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Daily Local News – March 30, 2015

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Indiana has drawn nationwide criticism for a bill that effectively legalizes discrimination; Officials in the state of Indiana are still looking for ways to contain and prevent the spread of a recent HIV outbreak; Six time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald will be sharing her talents at the Indiana University Auditorium on April 7th at 8:00 p.m. as part of her 32-city concert tour; Any hope of making Indiana a leader in coal gasification technology seems to be going up in smoke; The Monroe County Public Library will hold a grand reopening the weekend of April 12th to celebrate the completion of extensive renovations in the Bloomington branch; The Bloomington Farmer’s Market opens this Saturday.

FEATURE
Governor Mike Pence has officially cancelled a trip to Bloomington as he continues to deal with fallout from the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Pence had been scheduled to speak at a dinner tomorrow night sponsored by the Monroe County Republican Party, but this afternoon the chairman of the Local Republicans, Steve Hogan, confirmed Pence called off those plans.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino, David Murphy and Adele Poudrier.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford and Michael Hilton
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Hola Bloomington – March 25, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Luz López y Minerva Sosa hablan con abogada de inmigración Christie Popp sobre DACA, DAPA y la reforma migratoria. Además, se habla sobre la nueva ley en Indiana que a causado controversia.

Hola Bloomington’s Luz Lopez and Minerva Sosa interview immigration lawyer Christie Popp. They talk about DACA, DAPA and immigration reform. In addition, they discuss the new controversial law in Indiana.

bloomingOUT – March 26, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Erica Dorsey, Jeff Poling, and Jeff Jewel interview
Phil Cooper from Fair Talk and discuss the controversial, explosive Indiana legislation R.F.R.A. Our music tonight is by Sir Ivan and is called“Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye.” We would like to thank our guest Phil Cooper for joining us tonight.

Hosts Erica Dorsey, Jeff Poling, Jeff Jewel
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

EcoReport – March 26, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Jim Mountjoy talks about the rare sighting of an Ivory Gull in Illinois and Don Whitehead discusses local rare birds.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: Glenn Lightner and Linda Lightner
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Filiz Cicek, Nancy Jones, and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

IN Nature – Ruffed Grouse

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Better Beware! – Videogame Malware

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Ransomware – one of the nastiest cyber-attacks ever – is now hitting videogames. Want to have to cough up $500 to continue playing World of Warcraft? Watch out!

Improvements Planned For Dangerous Area Of Old State Road 37

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A hazardous stretch of Old State Road 37 will soon be reconstructed with improved safety measures. On March 24th the Board of Public Works approved a project at the intersection of Dunn Street and Old State Road 37. Roy Aten, Senior Project Manager with the city’s Planning and Transportation Department, explained the required improvements to enhance the safety of the road.

Right now that stretch of Highway 37 has a series of curves and a flat shoulder. The construction project would even out the curve, widen and bank the shoulders of the road, and replace all guardrails along the curve. Public Works Director Susie Johnson told the Board this particular intersection has a deadly history.

The city will make offers to four private landowners in order to make the safety improvements. If a purchase price can not be agreed upon within 30 days the city may enter into eminent domain proceedings to seize the land.

Could Comcast/Time Warner Merger Be Negative For Consumers?

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The companies Comcast and Time Warner have proposed to merge, which would have effects on the cable market throughout the WFHB listening area. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Herb Terry, Associate Professor at IU’s department of telecommunications, about the potential effects of the merger.

Comcast released a statement today saying they expect the federal government will take until at least the middle of 2015 to make a decision about the merger. Comcast originally expected the decision would be made by the end of 2014.

Governor Pence Plans To Sign The Religious Freedom And Restoration Act As Many Call For Him To Veto The Bill

Thousands of Hoosiers and some high-powered business interests are calling for Indiana Governor Mike Pence to veto the so-called Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. If signed into law this bill would allow businesses to discriminate against anyone based on personal religious beliefs. Some fear the bill would also allow police officers and doctors to neglect their duties for the same reasons. The Governor is the only person in a position to stop this bill in it’s tracks. The Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization for the LGBT community, have supplied Pence with thousands of messages opposing the bill. Pence, however, has said he plans to sign it into law. In a statement he said QUOTE “The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact.” Local employers and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce have spoken out against the bill and called it bad for business. Those opposing the bill include the organizers of Gen Con Indiana’s annual gaming convention who said they will move the event if Pence signs the bill into law. The convention is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $50 Million annually.

Daily Local News – March 25, 2015

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Thousands of Hoosiers and some high-powered business interests are calling for Indiana Governor Mike Pence to veto the so-called Religious Freedom & Restoration Act; A hazardous stretch of Old State Road 37 will soon be reconstructed with improved safety measures; The Richland Bean Blossom Community School Corporation has had to work to keep up with changes in statewide assessment testing this year; The Town of Ellettsville has joined the City of Bloomington and Monroe County as a partner in the Georgetown Energy Challenge; The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is calling for submissions for shows that would begin as early as October.

FEATURE
The companies Comcast and Time Warner have proposed to merge, which would have effects on the cable market throughout the WFHB listening area. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Herb Terry, Associate Professor at IU’s department of telecommunications, about the potential effects of the merger.
Comcast released a statement today saying they expect the federal government will take until at least the middle of 2015 to make a decision about the merger. Comcast originally expected the decision would be made by the end of 2014.

BETTER BEWARE!
Ransomware – one of the nastiest cyber-attacks ever – is now hitting videogames. Want to have to cough up $500 to continue playing World of Warcraft? Watch out!

CREDits
Anchors: Sophia Saliby, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Carmen Gozalo
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered
Our engineers today are Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

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