Big Red Liquors and Indiana State Senator Jim Merritt announced today that the statewide liquor chain will be helping with an information campaign about the Indiana Lifeline Law, authored by Merrit. The law, which began on July First of last year, provides immunity to citizens seeking medical help for someone who has consumed too much alcohol. WFHB News Director spoke with Merrit, along with IU student President Jose Mitjavila about the law, and student’s awareness of the immunity opportunity, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
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Today is the 50th anniversary of the landmark event in civil rights history, the March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, we hear from Valerie
Grim, a professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Diaspora
Studies at Indiana University. Grim spoke with WFHB correspondent David Murphy.
Crews with vacuum trucks and other equipment are still working this week to clean up eroded soil along the planned path of Interstate 69 in southern Monroe County. Storms earlier this summer caused sediment to flow away from I-69 construction sites and into local waterways after contractors failed to control the erosion. The sediment can make it difficult for aquatic life to survive in the local creeks and streams, and some nearby residents worry their water supplies could be contaminated. Now, documents shared with WFHB have revealed this summer’s erosion problems were only the most recent in a long line of violations committed by contractors building I-69. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Elder Heart is the creation of former special forces Green Beret Magnus Johnson, who found himself apathetic and disconnected when he came to Indiana after eight years of military service. It was through working with Nashville Artist Jim Connor that Johnson began to feel connected to civilian life once again, and he is now offering a similar outlet to other veterans and community members through the creation of public art through Elder Heart. Johnson speaks with WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh about the purpose of his organization, and the difficult transition between soldier and civilian, that results in more than eight thousand veteran suicides a year, for today’s daily local news feature, courtesy of Interchange.
The Sierra Club and other groups claim one of Indiana’s Supreme Court justices is unfit to rule on a case involving the future of a proposed coal gasification plant in Spencer county. However, the groups claims of friendship and political alliance with the plant’s project manager Mark Lubbers has been denied by the justice in question, Justice Mark Massa. The full story in today’s WFHB feature report.
A software company based in Bloomington announced earlier this month it had reached a major new agreement with the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. The company, Scientia LLC was formed in 2010 by three former employees of the Center. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the owners about what the company produces and its relationship with the military.
Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins cited her own firsthand knowledge of domestic violence as her reason for organizing a panel discussion last week regarding the process in place for victims to obtain a protective order from the county. Panelists Toby Strout, the Executive Director of Middle Way House; Robert Miller the Chief Deputy of the Monroe County Prosecutor’s office, Kevin Getz of Indiana State Police, and Judge Fancies Hill joined Robbins to share what they are working on to address domestic violence locally. We hear their introductory statements here, for today’s Daily Local News feature report.