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Daily Local News – August 6, 2015

Indiana has more work to do than most states to comply with the new Clean Power Plan unveiled this week by the Obama administration; Interstate 69 construction is causing more road closures in the Bloomington area starting on Monday; A former top official at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is being investigated for possible ethical breaches; The Monroe County …

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EcoReport – August 8, 2015

One Bloomington resident is designing a carbon exchange program to implement in Bloomington. The program is intended to reward local residents for sustainable actions through incentives from local businesses. In today’s Feature, WFHB Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with the director of the program, Joe Davis, about the details and status of the program. EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent …

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EcoReport – First Community Carbon Exchange Program in Development

One Bloomington resident is designing a carbon exchange program to implement in Bloomington. The program is intended to reward local residents for sustainable actions through incentives from local businesses. In today’s Feature, WFHB Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with the director of the program, Joe Davis, about the details and status of the program.

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Environmentalists to Host Celebration in Response to the Newly Unveiled Clean Power Plan

This Saturday a coalition of environmental groups are hosting what they’re calling a Clean Power Party in Indianapolis to thank the Obama administration for its newly unveiled Clean Power Plan. The plan will require power plants around the country to reduce carbon emissions. Saturday’s celebration comes as many political figures in Indiana are decrying the new regulations, saying they will …

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Local Biologist Explores The Battle Between Microorganisms For Better Health

In a recent study Indiana University biologist Farrah Bashey-Visser has been researching an apparent microscopic war between microorganisms. The study focuses on the various interactions between certain microorganisms and their implications to human health. Health experts have long been concerned about bacteria evolving to resist drugs and antibiotics but Bashey-Visser’s research exposes a different, related concern. Certain bacteria are not …

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Daily Local News – August 5, 2015

The City of Bloomington issued a boil order this afternoon following several water main breaks today; A single-day study has found an increased number of people experiencing homelessness in Monroe County; In a recent study local biologist Farrah Bashey-Visser has been researching an apparent microscopic war between microorganisms; The company that grades standardized tests for Indiana schools is running behind. …

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Monroe County’s Homelessness Numbers Appear to Rise

A single-day study has found an increased number of people experiencing homeless in Monroe County. The 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless count found a total of 329 Monroe County residents living without permanent housing. That’s up from 302 people last year and 304 the year before. The increase comes as numbers continue to fall slightly across Indiana. The Point-in-Time count is performed …

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Emptied Water Storage Tank Causes Pipe Breaks

The City of Bloomington issued a boil order this afternoon following several water main breaks today. The Utilities Department said in a press release that the breaks appear to be related to a change in conditions brought about by emptying a large water storage tank. The tank is being emptied so it can be painted. Other issues such as fluctuating …

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Interchange – Is a Woman a Person? Needing Ellen Willis More Than Ever

Ellen Willis, 1977

So, here we are, August 4th, 2015, and I’m asking “Is a Woman A Person?” You laugh, no, scoff at me for asking this. Of course!, you say. But are we “persons” by degrees with some considered lesser beings? Consider the concerted attack on women’s health funding by Republicans seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. It seems women ought to be …

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Ins and Outs of Money – Air Conditioning

It’s tempting to switch on the air conditioning when temperatures rise outside. Careful—that cool air is expensive. By being money smart, though, you can avoid turning on the A/C in the first place, and use it wisely when you do turn it on.

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