INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Staff from two Lafayette-area schools heavily damaged in severe storms that raked Indiana are preparing to resume classes Monday at new locations.
Tippecanoe School Corp. Superintendent Scott Hanback told his board of trustees Tuesday that classes won’t be held for a long time at Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School after their buildings were battered in the storms Sunday.
Staff from both schools met at the district’s central office to begin preparation for resuming classes Monday at a church and a middle school with extra space available.
The National Weather Service hasn’t determined yet weather a tornado hit the adjacent schools south of Lafayette. However, it says its preliminary findings indicate 26 tornadoes hit Indiana on Sunday, making it third largest outbreak in one day in state history.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Indiana a $100,000 grant as part of a program to connect school cafeterias with local farmers.
The grant to the Indiana State Department of Health will support a proposed two-year collaboration among the Indiana Farm to School Network, the Hoosier Harvest Market, the Greenfield-Central Community Schools and 38 other school corporations in Hancock and surrounding counties.
The USDA says the project’s goal is to help schools find and procure local food and explore the feasibility of what’s called a virtual food hub. The goal is to develop farm-to-school programs throughout the state.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Mike Pence has named Kent Schroder to be interim commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Schroder has served as the BMV chief of staff since June 1 after serving as its chief information officer since 2005. His responsibilities have included improving services, customer satisfaction, increasing revenue and reducing costs.
Pence says the appointment was effective Monday.
Scott Waddell announced his resignation as BMV commissioner last month.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana power companies are warning customers that some won’t have electricity back until Friday.
Indiana Michigan Power says some of its 3,600 customers in the Marion-Hartford City area might not have power restored until late Friday. It says some its 10,000 customers in the South Bend area without power might not have it back until Thursday evening.
Duke Energy says Kokomo and Lafayette were its hardest hit areas, with 18,000 customers combined without power late Monday afternoon. Duke says it hopes to have power restored to all customers by midday Wednesday.
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A judge has denied a new trial for the man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.
The Herald-Times reports (http://bit.ly/Idlm82 ) Morgan Superior Court G. Thomas Gray ruled Monday that John Myers II received a fair trial in the murder of 19-year-old Jill Behrman of Bloomington.
Gray acknowledged some issues with defense attorney Patrick Baker’s actions in the case but said none cast doubt on the overall substance of his defense of Myers.
Baker’s actions in the case resulted in misconduct charges and a suspension of his license to practice law by the Indiana Supreme Court.
Myers was convicted of murder in 2006. He’s serving a 65-year sentence.
Behrman’s remains were found in a Morgan County field nearly three years after she disappeared.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Purdue University researchers have joined a national consortium working to address shortages of rare earth metals and other materials that are critical to the nation’s energy security.
The Purdue researchers are collaborating with the Critical Materials Institute, a national consortium launched in September with a five-year, $120 million U.S. Department of Energy grant.
The institute is a consortium of national laboratories, industries and universities that’s being led by the Ames Laboratory in Iowa. Purdue researchers working with the group will receive up to $2.5 million over the next five years.
A 2011 Department of Energy report found that supply challenges for five rare earth metals could hamper the development of the clean-energy technology industry in the years ahead.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – An Indiana University fraternity group says a new policy limiting how much hard alcohol is allowed at fraternity-sponsored parties was well received during its first test earlier this month.
The IU Interfraternity Council says it implemented the hard alcohol limitations in hopes of creating a safer, more responsible drinking atmosphere on the Bloomington campus.
The new limits got their first test during IU’s homecoming weekend during the first weekend in November.
Interfraternity Council vice president of communications Jordan Shwide says that while the new policy was well received, its success is difficult to measure.
The Council’s vice president of risk management, Ben Weisel, tells The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/HRYQ4z ) the group is receiving positive feedback from fraternity chapters.