GIRL SLAIN-STEPMOTHER ARRESTED
Woman charged with strangling stepdaughter waives counsel
MARION, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman charged in the strangulation death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter has waived her right to an attorney and says she will represent herself in court.
Thirty-four-year-old Amanda Carmack of Gas City made the waiver during her initial court appearance Monday in Grant Circuit Court on charges of murder, neglect, domestic battery and strangulation in the death of Skylea Carmack. A judge appointed a standby counsel.
A probable cause affidavit states that Carmack confessed to the killing Wednesday, four days after she reported Skylea missing. Police found Skylea’s body hidden in a garbage bag in a shed behind the family’s home about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis.
Prosecutors have said they plan to seek a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Carmack is jailed without bond.
Indiana judge pleads guilty in fight that led to shooting
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge has pleaded guilty to a battery charge stemming from a fight outside an Indianapolis fast-food restaurant in which he and another judge were shot and wounded.
Marion County court records show felony charges against Clark County Circuit Judge Andrew Adams were dismissed but that he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor battery charge.
Adams won’t spend any additional time in jail as he was given a one-year suspended sentence.
A grand jury indicted Adams for his role in an argument that turned violent outside a White Castle early May 1. He and the other judge were visiting Indianapolis for a work-related conference.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Adams expressed remorse in court Monday, calling it “a regretful situation.”
The alleged gunman is awaiting trial on felony charges.
Indiana official stalls BMV gender change rule
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the state’s attorney general has stalled a measure that would allow people to change their gender on driver’s licenses and IDs.
Bureau spokeswoman Susan Guyer tells The Journal Gazette that Attorney General Curtis Hill declined to sign off on the rule because the public wasn’t sufficiently informed of the plan.
The bureau proposed the rule that would require a birth certificate or a special state Department of Health form to change gender on licenses and IDs. It was slated to become effective in October.
Hill’s decision last week jeopardizes the department’s plan to allow gender change on a birth certificate with a physician’s statement.
The move isn’t a formal rejection, but it puts the rule on hold while changes are considered.
DUKE ENERGY PLANT
Year remains on demolishing closed Indiana power plant
(Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Crews still have another year of demolition work remaining on a western Indiana power plant that Duke Energy shut down in 2016.
The coal-burning Wabash River Generating Station near Terre Haute began operating in 1953 and was closed after Duke decided that upgrading with new pollution controls for current air pollution standards was too expensive.
The (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star reports the four-year demolition project has included removal of asbestos and 121,000 gallons of transformer oil. A 452-foot tall smokestack was imploded in January 2018.
Duke site manager Mike Wertz says work is being done to salvage some of the plant’s estimated 60,000 tons of carbon steel. He says implosion of its 630-foot long main turbine house is planned for spring 2020.
BROWN COUNTY LEAF CAM
Brown County switches on ‘leaf cam’ that eyes fall foliage
(Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com)
NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Brown County tourism officials have switched on their seasonal “leaf cam” that monitors the forested region’s changing fall foliage.
The camera that’s perched atop a cabin near the southern Indiana county’s Bean Blossom overlook shows a panoramic view of the scenery nearby, and refreshes every 15 minutes.
The forested view of the county that’s a popular tourist destination currently shows largely green leaves. But the foliage will be filling up with autumnal reds, yellows, oranges and browns in the coming weeks.
The Herald-Times reports that the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau says that between late September and early November the county’s trees will put on a showy display with an array of colors.
Mid-October is usually the peak season for those colors. Weather can affect its arrival time.
Brown County’s ‘Leaf Cam’: www.browncounty.com/leaf-cam
Minnesota oil pipeline fight highlights Democratic dilemmas
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A divisive fight over a crude-oil pipeline across Minnesota is pinning Democratic presidential hopefuls between environmentalists and trade unions in the 2020 battleground state.
And that’s testing those candidates’ campaign promises to ease away from fossil fuels.
Progressive candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have condemned a Canadian company’s plan to replace and expand capacity of its old and deteriorating Line 3 pipeline. The line carries Canadian crude across the forests and wetlands of northern Minnesota into northern Wisconsin. Warren and Sanders are siding with environmentalists and tribal groups who have been trying to stop the project for years.
Other candidates have been largely silent, mindful that such projects are job creators for some of the working-class voters they may need to win the state in 2020.
DNR-PAYING FOR SEEDS
Indiana DNR will pay Hoosiers for certain tree seeds, nuts
VALLONIA, Ind. (AP) — With fall approaching, Indiana forestry officials are reminding Hoosiers that they’ll pay them for seeds from certain tree species.
The Department of Natural Resources says its Division of Forestry orchestrates a statewide seed collection annually with the goal of diversifying their seed source.
That diversification allows the agency to raise seedlings well adapted to grow into mature trees across Indiana.
The DNR pays seed collectors on the basis of “pure live seed” that meet DNR specifications, including being free of diseases and insects.
Some of the numerous tree species the DNR wants seeds for are black walnut, red oak, bur oak and shellbark hickory. The prices the agency will pay for qualifying seeds include 1 cent for each black walnut seed and 3 cents for each shagbark hickory seed.
For more information on the tree seed purchases, contact the Vallonia Nursery at 812-358-3621 or vallonianursery@dnr.IN.gov
In NH, Biden lacks enthusiasm to match front-runner status
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden was greeted with the respect that comes with being a former vice president when he took the stage at a New Hampshire Democratic convention.
Some of his closest rivals were greeted like rock stars.
The scene in New Hampshire highlights one of the riddles of Biden’s candidacy. He maintains a lead in nearly every poll, but his campaign often lacks the look and feel of a front-runner.
His crowds are warm, but rarely high-energy. His organization is solid, but doesn’t always show up in force at key events that help shape the perceptions of political power brokers.
Biden’s team insists such optics are overrated as indicators of a candidate’s strength, saying he is unique among Democrats because of a reservoir of goodwill from a broad group of supporters.