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EcoReport – October 17, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Members of the Bloomington Food Policy Council talk about their proposal to include ambitious local food production goals in the city’s Imagine Bloomington urban growth vision.

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.

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

 

iPhone App Will Track County Police Officers

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The Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department will now use an iPhone app known as Telenav to track the location of its probation and community corrections officers. WFHB reporter Nash Hott spoke with Tom Rhodes, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, and Monroe Circuit Court Presiding Judge Teresa Harper for today’s WFHB News Feature Exclusive.

Daily Local News – October 16, 2013

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Governor Pence has named eight appointees to the Early Learning Advisory Committee; A program that allows Monroe County residents to safely dispose of pharmaceutical drugs won a statewide award this year; At a meeting on September 26th, the Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals gave a man permission to run a bakery out of his house, despite concerns from his next-door neighbor; Home Movie Day, presented by the Indiana University Libraries Film Archive, is coming this weekend.

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iPhone App Will Track County Police Officers
The Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department will now use an iPhone app known as Telenav to track the location of its probation and community corrections officers. WFHB reporter Nash Hott spoke with Tom Rhodes, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, and Monroe Circuit Court Presiding Judge Teresa Harper for today’s WFHB News Feature Exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
High-pressure sales pitches for insurance to cover what Medicare doesn’t are crossing the line into scam territory. Older people are increasingly being targeted, especially with the new Health Care Act coming into force, on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

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Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish
Nash Hott produced our feature
Our engineer is Jim Lang
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Standardized SWAT: How US Police Forces Have Come to Resemble the Military

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Radley Balko is an award winning investigative journalist for The Huffington Post, former senior editor for Reason Magazine and IU Alumnus. His new book “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” explains how various factors and ill-advised policies have led to the US government arming and training local police forces to be more like a soldier, and less like the traditional concept of a cop. He returned to IU on September 26th, at the request of student Libertarian group Young Americans for Liberty, to speak to a crowd about the militarization of domestic police and his new book. This talk was recorded live-on-location, at Woodburn Hall, for Standing Room Only on WFHB.

Bloomington Beware! – Medigap

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High-pressure sales pitches for insurance to cover what Medicare doesn’t are crossing the line into scam territory. Older people are increasingly being targeted, especially with the new Health Care Act coming into force.

My Health Matters – Affordable Care Act Kick Off Event

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General information about the Affordable Care Act, the new health insurance law, was presented at the Monroe County Public Library. Representatives from the City of Bloomington, IU Health, and the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County gave presentations to the general public.

Interchange – Laura Reagan: Columbus Day

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This week on Interchange, host Louis Malone IV discusses Christopher Columbus and the Federal Holiday Columbus Day.  Ms. Reagan is a local activist, IU graduate student, and is a former officer in the Natvie American Community Center of Bloomington.  During the discussion, the guest discusses the truth and the myth of historical Columbus, the origin of the Federal holiday, and the state of Columbus as an American icon today.

Third Annual VA ‘Stand Down’ This Thursday To Help Local Veterans In Need

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This Thursday Bloomington will host the third annual South Central Indiana Veterans Affairs Stand Down.

A large group of locally based service organizations, along with the City of Bloomington and the Monroe County government, will sponsor the local effort to help American military veterans facing housing problems and poverty.

Mary-Jane McNabb, a social worker with the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs, explains the origins of the Stand Down.

“Back in the Vietnam era, when soldiers came back from the field, they would come back to what’s called a ‘stand down’ where they got fresh clothing or new shoes or whatever they needed,” McNabb says, “The idea behind the Stand Down now is to provide veterans that are experiencing homelessness to services like free haircuts, flu shots and helping them get signed up for any government benefits they might need. We want to put all these things in one location to make things easy.”

The Stand Down project is a national, collaborative effort between local offices of the veteran’s administration, federal, state, and local government agencies, and community organizations who serve the homeless.

“Just having all the support from the community has been invaluable,” McNabb says, “Without that, we wouldn’t be able to do as much as we can. After the VA provides the opportunity for the event, then the community steps in and takes over. Hopefully this year we hope to reach out to more veterans in surrounding counties.”

Veterans who attend the event will receive essential supplies such as clothing, hygiene kits, blankets, gloves, scarves and other basic supplies.

“I’m a social worker so I continue to see a lot of these veterans on a regular basis and seen how the Stand Down has benefited them through the years,” McNabb says.

The local Stand Down is Thursday October 17 from 10 am to 2 pm, at the American Legion, Post 18, located on West Third Street in Bloomington.

A free lunch will be provided. The Shalom Community Center will provide a free shuttle service to and from the event every fifteen minutes.

Attendees must provide proof of their veteran status in order to be admitted, with either a Defense Department Form 214 or a VA issued identification card.

 

 

As Government Shutdown Continues, Local Group ‘Concerned Citizens’ Holds Rally In Front Of Rep. Todd Young’s Office

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Despite it being closed and empty, a demonstration took place yesterday outside of Representative Todd Young’s Bloomington office, to protest his role in the federal shutdown.

A local group called the Concerned Citizens of Monroe County held a rally at the Showers Plaza office of Congressman Young, to demand he put aside partisan interests and work to end the shutdown.

It came together by a group of concerned citizens that weren’t all Democrats, although many were, says Trent Deckard, Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party.

“We’re concerned about the shutdown and we wanted to voice our opinions to Congressman Young and let him know this is having an effect on folks,” Deckard says.

A furloughed federal employee spoke for the group along with other people voicing their concerns.

Unfortunately for the attendees, there was no one at the office to hear the protest, or speak to any of the protesters.

“The door was closed, the lights were off and there was a sign saying it was closed indefinitely,” Deckard says, “Congress is exempt from the shutdown and Young could have chosen to have his office open with a skeleton staff. We decided to do this last Thursday and there were 80 people there. I’m sure at some point he caught knowledge of this but he didn’t have anyone there. We had a closed door facing us and that’s kind of reflective of how things are but we went ahead anyway.”

In light of his status as Chair of the County Democrats, we asked Deckard if he could offer any predictions about how these issues will pan out – whether to continue funding government operations at least until December, and whether to raise the debt ceiling to avoid a federal default.

“I never thought the shutdown would get this far,” Deckard says, “While I watch the news, I think to myself that surely it will work out but I’m getting more and more skeptical. Mr. Young needs to come forward and say that he is representing folks in Indiana that need services in this healthcare bill. Until he says this, Ted Cruz and those driving the position will keep pushing their agenda and that doesn’t reflect who we are in Indiana. As we get closer and closer to Thursday, it’s hard to stay optimistic.”

The deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling is this Thursday. If a resolution is not passed by Congress and signed by the President by then, the government will be prevented from borrowing funds to fund the deficit and debt, effectively creating a debt default.

The latest report from Washington is that the most recent effort to end the impasse has failed.

Monroe County Affordable Care Act Resources

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The City of Bloomington, IU Health Bloomington, and the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County are partnering for a series of informational events to help citizens understand the recent Affordable Care Act provisions that went into effect at the beginning of the month. WFHB correspondent David Murphy speaks with David Meyer, organizer for the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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