Authorities: House fire kills three children in southern Indiana
NEW ALBANY | A southern Indiana fire marshal said an early morning house fire has killed three children under the age of 10 in the Ohio River city of New Albany.
New Albany Fire Marshal Chris Koehler tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., the youngsters' bodies were found in one bedroom where Saturday's fire was contained. He says the rest of the three-bedroom house in the city just north of Louisville received minor damage.
Floyd County Coroner Dr. Leslie Knable tells the newspaper a fourth child survived the 2 a.m. fire and was hospitalized with injuries.
She said the youngsters' mother and another adult were believed to have been outside the home when they saw flames and reported the fire.
Koehler said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
New owner to use idled plant for clean coal power
CRAWFORDSVILLE | An Indiana power plant that had been idle for six years and was scheduled to be decommissioned will find new use after a company purchased it at a bargain price.
The Journal & Courier reports Sterling Energy Group purchased the Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power plant for $155,000. That's well below the $900,000 asking price the city set two years ago.
Mayor Todd Barton said the city would have spent up to $6 million to decommission the plant and has spent about $1 million annually since 2007 to maintain the facility.
Sterling Energy plans to use the plant as a combined heat and power facility using clean coal technologies. Barton says it will cost between $10 million and $14 million to make the plant comply with current regulations.
Indianapolis airport panel sues over abandoned gas station
INDIANAPOLIS | Indianapolis airport officials are suing BP Exploration & Oil Inc. over the oil giant's decision to stop making payments on a gas station and fast food restaurant near the city's old air terminal.
The Indianapolis Airport Authority filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court accusing BP of breach of contract. It said the company stopped operating the station in 2009 and quit making payments in October of this year.
"BP has indicated its intention to continue to breach the terms of the lease and has refused demands for payment pursuant to the terms of the lease," the authority said.
BP officials didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Adoption supporters laud Pence tax-credit plan
FORT WAYNE | Advocates and prospective parents say a proposed Indiana tax credit for adoptive families is a good first step, but they want the state to do more to help children find homes.
Gov. Mike Pence announced in late December that he wants to make Indiana the nation's "most pro-adoption state" by implementing the tax credit and exploring adoption programs and ways to make adoption affordable.
The tax credit would be tied to a federal adoption tax credit. Indiana adoptive parents could claim 10 percent of the amount claimed on the federal credit when filing their state returns.
The federal tax credit is nearly $13,000 for 2013.
Adoption attorney Lindsay Hurni said she would like Indiana to offer more than a 10 percent credit but says "anything helps."
State Police to tow vehicles abandoned on highways
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana State Police say crews will be towing away all vehicles abandoned along Indiana's major highways as a major winter storm bears down on the state.
Crews planned to begin towing vehicles Saturday at their owner's expense to remove abandoned cars, trucks and other vehicles that would impede snow-removal efforts in the days ahead.
Anyone who discovers their vehicle has been towed should contact their local State Police post to find out how they can retrieve it.
A winter storm warning covers all of Indiana from Saturday night through Sunday night.