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Special service todayA “Fifth-year Service of Remembrance” will begin at noon today at the Circle of Remembrance by Memorial Field on the campus of Bluffton University. It will include Scripture reading, meditation and remarks from President James Harder.Betts family tributeThe family of David Betts will dedicate a 14,000-square-foot indoor baseball and softball complex in his honor at 5 p.m. today. The complex is in Betts' hometown Bryan. Memorial FieldThe school dedicated Bluffton University Memorial Field April 18, 2008. Improvements to the field included new sunken-in dugouts, the school's first-ever batting cages, a 30-inch brick backstop and a new infield. The project included the Circle of Remembrance memorial and “Touching Home” sculpture created by Bluffton faculty artist Gregg Luginbuhl.Bill loses momentumSen. Sherrod Brown and Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison first introduced their motorcoach safety bill in November, 2008. It requires safety belts, stronger seating systems, anti-ejection glazing windows and other safety features. The bill has been introduced three times. Currently, it is an amendment to a five-year transportation funding bill, which is currently before the Senate. The current transportation funding expires March 31. Confusing signage fixedAfter the NTSB cited driver error, confusing highway signs and lack of passenger safety features as factors in the crash, Georgia transportation officials said they would replace a confusing sign at the left-hand interstate exit where the crash occurred and all car-pool lane signs on metro Atlanta interstates. The crash led to revamped federal guidelines for HOV signs nationwide.Legal settlements paidThe state of Georgia in 2009 paid $3 million, the maximum legal settlement, to victims of the crash. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution report found that the state, in the rush to install HOV signs before the 1996 Olympic Games, left an important road sign off the HOV exit where the bus crashed.Insurance policy disputeIn December 2010, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the charter bus company and driver were covered under Bluffton University's insurance policies. The 5-2 ruling was a reversal of the 3rd District Court of Appeals, which in November 2009 unanimously upheld a March 2009 ruling by Allen County Judge Richard Warren. Warren had dismissed Federal Insurance Co. and American Alternative Insurance Corp. from a lawsuit filed in the crash. There are currently no pending lawsuits in Allen County.

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