General News

Gleaner’s Food Bank of Indiana is expanding produce distribution with a new regional processing center. The Indianapolis center will now be able to supply produce to more than 40 food banks in 7 states including Indiana.

Gleaners Chief Financial and Operations Officer Joe Slater says more fruits and vegetables are their number one request.

“This product that you’re seeing here, those apples came in this morning, those watermelon came in this morning and this will all we shipped back out tomorrow,” Slater says.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is appealing the federal ruling against a state law requiring women to wait at least 18 hours between an ultrasound and an abortion.

10 School Districts Posing Referenda Tuesday

May 1, 2017

School districts across the state are once again asking voters to help fund public schools, with nine districts asking for property tax increases Tuesday.

School districts can ask voters through a ballot referenda process to raise property taxes to help fund their schools. Basically, the ballot question asks voters to pay more in property taxes so the schools have more funding.

Lead Paint Found In East Chicago Emergency Housing

Apr 28, 2017

Lead paint was discovered outside emergency housing units in East Chicago, Indiana. The units are being held for residents of the lead contaminated West Calumet Housing Complex.

Through a public records request, The Times of Northwest Indiana found evidence of lead paint on the exterior of nearly half of the 27 units.

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Indiana’s first medical cannabis law Wednesday. It legalizes a form of cannabis – cannabinoid oil or CBD – for the treatment of epilepsy.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy says they now expect to have power returned to customers on the near south side of Lafayette by 6 p.m. today.

Duke Energy spokesperson Meghan Miles says a tree fell on power equipment near South 14th Street and Central Street.

“We do have crews that are working in that area to install a new pole and they’re working as quickly and as safely as they can,” she says.

Miles says because Duke has to replace equipment, it will take longer to fix than this morning’s original estimate.

 

Convenience store owner Jay Ricker says he’s been targeted by the General Assembly in proposed legislation on alcohol carryout permits.

The proposed legislative language would bar Ricker from renewing his permits next year.

At issue are restaurant permits Ricker’s was able to secure at two convenience stores. Those permits allow them to sell cold beer and hard liquor for carryout – previously, the sole right of liquor stores and restaurants.

Three Die In Heroin-Suspected Overdoses In Vigo County

Apr 20, 2017
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Police suspect three Vigo County deaths could be the result of laced heroin. Authorities now say officers need to carry more of the overdose intervention drug naloxone.

Police say four people in Vigo County overdosed just this week and three of the overdoses were fatal. Officers started carrying one dose of naloxone in February of this year. Now some are carrying up to three doses. 

Sgt. Stephen Lockard with the Vigo County Drug Task Force says even that may not be enough. 

GOP Leaders Unveil Final Road Funding Package Details

Apr 20, 2017

 

Republican legislative leaders unveiled what Speaker Brian Bosma calls the “best infrastructure program” in state history.

GOP leaders say the funding package they’ve put together will eventually generate about $1.2 billion a year for state and local roads. Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says that plan will last the next two decades.

“We’re not kicking the can down the road like they do in Washington,” Long says.

March For Science Lafayette

The focus of today's WBAA Wake-Up Call is on the increasing number of rallies and demonstrations organized by local people who want to shine a light on a particular issue.

The question is, do these public events simply provide a short-term forum, or do the gatherings inspire individuals to transform their behaviors, take action, and work for change in government and social policy?

Amy Austin, of West Lafayette, is spearheading the March for Science from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette. 

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