The closing of Bloomington’s low barrier winter shelter last spring means some of Bloomington’s residents are entering their second summer without a place to sleep. The local Ubuntu working group was formed last summer in response to this need, and has been advocating for a community response to homelessness in Bloomington. Within Ubuntu are members of Bloomington’s Catholic Worker community, who reached out to Bloomington residents with a new proposal this week. WFHB Correspondent spoke with Laura Lesuertmer (Les-URT-mer) and Ross Martini Eiler (EYE-ler) about what they have been doing to alleviate homelessness in town.
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Members of the Bloomington chapters of Move to Amend and the Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom held a demonstration outside the Walnut Street Post Office this afternoon. In concurrence with federal and state income taxes being due today, the groups held signs that said “tax the rich” and distributed information about the inequities between personal income and corporate income tax structures. Move to Amend member Tomi Allison and local business owner Patrick Rubeck spoke with News Director Alycin Bektesh about the demonstration for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
The Bloomington City Council voted six-to-two last week in favor of sharpshooting deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. Council members accepted testimony from biologists and others who said the large deer population is threatening other species in the area. But it’s still not clear how many deer might be killed if the city goes through with its plans. That’s one of several decisions the state Department of Natural Resources will make as it considers whether to approve the city’s sharpshooting proposal. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a representative from the DNR, Josh Griffin, about the issue for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
The Working Poor Families Project, a national initiative focused on state workforce development policies, released a report finding that thirty-nine percent of the state’s low-Income working families are headed by working mothers. As of 2012 there were 235,831 low-income working families in the state, with over ninety-one thousand headed by working mothers. The study, which utilizes the latest data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, places Indiana 18th in the nation for the number of female-headed low-income working families. Correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Jessica Fraser, program manager, and Derek Thomas, senior policy analyst, both from the Indiana Institute for working families, an organization that provides work and education support for low-skill, low-income working adults to help them transition into self-sufficiency. After that she speaks with Tracey Hodge, a low-income, working single mother in Bloomington, about the struggle of becoming financially self-sufficient, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Last night hundreds of people participated in a rally, march, and candlelight vigil at the Monroe County Courthouse Square in support of Bloomington’s homeless population. of who have no safe, legal place to rest until the Interfaith Winter Shelter opens back up in November. The shelter closed for the season yesterday. Correspondent Casey Kuhn was on site to bring us highlights from the rally for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
A new law in Indiana will undo a program that sought to save energy across the state. Governor Mike Pence chose not to veto the measure on Friday. Although he didn’t sign the bill either, Pence’s lack of action allowed the bill to pass automatically. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke
to Tim Maloney from the Hoosier Environmental Council about Pence’s maneuver and how it could affect the state. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Obamacare has been under much scrutiny lately, especially as the registration deadline approaches, and there aren’t as many young, healthy people signing up as was projected. Correspondent Casey Kuhn explored why this might be the case, and how to make signing up for individual healthcare as painless as possible, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
There is no federal authority that oversees the registration of service animals, leading to abuse of the registration system that could have a negative impact on those with a legitimate need for service dogs in public. News Director Alycin Bektesh investigated a recent incident involving a Bloomington Transit rider, and what it demonstrates about complications in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
This August will mark the 13th year of a unique, local consultative forum for workers and their bosses at a city utility service operation. In 2001 Bloomington established the Labor Management Committee to allow for ongoing consultation and to make recommendations for the operation of the City’s two wastewater-treatment facilities—the Dillman Road plant on the South side and the Blucher Poole plant on the North. John Langley, Deputy Director of the City of Bloomington Utilities, is also a management representative on the committee, and correspondent David Murphy spoke to Langley about it for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
A controversial subdivision is just a step away from getting the green light this week. The Bloomington City Council plans to vote Wednesday on a Habitat for Humanity project to build 35 homes on the west side of town. But to make room for the development, Habitat has to clear most of the city’s only large wooded area downtown. Some residents want Habitat to consider an alternative. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.