Going up? The state of Indiana is enforcing tougher standards for elevator safety in businesses and other public buildings. Debra Jackson of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says the new measures are needed for many hydraulic elevators made before the 70s. The new requirements will force owners of those buildings with outdated elevators to install a safety bulkhead to keep the machine from crashing.
Ball State University will spend 42-million dollars to replace their coal-fired plant with a cleaner advanced coal combustor. The move is drawing criticism from environmental advocate John Blair. The Ball State University graduate says the new system will still contribute to global warming.
Smokers who plan on flying out of the Indianapolis International Airport will have to leave their cigarettes at home. The Airport Authority voted on Friday to make the entire facility smoke free starting January 1st, making it the first in the country to do so. However, a public smoking lounge will remain open through the end of the year.
Marion firefighters plan to begin their investigation as to what started a fire that destroyed part of the Thomson plant later today. Fire Chief Steve Gorrell said Friday crews were still pouring water on parts of the plant that were still smoldering.
North Korea said Friday they might increase their self-defense deterrent. The country often uses the term to describe their nuclear program, even though a key factor for the nuclear disarmament for the country was being met. The warning has raised concerns that North Korea might be looking for another reason to delay disarming.
Six-million gallons of water has been released from Prairie Creek Reservoir into the White River by the Indiana-American Water Company. Muncie district superintendent Dan Allen says the release was made to get ride of algae in the river downstream and help improve the quality of water.
Muncie motorists are being urged to dump the pump. MITS assistant bus manager Mary Gaston says on Thursday, the local system will offer free rides on their regular buses as part of the national Dump the Pump Day. The promotion sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association encourages the use of public transportation to help conserve gasoline and protect the environment.
Marion Fire Chief Steve Gorrell says hes confident there is nothing life-threatening in the smoke coming from the remains of the burned Thomson plant. IDEM public information officer Amy Hartsock says no chemicals were in the building as of 2005 and that the agency would advise fire officials on the removal of waste and debris from the building on South Adams Street.
A Mount Pleasant man is offering a five-thousand dollar reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing a seven-year-old horse on his property. Keith Johnson says someone shot his horse, Twilight Smoky Sensation, in between the eyes on Tuesday night. Its the second time in six weeks that horse has been killed by gunfire in East Central Indiana. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 765-738-6547.
A 245-thousand dollar appraisal difference in a vacant downtown parking lot initiated questions from city development officials. However, Delaware County Assessor James Carmichael says property value is assessed for its actual use, and not what the proposed use might be. Mayor Dan Canan approved the 447-thousand dollar purchase of the lot to be turned into a greenspace area.