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Bloomington Task Force designated to Study Water resources

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The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has convened a task force to study water resources in Monroe County and beyond. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Liz Irwin, a spokesperson for the Chamber. They discussed the Chamber’s concerns about how water resources could affect future development in the area. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report. Irwin began by explaining why the Chamber assembled the task force.

Teen Dating Awareness in Bloomington

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February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. Young people who experience dating violence are at a higher risk of substance abuse, depression, poor academic performance and future victimization. For the fourth consecutive year, organizations like Middle Way House in Bloomington, have reached out to teenagers to help them find the tools to build healthy relationships. Rene Llewellyn is a representative from Middle Way House.

“This month is set aside for discussion to try to encourage parents to talk to the teens, encourage educators, teachers to hold discussions on the topic,” says Llewellyn.

Llewellyn says Middle Way House has reached out to local teenagers in a variety of ways, from sending specialists to discuss the topic at schools to organizing meetings in the public library. She says that although culture, society and education play a role, the key to teaching health relationships lies at home, within the family. According to Llewellyn, parents should strive to be aware that sexual education is something that should not be ignored.

“An avoidance of the topic altogether can sometimes lead to the belief that an abusive relationship is a normal relationship,” Llewellyn also stated.

Llewellen says those parents who might be concerned about their childrens’ relationships can find advice from the US Department Health and Human Services website. As part of the activities organized my Middle Way House, a series of banners have been displayed around Bloomington. The banners convey messages proposed by teenagers. Llewellen says the banners were put together during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day activity.

“Our prevention team recruited over 40 teenagers.” She also says that the teens designed which messages should be put on the banners.

The banners were designed under the guidance of local artist Merridee LaMantia. They will be up until the first of March.

Daily Local News – February 26, 2015

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2/26/2015
The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, approved the long-debated net neutrality rule today;February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month; A batch
of new luxury condos are planned for construction in downtown Bloomington;The Bloomington Board of Parks Commissioners heard an update on Tuesday about invasive species at the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

FEATURE
The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has convened a task force to study water resources in Monroe County and beyond. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Liz Irwin, a spokesperson for the Chamber. They discussed the Chamber’s concerns about how water resources could affect future development in the area. We bring you that conversation now
for today’s WFHB community report. Irwin began by explaining why the Chamber assembled the task force.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next, our weekly public opinion segment!

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

EcoReport – February 26, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Keith Johnson, from Renaissance Farms, talks about Permaculture, composting, and gardening.

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: Julianna Dailey and David Lyman.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Halle Shine. 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.

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah Discusses the Dynamic Experience of African American Police Officers

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As police departments around the country are pressured to review the racial makeup of their staff, last week WFHB’s African American public affairs show Bring It On discussed the roles and experiences of black police officers. The hosts spoke with Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and an Adjunct Professor within Indiana University’s Department of African American and Diaspora Studies. The show was hosted by Clarence Boone and Jim Sims. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

Debate Over How to Select Poll Members Ends Unresolved

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The Monroe County Election Board is debating how to recruit poll workers for local elections. Currently, recruitment is mostly up to representatives from the Republican and Democratic parties. The County Clerk’s Office takes over shortly before each election. But this system has resulted in Monroe County being consistently short-staffed leading up to elections. At a meeting last week County Clerk Linda Robbins and Republican Representative Bryan Lemonds advocated for the Clerk’s office to take over the responsibility of recruiting poll workers.

Once poll workers are recruited they work for the Election Board, not the individual parties. And Robbins said she hopes to recreate the work environment she first experienced when helping with elections. Robbins stated that the experience changed her life in the way that everyone worked together for a common goal.

Robbins had previously suggested that her office hire recruiters who would work under her supervision to find Democrat and Republican poll workers, but the Election Board at the time voted against that suggestion. Lemons was not on the Board the first time Robbins suggested the paid recruiting positions, and he said he would support that motion if she brought it up again. Democratic representative to the Election Board Lorraine Farrell said that she did not want to vote on the measure before consulting with the new chair of the local Democratic Party. Farrell says Democratic leadership has typically been opposed to in-house recruiting positions.

The Board agreed to table the issue and take it up the issue during their March meeting.

Daily Local News – February 25, 2015

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Today, State Health officials are warning of a rapidly spreading outbreak of HIV in the Southeastern portion of Indiana; A bill that would have affected solar energy throughout Indiana seems to be dead, at least for now; Bloomington Utilities Director Pat Murphy says it’s time to increase water rates; In a recent Gallup poll Indiana was rated one of the lowest in terms of well-being; The Monroe County Election Board is debating how to recruit poll workers for local elections.

FEATURE
As police departments around the country are pressured to review the racial makeup of their staff, last week WFHB’s African American public affairs show Bring It On discussed the roles and experiences of black police officers. The hosts spoke with Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and an Adjunct Professor within Indiana University’s Department of African American and Diaspora Studies. The show was hosted by Clarence Boone and Jim Sims. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Today, we have a vintage episode of our weekly consumer watchdog segment Better Beware!

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

Increase In Water Rates Is Called For In Future Proposal

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Bloomington Utilities Director Pat Murphy says it’s time to increase water rates. During a staff report this week, Murphy told the Utilities Service Board it is time to look at the increase, even though a similar conversation stalled out last year. He said that they would be revisiting the research that has been done in the past to come forward with a proposal.

Five years ago water rates were increased more than 50 percent to accommodate a second water line to Bloomington’s water treatment plant.  Murphy says there are still infrastructure improvements needed and the profits from water bills will help fund the updates.

At the meeting the board also approved the 2014 interdepartmental agreement between the utility and the City of Bloomington, for the amount of one million five hundred, fourteen thousand dollars, a budget increase of five point five percent.

Standing Room Only – Community Conversation With Law Enforcement

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On January 22nd, the city of Bloomington hosted a community conversation with local law enforcement.  The public was invited to ask questions or make comments to a panel made up of local police. Panelists included representatives of the Bloomington Police Department, the Indiana University Police, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and State Police. The event lasted two hours and got very heated at times when speaking of police violence and racial bias.

Prescription Drug Abuse Leads to a Southern Indiana HIV Outbreak

Today, State Health officials are warning of a rapidly spreading outbreak of HIV in the Southeastern portion of Indiana. Officials believe that prescription drug abuse of the injectable opioid Opana (oh-PAWN-uh) is responsible for the majority of 26 reported cases of HIV since mid-december.   According to State Health officials Opana is more potent per milligram than Oxycontin. Health Department Commissioner Jerome Adams issued a statement about the HIV outbreak and the steps being taken to address the problem. Adams said QUOTE “Because prescription drug abuse is at the heart of this outbreak, we are not only working to identify, contact and test individuals who may have been exposed, but also to connect community members to resources for substance abuse treatment and recovery.” To avoid dissemination of HIV, Health Officials recommend that Hoosiers get tested regularly for HIV and avoid high-risk behaviors such as sharing needles and having multiple sexual partners.

 

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