The Herald Bulletin

July 9, 2013

State Briefs: July 10

The Herald Bulletin

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BSU under scrutiny for hiring

SOUTH BEND — Ball State University is facing questions for hiring a professor who contended he was denied tenure at Iowa State University six years ago for supporting the theory of intelligent design.

Attorney Andrew Seidel says the hiring of Guillermo Gonzalez as a tenure-track assistant professor of astronomy could hurt the reputation of the university's science curriculum.

Gonzalez gained notoriety in 2004 for a book on intelligent design that critics say wasn't based on science.

Film found of FDR disability

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana college professor says he has found rare film footage that shows President Franklin Delano Roosevelt being pushed in a wheelchair, depicting a secret not revealed to the public until after his death.

Franklin College professor Ray Begovich said Tuesday he found the eight-second clip while doing research in the National Archives in College Park, Md.

Roosevelt contracted polio in 1921 at age 39 and did not publicly appear in a wheelchair throughout his presidency.

Ex-CEO takes over Gary airport

GARY — The former CEO of the Indianapolis International Airport has been appointed to oversee a troubled $166 million plan to expand the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

The northwestern Indiana city's Airport Authority voted 5-1 vote Monday to give John Clark broad authority to oversee other consultants and contractors hired for the project. The Times of Munster reported that Clark's consulting company already has two contracts with the airport to develop a business plan and oversee its privatization effort.

Fines double for disable spots

LAFAYETTE — A state law that took effect last week doubles Indiana's fines for motorists who illegally park in parking spaces for the disabled.The law boosts the minimum fine for parking in a disabled spot without a permit from $50 to $100.

But some seniors and people with disabilities or health conditions who rely on the parking spaces question if the higher fines are really enough to keep able-bodied people from using the spots.

Bridges will close due to work

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Parts of the Kennedy Bridge in downtown Louisville will soon close as visible signs on progress show up on the long-awaited Ohio River Bridges project.

Starting as early as 8 a.m. on June 15, crews will close the far right southbound lane of the bridge, leaving two lanes of traffic open to traffic until the evening of July 19, when work will move to the bridge's northbound lanes.

Furloughs begin for defense workers

INDIANAPOLIS — Unpaid furlough days have begun for more than 10,000 civilian defense workers in Indiana affected by the automatic federal budget cuts.

The furloughs began Monday under the congressional budget stalemate that brings the automatic spending cuts. The affected workers are facing 11 unpaid furlough days this summer.