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Daily Local News – August 6, 2015

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Indiana has more work to do than most states to comply with the new Clean Power Plan unveiled this week by the Obama administration; Interstate 69 construction is causing more road closures in the Bloomington area starting on Monday; A former top official at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is being investigated for possible ethical breaches; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals ordered that 114 birds be removed from a residential backyard Wednesday; an event this Sunday at the Buskirk Chumley Theater brings together puzzles and sharks.

FEATURE
The new school year began on Monday for students in the Monroe County Community School Corporation. At Fairview Elementary, the Indiana Department of Education will continue this year to closely monitor performance. The state’s A through F grading system has assigned Fairview an F grade for the past three years. Principal Justin Hunter is beginning his second school year at Fairview. Hunter spoke earlier this week with the hosts of WFHB’s African American public affairs show, Bring It On, about recent events and changes to the school. We bring you a portion of his conversation with hosts William Hosea and Mattie White for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – August 8, 2015

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One Bloomington resident is designing a carbon exchange program to implement in Bloomington. The program is intended to reward local residents for sustainable actions through incentives from local businesses. In today’s Feature, WFHB Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with the director of the program, Joe Davis, about the details and status of the 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: David Lyman and Julianna Dailey.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Jerrod Dill. Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner. Dan Withered is our broadcast engineer. Phil Kasper was our live production manager. This week’s calendar was compiled by Filiz Cicek. EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – First Community Carbon Exchange Program in Development

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One Bloomington resident is designing a carbon exchange program to implement in Bloomington. The program is intended to reward local residents for sustainable actions through incentives from local businesses. In today’s Feature, WFHB Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with the director of the program, Joe Davis, about the details and status of the program.

Environmentalists to Host Celebration in Response to the Newly Unveiled Clean Power Plan

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This Saturday a coalition of environmental groups are hosting what they’re calling a Clean Power Party in Indianapolis to thank the Obama administration for its newly unveiled Clean Power Plan. The plan will require power plants around the country to reduce carbon emissions. Saturday’s celebration comes as many political figures in Indiana are decrying the new regulations, saying they will increase electricity costs and hurt the economy. For more about the reaction from Hoosier environmental activists, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with an organizer from the Sierra Club in Indiana. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

Local Biologist Explores The Battle Between Microorganisms For Better Health

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In a recent study Indiana University biologist Farrah Bashey-Visser has been researching an apparent microscopic war between microorganisms.

The study focuses on the various interactions between certain microorganisms and their implications to human health. Health experts have long been concerned about bacteria evolving to resist drugs and antibiotics but Bashey-Visser’s research exposes a different, related concern. Certain bacteria are not just evolving to resist human medicine, they are also evolving to compete with each other. This means that medical science may need to catch up to offending bacteria as it evolves.

“We have one microbe who can attack another microbe but then resistance can evolve to that attack,” Bashey-Visser said. “In another context maybe not attacking is a better strategy. So I’m trying to understand how these internal dynamics can maintain diversity and this would apply to all sorts of organisms.”

The study also explores the possibility of using certain bacteria commonly known as probiotics to advance medical science. One example of this is the fecal transplant where stool samples are placed from one patient into another to restore healthy microorganisms. A practice that reportedly has a 90 percent success rate at curing patients.

Bashey-Visser believes there are also similar practices to be explored. She says that they have seen where microbes can be used to compete with one another and therefore inhibit the development of diseases.

“Sometimes when you have two microbes fighting with each other the disease progresses (more slowly),” she said. “And so this is a way in which it could be beneficial. The microbes, in competing with each other, are less effective at exploiting the host.”

“There’s been some thoughts about using these microbial interactions as a way to treat diseases. That’s at a beginning stage.”

Doctor Farrah Bashey-Visser is an Assistant Scientist in Biology and lecturer in human Biology at Indiana University. Her research is supported in part by a grant from the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation.

Daily Local News – August 5, 2015

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The City of Bloomington issued a boil order this afternoon following several water main breaks today; A single-day study has found an increased number of people experiencing homelessness in Monroe County; In a recent study local biologist Farrah Bashey-Visser has been researching an apparent microscopic war between microorganisms; The company that grades standardized tests for Indiana schools is running behind.

FEATURE
This Saturday a coalition of environmental groups are hosting what they’re calling a Clean Power Party in Indianapolis to thank the Obama administration for its newly unveiled Clean Power Plan. The plan will require power plants around the country to reduce carbon emissions. Saturday’s celebration comes as many political figures in Indiana are decrying the new regulations, saying they will increase electricity costs and hurt the economy. For more about the reaction from Hoosier environmental activists, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with an organizer from the Sierra Club in Indiana. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Better Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Joe Crawford
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Monroe County’s Homelessness Numbers Appear to Rise

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A single-day study has found an increased number of people experiencing homeless in Monroe County.

The 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless count found a total of 329 Monroe County residents living without permanent housing. That’s up from 302 people last year and 304 the year before.

The increase comes as numbers continue to fall slightly across Indiana. The Point-in-Time count is performed by local social service agencies in cooperation with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

The Director of Community Services at the Development Authority, Lori Dimick, says the count is performed each year on a single day in January.

“They take paper forms and try to do the best count they can with what resources they have available,” Dimick said. “People sometimes don’t want to be found.”

In Monroe, Morgan and Greene counties, the largest increase was in the number of people categorized as “unsheltered,” meaning they were living outside of any established homeless shelter. The count found 26 unsheltered individuals this year compared with eight people last year.

Dimick said that change may have more to do with the strategy for finding unsheltered people than with increased numbers, stating that there was an increase in the effort to locate people in need.

“I think it’s due to the fact that there was more effort in getting that count compared to last year,” Dimick said. “It is difficult because there are a lot of people who are sleeping in campgrounds, abandoned buildings, abandoned barns in the rural areas. And they don’t want to be found because they have fear of being arrested, fear of being found out and their place being taken from them.”

WFHB asked for comment today from local agencies that were in charge of the count but we didn’t get calls back before our deadline.

At the Shalom Community Center, Director Forrest Gilmore says the number of clients has actually been down this year. The Shalom Center provides a daytime shelter, meals and other services for people in poverty.

Gilmore says the point-in-time count is useful but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

“It’s probably the best single number that we have to monitor things but it’s also a really imperfect number,” he said. “It’s so hard to count and it’s so transient, there’s so much change. We haven’t seen that kind of increase (at Shalom Center).

“I’m thinking that may just be an uptick in that particular count this year. It may have been more cold and people were coming indoors and so we were able to count them more easily. Or it may be that we did have a slight increase in homelessness in our community and that’s being reflected by the numbers.”

Gilmore says local numbers of people experiencing homelessness peaked in 2011 and have been falling since then. This would be the first year the trend has reversed.

Emptied Water Storage Tank Causes Pipe Breaks

The City of Bloomington issued a boil order this afternoon following several water main breaks today. The Utilities Department said in a press release that the breaks appear to be related to a change in conditions brought about by emptying a large water storage tank. The tank is being emptied so it can be painted. Other issues such as fluctuating water pressure and the age of the piping could have also contributed to the issue. The boil order affects residents in the following areas: North Lane Condominiums, West Dogwood Lane, Amaryllis Condominiums, West Clover Terrace, West Hoosier Court Avenue, North Cascade Drive, West Parrish Road, North Maxine Road, West Skyline Drive, North Skyline Drive, and North Kinser Pike between West Brookdale Drive and West Briar Cliff Drive. Customers of City of Bloomington Utilities with discolored water have been advised to flush their water lines until the water flows clear. The city expects the mains should be repaired by the end of the day. Anyone needing information or assistance can call City of Bloomington Utilities at 812-339-1444.

Interchange – Is a Woman a Person? Needing Ellen Willis More Than Ever

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So, here we are, August 4th, 2015, and I’m asking “Is a Woman A Person?” You laugh, no, scoff at me for asking this. Of course!, you say. But are we “persons” by degrees with some considered lesser beings? Consider the concerted attack on women’s health funding by Republicans seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. It seems women ought to be tethered to reproduction and firmly under the control of the male head of the family. Right? We’ll look at the essays of Ellen Willis in this program as a way to investigate the longevity of this male supremacist attack on women.

On June 30 I talked with Ellen Willis’s daughter, Nona Willis Aronowitz, who had edited a selection of Ellen Willis’s essays, about Willis’s life and her influence as a writer,, which included her work as a music critic–rock music critic–for the New Yorker magazine, but was mostly political, and always feminist. We didn’t dig too deeply into the specifics of the Radical Feminism of Ellen Willis that night.

But, with the continuous onslaught against women primarily through access to care, which seems to be about restricting access to biological options regarding reproduction, we should return to Ellen Willis. No, we must to return to Ellen Willis.

There was something of a dismissive review of The Essential Ellen Willis in the Los Angeles Review of Books back in May of 2014 by Lisa Levy. It disparaged Willis exactly where I would praise her for sounding one particular feminist note for forty years. For FOUR decades what remained consistent for women while Ellen Willis was writing for both a popular and academic audience? The attack on women’s individual rights. The ongoing commitment to restricting women from being able to decide without the imposition of a man and a male supremacist society how to live their lives as equal human beings. But the book reviewer seemed to tired of that complaint, or too tired of having to read about it over and over.

GUEST
Jennifer Maher, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.

MUSIC
Aretha Franklin – “RESPECT”
Eurythmics – “Sisters are Doing It For Themselves”
Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”
Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”

ARTICLES REFERENCED
“Abortion: Is a Woman a Person?” (Village Voice, 1979)
“Radical Feminism and Feminist Radicalism” (Social Text, 1984)

RELATED
Interchange – What Makes Us Vulnerable: The Essential Ellen Willis
Interchange – Impulse Under the Influence: Campus Rape Culture
Interchange – Rape and White Male Privilege

CREDITS
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board and Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Ins and Outs of Money – Air Conditioning

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It’s tempting to switch on the air conditioning when temperatures rise outside. Careful—that cool air is expensive. By being money smart, though, you can avoid turning on the A/C in the first place, and use it wisely when you do turn it on.

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