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Indianapolis officer faces new set of DWI charges

The media attention already focused on a suspended Indianapolis police officer forced his upcoming trial on charges related to an alcohol-related crash to be moved to an Allen County court. Now David Bisard has been arrested on another drunken-driving charge.

The 39-year-old officer, out on bond from his 2010 arrest, drove a friend’s truck into a guardrail Saturday afternoon in Lawrence. A witness said he tried to flee the scene.

No one was hurt. But Bisard faces an Oct. 15 trial in Fort Wayne on charges he was driving while intoxicated in his police cruiser when he struck and killed Eric Wells and seriously injured two others. He also faces charges of reckless homicide and criminal recklessness in that case. Judge John Surbeck of Allen Superior Court will preside over the trial.

The city of Indianapolis agreed to pay out nearly $3.9 million to Wells’ survivors and the other victims.

Phony crisis driving down wages?

It’s become an article of faith among many that the U.S. is suffering from a tremendous shortage of qualified workers in science, technology, engineering and math – the so-called STEM disciplines.

In response, school curriculums are changing – less time on literature and history; more time on math and science.

New salary schemes are pushed to pay teachers in certain subject areas more than those who teach at the elementary-school level or high school English. President Obama has declared improving STEM education a top priority.

As corporate executives decry a shortage of workers, lobbyists push for the federal government to approve more temporary work visas so that foreign workers can be hired.

But now comes a new study that suggests there’s no shortage of qualified workers.

The United States has “more than a sufficient supply of workers available to work in STEM occupations,” according to the study by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. The study notes that, according to the basic law of supply and demand, wages would have risen in the STEM fields if there were truly a labor shortage.

Instead, they are stagnant, according to the researchers, and many STEM graduates have been unable to find work.

The manufactured STEM crisis, the study suggests, is driving an effort to loosen immigration requirements so more foreign workers can be hired, as workers on an H-1B visa earn an estimated 20 percent less than their American counterparts.

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