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Daily Local News – February 26, 2014

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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.

FEATURE
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.

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CREDITS
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.

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