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Hola Bloomington – August 28, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington María Auxiliadora Viloria y Luz María López habla con el nuevo padre de la Iglesia Catolica San Pablo Raymond Bryce. Platican sobre que servicios proporciona la iglesia y cuales son las opiniones del Padre Raymond sobre Bloomington hasta hora.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Luz Maria Lopez interview Father Raymond Bryce. Raymond Bryce is the new priest at St. Paul Catholic Church. They discuss the resources the church provides and what are Raymond Bryce’s opinions of Bloomington thus far.

 

Voices in the Street – Sacking the plastic? Bloomington considers banning single-use plastic bags

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Recently, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single-use bag ordinance.  The draft ordinance, presented in May by Bring your Own Bag Bloomington proposes restricting plastic bag use and would eventually limit retail vendors’ free provision of plastic carry-out bags to customers.  So Bloomington, what do YOU think about the idea of banning plastic bags in stores?  Voices in the Street hit the streets to find out!

Lotus Music and Arts Festival Parade Street Closures

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The parade for Bloomington’s annual Lotus Music and Arts Festival is expected to be bigger than ever this year. On Tuesday, Lotus asked the Bloomington Board of Public Works to approve additional street closures for the parade route. Miah Michaelson, from the city’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, presented the request.

“We’re asking for approval of a parade parade route that will temporary restrict traffic at the intersection of  W Kirkwood and S Madison Street and it will go to the intersection of  E Kirkwood and Washington St from 8:30 – 9:00 PM, on Saturday September 26″

The Executive Director of Lotus, Sunni Fass, elaborated on the Saturday evening parade.

“We will have public participation, people are invited to bring and decorate their bikes, and to march in the parade and wave flags. It’ll be a really good time.”

The Lotus parade will on Saturday evening, September 26th

Monroe County Needle-Exchange Program

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The Monroe County Council has passed a resolution in support of establishing a needle-exchange program in the county. County Health Department Administrator, Penny Caudill, explained that this program is needed to respond to a Hepatitis C epidemic in the county.

” It’s proved very successful in getting people in, getting them into treatment, they found that they needed a whole host of services that they were able to make connections and linkages to.”

“In May the Legislation Senate Enrollment Act 461 was passed that enables local health departments to request needle exchange programs.”

Caudill says that her department has found a significant increase in Hepatitis C cases in the county. She noted that most of the infections are due to sharing of needles by drug users. In response to a question from Council member Shelli Yoder, Caudill explained how she expects to fund the needle exchange program.

“..So primarily it’s about looking for foundation money, local money, and donations that people are willing to do.”

Caudill estimated the program could cost $50,000. The council unanimously approved the resolution in support of the program. There will be a public comment session on the proposal at the September 4th meeting of the County Commissioners. If the Commissioners approve, the County Health Department would then seek approval from the state Health Commissioner.

bloomingOUT – August 27, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday interview Bloomington PRIDE’s Abby Perfetti. Tonight’s music was selected from PRIDE’s selection, “The Highway” and “KYBM” by Tunde Olaniran and “High Desert” The P’s & Q’s.

Hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday

Executive Producer Joe Crawford

Producer Olivia Davidson

Engineer Andrew Sims

CVS Property Tax Cut

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A state tax court has ruled in favor of a Bloomington CVS store that was seeking to cut its property taxes. The Indiana Board of Tax Review says the store’s assessed value should be reduced by $1.3 million, which will significantly reduce the amount it pays to the Monroe County government each year. The County will also have to pay back some of the taxes it has collected since 2009 if the decision stands. County Auditor Steve Saulter told the Herald-Times that it’s not yet clear exactly how much that might cost the County. The store’s appeal was based on a new legal claim known as the dark box theory, where stores claim their values should be assessed as if they were vacant and non-operational. County Assessor Judy Sharp has said she expects other big box stores in the area to file similar appeals. Ultimately the decisions could cost the County government millions of dollars.

Human Rights Ordinance Housing Status Amendment

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Last night the Bloomington City Council showed support for a law that would discourage discrimination against people based on housing status. The measure would amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, which already bans discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, ancestry, disability or national origin. The ordinance also discourages discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Several speakers last night said there has been evidence of employers and landlords treating homeless people differently than other applicants for jobs or housing. A change to the ordinance would allow those individuals to file formal complaints with the city’s Human Rights Commission. We bring you a portion of last night’s discussion now for today’s WFHB community report. In the interest of transparency, the sponsor of the legislation is City Council member Dorothy Granger, who is also a staff member at WFHB.

Daily Local News – August 27, 2015

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A state tax court has ruled in favor of a Bloomington CVS store that was seeking to cut its property taxes; The Monroe County Council has passed a resolution in support of establishing a needle-exchange program in the county; The parade for Bloomington’s annual Lotus Music and Arts Festival is expected to be bigger than ever this year.

FEATURE
Last night the Bloomington City Council showed support for a law that would discourage discrimination against people based on housing status. The measure would amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, which already bans discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, ancestry, disability or national origin.

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 engineers today are Hannah Griggs and Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – August 27, 2015

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In today’s Feature, Hugh MacMillan, from Food and Water Watch, discusses some of the problems his organization sees with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.

Clean Power Plan Critic

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In today’s Feature, Hugh MacMillan, from Food and Water Watch, discusses some of the problems his organization sees with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.

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