Indiana lawmakers, advocates eye statewide water plan
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana business leaders are hoping a study of the state's water supply leads lawmakers to create a plan to protect the natural resource that provides drinking water and fuels key industries.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has enlisted Bloomington-based hydrogeologist Jack Wittman to lead a study this fall to examine the state's water supplies and identify gaps between supply and demand and ways to address them.
"You can't run a car without paying attention to the gauges," Wittman told the Indianapolis Business Journal. "It's the same thing with these aquifers and rivers."
Carmel day care owner found guilty in baby's death
NOBLESVILLE | The owner of a home day care center in Carmel has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the January death of a 5-month-old boy.
The Indianapolis Star reports Stacey Cox also was found guilty late Friday night of misdemeanor deception and operating a child care home without a license. She was found not guilty of felony counts of reckless homicide and neglect of a dependent, and misdemeanor unlicensed practice of nursing.
Cox was charged after Conor Tilson was found unresponsive at her home day care. Deputy Prosecutor Matt Kestian said in closing arguments that Conor suffocated because Cox left him in a broken playpen with an oversized blanket.
Defense attorney Steve Stoesz said his Cox didn't know the playpen was broken.
Ball State President Gora to return in June
MUNCIE | Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora has told the board of trustees she plans to retire in June after 10 years on the job.
The Star Press reports she told the board of her plans on Friday. Board President Hollis Hughes said in a statement the university is well positioned to continue to press forward in the course Gora.
Hughes hopes to have a new president by July.