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EcoReport – Ellie Sims: Hilltop Garden And Nature Center

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In today’s EcoReport feature, IU Campus Beekeeper Ellie Sims discusses the joys and challenges of maintaining bee hives at the Hilltop Garden And Nature Center.

EcoReport – November 20, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, IU Campus Beekeeper Ellie Sims discusses the joys and challenges of maintaining bee hives at the Hilltop Garden And Nature Center.

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.

Today’s Anchors: Dan Young and Kelly Miller.
This week’s news stories were written by Dan Young, Linda Greene, and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Young.

Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Dan Young, and me, Kelly Miller. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Indiana University School of Medicine Finds Inconsistencies In Patient and Doctor Communication

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Indiana University School of Medicine researchers released a study earlier this week discussing inconsistencies in patient and doctor communication. The study compared physician counseling sessions in cases of babies born prematurely at only 22 to 25 weeks. Analyzing the difference in counsel between obstetricians and neonatologists, the researchers found numerical inconsistencies and conflicting terminology, according to a recent IU press release. The report states that better and more standardized communication is needed between pregnant patients and counseling physicians. The report also relates to the greater issue of infant mortality in Indiana. Study author Dr. Tucker Edmonds said the research does not suggest that infant mortality rates are increased by poor communication, but better communication could improve overall quality of care for pregnant women.

Dr. Edmonds also has an interest in overall public health and improving the many factors, including education and communication, that could lead to lowered infant mortality rates.
National health rankings from 2011 place Indiana as the 45th for the worst infant mortality rate in the country. Infant mortality rates refer to the number of infant deaths per thousand.

In response to the State’s relatively high infant mortality rates, the Indiana State Department of Health launched an annual Labor of Love summit. Last week the department hosted its second Labor of Love summit at the Indiana Convention Center, bringing together health professionals, providers and community members for a discussion on combating infant mortality. Infant mortality rates serve as an indicator of health status. The Indiana State Department of health lists birth defects, post-birth injuries and maternal complications as top reasons for infant mortality. Indiana also has the 20th highest national rate of unintended and teen pregnancies, according to a 2011 report from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Bloomington Beware! – Work At Home Scams

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It sounds like a fabulous way to make extra money or keep yourself afloat financially, but instead of throwing you a life-preserver, these fraudsters are strapping you to an anchor and tossing you overboard.

Decarcerate Monroe County to host a discussion on local jail expansion and other issues

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Members of Decarcerate Monroe County are hosting an event this Thursday, November 20th to discuss recent changes in the Indiana criminal code, the latest expansion proposal by the County Commissioners, and the links between homelessness and incarceration. Interchange host Doug storm invited Micol Seigel in to talk about some of these issues, we hear a portion of their discussion here, for today’s community report.

The full discussion can be heard on Interchange next Tuesday, November 25th at 6pm.

Debate Continues Over Monroe County’s Proposed Zoning Laws

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Local realtors and landowners are still not satisfied with proposed changes to Monroe County’s zoning laws. Members of the public commented on the changes at a November 6th meeting of the County Plan Commission. The Commission is considering revisions to its rules for rural areas. The changes have sparked months of debate. Commission President John Irvine said the County has been responsive to concerns.

The new zoning rules set limits on how property owners can subdivide their land. County Planning Director Larry Wilson said residents have expressed the most concern about some of those limits.

The Bloomington Board of Realtors sent a representative to oppose the changes. Tracey Lutz (LUTEZ) said the rules would mean fewer new lots for development and a reduction in local property values.

Lutz’s comments challenged assertions by County officials that the proposed changes would actually reduce sprawl. Irvine referred to a new rule that would allow large-scale landowners to sell small portions of their properties, but only if they agree not to subdivide their land again for 25 years.

Monroe County Council member Marty Hawk, who is also a local realtor, warned the Commission might be miscalculating. Hawk said limiting development could hurt the County’s finances. She said that’s because of Indiana’s circuit breaker law, which is beginning to affect Monroe County.

Irvine responded by saying the circuit breaker law was QUOTE interrelated UNQUOTE to the other financial considerations, but he didn’t say how the Commission proposed dealing with the issue. Although realtors were unhappy with the newest version of the zoning rules, other rural businesses have stopped protesting. That’s because the Commission removed the rules that would affect those businesses. Jim Shelton from the Greater Bloomington Area Chamber of Commerce thanked the Commission.

The Commission did not vote on the rules at the November 6th meeting.

Daily Local News – November 19, 2014

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Three term Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced he will not seek reelection while on Indiana Newsdesk’s Ask the Mayor program yesterday; Local realtors and landowners are still not satisfied with proposed changes to Monroe County’s zoning laws; Bloomington holds an above-average ranking in “LGBT Friendliness,” according to an Indiana Daily Student report on a recent evaluation by the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (or MEI); Indiana University School of Medicine researchers released a study earlier this week discussing inconsistencies in patient and doctor communication; In a recent press release, Affordable Care Act (or ACA) volunteers of Monroe County announced a variety of upcoming events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in health coverage; The League of American Bicylists has named Bloomington a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

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Members of Decarcerate Monroe County are hosting an event this Thursday, November 20th to discuss recent changes in the Indiana criminal code, the latest expansion proposal by the County Commissioners, and the links between homelessness and incarceration. Interchange Host Doug Storm invited Micol Siegal in to talk about some of these issues, we hear a portion of their discussion here, for today’s community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
It sounds like a fabulous way to make extra money or keep yourself afloat financially, but instead of throwing you a life-preserver, these fraudsters are strapping you to an anchor and tossing you overboard.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelley Wherley and Kathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil, Cathi Norton, and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, along with Anson Shupe
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Bloomington Named A Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community

The league of American Bicylists has named Bloomington a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. The League is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization. Its awards are are partially funded by the Trek Bicycle company. Every year the League gives out awards to communities that promote and support the use of bicycles by residents. Winners are ranked from the top with platinum awards, then gold, silver and bronze. Last year Bloomington received a silver award. This year, four communities were given the highest recognition. Bloomington was among 21 getting the gold medal. It was the only place in Indiana to do so. In 2003, Bloomington was the first community in Indiana to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community and continues to have the highest rating of any community in the state. This year’s award was in recognition of its efforts to improve conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

Affordable Care Act Volunteers Will Hold Upcoming Events to Enroll Monroe County Residents

In a recent press release, Affordable Care Act (or ACA) volunteers of Monroe County announced a variety of upcoming events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in health coverage. The “CoverMonroe Project” will hold three different types of events to increase service to residents: Education and Enrollment Fairs that educate citizens about available options; Health Plan Forums to help support selecting the insurance plan that best meets family needs, and specific “Coverage Navigator” appointments for one-on-one help. Numerous events, some requiring an appointment, will be held between December 3rd and January 25th at the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington), or at the library’s Ellettsville Branch at 600 West Temperance Street in Ellettsville. Open enrollment extends until February 15th, 2015. After that time, those failing to sign up for health insurance will face tax penalties that have doubled from last year.
The CoverMonroe Project is the key program of the ACA Volunteers of Monroe County Inc, a non-profit company dedicated to educating the community on the features of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The volunteer program is licensed by the Federal Government to provide direct advice and assistance in health coverage, working with ASPIN Health Navigators of Indianapolis, the City of Bloomington, IU Health Individual Solutions, Monroe County Public Library and the United Way of Monroe County in this effort.

Bloomington Scores Above Average As LGBT Supportive Community

Bloomington holds an above-average ranking in “LGBT Friendliness,” according to an Indiana Daily Student report on a recent evaluation by the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (or MEI). With a score of 67 out of 100, Bloomington was among five Indiana cities evaluated in research that covered a total of 84 million people. The MEI measures how cities support their LGBT communities, even if their state and federal governments do not. Points were awarded in categories that included nondiscrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment benefits and municipal services. While Bloomington scored very highly in most categories, it scored lower in the municipality-as-employer category. That category examines nondiscrimination in city employment, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, city contraction nondiscrimination and equal benefits ordinances. Data compiled by the Human Rights MEI were sent to municipality leaderships in July to allow them to review their scores, and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

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