Articles by Ken Kusmer

Survivor of Missouri Duck Boat Sinking Wants Them Banned

An Indiana woman whose husband and three children died when a duck boat sank last month in Missouri said she hopes to save lives by backing an effort to ban the amphibious tourist boats. Tia Coleman, speaking through tears during …

At Least 12 Tornadoes in Indiana, Ohio Damage Homes, Businesses

A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio earlier this week, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said as crews worked to restore power and remove fallen trees. The …

EF-1 Tornado Touches Down Near Indianapolis

A tornado-producing storm that hit central Indiana on June 24 damaged several homes in Indianapolis and its outskirts, downed power lines and uprooted trees, authorities said. It was one of several thunderstorms that sprang up in southwestern Indiana near Terre …

12 Indiana Counties Report Tornadoes or Damage

Severe thunderstorms packing tornadoes and heavy winds rolled across Indiana on Sunday, injuring at least one person and causing widespread damage. Gov. Mike Pence said 12 counties reported either tornadoes or damage after the initial line of storms had traveled …

Indiana Fair Remembers Stage Collapse 1 Year Later

The Indiana State Fair came to a standstill on the night of Aug. 13 to honor the victims of a deadly stage collapse one year ago that prompted sweeping overhauls of the fair’s emergency plan and new regulations for temporary …

Judge Allows Indiana State Fair Victims to Form Class

A federal judge certified all of the victims of the Indiana State Fair concert stage collapse into a single class in a lawsuit challenging a law that caps the state’s liability at $5 million, but she concluded the plaintiffs are …

Feds Reject Indiana Request for Health Care Waiver

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has rejected Indiana’s bid for an exemption from federal health care overhaul rules that require insurers selling policies to individuals to essentially dedicate 80 percent of the premiums they collect to medical …

State Fair Collapse Suit Challenges Indiana’s $5M Tort Cap

An Indiana law that caps the state’s liability for damages at $5 million for a single event violates the U.S. and state constitutions and should be thrown out, six plaintiffs suing over the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair …

Insurer Covering Baby’s Surgery After Indiana Medicaid Denial

An Indiana infant born with a rare condition that likely would kill him by age 2 will receive a shot at a normal life after an insurance company said it will pay for an experimental procedure that the state’s Medicaid …