1. Indiana VA facilities not touched by problems affecting other clinics, but Rep. Walorski thinks they should be audited
Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki stepped down Friday, May 30, amid criticism of how the VA provided healthcare to veterans. The VA came under scrutiny after reports that veterans seeking attention at VA healthcare facilities were facing long delays around the country. A report Wednesday found that officials at a VA facility in Phoenix, Ariz., tried to conceal the long delays in care. However, Indiana has not faced any of the problems that other VA hospitals and clinics have, according to U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski.
2. Elkhart County Community Foundation, philanthropists raise $220,000 for charity in memory of David Gundlach
More than 200 people gathered at the Lerner Theatre Thursday night, May 29, to place bids on 27 items from local entrepreneur and millionaire David Gundlach’s personal art and furniture collection. Gundlach died in 2011. Local philanthropists and the Elkhart County Community Foundation managed to raise $220,000 for local nonprofits.
3. Same-sex marriage in Indiana could boost state economy, study predicts
Same-sex marriage could boost Indiana’s economy, according to a new study released by UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute. Wedding expenditures and visitors coming into the state for ceremonies would raise over $39 million in spending for the state’s economy. There could be $2.7 million in sales tax revenue and up to 564 more full- and part-time jobs, according to the study. It predicts that Indiana could generate $25 million in revenue during the first year of same-sex marriage being legal.
4. Ask the Truth: What made Elkhart a train hub of the Midwest?
Steam locomotives used to be crude in the 1800s and could not go far without being serviced, according to Dave Overton, staff member of the National New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart. The city initially served as a half-way point between Toledo and Chicago. Years later, Elkhart was located at the junction point of the Lake Shore and Michigan main line and Air Line, making the city a natural location for a rail maintenance complex. This complex included locomotive works, repair shops, a carpenter shop, boiler shop and two round-houses.
5. Police seek Antonio M. Walters, a suspect in the murder of Devonte Patrick
The Elkhart Police Department is still looking for the second suspect in the murder of Devonte Patrick. Antonio M. Walters, 17, was charged with murder in March and is still at large. Walters is considered armed and dangerous. Police asks anyone with information regarding Walters to get in touch with the Elkhart Police Department Homicide Unit.