Appeals Court Upholds Marshall County Murder Sentence

Shane Weedling

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the sentence of the Plymouth man accused of beating his girlfriend’s toddler to death with a hairbrush after she wet the bed in their motel room. Shane Weedling received the maximum 65-year sentence for murder in connection with Serenity Wilson’s 25-year death after pleading guilty. His sentence was left to the discretion of Marshall Superior Court Judge Robert O. Bowen. Continue reading

State Health Officials Offer Tick Disease Prevention Tips

Hoosiers are urged to protect themselves against ticks when taking part in outdoor activities. The small, insect-like creatures are found in grassy, wooded areas throughout the state. Ticks tend to be most active during the late spring and early summer.

State health officials warn they can transmit a variety of diseases, including Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Last year more than 200 cases of tick-borne illness were reported in Indiana. Continue reading

Donnelly Weighs in on Russia Investigation

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly is pleased with the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate alleged ties between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians. During an interview on WKVI’s “Grossman in the Morning” Thursday, Donnelly said it’s important to find out what the facts are. Continue reading

“U.S. News and World Report” Releases 2017 High School Rankings

Several local high schools are ranked among the best in Indiana by “U.S. News and World Report.” The publication reviewed more than 28,000 schools nationwide for its 2017 rankings, and 136 schools in Indiana made their “Best High Schools” rankings. The publication ranks schools based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.

All of the local schools on the list offer students an opportunity to take Advance Placement ® (AP) coursework and exams. Continue reading

Indiana Jobless Rate Hits 16-Year Low

Indiana’s March unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2001, according to state officials. They note the 3.9 percent rate is also well below the national average of 4.5 percent. The unemployment rate reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force increased by more than 6,000 over the past month, according to Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioners Steven J. Braun. Statewide employment saw a 12,322 increase, and a 6,229 decrease in unemployment. Continue reading