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Decarcerate Monroe County to host a discussion on local jail expansion and other issues

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Members of Decarcerate Monroe County are hosting an event this Thursday, November 20th to discuss recent changes in the Indiana criminal code, the latest expansion proposal by the County Commissioners, and the links between homelessness and incarceration. Interchange host Doug storm invited Micol Seigel in to talk about some of these issues, we hear a portion of their discussion here, for today’s community report.

The full discussion can be heard on Interchange next Tuesday, November 25th at 6pm.

Debate Continues Over Monroe County’s Proposed Zoning Laws

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Local realtors and landowners are still not satisfied with proposed changes to Monroe County’s zoning laws. Members of the public commented on the changes at a November 6th meeting of the County Plan Commission. The Commission is considering revisions to its rules for rural areas. The changes have sparked months of debate. Commission President John Irvine said the County has been responsive to concerns.

The new zoning rules set limits on how property owners can subdivide their land. County Planning Director Larry Wilson said residents have expressed the most concern about some of those limits.

The Bloomington Board of Realtors sent a representative to oppose the changes. Tracey Lutz (LUTEZ) said the rules would mean fewer new lots for development and a reduction in local property values.

Lutz’s comments challenged assertions by County officials that the proposed changes would actually reduce sprawl. Irvine referred to a new rule that would allow large-scale landowners to sell small portions of their properties, but only if they agree not to subdivide their land again for 25 years.

Monroe County Council member Marty Hawk, who is also a local realtor, warned the Commission might be miscalculating. Hawk said limiting development could hurt the County’s finances. She said that’s because of Indiana’s circuit breaker law, which is beginning to affect Monroe County.

Irvine responded by saying the circuit breaker law was QUOTE interrelated UNQUOTE to the other financial considerations, but he didn’t say how the Commission proposed dealing with the issue. Although realtors were unhappy with the newest version of the zoning rules, other rural businesses have stopped protesting. That’s because the Commission removed the rules that would affect those businesses. Jim Shelton from the Greater Bloomington Area Chamber of Commerce thanked the Commission.

The Commission did not vote on the rules at the November 6th meeting.

Daily Local News – November 19, 2014

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Three term Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced he will not seek reelection while on Indiana Newsdesk’s Ask the Mayor program yesterday; Local realtors and landowners are still not satisfied with proposed changes to Monroe County’s zoning laws; Bloomington holds an above-average ranking in “LGBT Friendliness,” according to an Indiana Daily Student report on a recent evaluation by the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (or MEI); Indiana University School of Medicine researchers released a study earlier this week discussing inconsistencies in patient and doctor communication; In a recent press release, Affordable Care Act (or ACA) volunteers of Monroe County announced a variety of upcoming events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in health coverage; The League of American Bicylists has named Bloomington a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

FEATURE
Members of Decarcerate Monroe County are hosting an event this Thursday, November 20th to discuss recent changes in the Indiana criminal code, the latest expansion proposal by the County Commissioners, and the links between homelessness and incarceration. Interchange Host Doug Storm invited Micol Siegal in to talk about some of these issues, we hear a portion of their discussion here, for today’s community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
It sounds like a fabulous way to make extra money or keep yourself afloat financially, but instead of throwing you a life-preserver, these fraudsters are strapping you to an anchor and tossing you overboard.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelley Wherley and Kathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil, Cathi Norton, and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, along with Anson Shupe
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Bloomington Named A Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community

The league of American Bicylists has named Bloomington a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. The League is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization. Its awards are are partially funded by the Trek Bicycle company. Every year the League gives out awards to communities that promote and support the use of bicycles by residents. Winners are ranked from the top with platinum awards, then gold, silver and bronze. Last year Bloomington received a silver award. This year, four communities were given the highest recognition. Bloomington was among 21 getting the gold medal. It was the only place in Indiana to do so. In 2003, Bloomington was the first community in Indiana to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community and continues to have the highest rating of any community in the state. This year’s award was in recognition of its efforts to improve conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

Affordable Care Act Volunteers Will Hold Upcoming Events to Enroll Monroe County Residents

In a recent press release, Affordable Care Act (or ACA) volunteers of Monroe County announced a variety of upcoming events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in health coverage. The “CoverMonroe Project” will hold three different types of events to increase service to residents: Education and Enrollment Fairs that educate citizens about available options; Health Plan Forums to help support selecting the insurance plan that best meets family needs, and specific “Coverage Navigator” appointments for one-on-one help. Numerous events, some requiring an appointment, will be held between December 3rd and January 25th at the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington), or at the library’s Ellettsville Branch at 600 West Temperance Street in Ellettsville. Open enrollment extends until February 15th, 2015. After that time, those failing to sign up for health insurance will face tax penalties that have doubled from last year.
The CoverMonroe Project is the key program of the ACA Volunteers of Monroe County Inc, a non-profit company dedicated to educating the community on the features of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The volunteer program is licensed by the Federal Government to provide direct advice and assistance in health coverage, working with ASPIN Health Navigators of Indianapolis, the City of Bloomington, IU Health Individual Solutions, Monroe County Public Library and the United Way of Monroe County in this effort.

Bloomington Scores Above Average As LGBT Supportive Community

Bloomington holds an above-average ranking in “LGBT Friendliness,” according to an Indiana Daily Student report on a recent evaluation by the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (or MEI). With a score of 67 out of 100, Bloomington was among five Indiana cities evaluated in research that covered a total of 84 million people. The MEI measures how cities support their LGBT communities, even if their state and federal governments do not. Points were awarded in categories that included nondiscrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment benefits and municipal services. While Bloomington scored very highly in most categories, it scored lower in the municipality-as-employer category. That category examines nondiscrimination in city employment, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, city contraction nondiscrimination and equal benefits ordinances. Data compiled by the Human Rights MEI were sent to municipality leaderships in July to allow them to review their scores, and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

Mayor Kruzan Will Not Seek Reelection

Three term Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced he will not seek reelection while on Indiana Newsdesk’s Ask the Mayor program yesterday. Candidates can declare their run for the May 5th, 2015 primary beginning in January.

Daily Local News (每日地方新闻) November 19,2014 – Firearms Season 2014 (枪械赛季2014)

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Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced that deer numbers are down, but says this year’s firearms season will still be productive for Indiana deer hunters —印第安纳州自然资源署已宣布,鹿数量下降,但是他说,今年的枪械赛季依然为印第安纳鹿的猎人生产枪械。

Interchange – Impulse Under the Influence: Campus Rape Culture

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“Impulse Under the Influence” examines campus rape culture and how easy access to alcohol exacerbates the incidence of sexual abuse.

Guests:

Jen Maher, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies, Maher’s area of expertise covers gender and popular culture; second and third wave feminism; gender and modern memoir, feminist history/theory, and the politics of reproduction.

Rasul Mowatt, an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health. His main research areas of interest are leisure behavior, social justice, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy.

Justin Garcia, Director of Education & Research Training at The Kinsey Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender Studies.

Credits:

Host and Producer, Doug Storm
Board Engineer, Jonathan Richardson
Social Media Coordinator, Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer, Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 18, 2014

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The Indiana University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting of its Finance, Audit and Strategic Planning Committee tomorrow in Indianapolis to review a resolution to borrow money to finance a new Arts and Science Building at its Northwest campus in Gary and to pay for renovation work on Franklin Hall on the Bloomington campus; The state agency charged with representing utility ratepayer interests has recommended that the request for a multi-year rate increase by Indiana’s largest power supplier be denied; Parents and community members in Stinesville are protesting what some say was the wrongful removal of an elementary school principal there. Later this evening on Interchange, a discussion about and alcohol use on campus with, Rasul Mowatt, an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health Justin Garcia, Director of Education & Research Training at The Kinsey Institute and Jen Maher  a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies.

FEATURE
WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh examines community resources for building an understanding of the definition of sexual assault, and new initiatives for teaching bystander intervention for today’s community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
We may not like to think about debt collection, tax audits, or foreclosures, but sometimes they happen. Jamie Andree of Indiana Legal Services stops by to talk about what to think about when your money meets the law—and how you might keep them from crossing paths in the first place.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey, with Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Anna Legge
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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