Indiana State pushing onwith arena renovation plans

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Terre Haute officials will support Indiana State University's plan to spend $37.5 million in state money on renovating its basketball arena without waiting for a larger project including construction of an adjoining convention center.

The Vigo County Capital Improvements Board president said he'll send a letter to state officials supporting the university's request. The state appropriation had been dedicated toward a planned $75 million Hulman Center and convention center project.

The Tribune-Star reported Indiana State president Dan Bradley said the school will support local officials if they pursue the convention center project in the future. But Bradley said the university can't afford to delay the arena renovations until convention center funding is lined up.

Renovation of the Hulman Center is estimated at $50 million. The 10,000-seat arena opened in 1973.

Elkhart County seeks solutionfor horse-damaged roads

GOSHEN -- A northern Indiana county where horse-drawn buggies are damaging local roads is seeking a solution to its persistent road repair costs.

Elkhart County Commissioners President Mike Yoder said Monday the county needs to study both its annual $50 buggy plate fee and its yearly costs for repairing roads left pitted by horses' hooves and the buggies.

Yoder says if county officials opt to increase the plate fees, they should coordinate that increase with adjacent LaGrange County.

Both counties have large Amish populations that use horse-drawn buggies for transportation

Man ate corn dog, drank beer while shoplifting, police say

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. -- Police say a man had drunk a beer and eaten a corn dog at a Walmart in Kentucky before being arrested for shoplifting.

Shepherdsville police said in a Facebook post on Friday that store employees saw 55-year-old David Pethel also load his cart with merchandise valued at nearly $250 before attempting to leave without paying.

Pethel is charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking.

He had been held at the Bullitt County Jail, and it is unclear if he has a lawyer.

University of Illinois enhancing soybean harvesting

URBANA, Ill. -- Researchers from the University of Illinois and Kyoto University say they have developed a process to speed soybean harvesting without sacrificing quality.

The development means a combine operator can monitor soybean quality and make machinery adjustments on the fly.

The project's lead scientist is Abdul Momin. He said current technology requires operators to stop periodically and manually check bean quality. This eats up crucial time during soybean harvest.

If threshing speed is too high, beans can split. Whole beans are considered to be of higher quality and bring a higher price.

But an operator has to stop and periodically check harvested beans in the tank for quality, then make adjustments.

The machine has a high-speed camera that is mounted inside the tank. It photographs beans, and a computer analyzes quality.

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