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Voices in the Street – Friends, Fusion and Fun: Celebrating the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival


The Lotus Festival kicks off next week and the coming days promise loads of music, a parade, multiple workshops and more fun than you can shake a cabassa at. Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors if they’re planning on attending the festival and about some of their favorite Lotus memories.

Decision unclear on building apartment behind 4th Street business


The owner of a local restaurant building was left wondering September 8th whether he’d be allowed to build apartments behind the business. The Bloomington Plan Commission did not come to a clear decision about the project at India Garden on East 4th Street. Some members of the Commission cited concerns about other recent developments downtown. Commission member Pat Williams said the timing is problematic…

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County’s books are out of order


Monroe County is once again struggling to keep its finances in order. This week County Treasurer Cathy Smith told the county council that there are inconsistencies in the County’s financial records, dating back more than 15 months, and that the cause has yet to be identified…

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Daily Local News – September 11, 2014


Monroe County is once again struggling to keep its finances in order; The owner of a local restaurant building was left wondering September 8th whether he’d be allowed to build apartments behind the business; The anniversary of September 11th was commemorated by the city of Bloomington this morning in Showers Plaza.

The anniversary of September 11th was commemorated by the city of Bloomington this morning in showers plaza. Bob Loviscek, President of the Bloomington Metropolitan Professional Firefighters Local 586 led off the ceremony, we hear his words for today’s community report.

Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment.

Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele and Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Our board engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Eco Report – September 11, 2014


In today’s EcoReport feature, Stephanie Boyles Griffin, from the Humane Society of the United States, talks about nonlethal methods to successfully reduce and manage deer populations.

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: Kelly Miller and Dan Young.
This week’s news stories were written by Joe Crawford, Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Stephanie Stewart, Dan Young, and Kelly Miller. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Extended Hours For Library

The Main Library has extended its Sunday hours in response to public requests. Beginning this month the library opens from noon to 6 on Sunday instead of the previous hours of 1 to 5 p.m. To maintain the same total number of hours, the library opens one hour later on Friday and Saturday, at 10 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. Since downtown parking is free on Sunday, this means that free parking is available during more of the open hours. The increased Sunday hours coincide with the opening of newly renovated auditorium and expanded program offerings on Sunday afternoons, including movies, music, storytelling and dance.

IU Ranks High for Public Universities

IU Bloomington has ranked number 30 for public universities, and 76th of the top 100 universities overall, according to the latest survey by U.S. News and World report. The indicators used to determine rankings include graduation rate, financial resources, faculty resources, student retention, selectivity, reputation and alumni giving.

A high ranking is useful for recruiting out-of-state and foreign students who may not be as familiar with I U as in-state students. Although I U has a sizeable number of out-of-state and foreign students, the majority of the students are from Indiana and most decide to attend IU based on factors other than national rankings.

IU officials acknowledge that it is flattering to attain high ratings, but it has little influence on the overall administration of the university.

Indiana Files Appeal to Strike Down Same Sex Marriage Ban

Hoosiers, along with officials from 31 other states, have rushed to file appeals asking the Supreme Court to consider the issue of same sex marriage. Fifteen months ago, in the case of U.S. versus Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, that denied tax, health and veterans benefits to legally married same sex couples. Since that time, the Windsor decision has been used by nearly two dozen judges to strike down same sex marriage bans every region of the country. Just last week the Seventh Court of Appeals in Chicago unanimously ruled that bans against same sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional. In his 40 page opinion, Judge Richard Posner said that the bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are irrational and animus-driven. He noted that Indiana refuses to recognize same sex marriages from other states, but it does recognize first-cousin marriages from other states, although first-cousin marriages are not legal in Indiana.
The appeals to the Supreme Court come from both sides – states that do allow same sex marriage and those that don’t. According to the Associated Press, thirty businesses including Amazon, Target, and General Electric, say the Supreme Court should extend same sex marriage nationwide because “the current patchwork of state laws causes employees justifiable uncertainty about how their employers and state governments will treat their familial relationships”. Many analysts believe the Supreme Court will decide to take up the matter when they meet in private on September 29th. However, it could be June 2015 until a ruling is issued.

Bloomington Beware! – Latest and Not So Greatest


Scams are everywhere these days! We’ll never be able to completely keep up, but here’s a list of some of the newer ones going around…and around…and around…

Rollo Proposes Moratorium On Large-Scale Buildings


Council member Dave Rollo addressed a broader issue related to downtown development during council announcements last week. Rollo said the city should consider a temporary moratorium on large-scale buildings there. He said the city’s comprehensive plan is 12 years old and an update would help planners decide what developments to approve. Rollo also cited concerns from his constituents about new structures downtown. Rollo said he has not planned any legislation to follow up on his proposal. But he said he wants the Council to have a discussion on the issue.

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