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Daily Local News – October 8th, 2014 (Blomington Transit Bus Service is running through the freezing conditions – 布卢明顿巴士已启动寒冷运行系统)

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Blomington Transit Bus Service is up and running through the freezing conditions today and all lines are relatively on time and all routes are operating on the normal break schedule-布卢明顿巴士已启动寒冷运行系统,所有的线路都比较准时,都在正常的休息时间表运行.

Daily Local News – October 8th 2014 (Annual State of the Unversity Address – 年度大学报告)

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President Michael A. McRobbie is set to deliver the annual State of the University address – 迈克尔·A·麦克罗比将发表年度大学报告

Interchange – To Cull Is To Kill: Part One

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Host Doug Storm welcomes Alyce Miller, Dave Rollo, and Sandra Shapshay to discuss Bloomington’s approach to deer management in the city limits and at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

From the acknowledgments page of City of Bloomington’s Deer Task Force Report:

While the State has exclusive jurisdiction over deer management [IDNR representatives] have worked hard to listen to the concerns of the Task Force and the community to help us develop recommendations that suit the unique needs of Bloomington and Monroe County. And while they never complained about our interminable meetings or endless questions, no doubt Aldo Leopold’s observation that “The real problem of wildlife management is not how we should handle the animals…the real problem is one of human management” rings true…

The decision to define deer populations as stable, healthy, abundant, overabundant, or call them rats with hooves, or nuisance animals, or even the opposite of this such as the quasi-mystical forest denizen deserving of reverence, is to impose a human worldview upon them. And it is the act of managing this worldview that is as important as the decision to contract the sharpshooters of the company White Buffalo to kill the animal in question.

Because there is so much to talk about on the subject of the lethal cull of deer by sharpshooters in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve as well as the change to the city’s municipal code to allow firearms to be discharged with the city limits we’re going to continue this program next week on our 10/14 program. We’ll be joined again by Dave Rollo, Alyce Miller and Sandra Shapshay.

So Part II of To Cull is Kill: The Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Deer Kill next week on Interchange.

Of related interest:
Effects of abundant white-tailed deer on vegetation, animals, mycorrhizal fungi, and soils

Credits:

Host and Producer, Doug Storm
Board Engineer, Jonathan Richardson
Social Media, Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer, Alycin Bektesh

Bloomingfoods Workers Hold Rally in Support to Unionize

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Workers at Bloomingfoods are holding a rally today in support of efforts to unionize. Dakota Walker, a Bloomingfoods employee and an active participant in the union organizing drive talks about the purpose of the rally.

Walker said that the rally is about employee empowerment- it’s an effort to make our community stronger. The goal is to enable and protect the rights of the working class of the Bloomingfoods co-op. The Bloomingfoods workers realize that the rally is important in deciding their fate.

The rally is scheduled to begin at the Monroe County Courthouse Square at 5 p.m. and proceed to Bloomingfoods’ near westside store at 316 West Sixth. Participants will then march to Bloomingfoods’ administration offices at 117 South Gentry Street where they will deliver their message to the Board who are scheduled to meet at 6pm.

Walker explained, “There has not been a neutral stance from Bloomingfoods, and now they publicly say that they have been neutral and haven’t caused any trouble when they have.” He said that the rally is an attempt to get Bloomingfoods to step forward and admit to what they have done.

Bloomingfoods administration released their first statement regarding the effort yesterday, stating that the co-operative, fully  respects and supports staff’s legal right to organize. It also reads, “Throughout this process, we have been respectful and cooperative—meeting with union representation on a regular basis and refraining from any public comment until we were able to assimilate what we learned from others.” Walker then talks about the current stage of union organizing.

Walker said, “They have not called for a vote yet. It has been going very well, it’s been amazing signing people up who are interested in their rights and exercising their rights. Right now there are a large percentage of people involved, and there will remain a lot of involvement. There’s no fear of not enough people, that’s for sure.”

The organizers must get forty percent of line employees to sign union membership cards before going to the National Labor Relations board to ask for a formal vote by the employees. If fifty percent vote in favor, the Board will then certify the workers bargaining unit and the employer will then be approached to open negotiations for a first collective agreement.

Brown County Hour – Episode #31 – October 4, 2014

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Pam Raider, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Our special WFHB Fall Fund-drive episode, featuring:
  • Metal worker Brad Cox discusses the dedication of the new Teen BETA sculpture
  • A tall tale, “The Death of Sliver Milo”, by Hank Swain
  • Poetry by Chris Curtin and Gunther Flumm
  • Rick Fettig with another Brown County News Update
  • Dave Seastrom delivers another fine essay
  • and our musical guests, Frank Jones and Slats Klug, featuring their individual adaptations of Carl Wilson (“Tramp Starr”) writings.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Concerns of Brown County Residents will be Addressed at Special Joint Session

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A special joint session will be held between the Brown County commissioners and the Brown County Council on Thursday, October 9th at 2:00pm to address concerns of county residents regarding county finances. WFHB news Director Alycin Bektesh spoke today with a member of the “Concerned Citizens” group Even Werling and brings us this community report.

Daily Local News – October 7, 2014

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Workers at Bloomingfoods are holding a rally today in support of efforts to unionize; A recent report from the I.U. School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) addresses local government benchmarks like spending, revenue, property tax base and levies, local option income tax rates and debt; There will be a public educational forum at Indiana University, Bloomington on Monday, October 13 to raise awareness on campus and in the Bloomington community about the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa; Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats has introduced a new bill to address possible dangers of “home-grown terrorism” by suspending the Visa Waiver Program for countries that don’t comply with information-sharing practices.

FEATURE
A special joint session will be held between the brown county commissioners and the Brown County council on Thursday, October 9th at 2:00pm to address concerns of county residents regarding county finances. WFHB news Director Alycin Bektesh spoke today with a member of the “Concerned Citizens” group Even Werling and brings us this community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Anson Shupe, and Cathi Norton
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey, and Dan Withered.
Our engineers are Carissa Barrett and Anna Legge.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Activate – Interfaith Shelter: Sara Frommer

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Sara Frommer, a volunteer and volunteer coordinator for the Interfaith Winter Shelter, talks about the important work the Shelter does, saving lives by offering a warm, safe bed to our homeless citizens in freezing and below freezing whether. Also, we list the training dates for the Shelter, happening throughout October and into November. The Interfaith Winter Shelter opens November 1st and offers shelter at different congregations 7 nights a week.

LINKS
Interfaith Shelter

Bloomington Interfaith Winter Shelter from Eye Mime on Vimeo.

Bring It On! – October 6th, 2014

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William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome William Vance, Debra Vance and Barbara Bolling.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Bev are joined by Monroe County Branch President William Vance, and Debra Vance, chair of the Freedom Fund Committee of the Monroe County Branch NAACP, and the Indiana State NAACP President, Barbara Bolling.

They are on to discuss the upcoming Indiana State NAACP’s annual State Convention in Bloomington IN on October 24th through the 26 at the Bloomington Convention Center. The keynote speaker this year is Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

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

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Indiana’s Appeal to Ban Same-sex Marriages

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not hear an appeal from the state of Indiana, together with four other states, to district court rulings against same-sex marriage legal bans in these states. In Indiana’s case, Attorney General Zoeller had appealed to the Supreme Court against the September 4th ruling of the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals which, in turn, had upheld the June 25 ruling in Southern District of Indiana Court, which struck down the state law banning both marriage in Indiana for same-sex couples, and recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside the state. Southern District Judge Richard Young had ruled that dual prohibitions violated due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ken Falk, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and a member of the legal team that mounted the original appeal against the Indiana prohibitions responded to today’s decision…

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