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Election Board Prepares for Upcoming Elections

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The election board did not receive any reassuring updates regarding poll workers in their meeting last week. WFHB News director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

Activate! – Middle Way Rooftop Garden: Andrea Jobe

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Andrea Jobe, an original member of the volunteer team behind the Middle Way House Rooftop Garden and the Volunteer Coordinator for the project, talks about the importance of the project to shelter residents, their children and those who volunteer – what they learn, how their lives are made better and how gardening is bringing them to a brighter future. Also, more local volunteer opportunities geared toward helping those living with food insecurity from the Bloomington Volunteer Network in honor of September as Hunger Awareness Month.

Links:
Middle Way House
Rooftop Garden Volunteers
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Orientations
Community Kitchen

Books Unbound – Frankenstein, Part 7

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was 18 when she and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited some literary friends and got involved in a challenge, to see who could write the most frightening story. Out of a group that included the poet Lord Byron, only Mary’s story of a scientist who goes too far has lasted as a landmark of fantastic literature. Mary Shelley was twenty when the book was published.

Frankenstein was published in 1818, as the Industrial Revolution readied for takeoff in Europe. Science held out the promise of mankind’s triumph over nature, even over death itself – and electricity was the key. In the novel, a doctor uses electricity to re-animate parts of human corpses into a whole, living being – who, although hideous, develops intelligence and self-awareness – and finally turns against its creator. Frankenstein was banned in South Africa in 1955, for containing material deemed “indecent” and “obscene.”

Hola Bloomington – September 26, 2014

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Carlos Bakota, Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Minerva Sosa y Araceli Gómez-Aldana hablan del “Sueño Americano.” ¿Por qué la gente emigra a los Estados Unidos? Que es “El Sueño Americano”? y ¿Cómo ha sido la experiencia de los locutores aquí en los Estados Unidos?

 Hola Bloomington’s hosts Carlos Bakota, Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Minerva Sosa and Araceli Gómez-Aldana talk about the “American Dream.” Why people migrate to the United States? What is “The American Dream”? Also, what has been the experience of the hosts here in the United States.

EcoReport’s Dan Young on “Dam Nation”

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WFHB correspondent Dan Young speaks with conservationist Gary Moody about the environmental impact of the Williams Dam near Bedford, and fills us in on an upcoming showing of the film “Dam Nation” in Bloomington, for today’s community report, courtesy of eco report.

County building materials recovery facility

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Monroe County will be processing its own recyclables in a matter of months. The County Council approved a budget September 17th  that includes money to build a materials recovery facility, or MRF (“murf”). Officials at the County Solid Waste Management District have debated for years whether to build the facility. Currently the District pays a private company, Republic Services, to haul away its recyclables. But District Board President Steve Volan said it’s not always clear what happens to those materials.

Volan told the Council there is money to be made on recycling. He said the District just needs to build a facility to bail and store the materials.

The District’s budget only includes money for what is known as a clean­stream MRF. The facility will only process recyclables that are pre­sorted. Debate continues about whether to add on a more complex and expensive function called a waste stream MRF. That kind of facility would actually remove recyclable material from the garbage. County Council President Geoff McKim said many people seem to be confused about the two different functions.

The Council later voted to approve the District’s budget, which also includes a 5% raise for District employees. Those employees have not had a raise since 2011.

Parking meter plan

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The Bloomington City Council pressed Mayor Mark Kruzan for information about parking meters September 23rd. Council members asked about the financial status of the meter project. The questions came up as the Council considered next year’s city budget. Council member Marty Spechler wanted to know if the meters are making money for city government.

Kruzan did not directly answer the question. He said the financial picture is complex. And he said the administration provided written responses to similar questions prior to the meeting.

City documents state parking money is divided into at least five separate funds. At least three city departments do work related to parking. And the city has said from the start it expects to spend the first few years paying off the initial costs of meters.

Board member Steve Volan asked for the administration to present a clearer parking budget in the future .

Kruzan said he expects the parking meter program to change soon. He gave no specifics on those changes except to say the city government would probably be making less money.

Kruzan said his administration is consulting with downtown businesses and the Chamber of Commerce about changes to meter policy.

Voices in the Street – Examining the implications of the Malaysian Flight 17 crash

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Last Wednesday, IU held a memorial service for Karlijn Keijzer who was killed on July 17th while on Malaysian Flight 17 which was shot down over a pro-Russian held territory of Ukraine.  Karlijn was among 298 people who died on the flight.  Russia has recently claimed that Ukraine bears the full responsibility of the attack, while others argue the Russian-supplied missile points to real culprit.  Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors about what’s next for Russia and Ukraine and if the US should feel any obligation to intervene.

Daily Local News – September 25, 2014

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The Bloomington City Council pressed Mayor Mark Kruzan for information about parking meters September 23rd;Famous stand-up comedian and former talk show host Jay Leno will perform at the IU auditorium on Friday night, October 17, during IU’s Homecoming Weekend; Indiana University issued a statement yesterday expressing deep concern over the conviction and life sentence of Chinese scholar Ilham Tohti handed down this week; Monroe County will be processing its own recyclables in a matter of months.

FEATURE
WFHB correspondent Dan Young speaks with conservationist Gary Moody about the environmental impact of the Williams Dam near Bedford, and fills us in on an upcoming showing of the film “Dam Nation” in Bloomington, for today’s community report, courtesy of EcoReport.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn Vandewiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe and Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Young
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineers today are Jose Rodriguez and Jonathan Goethals
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – September 25, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, conservationist Gary Moody talks about the environmental impact of the Williams Dam near Bedford, and fills us in on an upcoming showing of the film “Dam Nation” in Bloomington

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.

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

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