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Daily Local News – July 2, 2015

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Construction on a new fraternity house on Woodlawn Avenue is slated to begin this month; In other construction news, work is scheduled to begin this month on Monroe County’s new parking garage; The Lafayette Planned Parenthood facility received an abortion clinic license yesterday from the Indiana State Department of Health – allowing the facility to continue its normal operations; Indiana Governor Mike Pence has sent a letter to Congress, urging them to pass the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015.

FEATURE
Addiction affects everyone, even college students. Now, three people at Indiana University have come together to create a campus recovery community for students who want to beat their addictions and successfully navigate the remainder of their college years in sobriety. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked into the group and its mission for today’s WFHB Community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – July 2, 2015

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The Bogazici University Summer School on Institutions, Justice and Democracy was held this June in Istanbul, Turkey. The event included discussions on environmental justice. Filiz Cicek spoke with one of the attendees, Derek Wall, who is the International Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales. Wall discusses late IU Professor Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize-winning theories on economy and ecology.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: Phil Caspar and Julianna Dailey.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. Our feature was produced by Dan Withered. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’ s calendar was compiled by Filiz Cicek. EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Derek Wall on Elinor Ostrom – Economy and Ecology

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The Bogazici University Summer School on Institutions, Justice and Democracy was held this June in Istanbul, Turkey. The event included discussions on environmental justice. Filiz Cicek spoke with one of the attendees, Derek Wall, who is the International Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales. Wall discusses late IU Professor Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize-winning theories on economy and ecology.

IN Nature – The Beaver

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This IN Nature segment features the Beaver.

Standing Room Only – Crime in Downtown Bloomington: A Public Forum

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On June 10th, Bloomington City Council Representative Stephen Volan moderated a public forum concerning illegal activity in the Kirkwood Avenue area of downtown Bloomington. A three-person panel consisting of Susan Bright of Nick’s English Hut, Byron Bangert, Chair of the Bloomington Human Rights Commission, and Erin Marshall of Decarcerate Monroe County, shared their thoughts and received comments from the public.

Dr. Rob Stone on the Future of the Affordable Care Act

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Last week the Supreme Court upheld a part of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The Court ruled it is legal for the federal government to offer subsidies to help people purchase health insurance. The decision was widely praised by supporters of the health care law. Yesterday, Joe Crawford sat down with Doctor Rob Stone, the founder of Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs Seeks Nominees

The Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs Awards is looking for nominees for their 5th annual awards ceremony. Viable candidates must be advocates in the Latino Community and exemplify leadership, initiative, advocacy, and dedication in Monroe county.There will be four categories of awards: The Latino Leader Award, Outstanding Latino High School Senior Award, Community Organization/Agency Award and The Latino Community Supporter Award.

Awards will be presented on September 15th at the Mathers Museum to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month. Nominations must include name, address, telephone number, e-mail and the reason why the candidate merits the award. Nomination forms can be completed online at www.bloomington.in.gov/chla, or may be dropped off at Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department at City Hall. All submissions are due August 14th.

Better Beware! – Password!

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Staying safe online requires passwords — probably many of them — and the problem of choosing and remembering good ones is getting worse and worse. Here are some things to think about and try.

Board of Zoning Appeals Denies Brewer’s Request

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The control the city of Bloomington government exercises over housing near IU was demonstrated last week at a meeting of the city Board of Zoning Appeals. Local property owner Derk Brewer asked the Board for permission to have more than three unrelated adults live in his house on State Road 46. According to Planning and Transportation Director Tom Micuda, the request was unusual.

Brewer’s house is west of the commercial area at the intersection of State Road 46 and North Walnut, which is just northwest of the I.U. campus. Brewer plans to add two additional bedrooms to what is now a three bedroom house. It’s legal for Brewer to add on to the house, but Micuda says the city only allows three unrelated adults to live on properties with residential single family zoning.

The city asked Brewer to sign a commitment that he would not allow more than three unrelated adults to live in the house. The area has a history of houses being converted to student rentals. That was prior to the city’s introduction and enforcement of stricter zoning regulations. Brewer was also cited in 2011 for allowing too many people to live in other properties he owns. Assistant city attorney, Patty Mulvihill, says the city is within its rights to ask Brewer to sign the commitment.

The board voted unanimously to deny Brewer’s request. That means that in order to get a building permit, he will have to sign the commitment to allow no more than three unrelated adults to live in the house.

Fair Labor Initiative Gains Support of Local Restaurants

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The Bloomington Human Rights Commission is continuing to encourage fair labor practices in local restaurants. Since the Commission began the Fair Labor Initiative in December, the program has gained the support of more than 30 local eateries. Participating restaurants have pledged they will comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, including minimum wage, overtime, tip-paying and record-keeping requirements. They also promise to work in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act by providing training, safety gear, and following poster requirements. Restaurants must also pledge to abide by equal employment laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment. And they must carry Unemployment insurance and comply with workers’ compensation requirements. The Director of Bloomington’s Human Rights Commission Barbara McKinney says recent efforts to get more restaurants signed up have included getting IU students involved.

The Fair Labor Initiative has decals for the fronts of establishments that participate. The decals are round with a yellow background and feature a knife, fork and spoon graphic, along with the words “This establishment affirms its compliance with fair labor practices.” The hope is that some customers will choose where to eat based on the presence of the decals.

Much of what the Fair Labor Initiative covers is already part of federal law. But McKinney says many of the laws are difficult to enforce in restaurants. She says that this program focuses on prevention and education. She says restaurants are better off learning to follow the law rather than deal with enforcement from federal regulators.

Any business interesting in learning more about the Fair Labor Initiative can contact Barbara McKinney at 812-349-3429.

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