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Indiana University geologist and assistant professor Douglas Edmonds has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, and with it comes fifty thousand dollars to help him continue his research on river deltas. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Edmonds about his work and its impact for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
This week, the Indiana Senate Environmental Affairs Committee decided not to advance a proposed bill that would have barred Indiana legislators from passing or imposing any environmental protection standards or measures that were stronger than current federal laws or regulations; The Indiana Senate passed House Bill 1070 last week, written by State Representative Peggy Mayfield, which requires all successors of the Department of Corrections Ombudsman to post monthly reports on conducted investigations; On February 21st the Monroe County Election Board removed two candidates from the primary election ballot following public challenges; Indiana police plan to initiate a major increase in enforcement this month, in part to deter impaired and drunk driving when March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day occur within the same week.
Fifteen year old Jonas Longacre was found dead on January 2nd, in the home of his father and stepmother Mark Longacre and Nancy Hiller. The investigation into his death closed today – on what would have been his 16th birthday – with the Monroe County Sheriff’s department ruling the death accidental. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer ruled the cause of Jonas’s death as ligature asphyxiation – an accidental death through a type of choking game. Jonas’s father, and mother Patti Thorp, have been graciously open about the experience in hopes of bringing awareness to the choking game, which has been termed “the good kid’s high.” News Director Alycin Bektesh spent time with them a few weeks after Jonas’s passing for today’s WFHB feature report.
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Olivia DeWeese, Lauren Glapa, and Sierra Gardner,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Andrew Huddleston,
Alycin Bektesh produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
The Commission on Improving the Status of Children, which was established last summer, held its most recent meeting February 19th. For today’s Daily Local News feature report, we hear the presentation to the commission from Michael Williams, of the Indiana Department of Education, about the education needs of children in the juvenile detention system.
Josh Wolf, Manager of the Children’s Department at the Monroe County Public Library joins Ashley and Sarah for the second part of our Kids and Finances episodes. Discover free money programs and the library’s wealth of books to help you introduce early concepts of saving, needs, and wants with your little ones.
Five weeks from tomorrow, Bloomington’s only low-barrier homeless shelter is scheduled to close for the season. The closure leaves a seven-month gap when individuals who don’t qualify for other shelters in town have no designated place to stay at night. But a group has been meeting in recent weeks to form a summer shelter that would fill that gap. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.