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Daily Local News – August 7, 2014

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Monroe County is expected to take a step tomorrow toward ending a legal battle over Interstate 69; Southwest INDOT has announced that paving is now underway for Section 4 of I-69 between Crane and Bloomington; A new study out of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis found doctors treat patients differently depending on race; The Indiana University Board of Trustees meets tomorrow, August 8th in Franklin Hall.

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A law passed by the Indiana legislature this year goes into effect this fall – requiring that medical personnel inform parents who have just experienced a miscarriage that they have a legal right to a burial. WFHB correspondent Sierra Gardner speaks with the author of the bill, and visits a local cemetery that offers free infant burial, for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment.

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Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner, Joe Crawford and Alycin Bektesh
Our feature was produced by Seirra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley and Bryce Westman
Our engineer is Cleveland Dietz
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

IU Maurer School of Law professors weigh in on smartphone patent case

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Two Indiana University law professors stepped into a legal battle this week between the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings the full report.

Comission on the Status of Women to advocate for minimum wage raise

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Only one third of Bloomington’s statutory commission members are women, 39 percent of domestic battery arrests result in no charges being filed, and a working woman in Indiana earns 66 cents for every dollar a man earns.

These statistics all come from reports from the Commission on the Status of Women, which announced this week that applications are being accepted for a new member. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh catches up with City Deputy Clerk Sue Wanzer and Commission Chair Cathi Crabtree about current commission projects.

Bloomington Aims to Be the Next US City to Place Restrictions on Single-Use Plastic Bags

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The Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington has put together a committee to try and reduce the number of single-use plastic bags in the city. Hundreds of cities and towns in the US have already enacted some sort of restrictions on the bag. Correspondent Harrison Wagner speaks with Center for Sustainable Living board member Jeanne Leimekuler on the Bloomington effort and Commissioner Dan Saltzman of the City Council of Portland on the effects in his city for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Hoosiers Can Celebrate LGBQT Culture Despite Indiana’s Ruling on Gay Marriage

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Despite Indiana’s stay on gay marriage, Hoosiers can still celebrate LGBQT culture this summer. PRIDE festivals are happening all over Indiana and Bloomington will host its first PRIDE this September. Correspondent Sierra Gardner talks with PRIDE Director Sarah Perfetti and Sigma Phi Beta PRIDE Chairman Ty Adams about their plans for Bloomington PRIDE for this week’s Daily Local News feature.

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Highlights from the Monroe County 4H Fair

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The Monroe County Fair concluded this weekend, WFHB Correspondent Hondo Thompson was on location speaking to the vendors, attendees and organizers who come together for the annual celebration of summer in Monroe County, for today’s community report.

A New Study Sees Lower Homeless Population

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One night every January the state dispatches groups to homeless shelters, abandoned buildings and tent cities across Indiana. The goal is to make an estimate of the state’s homeless population. The effort is known as a point-in-time homeless count, which is required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. This year’s study found slightly fewer homeless Hoosiers than years past. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a state official about what that means and what we can learn from a study conducted on a single winter night. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Here are the numbers:

2013: http://wfhb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013-Monroe-Morgan-County-Homeless-Count-Stats.pdf

2014: http://wfhb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Monroe-Morgan-County-Homeless-Count-Stats.pdf

 

Chimney Swifts and their Impact

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Jessica Hite is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior department at IU. On Tuesday, June 24, she gave a talk for Bloomington’s Science Cafe on chimney swifts. In this abridged version of her talk Jessica talks about chimney swifts, their habits and why they are important for the local ecosystem, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

The 2014 Summer Commune

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Two years ago friends and strangers from around the world gathered in a small town called Moscow, Idaho for, as its organizers called it, a Summer Commune. Described on their website as a diverse temporary intentional community somewhere in North America, this year the Commune has been reduced to a single month and it’s happening in Bloomington this July. Correspondent Drew Daudelin speaks with organizers Joshua Heller and Nicole Kelly about what they have planned, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Same Sex Couples Marry in Monroe County

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Indiana’s law that made it illegal for same sex couples to marry was ruled unconstitutional today in federal court. The permanent injunction on the marriage ban meant that same sex couples could marry effective immediately, and statewide couples young and old took advantage of their new right to marry. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on location for several marriage ceremonies at the Monroe County Court House this afternoon, for today’s WFHB feature report.

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