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2:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Can billboards entice people to move to Frankfort? Mayor McBarnes hopes so.
Credit City of Frankfort

So much in city government revolves around money. If a city is flush with it, almost magical things can happen.

If, like Frankfort and many other municipalities, a city doesn’t have enough, it has to choose which to refurbish: city parks or city hall.

On this week's show, we ask how Frankfort will make that choice and where it might get more cash to make the decisions easier.

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Criminal Justice
8:34 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Increased Body Camera Use By Police Leads To Questions

The cameras Bloomington police use, like this one, are similar to ones used in West Lafayette.
Credit Barbara Harrington / Indiana Public Broadcasting

When Bloomington police officer Matt Gilmore gets into his squad car, he has an extra set of eyes.

The Bloomington Police Department purchased 30 body cameras last year as part of  a trial program.

The officers wear the cameras  on their chests and flip them on  during interactions with the public, giving an up-close perspective of what’s happening.

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General News
11:48 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Indiana 23rd Among States In Volunteerism

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An Indiana-based expert says volunteers contribute $173-billion dollars of service every year.

Dr. Sara Konrath is an assistant professor at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

She says the Corporation for National and Community Service‘s latest report that ranks Indiana 23rd among states when it comes to volunteerism.

Konrath says volunteers often help keep not-for-profit organizations in business.

She says anyone can volunteer and the best volunteers make those who tap into their personal passion and values.

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General News
11:41 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Mobile App Alerts Drivers To Travel Hazards In Indiana

Credit Indiana Department of Homeland Security / http://www.in.gov/dhs/

Hoosiers now have access to a free mobile app that provides county travel status updates and alerts.

In addition to weather, the app will also include notifications with regard to flooding, hazardous materials spills and other events that could affect travel.

The app is meant to be used as part of a system to stay aware of changing travel conditions.

John Erickson with the Indiana Deptartment of Homeland Security, says the app provides county travel status updates and alerts.

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General News
11:28 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Energy Plan Proposals Coming From Pence And Legislators

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Legislators and the Pence administration are working on an energy efficiency proposal to replace the dismantled Energize Indiana plan.

Gov. Pence says he’ll propose an energy efficiency plan in his State of the State address next month. And House Utilities and Energy Chairman Eric Koch, R-Bedford, says he’s crafting a plan with his Senate counterpart Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis.

Energize Indiana was created by then-Governor Mitch Daniels in 2009 and repealed by this year’s legislature.

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