5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana

In case you missed them, here are the top local headlines you need to know to start your day.

Posted on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:56 p.m.

1. Winter weather causes multiple crashes Thursday

Thursday wasn't a great day for drivers on Elkhart County roads – at least six vehicles crashed on the U.S. 20 Bypass in the morning, and the afternoon was marked by a 12-vehicle pileup on S.R. 19.

Fortunately, the accidents only resulted in minor injuries.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department posted a video on its Facebook page asking drivers to slow down, drive carefully and avoid the Bypass if possible. The weather conditions aren't expected to improve much on Friday, Feb. 28, so be careful on the road.

2. Public can ask questions about school funds in upcoming meeting

Yes4Elkhart will be holding a public information meeting to discuss Elkhart Community Schools' referendum, which would fund necessities such as buses and safety improvements to buildings if it passes.

Though the campaign group has been active on social media, it hopes to reach a larger audience at the meeting. 

"If you have questions, the people who can answer them will be in this room," Julie Bird of Yes4Elkhart said.

3. Elkhart County could see bitterly cold conditions Friday morning

The National Weather Service warns we could see bitterly cold conditions Friday morning, Feb. 28, marked by wind chills between -10 and -20 degrees. 

Wind chills this low could cause frostbite in half an hour, so limiting exposure is recommended. The weather service's wind chill advisory will be in effect until 11 a.m. Friday.

Road conditions are expected to be slick, and blowing snow will reduce visibility significantly.

Unfortunately, Friday's forecast might not be the last like it this year – according to meteorologists, wintery weather is expected to continue through late March

4. Indiana woman works to change stat's statute of limitations on rape

Although Jenny Wendt's rapist walked into an Indianapolis police station and confessed his crime, he wasn't punished in any way.

Believe it or not, it was Indiana state law that allowed him to leave the police station a free man. The state's statute of limitations on rape is five years, meaning a rapist cannot be prosecuted for the crime after five years unless the victim can prove serious bodily injury.

Wendt is working to change this with a petition she's started. You can read and sign it here

5. Elkhart County to use vote centers in May primary elections

The necessary government groups have approved the county's use of voting centers, and paperwork is being filed in Indianapolis this week – that means Elkhart County voters will get the chance to use vote centers in the May primary elections.

Vote centers will allow residents to cast their votes at any one of 25 designated centers around the county, as opposed to being tied to just one location based on where they live.

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