Top 5 Stories of 2011

WFIU/WTIU looks back on the top stories of 2011 including IU's big win over #1 ranked Kentucky.

The top stories of 2011 were filled with tragedy, controversy and victory. Read through the stories we picked as the top 5 stories for this year and let us know if you think we got it right by commenting at the bottom of the page.


5) Weather Officials Confirm EF-1 Tornado In Bloomington

2011 was a record-breaking year for tornadoes in Indiana. The state saw 61 tornadoes when it normally averages only 20. Bloomington experienced an EF-1 category tornado in May that left behind a trail of devastation.

 

4) Controversy Builds Over Construction Of I-69

Despite INDOT’s determination to continue construction of I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis, the Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization strongly opposed the plan and has refused to include it in its transportation plans.

I-69 Construction

Photo: Bill Shaw/WTIU News

INDOT awarded a contract earlier this year to begin construction of I-69 into Monroe County.

 

3) Indiana University Basketball Beats #1 Kentucky At Buzzer

In a major upset, IU beat #1-ranked Kentucky University at the buzzer. Junior Christian Watford made the three-point shot that brought the final score to 73-72.

IU Basketball

Photo: Joe Hren/WTIU News

IU fans rush the court after IU beat number one ranked Kentucky at the buzzer on Saturday.

 

2) Indiana State Fair Stage Collapses On Concertgoers

A stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed when a gust of wind knocked it over before a Sugarland concert. The incident killed 7 people and injured many more. Lawsuits are still ongoing.

Stage collapse

Photo: Rich Evers (Flickr)

A fan's view of the stage collapse at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

 

1) 20-year-old IU Student Lauren Spierer Goes Missing

20-year-old Lauren Spierer went missing Friday, June 3. Police conducted extensive searches, and her parents, Charlene and Robert Spierer, have organized large events to raise awareness. Lauren Spierer has still not been found 6-months after her disappearance. She was last seen at Kilroy’s Sports Bar, which was cited in the police report.


 

Other major stories of the year include the statehouse walkout in February, the Occupy movements throughout Indiana and the trial of Michael Griffin, who was convicted of killing IU professor Don Belton.

  • Al

    The EF-1 tornado should be story #2. So many trees were down that WFIU reporters couldn’t drive out of Bloomingto. It made permanent changes to Bloomington including unwanted major modeling of Seminary Square Park.

    Occupy Bloomington has been a ongoing presence that changes the look of Kirkwood Ave., which is substantially more significant locally than merely “Occupy movements throughout Indiana”. By contrast, the State Fair stage collapse was an Indianapolis, and to considerable extent, a national story.

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