Last Thursday, a March for Climate Action was held at the IU Bloomington campus. The event was organized by the group Reinvest IU, who want the University to sell off their stocks in fossil fuel companies, and invest in renewable energy and other environmentally sustainable projects. A mix of students, faculty and community members took part in the march, and the event featured music by the Jefferson Street Parade Band. WFHB correspondent Dan Young reports.
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On Monday evening, the Monroe County Public Library and the Friends of the Library will host a program called the Power of Words. Congressman John Lewis will speak at the IU Auditorium about his series of graphic novels, titled March. The books chronicle the role of Lewis and many others in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The congressman will be joined by two co-authors of the books: his chief of staff, Andrew Ayden (I-den), and an artist from Bloomington, Nate Powell. Earlier this week, Powell and Ayden spoke with the host of WFHB’s Interchange, Doug Storm, about the making of the novels. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.
Last night the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County and the Monroe County Public Library sponsored a panel discussion about economic development in Bloomington. The group took questions from the audience and the event was filmed by Community Access Television Services. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report. Kate Cruikshank, the president of the League, introduced the panel.
Earlier this month, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced the city had reached a deal with a company to develop about half of what the city calls The Trades District. The company, Flaherty and Collins, has agreed to develop a six-acre piece of land just east of Rogers Street and south of 11th Street. The city currently owns the land, which has long been reserved for a certified technology park.
The city plans to give the land to Flaherty and Collins. For more on the deal, WFHB assistant news director David Murphy spoke with the director of Bloomington’s economic and sustainable development department, Danise Alano-Martin. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.
Earlier this month, the Monroe County Commissioners gave the go ahead for the County Health Department to set up a needle exchange program for intravenous drug users. The Commissioners passed a resolution in support of the department’s declaration of a health emergency in the community, due to the local Hepatitis C epidemic. The Department can now apply to the State Health Commissioner for permission to set up the program. WFHB Assistant News Director, David Murphy, spoke to the State Epidemiologist, Pam Pontones, who supervises exchanges in Indiana. He then spoke to Andrew Day, the supervisor of Insite, a Supervised Injection Site in Vancouver. Insite has provided health services to intravenous drug users in Vancouver since 2003. We begin with Murphy asking a question to Pontones.
The Banneker Community Center celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Banneker was founded as a school for African American children and transformed into a community center after school integration. It continues to serve in that role today. And to celebrate its anniversary, this year’s summer campers learned about local African American history through art and audio projects. We bring you one of these camp projects today – Campers Sierra and Isaiah reported this next piece at Second Baptist Church. Bloomington Parks and Recreation approved publication of the campers’ work, and the campers were instructed by IU audio journalism students. Sierra and Isaiah start at Second Baptist Church with their own impressions and then interview Pauline Bridgwaters and Juliana Capshew.
Bus service between cities is expected to be offered soon out of the Bloomington Transit Center. During the August 18th budget hearings of the City of Bloomington, the General Manager of Bloomington Transit, Lew May, announced that BT had signed an agreement with Miller Hoosier Ride Service for this Grey Hound associated firm to move its Bloomington services to the Transit Center sometime this month. WFHB Assistant News Director, David Murphy, spoke to May about this new service as well as other events and developments planned for BT over the next year.
The Executive Director of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, Larry Barker,
announced that he will be leaving his job on Friday. His retirement will happen prior to the completion of the Materials Recycling Facility, or Murf, at the District, perhaps Barker’s biggest goal in the past few years. Assistant News Director, David Murphy, spoke to Barker about the Murf as well as about his other accomplishments during his tenure at the District. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.
Last week the student newspaper at IU published a lengthy letter advocating for an end to government funded tobacco research. The letter was written by Jesse Hathaway, who works with the Chicago-based Heartland Institute think tank. Correspondent Dan Young spoke about the issues raised in the letter with both Hathaway and IU public health professor and tobacco researcher Jon Macy. We bring you that report now for today’s WFHB community report.