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Girl shoots hand, man arrested

An Evansville man is arrested after a young girl shoots herself. Evansville Police say they responded to a call on 9th Street last night and found a 9-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to her hand. Police then arrested 48-year-old Gilbert Ricketts, Jr., who they believe was showing his gun to neighborhood youth. Ricketts is charged with providing a firearm to a juvenile.

Indiana med school expands Evansville program

December is the deadline for Indiana University to choose a location in Evansville for its new regional academic health science and research campus. The current IU two-year program is at University of Southern Indiana, and the new program will expand to four years plus residency opportunities. Possible locations include Downtown, USI, and the area along the Lloyd and Interstate 164.

Lincoln School students graduate, calendar changes for next school year

Thirty-six eighth-grade students graduated from Lincoln School yesterday, the last class of students to graduate from the school's full-year calendar. In August, Lincoln will transition to a traditional school calendar like the rest of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation schools. Principal Ronnetha Darrett says officials surveyed parents to gather their opinions on the schedule, and the majority wanted a change.

Dream Center offers free feeding program and summer activities

Nutritious meals, swimming, field trips, and special lessons are all part of Media Ministries Dream Center's free Summer Program 2013.  The Dream Center is opening its doors to all youth from kindergarten through high school from 11:30 to 3 Monday through Friday, and each age group has its own afternoon for additional lessons and activities.  Any child in the community is also invited to eat a free lunch from 11:30 to 12:30, as the Dream Center participates in the Summer Food Service Program.

Man tries to sneak contraband taped to his groin into jail

A Henderson man’s preparations for a weekend locked-up got him into even more trouble.

Former Rescue Mission building goes down, green space take the space

Evansville Rescue Mission's former men's shelter is being razed and turned into a green space. The Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library System owns the building at 300 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and says the demolition will take approximately three weeks. Once the shelter is gone, grass and limited landscaping will be planted. In the future, the library is considering adding a walking path, a rain garden, or an exhibition garden to the site.

Hoosiers may be eligible to receive refunds in e-book investigation

Hoosiers who bought E-books published by Penguin Group will receive 1.15 million dollars in refunds as part of a multi- state investigation into price-fixing and collusion. The agreement must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Indiana has previously settled with four other publishers.

Purdue researches how autism develops in young children

Purdue is studying how autism develops in young children.  Researchers are seeking infants between 6 and 18 months who have an older sibling with autism.  Purdue will observe the children until they are 2 and a half years old, assessing language development, physiological development, and several other developmental areas.  For more information or to enroll a child in the study, call 765-494-6610 or email AJLab@purdue.edu

Indy Motor Speedway expects "high" class entertainment

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Friday that six World War II-era planes will fly over the world‘s most famous racecourse prior to the start of the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. The pre-race flyover will feature a North American B-25 Mitchell, nicknamed "Axis Nightmare," and five North American T-6 Texan trainer aircraft. The planes will fly over the speedway at the conclusion of the National Anthem.

Union County softball team released from hospitals after crash


Most of the Union County girls’ softball team involved in a bus crash yesterday are released from hospitals.  Out of 28 people on the bus, 25 went to hospitals, and just one teammate remains hospitalized.  She is expected to be released Monday.  Athletic director for the Union County School District says the most severe injury was a broken leg.  Kentucky State Police have not determined what caused the bus to run off the shoulder of the road before crashing.

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