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Daily Local News – April 20, 2015

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Monroe County has announced an impromptu closure of the County Courthouse tomorrow; Bloomington’s local co-op grocery is undergoing major challenges; On Friday, Governor Pence signed new legislation that allows for individuals to obtain and use overdose intervention drugs; Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and former Democratic presidential candidate, is set to visit Bloomington on Wednesday; At a work session last week, the Monroe County Community School Board heard a proposed plan for evaluating teachers; Indiana University is in the process of approving two new degrees in engineering.

FEATURE
This year the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding. As part of its 100 Years Working for Peace Exhibit, the local branch of the League hosted a presentation by Judith Allen, a history professor at Indiana University. The event was held at the Monroe County History Center. Allen presented, “Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Jane Addams: Perils of Peace,” a presentation which compared these two iconic women and their views on war. We bring you portions of that event for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen on Trashion ReFashion and their experience with this great event. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron, Amanda Marino and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton and Cynthia Roberts-Hall
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Activate! – Trashion Refashion: Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen

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Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen on Trashion ReFashion and their experience with this great event. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
Center for Sustainable Living – Discardia
Trashion Refashion
Sidewalk Exchange/Reuse Volunteer
Recycle for Charity

IN Nature – Morel Mushrooms

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Hola Bloomington – April 17, 2015

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Hola Bloomington hosts Israel Herrera and Carmen Gozalo host a special segment “Un cafecito con…” with Rachel Lears, the director of the documentary titled, “The Hand the Feeds You,” and real character Mahoma Lopez. They discuss the documentary which is about the struggle of low-wage undocumented Latino workers that create a union to receive a decent labor treatment and fair salary. It has been selected best documentary in DOC NY, Full Frame and AFI DOCS.

Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Israel Herrera y Carmen Gozalo albergan un segmento de “Un cafecito con..” Rachel Lears, directora del documental “La mano que alimenta” y personaje real Mahoma López. “La mano que alimenta” es un documental sobre la lucha de los trabajadores Latinos de bajos salarios e indocumentados que crean un sindicato para recibir un tratamiento digno y salario justo. El documental fue llamado el mejor documental en DOC NY, Full Frame and AFI DOCS.

bloomingOUT – April 16, 2015

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Tonight our hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday discuss news and calendar in recent events. Jeff Jewel interviews mayoral candidate John Hamilton. Our music for tonight was “Time” by Steve Grand. We also heard our weekly segment “Out on Campus,” Arielle Soussan has a conversation with IU students about RFRA’s impact on student life. The bloomingOUT staff would like to give a special thanks to our guest John Hamilton.

Credits
Hosts Jeff Poling, Ryne Shadday, Jeff Jewel
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett
Interns Jorge Guillen, Megan McCullough, Jacob Samples, and Andrew Sims

Bloomington Free Parking Happy Hour

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Last night the Bloomington City Council voted to give downtown drivers back 2 hours of free parking each day. The Council voted to start enforcing the meter rules at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. They also moved the end of parking enforcement up an hour, from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m. Council member Steve Volan presented a proposal to cut the enforcement hours. Volan said the idea was based on a proposal from Mayor Mark Kruzan’s administration.

“They were suggesting cutting 4 hours out of the 18 hour days” Volan referencing the proposal of Kruzan’s administration. “Both my ordinance only propose to cut 2 hours of the day off.” Volan states.

Cutting the enforcement hours is expected to cost the city government $175,000 a year in meter revenue. Although it approved the reduction in hours, the Council rejected another proposal that would have cut costs for drivers. Volan suggested reducing the cost of parking on the edges of downtown, where many parking spaces are under-utilized. He proposed cutting the cost from a dollar an hour to 50 cents an hour. But some Council members, including Susan Sandberg, said that would be too confusing for residents.

Sandberg exclaims, “I think consistency is our smartest strategy in trying to, again, get the public to vie in to the fact we no longer have 2 hour free parking” “having it be a dollar can be a prohibitory factor” Sandberg says.

The Council did approve several other changes to the parking rule. The parking garage on Morton Street will now allow drivers 3 hours of free parking. The Council also gave the mayor discretion to suspend meter operation on holidays and in other special circumstances, such as extreme weather. The changes don’t take effect until after the mayor signs the legislation and the City Clerk publishes it.

EcoReport – Joe Duff: Operation Migration, Part 2

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Part 2 of Bob Kissel’s interview with Operation Migration co-founder Joe Duff about an experimental Whooping Crane reintroduction program.

Law Limiting Plastic Shopping Bags

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Momentum is building for a law in Bloomington that would seek to limit the use of plastic shopping bags. This week the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability urged the Bloomington City Council to draw up and enact such an ordinance. Andrea Jobe, a City council appointee to the Sustainability Commission, reported to the commission about the “Bring Your Own Bag” initiative, the working title of the draft ordinance that could be brought to the City Council as soon as May.

“When fully implemented this ordinance apply to business that give away plastic bags” Jobe states. “This isn’t new” Jobe says, “Plastic bag ordinances have been effective in over 130 cities in the US…and at least 70 countries.”

Jobe said that the draft ordinance will call for a ban on stores giving non-reusable plastic bags to their customers. She said the bags cause problems beyond litter.

“They cause issues at the recycling centers and landfills and clog up the equipment” Jobe explains. “The idea is to bring a reusable bag and get the community in the habit of doing so”

It will include a charge for the supply of paper bags. There will be exemptions for plastic bags used for take-away fresh produce and meats, and for pharmaceuticals. Jobe then asked the Commission to send a letter of support for the initiative After some discussion, Jeff Jewell, Commission Chairperson, proposed and the members accepted such this request.

IU Prof: Mike Pence Could Still Run For President

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Governor Mike Pence’s presidential aspirations may not be hurt by the recent controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That according to an IU political scientist who focuses on Indiana and federal politics. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Professor Marjorie Hershey about the impact on Pence. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

Voices in the Street – Taxation and Representation: Paying Uncle Sam’s Bills

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Tax time is nigh, a good time to question what we’re paying for. We hit the streets of Bloomington to ask local residents what they think about our tax system. Imagine YOU were the tax man …Or tax woman. Is our system fair? We hit the streets to find out what YOU think of how US citizens are taxed.

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