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Weekly scorecard


Motorists: Indiana’s portion of the U.S. 24 Fort to Port project is completed; a new rest stop opens on Interstate 69 south of Auburn; and the first leg of the I-69 extension from Evansville to 20 miles southwest of Bloomington is set to open Monday.

Rep. Tim Brown: Crawfordsville physician tapped to succeed Jeff Espich as Republican chairman of powerful Indiana House Ways and Means Committee.

Tourism: City lands three sports tournaments – for volleyball, curling and women’s roller derby – in June, July and September 2013. Officials say the tourneys are expected to bring 4,000 people who will spend $500,000 in the city.

R.A. Dickey: The New York Mets pitcher becomes the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award. The knuckleball is a decidedly slow pitch that, when it works, dances around and fools the batter. When it doesn’t work, it’s hit hard and far.


Jeff Gordon: Upset with the bumping he had been taking from fellow driver Clint Bowyer, the NASCAR vet lies in wait and deliberately slams Bowyer’s car to the wall, knocking out another car and creating a one-lap-to-go yellow flag that may well have affected who won. But he lucks out when NASCAR settles for a $100,000 fine and 25-point deduction rather than banning him from Sunday’s season finale.


Flood insurance: Already facing a massive debt, the government’s flood insurance program now must deal with thousands of claims stemming from Hurricane Sandy that could reach $7 billion. The law says it can add only $3 billion of new debt.

Papa John’s Pizza: On the heels of its CEO’s rants about the cost of Obamacare, the company’s stock drops with news of a class-action lawsuit challenging 500,000 illegal text messages sent to customer cellphones.

BBC: Scandal widens at British public broadcaster, with claims that the organization covered up allegations targeting longtime TV host Jimmy Savile while falsely implicating a former Conservative Party official in charges of sexual abuse at a children’s home.

BP: Will pay $4.5 billion in settlement with the U.S. government over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

State park patrons: The Department of Natural Resources raises several fees. The annual pass, camping, swimming and renting cabins will cost more. But the daily $5 admission fee remains unchanged.


Caroll Reitz: She and her husband Bill started Reitz Stores grocery in 1967 before merging with Don Scott’s grocery chain to form Scott’s Food Stores. She remained on the Scott’s board for 20 years. She died at 76.

Women drivers: For the first time, more women than men have a driver’s license – 105.7 million to 104.3 million.