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>> “INDIANA NEWSDESK” IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE FOLLOWING: >> COMING UP ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” THE OPERATOR OF NEWSDESK,” THE OPERATOR OF INDIANA’S TOLL ROADS FILED FOR A INDIANA’S TOLL ROADS FILED FOR A BANKRUPTCY THIS WEEK BANKRUPTCY THIS WEEK >> WHILE I’M SORRY THAT THEY ARE >> WHILE I’M SORRY THAT THEY ARE NOT HAVING A GOOD PERFORMANCE NOT HAVING A GOOD PERFORMANCE THEMSELVES, I THINK FOR THE THEMSELVES, I THINK FOR THE STATE OF INDIANA AND FOR THE STATE OF INDIANA AND FOR THE CONSUMERS IN INDIANA, WE ARE CONSUMERS IN INDIANA, WE ARE FULLY PROTECTED IN THAT FULLY PROTECTED IN THAT SITUATION SITUATION >> THE GOVERNOR SAYS TO EXPECT >> THE GOVERNOR SAYS TO EXPECT BUSINESS AS USUAL, BUT WHAT BUSINESS AS USUAL, BUT WHAT STIPULATIONS ARE ACTUALLY STIPULATIONS ARE ACTUALLY SPELLED OUT IN THE 75-YEAR LEASE SPELLED OUT IN THE 75-YEAR LEASE TO PROTECT MOTORISTS? TO PROTECT MOTORISTS? >>> ARE INDIANA’S TEXTBOOK FEES >>> ARE INDIANA’S TEXTBOOK FEES AT ODDS WITH THE REQUIREMENT TO AT ODDS WITH THE REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE A FREE PUBLIC EDUCATION? PROVIDE A FREE PUBLIC EDUCATION? >> OUR TEXTBOOK FEES, OUR BILLS >> OUR TEXTBOOK FEES, OUR BILLS ARRIVED LAST WEEK IN THE MAIL ARRIVED LAST WEEK IN THE MAIL ONE PER STUDENT AND THE GRAND ONE PER STUDENT AND THE GRAND TOTAL WAS OVER $1,000 FOR ALL TOTAL WAS OVER $1,000 FOR ALL FIVE OF THE GIRLS FIVE OF THE GIRLS >> INDIANA STATE SUPERINTENDENT >> INDIANA STATE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THEY NEED TO GO, BUT AT SAYS THEY NEED TO GO, BUT AT WHAT COST TO THE STATE? WHAT COST TO THE STATE? >>> PLUS IN OUR ASK THE MAYOR >>> PLUS IN OUR ASK THE MAYOR SEGMENT, WE TURN THE SEGMENT, WE TURN THE INTERVIEWING OVER TO A GROUP OF INTERVIEWING OVER TO A GROUP OF THIRD GRADERS WHEN WE SIT DOWN THIRD GRADERS WHEN WE SIT DOWN WITH KOKOMO’S GREG GOODNIGHT WITH KOKOMO’S GREG GOODNIGHT >> ARE YOU GOING TO RUN FOR >> ARE YOU GOING TO RUN FOR MAYOR AGAIN NEXT YEAR? MAYOR AGAIN NEXT YEAR? >> THOSE STORIES AND THE LATEST >> THOSE STORIES AND THE LATEST ON THE TOP HEADLINES RIGHT NOW ON THE TOP HEADLINES RIGHT NOW ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK.” ♪ >> HELLO, I’M JOE HREN AND >> HELLO, I’M JOE HREN AND WELCOME TO “INDIANA NEWSDESK.” WELCOME TO “INDIANA NEWSDESK.” LESS THAN A DECADE INTO ITS LESS THAN A DECADE INTO ITS LEASE, THE PRAYER OF INDIANA’S LEASE, THE PRAYER OF INDIANA’S TOLL ROAD FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY TOLL ROAD FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY THIS WEEK THIS WEEK INVESTMENT GROUP CINTRA INVESTMENT GROUP CINTRA McCARRY PAID $6.2 BILLION McCARRY PAID $6.2 BILLION WHILE THE STATE RECEIVED THE WHILE THE STATE RECEIVED THE FULL PAYMENT UP FRONT, BARBARA FULL PAYMENT UP FRONT, BARBARA HARRINGTON EXPLAINS WHY SOME ARE HARRINGTON EXPLAINS WHY SOME ARE WORRIED THAT THE BANKRUPTCY WORRIED THAT THE BANKRUPTCY FILING COULD STILL HURT THE FILING COULD STILL HURT THE HOOSIERS HOOSIERS >> INDIANA’S TOLL ROAD AVERAGES >> INDIANA’S TOLL ROAD AVERAGES MORE THAN 30,000 VEHICLE TRIPS MORE THAN 30,000 VEHICLE TRIPS PER DAY PER DAY JEFF WARNER IS FAMILIAR WITH JEFF WARNER IS FAMILIAR WITH THIS ROUTE THIS ROUTE HE MAKES HIS WAY THROUGH HE MAKES HIS WAY THROUGH NORTHERN INDIANA AS OFTEN AS NORTHERN INDIANA AS OFTEN AS THREE TIMES A WEEK THREE TIMES A WEEK >> I’M AN OVER-THE-ROAD TRUCK >> I’M AN OVER-THE-ROAD TRUCK DRIVER DRIVER I HAUL FARM EQUIPMENT AND I HAUL FARM EQUIPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL-RELATED MATERIALS AGRICULTURAL-RELATED MATERIALS AS WELL AS CABLE TO CONSTRUCTION AS WELL AS CABLE TO CONSTRUCTION SITES SITES >> THE TOLL ROAD HE TRAVELS IS >> THE TOLL ROAD HE TRAVELS IS OWNED BY THE STATE, BUT IN 2006, OWNED BY THE STATE, BUT IN 2006, INDIANA TRUCK A DEAL WITH AN INDIANA TRUCK A DEAL WITH AN INVESTMENT GROUP CALLED CINTRA INVESTMENT GROUP CALLED CINTRA MACQUARIE MACQUARIE >> IT’S WIDEY IS SAID NO ONE >> IT’S WIDEY IS SAID NO ONE WOULD MAKE THIS WOULD MAKE THIS >> FOR AN UP FRONT PAYMENT OF >> FOR AN UP FRONT PAYMENT OF $3.8 BILLION, THEY WOULD LEASE $3.8 BILLION, THEY WOULD LEASE THE TOLL ROAD FOR 75 YEARS, THE TOLL ROAD FOR 75 YEARS, TAKING OVER OPERATION AND TAKING OVER OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE >> ON THE DAY WE MADE THE >> ON THE DAY WE MADE THE TRANSACTION, WE KNEW IT WAS A TRANSACTION, WE KNEW IT WAS A GREAT MOMENT FOR INDIANA GREAT MOMENT FOR INDIANA FIVE YEARS LATER, IT LOOKS FIVE YEARS LATER, IT LOOKS BETTER WITH EVERY PASSING YEAR BETTER WITH EVERY PASSING YEAR >> THAT’S WHAT FORMER GOVERNOR >> THAT’S WHAT FORMER GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS THOUGHT IN 2011, MITCH DANIELS THOUGHT IN 2011, WHEN HE WAS CELEBRATING THE WHEN HE WAS CELEBRATING THE FIVE-YEAR MARK OF HIS MAJOR FIVE-YEAR MARK OF HIS MAJOR MOVES INITIATIVE MOVES INITIATIVE DANIELS FUNNELED MOST OF THE DANIELS FUNNELED MOST OF THE MONEY FROM THE TOLL ROAD LEASE MONEY FROM THE TOLL ROAD LEASE INTO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS INTO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS AND NEW CONSTRUCTION, SUCH AS AND NEW CONSTRUCTION, SUCH AS THE U.S. 31 AND I-69 PROJECTS THE U.S. 31 AND I-69 PROJECTS WITHOUT INCREASING TAXES OR WITHOUT INCREASING TAXES OR BORROWING MORE MONEY, HOOSIERS, BORROWING MORE MONEY, HOOSIERS, DANIELS SAID, WOULD GET BETTER DANIELS SAID, WOULD GET BETTER ROADS ROADS BUT SOME ARE WORRIED THAT’S NOW BUT SOME ARE WORRIED THAT’S NOW COMING AT A PRICE COMING AT A PRICE EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE INDIANA EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE INDIANA TOLL ROAD CONCESSION COMPANY TOLL ROAD CONCESSION COMPANY FILED FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY FILED FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY THE ITRCC SAYS A DRASTIC DECLINE THE ITRCC SAYS A DRASTIC DECLINE IN TRAFFIC ON THE TOLL ROADS IN TRAFFIC ON THE TOLL ROADS SINCE 2007 HAS LED TO SINCE 2007 HAS LED TO UNDERWHELMING REVENUES UNDERWHELMING REVENUES ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, THE COMPANY MISSED A THE COMPANY MISSED A $102 MILLION DEBT INTEREST $102 MILLION DEBT INTEREST PAYMENT IN JUNE PAYMENT IN JUNE BUT THE STATE KNEW THE INVESTOR BUT THE STATE KNEW THE INVESTOR FACED CHALLENGES FROM THE FACED CHALLENGES FROM THE BEGINNING BEGINNING >> THEY PAID MORE THAN THEY — >> THEY PAID MORE THAN THEY — THAN AT LEAST CURRENT CONDITIONS THAN AT LEAST CURRENT CONDITIONS ALLOW THEM TO PAY BACK ALLOW THEM TO PAY BACK SO THEY HAVE A LITTLE SO THEY HAVE A LITTLE DIFFICULTY DIFFICULTY >> THE ITRCC WANTS TO SELL ITS >> THE ITRCC WANTS TO SELL ITS LEASE AND LET A NEW OPERATOR LEASE AND LET A NEW OPERATOR TAKE OVER TAKE OVER IF THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN, THE IF THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN, THE COMPANY PLANS TO REORGANIZE ITS COMPANY PLANS TO REORGANIZE ITS DEBT DEBT EITHER WAY, MANY LEGISLATORS EITHER WAY, MANY LEGISLATORS INSIST HOOSIERS WON’T BE INSIST HOOSIERS WON’T BE AFFECTED AFFECTED >> WE WORKED VERY CAREFULLY ON >> WE WORKED VERY CAREFULLY ON THAT DEAL THAT DEAL ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE LEGISLATURE INSERTED IN THAT LEGISLATURE INSERTED IN THAT BILL IS THAT INDIANA DOESN’T — BILL IS THAT INDIANA DOESN’T — THAT PROPERTY IS OWNED BY THE THAT PROPERTY IS OWNED BY THE STAY OF INDIANA AND WE ALSO STAY OF INDIANA AND WE ALSO PROTECTED OURSELF IN THE EVENT PROTECTED OURSELF IN THE EVENT OF BANKRUPTCY, VERY STRONGLY, OF BANKRUPTCY, VERY STRONGLY, AND SO WHILE IT WOULD — I’M

AND SO WHILE IT WOULD — I’M SORRY THAT THEY ARE NOT HAVING A SORRY THAT THEY ARE NOT HAVING A GOOD PERFORMANCE THEMSELVES, I GOOD PERFORMANCE THEMSELVES, I THINK FOR THE STATE OF INDIANA THINK FOR THE STATE OF INDIANA AND FOR THE CONSUMERS IN AND FOR THE CONSUMERS IN INDIANA, WE ARE FULLY PROTECTED INDIANA, WE ARE FULLY PROTECTED IN THAT SITUATION IN THAT SITUATION >> THE AGREEMENT STIPULATES THAT >> THE AGREEMENT STIPULATES THAT THE INDIANA FINANCE AUTHORITY THE INDIANA FINANCE AUTHORITY MUST APPROVE ANY NEW OPERATOR MUST APPROVE ANY NEW OPERATOR AND THAT TOLLS CANNOT, UNDER ANY AND THAT TOLLS CANNOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, BE INCREASED CIRCUMSTANCE, BE INCREASED BEYOND WHAT’S CURRENTLY BEYOND WHAT’S CURRENTLY OUTLINED OUTLINED GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE SAID IN A GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE SAID IN A STATEMENT TO EXPECT BUSINESS AS STATEMENT TO EXPECT BUSINESS AS USUAL ON THE TOLL ROAD, DESPITE USUAL ON THE TOLL ROAD, DESPITE THE BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS THE BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS BUT SOME SAY THAT 2006 AGREEMENT BUT SOME SAY THAT 2006 AGREEMENT WAS A BAD DEAL, AND NOW THEY ARE WAS A BAD DEAL, AND NOW THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THIS WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THIS BANKRUPTCY FILING COULD MEAN FOR BANKRUPTCY FILING COULD MEAN FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE TOLL THE MAINTENANCE OF THE TOLL ROAD ROAD >> I WAS VERY SADDENED TO FINE >> I WAS VERY SADDENED TO FINE THAT THE CONDITIONS WITHIN THE THAT THE CONDITIONS WITHIN THE BATHROOMS, ALL THE SERVICE BATHROOMS, ALL THE SERVICE PLAZAS WERE CLOSE TO DEPLORABLE PLAZAS WERE CLOSE TO DEPLORABLE I WAS VERY, VERY EMBARRASSED AND I WAS VERY, VERY EMBARRASSED AND THAT IS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL THAT IS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL >> WHILE THE ITRCC IS SUPPOSED >> WHILE THE ITRCC IS SUPPOSED TO MAINTAIN THE TOLL ROAD FOR TO MAINTAIN THE TOLL ROAD FOR THE DURATION OF THE LEASE, THE DURATION OF THE LEASE, NIEZGODSKI IS WORRIED THE NIEZGODSKI IS WORRIED THE COMPANY WON’T BE ABLE TO AFFORD COMPANY WON’T BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO AS THE BANKRUPTCY CASE MOVES TO AS THE BANKRUPTCY CASE MOVES FORWARD FORWARD >> SO THEY MAINTAIN THE GENERAL >> SO THEY MAINTAIN THE GENERAL UPKEEP TO A CERTAIN STANDARD, UPKEEP TO A CERTAIN STANDARD, BUT WHERE ARE THE THINGS THAT BUT WHERE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO SUFFER? ARE GOING TO SUFFER? HOW MANY PEOPLE MAY LOSE THEIR HOW MANY PEOPLE MAY LOSE THEIR JOBS? JOBS? >> THOSE ARE ALL QUESTIONS JEFF >> THOSE ARE ALL QUESTIONS JEFF WARNER HAS ON HIS MIND AS HE WARNER HAS ON HIS MIND AS HE TRAVELS DOWN THE TOLL ROAD, TRAVELS DOWN THE TOLL ROAD, WHICH HE SAYS HAVE DETERIORATED WHICH HE SAYS HAVE DETERIORATED OVER THE YEARS OVER THE YEARS >> THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE >> THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE TYPICAL TOLL ROAD TYPICAL TOLL ROAD >> NOW HE’S WORRIED >> NOW HE’S WORRIED INCONVENIENCES, HE OCCASIONALLY INCONVENIENCES, HE OCCASIONALLY EXPERIENCES DURING HIS DRIVE EXPERIENCES DURING HIS DRIVE WILL BECOME ROUTINE WILL BECOME ROUTINE >> I WOULD SAY THE MAINTENANCE >> I WOULD SAY THE MAINTENANCE WILL PROBABLY BE EVEN WORSE WILL PROBABLY BE EVEN WORSE I RUN E-Z PASS BUT MY E-Z PASS I RUN E-Z PASS BUT MY E-Z PASS DOESN’T WORK AT ONE OF THE DOESN’T WORK AT ONE OF THE TOLLBOOTHS, WHICH HAPPENS A TOLLBOOTHS, WHICH HAPPENS A COUPLE OF TIMES A WEEK COUPLE OF TIMES A WEEK AND ONE TOLL ALONE ON A SEMI WAS AND ONE TOLL ALONE ON A SEMI WAS $71 $71 AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR $71 $71 >> FOR MORE ON THIS STORY, >> FOR MORE ON THIS STORY, REPORTER BARBARA HARRINGTON REPORTER BARBARA HARRINGTON JOINS US NOW JOINS US NOW AS WE SAW IN THAT STORY, MITCH AS WE SAW IN THAT STORY, MITCH DANIELS TOUTED THE SALE OF THE DANIELS TOUTED THE SALE OF THE TOLL ROAD AS A BIG DEAL, A BIG TOLL ROAD AS A BIG DEAL, A BIG PAYOFF PAYOFF HAS THAT WORKED IN OTHER STATES? HAS THAT WORKED IN OTHER STATES? >> OTHER STATES HAVEN’T GOTTEN >> OTHER STATES HAVEN’T GOTTEN NEARLY AS MUCH NEARLY AS MUCH THAT $3.8 BILLION, IT WAS A HUGE THAT $3.8 BILLION, IT WAS A HUGE DEAL DEAL SO MUCH SO THAT THAT PAYMENT, IT SO MUCH SO THAT THAT PAYMENT, IT TOOK THREE HOURS AND SEVERAL TOOK THREE HOURS AND SEVERAL WIRE TRANSFERS BEFORE THE STATE WIRE TRANSFERS BEFORE THE STATE GOT ALL OF ITS MONEY FROM THAT GOT ALL OF ITS MONEY FROM THAT TRANSACTION TRANSACTION >> SO WHERE IS ALL OF THAT MONEY >> SO WHERE IS ALL OF THAT MONEY NOW? NOW? >> WELL, MOST OF IT WAS SPENT >> WELL, MOST OF IT WAS SPENT DURING THE MAJOR MOVES DURING THE MAJOR MOVES INITIATIVE INITIATIVE THE STATE HAS SPENT IT ON OVER THE STATE HAS SPENT IT ON OVER 80 DIFFERENT PROJECTS, ON ROADS 80 DIFFERENT PROJECTS, ON ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE BUT A SMALL AND INFRASTRUCTURE BUT A SMALL PORTION OF THAT MONEY WAS SET PORTION OF THAT MONEY WAS SET ASIDE FOR FUTURE PROJECTS ON ASIDE FOR FUTURE PROJECTS ON ROADS AND BINGES ROADS AND BINGES THAT’S IN THE NEXT — BRIDGES THAT’S IN THE NEXT — BRIDGES THAT’S IN THE NEXT GENERATION THAT’S IN THE NEXT GENERATION TRUST FUND TRUST FUND THEY PUT $5 MILLION IN THERE THEY PUT $5 MILLION IN THERE INITIALLY AND THERE’S ABOUT INITIALLY AND THERE’S ABOUT $564 MILLION THERE NOW $564 MILLION THERE NOW HOW SOON BEFORE A NEW OPERATOR HOW SOON BEFORE A NEW OPERATOR COULD TAKE OVER? COULD TAKE OVER? >> WELL, THE BANKRUPTCY >> WELL, THE BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS COULD TAKE A WHILE PROCEEDINGS COULD TAKE A WHILE BUT THE OPERATOR THE CURRENT BUT THE OPERATOR THE CURRENT OPERATOR OUTLINED IN THE FILING OPERATOR OUTLINED IN THE FILING THAT THEY ARE HOPING BY AUGUST THAT THEY ARE HOPING BY AUGUST OF NEXT YEAR, THAT WHOLE SALES OF NEXT YEAR, THAT WHOLE SALES PROCESS GOES THROUGH, IF THEY DO PROCESS GOES THROUGH, IF THEY DO FIND SOMEONE INTERESTED FIND SOMEONE INTERESTED >> HAVE OTHER STATES GONE >> HAVE OTHER STATES GONE THROUGH THIS BANKRUPTCY PROCESS THROUGH THIS BANKRUPTCY PROCESS BEFORE? BEFORE? >> THEY HAVE, JOE >> THEY HAVE, JOE THIS IS ACTUALLY THE THIRD STATE THIS IS ACTUALLY THE THIRD STATE THAT’S GONE THROUGH THIS SINCE THAT’S GONE THROUGH THIS SINCE 2010 2010 THOSE IN CALIFORNIA AND SOUTH THOSE IN CALIFORNIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA, PRIVATE OPERATORS OF CAROLINA, PRIVATE OPERATORS OF TOLL ROADS HAVE ALSO FILED FOR TOLL ROADS HAVE ALSO FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY BANKRUPTCY >> SO THEN IF — THEY DO FIND >> SO THEN IF — THEY DO FIND SOMEONE TO TAKE OVER, WHAT SOMEONE TO TAKE OVER, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT TRANSITION? HAPPENS AFTER THAT TRANSITION? DOES IT AFFECT THE HOOSIERS IN DOES IT AFFECT THE HOOSIERS IN ANYWAY? ANYWAY? OR TOO EARLY TO SAY? OR TOO EARLY TO SAY? >> AS THE LEGISLATORS WERE >> AS THE LEGISLATORS WERE SAYING, YOU HEARD SENATOR KENLEY SAYING, YOU HEARD SENATOR KENLEY SAYING THERE ARE A LOST THINGS SAYING THERE ARE A LOST THINGS IN THIS AGREEMENT THAT PROTECT IN THIS AGREEMENT THAT PROTECT PEOPLE, SUCH AS THEY CAN’T RAISE PEOPLE, SUCH AS THEY CAN’T RAISE THE TOLLS BEYOND WHAT’S ALREADY THE TOLLS BEYOND WHAT’S ALREADY OUTLINED BUT THEN REPRESENTATIVE OUTLINED BUT THEN REPRESENTATIVE DAVID NIEZGODSKI, HE TOLD ME DAVID NIEZGODSKI, HE TOLD ME THAT COULD POTENTIALLY CHANGE THAT COULD POTENTIALLY CHANGE HE THINKS THAT IF A NEW OPERATOR HE THINKS THAT IF A NEW OPERATOR COMES IN, LEGISLATORS MAY DECIDE COMES IN, LEGISLATORS MAY DECIDE TO RAISE THOSE TOLLS TO HELP TO RAISE THOSE TOLLS TO HELP THAT NEW OPERATOR OUT SO THAT WE THAT NEW OPERATOR OUT SO THAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT ANOTHER ARE NOT LOOKING AT ANOTHER BANKRUPTCY EVENTUALLY BANKRUPTCY EVENTUALLY >> SURE >> SURE ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BARBARA FOR THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BARBARA FOR THAT REPORTING THAT REPORTING >> AND NOW FOR HEADLINES WE GO >> AND NOW FOR HEADLINES WE GO OVER TO ALEX DIERCKMAN WHO HAS OVER TO ALEX DIERCKMAN WHO HAS THE LATEST ON THIS WEEK’S TOP THE LATEST ON THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES STORIES >> THANK YOU, JOE >> THANK YOU, JOE F.A.A. OFFICIALS SAY THE TWO MEN F.A.A. OFFICIALS SAY THE TWO MEN WHO DIED IN A PLANE CRASH LAST WHO DIED IN A PLANE CRASH LAST WEEK IN BLOOMINGTON WERE WEEK IN BLOOMINGTON WERE FOLLOWING IN A LOW HURRICANE FOLLOWING IN A LOW HURRICANE AIRPLANE AIRPLANE IT’S AN EXPERIMENTAL LIGHT IT’S AN EXPERIMENTAL LIGHT WEIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT WEIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT IT CRASHED JUST A QUARTER MILE IT CRASHED JUST A QUARTER MILE FROM THE COUNTY AIRPORT FROM THE COUNTY AIRPORT >>> AIR STRIKES IN SYRIA BEGAN >>> AIR STRIKES IN SYRIA BEGAN THIS WEEK AND U.S. MILITARY THIS WEEK AND U.S. MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY IT COULD TAKE OFFICIALS SAY IT COULD TAKE YEARS TO ULTIMATELY DESTROY THE YEARS TO ULTIMATELY DESTROY THE ISLAMIC STATE ISLAMIC STATE FORMER CONGRESSMAN LEE HAMILTON FORMER CONGRESSMAN LEE HAMILTON SAYS DESTROYING ISIS WILL BE SAYS DESTROYING ISIS WILL BE DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT INCLUDES AN DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT INCLUDES AN IDEOLOGY IDEOLOGY AN IDEOLOGY CAN BE DEFEATED BUT AN IDEOLOGY CAN BE DEFEATED BUT IT TAKES TIME, AND A LOT OF IT TAKES TIME, AND A LOT OF MONEY, LIKE NAZIISM MONEY, LIKE NAZIISM >> MY IMPRESSION IS THAT ISIS IS >> MY IMPRESSION IS THAT ISIS IS PROBABLY AT THE PEAK OF THEIR PROBABLY AT THE PEAK OF THEIR POWER WITH REGARD TO TERRITORY POWER WITH REGARD TO TERRITORY OCCUPIED OCCUPIED FROM NOW ON, THE QUESTION WILL FROM NOW ON, THE QUESTION WILL BE: CAN WE PUSH THEM BACK? BE: CAN WE PUSH THEM BACK? CAN WE ROLL THEM BACK AND HOW CAN WE ROLL THEM BACK AND HOW FAR CAN WE ROLL THEM BACK FAR CAN WE ROLL THEM BACK >> MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY >> MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY MONDAY’S AIR STRIKES REPRESENTED MONDAY’S AIR STRIKES REPRESENTED A HIGH POINT AND THE PACE OF AIR

A HIGH POINT AND THE PACE OF AIR STRIKES WILL LIKELY EBB AND FLOW STRIKES WILL LIKELY EBB AND FLOW IN THE COMING DAYS IN THE COMING DAYS >> THEY ARE CALLING ON REDR.ING >> THEY ARE CALLING ON REDR.ING THE LIFE SCIENCE THE LIFE SCIENCE THIS MAN WAS ON THE WAY TO THIS MAN WAS ON THE WAY TO INDIANA UNIVERSITY WHEN CHINESE INDIANA UNIVERSITY WHEN CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DETAINED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DETAINED HIM HIM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT THIS WEEK THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT THIS WEEK SENTENCED ILAM TO LIFE IN PRISON SENTENCED ILAM TO LIFE IN PRISON ON CHARGES OF SEPARATISM ON CHARGES OF SEPARATISM HE’S A PART OF THE CHINESE HE’S A PART OF THE CHINESE ETHNIC MINORITY EAGER AND HAS ETHNIC MINORITY EAGER AND HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF THE BEEN CRITICAL OF THE GOVERNMENT’S TREATMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S TREATMENT OF THE WEGER PEOPLE WEGER PEOPLE AN I.U. PROFESSOR AND ONE OF HIS AN I.U. PROFESSOR AND ONE OF HIS FRIENDS, ELLIOTT SPURLING CALLS FRIENDS, ELLIOTT SPURLING CALLS THE RULING A MISCARRIAGE OF JUST THE RULING A MISCARRIAGE OF JUST NICE WE HAVE TO KEEP SPEAKING NICE WE HAVE TO KEEP SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THIS OUT ABOUT THIS IT’S NOT JUST THAT HE’S INNOCENT IT’S NOT JUST THAT HE’S INNOCENT WHAT HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH WHAT HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ARE THINGS THAT WOULD NOT BE ARE THINGS THAT WOULD NOT BE CRIMES IN ANY SOCIETY THAT HAS A CRIMES IN ANY SOCIETY THAT HAS A DECENT RESPECT FOR CIVIL DECENT RESPECT FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS LIBERTIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS >> SINCE THE COURT RULING, THE >> SINCE THE COURT RULING, THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE STATE WHITE HOUSE AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAVE ISSUED DEPARTMENT HAVE ISSUED STATEMENTS CONDEMNING ELAM’S STATEMENTS CONDEMNING ELAM’S SENTENCE SENTENCE >> THIS YEAR’S MEDICAL ERRORS >> THIS YEAR’S MEDICAL ERRORS REPORT SHOWS THE MOST REPORTED REPORT SHOWS THE MOST REPORTED EVENT IN 2013 IS BED SORES EVENT IN 2013 IS BED SORES ACQUIRED AFTER ADMISSION, THE ACQUIRED AFTER ADMISSION, THE SECOND MISTAKE IS LEAVING A SECOND MISTAKE IS LEAVING A FOREIGN OBJECT IN A PATIENT FOREIGN OBJECT IN A PATIENT AFTER SURGERY AFTER SURGERY THAT HAPPENED 27 TIMES LAST THAT HAPPENED 27 TIMES LAST YEAR YEAR MEDICAL STAFFERS ALSO PERFORMED MEDICAL STAFFERS ALSO PERFORMED SURGERY 18 TIMES ON THE WRONG SURGERY 18 TIMES ON THE WRONG BODY PART BODY PART AND TWO DEATHS OR SERIOUS AND TWO DEATHS OR SERIOUS DISABILITIES WERE ASSOCIATED DISABILITIES WERE ASSOCIATED WITH CONTAMINATED DEVICES IN WITH CONTAMINATED DEVICES IN 2005, THE STATE ORDERED THE 2005, THE STATE ORDERED THE HOSPITALS TO REPORT HOSPITALS TO REPORT >>> AND THE NUMBER OF HOOSIERS >>> AND THE NUMBER OF HOOSIERS WHO REPORT REGULARLY DRINKING WHO REPORT REGULARLY DRINKING ALCOHOL HAS DECLINED ALCOHOL HAS DECLINED ABOUT 30% OF HIGH SCHOOL ABOUT 30% OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ADMITTED TO DRINKING STUDENTS ADMITTED TO DRINKING ALCOHOL ONCE A MONTH ALCOHOL ONCE A MONTH THAT’S DOWN FROM MORE THAN 50% THAT’S DOWN FROM MORE THAN 50% OF SENIORS IN 1993 OF SENIORS IN 1993 PREVENTIONISTS CREDIT STRICTER PREVENTIONISTS CREDIT STRICTER ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS BARRING ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS BARRING SALES TO MINORS SALES TO MINORS IN MOST CASES THE SURVEY FOUND IN MOST CASES THE SURVEY FOUND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE THE PRIMARY FAMILY MEMBERS ARE THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF ALCOHOL FOR 6 THROUGH SOURCE OF ALCOHOL FOR 6 THROUGH 9th GRADERS 9th GRADERS >>> STATE OFFICIALS VOTED LAST >>> STATE OFFICIALS VOTED LAST WEEK TO COOP FUNDING LEVELS WEEK TO COOP FUNDING LEVELS STABLE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STABLE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS, HOWEVER, PREVENTION PROGRAMS, HOWEVER, THE INDIANA CRIMINAL JUSTICE THE INDIANA CRIMINAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE IS STILL HOLDING BACK INSTITUTE IS STILL HOLDING BACK ANOTHER $1.1 MILLION, WHICH ANOTHER $1.1 MILLION, WHICH OFFICIALS SAY IS BECAUSE THEY OFFICIALS SAY IS BECAUSE THEY NEED MORE INFORMATION ON HOW THE NEED MORE INFORMATION ON HOW THE SHELTERS WOULD SPEND THAT MONEY SHELTERS WOULD SPEND THAT MONEY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR MIDDLEWAY HOUSE IN BLOOMINGTON, MIDDLEWAY HOUSE IN BLOOMINGTON, TOBY STRAUSS SAYS THIS SAME TOBY STRAUSS SAYS THIS SAME AMOUNT OF FUNDING IS NOT ENOUGH AMOUNT OF FUNDING IS NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP PROGRAMS RUNNING TO KEEP PROGRAMS RUNNING SUCCESSFULLY SUCCESSFULLY >> SO YOUR COSTS ALWAYS GO UP >> SO YOUR COSTS ALWAYS GO UP IF YOU STAY THE SAME, IT FEELS IF YOU STAY THE SAME, IT FEELS LIKE A CUT LIKE A CUT THEN WHEN THEY CUT, ON TOP OF THEN WHEN THEY CUT, ON TOP OF THAT, IT’S QUITE THE CHALLENGE THAT, IT’S QUITE THE CHALLENGE >> STRAUSS SAYS THAT FUNDING >> STRAUSS SAYS THAT FUNDING GOES ONLY TO PREVENTION GOES ONLY TO PREVENTION PROGRAMS, NOT SHELTER WORK OR PROGRAMS, NOT SHELTER WORK OR SUPPORTIVE SERVICES SUPPORTIVE SERVICES LAWMAKERS SAY THEY STAND BY THE LAWMAKERS SAY THEY STAND BY THE DECISION TO ELIMINATE THE DECISION TO ELIMINATE THE STATE’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY STATE’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM EVEN THOUGH IT WAS PROGRAM EVEN THOUGH IT WAS PROVIDING MILLIONS IN BENEFITS PROVIDING MILLIONS IN BENEFITS A REPORT THAT STUDY COMMITTEE A REPORT THAT STUDY COMMITTEE MEMBERS REVEALED, SAID FOR EVERY MEMBERS REVEALED, SAID FOR EVERY $1 SPENT ON ENERGIZING INDIANA, $1 SPENT ON ENERGIZING INDIANA, THE ENERGIZING INDIANA PROGRAM, THE ENERGIZING INDIANA PROGRAM, THERE WERE $3 IN BENEFITS THERE WERE $3 IN BENEFITS LAWMAKERS GOT RID OF THE PROGRAM LAWMAKERS GOT RID OF THE PROGRAM LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND THEY SAY CREATING A NEW PROGRAM THEY SAY CREATING A NEW PROGRAM THAT’S, QUOTE, PRO HE RATEPAYER THAT’S, QUOTE, PRO HE RATEPAYER IS THEIR FOCUS IS THEIR FOCUS >> AFTER BEING CLEARED THIS WEEK >> AFTER BEING CLEARED THIS WEEK OF ANY WRONGDOING IN AN ACCIDENT OF ANY WRONGDOING IN AN ACCIDENT THAT KILLED A SPRINT CAR DRIVER, THAT KILLED A SPRINT CAR DRIVER, NASCAR STAR TONY STEWART ISSUED NASCAR STAR TONY STEWART ISSUED A STATEMENT CALLING THE LAST FEW A STATEMENT CALLING THE LAST FEW MONTHS THE TOUGHEST AND MOST MONTHS THE TOUGHEST AND MOST EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE OF HIS EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE OF HIS LIFE LIFE STEWART HIT AND KILLED SPRINT STEWART HIT AND KILLED SPRINT CAR DRIVER KEVIN WARD, JR., IN CAR DRIVER KEVIN WARD, JR., IN AUGUST AUGUST WARD HAD CLIMBED OUT OF HIS CAR WARD HAD CLIMBED OUT OF HIS CAR AFTER SPINNING OUT AND WAS AFTER SPINNING OUT AND WAS WALKING ON THE TRACK TO CONFRONT WALKING ON THE TRACK TO CONFRONT STEWART WHEN HE WAS HIT BY STEWART WHEN HE WAS HIT BY STEWART’S CAR STEWART’S CAR >>> FARM FATALITIES ARE DOWN >>> FARM FATALITIES ARE DOWN FROM 26 FROM 26 THEY REPORT THE DECLINE IN THE THEY REPORT THE DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF INDIANA RESIDENTS WHO NUMBER OF INDIANA RESIDENTS WHO LIVE AND WORK ON FARMS, LIVE AND WORK ON FARMS, ADVANCEMENTS IN THE SAFETY, ADVANCEMENTS IN THE SAFETY, DURABILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY OF DURABILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY OF AGRICULTURAL EQUIP AGRICULTURAL EQUIP >>> FARMERS WILL LIKELY NOT SEE >>> FARMERS WILL LIKELY NOT SEE A PROFIT IN CORN A PROFIT IN CORN INDIANA FARM BUREAU OFFICIALS INDIANA FARM BUREAU OFFICIALS SAY THIS WILL BE A TOUGH YEAR SAY THIS WILL BE A TOUGH YEAR FOR CORN FARMERS BECAUSE DEMAND FOR CORN FARMERS BECAUSE DEMAND IS LOW AND SUPPLY ACROSS THE IS LOW AND SUPPLY ACROSS THE GRAIN BELT IS STRONG, WHICH IS GRAIN BELT IS STRONG, WHICH IS DRIVING PRICES DOWN DRIVING PRICES DOWN THE PRICE PER BUSHEL IS THE PRICE PER BUSHEL IS ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND $3.25 ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND $3.25 THIS YEAR THIS YEAR THAT’S $1 SHORT OF WHAT FARMERS THAT’S $1 SHORT OF WHAT FARMERS NEED TO BREAK EVEN NEED TO BREAK EVEN >>> INDIANA IS USING A GRANT >>> INDIANA IS USING A GRANT FROM THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE FROM THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO MONITOR THE BAT SERVICE TO MONITOR THE BAT DISEASE WHITE NOSE SYNDROME DISEASE WHITE NOSE SYNDROME THERE’S NO CURE FOR THE DISEASE THERE’S NO CURE FOR THE DISEASE WHICH COULD DEVASTATE BAT WHICH COULD DEVASTATE BAT POPULATIONS POPULATIONS INDIANA IS RECEIVING $36,000 INDIANA IS RECEIVING $36,000 REGIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE REGIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE EXPERTS SAY THE MONEY WILL HELP EXPERTS SAY THE MONEY WILL HELP THEM ADDRESS THE STATE’S THEM ADDRESS THE STATE’S MANAGEMENT AND UNDERSTANDING OF MANAGEMENT AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISEASE THE DISEASE >> ONE, TWO, THREE >> ONE, TWO, THREE TWO YEARS AFTER STARTING TWO YEARS AFTER STARTING CONSTRUCTION, CAMP ATTERBURY CUT CONSTRUCTION, CAMP ATTERBURY CUT THE RIBBON FOUR NEW FACILITIES THE RIBBON FOUR NEW FACILITIES THEY SAY WILL IMPROVE THEIR THEY SAY WILL IMPROVE THEIR OPERATIONS OPERATIONS THE $84 MILLION UPGRADE INCLUDES THE $84 MILLION UPGRADE INCLUDES A RAIL HEAD, A DEPLOYMENT CENTER A RAIL HEAD, A DEPLOYMENT CENTER AND NEW BARRICKS WITH 1,000 MORE AND NEW BARRICKS WITH 1,000 MORE BEDS BEDS >> TODAY’S YOUTH THAT WANT TO >> TODAY’S YOUTH THAT WANT TO SERVE, I THINK WE OWE THEM SERVE, I THINK WE OWE THEM FACILITIES LIKE THIS, SO WE CAN FACILITIES LIKE THIS, SO WE CAN CARE FOR THEM PROPERLY CARE FOR THEM PROPERLY THEY ARE GIVING THEIR ULTIMATE THEY ARE GIVING THEIR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, LAYING THEIR LIVES ON

SACRIFICE, LAYING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE THE LINE SO I’M EMTRILY HAPPY THAT THE SO I’M EMTRILY HAPPY THAT THE INDIANA NATIONAL GUARD HAS A INDIANA NATIONAL GUARD HAS A FACILITY LIKE THIS FACILITY LIKE THIS >> THEY HAVE NOT BEEN HOUSING >> THEY HAVE NOT BEEN HOUSING AND DEPLOY AS MANY TROOPS SINCE AND DEPLOY AS MANY TROOPS SINCE THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN HAVE BEEN DRAWING DOWN HAVE BEEN DRAWING DOWN BUT THE NEW FACILITIES WILL BUT THE NEW FACILITIES WILL STILL BE USED AND THEY WILL STILL BE USED AND THEY WILL ENSURE THE BASE IS READY FOR ENSURE THE BASE IS READY FOR MORE TROOPS NEED THEY BE MORE TROOPS NEED THEY BE DEPLOYED IN THE FUTURE DEPLOYED IN THE FUTURE >> COMING UP NEXT ON “INDIANA >> COMING UP NEXT ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” PUBLIC SCHOOL TUITION NEWSDESK,” PUBLIC SCHOOL TUITION IS FREE BUT PARENTS SAY TEXTBOOK IS FREE BUT PARENTS SAY TEXTBOOK FEES CAN QUICKLY ADD UP FEES CAN QUICKLY ADD UP IS RELIEF IN SIGHT? IS RELIEF IN SIGHT? >>> AND IN OUR ASK THE MAYOR >>> AND IN OUR ASK THE MAYOR SEGMENT, WE LET SOME SPECIAL SEGMENT, WE LET SOME SPECIAL GUESTS ASK QUESTIONS THIS WEEK GUESTS ASK QUESTIONS THIS WEEK FIND OUT THE SCOOP ONE THIRD FIND OUT THE SCOOP ONE THIRD GRADER GOT FROM THE MAYOR GRADER GOT FROM THE MAYOR THESE STORIES RIGHT HERE ON THESE STORIES RIGHT HERE ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK.” >> WELCOME BACK TO “INDIANA NEWSDESK.” NEWSDESK.” I’M JOE HREN I’M JOE HREN ON A RECENT TRIP TO THE MAILBOX ON A RECENT TRIP TO THE MAILBOX AND THE PILE OF CIRCULARS, BILLS AND THE PILE OF CIRCULARS, BILLS AND LETTERS, INDIANA PARENTS AND LETTERS, INDIANA PARENTS DISCOVERED THE DREADED BILL FOR DISCOVERED THE DREADED BILL FOR THEIR CHILDREN’S SCHOOL FEES THEIR CHILDREN’S SCHOOL FEES THEY INCLUDE ACTIVITY FEES, THEY INCLUDE ACTIVITY FEES, CLASS FEES AND THE LARGEST LINE CLASS FEES AND THE LARGEST LINE ITEM, TEXTBOOK FEES ITEM, TEXTBOOK FEES TEXTBOOK RENTAL FEES COST TEXTBOOK RENTAL FEES COST PARENTS ON AVERAGE ABOUT $100 PARENTS ON AVERAGE ABOUT $100 PER CHILD PER CHILD INDIANA IS ONE OF ONLY EIGHT INDIANA IS ONE OF ONLY EIGHT STATES TO CHARGE FOR TEXTBOOKS STATES TO CHARGE FOR TEXTBOOKS AND STATE IMPACT INDIANA CLAIRE AND STATE IMPACT INDIANA CLAIRE MCINERNEY EXPLAINS, THE STATE MCINERNEY EXPLAINS, THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT, GLENDA RICH IS SUPERINTENDENT, GLENDA RICH IS FIGHTING TO ELIMINATE THE FEE FIGHTING TO ELIMINATE THE FEE >> EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL, >> EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL, JACKIE CHATTERTON’S FIVE KIDS JACKIE CHATTERTON’S FIVE KIDS GET OFF THE BUS AND GO INTO GET OFF THE BUS AND GO INTO THEIR KITCHEN AND START WORKING THEIR KITCHEN AND START WORKING ON HOMEWORK ON HOMEWORK THIS AFTERNOON, THREE OF THE THIS AFTERNOON, THREE OF THE GIRLS ARE USING THEIR SCHOOL GIRLS ARE USING THEIR SCHOOL ISSUED iPADS, WORKBOOKS AND ISSUED iPADS, WORKBOOKS AND TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOKS ALL OF TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOKS ALL OF WHICH ARE PAID FOR BY CHATTERTON WHICH ARE PAID FOR BY CHATTERTON AND HER HUSBAND AND HER HUSBAND >> OUR TEXTBOOK FEES ARRIVED IN >> OUR TEXTBOOK FEES ARRIVED IN THE MAIL, ONE PER STUDENT AND THE MAIL, ONE PER STUDENT AND THE GRAND TOTAL WAS OVER $1,000 THE GRAND TOTAL WAS OVER $1,000 FOR ALL FIVE OF THE GIRLS FOR ALL FIVE OF THE GIRLS THE HIGHER THE GRADE LEVEL, THE THE HIGHER THE GRADE LEVEL, THE HIGHER THE BILL HIGHER THE BILL >> THAT’S ON TOP OF OTHER SCHOOL >> THAT’S ON TOP OF OTHER SCHOOL FEES SO THEY ARE KIDS CAN BE IN FEES SO THEY ARE KIDS CAN BE IN BAND, PLAY ON THE SOCCER TEAM BAND, PLAY ON THE SOCCER TEAM AND THE $300 SHE SPENT ON SCHOOL AND THE $300 SHE SPENT ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES SUPPLIES >> I DON’T SEE THEM TAKING NOTES >> I DON’T SEE THEM TAKING NOTES IN THEIR NOTEBOOKS IN THEIR NOTEBOOKS IT SEEMS TO BE ON THE iPAD IT SEEMS TO BE ON THE iPAD SO I’M NOT SURE ALL OF THOSE SO I’M NOT SURE ALL OF THOSE CONSUMABLE THINGS ARE CONSUMABLE THINGS ARE NECESSARILY BEING UTILIZED 100%, NECESSARILY BEING UTILIZED 100%, BUT WE STILL, YOU KNOW, FOOTED BUT WE STILL, YOU KNOW, FOOTED THE BILLS FOR THOSE THE BILLS FOR THOSE >> THE CHATTERTON KIDS ATTEND >> THE CHATTERTON KIDS ATTEND NOBLESVILLE SCHOOLS BUT THE NOBLESVILLE SCHOOLS BUT THE ISSUE OF PARENTS PAYING FOR ISSUE OF PARENTS PAYING FOR THEIR STUDENTS’ TEXTBOOKS IS THEIR STUDENTS’ TEXTBOOKS IS STATEWIDE AND MANY QUESTION WHY STATEWIDE AND MANY QUESTION WHY THIS IS THE CASE IN PUBLIC THIS IS THE CASE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS SCHOOL SYSTEMS ACCORDING TO DEPARTMENT ACCORDING TO DEPARTMENT FRANDSEN, A LAWYER WHO HAS FRANDSEN, A LAWYER WHO HAS REPRESENTED SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR REPRESENTED SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR 30 YEARS, THE REASON CAN BE 30 YEARS, THE REASON CAN BE FOUND IN THE STATE’S FOUND IN THE STATE’S CONSTITUTION CONSTITUTION IT SHOULD BE DUTY OF THE GENERAL IT SHOULD BE DUTY OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ENCOURAGE, BY ALL ASSEMBLY TO ENCOURAGE, BY ALL SUITABLE MEANS, MORAL, SUITABLE MEANS, MORAL, INTELLECTUAL, SCIENTIFIC AND INTELLECTUAL, SCIENTIFIC AND AGRICULTURE AMIMPROVE AGRICULTURE AMIMPROVE AND PROVIDE BY LAW FOR A GENERAL AND PROVIDE BY LAW FOR A GENERAL AND UNIFORM SYSTEM OF COMMON AND UNIFORM SYSTEM OF COMMON SCHOOLS WHEREIN TUITION SHOULD SCHOOLS WHEREIN TUITION SHOULD BE WITHOUT CHARGE AND EQUALLY BE WITHOUT CHARGE AND EQUALLY OPEN TO ALL OPEN TO ALL THAT ONE WORD “TUITION” IS WHAT THAT ONE WORD “TUITION” IS WHAT FRANDSEN SAYS SETS INDIANA APART FRANDSEN SAYS SETS INDIANA APART FROM OTHER STATES FROM OTHER STATES >> THEY HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL >> THEY HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION IN THOSE OTHER STATES PROVISION IN THOSE OTHER STATES THAT MAKE IT CLEAR THAT NOT ONLY THAT MAKE IT CLEAR THAT NOT ONLY IS THE TUITION TO BE FREE BUT IS THE TUITION TO BE FREE BUT ALSO THE BOOKS AND OTHER ASPECTS ALSO THE BOOKS AND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE EDUCATION ARE ALSO TO BE OF THE EDUCATION ARE ALSO TO BE FREE FREE >> AND SINCE LEGALLY THE STAY IS >> AND SINCE LEGALLY THE STAY IS ONLY REQUIRED TO PAY FOR ONLY REQUIRED TO PAY FOR TUITION, PARENTS GET CHARGED FOR TUITION, PARENTS GET CHARGED FOR EVERYTHING ELSE EVERYTHING ELSE MANY OF THOSE FEES INCLUDE MANY OF THOSE FEES INCLUDE TECHNOLOGY, SUCH ASiPADS AND TECHNOLOGY, SUCH ASiPADS AND STATE SUPERINTENDENT GLENDA RITZ STATE SUPERINTENDENT GLENDA RITZ SAYS THE HIGH COST OF THESE SAYS THE HIGH COST OF THESE ITEMS IS CREATING A DIVIDE AMONG ITEMS IS CREATING A DIVIDE AMONG INDIANA SCHOOLS INDIANA SCHOOLS SO EARLIER THIS MONTH, SHE SO EARLIER THIS MONTH, SHE SUBMITTED HER BUDGET PROPOSAL SUBMITTED HER BUDGET PROPOSAL AND REQUESTED A 3% INCREASE TO AND REQUESTED A 3% INCREASE TO HELP COVER THE COSTS OF ALL HELP COVER THE COSTS OF ALL TEXTBOOKS FOR ALL STUDENTS TEXTBOOKS FOR ALL STUDENTS >> WITH ALL OF THAT EQUITY, >> WITH ALL OF THAT EQUITY, STUDENTS, NO MATTER WHAT SCHOOL STUDENTS, NO MATTER WHAT SCHOOL THEY GO TO, SHOULD HAVE CERTAIN THEY GO TO, SHOULD HAVE CERTAIN RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THEM RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THEM AND THEY — WE NEED TO HAVE AND THEY — WE NEED TO HAVE EQUITY WHEREVER — WHEREVER A EQUITY WHEREVER — WHEREVER A STUDENT MIGHT ATTEND STUDENT MIGHT ATTEND >> RIGHT NOW, THE STATE CAN ONLY >> RIGHT NOW, THE STATE CAN ONLY COVER A PORTION OF THE TEXTBOOK COVER A PORTION OF THE TEXTBOOK FEES FOR STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FEES FOR STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH THE 3% BUMP WHICH SHAKES OUT TO THE 3% BUMP WHICH SHAKES OUT TO ABOUT $70 MILLION WILL ABOUT $70 MILLION WILL COMPLETELY COVER THESE KIDS AND COMPLETELY COVER THESE KIDS AND KIDS LIKE THE CHATTERTONS KIDS LIKE THE CHATTERTONS AS THE GIRLS FINISH THEIR AS THE GIRLS FINISH THEIR HOMEWORK BEFORE GOING TO SOCCER,

HOMEWORK BEFORE GOING TO SOCCER, JACKIE EXPLAINS HOW PAYING THE JACKIE EXPLAINS HOW PAYING THE FEES FOR FIVE STUDENTS IS PAYING FEES FOR FIVE STUDENTS IS PAYING THE TOLL THE TOLL >> WE DON’T TYPICALLY VACATION >> WE DON’T TYPICALLY VACATION IN THE SUMMER AS A FAMILY BUT WE IN THE SUMMER AS A FAMILY BUT WE TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPRING TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPRING BREAK OR FALL BREAK TO TAKE A BREAK OR FALL BREAK TO TAKE A TRIP AND WE ARE NOT DOING ONE OF TRIP AND WE ARE NOT DOING ONE OF THOSE THIS FALL THOSE THIS FALL >> THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL >> THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL VOTE ON RITZ’S BUDGET THIS VOTE ON RITZ’S BUDGET THIS COMING SESSION COMING SESSION PREVIOUS LEGISLATURES DATING PREVIOUS LEGISLATURES DATING BACK TO THE ’90s HAVE BACK TO THE ’90s HAVE ADDRESSED A FEE BUT NEVER VOTED ADDRESSED A FEE BUT NEVER VOTED TO ELIMINATE IT TO ELIMINATE IT TO TELL US MORE ABOUT WHY THAT TO TELL US MORE ABOUT WHY THAT IS, WE ARE JOINED BY REPORTER IS, WE ARE JOINED BY REPORTER CLAIRE MCINERNEY CLAIRE MCINERNEY SO WHAT HAVE THEY DONE? SO WHAT HAVE THEY DONE? >> SINCE THE ’90s, LEGISLATORS >> SINCE THE ’90s, LEGISLATORS HAVE BEEN PROPOSING BILLS TO HAVE BEEN PROPOSING BILLS TO ELIMINATE THE FEES OR CHANGE ELIMINATE THE FEES OR CHANGE THEM THEM WE HAVE CHANGED THE DEFINITION WE HAVE CHANGED THE DEFINITION OF A TEXTBOOK TO INCLUDE DIGITAL OF A TEXTBOOK TO INCLUDE DIGITAL RESOURCES BUT THERE’S NEVER BEEN RESOURCES BUT THERE’S NEVER BEEN ANYTHING SWEEPING TO ELIMINATE ANYTHING SWEEPING TO ELIMINATE IT IT THE BIGGEST THING TO NOTE IS IN THE BIGGEST THING TO NOTE IS IN 2006, THIS WAS AN INDIANA 2006, THIS WAS AN INDIANA SUPREME COURT CASE WHERE PARENTS SUPREME COURT CASE WHERE PARENTS IN THE EVANSVILLE SCHOOL IN THE EVANSVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAD A $20 FEE DISTRICT HAD A $20 FEE THEY HAD SAID IT WAS TUITION THEY HAD SAID IT WAS TUITION NOW THE PARENTS NOTICE THEIR NOW THE PARENTS NOTICE THEIR BILLS ARE VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT BILLS ARE VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT MONEY IS USED FOR TEXTBOOKS WHAT MONEY IS USED FOR TEXTBOOKS OR WORKBOOKS OR WHAT, BECAUSE IT OR WORKBOOKS OR WHAT, BECAUSE IT CAN’T HAVE ANYTHING THAT’S CAN’T HAVE ANYTHING THAT’S GENERAL GENERAL >> SO THEN WHAT’S THE LIKELIHOOD >> SO THEN WHAT’S THE LIKELIHOOD THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS ACTUALLY GOING TO GET THIS ACTUALLY GOING TO GET THIS BUDGET INCREASE? BUDGET INCREASE? >> I TALKED TO LUKE HENLEY WHO >> I TALKED TO LUKE HENLEY WHO IS THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE IS THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, AND HE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, AND HE SAID WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT MONEY SAID WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT MONEY IS GOING TO BE NEEDED THIS IS GOING TO BE NEEDED THIS COMING YEAR, HE CAN’T SAY, YES COMING YEAR, HE CAN’T SAY, YES OR NO WHETHER THE DEPARTMENT OF OR NO WHETHER THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WOULD GET THAT FUNDING EDUCATION WOULD GET THAT FUNDING BUT HE DID SAY THAT IN THE LAST BUT HE DID SAY THAT IN THE LAST FEW BUDGET CYCLES, THEY HAVEN’T FEW BUDGET CYCLES, THEY HAVEN’T DONE AS HIGH OF AN INCREASE AS DONE AS HIGH OF AN INCREASE AS 3%, WHICH AS WE SAW JUST A 3%, WHICH AS WE SAW JUST A LITTLE BIT AGO IS WHAT RITZ IS LITTLE BIT AGO IS WHAT RITZ IS ASKING FOR ASKING FOR SO THEY MIGHT SEE AN INCREASE, SO THEY MIGHT SEE AN INCREASE, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS SHE’S ASKING BUT NOT AS MUCH AS SHE’S ASKING FOR, PROBABLY FOR, PROBABLY >> ALL RIGHT >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CLAIRE THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CLAIRE >> THANK YOU, JOE >> THANK YOU, JOE >>> IN OUR ASK THE MAYOR >>> IN OUR ASK THE MAYOR SEGMENT, WE GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO SEGMENT, WE GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS AND THEN WE SUBMIT QUESTIONS AND THEN WE TAKE THEM TO YOUR CITY’S LEADER TAKE THEM TO YOUR CITY’S LEADER BUT THIS WEEK, WE DID THINGS A BUT THIS WEEK, WE DID THINGS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY WHEN WE VISITED KOKOMO TO SIT WHEN WE VISITED KOKOMO TO SIT DOWN WITH MAYOR GREG GOODNIGHT, DOWN WITH MAYOR GREG GOODNIGHT, WE RAN INTO A TOUR OF STUDENTS, WE RAN INTO A TOUR OF STUDENTS, THEY WERE TOURING CITY HALL THEY WERE TOURING CITY HALL HERE’S THIRD GRADERS FROM HERE’S THIRD GRADERS FROM LaFAYETTE ELEMENTARY ASKING LaFAYETTE ELEMENTARY ASKING THE MAYOR THE MAYOR >> ARE YOU GOING TO EXTEND THE >> ARE YOU GOING TO EXTEND THE BIKE TRAIL ON THE NORTH SIDE AND BIKE TRAIL ON THE NORTH SIDE AND WHEN? WHEN? >> THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION >> THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION WE HAVE COMPLETED SEGMENTS OF WE HAVE COMPLETED SEGMENTS OF THAT THAT I’M NOT SURE WHERE YOU LIVE, BUT I’M NOT SURE WHERE YOU LIVE, BUT IF YOU GO UP NEAR MORGAN STREET, IF YOU GO UP NEAR MORGAN STREET, WHERE NORTH SIDE LITTLE LEAGUE WHERE NORTH SIDE LITTLE LEAGUE IS, AND CONTINUE NORTH, WE HAVE IS, AND CONTINUE NORTH, WE HAVE DONE LARGE STRETCHES OF THAT, DONE LARGE STRETCHES OF THAT, AND IT WILL CONNECT TO DOWNTOWN AND IT WILL CONNECT TO DOWNTOWN BY SOMETIME NEXT YEAR BY SOMETIME NEXT YEAR >> WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART OF >> WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR JOB? YOUR JOB? >> THE HARDEST PART IS PROBABLY >> THE HARDEST PART IS PROBABLY TRYING TO GET EARN TO PULL IN TRYING TO GET EARN TO PULL IN THE SAME DIRECTION THE SAME DIRECTION BECAUSE YOU HAVE SO MANY LEADERS BECAUSE YOU HAVE SO MANY LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY, FROM LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY, FROM LEADERS AT THE SCHOOLS, LEADERS AT THE AT THE SCHOOLS, LEADERS AT THE UNIVERSITIES, BUSINESS LEADERS, UNIVERSITIES, BUSINESS LEADERS, TRYING TO GET EVERYONE TO PUFF TRYING TO GET EVERYONE TO PUFF TOGETHER, DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR TOGETHER, DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR WHAT I SAY THE COMMON GOOD, SO WHAT I SAY THE COMMON GOOD, SO IT’S BEST FOR EVERYBODY IT’S BEST FOR EVERYBODY >> WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING YOU >> WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING YOU HAVE DONE AS MAYOR? HAVE DONE AS MAYOR? >> WELL, HMM >> WELL, HMM I WASN’T EXPECTING THAT I WASN’T EXPECTING THAT I’VE GOTTEN TO DO A LOT OF COOL I’VE GOTTEN TO DO A LOT OF COOL THINGS, I WILL ADMIT THINGS, I WILL ADMIT I’VE MET — I MET PRESIDENT I’VE MET — I MET PRESIDENT OBAMA ON THREE OCCASIONS OBAMA ON THREE OCCASIONS I MET THE VICE PRESIDENT I MET THE VICE PRESIDENT I MET FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON, I MET FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, AND FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, AND FORMER U.S. SENATOR AND FORMER FORMER U.S. SENATOR AND FORMER FIRST LADY, HILLARY CLINTON, AND FIRST LADY, HILLARY CLINTON, AND I HAVE MET A LOT OF IMPORTANT I HAVE MET A LOT OF IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE AND INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE >> WHAT DO YOU NOT LIKE ABOUT >> WHAT DO YOU NOT LIKE ABOUT BEING MAYOR? BEING MAYOR? >> YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT >> YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT BECOMES THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE BECOMES THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN IMPACT ON BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN IMPACT ON PEOPLE, SOMETIMES IT BECOMES PEOPLE, SOMETIMES IT BECOMES PERSONAL TO THEM PERSONAL TO THEM AND THAT’S PROBABLY THE WORST AND THAT’S PROBABLY THE WORST PART, IS HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE PART, IS HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN SICK? EVER BEEN SICK? AND HOW MANY OF YOU WHEN YOU AND HOW MANY OF YOU WHEN YOU WERE SICK, YOU HAD TO TAKE WERE SICK, YOU HAD TO TAKE MEDICINE? MEDICINE? I’M GOING TO GUESS MOST OF THE I’M GOING TO GUESS MOST OF THE TIME WE DON’T LIKE TAKING TIME WE DON’T LIKE TAKING MEDICINE MEDICINE IT DOESN’T TASTE VERY GOOD BUT IT DOESN’T TASTE VERY GOOD BUT SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO DO SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO DO THAT, AND SOMETIMES IT’S THE THAT, AND SOMETIMES IT’S THE SAME WITH US, ALL OF US SAME WITH US, ALL OF US IT’S STUDENTS AND IT’S ADULTS, IT’S STUDENTS AND IT’S ADULTS, AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO TAKE AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO TAKE OUR MEDICINE AND SOMETIMES WHEN OUR MEDICINE AND SOMETIMES WHEN YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINE, YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINE, IT’S — PEOPLE GET UPSET IT’S — PEOPLE GET UPSET AND THAT’S THE WORST PART, AND THAT’S THE WORST PART, PROBABLY PROBABLY >> ARE YOU GOING TO RUN FOR >> ARE YOU GOING TO RUN FOR MAYOR AGAIN NEXT YEAR? MAYOR AGAIN NEXT YEAR? >> I DON’T HAVE — THAT’S A >> I DON’T HAVE — THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION GREAT QUESTION I’M KIND OF LAUGHING, BUT THAT I’M KIND OF LAUGHING, BUT THAT WAS REALLY A GOOD QUESTION WAS REALLY A GOOD QUESTION BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO TELL BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO TELL ANYBODY FOR A FEW MONTHS BUT ANYBODY FOR A FEW MONTHS BUT RIGHT NOW, I’M PLANNING ON DOING RIGHT NOW, I’M PLANNING ON DOING THIS, TO RUN AGAIN THIS, TO RUN AGAIN THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE STARTED STARTED BUT YOU CAN’T TELL ANYBODY, BUT YOU CAN’T TELL ANYBODY, OKAY? OKAY? >> THAT WAS LaFAYETTE PARK >> THAT WAS LaFAYETTE PARK ELEMENTARY’S THIRD GRADE CLASS ELEMENTARY’S THIRD GRADE CLASS FILLING IN FOR ME THIS WEEK ON FILLING IN FOR ME THIS WEEK ON ASK THE PAYER ASK THE PAYER — ASK THE MAYOR — ASK THE MAYOR YOU CAN FIND MORE OF THE YOU CAN FIND MORE OF THE STUDENT’S QUESTIONS AND THE STUDENT’S QUESTIONS AND THE MAYOR’S ANSWERS AT WTIUNEWS.ORG

MAYOR’S ANSWERS AT WTIUNEWS.ORG AND WHILE YOU ARE THERE, SEND US AND WHILE YOU ARE THERE, SEND US A QUESTION A QUESTION OR YOU CAN TWEET [email protected] OR YOU CAN TWEET [email protected] NEXT WEEK WE TALK NEXT WEEK WE TALK >> WE ASKED THE MAYOR, HE HAS TO >> WE ASKED THE MAYOR, HE HAS TO TALK TO HIS WIFE BUT A MORE TALK TO HIS WIFE BUT A MORE FORMAL — FORMAL — >> YES, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT >> YES, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT >> A MORE FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT >> A MORE FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT WILL COME OUT IN DECEMBER WILL COME OUT IN DECEMBER >> OKAY >> OKAY AND THOSE — THEY HAD SUCH GREAT AND THOSE — THEY HAD SUCH GREAT QUESTIONS FOR HIM AND HE REALLY QUESTIONS FOR HIM AND HE REALLY DID A REALLY NICE JOB PUTTING DID A REALLY NICE JOB PUTTING THE ANSWERS IN PERSPECTIVE THAT THE ANSWERS IN PERSPECTIVE THAT THE CHILDREN COULD TAKE IN THE CHILDREN COULD TAKE IN IT WAS A REALLY GOOD ASK THE IT WAS A REALLY GOOD ASK THE MAYOR SEGMENT MAYOR SEGMENT >> THEY ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS >> THEY ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS FAVORITE SPORT, WHERE HE WENT TO FAVORITE SPORT, WHERE HE WENT TO SCHOOL, HOW MUCH MONEY HE MADE SCHOOL, HOW MUCH MONEY HE MADE EVEN EVEN >> OH! >> OH! >> THAT’S THE END OF THIS >> THAT’S THE END OF THIS PROGRAM BUT OUR WORK CONTINUES PROGRAM BUT OUR WORK CONTINUES ONLINE AS WE COVER THE NEWS IN ONLINE AS WE COVER THE NEWS IN SOUTHERN INDIANA THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHERN INDIANA THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AT WTIUNEWS.ORG WEEK AT WTIUNEWS.ORG HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND CLOSED CAPTION PRODUCTIONS www.ccproductions.com >> “INDIANA NEWSDESK” IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE FOLLOWING:

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