Indiana will retain flexibility on how it can spend federal education money after it received another waiver from certain No Child Left Behind rules. The U.S. Department of Education granted the waiver to Indiana after federal officials raised questions earlier this year about the state‘s compliance with some of the waiver‘s rules. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says there is no conditions attached to the waiver. The waiver was in doubt when the USDOE raised questions about the effectiveness of Indiana‘s evaluation system for teachers and principals. It led to sniping between Ritz and State Board of Education members over whether Ritz was providing enough information on the status of the waiver to the board. Ritz says she feels validated by the news.
The Indiana State Police say troopers will join officers from more than 250 law enforcement agencies around the state to make extra patrols over the holiday weekend. The blitz is part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving and won't end until Monday night. They'll be looking for impaired drivers, as well as aggressive drivers, speeders and kids in cars who are not properly restrained. Triple A says this will be the busiest Labor Day weekend on the roads since 2008.
Tennis: Princeton's boys down Mount Vernon 4 matches to 1. Lightning cut short play at Gibson Southern but the Titans win by sweeping the three matches that were completed.
High School Football around the area tonight: Vincennes Lincoln at Boonville. Jasper plays at Southridge. North Posey hosts Mount Vernon. Evansville North hosts Henderson County.
Mount Carmel kicks off the their season on the road at Harrisburg. Wood Memorial has a home date with Tecumseh. 2nd-ranked Gibson Southern plays at South Spencer. Princeton kicks off their home campaign in Tiger Stadium tonight, taking on Pike Central. The Princeton Football Boosters will host an alumni cookout before the game for all prior members of the Princeton Tiger Football team. All past football players in the Princeton program are invited to attend between 5:00 and 6:30.
The Air Quality Alert issued Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will continue today. Officials say weather patterns and other factors are holding an unusually high amount of particulate matter in the air over the tri-state region. The stuff they're concerned about is microscopic dust, soot, liquid droplets and smoke particles that are 2.5 microns wide or smaller, and it gets into the lungs and cannot be easily exhaled, and for those with weak lungs the stuff may cause coughing and difficulty breathing. Environmental officials have declared an action day for today, meaning those sensitive to the bad air should reduce their exposure by staying inside.
Freshmen and sophomores in Indiana high schools will now be required to learn C-P-R. A new state law requires C-P-R training as part of required health classes. The American Heart Association says training 300-thousand high school students a year will be a big step toward a national goal of ensuring 80-percent of the population knows C-P-R, and can intervene if someone goes into cardiac arrest. There is a provision in the law for a school to get a waiver if they can't afford the $600 training kits, but lawmakers say once identified, the state can steer private donations to those schools.