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Extended Hours For Library

The Main Library has extended its Sunday hours in response to public requests. Beginning this month the library opens from noon to 6 on Sunday instead of the previous hours of 1 to 5 p.m. To maintain the same total number of hours, the library opens one hour later on Friday and Saturday, at 10 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. Since downtown parking is free on Sunday, this means that free parking is available during more of the open hours. The increased Sunday hours coincide with the opening of newly renovated auditorium and expanded program offerings on Sunday afternoons, including movies, music, storytelling and dance.

IU Ranks High for Public Universities

IU Bloomington has ranked number 30 for public universities, and 76th of the top 100 universities overall, according to the latest survey by U.S. News and World report. The indicators used to determine rankings include graduation rate, financial resources, faculty resources, student retention, selectivity, reputation and alumni giving.

A high ranking is useful for recruiting out-of-state and foreign students who may not be as familiar with I U as in-state students. Although I U has a sizeable number of out-of-state and foreign students, the majority of the students are from Indiana and most decide to attend IU based on factors other than national rankings.

IU officials acknowledge that it is flattering to attain high ratings, but it has little influence on the overall administration of the university.

Indiana Files Appeal to Strike Down Same Sex Marriage Ban

Hoosiers, along with officials from 31 other states, have rushed to file appeals asking the Supreme Court to consider the issue of same sex marriage. Fifteen months ago, in the case of U.S. versus Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, that denied tax, health and veterans benefits to legally married same sex couples. Since that time, the Windsor decision has been used by nearly two dozen judges to strike down same sex marriage bans every region of the country. Just last week the Seventh Court of Appeals in Chicago unanimously ruled that bans against same sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional. In his 40 page opinion, Judge Richard Posner said that the bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are irrational and animus-driven. He noted that Indiana refuses to recognize same sex marriages from other states, but it does recognize first-cousin marriages from other states, although first-cousin marriages are not legal in Indiana.
The appeals to the Supreme Court come from both sides – states that do allow same sex marriage and those that don’t. According to the Associated Press, thirty businesses including Amazon, Target, and General Electric, say the Supreme Court should extend same sex marriage nationwide because “the current patchwork of state laws causes employees justifiable uncertainty about how their employers and state governments will treat their familial relationships”. Many analysts believe the Supreme Court will decide to take up the matter when they meet in private on September 29th. However, it could be June 2015 until a ruling is issued.

Bloomington Beware! – Latest and Not So Greatest

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Scams are everywhere these days! We’ll never be able to completely keep up, but here’s a list of some of the newer ones going around…and around…and around…

Rollo Proposes Moratorium On Large-Scale Buildings

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Council member Dave Rollo addressed a broader issue related to downtown development during council announcements last week. Rollo said the city should consider a temporary moratorium on large-scale buildings there. He said the city’s comprehensive plan is 12 years old and an update would help planners decide what developments to approve. Rollo also cited concerns from his constituents about new structures downtown. Rollo said he has not planned any legislation to follow up on his proposal. But he said he wants the Council to have a discussion on the issue.

Upcoming Materials Recovery Facility in Monroe County

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After years of deliberation, Monroe County will be sorting and selling it’s own recyclables, perhaps as soon as December of this year. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy visited with Larry Barker, executive director of the Monroe county solid waste district and Steve Volan, president of the district board of directors for today’s community report.

City Council Gives Tax Break to Proposed Building Owners

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The Bloomington City Council is on track to give a nearly three-quarter million dollar tax break to the owners of a proposed building along the B-Line Trail. The structure between Kirkwood Avenue and Sixth Street would have 35 high-end apartments as well as the new headquarters for Cornerstone Information Systems. The city’s Economic and Sustainable Development Department has praised the development and it asked the Council to incentivize the project by cutting its property taxes. Danise Alano-Martin is the director of that department. The building’s owners, D.G. Elmore and Mat Orego, would live in two of the condos. Council member Andy Ruff questioned giving a tax cut for the businessmen to build what he called QUOTE “fairly luxurious personal residential units” UNQUOTE. He said the Council should consider the country’s increasing economic inequality as it sets local policy. Ruff said he generally supports the $14.6 million project. But he put forward an amendment that would have forced the owners to pay property taxes on their own homes. The owners would still have kept the tax break for the businesses and most of the residential space. Few Council members supported Ruff’s motion. Council President Darryl Neher said he doesn’t want to discourage Orego and Elmore from living in their own building.Council member Susan Sandberg said she also wanted to encourage owner-occupancy. She said many Bloomington residents are understandably wary of new developments downtown. Ruff later rescinded his amendment and the Council voted to pass the tax abatement. The Council still has to affirm its decision at a meeting September 17th and it’s possible Ruff could reintroduce his measure then.

Daily Local News – September 10, 2014

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Hoosiers, along with officials from 31 other states, have rushed to file appeals asking the Supreme Court to consider the issue of same sex marriage;IU Bloomington has ranked number 30 for public universities, and 76th of the top 100 universities overall, according to the latest survey by U.S. News and World report;The Main Library has extended its Sunday hours in response to public requests

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The Bloomington City Council is on track to give a nearly three-quarter million dollar tax break to the owners of a proposed building along the B-Line Trail. The structure between Kirkwood Avenue and Sixth Street would have 35 high-end apartments as well as the new headquarters for Cornerstone Information Systems. The city’s Economic and Sustainable Development Department has praised the development and it asked the Council to incentivize the project by cutting its property taxes. Danise Alano-Martin is the director of that department. The building’s owners, D.G. Elmore and Mat Orego, would live in two of the condos. Council member Andy Ruff questioned giving a tax cut for the businessmen to build what he called QUOTE “fairly luxurious personal residential units” UNQUOTE. He said the Council should consider the country’s increasing economic inequality as it sets local policy. Ruff said he generally supports the $14.6 million project. But he put forward an amendment that would have forced the owners to pay property taxes on their own homes. The owners would still have kept the tax break for the businesses and most of the residential space. Few Council members supported Ruff’s motion. Council President Darryl Neher said he doesn’t want to discourage Orego and Elmore from living in their own building.Council member Susan Sandberg said she also wanted to encourage owner-occupancy. She said many Bloomington residents are understandably wary of new developments downtown. Ruff later rescinded his amendment and the Council voted to pass the tax abatement. The Council still has to affirm its decision at a meeting September 17th and it’s possible Ruff could reintroduce his measure then.

Council member Dave Rollo addressed a broader issue related to downtown development during council announcements last week. Rollo said the city should consider a temporary moratorium on large-scale buildings there. He said the city’s comprehensive plan is 12 years old and an update would help planners decide what developments to approve.Like Sandberg, Rollo also cited concerns from his constituents about new structures downtown. Rollo said he has not planned any legislation to follow up on his proposal. But he said he wants the Council to have a discussion on the issue.

After years of deliberation, Monroe County will be sorting and selling it’s own recyclables, perhaps as soon as December of this year. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy visited with Larry Barker, executive director of the Monroe county solid waste district and Steve Volan, president of the district board of directors for today’s community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh with correspondent David Murphy
Our engineers are Jim Lang and Adam Rye-klee
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Activate! – Teacher’s Warehouse: Jim Griffin & Janet Schell

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Volunteers Jim Griffin and Janet Schell talk about the importance of supporting teacher’s through their work at the Teacher’s Warehouse and about the great resource it provides to Bloomington’s educators and students. Also, more volunteer opportunities to use teaching skills here in Bloomington from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
Teacher’s Warehouse
Bloomington Writing Project
New Leaf New Life Computer Tutors
Teachers Warehouse Volunteers

David Cobb Speaks at Invitation of Local Move to Amend Affiliate

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David Cobb, former Green Party presidential candidate and spokesperson for Move to Amend spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall Sunday Sept 7 at the invitation of local Move to Amend affiliate. Since the supreme court Citizens United ruling that money is speech and corporations can be considered “personhood” over 600 local governments nationwide
have passed resolutions requesting that the constitution be amended to repeal the decision. Additionally repeal of citizens united have been put on the ballot in over 200 communities and passed every time. Here are Cobb’s remarks recorded on location at the Unitarian universalist church by correspondent Cynthia Roberts hall. Yesterday Cobb participated in a debate with James Bopp, a legal adviser to Citizens United, at IU Maurer School of Law.

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