Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Church lawsuit is latest spat over Lilly bequests ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Back in the early 1950s, as suburban migration was putting many downtown Indianapolis churches in peril, Eli Lilly Jr., grandson of the pharmaceutical firm’s founder, made a $1 million gift aimed at securing Christ Church Cathedral’s future on Monument Circle. As historian James Madison noted in “Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977,” Lilly’s gift documents called Christ Church “a precious possession of the City of Indianapolis and of the State of Indiana, standing in the very heart of the City and State as a visible witness for Jesus Christ and as a symbol that the spiritual values of His … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:06:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police: No more searches set for missing Indianapolis infant ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police say they plan no additional searches for a missing infant whose father told officers a couple knocked him out and abducted the 6-week-old. Sgt. Kendale Adams said Saturday that additional searches will only be conducted for Delano Wilson if there’s a significant tip or development in the case. Dozens of police officers search without success Friday for the boy in a wooded area near the White River that included draining and searching an old underground cistern. An Amber Alert for the infant was issued Wednesday after 23-year-old Willie Wilson told police a white man and … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana teachers are scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state’s new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of that new curriculum. Indiana pulled out of the national Common Core standards in March, a month before the State Board of Education adopted new state academic standards. Federal officials then informed the state in June that Indiana’s ISTEP+ test would have to be revised before it’s administered next spring to some 450,000 students in grades 3 through 8. ISTEP+ scores are used in calculating teacher … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:43:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ ISU to ask lawmakers for $65 million next session ]]>

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — Indiana State University’s trustees want $64 million from state lawmakers to renovate and expand the school’s nursing, health and human services building. The trustees approved a 2015-17 capital budget request Thursday calling for the Terre Haute school to ask state lawmakers for that funding in next year’s budget-writing session. ISU vice president for business affairs Diann McKee tells the Tribune-Star the College of Nursing, Health and Human Services is growing both in terms of enrollment and academic programs. But she says its academic programs are currently spread out all over campus in various buildings. McKee says … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:30:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man arrested after fatal stabbing outside LaPorte bar ]]>

LAPORTE — LaPorte police have arrested a 26-year-old man on a preliminary murder charge in a fatal overnight stabbing outside a bar in LaPorte. Police found a 25-year-old man bleeding heavily in a parking lot behind the Lucky Bar about 2:30 a.m. Saturday and the man was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The victim’s name has not been released. La Porte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi tells WSBT-TV investigators say there was a fight between the victim and the suspect in a parking lot behind the bar that led to the stabbing. Police have arrested 26-year-old Justin Lower on a … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:02:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana seeks input for specialty foods survey ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials have launched an online survey that’s part of a push to find ways to meet growing consumer demand for specialty crops like locally grown fruit and nuts. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is inviting consumers who shop regularly for specialty crops to take part in the short online survey that officials hope provides insight into the potential for specialty “food hubs” in Indiana. Food hubs allow growers and consumers to connect, helping to move locally grown foods more quickly from the farm to the table. Specialty crops are fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:43:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hoosier online immunization registry passes milestone ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana State Department of Health website that allows people to download, print, email or fax family immunization records has reached a milestone. The department says more than 50,000 immunization records now have been accessed through the site. The agency launched the secure website in 2012. Individuals may use it by entering their date of birth and a personal identification number requested from their health care provider or local health department. Users can view their immunization history or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended immunization schedule. All MyVaxIndiana records appear as they are maintained … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:43:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tradition leads Indiana family to 100th reunion ]]>

MUNCIE (AP) — Lots of families hold reunions, but there aren’t many that do so for 100 years. The Grubbs family is an exception. “I think it’s pretty amazing,” said Paul Grubbs, who has been overseeing these events in recent years, including the 100th. A 57-year-old electrician for General Motors, he couldn’t say just how many Grubbs family members are out there, but said the number was sizable. A couple hundred or more? “Oh, I would think so,” he told The Star Press ( ), noting that 119 family members are on Facebook alone. “We keep finding more and more … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police drain tank, find no sign of missing baby ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Police said they were treating the hunt for a missing Indianapolis infant Friday as a search-and-rescue mission, with efforts including draining an old underground cistern in a wooded area near where the child disappeared. An Amber Alert went out for 6-week-old Delano Wilson about 9 p.m. Wednesday, some eight hours after 23-year-old Willie Wilson told police his son had been abducted by a man and woman who knocked him out in an alley near his home just west of downtown Indianapolis. Police have not said they have any reason to doubt Wilson’s statements, though they said Friday they … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:05:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bosma to remove Turner from leadership post after scandal ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Rep. Eric Turner is losing his House leadership role because of “irreconcilable conflicts” arising from his use of his public office to benefit his family’s nursing home business, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Friday. An Associated Press investigation earlier this year found that Turner had millions of dollars on the line when he lobbied Republican colleagues on legislation that would have banned the construction of new nursing homes. Mainstreet Property Group documents obtained by the AP showed that Turner and other owners made millions through nursing home construction projects. Lawmakers ultimately killed the legislation, and a House … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:08:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana State enrollment hits 42-year peak ]]>

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — Indiana State University officials say the school’s enrollment has surpassed 13,000 students for the first time in 42 years. School officials tell the Tribune-Star that improved retention of students helped boost the school’s enrollment to 13,183 the fall semester. It’s the sixth year in a row of overall enrollment increases and the highest enrollment since 1972 . The university says it has a record number of 2,739 new freshmen and 2,302 graduate students. … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mourdock stepping down as Indiana treasurer ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has resigned four months before the end of his term. Mourdock announced his departure Friday, saying he wanted to pursue other professional interests. The two-term state treasurer was barred by state law from seeking a third term. The tea party favorite defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 Senate primary but has often been a lightning rod for criticism. Many questioned his decision to spend millions to challenge the Chrysler bankruptcy in 2009. He drew fire in a Senate debate for saying a pregnancy that resulted from rape was “something God intended.” He … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:09:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crown Point approves new   trash contract with Republic ]]>

CROWN POINT — Residents will see a phased-in increase of $2.11 in their monthly trash collection rate over the next six years but still will have the lowest rates in the area. The Board of Public Works and Safety this week approved extending the contract for trash collection with Republic Services, gradually raising the rate over the current rate of $13.26 per month per residence. “We have stair-stepped the entire (rate increase) process,” Mayor David Uran said. The rate will remain unchanged until September 2015 when the first increase goes into effect, according to a price comparison provided by city … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:03:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana University moving graduation ceremonies ]]>

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Indiana University says it will move its spring 2015 graduation ceremony outdoors to Memorial Stadium while Assembly Hall is undergoing renovations. University officials say undergraduate commencement will be held in a single ceremony instead of two as in recent years at 10 a.m. May 9 in the school’s football stadium. The graduate commencement will be held at 3 p.m. May 8 at Mellencamp Pavilion. Officials say IU held graduation at the football stadium for a dozen years before it was moved to Assembly Hall in 2002 because of uncertainties posed by the weather. Plans call for returning … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana granted one-year waiver   on education law ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Education has granted a one-year extension of Indiana’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law after the state resolved concerns over how it monitored low-performing schools and evaluated teachers and principals. The decision ensures Indiana will retain significant say in how millions of federal Title I dollars are spent. Indiana was granted a waiver from the law in 2012. But Assistant U.S. Education Secretary Deborah Delisle told schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz in April that federal monitors had identified problems in the state’s handling of the waiver during a review in August … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:06:45 -0500