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Indiana State Police say 50 pigeons found inside a dumpster at an I-65 rest area in early December are recuperating – and the birds may have been used for competitions.

Wildlife rehabilitator Kim Hoover got the call for assistance from the White County sheriff’s office around 3 a.m on Dec. 10, and headed to the Wolcott rest area at first light. She says the sealed boxes she found were “atrocious”.

“They were starving, they were sick, and nobody knows how long they were in there,” Hoover says.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

 UPDATED (Thursday, 2:15 p.m.):

Sergeant Matt Gard confirms the shooting review board will consist of the deputy chief of police, the captain of the patrol division, the captain of the investigation division, Officer Aaron Wright’s commanding officer, and two department members of the same rank. The breed of the dog in Tuesday’s incident was a Cane Corso, otherwise known as an Italian Mastiff.  

 UPDATED: (Thursday, 11:50 a.m.):                     

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA

An accounting firm’s financial review of the Clinton County Humane Society’s vendor and payroll accounts flagged two discrepancies—one missing invoice and a check with one, not two, required signatures— but no other discrepancies were located from Oct. 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018, the time frame of the report.

“Two items over a span of several years seems to be negligible, at this point,” Clinton County Commissioner Steve Woods said, after reading the majority of the findings aloud to a crowded commissioner’s meeting Thursday morning.

Indiana’s latest employment numbers are largely positive after the Hoosier private sector added jobs in November. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana’s latest employment numbers are largely positive after the Hoosier private sector added jobs last month.

But the state also continued a long stretch during which its unemployment rate failed to improve.

The Indiana private sector filled 2,800 jobs last month, principally in the manufacturing sector. And November marks five consecutive months private employment grew.

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Board members from the Clinton County Humane Society will present a report on a financial review of their organization at a Clinton County Commissioners meeting next week.  

The Commissioners requested an audit of the Humane Society’s finances after a public outcry following the firing of shelter director Jim Tate this summer. But in October, board member Genie Newhart told WBAA the group had agreed to a financial review, which is less comprehensive than an audit.

State Veterans Affairs Director Resigns

Dec 7, 2018
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Director Jim Brown resigned Friday, Dec. 7. (Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Director Jim Brown resigned Friday.

Teacher pay is a key part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s agenda for 2019, but he says significant raises might not happen for another two years.

Gov. Holcomb’s education plans for 2019 align with what state leaders have already said: Indiana’s budget session will be tight. So when it comes to getting more money in the hands of educators, he says actual raises might have to wait for the 2021 budget.

In his speech Mayor Joe Hogsett focused, as he has during much of his first term, on public safety, infrastructure and education. (Drew Daudelin/WFYI)

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will run for a second term. The Democrat announced his re-election bid during an event Wednesday night at the downtown Phoenix Theatre.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush says the commission will examine, among other issues, whether the state should adopt the Uniform Bar Examination, a test used by more than 30 jurisdictions nationwide. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Supreme Court wants a special commission to study whether the state’s bar exam needs changes.

Ball State Trustee Killed In Plane Crash

Nov 30, 2018

Ball State University has announced a Board of Trustees member has died in a plane crash in southern Indiana.

Wayne Estopinal has served on the Ball State board since 2011 and this week was re-appointed to the position by Governor Eric Holcomb.

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