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Bloomingfoods employees and co-op members rally during annual meeting in support of unionization

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WFHB Correspondent David Murphy attended Bloomingfood’s annual meeting last week and an accompanying rally by those who support a recent effort by workers to form a union. Today we hear comments from the rally for our Daily Local News community report.

The Indiana University School of Public Health Holds Panel Discussion on Ebola Outbreak

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On Monday, the Indiana University School of Public Health held a panel discussion in response to the current outbreak of the Ebola Virus. Panalists Joshua Mugele, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at the IU School of Medicine., Chad Priest, assistant dean for operations and community partnerships at the IU School of Nursing., Charles Reafsnyder, IU retired associate vice president for international affairs and Ruth Stone, the Laura Bolton professor of folklore and ethnomusicology at IU Bloomington and a scholar of Liberian music, culture and performance Panelists will discuss medical, public health and physiological aspects of the Ebola virus. The also took audience questions, Moderated by Michael Reece, associate dean of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. We hear what the audience members were concerned abou, as well as panelists response here, in today’s community report.

The Indiana University School of Public Health is a recipient of financial support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, and is working to improve medical education and public-health workforce training in collaboration with the University of Liberia and its Dogliotti School of Medicine and the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts.

Three Hopefuls for Indiana’s 9th Congressional Seat Speak at Informational Session

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Last night the three hopefuls for Indiana’s 9th congressional seat this election met at Franklin college, and spoke for 90 minutes about their personal political platforms as well as fielding questions from the audience. John Krull, director of the college’s Pulliam School of Journalism was the moderator, and Franklin College students helped with the event by created video introductions of the candidates and hosting an informational session before the forum began. We hear Kroll ask several questions from the audience for today’s community report.

New Mental Heath Court and Pilot Project takes flight in Monroe County

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On Friday, local criminal justice and community partner agencies announced Monroe County’s selection as one of just 12 communities in the state to be awarded funding for the creation of a new Mental Health Pilot Project and Mental Health Court from the state legislature. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand at the press conference and brings us today’s community report.

Group of developers make case for new downtown Bloomington hotel; would be part of a series of developments

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Major changes are in the works for a stretch of Kirkwood Avenue downtown. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Concerns of Brown County Residents will be Addressed at Special Joint Session

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A special joint session will be held between the Brown County commissioners and the Brown County Council on Thursday, October 9th at 2:00pm to address concerns of county residents regarding county finances. WFHB news Director Alycin Bektesh spoke today with a member of the “Concerned Citizens” group Even Werling and brings us this community report.

Monroe County’s Budget in Black

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Monroe County’s budget for next year is in the black — at least for now. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

Brown County Commissioner Special Joint Meeting

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In response to citizen concerns regarding Brown County Administrator Michael Thompson, there will be a special joint meeting of the Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County Council next Thursday, October 9th. This week’s edition of the Brown County Democrat reports that a group of about 70 citizens met at the library to hear a report about the county’s finances and leadership on September 25th.  At the end of the two hour meeting several members called for the firing of Thompson and replacing him with someone who has a stronger background in accounting and internal audit controls. Thompson said he hopes the opportunity for the public to speak with government officials will clear up misunderstandings in the community.

According to the Democrat, attendees at the meeting voiced concern over Thompson’s credentials and the amount of time he charged the county for his services when he was an independent contractor. Thompson said that while it is rare for a join administrative meeting to be held, the commissioners and the council would be able to address the varied concerns of the public.

The joint meeting of the Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County council will be held Thursday, October 9th at two P-M in the salmon room of the county office building.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank in need of votes to secure national grant

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This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.

Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz Releases “State of the Classroom” Series

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Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz released a video September 18th, the first in a three part series titled State of the Classroom. The first video focuses on students in the classroom, including the environments and external factors that impact student success.

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