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Potential I-69 bridge corridors down to 3

Jul 20, 2017
John Gibson

The number of proposed corridors for an I-69 bridge connecting Evansville and Henderson has been reduced from five to three.

The 3 finalists include 2 western corridors and 1 central corridor.

I-69 Ohio River Crossing spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says both western corridors would eliminate the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges.

("You would instead have a six-lane I-69 bridge in place of the Twin Bridges")

Vanderburgh County Commissioners to hold road hearing

Jul 18, 2017
Samantha Horton / WNIN

Vanderburgh County Commissioners want public input at a county road hearing scheduled for next month.

Commission President Bruce Ungethiem said the hearing will give the commissioners an opportunity to update the public about the commission’s road plans.

The public will also have the chance to voice their thoughts. Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave said she’s already received some public comments and is awaiting more.

UE to make admission exams optional

Jul 18, 2017

The University of Evansville will become a “test optional” school. 

The university says in a news release that applicants to UE will have the choice to opt out of submitting standardized test scores from the SAT and ACT for admission consideration, starting in fall 2018. 

University President Tom Kazee says by allowing students the choice of submitting or not submitting the scores, possibilities will open up for "high achieving students whose accomplishments may not shine through on a standard test.”

Heat Watch starts Wednesday

Jul 18, 2017

The National Weather Service is warning of a potentially dangerous heat wave. 

Forecasters call it “our first prolonged duration heat event of the summer.”

They’ve issued an Excessive Heat Watch beginning Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-upper 90’s with heat index values peaking near 105 degrees each afternoon.

Forecasters warn the combination of heat and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness.

Dr. Ray Nicholson dead at 87

Jul 17, 2017

A funeral is planned Tuesday for an Evansville man known affectionately as “Dr. Nick.” 

Dr. Ray Nicholson was the longest active member of the medical staff at the former St. Mary’s Medical Center, now St. Vincent Hospital. 

Nicholson entered private practice in Evansville in 1958. 

He was founder and director of the Family Practice Residency Program at St. Mary's from 1970 to 2007, where he taught and mentored more than 200 physicians.

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IU Participates In Global Physics Experiment

Jul 21, 2017

Indiana University is collaborating on an experiment designed to answer some of the most fundamental questions in physics. 

The project breaks ground Friday in South Dakota. Crews will dig more than a mile underground to build caverns designed to store equipment that will detect neutrinos, a type of subatomic particle.

Stuart Mufson, an Indiana University astronomy professor, says neutrinos hold the key to understanding why matter — why anything — exists at all.

Older patients leaving hospitals and then nursing facilities have a better chance of staying at home if they receive an in-home visit soon after discharge according to a recent study from the IU Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute.

The report finds home health visits within a month reduce the risk of returning to a hospital by almost half.  Assistant professor Dr. Jennifer Carnahan says the goal is to keep people out of the health care system.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues Steady Decline

Jul 21, 2017

Indiana’s June unemployment rate dropped to 3.0 percent, bolstered by private sector growth. That growth helped fuel a 0.2 percent decline in Indiana’s unemployment rate, the lowest rate since November 2000.

The private sector added more than 10,100 jobs last month, primarily due to growth in business, educational and health services.

Layoffs began Thursday at the Carrier factory in Indianapolis, where last year President-elect Donald Trump celebrated a deal to save jobs from moving to Mexico.

Indiana’s top agriculture official has been tapped to oversee global farm trade for the Trump administration.

Indiana Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney now faces a Senate confirmation to become the USDA’s first-ever trade undersecretary.

He says he’s grateful for the support he’s received since getting the news.

“I am so honored to be nominated by the president, and I look forward to serving if confirmed,” McKinney says.

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¿Qué Pasa MidWest?

Paola Marizan / WNIN, QPM

¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? 3: Pulque en América

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