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Vanderburgh County leaders oppose tax cut

Feb 12, 2014

Vanderburgh County officials are expressing their opposition to proposed state legislation that would eliminate personal property taxes on business equipment.

Vanderburgh County Commissioners have sent Governor Pence a letter expressing “strong opposition” to the tax cut, saying that the county already has the option to approve tax abatements to promote economic development.

Take a deep breath - or don't. Your neighborhood watering hole could be filled with cigarette smoke again.

The Indiana Supreme Court reversed an Evansville ordinance that banned smoking in eating and drinking establishments.

Steve Alsop is the President of the Vanderburgh County Tavern Owner Association Inc., and he owns the Peephole Bar & Grill on Main Street.

Alsop said he’s pleased by the decision.

“We had to go all the way to the top, but we got it," Alsop said.

State supreme court rejects Evv smoking ban

Feb 11, 2014

Your favorite bar may soon be smoky again. The Indiana Supreme court has struck down Evansville’s smoking ban on a 3-to-2 vote.

The majority on the state’s high court cited the Indiana Constitution's Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause. It prohibits giving any citizen or class of citizen privileges or immunities not extended to everyone.

The majority ruled the clause invalidates the Evansville ordinance that bans smoking in bars, restaurants, and private clubs, but not the city’s riverboat casino.

Evv Museum gearing up for theater grand opening

Feb 5, 2014

Walking into the new Eyekamp wing of the Evansville Museum and into the new immersive theater, you might think you’re in another city, if not another world.

The Museum’s Josh Gilmore led reporters and teachers into the digital domed theater, and science director Mitch Luman and his staff projected previews for upcoming movies onto the dome.

There are hopes to establish a museum recognizing Evansville’s military contribution during World War Two. WNIN’s Daniel Moore has this report. Evansville’s Freedom Heritage Museum has not been built yet, but its supporters have already named its first executive director. Jack Buttrum will be in charge of the museum’s programs and events under a board of directors. The potential site will be a vintage aircraft hangar near Evansville Regional Airport. The cost is projected at between 7 and 9 million dollars.