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Daily Local News – May 23, 2016


Indiana University is joining a lawsuit challenging Indiana’s new abortion law, saying it could jeopardize hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding, as well as threaten researchers with felony prosecution; Purvi Patel’s case was back in court this week as judges from the Indiana Court of Appeals held the first hearing in her attempt to challenge the state’s conviction and prison sentence; The Indiana Secretary of State’s office has released their official report on voter turnout for the May 3rd primary election; Last week the Bloomington City Council unanimously approved changes to 16 sections of the City’s Unified Development Ordinance regulating signage; Hoosier voters should expect to see Election Day reminder postcards in their mailboxes soon.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are more than 26 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than those driving or riding in cars. Motorcycle Safety and Awareness campaigns are launched every May to encourage both motorist and motorcycle riders to be aware of each other. Today I spoke with local officials and academics about the simple act of seeing and how it relates to safety on the road. You can find more information about proper motorcycle gear and educational resources at mybmv.com and ridesafeindiana.com. To learn more about the nonprofit Abate, go to abateonline.com.

Hoosier 2 Hoosier (H2H) is a reuse program that diverts reusable items from the landfill during student move-out and raises money for local charities and other organization. H2H, a partnership between City of Bloomington Sustainability, Indiana University Office of Sustainability, and Cutters Soccer Club, is scheduled for Saturday, August 20 and volunteers are needed now and on the day of the sale. In this week’s Activate volunteer spotlight, Jacqui Bauer, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Bloomington, discusses the sale’s mission and shares perspectives on the community of volunteers that make H2H possible.

Anchors: Doug Storm and Sarah Vaughan
Today’s headlines were written by Taylor Haggerty and Jerrod Dill; 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
Our engineer is Sarah Hetrick
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

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