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The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will return to the Big Four Station Park in Jeffersonville, Indiana on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-28, 2018. For the 17th year, the music festival will bring together 60 bands and 20,000 fans from around the world to enjoy five days of peace, love and rock-n-roll – all inspired by The Beatles.

Grammy-winning rock group America will perform their hits “A Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” and “Sister Golden Hair” and more on Saturday, May 26th. Like The Beatles, America found great success in working with producer George Martin and recording engineer Geoff Emerick, who were both extremely influential on the band’s sound during the 1970’s. The fathers of psychedelic rock Vanilla Fudge, “Ticket to Ride” and “You Keep Me Hanging On,” will also headline the event, with shows on both Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th.

The Beatles’ audio engineer and four time Grammy-winner Geoff Emerick will give a presentation at 10:00am S aturday, May 26th, addressing the creative process of the band in the studio and how he achieved the sounds on their most famous and beloved songs. At the age of 19, Geoff Emerick became the Beatles’ chief audio engineer and is the man responsible for their distinctive sound on the Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road albums, considered by many to be some of the greatest rock recordings of all time.

The 2018 festival will also present special concerts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The White Album, which was mostly written in India while the band was studying meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The festival favorite LOVE Album show will return on Sunday, May 27th with a live concert performed note-for-note just as the compilation was arranged by the late Sir George Martin.

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will feature more than 60 bands performing on eight indoor and outdoor stages. Festival attendees can also enjoy a playground area for children, a Beatles merchandise marketplace, interactive art installations, on-site food and bar services, and art and craft vendors. General admission tickets are just $20 if purchased in advance with the discount code “Wave 3 News.” More information can be found online at www.arotr.com.

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is produced with support from Wave 3 News, Budweiser, Bud Light, Four Roses, Southern Indiana Tourism (SoIN), Crosley, Gretsch Guitars, Fidelity Investments, The City of Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville Parks and Recreation, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Clark Memorial Hospital, Koetter Construction, Octopus’s Garden, V.G. Reed Printing, 91.9 WFPK Relics, and WAKY 103.5.

Tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project is scheduled to begin tomorrow. Tolling is scheduled to begin at 4 a.m. Friday, December 30 on the new SR 265 Lewis and Clark Bridge, the new I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the improved I-65 Kennedy Bridge.

The Kennedy and Lincoln bridges provide 12 lanes of I-65 traffic connecting Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Lincoln Bridge carries six lanes of I-65 North traffic, and the Kennedy carries six lanes of I-65 South traffic. The Lewis and Clark Bridge, which opened to traffic Dec. 18, connects the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Ky. with State Road 265 in Utica, Ind.

RiverLink is all-electronic tolling, with no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping.

Information for Drivers 

It’s important for drivers to remember that tolling will not change their commute. They should not slow or stop while approaching the tolled bridges. All-electronic tolling means all drivers are able to move at the speed of traffic, with no slowing and no delays.

Drivers with transponders will pay the lowest rates. Sensors read transponders, and the appropriate toll is deducted from prepaid accounts. Cameras will capture the license plates of drivers without transponders, and bills will be sent in the mail.

Toll rates range from $2-12, depending on the size of the vehicle and whether the driver has a RiverLink account and transponder. A driver in a passenger vehicle with a transponder will pay $2 to cross a tolled bridge. A driver in a passenger vehicle without a transponder will pay $4.

Drivers have the option of selecting a RiverLink local transponder or a RiverLink E-ZPass transponder. A RiverLink local transponder is free, one per registered vehicle. The small sticker adheres to the inside of the windshield, is non-transferable and works only on the Lewis and Clark, Lincoln and Kennedy bridges.

A RiverLink E-ZPass transponder is $15. It’s portable from vehicle to vehicle registered to a single account and works in all 16 E-ZPass states. All E-ZPass transponders are accepted by the RiverLink system.

Drivers can register additional license plates to their RiverLink E-ZPass transponders online at www.riverlink.com, by phone or in person at a customer service center.

Mounting Transponders 

Drivers need to have their transponders properly mounted before the start of tolling. Transponders are placed on the inside of the windshield near the rearview mirror, as high and as central as possible. It may be placed on the driver side or passenger side.

Transponders should be mounted three inches away from any metal, tint, antenna or defroster.

Drivers should avoid extreme temperatures when mounting their transponders. During cold weather, drivers can warm their car for a few minutes before mounting their transponder.

Drivers Waiting for Transponders

Thousands of drivers have opened RiverLink accounts over the past several days. Not all drivers have received their transponders. If accounts have been processed and transponders have been assigned to licenses plates, drivers will receive the lowest rates until they receive their transponders.

License plates will be scanned and the transponder rate applied until transponders are delivered. Drivers must receive and properly mount their transponders before crossings count toward the frequent-user discount.

Drivers Who Need to Open Accounts

It’s not too late for drivers to open their RiverLink accounts. They will begin paying the lowest rates as soon as an account is processed, and a transponder is assigned to the license plate. The sooner accounts are opened, the faster savings will begin.

Drivers can open accounts online at www.RiverLink.com, by phone at 855-RIV-LINK or in person at one of two customer service centers. The website is the fastest option to open an account. It’s open 24 hours a day/7 days a week with no wait. Customers opening accounts online or by phone will have their transponders mailed to them.

More than 150,000 RiverLink transponders have been requested to date, including more than 125,000 RiverLink local transponders and nearly 28,000 RiverLink E-ZPass transponders. Nearly 67,000 families and more than 2,200 businesses have opened RiverLink accounts.

Just over 110,000 drivers are expected to use the tolled bridges each day.

Customer service centers are located at 400 E. Main St. in Louisville and 103 Quartermaster Ct. in Jeffersonville. The centers are open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. They are also open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.

With tolling starting on December 30, customer service centers and the RiverLink call center will be open, as normal, on Saturday, December 31 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Monday, January 2 (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.).

Mike_PenceDonald Trump’s campaign appears to be signaling that Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in order to fill the position of the Republican front-runner’s VP.

Two other top choices for the vice-presidential candidacy, Sen. Joni Ernst and Sen. Bob Corker have both withdrawn from the list of potential picks.  This comes after rumors have been swirling that Pence would be the choice, fueled by talk that other potential running mates were scheduled for speaking engagements at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland while Pence was not scheduled.

Pence represents a social conservative position on the GOP White House ticket.  Republican strategists believe that he will draw more rank-and-file Republicans as well as providing fundraising power and conservative credibility on a range of issues on which some may have felt that Trump wavered.

Pence was facing tomorrow’s deadline to decide whether or not he would seek reelection as governor of Indiana.  This means that the Indiana Republican State Committee will determine the GOP candidate for governor for the first time in the state’s history.  The 22-member committee has 30 days to chose a replacement once Pence officially withdraws from a reelection bid.

A formal announcement of the VP pick is expected in Manhattan tomorrow ahead of the convention, which begins next week.  Following yesterday’s tragic events in Nice, France, the Trump campaign decided to postpone the announcement conference.  Trump, instead, opted to tweet out the announcement:

HIVThere are now 79 new cases of HIV confirmed in southern Indiana since January and many potential cases that are pending further testing.  The bulk of these cases seem to be centered around Scott County.  Frightening numbers from a county that sees only about five new cases a year.

The Indiana State Health Commissioner, Dr. Jerome Adams says that majority of the cases have been linked to needle sharing and the intravenous use of drugs, including Heroin as well as prescription painkillers such as Opana.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were also in the area to help with the investigation and their findings have led to the outbreak being called an epidemic.  As a result, the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, signed an executive order Thursday, March 26th, declaring a public health emergency in Scott County, calling it an “all hands on deck” situation.

Despite the HIV outbreak centering around Scott County, Pence said “this is not a Scott County problem; this is an Indiana problem.

As a part of the efforts to combat the epidemic, Pence has authorized a temporary needle exchange program – generally barred by Indiana law.  The program allows individuals to turn in used needles to get clean ones.  Pence has also ordered the state health department to establish a mobile unit to help enroll people in a state-run health program and set up an HIV and substance abuse treatment command center.

Pence said of the situation, “This is a public health emergency and I’m listening to my health department, I’m listening to the Centers for Disease Control and I’ll make my decision based on the best science and the best way we can stop this virus and stop this outbreak in its tracks.

HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, is a type of retrovirus that causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) – an infection which leads to progressive failure of the immune system and allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.  HIV can take several months to appear in a person’s system after they are infected.  As such, health officials recommend that individuals who have participated in risky behavior, including needle sharing, to be tested for HIV immediately as well as testing again in three months.

Photo: Clark County Jail

Photo: Clark County Jail

Disturbing Details in Court Documents Include Possible Cannibalism

Graphic court documents filed at yesterday’s arraignment hearing detail the charges and probable cause against 33 year old Joseph Oberhansley.  Oberhansley’s criminal history includes conviction for manslaughter and attempted murder in Utah stemming from the killing of his then-girlfriend and shooting of his mother.  Those crimes put Oberhansley in prison for over 12 years before being paroled in 2012.  More recently, he has been charged with multiple driving infractions such as speeding and driving on a suspended license, arrested for choking a patron of a bar and resisting arrest while naked in 2013 and then leading police on a low-speed chase months ago.

Oberhansley was free under a bond reduced from $25,000 to only $5,000, resulting in his release by posting a 10 percent payment of only $500, when he allegedly committed his latest series of criminal acts.  The latest charges (warning – graphic descriptions) include three counts:  the stabbing murder of ex-girlfriend, 46 year old Tammy Jo Blanton, abuse of a corpse by removing some of Blanton’s organs, and breaking and entering into Blanton’s residence.

Court proceedings and documents also indicate that Oberhansley may have eaten some of Blanton’s removed organs.

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