Local News Headlines: March 28, 2024

Body of unidentified woman recovered from the East Fork of the White River (Bartholomew County)
Indiana Conservation Officers along with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department are investigating after a woman’s body was recovered from the White River today in Columbus. At approximately 1:30pm, a kayaker discovered the body of a white female near the Water Road public access ramp. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy from the Bartholomew County Coroner. No evidence of foul play was present.

Investigators are working to determine the victim’s identity. Please contact the Indiana DNR Dispatch Center at 812-837-9536 if you have any information.

Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
The BMCMPO will host an in-person open house format public meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM to share information about the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (2050 MTP) update process and invite the public to provide comments. The in-person public meeting will take place at the following time and location:

BMCMPO 2050 MTP Public Meeting – April 3rd from 5:30-7pm

City of Bloomington, City Hall, McCloskey Conference Room (401 N Morton St, Bloomington, IN 47404)

The Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) is preparing an updated multimodal Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). This plan will cover the City of Bloomington, the Town of Ellettsville, and urbanized portions of Monroe County, Indiana. The MTP will identify recommended improvements to the region’s transportation system through the year 2050. The plan will consider needs related to roadways, public transit, bikeways, pedestrian walkways, and freight.

If you have any special needs or disabilities and would like additional assistance, please contact Rachael Sargent by email or phone at Rachael.Sargent@bloomington.in.gov at (812) 349-3423.

Are you looking for more ways to provide feedback for the 2050 MTP? Please take the public survey by scanning the QR code or following the link provided: Link to Survey: https://arcg.is/jfPb50

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Final GOP gubernatorial debate will feature all 6 candidates
All six candidates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination have committed to participate in the last debate of the primary election season, scheduled for April 23.

The debate, which puts voters first by giving them the opportunity to pose questions, is sponsored by the Indiana Debate Commission. It will take place before a live audience from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hine Hall Auditorium on the IUPUI campus, 875 W. North St., and will be live-streamed on the commission’s website. Jon Schwantes, host of PBS’s “Indiana Lawmakers,” will moderate.

Voters may submit questions at www.indianadebatecommission.com.

The candidates competing for the opportunity to run in the November election are U.S. Sen. Mike Braun; Brad Chambers, former president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. under Gov. Eric Holcomb; Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch; Eric Doden, former president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. under Gov. Mike Pence; former Attorney General Curtis Hill; and Jamie Reitenour.

Information about tickets will be available early next week.

The debate will be available for any broadcast outlet that wishes to air it. Information about distribution will be available soon.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit commission has conducted 24 debates, starting in 2008, and it plans to sponsor debates among candidates for governor and U.S. senator in advance of the Nov. 7 election. Eleven organizations partnered to create the commission, the oldest and one of only four state-level organizations of its kind in the country.  

This Week in Hoosier History

Railroad Wreck – Madison Historical

1844 – Four people were killed and several injured in a railroad accident on the steep incline in Madison. The loaded wood car broke loose and raced downhill, slamming into the passenger car.  

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