The Indiana State NAACP State Convention Conference was held in Bloomington this weekend, and included workshops on health, veterans affairs, environmental climate and justice and an awards banquet. The keynote speaker of the conference was Cornell William Brooks, the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. WFHB Correspondent William Hosea spoke with Brooks about racial tensions in America and, in light of next week’s election, voter suppression, for today’s community report.
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This week the convention center downtown played host to hundreds of politicians, businesspeople and government workers interested in the new I-69, both in Indiana and beyond. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford was on hand for the I-69 Summit and he brings us this report.
Work continues on sections 4 and 5 of I-69 in Indiana. Those portions will take the Interstate into Monroe County, through Bloomington and almost to Martinsville.
A group of citizens continues to work to delay a measure adopted by the Bloomington City Council to thin out the deer population at Griffy Lake – this week’s council meeting here, in today’s community report.
The city of Bloomington website has a dedicated section to the deer task force report.
Bloomingfoods Market and Deli Cooperative held its annual meeting of the membership last week. The General Manager and Board president both addressed the crowd of more than 300 attendees, focusing their summaries on the recent efforts of Bloomingfoods workers to join a union. There were also break out discussions focused on the unionization efforts, management/employee relations, and board communications. WFHB correspondent David Murphy attended the meeting, and spoke with Bloomingfoods President Tim Clougher. Their discussion, here, in today’s community report.
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.
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.
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.
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.