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3/13/15

"Body found in Ohio River identified"

The body found in the Ohio River at the Markland Dam has been identifed as 53-year-old Robert Preston of Morgantown, West Virginia. The cause of death is still unknown and foul play is not suspected at this time. Kentucky State Police Post 5 dispatchers received a call at 1:29 p.m. Wednesday reporting that a body had been located floating in the water near the dam. Troopers were assisted on the scene by the Gallatin County Coroner and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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"Judge rules in favor of fired Madison teacher"

A federal judge ruled Thursday that a portion of a 2011 state law allowing tenured teachers to be fired before non-tenured teachers in a case of reduction in force (RIF) is unconstitutional. U-S District Judge William T. Lawrence ruled that teacher Joseph Elliot should not have had his contract with Madison Consolidated Schools canceled because six non-tenured teachers kept their jobs in positions for which Elliot was certified. Lawrence said a portion of the 2011 law which allows schools to consider performance rather than seniority in RIF situations violated Elliot‘s contractual rights under the 1927 Teacers‘ Tenure Act. Lawrence said state law already provides means for under-performing teachers to be fired. Indiana State Teacher‘s Association President Teresa Meredith says the ruling is "a victory for teachers who have experience and are good at what they do."

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"I-65 bus crash update"

The investigation into the charter bus crash on I-65 is continuing as investigators comb through available data and witness statements. The charter bus was carrying 16 members of the Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech) men’s and women’s bowling team to Smyrna, Tennessee, to compete in a United States Bowling Congress Sectional Competition when it overturned near Henryville, Indiana.
The last of the students hospitalized at Scott Memorial Hospital was released at approximately 10:00am Friday. The Driver, the team coach’s wife, and one student remain Hospitalized at University of Louisville Hospital.
The driver of the bus has been identified as Rex Altenburg, 76, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jeannine Secrist, 68, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Indiana Tech student Michaelia Kemp, 18, Fort Wayne, Indiana, are also hospitalized at U of L. All three are listed in Satisfactory or Fair condition. More information on the accident will be released as it becomes available.

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Obituaries

Twila Grigsby, 39

Richard Wolf, 82