Local News: Monday, July 10, 2017

Helicopter Pilot Survives Crash in Ireland

IRELAND —  A helicopter pilot is lucky to be alive after crashing in to a bean field on WEST County Road 450 NORTH Saturday morning.

Police say 42-year-old Keith Windsor of Charlestown was crop dusting when an unknown mechanical issue caused him to crash.

Luckily, the pilot was able to climb from the wreckage just before it caught fire.

He was airlifted to Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville with just a broken leg.

He also complained of chest pain following the crash.

The crash is under investigation.

CLICK HERE to view dramatic ISP video of the crash site and the wreckage.


Boil Order Extended in Jasper Neighborhood

JASPER — Jasper utility officials have extended a neighborhood boil order along EAST 15th Street.

Yesterday, the utility extended the boil order for AT LEAST another 48 hours.

A broken water line last week caused the issues.

Homes impacted lie along East 15th Street between Greene and Royal Streets, including addresses 703 through 818 EAST 15TH.

City officials will test more water samples in the coming days to determine when it is, once again, safe to drink.



French Lick Hosting Women’s Golf Championship

FRENCH LICK, Ind.–Six days of golf start today at two golf courses at the French Lick Resort. The inaugural Senior LPGA Championship will be played, starting Monday at the Pete Dye course, with the Symetra Tour being played Friday, through the weekend.

Eighty-one of the world’s top women golfers, including former Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice, are part of the tour. The Championship is being broadcast live on the Golf Channel.

“I’m sure there’s gonna be some curiosity about the event because some of these ladies haven’t been out on tour for some time. And they’ve still got game,” said Dave Harner, director of golf at French Lick, talking to Inside Indiana Business.

He said past broadcasts from the resort have brought good publicity to the courses and to Indiana.

“I think we learned something very valuable from the Senior PGA. We leaned that the TV exposure, from having that live broadcast, put us in a different category. We really picked up a lot of recognition. It took us, I think, from being a local or state-wide destination to a regional, almost a national destination, and I’m sure this event will impact it also,” said Harner.

The proceeds from the event will benefit Riley Children’s Hospital.

“Riley’s near and dear to our hearts. They’ve been our charity for the last three seasons, the last four seasons counting this one. We love Riley and we really like having the kids there during the tournament. We actually use Riley kids to be the honorary starters. They actually announce the players. So, that’s pretty special.”



West Nile Hits Indiana Counties

STATEWIDE — It’s summer in Indiana and that means we have to start looking out for West Nile Virus; an illness transmitted by mosquito bites.

State health officials have confirmed a new case in Marion County.

West Nile has already been reported this year in Clark, Knox, Morgan, Pike and Tippecanoe Counties.

No cases of West Nile have been reported in Dubois County.

The best way to avoid the virus is to avoid mosquito bites.

Wear long sleeves, especially dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are at their worst.

Also, wear a mosquito repellent that contains DEET.


SPECIAL REPORT:  Rep. Braun Talks Health Care

JASPER — The future of health care in America rests in the hands of lawmakers in Washington.

In Indiana, only two insurers remain on the Obama – era exchange and their premiums are changing.

Over the weekend, we aired a two-part – in-depth special report on healthcare in the Hoosier State.

David Shepherd, Director of News and Public Information at WITZ-FM, sat down with Jasper State Representative Mike Braun to talk about how we got here and where we go next.

The state rep isn’t just a politician.  He owns Meyer Distributing in Jasper and has built a health care plan for his own employees with affordable premiums and coverage to fit their individual needs.

So we asked Braun to set aside politics for a moment and give us the facts.  And he did.

Listen to Part 1 of David Shepherd’s conversation with Rep. Mike Braun


Listen to Part 2 of David Shepherd’s conversation with Rep. Mike Braun



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