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Daily Local News – March 20, 2017


The city of Bloomington is holding meetings all week about the proposed annexation of nearly 10,000 acres of County property; The Lotus Education and Arts Foundation has announced five performances by global artists for the 22nd Annual Lotus Blossoms Program; State lawmakers are considering a bill that would help victims of domestic violence to obtain separate phone accounts from their abusers; The Indiana Department of Correction has discontinued its contract with Corizon Health, the private corporation that handles most of the state’s inmate healthcare; This week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

The Trump administration’s budget blueprint released last week would ax grants that help fund a multitude of local programs serving the poor, the elderly, and the disabled. The cuts are part of a plan to add 54 billion dollars to the nation’s defense budget. On the chopping block are a three- billion-dollar national energy assistance program known as LIHEAP, and three billion dollars in Community Development Block Grants, known as CDBG. Also to be sacrificed are Community Services Block Grants, which fund 715 million dollars of programs across the nation.Area 10 Agency on Aging and the South Central Community Action Program are just two area agencies whose clients could be hard hit. Reporter Sarah Vaughan spoke with Kerry Conway, the CEO of Area 10 Agency on Aging, and Doug Wilson, Director of Communications for the South Central Community Action Program, about the impact the budget cuts would have on their clients. We begin with Kerry Conway of Area 10 Agency on Aging.

Stanley Njuguna isn’t afraid to make his voice heard. Only a Sophomore, Stanley has made his presence known through his work to push Indiana University to be more responsive to issues related to climate change and to declare itself a Sanctuary Campus. Stanley was also one of the leading organizers of Inaugurate the Revolution, held last January in Bloomington. Listen as Stanley discusses why students need to take a leading role in shaping policy at a local, national, and global level, and why it’s particularly important that students of color contribute their voice to campus protests and policy initiatives. Student activism at Indiana University, on this week’s Activate!

Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill, Cathi Norton, and Joe Crawford; along with Sarah Vaughan for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Vaughan.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Brooks, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Board Engineer: Sarah Hetrick
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

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