiple times” outside the gas station.

A moped Compton was sitting on caught fire.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment, and police said his injuries were not life threatening. 

Police: watch out for phony pavers

May 24, 2017

Authorities in Vanderburgh and Gibson Counties are warning residents to beware of asphalt scammers.

Authorities say the fraudulent pavers have been going door-to-door trying to pass themselves off as legitimate contractors, offering services at a substantial or unrealistic discount. 

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says in a news release that few reputable contractors sell their services door-to-door.

Jail officer arrested, loses job

May 23, 2017

A confinement officer at the Vanderburgh County jail has found himself on the wrong side the bars.

A news release from the sheriff’s office says investigators learned 24-year-old Officer Trent Dean Nolan was providing tobacco to work release inmates.

The release states detectives initiated an investigation and learned that Nolan had also agreed to meet a work release participant at an off-site location to sell a prescription medication.

With the cooperation of the inmate, detectives set up a controlled buy.

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Indiana Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Early 2001

May 19, 2017

The unemployment rate declined in April for the second consecutive month, down 0.3 of a percent to 3.6 percent. That’s the biggest single month drop since late 2010. And 3.6 percent is the lowest rate since February 2001.

But the Hoosier private sector lost 9,300 jobs last month. That’s the largest single month decline since June 2009. The losses were led by the manufacturing and private educational and health services sectors. And the private sector has now shed jobs four of the last five months.

McCormick: ‘Concern’ 2 SBOE Seats Still Vacant

May 18, 2017

As two seats sit vacant on Indiana’s education policy-creating body, the state’s highest-ranking education official is concerned.

As Gary Community Schools prepares for a state-hired emergency manager to take control, the seat on the state education board that represents the district remains vacant.

The same goes for East Chicago Schools as it faces a lead contamination crisis in the community.

Planned Parenthood wants a court to halt portions of a new Indiana abortion law. It’s the fifth lawsuit over abortion legislation in seven years.

Friday marked the official end to Indianapolis-based Anthem’s bid to merge with Cigna, and the second time in recent months a major health insurance merger has failed.

It underscores the uphill regulatory battle that big health insurers face in trying to join forces.

Anti-trust officials blocked mergers between Humana and Aetna, and Anthem and Cigna this year. Those four have something in common: they’re among their industry’s biggest, top-earning companies.

Girls of color are much more likely than white girls to be suspended from Indiana schools and schools nationwide, according to a new report.

Indiana schools suspend about one in nine black girls, one in 29 Latina girls and one in 50 white girls, according to the report from the National Women’s Law Center.

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