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Petition: Land Swap Could Save B-Line Woods

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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.

Daily Local News – March 14, 2014

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Bloomington’s newest historic district probably can’t stop Indiana University from demolishing six historic houses there, according to the Bloomington City Council’s discussion March 12th; The Ellettsville Town Council put off a vote on whether to hire a town manager March 10th.

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State Representative Matt Ubelor Address Legislative Roundtable
District 62 State Representative Matt Ubelor addressed the League of Women Voters’ recent legislative roundtable, with an update from the Indiana legislature so far this session. His remarks here, for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

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Anchors: Helen Harrell, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Rob Powell.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Fiona Li,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

State Representative Matt Ubelor Address Legislative Roundtable

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District 62 State Representative Matt Ubelor addressed the League of Women Voters’ recent legislative roundtable, with an update from the Indiana legislature so far this session. His remarks here, for today’s WFHB feature report.

Mark Stoops Addresses Legislative Roundtable

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Indiana District 40 Senator Mark Stoops addressed the League of Women Voters’ recent legislative roundtable, and gave an update from the Indiana legislature so far this session. His remarks here, for today’s WFHB feature report.

League of Women Voters Hosts Legislative Roundtable

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In a recent local legislators roundtable hosted by the League of Women Voters, the issue of personal property tax was raised, and local representatives Matt Pierce, Matt Ubelhor, Erik Cook, and State Senator Mark Stoops weighed in on a bill making its way through the legislature this Spring. Their discussion here, for today’s WFHB feature report.

The Strike Mic: Ubuntu Revivement Efforts Underway

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At the end of this month the Interfaith Winter Shelter closes it’s doors to Bloomington’s homeless, about 60 of whom patronize the shelter each evening. Efforts are now underway to resurrect the Ubuntu group with a goal of creating permanent low barrier shelter in Bloomington. We hear updates from this effort today on The Strike Mic.

Writer’s Showcase: Tony Brewer

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Tony Brewer is a poet, an author, and president of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Brewer, and we’re bringing you highlights from that conversation for today’s WFHB feature report.

Planned Neighborhood Development

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The city council will meet tonight to discuss a proposal to re-zone a football-shaped area of land along the B-line trail on the north side of the downtown area between 9th and 11th streets. The proposal, brought the council by local non-profit Habitat for Humanity, is to re-zone the area from residential to “planned neighborhood development”, so that Habitat for Humanity can build a subdivision with 35 single family homes. Currently, the land, which is owned by habitat for humanity, is zoned so that 50% of the trees on the property can be removed, but if the proposal is approved, Habitat for Humanity would be allowed to remove up to 64% of the trees on the land. The proposal states that the 36% of the property that would be required to remain wooded would be near the B-line trail and the railroad that borders the other side of the property. The area was clear as recently as the 1960s and the oldest trees on the property are the ones near the edges, which the proposal plans to retain. At the last city council meeting, residents of the area spoke out against Habitat’s proposal for a variety of rationales, ranging from the ecology of the area, to the view from the b-line trail. WFHB Correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Patrick Shay, development review manager for the city of Bloomington, and Martha Crouch, a resident of the neighborhood for 35 years, for today’s WFHB feature.

St. Monkey: A New Book by IU Prof. Jacinda Townsend

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Jacinda Townsend grew up in South-Central Kentucky and has published short fiction in literary magazines such as African Voices, Carve Magazine, The Maryland Review, and Xavier Review. Her work has been anthologized in publications like Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky
Feminists. She is currently a professor at Indiana University and resides in Bloomington with her two kids. On a recent episode of the WFHB show Bring it On Townsend talked about her new book, St. Monkey, which is set in Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Now we bring you a portion of that appearance, for today’s WFHB feature report.

IU: No Written Contracts on University Courts Deal

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As Bloomington officials debate this week whether to designate the University Courts neighborhood as a historic district, plans are moving forward to demolish six of its houses. Indiana University plans to tear down the homes along East 8th Street, and then trade the land to a fraternity that would build a house there. The plan has angered neighbors and others who want to protect the houses. And in November, WFHB submitted a public record request to IU seeking contracts and other documents that would provide details about the deal. After months of negotiations, IU responded last week, but the response raises even more questions about how the deal would work. We bring you that story now, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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