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Development of 6 Acres of Trades District Awarded to Indianapolis Developer


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.

Would Would A Monroe Co. Needle Exchange Look Like?


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.

Banneker Community Center Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Art and Audio Projects


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 to be Offered at Bloomington Transit Center


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.

Plans For Needle Exchange Program Have Been Set in Motion


Monroe County officials are moving forward with plans to establish a needle exchange program here. Correspondent Hannah Boone has more for today’s WFHB community report.

Executive Director of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District to Retire


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.

Think Tank Makes Shaky Case For “Tobacco Harm Reduction”


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.

Human Rights Ordinance Housing Status Amendment


Last night the Bloomington City Council showed support for a law that would discourage discrimination against people based on housing status. The measure would amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, which already bans discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, ancestry, disability or national origin. The ordinance also discourages discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Several speakers last night said there has been evidence of employers and landlords treating homeless people differently than other applicants for jobs or housing. A change to the ordinance would allow those individuals to file formal complaints with the city’s Human Rights Commission. We bring you a portion of last night’s discussion now for today’s WFHB community report. In the interest of transparency, the sponsor of the legislation is City Council member Dorothy Granger, who is also a staff member at WFHB.

Local Residents Voice Opinions on Planned Parenthood Funding


Twenty-three local residents voiced their opinions before the Monroe County Council last night, as the Council considered whether to approve a $3,000 grant to Planned Parenthood. The local clinic requested the money to help pay for contraceptives, STD testing and medical examinations. Planned Parenthood has been under fire in recent weeks after an anti-abortion group released a series of heavily edited videos intended to defame the organization.

The videos focus on a program in which patients donate fetal tissue to be used in medical research. Although several speakers referred to the videos last night, Bloomington’s clinic does not offer the tissue donation program, nor do any other Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana.

A Conversation with the Gay-Straight Alliance at Bloomington High School North


Earlier this summer, Bloomington High School North made national headlines when students there decided to form what they called a Straight Pride Group. The group was reportedly going to offer “specific supports for heterosexual students”. Many saw the group as being anti- LGBTQ. After a public outcry, the group’s faculty sponsor backed out and the group never officially formed. Last week, WFHB’s BloomingOUT hosted a discussion that issue and others with the gay-straight alliance at Bloomington High School North. Hannah Jesseph is a member of the alliance and
Greg Chaffin is the faculty sponsor. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB
community report. Chaffin begins by discussing the origins of the gay-straight alliance at North.

Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford along with the crew of BloomingOUT.

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