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Gov. Holcomb buys 5 millionth Gibson County Toyota

23 hours ago
John Gibson

Governor Eric Holcomb made a special purchase when he visited the Toyota plant in Gibson County Wednesday. 

Holcomb visited Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana not only to help celebrate the plant’s 5 millionth vehicle, but to buy the SUV himself.

Holcomb told the crowd he was replacing his Toyota Sequoia, which has 200,000 miles on it…

(Been a lot of places with me and made a lot of memories but I confess to you right here, I’m looking forward to the new car smell”)

Quake shakes Tri-State

Sep 19, 2017

A small earthquake centered in southeast Illinois shook the Tri-State Tuesday. 

 

The Edwards County Sheriff's office reported no damage or injuries following the 3.8-magnitude quake at 6:47 a.m. Central Time.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered 7 ½ miles east-northeast of Albion.

The agency says the quake caused light to moderate shaking and very light damage. The quake's preliminary depth was a little more than 7 miles.

The brief shaking was felt in Evansville, Henderson and Owensboro.

USI reports rising enrollment

Sep 19, 2017

USI is touting an increase in freshmen and graduate students as it announces higher enrollment numbers.

 

The University of Southern Indiana says its total enrollment is up 340 students from last academic year to 11,033.

That number includes more than 2,000 high school students who are enrolled in USI’s College Achievement Program -- or CAP -- in 27 high schools across Indiana, as well as graduate students.

A news release from USI says masters and doctoral program enrollment stands at more than 1,300 – a 22.5% increase over last year.

Nightime closure on Twin Bridges next week

Sep 15, 2017

Traffic on the Twin Bridges will become more restricted during the overnight hours, starting next week. 

 

The Indiana Department of Transportation says contractors will shut down the southbound bridge between Evansville and Henderson from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. as part of the ongoing Fix for 41 Project.

INDOT says in a news release that crews will begin pavement overlay on the southbound span, requiring the bridge to be closed.

The operation is expected to take about a week depending on weather conditions.

APC considering streamlining proposal

Sep 15, 2017

The Area Plan Commission has announced a proposal to streamline rezonings, subdivisions, variances, and special use permits. 

 

Area Plan Commission Executive Director Ron London said it currently takes about 90 days from the time a rezoning petition is filed with the APC for the proposal to be considered by the Evansville City Council or Vanderburgh County Commissioners for a final vote.

He said the proposal would reduce the timeframe to about 42 days.

The proposal would also shorten the time it takes for subdivision reviews from 60 to about 30 days.

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Food Finders in Lafayette is good at doing just that: finding food. And CEO Katy Bunder feels she’s ahead of the game when it comes to finding fresh, nutritious options for her clients.

“I always remind myself that low income people want what high income people want – good healthy food,” Bunder says.

She says it’s one of the top requests, but in the past, produce hasn’t always been the best.

“Most of our produce was ugly and past its prime, so not surprisingly our clients were not clamoring for that,” Bunder says.

Eighty-four percent of Hoosiers have broadband internet access. Those that don’t live mostly in rural places – where poor connectivity is an economic problem.

The state legislature heard a range of ideas to fix that problem Thursday in their first of three study committee meetings on rural broadband.

Rep. Dave Ober (R-Noble County) says flat or shrinking populations make for tricky economics that will demand multiple solutions.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will visit schools across Indiana Friday as the last stop on a six-state back-to-school tour.

DeVos is highlighting schools that she says are offering innovative and groundbreaking curriculum and teaching methods.

Mayors and public officials from 18 Indiana communities, as well as environmental advocates, business leaders, and young people met in Indianapolis Wednesday to talk about ways Indiana can adapt to impacts from climate change at the second annual Climate Leadership Summit.

Jim Poyser, the executive director of Earth Charter Indiana and the event’s organizer, says he sees bipartisan support on the local level for action on climate change.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) was one of just six U.S. Senators invited to a White House dinner Tuesday to discuss President Donald Trump’s tax reform agenda.

Political analysts say Donnelly’s inclusion is a boost to his reelection campaign.

In a statement, Donnelly called the dinner a “good conversation.” He focused on his proposal to address outsourced jobs and use tax reform to punish companies that send positions overseas while rewarding those who return jobs to the U.S.

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