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Single Lanes Begin Tonight On State Road 37

Starting tonight shoulder lanes on State Road 37 will be closed for construction.  The I-69 Development Partners Team announced single lane closures of both the northbound and southbound driving lanes on State Road 37 from That road to State Road 46. Weather permitting the construction will be finished by May 31st.

Better Beware! – Title Impostors

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Sophisticated scammers have been targeting realtors, and tricking home-buyers into sending major payments to them — instead of to the title company.

City Council Considers Barbecue Smoke

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The Bloomington City Council dealt with smoking last week. Not cigarette smoking but rather meat smoking, specifically smoke exhaust from barbecue grilling at the Short Stop Food Mart on Smith Road. The issue came up after the business owner asked the Council to approve an expansion of the building’s seating capacity. The smoke issue came up because the increase in seating could also mean more customers and thus more barbequeing. City Council member Marty Spechler, who represents the District where the Short Stop is located, raised the issue with the business owner, Chris Smith.  Smith responded by saying that he would not be putting in more grills than he has now unless the smoker’s were indoors.

The barbecue smoke exhaust issue was not technically part of the petition before the Council, since it apparently is allowed by the current zoning for the space. This left a long-time neighbor of the Short Stop frustrated.  Hank West says that he believes that the smoke is an issue and that zoning and planning conditions should be put into place.

West went on to contrast the city’s strict enforcement of the non-smoking in restaurants ordinance with its attitude toward restaurant barbecue smoke exhaust. He said barbecue smoke is considered by the EPA to be more toxic than second-hand cigarette smoke. Several council members noted the city currently has no ordinances restricting restaurant barbecue exhaust. They said it would be unfair to block the Short Stop expansion until such an ordinance is created. The Council later voted to grant the expansion of indoor seating capacity at the Short Stop Food Mart.

 

Senator Joe Donnelly Takes Action Against Drug Abuse

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U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has introduced legislation he says will help address abuse of prescription pain medication and heroin. The effort comes amid an HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, which was linked to injection of the pain killer Opana. Donnelly spoke to reporters in a conference call this afternoon and we bring you part of that discussion for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – April 29, 2015

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The American Lung Association released a report today that ranked Indianapolis the 23rd most polluted city in the nation for short term particle pollution; As the legislative session wraps up in Indianapolis, the Monroe County Community School Corporation is voicing its concerns about proposed education budget; Starting tonight shoulder lanes on State Road 37 will be closed for construction; The Bloomington City Council dealt with smoking last week.

FEATURE
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has introduced legislation he says will help address abuse of prescription pain medication and heroin. The effort comes amid an HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, which was linked to injection of the pain killer Opana. Donnelly spoke to reporters in a conference call this afternoon and we bring you part of that discussion for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Sophisticated scammers have been targeting Realtors, and tricking home-buyers into sending major payments to them — instead of to the title company.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Thomas Schneider
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Our engineers today are Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Indianapolis Improving But Still Faces Pollution Problems

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The American Lung Association released a report today that ranked Indianapolis the 23rd most polluted city in the nation for short term particle pollution. But despite that ranking, the report says Indiana has been making some progress in reducing pollution levels. Ever since the first State of the Air Report was released 16 years ago, air quality in the state has generally improved. Healthy Air campaign manager Mike Kolleng says the Lung Association’s findings this year were mixed.  He believes that new standards should also be unveiled that are capable of getting ahead of climate change.

Kolleng says updating our standards for handling pollution is crucial. Unfortunately, he says Indiana faces trouble making this kind of progress at the state level.  He stated that the governor opposes new ozone standards and this does not reflect the information that we now have.

One of the American Lung Associations primary goals is to update ozone standards. Kolleng stresses that current limits should be reduced by about 10%. He also stresses that ozone management really is a national issue and that anytime that ozone levels decrease it is helping the entire population as a whole.

The report from the American Lung Association presents a more complex picture than a statement released just two weeks ago by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. That statement said simply that air quality is improving throughout the state. It stated “nearly all Hoosiers live and work in areas that meet all federal air quality standards.”  You can read the full report from the American Lung association at StateOfTheAir.org.

Interchange – Troubadours, Activists, and Acrobats: “A Show of Hats”

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Guest Host Andy Mahler is joined by the musicians performing in “A Show of Hats,” April 29th, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater: Dillon Bustin, Travis Puntarelli, and Marc Haggerty share the songs and stories that illustrate the power of community.

Guests
Travis Puntarelli is a troubadour in the traditional sense of the word. Born in California and raised in Bloomington, he was influenced by the diversity of this musical community. From early music events at IU to marching band at Bloomington North, from Player’s Pub to the Music Co-op, Travis has played throughout our community. He’s been taught and influenced by Anne Dunbar, Diane Demes, Janis Stockhouse, and Dr. Raymond Wise, among a wide array of musicians within the Bloomington community.

Dillon Bustin is a musician and songwriter who has had a profound and lasting effect on Bloomington. He writes about a wide variety of topics and experiences, including sailing on the ocean, boat building, homesteading, gardening and firewood. He reflects upon the humor of what we have all done to each other over the years and the situations we have made of our lives. Because of all this, his work transcends entertainment in its lasting importance to our community.

Aaron Comforty is a musician who plays, among many other instruments, guitar, bass, trumpet, and he also sings.

Marc Haggerty is a musician, an activist, and an acrobat. In no particular order.

Credits
Producer: Doug Storm
Guest Host: Andy Mahler
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – April 28, 2015

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An event to show support for the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal is scheduled
for this Thursday night. Governor Mike Pence has named Matt Lloyd as his new Deputy Chief
of Staff for Communications and Strategy. This Friday marks the revival of a tradition in
Bloomington called First Fridays. The Town of Ellettsville is getting ready for Opening Day
at the Ball Park this weekend. The John Waldron Arts Center has been granted a noise permit
for the dedication of its new Plaza at the corner of Walnut and 4th Streets in downtown
Bloomington.

FEATURE
Police in Scott County say they will continue enforcing drug paraphernalia laws, despite
concerns from public health officials trying to stem the HIV outbreak there.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Your Money and the Law – We may not like to think about debt collection, tax audits, or
foreclosures, but sometimes they happen. Jamie Andree of Indiana Legal Services stops by to
talk about what to think about when your money meets the law—and how you might keep them
from crossing paths in the first place.

CREDITS
Anchors – Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Kyle Boen, Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in
partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

The Ins and Outs of Money – Your Money & the Law

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Your Money and the Law – We may not like to think about debt collection, tax audits, or foreclosures, but sometimes they happen. Jamie Andree of Indiana Legal Services stops by to talk about what to think about when your money meets the law—and how you might keep them from crossing paths in the first place.

Scott County Enforcing Paraphernalia Laws in Spite of HIV Outbreak

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Police in Scott County say they will continue enforcing drug paraphernalia laws, despite concerns from public health officials trying to stem the HIV outbreak there.

The HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana continues to grow. So far there have been 143 new cases discovered as part of the outbreak. State health officials joined local authorities in Scott County this morning to discuss the situation. The outbreak has been linked to the use of intravenous drugs and Governor Mike Pence has suspended state law to allow for a needle exchange program there. But some say local police aren’t responding well to the legalization of drug paraphernalia. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

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