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January 24, 2013

Local Briefs: Jan. 25

Literacy Coalition to host meeting

ANDERSON —  The Madison County Literacy Coalition, Paradigm Place building, 200 E. 11th St., will host an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, for those interested in volunteering to tutor adults.

Attendees will learn about tutor training, support meetings for tutors, and time commitments for tutoring adult learners. Call 641-0117 to register.

INDOT calls out plow trucks

GREENFIELD — The Indiana Department of Transportation Greenfield Subdistrict is putting 28 plow trucks on state highway snow routes in Hancock, Shelby and Rush counties — with some routes extending into Henry and Madison Counties — in anticipation of snow accumulations with possible drifting.

Drivers from INDOT units at Anderson, Greenfield, Shelbyville and Rushville will be dispatched at 4 a.m.

For updated road conditions, visit www.trafficwise.in.gov or call (800) 261-7623.

Lanane eye sales tax for road needs

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers, including Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, Anderson, looking to plug a hole in state transportation spending are considering diverting the state’s sales tax on gasoline to transportation.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley says dedicating the roughly $500 million generated from the tax should be considered as one option to pay for pressing transportation needs.

School safety proposal overhauled

INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Republicans are in the middle of overhauling a safety measure aimed at better protecting schools after a shooting last month in Connecticut left 20 first-graders dead.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said the $10 million measure should better account for threats outside the classroom.

Bill would legalize switchblades

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate approved a bill that would end the state’s ban on switchblades.

Senators voted 47-0 on Thursday to advance the proposal to the House. Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Tomes of Wadesville says the ban is outdated and removing it would help people with disabilities or arthritis. Emergency workers would benefit from being able to quickly open a knife by pressing a button, Tomes said.

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