Evansville medical school supporters undaunted after panel omits project from funding request


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EVANSVILLE, Indiana — Supporters of a medical school campus planned in Evansville say they're confident state lawmakers will fund the project even though a key state panel failed to include it in a list of spending priorities.

The Commission for Higher Education omitted the medical campus from a list of priorities it presented to the State Budget Committee on Thursday.

Indiana University, the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College are seeking a total of nearly $50 million for the campus that would cover about six city blocks.

IU spokesman Mark Land tells the Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/1w60h0B ) that the university has had "constructive discussions" about the project with Republican Sen. Luke Kenley and will work to ensure the project moves forward. Kenley leads the budget committee.

Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com

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