Roughly 200 people rallied yesterday at Karst Farm Park in Bloomington, just across the street from a local Republican fund raiser. The rally was originally scheduled to protest Governor Mike Pence, who was supposed to be the featured speaker at the event. Pence canceled his appearance amid increasing controversy over the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But the protest continued despite Pence’s absence. Protesters called for the repeal of the Act, which effectively allows individuals and businesses in Indiana to discriminate against others. Many worry the law will be used to discriminate against LGBTQ people. One of the speakers at the rally last night was Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who was in town to speak at the fundraiser as a substitute for Governor Pence. Zoeller spoke briefly to the protesters despite the fact that he has acted to oppose gay rights in his work as Attorney General. Zoeller, for instance, has defended the state government in court as the government opposed allowing same-sex marriage. WFHB correspondent Franki Salzman was on hand at the rally last night and we now bring you a portion of the event for today’s WFHB community report. The first speaker is Doug Bauder, the coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center at IU.
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Bloomington Animal Shelter joins shelters across the United States in recognizing October as National Adopt-a-Dog Month; This past week the Indiana State Department of Health released statistics based on the Indiana Medicine Error Reporting System which tracks hospital’s medical mistakes, everything from bed sores to surgical implements accidentally left in patients’ bodies after surgery; Yesterday Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced new proposals to strengthen consumer protection laws in Indiana.
This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.
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Anchors: Kathi Norton, Kelley Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Anson Shupe
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish
Our engineer today is Jim Lang, along with Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined collegues in thirty-seven states urging the FCC to allow more extensive use of call blocking technologies. Newer technologies such as NoMoRobo, Call Control, and Telemarketing Guard allow phone carriers to identify and block a much larger portion of telemarketing calls. But phone companies are reluctant to use these technologies. They fear they could be fined under a ruling made by the FCC in 1934. This ruling says phone companies have a legal obligation to complete phone calls. Much has changed since that ruling was handed down. In recent years the number of robo-calls, as well as the number of consumer complaints about these calls, have increased drastically. To protect consumers from unwanted calls, the Attorney General is asking the FCC to allow phone companies to use call-blocking filters if requested by consumers. For now consumers can cut down on unwanted calls by signing up for the Do Not Call list. This can be done online at www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1-888-834-9969.
A prominent expert on wind power generation will speak at the Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington on Wednesday, April 2nd; The Community Aids Action Group of South Central Indiana is hosting the 10th annual Bloomington Aids Walk this Saturday; The Hoosier Hills Food Bank is currently running the March Against Hunger food drive, along with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
There is no federal authority that oversees the registration of service animals, leading to abuse of the registration system that could have a negative impact on those with a legitimate need for service dogs in public. News Director Alycin Bektesh investigated a recent incident involving a Bloomington Transit rider, and what it demonstrates about complications in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
VOICES IN THE STREET
“Spring Fever: Celebrating the End of Winter”
This just in – shorts and sandals spotted on Kirkwood, a sure sign that spring is here. This week’s sunny weather gave us lots of chances to hit the streets to ask local residents about the changing of the season. Any favorite memories or springtime activities? Fill in the blank: you know it’s spring in Bloomington when…
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Jalisa Ransom, and Sierra Gardner. Our feature was
produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent Alycin Bektesh
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Re-opening after the holidays has not gone smoothly for Fairview Elementary, as conflict erupted between parents and school administrators; After months of debate and several revisions, the Ellettsville Town Council passed new regulations on second-hand shops December 23rd; The Indiana House Judiciary Committee decided this morning to delay a vote on HJR-3, the bill that would change the Indiana Constitution to state that only heterosexual couples have marriage rights in Indiana; The Ocwen Financial Corporation of Georgia and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, have agreed to a two-point-one billion dollar joint state-federal settlement with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, forty-eight additional attorneys general, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Factory Farms Offered More Protection in Proposed Amendment
Until late last week, the Hoosier Environmental Council was gearing up for a fight against a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution. The amendment included language the council said protected factory farms and other controversial farming practices. But some key language was removed from the amendment before it was filed last week. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Kim Ferraro from the council for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Leslie Abshier and veteran volunteer, Vonnie, talk about the work of LifeDesigns, Inc and the upcoming Art of Chocolate fundraiser, part of Bloomington’s 10th annual Week of Chocolate.
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Chris Martin, and Drew Daudelin,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.