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December 31, 2012

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During questioning, Gibson not only implicated himself in that crime, officials previously stated, but also in the murder of Hodella, who was reported missing in October 2002. Her body was  found in Clark County in January 2003.

Gibson was later charged in the murder of Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown. Kirk was found buried in Gibson’s backyard in the 800 block of Woodbourne Drive in New Albany on April 27.

Floyd County prosecutors have stated that they will seek the death penalty in the upcoming murder trials of Whitis and Kirk.

Gibson’s is scheduled to be tried first for the murder of Whitis in July in Dearborn County, located near Cincinnati.

3. Ground broken, contracts signed for east-end bridge

In August, officials broke ground on the first portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Jeffersonville. Federal, state and local officials, along with a crowd of several hundred people, gathered at Eagle Steel in the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville to mark the occasion that signified the start of the $2.6 billion bistate project to construct an east-end bridge, a new downtown bridge and reconstruct Spaghetti Junction.

The groundbreaking didn’t mark the beginning of bridge construction or the construction of a direct approach to one of the new bridges, but the 3,000-foot extension of Old Salem Road, which will be the first exit on the Indiana side of the Ohio River at the east-end bridge. The road also will provide improved access to the River Ridge Commerce Center and the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Once completed, the east-end bridge will connect Prospect, Ky., to Utica, just south of River Ridge. When the record-of-decision was returned earlier this spring, officials cited a number of business inquiries into development at the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant.

 Also, Indiana officials have finalized an agreement with partnership group that will build a new Ohio River bridge for $763 million.

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Erin Klein, a nationally-recognized education blogger and Tom Murray, State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, D.C., speak to a group of educators at Jeffersonville High School on Monday. They were just a couple of the big-name education personalities at the second annual Greater Clark Connected Conference.

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