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IU Students Form ‘March Madness’ Volunteer Group to Spread Information on Obamacare

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The Indiana University and Ivy Tech students of the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County are starting a new campus organization.

The group is launching a March healthcare campaign called “Madness” that will help students learn more about health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

David Meyer, president of the ACA Volunteers of Monroe County, says this campaign will have campus-wide events, but want to focus on social media.

“We have a couple of students who are co-leads on the campaign,” Meyer says, “They divide up the responsibilities between social media and public events and direct outreach. Since so many students are deeply involved in social media, that’s a major way to provide them with information.  It’s still in the early stages, but we’re focused on getting this going right now because the deadline for signing up for coverage is March 31.”

Meyer says the cost of health insurance may be less expensive than the penalty students will have to pay if they do not get health insurance by March 31.

Students who are claimed as a dependent on their parents taxes will not have to pay the penalty, but their parents will.

Meyer says he hopes the campaign will help answer questions about the ACA that differ from questions that older adults may have about healthcare.

“We have a couple of students who are co-leads on the campaign,” Meyers says, “They divide up the responsibilities between social media and public events and direct outreach. Since so many students are deeply involved in social media, that’s a major way to provide them with information.  It’s still in the early stages, but we’re focused on getting this going right now because the deadline for signing up for coverage is March 31.”

The next event for the ACA Volunteers of Monroe County is the Health Insurance Community Fair. The fair is next Thursday, March 6 at the Monroe County Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meyer says the event will give students and community members a chance to pair with trained volunteers that will help them answer questions they have concerning the ACA.

Aerial Photos of Bloomington Approved for Property Assessment

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The Monroe County Commission approved a $271,000 contract on February 21 with a company that plans to take aerial photographs of the entire County.

The company, Pictometry International Corporation, would fly over the area to take high-resolution pictures for the County Assessor’s office.

Assessor Judy Sharp said one way her staff uses images like these is to detect changes in properties, which can affect their assessed value and in turn their property taxes.

“This is the third time we’ve done this,” Sharp said, “We fly over every three years because Monroe County is such a fast-growing community. In three years, you have a lot of new product out there. This company can actually tell us the changes, good or bad, to a piece of property”

Sharp said the contract, which covers three years, includes a stipulation that prevents the public from accessing the photographs.

“It is strictly in the assessor’s office,” Sharp said, “The city police could use this, but it isn’t a tool just anyone use because it’s licensed. You can go online at our 39 degrees GIS website which does something very similar, but it isn’t what we use.”

The commission voted unanimously to approve the agreement.

Water Pumping Project Finishes $250,000 Under Budget

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The construction of a new water pumping station came in at about $260,000 under budget, according to officials at a Bloomington Utilities Service Board meeting on Feb. 24.

Michael Hicks, the Utilities Department’s capital projects manager, submitted a change order on the $6.5 million project.

“The project is complete and with the approval of this change order we can close out the project with our contractor,” Hicks said.

The construction was performed by the Orleans-based company Layne Incorporated, but the engineering was done by the Kansas-based company Black and Veatch.

Adam Westerman, from Black and Veatch, said the project did not cost as much as expected, in part because the contractor didn’t spend its full budget for items like office supplies, equipment, and furniture.

Board member Jason Banach asked Westerman about the city paying for a contractor’s supplies.

“Is this something we typically pay for, their pens and pencils?” Banach asked.

“We’ve handled it different ways historically, but for the past eight years we’ve taken on the cost of that,” Westerman said, “And anything left comes back to the city.”

The board later voted unanimously to approve the change order.

Bloomington Beware! – Fort Wayne Scam

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Your business is the Best! An outfit peddling meaningless “Best Of Your Town” certificates to small businesses has been outed by the Better Business Bureau; starting in Fort Wayne, the scam is spreading around the state.

Daily Local News – February 27, 2014

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The Indiana University and Ivy Tech students of the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County are starting a new campus organization; A new ten-digit area code system will be implemented for residents in Indiana’s 812 area code region on September 6, 2014; The construction of a new water pumping station came in at about $260,000 under budget, according to officials at a Bloomington Utilities Service Board meeting on February 24; The Monroe County Commission approved a $271,000 contract on February 21 with a company that plans to take aerial photographs of the entire County.

FEATURE
Indiana University geologist and assistant professor Douglas Edmonds has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, and with it comes fifty thousand dollars to help him continue his research on river deltas. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Edmonds about his work and its impact for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Also coming up in the next half-hour, our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks how YOU feel attending a basketball game in Assembly Hall after the falling beam incident last week.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Casey Kuhn.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer was Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.

EcoReport – February 27, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature Johannes Wachs from the Berlin International Film Festival talks about the challenges of trying to decrease the environmental impact of a cinema event attended by half a million people every year.

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.

Anchors: Stephanie Stewart and Kelly Miller
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Stephanie Stewart, and Kelly Miller. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller, Stephanie Stewart, and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Happy Birthday Jonas Longacre

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Jonas Longacre was found dead on January 2nd, in the home of his father and stepmother Mark Longacre and Nancy Hiller. The investigation into his death closed today – on what would have been his 16th birthday – with the Monroe County Sheriff’s department ruling the death accidental. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer ruled the cause of Jonas’s death as ligature asphyxiation – an accidental death through a type of choking game. Jonas’s father, and mother Patti Torp, have been graciously open about the experience in hopes of bringing awareness to the choking game, which has been termed “the good kid’s high.” News Director Alycin Bektesh spent time with them a few weeks after Jonas’s passing and brings us this account of Jonas’s life and death, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

 

Further Resources: gaspinfo.com

 

Daily Local News – February 26, 2014

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This week, the Indiana Senate Environmental Affairs Committee decided not to advance a proposed bill that would have barred Indiana legislators from passing or imposing any environmental protection standards or measures that were stronger than current federal laws or regulations; The Indiana Senate passed House Bill 1070 last week, written by State Representative Peggy Mayfield, which requires all successors of the Department of Corrections Ombudsman to post monthly reports on conducted investigations; On February 21st the Monroe County Election Board removed two candidates from the primary election ballot following public challenges; Indiana police plan to initiate a major increase in enforcement this month, in part to deter impaired and drunk driving when March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day occur within the same week.

FEATURE
Fifteen year old Jonas Longacre was found dead on January 2nd, in the home of his father and stepmother Mark Longacre and Nancy Hiller. The investigation into his death closed today – on what would have been his 16th birthday – with the Monroe County Sheriff’s department ruling the death accidental. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer ruled the cause of Jonas’s death as ligature asphyxiation – an accidental death through a type of choking game. Jonas’s father, and mother Patti Thorp, have been graciously open about the experience in hopes of bringing awareness to the choking game, which has been termed “the good kid’s high.” News Director Alycin Bektesh spent time with them a few weeks after Jonas’s passing for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Olivia DeWeese, Lauren Glapa, and Sierra Gardner,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Andrew Huddleston,
Alycin Bektesh produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Succeeding Without Their Permission: Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian

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On Thursday February 13 Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian came to Indiana University as part of a speaking tour. Alexis is an entrepreneur, investor, and most well known for co-founding the social news site Reddit. The Union Board and the Informatics and Computing Student Association have eagerly collaborated to host Alexis for a talk on how to make the world suck less following the release of his book Without Their Permission. Mike Trotzke also spoke at this event, which was recorded on location by WFHB for Standing Room Only.

Interchange – Marx, Darwin, and Kinsey, Oh My: Creationism and Anti-Communism in Modern America

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Do you think Darwin’s Origin of Species undermines a belief in the veracity of the creation as told in Genesis? If you think so, what does that say about your worldview? Will your politics be revealed? Does your belief in Yahweh or any other god, or lack of belief in such constructs, really matter in the larger picture of how we live and breathe and survive together?

Host Doug Storm talks with Carl Weinberg, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of history at Indiana University, who is working on a book with the working title Red Dynamite: Creationism and Anti-Communism in Modern America.

 

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