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Greg Zoeller Asks FCC To Increase Call-Blocking Usage

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined collegues in thirty-seven states urging the FCC to allow more extensive use of call blocking technologies.  Newer technologies such as NoMoRobo, Call Control, and Telemarketing Guard allow phone carriers to identify and block a much larger portion of telemarketing calls.  But phone companies are reluctant to use these technologies.  They fear they could be fined under a ruling made by the FCC in 1934.  This ruling says phone companies have a legal obligation to complete phone calls.  Much has changed since that ruling was handed down.  In recent years the number of robo-calls, as well as the number of consumer complaints about these calls, have increased drastically.  To protect consumers from unwanted calls, the Attorney General is asking the FCC to allow phone companies to use call-blocking filters if requested by consumers. For now consumers can cut down on unwanted calls by signing up for the Do Not Call list.  This can be done online at www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1-888-834-9969.

Alzheimer’s Walk Raises Money and Awareness

The Alzheimer’s Association raised more than $55,000 this past Saturday in Monroe County with its Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Bryan Park.  Nearly 500 people participated in a one mile walk which not only raised money but also raised awareness of this disease and the latest research in the field.  Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that affects older people.  The number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s increases each year as the American population ages.  It is currently the sixth leading cause of death. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest fundraiser. Walks are held in cites throughout the country.  The Indianapolis Walk to End Alzheimer’s is ranked 8th largest in the country.  It will be held on October 12th at Military Park.

Eli Lilly Teams Up With UK Pharmaceutical Company For New Alzheimer’s Drug

Eli Lilly yesterday announced a partnership with U. K. drug maker AstraZeneca to develop and commercialize a potential new drug for Alzheimer’s.  AstraZeneca will produce the drug, ASD3293, and Lilly will lead the clinical trials.  The drug is one of a class of drugs called BASE inhibitors.   BASE inhibitors inhibit an enzyme, beta-secretase, which is involved in forming the plaques in the brain, one of the characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease.  BASE inhibitors are believed to be a promising target for treatment of Alzheimer’s, but several trial drugs have been abandoned because of serious side-effects.  Last year Lilly stopped trials with a BASE inhibitor it had developed after the drug was shown to cause liver toxicity.  Merck also has a BASE inhibitor, MK8931, in clinical trials. Developers of drugs to fight Alzheimer’s have the prospect of big rewards, with an estimated 5 to 20 billion dollars in annual sales. There are also big risks.  A recent study in the Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy journal found a success rate of just 0.4% for drugs in this field that were developed between 2002 and 2012.

James Farmer and The science behind the success of local food systems

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On Tuesday September 16th  Science Café presented James Farmer, an assistant professor in the SPEA school. Farmer is an expert in local food and the dynamics of farmer’s markets and restaurants and his presentation centered on the value of de-centralized food distribution. This event was hosted by Finch’s Brasserie and recorded by WFHB correspondents for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Duke Energy Helps County Move Forward In Energy Prize Contest

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Local schools and utilities are slowly becoming involved in the effort to win a nationwide energy conservation competition. This summer Monroe County passed the quarterfinals of the Georgetown University Energy Prize contest. Communities are competing to track energy use and making plans to conserve. Ian Yarbrough, a member of the County Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission, told the Commission September 10th the local gas and electricity providers are mostly on board to help. Duke Energy has contributed to the contest by agreeing to track energy usage, while Vectren, a supposed partner initially, has backed out of its contribution.

These contributions from utility companies would aid in the contest by helping determine hot spots for energy use in the County. Those working on the competition are also in talks with schools, including the Monroe County Community School Corporation. The second round of the competition will be judged in January. The community that wins the national prize will get $5 million to put toward conservation efforts.

Corporate Office Amendment

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Upper-story corporate offices won’t have to comply with one of Bloomington’s newest rules. The City Council passed an amendment last week excluding those offices from its ordinance governing standardized businesses. The Council passed that ordinance in June. It allows the city to regulate the design of new chain restaurants and chain stores downtown. Tom Micuda, the city’s planning director, suggested changing the definition of standardized business to exempt the offices. The amendment comes at the urging of at least two prominent businesses downtown. Dave Harstad, the owner of Summit Realty and a member of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, was the first to raise the issue in June. And Micuda said he also heard from CFC Properties, which is part of the Cook Group.

The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce opposed the standardized business ordinance when it was first proposed earlier this year. At that time the proposed rule would have allowed city officials to refuse permits to chain businesses in order to prevent an over-concentration of chains downtown. But the Council stripped that provision. The final version only regulates design of the businesses. The Chamber now supports the ordinance. Larry Jacobs, a spokesman for the Chamber, thanked the Council for working with local businesspeople on the most recent amendment and the Council later voted unanimously to approve the exemption for upper-story offices.

Larry Wilson Addresses County’s Plans For Urban Enterprise Zone

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Jackson Creek Middle School is not in Bloomington. Neither is the Bloomington Country Club, or the new Walmart location. These and other major players to Bloomington’s economy are all located in the county-controlled Urban Enterprise Zone. Tomorrow evening there will be a public open house regarding the county’s plans for this area. To find out more, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Larry Wilson, Director of Planning for Monroe  County for today’s community report.

Daily Local News – September 17, 2014

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Eli Lilly yesterday announced a partnership with U. K. drug maker AstraZeneca to develop and commercialize a potential new drug for Alzheimer’s; Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined collegues in thirty-seven states urging the FCC to allow more extensive use of call blocking technologies; The Alzheimer’s Association raised more than $55,000 this past Saturday in Monroe County with its Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Bryan Park; Though CO 2 emissions in the atmosphere continue to rise, Indiana’s senior politicians are work hard to resist any carbon restrictions by the environmental protection agency; Local schools and utilities are slowly becoming involved in the effort to win a nationwide energy conservation competition; Upper-story corporate offices won’t have to comply with one of Bloomington’s newest rules

FEATURE
Jackson Creek Middle School is not in Bloomington. Neither is the Bloomington Country Club, or the new Walmart location. These and other major players to Bloomington’s economy are all located in the county-controlled Urban Enterprise Zone. Tomorrow evening there will be a public open house regarding the county’s plans for this area. To find out more, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Larry Wilson, Director of Planning for Monroe County for today’s community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – September 16, 2014

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The national debate about militarized police forces continues as awareness grows about local campus police acquiring surplus military gear; Same sex couples in Indiana are still not able to marry, at least until the Supreme Court addresses the case later this month; Last Thursday, the Board of Director’s of Jill’s House voted to shut the organization down; Free furnace inspections, cleanings and repair will be offered on “Bring the Heat Day,” October 11th through a volunteer partnership between Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Department and the Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana; Early and absentee voting hours for Monroe County residents will begin on Tuesday, October 7th at the Election Center, 401 West Seventh Street in Bloomington; More than fifteen months after the issue first surfaced, Interstate 69 construction is still damaging waterways in Monroe County; Bloomingfoods employees are hoping and expecting their managers to remain neutral during the effort to organize into a union; Pawn shops in Ellettsville now have to send their sales data to the Town police at the same time they provide it to a nationwide law enforcement database.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Cathi Norton, David Murphy,
And Danielle Flum
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our board engineer is Carissa Barrett
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Interchange – Indiana Moral Mondays

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Host Doug Storm is joined by William Morris and Joe Varga to discuss the genesis of the Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina and how it has begun to form a broad coalition here in Indiana.

A Mother Jones article from April, 2014 describes the impetus for Moral Mondays as being political action against a Republican agenda in North Carolina. The Republicans ”who in November 2012 took control of the state Legislature and the governor’s mansion for the first time in more than a century. Among their top priorities—along with blocking Medicaid expansion and cutting unemployment benefits and higher-education spending—was pushing through a raft of changes to election laws, including reducing the number of early voting days, ending same-day voter registration, and requiring ID at the polls.”

But perhaps deeper than this “fusion politics” is an engagement with an ethics of care.

The Indiana Moral Mondays Mission Statement:

We, the people, coalitions and faith communities of Indiana hereby form Indiana Moral Mondays Movement in order to promote a just society in which every person is valued, and resources are used for the common good.

In doing so, we seek to embrace the moral values and the enduring qualities of love found in the secular and spiritual communities from which we come.

Find out about this weekend’s event in Indianapolis, “Forward Together with Reverend Dr. William Barber II”  at the group’s website, Indiana Moral Mondays.

Guests:
William Morris is an attorney with Indiana Legal Services where he works on low-income housing and homelessness prevention. Prior to that he was a civil rights lawyer for a dozen years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Morris is a member of the Indiana Moral Mondays Steering Committee.

Joe Varga is an Assistant Professor of Labor Studies at Indiana University. He is a former Teamster shop steward and long time labor activist, having worked for the IBEW and the New York State Working Families Party. He is currently working on a project detailing the spatial history of de-industrialization in Southern Indiana. Joe is also active in Jobs with Justice, and numerous other activist causes.

Credits:

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

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