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Daily Local News – March 26, 2015

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Civil rights organizations and business groups throughout the state condemned Gov. Pence today after he officially approved the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; After much debate last night, Bloomington city council members passed an ordinance allowing food trucks to park 50 feet from existing restaurants; The Monroe County Community School Board has reversed its decision to send a letter of dissent to the Statehouse about public education in Indiana; Some environmental activists are worried a bill aimed at protecting Indiana’s drinking water from hazardous chemicals may be in trouble.

FEATURE
The creators of an exhibit at Indiana University are hoping to give viewers a more complex understanding of Rwanda. Correspondent Amanda Marino has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has vowed to sign into law SB 101 or the Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. Governor Pence has said the law “…is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact” but others see the law setting a bad precedent for businesses and others like police and doctors to legally discriminate against the LGBTQI community, in particular. With the calls by thousands of Hoosiers and high-powered business interests (including Gen Con, the annual gaming convention) for Pence to veto the legislation, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how they feel about SB 101 being signed into law.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil and Joe Crawford
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Amanda Marino
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – Jim Mountjoy & Don Whitehead

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Jim Mountjoy talks about the rare sighting of an Ivory Gull in Illinois and Don Whitehead discusses local rare birds.

bloomingOUT – March 26, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Erica Dorsey, Jeff Poling, and Jeff Jewel interview
Phil Cooper from Fair Talk and discuss the controversial, explosive Indiana legislation R.F.R.A. Our music tonight is by Sir Ivan and is called“Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye.” We would like to thank our guest Phil Cooper for joining us tonight.

Hosts Erica Dorsey, Jeff Poling, Jeff Jewel
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

EcoReport – March 26, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Jim Mountjoy talks about the rare sighting of an Ivory Gull in Illinois and Don Whitehead discusses local rare birds.

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: Glenn Lightner and Linda Lightner
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Filiz Cicek, Nancy Jones, and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

IN Nature – Ruffed Grouse

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Better Beware! – Videogame Malware

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Ransomware – one of the nastiest cyber-attacks ever – is now hitting videogames. Want to have to cough up $500 to continue playing World of Warcraft? Watch out!

Improvements Planned For Dangerous Area Of Old State Road 37

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A hazardous stretch of Old State Road 37 will soon be reconstructed with improved safety measures. On March 24th the Board of Public Works approved a project at the intersection of Dunn Street and Old State Road 37. Roy Aten, Senior Project Manager with the city’s Planning and Transportation Department, explained the required improvements to enhance the safety of the road.

Right now that stretch of Highway 37 has a series of curves and a flat shoulder. The construction project would even out the curve, widen and bank the shoulders of the road, and replace all guardrails along the curve. Public Works Director Susie Johnson told the Board this particular intersection has a deadly history.

The city will make offers to four private landowners in order to make the safety improvements. If a purchase price can not be agreed upon within 30 days the city may enter into eminent domain proceedings to seize the land.

Could Comcast/Time Warner Merger Be Negative For Consumers?

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The companies Comcast and Time Warner have proposed to merge, which would have effects on the cable market throughout the WFHB listening area. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Herb Terry, Associate Professor at IU’s department of telecommunications, about the potential effects of the merger.

Comcast released a statement today saying they expect the federal government will take until at least the middle of 2015 to make a decision about the merger. Comcast originally expected the decision would be made by the end of 2014.

Governor Pence Plans To Sign The Religious Freedom And Restoration Act As Many Call For Him To Veto The Bill

Thousands of Hoosiers and some high-powered business interests are calling for Indiana Governor Mike Pence to veto the so-called Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. If signed into law this bill would allow businesses to discriminate against anyone based on personal religious beliefs. Some fear the bill would also allow police officers and doctors to neglect their duties for the same reasons. The Governor is the only person in a position to stop this bill in it’s tracks. The Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization for the LGBT community, have supplied Pence with thousands of messages opposing the bill. Pence, however, has said he plans to sign it into law. In a statement he said QUOTE “The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact.” Local employers and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce have spoken out against the bill and called it bad for business. Those opposing the bill include the organizers of Gen Con Indiana’s annual gaming convention who said they will move the event if Pence signs the bill into law. The convention is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $50 Million annually.

Daily Local News – March 25, 2015

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Thousands of Hoosiers and some high-powered business interests are calling for Indiana Governor Mike Pence to veto the so-called Religious Freedom & Restoration Act; A hazardous stretch of Old State Road 37 will soon be reconstructed with improved safety measures; The Richland Bean Blossom Community School Corporation has had to work to keep up with changes in statewide assessment testing this year; The Town of Ellettsville has joined the City of Bloomington and Monroe County as a partner in the Georgetown Energy Challenge; The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is calling for submissions for shows that would begin as early as October.

FEATURE
The companies Comcast and Time Warner have proposed to merge, which would have effects on the cable market throughout the WFHB listening area. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Herb Terry, Associate Professor at IU’s department of telecommunications, about the potential effects of the merger.
Comcast released a statement today saying they expect the federal government will take until at least the middle of 2015 to make a decision about the merger. Comcast originally expected the decision would be made by the end of 2014.

BETTER BEWARE!
Ransomware – one of the nastiest cyber-attacks ever – is now hitting videogames. Want to have to cough up $500 to continue playing World of Warcraft? Watch out!

CREDits
Anchors: Sophia Saliby, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Carmen Gozalo
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered
Our engineers today are Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

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