Wednesday, December 4 2013 4:08 PM EST2013-12-04 21:08:10 GMT
EVANSVILLE (WFIE) -Evansville Police are on the scene of a barricaded gunman. According to the department's Facebook page, it happened Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of South Alvord Boulevard. DispatchersMore >>
Several streets near Covert Avenue and South Alvord Boulevard were closed Wednesday morning as police responded to a man who barricaded himself inside his home. More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:01 PM EST2013-12-04 04:01:42 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police and emergency crews are on the scene of an accident on I-164 near mile marker 11. According to dispatch, a dump truck ran off the road and down an embankment. No other carsMore >>
I-164 is back open on Tuesday night after a semi carrying a load of coal ran off the roadway. More >>
Monday, December 2 2013 10:50 PM EST2013-12-03 03:50:58 GMT
A jury has cleared a Webster County man accused of running over a man at a soccer field. The defendant, 76-year-old Jimmy Frederick, is the husband of the Mayor of Dixon. His trial started on Monday andMore >>
A jury has cleared a Webster County man accused of running over a man at a soccer field.More >>
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -
After a long, closed door meeting, the Buena Vista School Board announced late Monday night all staff are laid off and benefits are severed effective immediately.
Classes were canceled for Tuesday.
Buena Vista School District's 27 teachers and its other staff learned Monday night they no longer have a job. The Buena Vista School Board voted unanimously to pink slip the staff and sever all benefits because the district is broke.
"Basically, it's something that we feel we had to do," said Randy Jackson, the school board president.
Jackson said the district spiraled into terrible financial times. It has lost funding, had to pay back big money it's received, and to top it all off, after this Friday's payday, there's no more money.
"Hopefully, this will be temporary, so we had to do it, but we do not intend for it to be a long-term deal," said Jackson.
The teachers also hoped for this. Monday afternoon, the teachers union voted to work through this week in hopes a solution could be found to keep them on the job. But with the pink slips handed out Monday night, it's now not clear if the teachers will be back.
"It changes everything because when we voted, we were not laid off, now we're all laid off," said Joeann Nash, a Buena Vista teacher and the spokesman for the local teachers union.
Congressman Dan Kildee issued a statement on the proposed closings, saying "I'm not interested in the blame game – this situation should have never reached the point when children are not able to attend school. No matter who is at fault, children ultimately pay the price. Students and teachers in the classroom didn't cause this problem, yet they are unfortunately the victims, and that is unacceptable. The state of Michigan and school district administrators need to work together to find an amenable solution to pay teachers and school staff. This matter needs to be resolved immediately so students in Buena Vista can return to school Wednesday."
On Tuesday, the union met to discuss whether they will volunteer to get through this year.
"What's next is meetings for the deficit elimination plan, working with the state to get it approved and hopefully working with them to get some funds, hopefully, to get through the rest of the school year," said Jackson.
"I love all the people here, so I hope there is a Buena Vista School District, I'm not going to give up until it's over, and it's not over for me, not yet," said Superintendent Deborah Hunter-Harvill.
But even with those positive words, the future of Buena Vista schools seems very uncertain.
The school board president and district superintendent held a public meeting Tuesday evening that was at times acrimonious. The pair answered questions pertaining to the way the district has lost out on tax monies and state funds.
The entire hour-and-a-half meeting was recorded and anyone wanting to watch can do so by watching the video above.
The school district decided to cancel classes Wednesday as well -- for a complete wrap-up of Tuesday night's meeting and more, click here.
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Thursday, December 5 2013 9:37 PM EST2013-12-06 02:37:44 GMT
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - It's a crime most of us can't comprehend: an Elizabethtown mother is accused of trying to sell her baby not once, but twice. Police and prosecutors in Hardin County were baffledMore >>
It's a crime most of us can't comprehend: an Elizabethtown mother is accused of trying to sell her baby not once, but twice.More >>
Mickey Mouse Club star Annette Funicello, Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and American film critic Roger Ebert died within the last few days. Here is a list of all the notable deathsMore >>
Here is a list of all the notable deaths of 2013.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 8:38 AM EST2013-12-07 13:38:56 GMT
BITHLO, FL (Central Florida News 13/CNN) - A central Florida man made quite a discovery inside an old Christmas tree box that was filled with $50,000 in bonds. Anthony Garafalo, a single father, foundMore >>
Anthony Garafalo, a single father, found the tree a few years ago while looking for scrap metal to sell and finally opened it this year for his son. More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 12:35 PM EST2013-12-06 17:35:35 GMT
Tri-Staters will wake up to snow and ice Friday morning. 14 News meteorologists predict ice accumulations will range up to 1/4" in parts of the Tri-State. They say 3-5" of snow is possible along and northMore >>
Driving conditions on Friday will be hazards so officials are reminding everyone to take it slow.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 2:09 PM EST2013-12-07 19:09:16 GMT
Multiple crews were called to the scene a several slide-offs Saturday morning on the Natcher Parkway in Daviess County. Kentucky State Police say the fire department was responding to a minor wreck nearMore >>
Multiple crews were called to the scene a several slide-offs Saturday morning on the Natcher Parkway in Daviess County.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:42 AM EST2013-12-04 05:42:35 GMT
MADISON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A mother is facing charges after she allegedly left her children in a bedroom with drugs and a corpse. According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officersMore >>
According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officers responded to a home in Dixie Plaza on a report a 24-year-old man had overdosed.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 9:39 AM EST2013-12-07 14:39:04 GMT
ALBURQUERQUE, NM (KRQE/CNN) - The GED is getting a major overhaul nationwide by going completely computerized and ramping up the cost, and test-takers and critics alike aren't happy with the changes. AlmostMore >>
Almost everything about the test is changing, and people are scrambling to find any seat available at a testing center to take it. The rush started months ago. More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 5:27 PM EST2013-12-06 22:27:45 GMT
The Tri-State area is seeing a lot of snow and ice resulting in dangerous conditions. Perry County officials have declared a snow and ice emergency. Due to the amount of snow and ice, road crews areMore >>
The Tri-State area is seeing a lot of snow and ice resulting in dangerous conditions.More >>
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