Local organizations have begun collecting camping gear for homeless residents who will soon be without access to a low-barrier shelter; A former employee at the city of Bloomington is waiting on a federal court to decide his fate after pleading guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud; In a separate case of alleged embezzlement at the city of Bloomington, a former Parks Department employee has been indicted on a wire fraud charge for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 in funds intended for the Parks Department projects and programs; The city of Bloomington is celebrating Disability Awareness Month throughout March with a variety of events, exhibits and programs; With less than two months before municipal elections, the Monroe County Election Board has been at odds over rules related to poll workers; The Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners has recognized the achievements of Banneker Program Specialist Terrance Thomas, who was named the 2015 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow by the City’s Commission on the Status of Black Males.
Shortly before we went to air today, the Indiana House of Representatives approved a bill that could protect businesses that discriminate against LGBT residents. The bill is known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It would prohibit governments from “substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.” Some proponents of the bill have said they hope it will protect businesses, churches or individuals that choose not to serve LGBT residents. The bill has been widely seen as a response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Indiana. Just before the bill passed, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the leaders of the movement to oppose the measure.
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe, Joe Crawford and Amanda Marino.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford