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EcoReport – April 16, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Part 2 of Bob Kissel’s interview with Operation Migration co-founder Joe Duff about an experimental Whooping Crane reintroduction program.

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 Josh Byron, Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Halle Shine. 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.

Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 1 Democrats

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Host Doug Storm is joined by District 1 candidates for the Democratic nomination to run for the Bloomington City Council seat in November.

Guests
Chris Sturbaum (incumbent)
Kevin Easton

Previous Candidate Conversations
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 4 Democrats
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 3 Democrats

Related
Democracy for Monroe County Forum, 3/31

Music:
“Election Day” – The Replacements
“Election Day” – Arcadia

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Better Beware! – Stealing Kids’ Identities

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There’s a growing epidemic of children having their identites stolen — and not knowing about it for many years. Most parents aren’t aware of this danger, but there are ways to protect your little ones.

Bloomington Hospital Scheduled to Relocate Near IU Golf Course

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IU Health officials announced this morning they are changing the course of plans to relocate the Bloomington Hospital. The Hospital still plans to move out of its downtown location, a decision that has been unpopular with many Bloomington residents, but the new facility is now scheduled for construction at the IU Golf Course, located on the northeast side of town along the bypass. Before today, the plan had been to move the hospital west of city limits on North Park, where the hospital already owns land. Several officials, including Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Health Bloomington President Mark Moore, praised the new plan this morning. We bring you some of those comments for today’s WFHB community report.

The College Mall Is Getting A New Look; I-69 Interchange Site Grading Approved

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The Bloomington Plan Commission has approved a redevelopment plan for the northeast corner of The College Mall. The proposal includes the new Wholefoods Market that is moving into the current Sears property. It also includes a Panera Bread outlet along 3rd Street and a B.J.’s Restaurant along College Mall Road. The owners of the mall, the Simon Property Group, had revised parts of the proposal at the request of Plan Commission members and staff. Eric Greulich, a city planner, outlines the main features of the development. He says that the new plan will incorporate a pedestrian network with a sidewalk and a tree plot sight connecting multiple areas.

In order to accommodate the additional buildings and make the mall more pedestrian friendly, the proposal will reduce the total number of parking spaces by about ten percent and add more greenery. At the Panera Bread site, Commission member Susan Fernandez voiced concern over pedestrians who would have to cross a drive-through lane to get to the customer entrance. Rod Bosper, a spokesman for the Simons group, responded that the new proposal was a safer proposition.

The Commission later approved the proposal. Also at the meeting, the commission heard a proposal to remove soil and grade a 28-acre site at the northeast corner of Fullerton Pike and state road 37. This intersection will become an interchange on the new Interstate 69. The Bill C. Brown Trust, the owner of the property, wants permission to do this work so it can sell the soil to the contractor building the interchange. Steve Smith, representing the owner, explained that the attendant leveling of the property would also make eventual commercial development more easy, as the owner anticipates. Commission member, Pat Williams, raised concerns about doing this grading work on a site with Karst features.

The Commission later approved the grading proposal unanimously.

Daily Local News – April 15, 2015

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The state Senate today voted to repeal Indiana’s Common Construction Wage Law; Freedom Indiana announced a new campaign today, just less than two weeks after the group helped force state legislators to amend the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA); The Bloomington Plan Commission has approved a redevelopment plan for the northeast corner of the College Mall; Indiana University has received a five hundred thousand dollar gift from philanthropists Cynthia Stewart Simon and William Simon Jr.

FEATURE
IU Health officials announced this morning they are changing the course of plans to relocate the Bloomington Hospital. The Hospital still plans to move out of its downtown location, a decision that has been unpopular with many Bloomington residents, but the new facility is now scheduled for construction at the IU Golf Course, located on the northeast side of town along the bypass. Before today, the plan had been to move the hospital west of city limits on North Park, where the hospital already owns land. Several officials, including Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Health Bloomington President Mark Moore, praised the new plan this morning. We bring you some of those comments for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
There’s a growing epidemic of children having their identites stolen — and not knowing about it for many years. Most parents aren’t aware of this danger, but there are ways to protect your little ones.

CREDITS
Anchors: Sophia Saliby and Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Thomas Schneider, Joe Crawford and Amanda Marino
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 Michael Hilton
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Freedom Indiana Pushes For LGBT Nondiscrimination Law

Freedom Indiana announced a new campaign today, just less than two weeks after the group helped force state legislators to amend the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The grass roots coalition is now focused on enacting protection in cities and towns protecting the LGBT community from further discrimination. In a press release today, the organization said it will work to, “adopt comprehensive nondiscrimination policies at the local level in order to provide important protections for LGBT Hoosiers until they are passed at the statewide level.” The law in Indiana does not specifically protect LGBTQ Hoosiers, meaning they can legally be discriminated against in situations such as employment. Freedom Indiana says they still plan to push for a Freedom Indiana next year.

Standing Room Only – The Science of Poisons

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On March 31, Finch’s Brasserie hosted Dr. Kate Reck of the IU Chemistry Department to give her presentation, “The Science of Poisions.”  Dr. Reck explained the chemistry of toxic compounds, and gave examples of common foods and medications that contain toxins.

Indiana’s Common Construction Wage Law Repeal Has Passed The State Senate

The state Senate today voted to repeal Indiana’s Common Construction Wage Law. For the past 80 years the law has established minimum pay rates for construction employees working on government projects in Indiana. Supporters of the wage law say it guarantees workers are paid a fair wage. They say it also helps protect Indiana contractors from losing business to out-of-state companies that work for cheap. But Republicans in state government have pushed to repeal the law, saying it would cut the cost of public projects. The Senate passed the repeal today today by a vote of 27 to 22, according to the Associated Press. The issue now goes back to the House of Representatives, which already passed one version of the repeal. The House must vote on the bill again because the Senate changed parts of the legislation.

New Location for Bloomington Hospital: IU Golf Course

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IU Health officials announced this morning they are changing the course of plans to relocate the Bloomington Hospital. The Hospital still plans to move out of its downtown location, a decision that has been unpopular with many Bloomington residents. But the new facility is now scheduled for construction on property that currently hosts the IU Golf Course, located on the northeast side of town along the bypass.

Before today, the plan had been to move west of city limits on North Park, where the hospital already owns land. Several officials, including Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Health Bloomington President Mark Moore, praised the new plan this morning.

The officials gave no indication of the time frame for the move, how much it will cost or exactly what infrastructure improvements might be needed to make it happen.

Audio of the full press conference is above.

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