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‘Tis the season for Thanksgiving!

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Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is a week from today. Voices on the Street will be on a week-long hiatus so we wanted to ask your friends and neighbors about their Thanksgiving traditions and what they’re thankful for this year.

New stop lights on West Bloomfield Road

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The city of Bloomington is planning to install a new stop light on West Bloomfield Road. Matt Smethurst, an engineering field specialist for the city, told the Board of Public Works about the project at a meeting November 18th. He says the new stop light will improve access to the recreation center, and the construction will allow for some utility relocation.
The Board approved a $3,000 contract with James Stanger Excavating to remove the sidewalk and the tree.

bloomingOUT – November 20, 2014

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Today Jeff Jewel talked to Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Cure about her journey to

becoming a judge, her judicial philosophies, and other programs she has been involved in

throughout her life. We also listened to Melissa Etheridge’s Tuesday Morning, a song dedicated to

United 93 passenger Mark Bingham and his family, along with all other 9/11 heroes. Frankie and

Arielle were back with another episode of Out on Campus and we also heard from Nick Tumino in

First Year Out.

Hosts Jeff Jewel, Jeff Poling
News Director Ryne Shadday
Producer Olivia Davidson
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Engineer Carissa Barrett
Script Director Hayley Bass

The “Cover Monroe Project” host three events to assist residents with health care

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The Affordable Care Act’s “Health Insurance Marketplace” is open for enrollment, and a group called Cover Monroe is hosting a variety of events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in health coverage. The “CoverMonroe Project” will hold three different types of events to increase service to residents: Education and Enrollment Fairs that educate citizens about available options; Health Plan Forums to help support selecting the insurance plan that best meets family needs, and specific “Coverage Navigator” appointments for one-on-one help. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Cover Monroe project Coordinator David Meyer about the enrollment period, the opportunities for coverage, and the ramifications for not being covered come February 15th in todays community report.

Last year 85 percent of those signing up for personal health insurance through the affordable care act got financial help to get covered. The price that people see when looking at plans online is the full coverage price, not necessarily the price they would pay once their individual finances are taken into account. Joining Anthem and Medwise in the Monore County Marketplace this year are United Health Care, Assurant Health, Care Source, and IU Health.

Proposed ordinance for Bloomington’s growing street-food sector

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The city council heard from street vendors and restaurateurs during their meeting last night about a proposed ordinance that would address the growing street-food sector of Bloomington. Jason Carnes assistant director of economic sustainable development described some of the changes in an early presentation of this ordinance to the board of public works meeting over the summer. He says that the ordinance will be split to food trucks, push carts, and solicitors. The separation is intended to help streamline the process.

Councilmember Steve Volan said that last nights meeting was cordial, and everyone agreed that the ordinance needs an update, but that details still need to be worked out to balance the varying interests of food vendors. He related the experience to his past experience with the local food market.

A vocal vote on the ordinance showed the council in favor of the proposal 4 to one – two members were absent.

Daily Local News – November 20, 2014

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The city council heard from street vendors and restaurateurs during their meeting last night
about a proposed ordinance that would address the growing street-food sector of Bloomington;
The city of Bloomington is planning to install a new stop light on West Bloomfield Road; A
portion of the city’s B-Line trail will be closed Monday, November 24 to all pedestrian and
bicycle traffic for the entire day; Republican Kelly Mitchell was sworn in as Indiana State
Treasurer yesterday; Indiana will soon have a new Deputy Secretary of State;The Indiana State
Police will conduct a Sobriety Check Point operation somewhere in Monroe County this Friday
night, November 21st; The Ellettsville Plan Commission agreed it is time to revisit the
possibility of requiring permits for yard sales during their meeting on November 6th.

FEATURE
The Affordable Care Act’s “Health Insurance Marketplace” is open for enrollment, and a group
called Cover Monroe is hosting a variety of events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in
health coverage. The “CoverMonroe Project” will hold three different types of events to
increase service to residents: Education and Enrollment Fairs that educate citizens about
available options; Health Plan Forums to help support selecting the insurance plan that best
meets family needs, and specific “Coverage Navigator” appointments for one-on-one help. WFHB
News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Cover Monroe project Coordinator David Meyer about the
enrollment period, the opportunities for coverage, and the ramifications for not being covered
come February 15th in todays community report.Last year 85 percent of those signing up for
personal health insurance through the affordable care act got financial help to get covered.
The price that people see when looking at plans online is the full coverage price, not
necessarily the price they would pay once their individual finances are taken into account.
Joining Anthem and Medwise in the Monroe County Marketplace this year are United Health Care,
Assurant Health, Care Source, and IU Health.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is a week from today. Voices on the Street will be on a week-
long hiatus so we wanted to ask your friends and neighbors about their Thanksgiving traditions
and what they’re thankful for this year.

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

Quick Reads – November 20, 2014

- A portion of the city’s B-Line trail will be closed Monday, November 24 to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic for the entire day. According to Dave Williams, Operations and Development Director of the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, this closing of the B-Line between 4th Street and Kirkwood Avenue will allow for replacement of paver stones on the trail. Repairs are weather dependent, but weather forecasts are favorable and the work should be completed by Monday evening.

- Republican Kelly Mitchell was sworn in as Indiana State Treasurer yesterday. Earlier this month she was elected to a four-year term which starts in January, but she has been appointed by Governor Pence to start the position early because the previously elected treasurer, Richard Mourdock, resigned last August. Until yesterday, Daniel Huge has was serving as interim Treasurer. Mitchell’s previous experience includes six years working in the Treasurer’s Office as director of the investment fund TrustINdiana. According to a press release from the State Office, Mitchell said, “From protecting and investing our tax dollars, to raising financial literacy, to helping Hoosier families save for postsecondary education, we have a lot of work to do in the Treasurer’s office. I can’t wait to get started.”

- Indiana will soon have a new Deputy Secretary of State. Davey Neal has resigned as of December 11. But he won’t be straying too far from the Statehouse. He is taking a job at Clark Quinn, an Indianapolis law firm that lobbies the state government on behalf of businesses. He will be President of Clark Quinn Public Affairs and an attorney with the firm. Secretary of State Connie Lawson will appoint Brandon Clifton to replace Neal as Deputy Secretary of State and chief of staff, according to a press release from her office. Clifton has previously served as Deputy General Counsel at the Indiana Department of Administration and he also spent time working with the Indiana Department of Education as a staff attorney and policy advisor. Clifton will start his new position on December 1st.

- The Indiana State Police will conduct a Sobriety Check Point operation somewhere in Monroe County this Friday night, November 21st. In a press release, State Police announced that drivers should be able to produce their driver’s license and vehicle registrations if stopped, and should plan ahead if they intend to consume alcoholic beverages. Such plans might include using a designated driver, calling a taxi, offering non-alcoholic beverages at events, or refusing to let friends drive while impaired. Troopers also ask for the public’s cooperation in reporting erratic driving with a description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel. The Sobriety Check Point operation is designed to apprehend impaired drivers, deter others from drinking and driving, and make Indiana roadways safer for everyone.

EcoReport – Ellie Sims: Hilltop Garden And Nature Center

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In today’s EcoReport feature, IU Campus Beekeeper Ellie Sims discusses the joys and challenges of maintaining bee hives at the Hilltop Garden And Nature Center.

EcoReport – November 20, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, IU Campus Beekeeper Ellie Sims discusses the joys and challenges of maintaining bee hives at the Hilltop Garden And Nature Center.

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: Dan Young and Kelly Miller.
This week’s news stories were written by Dan Young, Linda Greene, and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Young.

Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Dan Young and Kelly Miller. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Indiana University School of Medicine Finds Inconsistencies In Patient and Doctor Communication

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Indiana University School of Medicine researchers released a study earlier this week discussing inconsistencies in patient and doctor communication. The study compared physician counseling sessions in cases of babies born prematurely at only 22 to 25 weeks. Analyzing the difference in counsel between obstetricians and neonatologists, the researchers found numerical inconsistencies and conflicting terminology, according to a recent IU press release. The report states that better and more standardized communication is needed between pregnant patients and counseling physicians. The report also relates to the greater issue of infant mortality in Indiana. Study author Dr. Tucker Edmonds said the research does not suggest that infant mortality rates are increased by poor communication, but better communication could improve overall quality of care for pregnant women.

Dr. Edmonds also has an interest in overall public health and improving the many factors, including education and communication, that could lead to lowered infant mortality rates.
National health rankings from 2011 place Indiana as the 45th for the worst infant mortality rate in the country. Infant mortality rates refer to the number of infant deaths per thousand.

In response to the State’s relatively high infant mortality rates, the Indiana State Department of Health launched an annual Labor of Love summit. Last week the department hosted its second Labor of Love summit at the Indiana Convention Center, bringing together health professionals, providers and community members for a discussion on combating infant mortality. Infant mortality rates serve as an indicator of health status. The Indiana State Department of health lists birth defects, post-birth injuries and maternal complications as top reasons for infant mortality. Indiana also has the 20th highest national rate of unintended and teen pregnancies, according to a 2011 report from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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