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Daily Local News – February 13, 2018

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Kilroys on Kirkwood, in downtown Bloomington, is facing a city challenge over its ability to operate in Monroe County; Tonight is the State of the Black Community in Bloomington City Council Chambers; INDOT’s project manager for Interstate 69’s Section 5 says work crews have moved more than 700 thousand cubic yards of soil since the State took over construction in August of last year; Officials in Ellettsville are looking to consultants to develop a long-term financial plan for the town.

FEATURE
Residents of Bloomington spoke out this afternoon against the purchase of an armored car by city police. Dozens of reporters, local government officials and concerned citizens gathered in the Bloomington Police Department Headquarters at noon, to ask questions of BPD Chief Mike Diekhoff.

Their concerns were largely that the 225 thousand dollar armored vehicle would be used against protestors, and represented an increasing militancy among police forces nation-wide. Diekhoff repeatedly defended the purchase of the vehicle, stating it would offer protection for law enforcement, who routinely respond to calls featuring heavily-armed individuals in Monroe and surrounding counties. Diekhoff highlighted the importance of such a vehicle in assisting law enforcement in responding to a hostage crisis as recently as November, when an armed man took his wife and her children hostage. The following are highlights from this afternoon’s press conference.

BICENTENNIAL JOURNAL
Scott Faris’ family settled in Indiana six generations ago, after suffering religious persecution in England. Faris’ family story is coming up later in the program, in this week’s edition of The Bicentennial Journal—looking back on 200 years of history in South Central Indiana

CREDITS
Anchors: Don Geyra and Sarah Vaughn
Today’s headlines were written by Wes Martin
Along with Sarah Vaughan for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Wes Martin
The Biccentennial Journal is produced by Kate Welch, with help from Joyce Polling,
Our engineer today is Megan Wade
Our theme music is provided by Dani Graf, Ben Lumsdaine, and Scott Schmadeke.
Executive Producer is Wes Martin

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