Two blows in one day for development in downtown Evansville. First the Missouri-based company that was selected by officials there to build the new convention center hotel next to the Ford Center put the plan on hold - saying there's a 6 and a half million dollar shortage in funding the project. The shortfall is caused they say - by the value of naming rights of the facility now known as The Centre for Old National Bank - which was a key in the decision of how much the bank would contribute in financing construction. Then later in the day the Indiana Commission for Higher Education leaves a proposed medical school planned for Evansville off its list of recommended projects. Indiana University was seeking around 19 million in state money for the project - but placed it 6th out of six items. Both projects appear to be dead in the water, depending on what happens when the general assembly convenes in the new year.
A top U.S. economist is weighing in on the state of Indiana‘s economy. IHS Global Insight Chief U.S. Economist Douglas Handler told a committee of state lawmakers that economic growth in Indiana remains higher than in neighboring states. Handler says employment, personal income and real gross state product will all show slight gains in 2015. He says unemployment should drop to 5.5 percent. However, he adds that employment growth will slow due to large numbers of aging workers leaving the workforce nationwide. Manufacturing, especially the resurgence of the auto sector, is cited as key in Indiana‘s economic health. Handler says continued low gas prices could save Americans $1000 a year or roughly $20 per week.
Girl's high school basketball: Princeton wins at South Knox, 74-30 Gibson Southern beats Pike Central, 66-39. Wood Memorial over North Knox, 54-47 Mater Dei downs North Posey, 63-30 Evansville Memorial beats Vincennes Rivet, 72-41.
A State Senator will try again to get a hearing for a marijuana bill in the legislature. But this time, it will focus on the use of marijuana as medicine. A Democrat from Portage has introduced bills in past sessions that would have decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot - but those never received hearings. Karen Tallian now says she's gotten advice that says other lawmakers might be more sympathetic to medical marijuana. The bill will set up a system that will allow some sick people to use marijuana legally - based on a doctor's advice.
US 41 Southbound near Princeton shut down for a period of time Wednesday evening after an incident involving a pickup truck and a moped. Sheriff's Deputies say a moped was struck from behind by the truck near the Richland Creek Drive intersection. A medical helicopter was called to the scene but no other information has been made available by authorities.