The state has closed enrollment in the Healthy Indiana insurance plan for the rest of the year. The plan for uninsured, low-income Hoosiers is funded by state cigarette taxes, and enrollment has always been capped based on how much money is available. Family and Social Services Administration spokesman Jim Gavin says the state estimated last year it would reach capacity around midyear, and that estimate proved correct, but Gavin says HIP actually has about 52-thousand beneficiaries enrolled, since many people didn‘t sign up until spring or summer. The state has asked the federal government to authorize an expansion of HIP which would make the program a stand-in for Medicaid and create room for 350-thousand more enrollees, with federal funding and an agreed-on subsidy from Indiana hospitals covering the increased cost.
Police in Lawrenceville Illinois are investigating a bank robbery. Reports indicate a white male allegedly walked into the First Financial Bank Branch on State Street just before 9 AM, appearing to be unarmed, but moments later fleeing on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The man in question was described as wearing a baseball cap, a black West Coast Choppers T-shirt - and had tape on his head.
American Legion play from Rockport Thursday sees Post 25's season come to an end, as the team from Princeton was eliminated by Jasper, 8 to 6. The defending state champs finish the 2014 campaign with a 17 and 8 record.
State Police have identified the two men who were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Knox County early Wednesday. Reports indicate 33 year old Paul Ryan Russell of Bruceville was killed outside a bar in Bicknell around 2 AM when he got into an argument with 48 year old Todd Godare of Bicknell. Godare left the scene afterwards and was later found driving his truck in Vincennes about two hours later. Police say that as officers attempted to stop him, he stopped his vehicle to a stop at the intersection of state road 61 and Kimmell Road - and shot himself, likely using the same weapon that he had used in the earlier shooting. Autopsies are scheduled for both men.
The start of the school year is now in sight and that means that once again school supply lists for many - will be filled by the Salvation Army. Officials with the Salvation Army of Gibson and Pike Counties say their annual backpack giveaway is scheduled for the first week of August, with supplies being given away August 4th through 7th 9:00 to 11:30 and from 1:00 to 3:00 as long as they are available. Children must be attending a public or private school in grades K through 12 in either Gibson or Pike County to participate - and will have to bring social security cards, birth certificates, parent or guardian ID, and proof of address. For more information contact the Salvation Army at 386-6577.