5 things you want to know for Wednesday in Indiana

A local elementary school gets a $50,000 donation, Martha Stewart lives it up in Indianapolis, and three other stories to start your Wednesday.

Posted on Nov. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 5, 2013 at 6:41 p.m.

1. Riverview Elementary gets 'smart boards' after former student gives $50,000 gift

Ashley Martin never forgot how her teachers helped her through learning difficulties when she attended Riverview Elementary School in Elkhart. To show her thanks, she donated $50,000 to the school so it could provide K-3 classrooms with "smart boards," or interactive whiteboards for student and teacher use.

“Last year, I had a chalkboard,” Richards said during an interview Monday, Nov. 4, at the school. “When I had a piece of paper it would go on the board on a magnet. That's fine but the kids in the back couldn't see it, and they weren't as engaged.”

2. Martha Stewart samples Indianapolis cuisine during visit

Martha Stewart, homemaking extraordinaire and media mogul, was in Indianapolis Tuesday as the keynote speaker for the Governor's Conference for Women, but IndyStar.com reports she still found time to eat well.

Stewart sightings were reported at Long's Bakery, where had two doughnuts, then IndyStar.com reports she washed them down with a cappuccino at the Thirsty Scholar. Stewart and a friend also ate dinner at the downtown Napolese pizzeria, and lunch at Cafe Patachou.

3. South Bend considers changing its tune toward street performers

Officials on the South Bend common council will consider later this month a measure that will clearly define street performers from panhandlers, reports The Truth's broadcast news partner WNDU. WNDU reports that "buskers" could provide more of a cultural experience to the area and provide entertainment, but the would be limited to performing during certain hours of the day and in certain places.

4. Gay marriage legislation approved by Illinois House, Senate

Illinois became one of 15 states Tuesday -- and one of three in the midwest -- to approve legislation in support of same-sex marriage, as reported by The Chicago Tribune.

Meanwhile, the conversation about gay marriage legislation in Indiana is more convoluted. Leaders met in late October in Elkhart to discuss a proposal that would define marriage in the Indiana Constitution as the union of one man and one woman. Then again, Indiana University has joined a fight against that proposal, stating a gay marriage ban would "turn some prospective employees away" from the school, as reported by WNDU.

5. Elkhart company awarded its biggest ever contract with U.S. Army

Transhield, Inc. announced it was awarded an $8.3 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with protective covers for 4,500 armored vehicles, as reported by a news release posted on InsideIndianaBusiness.com.

The release states that the protective covers will be used "on more than half of the U.S. Army's current fleet of (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles," and that it already works closely with the U.S. Marine Corps in a similar way. The release did not mention whether the contract would attract more jobs.

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