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Toyota and Duke enter Smart-er car deal

A pilot program could lead to a smarter power grid and help the owners of plug-in cars save money. Duke Energy, Toyota and Energy Systems Network have partnered to learn how to synchronize the power grid with the needs of those who own plug-in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. In addition, the program is expected to help electric car owners save money on their power bills, which can sometimes spike if they charge their cars at certain times of day. David Mohler of Duke Energy says the program will test a system that uses "smart" technology to charge cars.

 

West Nile outbreak now worst in U.S. history

Indiana Health confirm ten cases of West Nile Virus in the state. The are in Allen, Fulton, Hamilton, Hancock, Jackson, Monroe, Marion, Tippecanoe and Vanderburgh counties. One case in Vanderburgh County resulted in death. So far in 2012, mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found in 67 Indiana counties, compared with 34 counties in 2011. Nationally, officials say this the worst outbreak if West Nile Virus in U.S. history.

 

Easter Seals Drawing Fast Approaching

The drawing for $100,000 at high noon Thursday is on.

Pam Kirk of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center says a surge in ticket sales the last few days has lifted total sales past the 2,000 mark. Kirk says they are still 353 tickets from their goal -- last year's total - but enough have been sold to avoid a second re-scheduling of grand drawing in the Home Run Sweeps. More than 900 tickets are still available at $100 each. You can buy them until just before the drawing at noon at the Rehabilitation Center on Bellemeade.

 

Stadium auction set for Aug. 4

Everything must go. The last public event at Roberts Stadium will be an auction. All contents, fixtures, and equipment at the closed stadium will be auctioned on site Saturday, Aug. 4th at 10:00 a.m. City-County Building Authority Director Dave Rector says items to be auctioned include basketball floors, four basketball goals, a stage, office furniture, and kitchen and concession equipment. He says the stadium will be open for pre-auction inspections Aug.

 

Stubborn Posey County Fires

Firefighters fought stubborn fires in Posey County. A train sparked several piles of railroad ties to catch fire.

The fires were along the railroad tracks behind Givens Road. Six departments were called in.

Officials say no homes were in danger, but many firefighters were needed so they could rotate often due to the heat.

 

 

261 Construction

Hard to get there from here. At least for now. It'll be slow going for quite some time in front of Castle High School as road construction continues on 261. The road may reopen for the start of school but congestion will extend well into the school year. Transportation and school officials are issuing early warnings about back-ups in the area.

 

Fireworks Ban Extended

Evansville's firecracker ban has been extended because of the extreme heat. The ban on fireworks now will last until Friday July 13th according to the mayor's office.

 

Crime and heat linked?

Can we blame a seeming upturn in criminal activity on the hot weather? An Indiana State University instructor says there may be a link --  but there‘s not much research to back it up. Melissa Benningfield of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice says increased crime during summer months is likely more due to longer days and the fact that people want to go outside. Benningfield also attributes any rise to the fact that more kids are out of school and outdoors more often.

 

Energy Tips

You don't want to get clobbered by a huge Vectren Bill next month when you pay for this excessive heat wave. Some tips to save energy in your house include Setting the thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature and dress appropriately. Also,
* Be sure the filter in your air conditioner is clean.

 

Business Slows at Fast Eddy's

A restaurant near Casino Aztar closes its doors and lays off its workers. Fast Eddy's opened in 1996. Owners say the closing was a business decision, because crowds have fallen off. But, they hope to have a new concept ready and the doors back open this fall. For now, the sign on the door reads: "closed for renovations."