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EcoReport – November 7, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Jesse Kharbanda discusses the history of the Hoosier Environmental Council and the organization’s involvement in state environmental issues.

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.

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

State grant money approved to improve twelve railroad crossings

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On October 24th, the Monroe County Commission approved spending state grant money to improve 12 railroad crossings. County Highway Department Director Bill Williams said the work will be performed using a grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The improvements will affect railroad crossing warnings at twelve of the county’s fifteen crossings, including three on Curry Pike and others on Vernal Pike and Liberty Drive.

Standing Room Only – Evidence-Based Probation

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On Thursday September 5, Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department conducted a presentation to report on becoming an evidence-based organization. The new system changed the scope and focus of the Probation Department’s policies. The upgrades were implemented to reduce the recidivism rate of offenders. The main speaker was Linda Brady, Chief Probation Officer here in Monroe County. This event was recorded on location at by Community Access Television Services  for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Bloomington Beware! – Minority Scams

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Ethnic minorities are far more likely to be victimized by scams and swindles; the numbers will surprise you. But there is help, and here’s what you can do about it.

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.

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