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New Consumer Protection Laws Proposed

Yesterday Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced new proposals to strengthen consumer protection laws in Indiana.  Among the top complaints are those dealing with home repair and construction scams.  Often home repairs are needed immediately because of weather or emergency-related events.  In these cases, homeowners often feel they don’t have time to examine all the alternatives and this leaves them more susceptible to dishonest contractors. Zoeller is proposing a voluntary registration system for contractors available to the public online.  This would simplify homeowner access to information about reputable contractors.  To be listed a contractor would be required to post a bond to cover customers in case the contractor violated Indiana’s consumer protection laws.

Another big consumer complaint concerns debt-collection practices, especially when the debt is not legitimate.  Zoeller is proposing new protections requiring debt collectors to increase transparency during the initial contact with the consumer by immediately identifying themselves as a debt collector and disclosing from whom the debt was purchased.

Zoeller is also supporting extension of the Senior Consumer Protection Act to include additional protections for veterans and the disabled.  These proposals will be taken up by the next Indiana General Assembly which convenes in January.

Indiana State Department of Health releases hospital’s mistake records; No Local hospitals cited

This past week the Indiana State Department of Health released statistics based on the Indiana Medicine Error Reporting System which tracks hospital’s medical mistakes, everything from bed sores to surgical implements accidentally left in patients’ bodies after surgery. According to Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess: “The purpose of the Medical Error Reporting System is to identify sources and significant opportunities to improve quality of care for Hoosiers. This is part of the Indiana State Department of Health’s continuing efforts to improve health and care for Hoosiers.” In 2006 Indiana became the second state to adopt the reporting standards of the National Quality Forum’s 28 Services Adverse Effects Survey, In 2013 the survey of 293 Indiana hospitals, birthing centers and abortion clinics found 111 incidents of health malfeasance. These included 45 severe bed sores reported; 27 incidents of a foreign object retained in a patient’s body after surgery; 18 surgeries performed on the wrong body part; and 12 falls in the hospital resulting in a death or serious disability. No local hospitals  – neither IU Health Bloomington Hospital nor Monroe Hospital, were listed in the 2013 data as having any “preventable errors.” It was Monroe Hospital’s fourth straight year of a perfect record and IU Bloomington Hospital’s second time in three years.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank in need of votes to secure national grant

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This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.

Daily Local News – October 1, 2014

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Bloomington Animal Shelter joins shelters across the United States in recognizing October as National Adopt-a-Dog Month; This past week the Indiana State Department of Health released statistics based on the Indiana Medicine Error Reporting System which tracks hospital’s medical mistakes, everything from bed sores to surgical implements accidentally left in patients’ bodies after surgery; Yesterday Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced new proposals to strengthen consumer protection laws in Indiana.

FEATURE
This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our consumer watchdog show!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kathi Norton, Kelley Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Anson Shupe
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish
Our engineer today is Jim Lang, along with Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

October is National-Adopt-a-dog Month

Bloomington Animal Shelter joins shelters across the United States in recognizing October as National Adopt-a-Dog Month.  Special events are planned where adoptable dogs will be present at locations around Bloomington on Saturdays.  Locations include Bryan Park, the library, Upland Brewery and the Farmer’s Market.  During the month of October the dog adoption fee is reduced to $40, which includes vaccinations, spaying or neutering, microchipping and heartworm testing.

According to Laurie Ringquist, Director, City of Bloomington Animal Care & Control, October is usually the most successful month for dog adoptions.  Last October 104 dogs were adopted compared to an average of 60-80 dog adoptions for other months.

Interchange – Claims on the Forest

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Host Doug Storm is joined by Myke Luurtsema, the Hoosier Forest Watch Coordinator for the Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA), and Ron Kerner, a mushroom expert who runs the website Indiana Mushrooms.

This is Part II of our discussion about commercial logging and forest health in the Indiana state forests. Part I was a conversation that took place on September 9th with the Director of the Division of Forestry, John Seifert.

The discussion centers on the assertion that the Forestry Division treats the forest as a kind of agricultural crop and chooses to implement methods that value the tree by its harvest value (silviculture). We also discuss the ways that clear cutting or “regenerative openings” disturb habitat and disrupt ecosystem health. One feature of this is the vital symbiotic role that healthy fungi play in the growth of forests. A final topic is the IFA’s campaign to create State Wild Areas in our state forests.

Where John Seifert makes claims for the benefit of introducing sunlight to enhance diversity (through “regenerative openings”)–”sunlight drives the system”–Luurtsema claims “sunlight drives the crop tree while mortality drives the ecosystem.”

Credits:
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz Releases “State of the Classroom” Series

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Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz released a video September 18th, the first in a three part series titled State of the Classroom. The first video focuses on students in the classroom, including the environments and external factors that impact student success.

Daily Local News – September 30, 2014

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On Saturday, September 27 an animal rights activist group named Direct Action Everywhere staged a protested at Bloomington’s Chipotle Grill on Kirkwood street; Males and students of color in Indiana are at a disproportionate risk for school suspension and expulsion; The Indiana Statewide 911 Board is reminding residents they can text 911 in case of emergency; Josh Fox, creator, writer, director, and producer of the Gasland documentaries will be in Bloomington on October 25 for a showing of his film Gasland 2 at 6pm; The National Science Foundation has awarded IU scientist and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry, Phil Stevens, a three-year $700,000 grant to continue his research studying the relationship between climate change and pollution; An IU research team headed by geography professor Tom Evans has recently received a grant for $2.6 million to study over five years climate variability, growing human demands for water, and the decision-making process of distributing limited water supplies by African farmers in Kenya and Zambia; A group of Indiana University students is working to help Bloomington become what is known as a Star Community.

FEATURE
Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz released a video September 18th, the first in a
three part series titled State of the Classroom. The first video focuses on
students in the classroom, including the environments and external factors that
impact student success.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Chelsea Hardy and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access
Television Services.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the
Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineers today are Carissa Barrett and Anna Legge.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Animal Rights Group Stages Monthly Protest At Bloomington Chiptole

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On Saturday, September 27 an animal rights activist group named Direct Action Everywhere staged a protest at Bloomington’s Chipotle Grill on Kirkwood street.

Jeff Melton, the local organizer for Direct Action Everywhere, says he and another protester went to Chipotle to protest their business practices and claims.

Melton says that the group takes issue with all fast food chains for their source of factory farmed meat products, but that businesses like Chipotle and Whole Foods that brand themselves misleadingly are a high concern. The protest matches others nationwide as part of a larger month-long effort by Direct Action Everywhere against species-ism.

Species-ism is defined as the exploitation of nonhuman animals for their meat, skins, their labor, or in scientific experiments. Melton says that they did not receive the hostility that protesters elsewhere have received, and that some people approached the protesters after the demonstration to gain more information.

Chipotle advertises its offerings as “food with integrity” and offers information on their website about the benefits to “naturally” raised farm animals. They also state that “Though the process is more complex, we are trying to find suppliers who can provide us with pasture-raised poultry and pork. Eventually, we want all of our meat to come from suppliers who meet these standards. We’re definitely working on it. Stay tuned.”

Direct Action Everywhere estimates that more than 100,000 animals are killed to be eaten each  minute world wide, and points out that undercover investigations have shown factory farms to terminate animals in cruel ways while they are still conscious.

Melton says that he chooses to demonstrate support for animals because they can not advocate for themselves.

Bring It On! – September 29, 2014

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William Hosea and Cornelius Wright welcome Attorney Jake Moore.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Cornelius are joined by Attorney Jake Moore, Republican candidate for Monroe County Prosecutor. Moore lays out elements of his political platform and talks about the relationship between the Prosecutors office and the African American community.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

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