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‘Race Across America’ Bike Tour Coming Through Bloomington

Next week, bicyclists on a country-spanning race will be trickling through Bloomington.

Participants in the annual Race Across America road race will set off from Oceanside, California June 10 on their way to Annapolis, Maryland. They are expected to start coming through Time Station 39, in Bloomington, starting around Monday, June 16 through to the weekend. There are different categories of racers, male and female, single, double and team.

Jim Schroeder, a local resident and bicycling enthusiast, is the captain of Station 39, which will be on College Mall Road, in front of Casa Brava restaurant. He says this race is unique in it’s length and time.

Race Across America is not like the notable Tour races, Schroeder says its harder with a longer distance in shorter time.

The race draws competitors from across the globe, especially Europe where ultra-marathon bike racing is popular. The European teams are professional bike racers, sponsored by corporations. Schroeder says that it costs at least $30,000 to finance a team, which includes riders, crew, equipment and supplies. Many of the racers raise funds from pledge donations which they donate to their favorite charity.

It is expected that the leading competitors in the Race Across America ultra bicycling marathon race will be coming through Bloomington starting Monday, June 16 and continuing into the weekend.

They will be riding south-west along the 45/46 bypass, loop around the mall along 3rd St, Hillcrest, and College Mall Road, and checking in with their time in front of Casa Brava Mexican restaurant.

EcoReport – May 22, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Sandy Shapshay and Anne Sterling from BANIDS,  the Bloomington Association for Nonviolent and Innovative Deer Stewardship, discuss the Bloomington Parks Department proposal to hire sharpshooters to kill deer in Griffy Nature Preserve.

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: Dan Young and Stephanie Stewart
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and  Stephanie Stewart. 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.

BPAC Protests Drone Use

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A demonstration this evening on the courthouse square is part of a larger day of action called Days of Remembrance, a nationwide effort to bring attention to United States drone use.

“The U.S. drone program operates outside of the rule of law, essentially acting as judge jury and executioner,” says Timothy Baer, an organizer with Bloomington Peace Action Coalition

Names being read during the event are compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism from news sources in the regions that have been hit by done attacks, a part of a larger project by BIJ called “Naming the Dead.” The names will include 62 school children killed in an attack to a religious school in Pakistan.  Baer says reading the names out loud brings a human element to a military tactic that has removed the hardships of war from those who carry out the attacks.

“Those who are killing people, they are removed from the kill-zone,” says Baer. “They are typically thousands of miles away.”

Today’s rally is being held on the courthouse square between 5 and 6 pm, coinciding with events nationwide as well as a quilt exhibition also protesting the use of drones on display in the Monroe County Public Library through May 18th.  The Bloomington Peace Action Coalition has proposed a local resolution for passage by the Bloomington City council.  Baer says it is important for local legislatures to take a stand against actions made by the federal government, and sees continued drone warfare as increasing safety risks in America.

“The actions we are taking are in no way decreasing terrorism, they are without a shadow of a doubt increasing it, we are essentially creating more enemies than can be destroyed.”

PRIMARY ELECTION UPDATES

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9:20pm update, 100% of Precincts reporting

Contested Races Only

 

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE,  DISTRICT 9

Democrats

BILL BAILEY     45.00%            

JAMES R. McCLURE, JR.                      

J.S. MILLER            

WILLIAM JOSEPH (BILLY) THOMAS 

Republicans           

KATHY LOWE HEIL                 

MARK G. JONES                 

TODD YOUNG 82.00%  

                               

COUNTY CLERK

Democrats

ASHLEY (SKOOGLUND) CRANOR                      

LINDA K. ROBBINS            71.69

COUNTY SHERIFF

Democrats

MICHAEL (MIKE) PERSHING          

STEPHEN E. SHARP             

CATHERINE (CATHY) SMITH               

BRAD SWAIN          49.65%                  

                          

COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 2

Republicans

MARILYN BRINLEY

BRIAN ELLISON 38.64%

JENNIFER MICKEL

PAUL E. WHITE, SR

COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 4

Republicans            

BARAK (BARRY) JAYNE                          

GREG KNOTT 88.59%

                               

Voter Dataprimary election turnout two Provided by Monroe County Clerk’s Office:

 

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EcoReport – April 3, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Dave Williams, Operations Director for the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, gives insight into the B-Line trail’s growing importance to the city of Bloomington.

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: Dan Young and Kristina Wiltsee
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Stephanie Stewart. 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.

Bloomington Arts Project Grant Money Grows

The City of Bloomington Arts Commission has announced that revised guidelines and applications are available for the April Cycle of its 2014 Arts Project Grant Program.Grant amounts have been increased to $1,500 for 2014.

The program supported 34 arts projects in 2013. The Commission will hold a drop-in workshop for applicants on Wednesday, March 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the McCloskey Conference room in City Hall.

Grant applications that have been submitted will be reviewed during the Bloomington Arts Commission meeting, scheduled to take place on April 9 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The application deadline is April 1 at 5 p.m. Guidelines and applications are available on the City of Bloomington Website.

 

Daily Local News – February 24, 2014

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On February 18th the Bloomington Board of Parks Commissioners accepted the donation of a piece of equipment one official described as the heart of the city’s ice arena; The Monroe County Public Library’s Board of Trustees discussed factors that influence circulation at a meeting last Wednesday. Library Director Sara Laughlin told the board that a new report shows changes in how patrons use the Library; The Indiana University Kelley School of Business announced today that they have awarded a one million dollar United States Department for International Development grant to support the economic transition of the Asian sovereign state Myanmar; 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.

FEATURE
Five weeks from tomorrow, Bloomington’s only low-barrier homeless shelter is scheduled to close for the season. The closure leaves a seven-month gap when individuals who don’t qualify for other shelters in town have no designated place to stay at night. But a group has been meeting in recent weeks to form a summer shelter that would fill that gap. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Karen Franks talks about the mission, programs, and upcoming events for MCPL’s Friends of the Library.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Olivia DeWeese and Daion Morton,
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.

HJR-3 Update

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Today, the Indiana Senate had its final vote on House Joint Resolution 3, the same-sex marriage ban. The Senate was voting on a version of the bill as amended by the lower house. A vote in favor of HJR-3 would effectively suspend the attempt to put a ban on same-sex marriage before voters on this fall’s ballot. A vote against the bill would defeat it. Either way the issue will be suspended until another legislator might propose something similar. Most senators spoke against the same sex marriage ban as a civil rights issue. One of these was local Democratic Senator Mark Stoops.

“When I first started hearing about this discussion at the state house, obviously I wasn’t a legislator at the time,” said Stoops. “But my first thought wasn’t just that ‘oh, this is going to be embarrassing for the state, it puts us in the spotlight’. It’s not the fact that we’re going to lose out on economic development because people aren’t going to want to come here. It seemed to me that the main issue with a resolution like this is basic civil rights.”

Senator Stoops went on to explain how placing a ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution would entrench discrimination in what should be a rights document:

“I mean, we all have friends, co-workers, and family that we know are gay. Are we as legislators, and are you as senators, going to look at those friends and those co-workers and those family members and say, ‘With this vote, I am saying I’m a better person than you, I am more moral than you, and I’m more deserving of basic civil rights’? Because if you support this amendment, that’s exactly what you’re going to be saying.”

Another legislator, Democratic Senator Greg Taylor from District 33 in Central Indiana, drew parallels with prohibitions on interracial marriage.

“Nineteen sixty-seven in Indiana,” began Taylor,  “I met a couple, a friend of mine’s mom and dad, the first interracial couple to be married in the state of Indiana. You want to know why? Because it was illegal. That was supposed to protect the institution of marriage.”

He then talked about how such prohibitions would have affected him personally:

“Nineteen ninety-nine, I had the opportunity on May 15, 1999 – I hope my wife remembers I said that because I remember our anniversary date – to marry my wife. She happens to be caucasian. Folks, times change. Times will always change. I love my wife to death. I don’t care what culture she has, I don’t care what race she has. Can you believe that there was a time in this state when me and my wife couldn’t be married? Now we sit here with this issue.”

Shortly after his speech to the Senate, the majority voted for the amended version of HJR-3. Despite voting for legislation to discriminate against same-sex couples, this vote makes makes it impossible to place a referendum on the 2014 ballot for voters to constitutionally entrench the same-sex ban. However, it does not preclude attempts by state legislators to attempt to enact such a ban in the future. While Indiana has been debated such discriminatory legislation, other states and the federal government have been moving to permit same sex marriage and extend the benefits of marriage to these couples. While the courts have taken the lead in striking down discriminatory laws and regulations at both levels of government, legislators have stopped trying to resist the tide in what has become the civil rights issue the age. The pressure of public opinion and organization interest in favor of expanding marriage rights is forcing governments here and abroad to either resist calls to legalize sexual discrimination or revisit such laws already passed.

 

EcoReport – February 13, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Matthew Gouff and Sartak Neema, IN-PIRG representatives at IU, discuss their “Put a Label On It” campaign concerning GMO labeling.

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

Daily Local News – February 10, 2014

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Phone users in Southern Indiana should receive notices this month from their service providers, concerning the introduction of a new area code for the region and changes in phone dialing protocol that will accompany the change; The deadline to sign up for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care
Act is March 31st; Duke Energy, the state’s largest electricity supplier, is seeking more power from the sun; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals voted February 5th to deny a homeowner’s request to build a second story onto his cabin north of Lake Lemon.

FEATURE
Bill Passes Indiana House to Bring Accountability to DOC
The Indiana state prison system has made headlines several times in recent years for issues related to treatment of inmates. In 2012, a federal judge ruled the Department of Corrections violated the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment when it put mentally ill prisoners in isolation. That same year a 26-year-old first-time drug offender died due to what her family’s attorneys now say was poor health care from the Department. And last month inmates at the Westville Correctional Facility went on a hunger strike after cutbacks to their meal programs, which inmates said posed health risks. Now Peggy Mayfield, a Republican state representative whose district stretches from the west side of Bloomington into Morgan County, has introduced a bill she says would bring more accountability to the Department of Corrections. The bill passed the House and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate tomorrow. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Mayfield about the bill for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Linda Stines, secretary for the Board of Directors of the Monroe County History Center, gives a preview of upcoming exhibitions in February and talks about the History Center gala later in the month.

CREDITS
Anchors: Ally Tsimekles, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Mike Glab, and Ally Tsimekles
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  is Chris Martin,
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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