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Alcohol contributes to an early morning crash with injury

An accident early this morning resulted in injury. Indiana State Police say 22-year-old Aaron Ripple of Cynthiana failed to follow a curve and drove off the roadway into a field, where his vehicle rolled at least twice. Ripple was taken to Deaconess Hospital for a head injury. Tropper Chris Dyer says alochol and speed contributed to the accident.

Two people are victims in Henderson shooting

Two people were injured last night in Henderson during a shooting. Henderson police say Adrian Martinez, 27, and Alfonso Martinez, 29 were shot on Glover Drive after 10 pm and then taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville. Officers say the shots were fired outside of the home, travelled through the front glass door, and struck the victims. Kentucky State Police searched the area but have not yet identified any suspects.

USI offers free tax preparation

University of Southern Indiana accounting students are offering free tax preparation from February 6th through April 10th.  USI is a site for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, a partnership with the IRS and national or local organizations.  The students will prepare federal and state tax returns during the appointment, which usually takes between 90 minutes and two hours to complete.  Individuals must bring tax information, photo identification cards, and Social Security cards for themselves and their dependents.

Kentucky Kingdom Plans

There's a green light for Kentucky Kingdom to re-open, as soon as the spring of next year. The State Fair Board has approved a new lease agreement. Investors still have to secure $25 million in private loans before the park can open. The investors have agreed to initially invest $45 million in the park, which has been closed since 2009. The Fair Board and the investors agreed to a 50-year lease after the state sought new proposals, after Holiday World and Splashin' Safari dropped its plan to reopen the park.

Chemicals Flash at Paint Plant

A Red Spot Paint employee was taken to the Deaconess emergency room after an incident at its plant on Columbia near Fares. Head of Human Resources Emilee Hille says there was a "minor flash" in a mixing tank at one of its paint facilities Friday morning. Hille says the man was wearing proper protective equipment, and followed company protocol. She says they're not calling it a fire. Red Spot makes big batches of paint for the automotive industry. 

Indiana motorcyclists may get the pass to run red lights

Indiana lawmakers are considering letting motorcyclists run red lights, but only if they stop for two full minutes and there is no oncoming traffic. Many stop lights are triggered by magnets, which do not always recognize motorcyles as vehicles. This bill would allow motorcylists to carefully proceed through a red light, instead of waiting for another vehicle to trigger the light.

Variety to be spice of new Lincoln Ampitheatre season

Lincoln Amphitheatre says it will offer a diverse line-up of entertainment starting in April. The backbone will again be "A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale," back for a second season. But the opening show will be "Celtic Spring Song and Dance" on April 14th. The season also includes "Mice!" by Tales and Scales. Another Evansville troupe, Civic Theatre, will present "Godspell." The National Theatre will present Lincoln's favorite play, "Macbeth."  And around Halloween, Lincoln Amphitheatre will partner with the Friends of Lincoln State Park for the third annual Trail of Terror.

Local photography business is going out of business

After almost 100 years of business, Schmitt Photo Service, Inc. is shutting down. The small, locally owned business has suffered with the recent economic downtown and the widespread shift to digital photography. Company President Steve Polley says the closure is not due to bankruptcy. Both the Photo Service and the recent addition of a Scrapbooking Center will close on February 28th.

Program offers free day care

A new program provides free day care to local families at risk of becoming homeless. The Homeless Prevention Coalition is picking five families and connecting them with child care providers for six weeks of child care. The Coaliton wants parents to use this time to seek employment or education. After six weeks, parents and day care providers will work together to establish payment on a sliding scale.  If this initial program is a success, the Coalition hopes to gain funding and implement the program on a larger scale.

Trash and Recycling Schedules Change on Monday

The new trash and recycling collection contract with Allied Waste/Republic Services begins Monday. Each customer will receive two new 96-gallon bins - one for trash and one for recycling - which are expected to be delivered by March. Bins will now be picked up 5 days a week instead of 4, so new pickup schedules will take effect Monday.  Residents have already been mailed their new schedules.  Information on Pickup days and recycling weeks for individuals is also online at www.evansvillegis.com/Trash.

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