Michigan lawmakers step up fight against nuke dump
Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer   
Monday, 19 May 2014 21:45
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group of Michigan legislators announced measures Monday that would increase pressure on Canada not to let a power company bury waste from nuclear plants less than a mile from Lake Huron.

Included in the legislative package to be introduced this week are resolutions seeking intervention by the International Joint Commission, which advises both nations on issues involving the Great Lakes and other boundary waters, and the Great Lakes Commission, an agency representing the eight states and two Canadian provinces within the watershed.

Neither could veto the plan by Ontario Power Generation to entomb radioactive waste in rock chambers 2,230 feet below the earth's surface near Kincardine, Ontario — unless both federal governments ask the IJC for a binding opinion. Otherwise, Canada has the final say. But the two commissions could turn up the political heat.

South Bend councilman's photo won't bring charge
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 19 May 2014 21:11
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A special prosecutor says he won't file criminal charges against a South Bend Common Council member for posting obscene material on his Facebook page.

Kosciusko County Prosecutor Daniel Hampton said in a report released Monday that Henry Davis Jr. didn't understand he was breaking the law, so he "lacked the requisite criminal intent" to be charged.

Some city residents complained in January when Davis posted an explicit photo of a naked man and a dog with a link to a blog that said Congress had legalized sex between humans and animals for members of the military.

Hampton noted that Davis expressed his disgust with the content of the photo and that some people who complained of Davis' actions also linked to the obscene material.

Officer charged in deadly crash appears in court
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 19 May 2014 21:09
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A judge entered a not-guilty plea and ordered restrictions Monday for a suspended central Indiana police officer charged with causing a crash that killed a man and injured his pregnant wife.

Madison Circuit Judge David Happe ordered Edgewood Officer James Foutch to abstain from driving and alcohol while appearing weekly for drug tests and to report any drugs prescribed by a doctor.

Authorities say the 41-year-old Foutch was off duty and under the influence of an anti-anxiety drug and a painkiller when his SUV going 92 mph plowed into the rear of a car and sent it into a utility pole along Indiana 32 west of Anderson. The April 6 crash killed Jesse Sperry, 23, of Noblesville and injured his wife, Rebecca Sperry, 22, as they drove home from church. Rebecca Sperry gave birth to a daughter by emergency C-section that day at an Indianapolis hospital.

Sheriff: Heart attack causes 8-vehicle crash
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 19 May 2014 21:10
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana sheriff says a semitrailer driver's heart attack triggered an eight-vehicle crash that sent five people to hospitals.

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said the semitrailer driver and four people from other vehicles were taken to hospitals following the crash Monday morning at the Intersection of Indiana 9 and Indiana 28 in Alexandria, about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Richardson told The Herald Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1lVYcTt ) the accident happened when the semitrailer, which was northbound on Indiana 9, struck two vehicles south of the intersection. The truck continued through the intersection, crossed into the southbound lane and struck a third vehicle, causing a chain collision with four other stopped, southbound vehicles.

Indiana toxicology lab still faces long backlog
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 19 May 2014 21:08
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state's agency for drug and alcohol tests in criminal cases has an eight-month backlog, although its director says it is making changes that should improve its performance.

The Indiana Department of Toxicology has struggled with staff turnover and other troubles before it was moved out of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2012. Its caseload grew from nearly 6,000 tests in 2012 to almost 6,700 last year.

Agency Director Ed Littlejohn told The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/Safthr ) he believes changes are taking hold since he started leading the department two years ago.

"When I took this position, I felt it would be three to five years before this agency was going to be where I felt it should be," he said. "I think we're doing a lot of positives, but you're not going to change everything overnight. It takes time."

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