Watchdog: Ending energy-efficiency 'short-sighted'
Written by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 21:02
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The leader of a consumer watchdog group said Tuesday that Indiana lawmakers put the state at a disadvantage when they passed a bill killing an energy-efficiency program that could have helped the state meet the new federal carbon-emission goal by 2030.

Lawmakers approved a bill in March that will halt the state's fledging Energizing Indiana program on Dec. 31, ending its energy-saving efforts such as low-income home weatherizations.

Citizens Action Coalition executive director Kerwin Olson said lawmakers were "short-sighted" in light of Monday's announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which said coal-dependent Indiana has three years to come up with a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent over the next 16 years as part of a sweeping national push to combat global warming. Energy-efficiency programs are among the tools states can use to reach their carbon-reduction goal.

Southern Indiana man pleads guilty to 3rd murder
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 21:01
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man previously convicted of killing two women pleaded guilty unexpectedly Tuesday to killing a third while jury selection was underway.

William Clyde Gibson III, 56, of New Albany, pleaded guilty to murder in connection with the strangulation death of Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown. Her remains were found buried in the backyard of Gibson's home in 2012.

The plea waives Gibson's right to a jury trial. Instead, Floyd Superior Court Judge Susan Orth will decide Gibson's sentence during a hearing set to begin July 28 and expected to last three days.

Teen gets 15 years for role in Steuben Co. slaying
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 20:59
ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a northeastern Indiana teenager to 15 years in prison in connection with the slaying of a Muncie man.

Nineteen-year-old Tyler Lee Biggs of Fremont also received 10 years of suspended sentence and five years on probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for the July 7 death of 29-year-old Ruben Sanchez Jr. at Jimmerson Lake. Prosecutors dropped a murder charge in a plea deal.

4-year-old girl dies, 6 others hurt in I-69 crash
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 20:59
DALEVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has died and six other people have been injured in a crash that shut down Interstate 69 between Anderson and Muncie.

Indiana State Police say the girl, Tavionna Ford of Indianapolis, wasn't in a child seat before the crash Tuesday near Daleville, about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Troopers say a car driven by the girl's grandmother, 41-year-old Donna Randolph of Indianapolis, stopped in the northbound right lane and a pickup driven by 72-year-old Harold Shemberger Jr. of Luther, Michigan, rear-ended it.

Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists
Written by JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 20:58
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators.

The Department of Veterans Affairs maintained 10 such "secret waiting lists" of military veterans in need of care at facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, the letters said. They also said at least 96 veterans waited more than 90 days for treatment at seven facilities in those states, including 26 in St. Louis and 19 in Columbia, Missouri.

The letters said that eight of the 10 lists "served to complement authorized lists to more fully support Veteran care and access." But the two other lists, including one at the Wichita facility, "placed Veterans at risk."

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