DNR Proposes Allowing Trapping, Hunting Bobcats

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The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to change several fish and wildlife policies, but one in particular is causing heated controversy.

The organization wants to allow the hunting and trapping of bobcats, a species considered endangered in the state until 2005.

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Animal control workers could be required to euthanize certain nuisance animals under proposed changes from the Department of Natural Resources.

The fish and wildlife policy change would require workers to kill raccoons, coyotes, and opossums.

Mike Meservy, owner of Advanced Pest Control, has been doing animal control work for 14 years. He says many residents use his service because he traps and relocates most animals. He also questions the morality of such a policy. 

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Fails At Session's End

Mar 16, 2018
There were deep divisions between the two chambers on the autonomous vehicles bill. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

One of the bills that died at the 2018 legislative session’s deadline was a priority of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s – autonomous vehicle regulations.

There were deep divisions between the two chambers on the autonomous vehicles bill. Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the House wanted to impose safety regulations on autonomous vehicle manufacturers and operators.

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort recently received half-a-million dollars in donations for a park that Mayor Chris McBarnes hopes will revitalize downtown and bring new, long-term investment to the area.

But some detractors at a recent meeting say it’s as though the mayor is trying to buy a new car at a steep price when he could have fixed up the existing vehicle – the city’s other parks that some see as run-down – for far less money.

School Safety Measure, Funding Fails Last Minute

Mar 15, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The same day students across the nation staged demonstrations around school safety, Indiana lawmakers failed to pass a bill to address the same issue in the final minutes of the 2018 legislative session. It passed the Senate, but lawmakers in the House failed to vote on the bill before the midnight deadline.

Bill Adds Opioid Treatment Options

Mar 15, 2018
Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer presents HEA 1017 to the House. (Photo courtesy of Kirchhofer's office)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana lawmakers passed a bill to expand the number of opioid treatment centers in the state.  It adds nine centers that will be located at existing hospitals. Each will need approval from the state.  

Rep. Cindy Kirchhoffer (R-Beech Grove) authored the legislation to improve access to addiction treatment – especially for people in rural areas. 

Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says CBD regulations are burdensome and will drive up the cost for Hoosiers. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is one step away from legalization after lawmakers gave final approval to such legislation Wednesday.

The measure legalizes CBD oil as long as it has 0.3 percent or less THC, the ingredient in cannabis that creates a high.

General Assembly Approves Single Diploma Bill

Mar 15, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The General Assembly passed legislation to create a single high school diploma structure in Indiana.

It still allows for students to add distinctions for academic or technical honors to their diplomas.

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Lauren Chapman

Though workforce development was perhaps the highest-priority issue for Gov. Eric Holcomb in this year’s legislative session, some are not sold on the two key pieces of legislation passed by Wednesday night’s deadline.

Disparity Among Indiana Counties Impacts Health

Mar 14, 2018

The ninth annual County Health Rankings report shows that where you live impacts a person’s health.  This year’s data also includes a look at how racial disparity plays into health across Indiana.

The report finds black people have lower life expectancy and quality of life than white or Asian people in Indiana.  The rankings account for measurements including healthy behaviors, access to care, social and economic factors and environment. 


This I Believe

McKenna James

This I Believe: I Believe We Can

Throughout your life, you may have been asked questions you don’t quite know how to even begin to answer. Maybe it’s a toughie, like, “Who was the sixteenth emperor in China?” Other times, it’s as simple as “How are you feeling today?” Questions provoke thoughts, which provoke answers, which provoke emotions, but how can you configure a response to a query you don’t fully comprehend? Personally, the question of beliefs has always been difficult to answer. What do I believe in? Had I ever given this question more thought, maybe I would have realized earlier that I have always had the answer. Not in my brain, but in my heart; my spirit.

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Arts & Culture


New Release: For Lenny, For Sure!

We're for sure you're going to love this new release! Pianist Lara Downes celebrates Leonard Bernstein with her new album For Lenny that includes "special friends and family tribute to the man behind the music." Lara has quite a diverse group of artists: beatboxer and Pentatonix member Kevin “K.O.” Olusola , folk/roots singer Rhiannon Giddens , baritone Thomas Hampson , and clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez . WBAA's John Clare spoke to Downes about the new release, and how she put together the music and the musicians.

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Engagement - Chicago Symphony Orchestra Trip

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News From NPR

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation Friday into problems with air bags in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. NHTSA says it is currently aware of six crashes in which air bags failed to deploy. The crashes led to four deaths and six injuries.

The models being investigated are 2011 Hyundai Sonatas and 2012 and 2013 Kia Fortes, according to a document posted on the NHTSA website. The scope of the probe includes an estimated 425,000 vehicles.

I don't think you could find two acts with sounds as different as the dreamy rock grooves of The Marias and the explosive Afro-Latina expression of Amara La Negra. But there they were, sharing the stage for two hours right in the middle of the week at SXSW 2018.

There's plenty to hear on stages across Austin during SXSW, and what you can hear on this page is just a taste — a recording of a pair of live shows from Alt.Latino's showcase at the Radio Day Stage on Wednesday.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

How A Russian Nerve Agent Got To The U.K.

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Russian Trolling Continued After Election

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