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Indiana’s Bully Bill

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This Spring the Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1423, anti-bullying legislation, which went into effect July 1st. In the Centers for Disease Control’s 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Indiana was ranked 3rd in the country for both bullying on school property and online bullying. The survey found that one-in-twenty Hoosier children hadn’t shown up to school in the month prior to the survey, because they were fearful of their safety. After the bill passed, a summer task group was set up to instruct school districts and Indiana residents about bullying. Members of that task force clarify the law for today’s WFHB feature report.

Daily Local News – November 6, 2013

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Megan Robertson, the campaign manager for Freedom Indiana spoke yesterday at Indiana University Bloomington’s Maurer School of Law; Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced today that Indiana is leading the way in electronic poll book standards; The Bloomington Board of Parks Commissioners rejected an appeal October 22nd, from a resident who opposed the city cutting down trees to make way for a new trail; Governor Mike Pence named Rick Ruble the new Commissioner of the Department of Labor on Monday. Ruble, who is from Martinsville, has held the Interim Commissioner position for the department since September.

FEATURE
Indiana’s Bully Bill
This Spring the Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1423, anti-bullying legislation, which went into effect July 1st. In the Centers for Disease Control’s 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Indiana was ranked 3rd in the country for both bullying on school property and online bullying. The survey found that one-in-twenty Hoosier children hadn’t shown up to school in the month prior to the survey, because they were fearful of their safety. After the bill passed, a summer task group was set up to instruct school districts and Indiana residents about bullying. Members of that task force clarify the law for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Ethnic minorities are more likely to be victimized by scams and swindles – and the numbers might surprise you. But there is help, and we’re here to tell you what YOU can do about it, on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Casey Kuhn,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Andrew Huddleston,
Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature.
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Interchange – Doug Martin: Muckraking Education Politics

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This week on Interchange, host Doug Storm speaks with investigative blogger Doug Martin who posts articles regularly on the website Schools Matter (found at schoolsmatter.info).  Martin is a native Hoosier who has been investigating Indiana’s “for profit” Education Politics for several years and will soon publish a book detailing these investigations called “Hoosier School Heist.”

Martin’s articles at Schools Matter get over 1,000 views on a regular basis. He offers readers facts rather just more opinions from one particular “side of the aisle,” he follows the money, and he names names: from the Indy Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, to politicians like Mitch Daniels and Tony Bennett, to the out in the open oligarchs at the Walton and Gates Foundations, to the lower level soldiers these groups plant on school boards and grant funding organizations and who write op-eds in local newspapers under the banner of independent “Policy Reviews.”  That is, Martin relentlessly exposes every evil practice and every evil act whether performed by politician or business person.

Howard Zinn-In

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During his US History class today, Indiana University associate Professor Alex Lichtenstein held what he deemed a “Howard Zinn-in.” The date coincides with the birthday of famous Hoosier Eugene V. Debbs, a prominent Socialist and proponent of union rights during the turn of the twentieth century who Zinn admired. The event was held in conjunction with similar Zinn-ins held throught the state, all in protest of former governor Mitch Daniels attempts to ban the author’s works from Indiana classrooms. We bring you that speech for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Volunteers will help anyone with questions about the Affordable Care Act tomorrow

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Local volunteers will again help people understand and navigate the enrollment process for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County will be providing information and guidance this Wednesday at the Monroe County library, for anyone interested in the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace. Wednesday’s fair will be the third the group has presented in the last month.

David Meyer, president of the volunteers, says the upcoming session will have a bigger space, additional process guides that help answer specific questions about the ACA and help people get more detailed resources and information covered.

Volunteers have seen a gradual increase in the numbers of people seeking information at their fairs.

This increase is expected to further escalate, as the December 15 deadline approaches to sign up for insurance coverage as the January 1 of next year.

The Indiana Insurance Marketplace is part of the national marketplace website, so it has suffered many of the same problems as the 25 other states that decided not to establish their own version of the program. However, Meyer says he hears the national website is becoming more navigable.

“What we do at these fairs is work to educate and answer questions for anyone that comes out,” Meyer says, “We also want them to know how health insurance works in general. Our focus is on educating people so they can make decisions for themselves and self-enroll.”

There are 19 insurance companies offering health insurance to Monroe County residents on the Indiana ACA exchange. Meyer and these volunteers will also provide advice to fair visitors who may not be eligible for insurance enrollment under the ACA.

The fair will run tomorrow, November 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m, in rooms 1B and 1C on the lower floor of the Monroe County Public Library. Attendance is free of charge, and no documentation is required.

My Health Matters – Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

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Denise discusses the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy related to health and wellness.

New YMCA in northwest Bloomington opens its doors Sunday for a community tour

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After 18 months of construction, the northwest Bloomington YMCA will have an open tour Sunday afternoon. This is the second YMCA facility in the city. In addition to the usual sports facilities for individuals and families, the new building will also include a licensed child care center.

It will also provide medical services, in collaboration with IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Sara Herold, marketing director for Monroe County YMCA, says the new facilities will not be ready for use during the tour.

“We’re banding together to provide facilities and programs that allow people to become healthier,” Herold says, “I just think this is an extraordinary opportunity for the community to come together and see what the new YMCA has to offer.

YMCA has been in Bloomington since the late 1800’s, when it was a student organization. In the 1970’s it began offering swim lessons and fitness classes throughout the town. It wasn’t until 1981 that the first facility was built, on the southeast side of town. Herold says they appreciate the support the community offers them, especially as a nonprofit organization.

“We’re committed to providing safe places and a positive alternatives for children and families to become healthy,” Herold says, “We want to teach sound nutrition and our goal is to make a stronger community by making a healthier community.”

It is estimated that more than 6,700 individuals will benefit from the northwest YMCA. Approximately 80 part-time and full-time jobs will be created because of the new facility.

Visitors to Lake Monroe will have the chance to observe winter eagles as ‘Citizen Scientists’

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Anyone interested in helping track winter eagle activity at Lake Monroe will have the opportunity to attend Citizen Scientist training next week, on November 17. Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist at Monroe Lake, gives details about the training.

“This is our second year and we’re inviting people to come out and learn the different phases of life for the bald eagle and the Golden Eagle,” Vance says, “Then they can come out to the lake this winter and track any eagles they see. This will help us track our eagle population on the lake and let our visitors know where the best place to see these eagles are.”

The training also covers the difference between adult and juvenile eagles, common eagle behavior, and how best to observe the bird.

“The more people we have out there looking for eagles the better our data is on how many eagles we have out there on the lake,” Vance says.

The observation period for this project lasts from December 1 to March 31. Anyone who decides to participate is expected to volunteer at least two hours per month, to help personnel record the information.

The training session for Monroe Lake eagle observers will take place next Sunday, November 17 at 6 p.m, at the Paynetown State Recreation Area.

 

Ins and Outs of Money – Winterize Your Home

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Colder temperatures are here! Learn how to prepare your home to be warm, energy efficient, and cost effective, for WFHB’s weekly financial segment the Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

The Strike Mic – November 5, 2013

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This week on The Strike Mic, Ph.D candidate Christopher Miles speaks about the student input that went into the proposal of a merged Media School at Indiana University, and how it compares to the plan adopted by IU trustees last month.

Tune in every Tuesday for a new edition of The Strike Mic, a weekly update from your friends and neighbors working to strengthen the voice of IU students and staff.

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