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Brown County Commissioner Special Joint Meeting

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In response to citizen concerns regarding Brown County Administrator Michael Thompson, there will be a special joint meeting of the Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County Council next Thursday, October 9th. This week’s edition of the Brown County Democrat reports that a group of about 70 citizens met at the library to hear a report about the county’s finances and leadership on September 25th.  At the end of the two hour meeting several members called for the firing of Thompson and replacing him with someone who has a stronger background in accounting and internal audit controls. Thompson said he hopes the opportunity for the public to speak with government officials will clear up misunderstandings in the community.

According to the Democrat, attendees at the meeting voiced concern over Thompson’s credentials and the amount of time he charged the county for his services when he was an independent contractor. Thompson said that while it is rare for a join administrative meeting to be held, the commissioners and the council would be able to address the varied concerns of the public.

The joint meeting of the Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County council will be held Thursday, October 9th at two P-M in the salmon room of the county office building.

Daily Local News – October 2, 2014

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In response to citizen concerns regarding Brown County Administrator Michael Thompson, there will be a special joint meeting of the Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County Council next Thursday, October 9th;The Hoosier State will receive a visit from President Barack Obama tomorrow, Friday October 3rd;US Senator Joe Donnelly recently welcomed the awarding of a $3 million grant from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, specifically from its Supportive Services for Veteran Families division, to the United Way of Central Indiana;The Bloomington wildlife advocacy group BANIDS is promoting new legislation to stop the city’s plans for the sharpshooting of deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

FEATURE
Monroe County’s budget for next year is in the black — at least for now. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn Vandewiele & Scott Weddle
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineers today are Jonathan Goethals and Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – October 2, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Anne Sterling from the Humane Society of the United States talks about the upcoming ballot referendum on wolf hunting in the state of Michigan.

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:  Dan Young and Matt Noble.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, 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.

Bloomington Beware! – Data Breaches

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Target, Michael’s, AOL, EBay, Jimmy John’s — there’s been a massive data breach discovered every month this year. Here’s some perspective on the situation and some things we can all do about it.

Standing Room Only – Get to know your local candidates, Part 1 of 6

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On Tuesday, September 16, in the Bloomington City Council Chambers five candidates discussed their qualifications for public office in Monroe County. The session consisted of expert commentary and Audience Q&A. Candidates for Assessor include Judy Sharp and William Ellis. Candidates for commissioner include Patrick Stoffers Robert LaGarde and David Nakarado. This event was recorded by Community Access Television Services and used with permission by Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Video coverage provided by CATS: http://catstv.net/m.php?q=1863

 

New Consumer Protection Laws Proposed

Yesterday Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced new proposals to strengthen consumer protection laws in Indiana.  Among the top complaints are those dealing with home repair and construction scams.  Often home repairs are needed immediately because of weather or emergency-related events.  In these cases, homeowners often feel they don’t have time to examine all the alternatives and this leaves them more susceptible to dishonest contractors. Zoeller is proposing a voluntary registration system for contractors available to the public online.  This would simplify homeowner access to information about reputable contractors.  To be listed a contractor would be required to post a bond to cover customers in case the contractor violated Indiana’s consumer protection laws.

Another big consumer complaint concerns debt-collection practices, especially when the debt is not legitimate.  Zoeller is proposing new protections requiring debt collectors to increase transparency during the initial contact with the consumer by immediately identifying themselves as a debt collector and disclosing from whom the debt was purchased.

Zoeller is also supporting extension of the Senior Consumer Protection Act to include additional protections for veterans and the disabled.  These proposals will be taken up by the next Indiana General Assembly which convenes in January.

Indiana State Department of Health releases hospital’s mistake records; No Local hospitals cited

This past week the Indiana State Department of Health released statistics based on the Indiana Medicine Error Reporting System which tracks hospital’s medical mistakes, everything from bed sores to surgical implements accidentally left in patients’ bodies after surgery. According to Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess: “The purpose of the Medical Error Reporting System is to identify sources and significant opportunities to improve quality of care for Hoosiers. This is part of the Indiana State Department of Health’s continuing efforts to improve health and care for Hoosiers.” In 2006 Indiana became the second state to adopt the reporting standards of the National Quality Forum’s 28 Services Adverse Effects Survey, In 2013 the survey of 293 Indiana hospitals, birthing centers and abortion clinics found 111 incidents of health malfeasance. These included 45 severe bed sores reported; 27 incidents of a foreign object retained in a patient’s body after surgery; 18 surgeries performed on the wrong body part; and 12 falls in the hospital resulting in a death or serious disability. No local hospitals  – neither IU Health Bloomington Hospital nor Monroe Hospital, were listed in the 2013 data as having any “preventable errors.” It was Monroe Hospital’s fourth straight year of a perfect record and IU Bloomington Hospital’s second time in three years.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank in need of votes to secure national grant

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This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.

Daily Local News – October 1, 2014

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Bloomington Animal Shelter joins shelters across the United States in recognizing October as National Adopt-a-Dog Month; This past week the Indiana State Department of Health released statistics based on the Indiana Medicine Error Reporting System which tracks hospital’s medical mistakes, everything from bed sores to surgical implements accidentally left in patients’ bodies after surgery; Yesterday Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced new proposals to strengthen consumer protection laws in Indiana.

FEATURE
This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our consumer watchdog show!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kathi Norton, Kelley Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Anson Shupe
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish
Our engineer today is Jim Lang, along with Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

October is National-Adopt-a-dog Month

Bloomington Animal Shelter joins shelters across the United States in recognizing October as National Adopt-a-Dog Month.  Special events are planned where adoptable dogs will be present at locations around Bloomington on Saturdays.  Locations include Bryan Park, the library, Upland Brewery and the Farmer’s Market.  During the month of October the dog adoption fee is reduced to $40, which includes vaccinations, spaying or neutering, microchipping and heartworm testing.

According to Laurie Ringquist, Director, City of Bloomington Animal Care & Control, October is usually the most successful month for dog adoptions.  Last October 104 dogs were adopted compared to an average of 60-80 dog adoptions for other months.

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