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Daily Local News – May 15, 2015

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A new report from U.S. News and World report ranks Bloomington High School North as the
10th best high school in the state;The Monroe County Community School Corporation is
planning to survey local residents about their views on education issues;The Monroe County
Public Library is getting its finances in order as it moves forward with plans to build a
new branch;Monroe County is comparing itself to other government bodies to find out how
much County employees should be paid;The City of Bloomington is working on a 5-year master
plan for its Parks and Recreation Department;The Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
heard Tuesday from Janice Lilly, from the organization Healthful Food for All, about the
group’s efforts to collect perishable food for distribution to local food banks.

FEATURE
A national nonprofit organization has just opened a center for pregnant women in
Bloomington. The group describes the facility as “secular and client-centered” Sierra
Gardner has more for today’s WFHB community report.Beginning this Fall, All Options plans
to host secular support groups for after-abortion support, pregnancy loss and parenting,
according to its website.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment!

CREDITS
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
upported by Smithville Fiber, a local provider of high speed Internet, TV, voice, and
security services.
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – May 14, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Researcher Kent Webb discusses the science and politics of deer population management.

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: Phil Kasper and Julianna Dailey.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Sierra Gardner. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Withered.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

IN Nature – American Toad

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EcoReport – Kent Webb on Deer Population Management

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Researcher Kent Webb discusses the science and politics of deer population management.

Assistant Director For Student Conduct In The Office Of Student Ethics Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography

Bloomington police announced this afternoon they had arrested an Indiana University administrator for possession of child pornography. Police arrested 32-year-old Jon T. Riveire yesterday. Riveire is an Assistant Director for Student Conduct in the Office of Student Ethics at Indiana University.  According to a press release from the Bloomington Police Department, he was targeted for investigation as the result of a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Policy say they found 30 images of child pornography on a university-owned laptop that Riveire used.

A Rise In Ticks Brings A Greater Risk Of Infection

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In the past it was rare to find lone star or blacklegged ticks in southern Indiana. However over the last 15 years those insects have become mainstays in the region. And in the next 10 years their presence in the region is expected to increase. This is all according to a new study done by IU biology professor Keith Clay. Lab testing showed that one to three percent of ticks in the area carry harmful pathogens. And while those in southern Indiana haven’t been found to carry the pathogen for Lyme disease, some in northern areas have. Clay sees possible problems in the future if these population trends hold true.  He says that as the density of the ticks increase it is more likely that people will get bit and that they will then be bit by a tick that is carrying a pathogen.

Evelyn Rynkiewicz  is a former doctoral student in Clay’s lab at IU. She says these ticks must stay attached to humans for a couple of days to transmit a pathogen. To avoid giving ticks a chance to attach, Rynkiewicz advises people stay vigilant and take proper precautions, as her team did while conducting field research.  She says that they make a point of wearing long pants and tucking them into their socks so that the ticks do not have a point of entry.

Clay says the current weather in southern Indiana is favorable for ticks. There are many theories on why the tick population in southern Indiana is growing. The three biggest in Clay’s mind are climate change, human alteration of the landscape and an increased deer population that is likely to support more ticks.

Better Beware! – Bogus Debt Collectors

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Anson Shupe’s unexpected death was a shock to us all. Here’s his final column, just as he wrote it, giving some good advice on how to deal with scammers who threaten you if you don’t pay them money you don’t really owe.

Voices of Homelessness: Linda Collins

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Over the past month, WFHB reporters Sarah Panfil and Emily Beck have spoken with local people experiencing homelessness as well as employees at agencies that serve impoverished residents. They are exploring the myriad circumstances that cause local people to lose housing for a series called Voices of Homelessness. We bring you the first installment of that series now, for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – May 13, 2015

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Bloomington police announced this afternoon they had arrested an Indiana University administrator for possession of child pornography; Bloomingfoods is hosting the Bloomington’s Fifth Annual Bike to Work Day Block Party this Friday from 5:00pm to 8:30 pm; Bloomington residents debated the merits of the proposed parking garage downtown at a city Plan Commission meeting on Monday; The City of Bloomington Arts Commission has awarded grants to 18 organizations in the Bloomington community as part of the city’s 2015 Arts Project program; Last week Governor Pence signed a law pausing the construction of nursing homes in Indiana for the next 3 years; In the past it was rare to find lone star or blacklegged ticks in southern Indiana. However over the last 15 years those insects have become mainstays in the region.

FEATURE
Over the past month, WFHB reporters Sarah Panfil and Emily Beck have spoken with local people experiencing homelessness as well as employees at agencies that serve impoverished residents. They are exploring the myriad circumstances that cause local people to lose housing for a series called Voices of Homelessness. We bring you the first installment of that series now, for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Anson Shupe’s unexpected death was a shock to us all. Here’s his final column, just as he wrote it, giving some good advice on how to deal with scammers who threaten you if you don’t pay them money you don’t really owe.

CREDITS
Anchors: Araceli Gomez, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey, Jack Hanek and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

The County Employee Parking Garage Proposal Moves Forward

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Bloomington residents debated the merits of the proposed parking garage downtown at a city Plan Commission meeting on Monday. The Monroe County government wants to build the facility at the south-east corner of Morton and Eighth Streets. County employees would park there. This is the third time in three months the proposal has come before the Bloomington Plan Commission. The original proposal was for a nine story, ninety-four-foot tall facility. The height was well over the 50 foot height allowed by City Code. Since then, the County has downsized the proposed building to seventy feet tall. Bloomington Planning and Transportation Department Director Tom Micuda says changes have been made to make the building more compatible with its neighbors.  He compares the garage height to other downtown buildings and says that it is now in relation to all of the others in terms of the facade.

Micuda pointed out that many of the features of the proposal are still in violation of city code. Mayor Mark Kruzan then spoke in favor of the proposal. Despite the size of the building, Kruzan said the garage will help keep County government facilities downtown.  Kruzan said that Monroe County Government has made a choice loyal to staying downtown and that the parking garage  would benefit this initiative in maintaining a downtown presence.

The County Commissioners are looking into opening the facility to public parking in the evening, on the weekends, and during holidays. During the public comment period, there was both support and opposition to the proposal. Generally, supporters lauded the benefits of keeping county employees and their vehicles downtown. Opponents criticized the garage as expensive and inappropriate for downtown. They said the current shuttle service, which takes County employees to work from the convention center parking lot, is a cheaper option. Ultimately, the Commission voted 7 to 1 to approve the project. Commission member Jane St. John cast the only no vote. The recommendation will now go to Bloomington City Council for a final decision.

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