Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Large flightless bird closes Indiana highway ]]>

PERU — Police say a large flightless bird forced the closing of a northern Indiana highway for about 10 minutes while officers and motorists tried to corral it. The 5-foot-tall bird called a rhea had escaped from a farm and ran onto U.S. 24 near the Miami County city of Peru on Monday. Rheas are native to South America and similar to ostriches and emus. Indiana State Police 1st Sgt. Bob Burgess tells the Kokomo Tribune an animal control officer shot the bird with a tranquilizer dart but the bird fled into traffic. Meanwhile, officers contacted the previous owner of … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:05:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cost leads to Evansville air show cancellation ]]>

EVANSVILLE (AP) — The Navy’s Blue Angels stunt team won’t be flying over Evansville next summer after festival organizers have decided they can’t afford to continue putting on an air show. Hadi Shriners spokesman Dale Thomas says the group has seen a decline in corporate sponsorships and faced rising costs for its annual Evansville Freedom Festival. Thomas tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the club knows many people will be disappointed over not having the air show, but it can’t risk losing money on the festival. He says this year’s festival made a small profit with great weather, while … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana’s high court hears IBM welfare case ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court is weighing legal arguments in a dispute between state officials and IBM over the company’s failed attempt to privatize Indiana’s welfare services. Four of the five justices peppered state and IBM attorneys with questions during Thursday’s oral arguments over Indiana’s cancellation of IBM’s $1.3 billion contract to automate much of the state’s welfare system. Justice Mark Massa recused himself because he was then-Gov. Mitch Daniels’ general counsel when the contract was signed in 2006. IBM and Indiana sued each other after Daniels canceled the contract in 2009 following complaints about long wait times, … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ State health officials monitor 5 for Ebola symptoms ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials are monitoring five people who recently traveled to Indiana from the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia for symptoms common with Ebola disease. The Indiana State Department of Health said Wednesday that all five people are considered low-risk and are cooperating with health officials. It says two other travelers already have completed monitoring. It says local health officials are monitoring travelers from the three nations for 21 days after they enter the U.S. with twice daily temperature and symptom checks. If the travelers experience symptoms between checks, they’ve been instructed to immediately … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man convicted in Purdue shooting found dead in prison cell ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student earlier this year has been found dead from an apparent suicide in his prison cell, state correction officials said Wednesday. The Indiana Department of Correction said 24-year-old Cody Cousins was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after being found unresponsive Tuesday night at the Indiana State Prison with self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and arms. Investigators said the Warsaw, Indiana, man entered a classroom filled with students on the West Lafayette campus Jan. 21 and attacked Andrew Boldt, 21, of West Bend, Wisconsin. Boldt was … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Extra hour for Indiana alcohol sales Sunday morning ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana alcohol sales will be legal for an extra hour on Sunday morning with the end of daylight saving time. The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission announced Tuesday that alcoholic beverage sales may continue until 3 a.m. on Sunday. Because clocks will fall back to 1 a.m. when daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m., alcoholic beverage outlets will have one additional hour during which they may serve or sell alcoholic beverages. Under Indiana law, alcohol sales must end at 3 a.m. … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:58:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Senator seeks stiffer punishment for decapitations ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee says Indiana needs stronger penalties for decapitation. Republican Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford cites a gruesome beheading in Oklahoma last month as the reason for the change. He has asked staff to draft legislation that would add decapitation or attempted decapitation to the crimes punishable by life without parole or the death penalty. Indiana law already provides life without parole or the death penalty for anyone convicted of torturing or mutilating before a killing. It also provides a possible death sentence for anyone who dismembers a homicide victim. However, … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indianapolis airport’s solar farm doubling in size ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis’ main airport is doubling the size of its solar farm in an expansion officials say will make it the world’s largest airport-based solar farm. The Indianapolis International Airport’s solar farm currently covers 75 acres and is the largest such farm at a U.S. airport. But it’s in the midst of an expansion that airport spokesman Carlo Bertolini says will expand it to 151 acres by December, making it the world’s largest airport-based solar farm. Bertolini tells The Indianapolis Star that the expanded farm will have more than 76,000 solar photovoltaic panels that turn sunlight into electricity. … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indianapolis eyes savings with electric vehicles ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s quest for an all-electric fleet of city vehicles has gotten a $32 million jump-start. Ballard on Tuesday unveiled the beginnings of what he calls the “Freedom Fleet” — 425 plug-in sedans that are expected to save the city 2.2 million gallons of gas over the next decade. The move, on top of the mayor’s prior support for an electric vehicle rental program, increases the city’s green footprint. “This is a landmark step in revitalizing our aging fleet and replacing expensive internal combustion engine vehicles with cutting-edge EV technology, all while reducing our dependence … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge OKs Toll Road reorganization plan ]]>

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a reorganization plan for the private operator of the Indiana Toll Road that should expedite the sale of the lease for the 157-mile highway. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Pamela Hollis in Chicago on Tuesday approved the plan that would put the 75-year lease out to bid, according to published reports Toll road operator ITR Concession Co. declared bankruptcy on more than $6 billion in debt on Sept. 21. The Chicago-based company is a subsidiary of an Australian-Spanish consortium that won the right to operate and collect tolls on the highway. ITR has received court approval … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:10:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ State won’t try to reclaim troubled Indiana Toll Road ]]> Lead story image

A state official says no effort will be made to reclaim the Indiana Toll Road from its private operator that filed for bankruptcy protection last month, despite calls from some Democratic lawmakers for such action. Indiana Public Finance Director Kendra York said in a letter that the state didn’t want to take over responsibility for running and maintaining the 157-mile road, according to reports. York was responding to a request from Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly that the Indiana Finance Authority should try to take the highway from Chicago-based ITR Concession Co. The finance authority, which owns the toll road, … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:10:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police remind parents to stress Halloween safety ]]>

Indiana State Police are reminding people to stay safe on Halloween. Troopers are asking parents to remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers. Police say children should not eat any of their treats until they get home and they can be examined in a well-lit place. Police say people should only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers and should inspect fruits. They also advise parents to keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls and recommend using makeup instead of a mask, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Police also encourage … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:04:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Several hurt in Amtrak-semitrailer crash ]]>

REYNOLDS — An Amtrak spokesman said about 10 passengers and crew members were hurt in a crash between an Amtrak passenger train and a semitrailer near Lafayette. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said no one suffered serious or life-threatening injuries in Tuesday morning’s crash involving the Hoosier State line in a rural area about 25 miles north of Lafayette. He said the train carrying 56 passengers and three crew members from Indianapolis to Chicago collided with a semi that was blocking the tracks. Magliari says it’s unclear why the driver disregarded signs at the marked crossing. The Journal & Courier reports … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:05:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Date set for 10-digit dialing in 812 area ]]>

EVANSVILLE — Ten-digit telephone dialing in southern Indiana’s 812 area code will become mandatory Feb. 7. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the date Wednesday ahead of the introduction of the new 930 code for the same area. The change means callers in the region must use the area code for each call they make. Alan Matsumoto of the Indiana Telecommunications Association suggested the Feb. 7 date because it comes after the holidays and falls on a Saturday, when fewer calls are made. The Evansville Courier & Press reports the 930 area code will be implemented March 7. It was … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:32:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana scooter drivers facing new regulations ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are warning motor scooter drivers that starting in January they’ll need license plates on those bikes. Legislators this year approved Indiana’s first license requirements for scooters following complaints from police and others about a growing number of unsafe scooter drivers. Under the new law, drivers of scooters with engines of 50 cubic centimeters or less will need to buy license plates and pass a Bureau of Motor Vehicles test involving road signals and signs. Operators of scooters with larger engines will be required to follow motorcycle requirements, including holding a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:31:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Zombie-like painting covered up in Lafayette ]]>

LAFAYETTE — An artist’s depiction of several zombie-like figures on the side of a downtown Lafayette building has been painted over after it drew complaints. Artist Sagan Newham completed the painting this summer of a crowd of corpse-like figures with bald heads and dark eye sockets as part of a city-sanctioned project to place graffiti-style art around the community. Newham said she found the mural that took a week for her to finish had been covered over with white paint when she took some out-of-town friends to the building last week to show it to them. “I was shocked. I’m … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:05:26 -0500