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Workers seeking to unionize outside of Bloomingfoods

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A group of people gathered outside of Bloomingfoods’ near west side location in support of workers seeking to unionize. The crowd gathered in front of the main entrance and street parking spaces. WFHB Correspondent were on hand, providing updates online and on the Daily Local News on Monday September 22nd.

Daily Local News – September 18, 2014

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A group of people are currently gathered outside of Bloomingfoods’ near west side location in support of workers seeking to unionize;The director of the Monroe County Public Library is leaving her post early next year;The Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles said today that some Hoosiers deserve a refund;Students at Indiana University are working to remove shame and stigma associated with mental illness through a new program called The College Toolbox;A local gathering of citizens concerned with climate change will gather this sunday, coinciding with a bigger climate march organized in News York city over the weekend;The Richland Bean Blossom School Board approved a budget for 2015 in their meeting on Monday, September 15th;On September 11th, the storm water management board debated a line item in their 2015 budget at the urging of the county council;A Monroe County official says the County is dragging its feet on adding a non-Democrat to the Plan Commission;Also at the meeting, the Plan Commission approved a measure that allows local attorney Ken Nunn to build new structures his yard.

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(No Feature)WFHB Correspondent Bloomingfoods’ workers gathering to unionize.

WEEKLY FEATURE
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineers today are Jonathan Goethals, Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
For WFHB, this is Scott Weddle.

Bloomingfoods Employees continue Efforts to Organize Union

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Bloomingfoods employees are hoping and expecting their managers to remain neutral during the effort to organize into a union. Last week, the Daily Local News reported on indications that workers at the retail grocery co-operative were trying to unionize. During that report we conveyed some parts of our conversation with Cindy Beaux -lay, a former employee of Bloomingfoods, about working conditions and labor-management relations at the organization. She mentioned that there had been two prior unsuccessful attempts by employees to organize and that she was not surprised that another effort is now underway. Yesterday, we spoke to, Kaisa Goodman, a member of the worker organizing committee who confirmed that she and others had scheduled a meeting later in the day with Scott Bardette, an organizer with Local 700 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Bardette confirmed by phone this morning that he had met with some of the workers and was meeting again today with others. He then went on to talk about the position that the owner-members and the management would take during the union drive…

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Daily Local News – September 17, 2014

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Eli Lilly yesterday announced a partnership with U. K. drug maker AstraZeneca to develop and commercialize a potential new drug for Alzheimer’s; Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined collegues in thirty-seven states urging the FCC to allow more extensive use of call blocking technologies; The Alzheimer’s Association raised more than $55,000 this past Saturday in Monroe County with its Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Bryan Park; Though CO 2 emissions in the atmosphere continue to rise, Indiana’s senior politicians are work hard to resist any carbon restrictions by the environmental protection agency; Local schools and utilities are slowly becoming involved in the effort to win a nationwide energy conservation competition; Upper-story corporate offices won’t have to comply with one of Bloomington’s newest rules

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Jackson Creek Middle School is not in Bloomington. Neither is the Bloomington Country Club, or the new Walmart location. These and other major players to Bloomington’s economy are all located in the county-controlled Urban Enterprise Zone. Tomorrow evening there will be a public open house regarding the county’s plans for this area. To find out more, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Larry Wilson, Director of Planning for Monroe County for today’s community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – September 16, 2014

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The national debate about militarized police forces continues as awareness grows about local campus police acquiring surplus military gear; Same sex couples in Indiana are still not able to marry, at least until the Supreme Court addresses the case later this month; Last Thursday, the Board of Director’s of Jill’s House voted to shut the organization down; Free furnace inspections, cleanings and repair will be offered on “Bring the Heat Day,” October 11th through a volunteer partnership between Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Department and the Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana; Early and absentee voting hours for Monroe County residents will begin on Tuesday, October 7th at the Election Center, 401 West Seventh Street in Bloomington; More than fifteen months after the issue first surfaced, Interstate 69 construction is still damaging waterways in Monroe County; Bloomingfoods employees are hoping and expecting their managers to remain neutral during the effort to organize into a union; Pawn shops in Ellettsville now have to send their sales data to the Town police at the same time they provide it to a nationwide law enforcement database.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Cathi Norton, David Murphy,
And Danielle Flum
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our board engineer is Carissa Barrett
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – September 15, 2014

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Ahead of a statewide launch of the “Moral Mondays” movement in Indianapolis this weekend, Bloomington’s Moral Monday contingent is holding a meeting this evening at 7pm in meeting room one-bee of the Monroe County Public Library; Indiana health officials are reporting an increase in the number of children with respiratory illnesses; Starting October 10, IU’s Grunwald Gallery will be showcasing previously unreleased photographs from artist Robert Mapplethorpe; The Monroe County Community Corrections Department could have dozens of extra clients in the coming year, but not necessarily much more money to serve them;  The Bloomington Board of Public Works is continuing to approve food truck permits while city staff works on new rules for the vendors.

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Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz received more votes in the 2012 election than Governor Mike Pence yet has been stymied by his administration throughout her first term. In fact, speaking to the Bloomington Press Club this afternoon Ritz said during this upcoming legislative session, Pence could sign away the state’s  education budget to a new agency that he created. Her remarks and audience questions are here, in today’s community report.

ACTIVATE
Now it’s time for Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh, David Murphy, Harrison Wagner, and Steven Williamson
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Dan Withered produced todays community report
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Joe Crawford is our managing producer
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Remembering 9/11

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The anniversary of September 11th was commemorated by the city of bloomignton this morning in showers plaza. Bob Loviscek, President of the Bloomington Metropolitan Professional Firefighters Local 586 led off the ceremony, we hear his words for today’s community report.

County’s books are out of order

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Monroe County is once again struggling to keep its finances in order. This week County Treasurer Cathy Smith told the county council that there are inconsistencies in the County’s financial records, dating back more than 15 months, and that the cause has yet to be identified…

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Daily Local News – September 11, 2014

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Monroe County is once again struggling to keep its finances in order; The owner of a local restaurant building was left wondering September 8th whether he’d be allowed to build apartments behind the business; The anniversary of September 11th was commemorated by the city of Bloomington this morning in Showers Plaza.

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The anniversary of September 11th was commemorated by the city of Bloomington this morning in showers plaza. Bob Loviscek, President of the Bloomington Metropolitan Professional Firefighters Local 586 led off the ceremony, we hear his words for today’s community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele and Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Our board engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – September 10, 2014

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Hoosiers, along with officials from 31 other states, have rushed to file appeals asking the Supreme Court to consider the issue of same sex marriage;IU Bloomington has ranked number 30 for public universities, and 76th of the top 100 universities overall, according to the latest survey by U.S. News and World report;The Main Library has extended its Sunday hours in response to public requests

FEATURE
The Bloomington City Council is on track to give a nearly three-quarter million dollar tax break to the owners of a proposed building along the B-Line Trail. The structure between Kirkwood Avenue and Sixth Street would have 35 high-end apartments as well as the new headquarters for Cornerstone Information Systems. The city’s Economic and Sustainable Development Department has praised the development and it asked the Council to incentivize the project by cutting its property taxes. Danise Alano-Martin is the director of that department. The building’s owners, D.G. Elmore and Mat Orego, would live in two of the condos. Council member Andy Ruff questioned giving a tax cut for the businessmen to build what he called QUOTE “fairly luxurious personal residential units” UNQUOTE. He said the Council should consider the country’s increasing economic inequality as it sets local policy. Ruff said he generally supports the $14.6 million project. But he put forward an amendment that would have forced the owners to pay property taxes on their own homes. The owners would still have kept the tax break for the businesses and most of the residential space. Few Council members supported Ruff’s motion. Council President Darryl Neher said he doesn’t want to discourage Orego and Elmore from living in their own building.Council member Susan Sandberg said she also wanted to encourage owner-occupancy. She said many Bloomington residents are understandably wary of new developments downtown. Ruff later rescinded his amendment and the Council voted to pass the tax abatement. The Council still has to affirm its decision at a meeting September 17th and it’s possible Ruff could reintroduce his measure then.

Council member Dave Rollo addressed a broader issue related to downtown development during council announcements last week. Rollo said the city should consider a temporary moratorium on large-scale buildings there. He said the city’s comprehensive plan is 12 years old and an update would help planners decide what developments to approve.Like Sandberg, Rollo also cited concerns from his constituents about new structures downtown. Rollo said he has not planned any legislation to follow up on his proposal. But he said he wants the Council to have a discussion on the issue.

After years of deliberation, Monroe County will be sorting and selling it’s own recyclables, perhaps as soon as December of this year. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy visited with Larry Barker, executive director of the Monroe county solid waste district and Steve Volan, president of the district board of directors for today’s community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh with correspondent David Murphy
Our engineers are Jim Lang and Adam Rye-klee
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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