Friday, May 24 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:44:52 GMT
Andretti Autosport has five cars in the top nine in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Any of them could win the race. The team has already won three out of four INDYCAR races this season. One of the AndrettiMore >>
I'm picking Marco to finally add another win to the Andretti legacy at Indianapolis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:32:12 GMT
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used. Friday's Memorial Day service is one of many events that takes place on MonumentMore >>
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:15:26 GMT
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500. With four women in the field, this year ties the record for the most female drivers in the big race. The rumbleMore >>
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:58:56 GMT
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night. Richard Allen Moore died after he was struck by IMPD Ofc. Jason Rauch atMore >>
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:49 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:49:53 GMT
St. Vincent Health's restructuring announcement this week did not come as a surprise. The 22-hospital system currently employs more than 3,000 physicians and 16,000 other employees. St. Vincent CEO VincentMore >>
The St. Vincent announcement is really the latest installment by hospitals trying to deal with the uncertainty to come.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:30:44 GMT
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe. The eyes are on the cars, the part and the people at IMS. This year, more than everMore >>
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:34 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:34:50 GMT
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night. Now the Pacers are looking for a split on the road in MiamiMore >>
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:47:38 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
The Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill Monday requiring inspections of temporary stages. The bill, which passed by an overwhelming majority, was prompted by the August 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
In a 92-5 vote, the first legislation since the State Fair tragedy addressing the scaffolding passed the Indiana House and is now on its way back to the Senate for a final vote.
"It's been a bi-partisan effort. We've had support from both sides of the House on this," said the bill's original author, Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson). "The important parts of the bill are still there, which is that we immediately are going to be able to address the issue of outdoor stage structures and how to properly regulate those."
State lawmakers can't change the outcome for Andrea Vellinga. The 30-year old mother from Pendleton is now in Michigan, undergoing intensive rehab for brain injuries caused by the stage roof collapse last August 13 at the Indiana State Fair.
Just a week since her fourth surgery, she's uncomfortable with cameras as she relearns the basics, but gives 13 Investigates her first interview by phone.
"I'm becoming independent in a lot of things. I had to wear a helmet for awhile, before my surgeries. Now it's good, because I don't have to wear my helmet anymore," said Vellinga, who said she's getting speech, physical and occupational therapy everyday.
Now for the first time since the tragedy that changed her life, lawmakers address a glaring failure first uncovered by 13 Investigates.
No one inspected the rigging that crashed to the ground under a burst of wind, not even a permit required under state law.
"That's outside of the regulatory scheme of what we do," explained Labor Assistant Commissioner Jeff Carter, when 13 Investigates inquired about state level inspections on August 15.
A spokesman with Indiana Homeland Security also confirmed that a permit was not required for the stage and that neither Homeland Security nor the State Fire Marshal did an inspection.
It came as a surprise to Governor Mitch Daniels.
"I thought it was a learning point for all of us, that something of that size, that there isn't some either inspection or certification," the governor said a day after 13 Investigates findings.
In January, Rep. David Niezgodski and Lanane both introduced bills to tighten up lax statewide inspections of temporary outdoor stages, despite the majority who said, "Wait."
"I didn't feel that we should wait," Lanane told 13 Investigates. "Even if it's to put in something on a temporary emergency basis, some rules and regulations."
"When you've got something that's not getting the proper investigation and you don't have any kind of inspections, that seems to be a no-brainer for me," echoed Representative Niezgodski.
Days after the Indiana Labor Commissioner fined the State Fair Commission, the owners of the stage rigging and the union that put it up, 13 Investigates uncovered national industry-required inspections were also ignored.
The lighting director for Mid America Sound, the company that erected the structure, revealed in a statement:
"No engineer has ever inspected the structure at any time, of the shows he has ever done and they never inspect the top, because it's 40 feet in the air," he wrote.
In the Senate, Lanane's bill grabbed the support of ranking Republicans who now share in the bill's success.
"The bill does address emergency rules now in the short term because I think it would be negligence on our part if we left the session without doing something," said Rep. Bob Cherry, who will oversee a study committee on the State Fair Commission this summer.
The law would require inspections for all temporary outdoor stages statewide by an engineer, architect or a municipal government, like Indianapolis, that already have a proven permit/inspection process in place.
Lawmakers will hold a summer study session, to make additional recommendations based on the official investigation reports, which is expected some time next month.
"I think it's a good idea," said Vellinga from her hospital room.
She would not elaborate on any specifics because of the pending lawsuits.
13 Investigates Sandra Chapman asked her, "What's been the hardest part for you, Andrea, to go through all of this?"
"Just being away from home and my husband and my daughter and friends and family," she said, still hopeful that she will be able to return to Indiana by the end of May.
"I think it's important that we do have something in place. It's a public safety measure and I think it's an important bill to come out of the session," said Lanane of his bill that is now on its way to the Senate for a final vote to send it on to the governor.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:02:40 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:22:46 GMT
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride. A Morgan CountyMore >>
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:37:35 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:26:01 GMT
Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tell Eyewitness News that 35 runners from the Midwest who did not complete the Boston Marathon because of the tragedy there will be finishing that race atMore >>
The Speedway invited runners to cross the finish line on race day morning before the start of the race. They will be running from Turn Four across the historic Yard of Bricks.More >>