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Low voter turnout for midterm election

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According to Monroe County’s precinct turnout reports, scarcely more than 25% of registered Monroe County voters cast ballots in yesterday’s midterm elections, making this the lowest voter turnout in a midterm election since 1990. While many factors may have contributed to the low voter turnout, one factor that may have been particularly influential was the lack of big ticket ballot issues, according to one Bloomington citizen.

The ballots that were cast yielded two particularly close races for Monroe County. The race for the school board in District 7 saw Jeannine Butler win her seat by only 2.02%, and the race for County Recorder saw Democrat Eric Schmitz win by just under 3 percent.

Three statewide races were on the ballot yesterday. Incumbent Secretary of State Connie Lawson retained her seat against democratic challenger Beth White. Republican Susanne Crouch won the Auditor seat over Democrat Mike Claytor, and Republican Kelly Mitchell won the treasurer position. Just under eight hundred thousand voters cast their ballots in the statewide races.   On the federal level Todd Young will begin his third term as the District 9 Representative in congress, securing 66 percent of the vote.

You can view a full list of local results online at wfhb.org

Olympic hero Billy Mills visits Bloomington

Olympic hero Billy Mills, the subject of the biographical film, Running Brave, will visit Bloomington on Monday, November 10th.  His visit is one of many events marking Native American Heritage Month.  Mills grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  He attended the University of Kansas on an athletic scholarship.  He went on to win the gold medal in the 10,000 m race in 1964 Olympics in Japan in a surprise victory over several favored runners.

There will be a free showing of the film Running Brave at 3 p.m. Monday at the IU Cinema.  In addition to Mills, Robby Benson, professor in the Media School, will also be on hand for a Q and A after the film. Benson starred as Mills in the 1983 film.

Although the event is free, tickets are required and are available at the IU Auditorium Box Office.

U.S. Forest Service seeks public input on road system

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input for a study on the road system in Hoosier National Forest.  The Travel Management Rule, adopted by the U.S. Forest Service in 2005, requires every national forest to complete a study of their road system by 2015.  The Forest Service has scheduled two open houses in Bedford at Brownstown/Supervisor’s Office at 811 Constitution Avenue for tomorrow, November 6th, and next week, November 13th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather input from the public. Forest Supervisor Michael Chaveas said,  ”The aim of this study and the public input is to help us identify a road system that serves the needs of the public and the Forest Service, at a cost we can afford to maintain over time”, according to a press release from the Forest Service.

Public input can also be made online at www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier

Shalom Center project aims to end homelessness

The Shalom Community Center will host a presentation on their newest project, “Off the Streets by 2020” tomorrow from 5 to 6:30p.m. The presentation will outline the center’s efforts and plans to end homelessness in Bloomington and surrounding areas. Executive Director Forrest Gilmore will speak to attendees about the future of fighting homelessness in the community. The Shalom Center is a daytime resource center in Monroe County which offers shelter and assistance to guests in need.

Daily Local News (每日地方新闻) November 5,2014 – the Study of Chinese Law and Comparative Judicial Systems (中国法律研究和司法比较系统)

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The Indiana University Maurer School of Law hosted a research/lecture forum on Tuesday November 4, this forum will coincide with the dedication of the new Academy for the Study of Chinese Law and Comparative Judicial Systems, to be housed at IU Bloomington. IU 11月4日星期二主办一个研究/讲座论坛,本论坛将配合新学院中国法律研究和司法比较系统.

Monroe County Election Results 2014

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Bring It On – November 3, 2014

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William Hosea and Clarence Boone welcome Patrick Smith and Dr. Charles Sykes.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Clarence welcome Patrick Smith, executive director of IU’s Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development, onto the show to talk about the outcomes and key take-a-ways from the Second Annual Diversity Leadership Conference that took place on the IU Bloomington campus.

PART TWO
Headline news of interest to the African-American community.

PART THREE
Dr. Charles Sykes, executive director or the African American Arts Institute joins William and Clarence for a special calender segment to an overview of what to expect this weekend at the Institutes, “Potpourri of the Arts” concert.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Clarence Boone
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Activate! – Amethyst House: Mike Gavin

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Mike Gavin, a long-time member of the Amethyst House Volunteer Board, talks about his recovery and the great work he supports in the Amethyst House.

LINKS:
Amethyst House
Volunteer with Amethyst House
Join the Team Advocating for Domestic Violence Survivors – OSA & Crisis Line
Shalom Hospitality Volunteers

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Local opposing chairs address press concerning media and election coverage

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Monroe County Republican chair Steve Hogan and democrat chair Trent Deckard spoke together for the first time last week as they addressed the Bloomington press Club regarding local media coverage of the upcoming election. Political reporter Steve Hennifield moderated the talk, here for today’s community report.

Daily Local News – November 3, 2014

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In a recent joint press release, Bloomingfoods and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 700 announce that through a process of mutual cooperation, there will be an election for workers to determine whether Bloomingfood’s employees wish to be represented by Local 700; The deer debate continues at the Bloomington City Council; The Indiana University Maurer School of Law will host a research/lecture forum on Tuesday November 4; The Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) announced in a recent press release that they will hold two workshops to gain input from the public in developing the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP); The City of Bloomington’s Sanitation Department is reminding Bloomington residents of its 2014 Fall Leaf Collection schedule; Starting today, the South Central Community Action Program, will be accepting applications for their winter Energy Assistance Program.

FEATURE
Monroe County Republican chair Steve Hogan and democrat Chair Trent Deckard spoke together for the first time last week as they addressed the Bloomington press Club regarding local media coverage of the upcoming election. Political reporter Steve Hennifield moderated the talk, here for today’s community report.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Cathi Norton, Anson Shupe and Sophia Saliby
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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