Audio: Blood Shortage
The Indiana Blood Center says it’s in critical need of all RH negative blood types. Director of Marketing Wendy Maringer says all 67 Hoosier hospitals are seeing an increase in patients needing blood, and all are running low on supplies. The Center currently cannot fill hospital requests for 81 units of O-Negative blood. Maringer says the Center needs five hundred and fifty donors a day to keep an adequate blood supply in Indiana.
Maringer on Donating Blood
Though hospitals are in need of RH negative blood types, Maringer says many people don’t know their blood type. She hopes all donors will visit one of the nine blood centers in the state. The Center also conducts about twenty mobile blood drives a day throughout the state. To find a blood center or blood drive near you, visit donorpoint.org.
Audio: Flushing Water Pipes
Indiana American Water will be working on Muncie water lines in September and October, flushing water pipes and fire hydrants. From 8 A-M to 4 P-M Monday through Friday, the company will flush lines in neighborhoods throughout the city as part of an annual maintenance program. Muncie Superintendent Dan Allen says water will not be turned off to any houses. But water may turn colors temporarily. The company suggests not doing laundry when workers are flushing neighborhood lines… but by press time did not have a schedule of where they will be working on what dates. Work is scheduled to be completed on October 16th.
Indiana American Water has a customer service center, reachable by phone at 1-800-492-8373.
The Indiana State Department of Health reports today that the number of preventable surgery and patient care mistakes in Indiana hospitals in 2009 has decreased slightly from recent years. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.
Holland — Medical Errors Report
The full medical error report can be found here (PDF).
More stories from Indiana Public Broadcasting can be found on their news blog.
Thousands of Hoosiers will receive letters this year, saying they owe taxes on cigarettes they purchased online. The letters from the state Department of Revenue cite a law called the Jenkins Act… and for some, it’s the first time they’ve ever heard of it. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.
Wiechmann — Jenkins Act
The Cornell University School of Law Legal Information Institute has the full text of the Jenkins Act online.
Anderson police today are investigating the death of a man apparently struck and killed by a train. At just after 5 A-M this morning, police say an engineer of a Union Pacific train saw someone lying on the train tracks who didn’t respond to the blast of the train’s whistle. Department spokesman Mitch Carroll said the man appears to have been struck by the train. Carroll says the victim has been identified, but his identity is not being released until his family is notified. The Union Pacific train was stopped for about three and a half hours. Police say they are now trying to figure out why the man was on the train tracks.
Audio: Man struck by train
The Carbon Motors E7
A Connersville company building the first vehicle designed specifically for police work will show its creation around the state next month. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.
Wiechmann — Carbon Motors Police Car
Watch a video with more images of the E7 police car and see where the car will be in September.
This week, Indiana Public Broadcasting is bringing you interviews with the final nominees for Supreme Court Justice. The candidates are now being vetted by Governor Mitch Daniels, and he has 60 days to make a final decision. Today, Marianne Holland speaks with Marion Superior Court Judge Robyn Moberly.
Robyn Moberly Interview
Boone County Circuit and Juvenile Court Judge Steven David is the third and final nominee eligible for appointment by Governor Mitch Daniels. Judge David repeatedly declined to be interviewed for this series. Here is some biographical information.
Steven David Biography
When Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore Boehm announced his retirement in May, it opened up the process for finding his replacement. After two rounds of public interviews by a Supreme Court Commission, three final names were brought to Governor Mitch Daniels, who now has 60 days to make an appointment. This week, Indiana Public Broadcasting is bringing you interviews with those nominees. Marianne Holland has this interview with Indianapolis attorney Karl Mulvaney
Karl Mulvaney Interview
Indiana’s unemployment rate inched up slightly for July… with a statewide rate of 10.2 percent. That’s point-one percent above June’s unemployment rate. In July, 319,000 Hoosiers were looking for jobs. The private sector added 13,000 positions. Citing the end of census work, the state reported government work eliminated 4,300 jobs. In the IPR area, most counties hold unemployment rates between nine and 13 percent. Fayette County still retains the highest unemployment in the state, at 14.1 percent. Three other IPR counties are also included in the top ten counties in the state with the highest unemployment – Henry, Blackford, and Howard. Hamilton County again has the lowest unemployment rate in the IPR area – at 7.1 percent. The state of Indiana still retains the lowest rate of its bordering states, with the exception of Kentucky.
Here is a list of Indiana’s counties ranked by July unemployment rate. (PDF)
On Monday night, Indiana’s schools superintendent will deliver what the state Department of Education is billing as the first State of Education address. Tony Bennett’s speech from Creston Middle School in Indianapolis is designed to give a snapshot of Indiana education now… and where it’s headed in the future. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland has a preview.
Holland — State of Education Address Preview
Indiana Public Radio will air Bennett’s State of Education address next Monday, August 23rd at 7 P-M.
For more stories from Indiana Public Broadcasting, please visit their news blog.