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Financial Consulting Is Proposed For Ellettsville Town Hall

The Town of Ellettsville continues to deal with the fallout from a 2013 flood that forced its offices to move out of the Town Hall and into rental units at Eagle’s Landing Mall. While the Town has worked toward rehabilitating the flood-damaged Town Hall, officials say they don’t intend to use it for government offices again. Instead, a new Town Hall will be built. The Ellettsville Town Council took another step toward this goal on Monday when it approved an agreement with financial consulting and management firm H.J. Umbaugh  and Associates. Town Attorney Darla Brown says the agreement is similar to a previous agreement the Town entered into when the fire station was built.  As part of the agreement H. J. Umbaugh and Associates will provide financial planning services for every aspect of the project, including attending all public meetings and sales.

 

The total cost of the contract is $34,000. An ordinance was also introduced that would allow the Town to charge rent to departments occupying the new Town Hall. Brown says the Town intends to charge the Utilities Department rent. It will then ask the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission to approve a rate increase that would pass the cost on to consumers.  Brown says the Town needs to pass an ordinance to move forward with the plan. Town Councilor David Drake asked if part of the reason for the ordinance was the cost of construction of the new Town Hall and Brown replied that this was so that utilities would not be included in the cost of rent.

 

The ordinance was on first reading, so no action was taken by the Council.

New and Improved Monroe County Website Is On the Way

The Monroe County website is getting an upgrade. That’s according to Eric Evans, the County’s Chief Technology Officer. Evans made the announcement at  a work session of the Monroe County Council yesterday. Evans says the current website is about two years past due for an update and should have been replaced a long time ago as it is now very behind in its capabilities

 

The age of the website causes various issues and certain browsers are not able to read it. Evans says the website upgrades will enable the County to add new features to the website, such ad online tax payments and a better display for mobile devices.  He says that the new website will be much more dynamic in that it will be capable  of eventually handling all e-commerce transactions that the current site cannot.

 

The County is finalizing the hire of eGov Strategies, an Indianapolis-based contractor that specializes in state and local government websites to take on the web development work. The website upgrade is scheduled to launch by the end of the year.

Senator Coats Proposes A Bill To Remove Funding for Planned Parenthood After the Release of Controversial Videos

Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood. The bill would prohibit any federal funding from going to the organization. Just yesterday, Coats released a video in which he accuses Planned Parenthood of profiting from abortion through organ harvesting. Planned Parenthood rejects the claim. The controversy began as a result of videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group which describes itself as “a group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.” The group has released three videos so far, each related to the organization’s donation of fetal tissue for use in medical research. Planned Parenthood says the footage was obtained through deceit and possibly by violating state recording laws, federal tax laws and falsified state Identification. They added that these videos are a violation of patient privacy and have been selectively edited. The executive vice president of Planned Parenthood said yesterday the organization does not make a profit on fetal tissue.  Coats’ legislation, if passed, would allocate Planned Parenthood funding to other women’s health organizations that do not provide abortions.

Extended Interview: Cook Medical Board Chairman on Medical Device Tax

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The Affordable Care Act was passed more than five years ago but legislators continue to debate many aspects of the legislation. Over the past couple years there has been an effort to repeal part of the law that institutes a tax on medical devices. News Director Joe Crawford spoke yesterday with an opponent of the tax, Cook Medical Board Chairman Steve Ferguson. We bring you part of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

Standing Room Only – What Makes Food Edible?

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Science Café Bloomington brings scientists and the public together to consider science research of general interest. The group recently hosted sociocultural anthropologist Rick Wilk of Indiana University, who researches  why certain foods are considered edible in some eras and cultures, but inedible in others. Wilk specifically addressed fish, using carp and fish considered by-catch as an example.

Behind Indiana’s Job Growth

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The unemployment rate in Indiana reached five percent this month, but the statistics don’t tell the whole story. Correspondent Jerrod Dill brings us the story behind Indiana’s job growth for today’s WFHB Community Report.

Daily Local News – July 28, 2015

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The Indiana Department of Transportation expects Section 4 of I-69 to be open to traffic by the end of the year; Indiana University will begin offering a new thematic living learning community this fall, based on sexuality and gender; Cook Pharmica has announced plans to expand its operations in Monroe County, adding up to 70 new positions over the next five years.

FEATURE
The unemployment rate in Indiana reached five percent this month, but the statistics don’t tell the whole story. Correspondent Jerrod Dill brings us the story behind Indiana’s job growth for today’s WFHB Community Report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
OK, you know index funds are the safest and most reliable way to invest. So what now? We continue our conversation with IU Professor of Finance Richard Shockley, who gives us tips on choosing a fund and a fund manager.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, Jerrod Dill, Joe Crawford and Ivy Bridges
Our feature was produced by Jerrod Dill
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Jen Brooks
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Interchange – Orson Around: In Conversation with Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore

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Tonight’s program “Orson Around,” is a glimpse at the life and movies of Orson Welles.

This conversation took place in the breakfast room at the Grant Street Inn in Bloomington earlier in the year during the week that Indiana University hosted a Welles Symposium to celebrate his centenary. Yes, Orson Welles was born 100 years ago. But he still seems ahead of us.

We begin with Jonathan Rosenbaum talking about Oja Kodar, who was the principal collaborator and partner of Orson Welles during the last twenty-four years of his life. She was a muse, no doubt, and an artist in her own right. Kodar surely complicates this statement Welles made in the 1950s to the French writer Maurice Bessy (and that Jim Naremore talks about later in the program), “I hate women, but I need them…Women block all conversation. That dates from the day they won the right to vote. They should have stayed slaves.” Jonathan Rosenbaum says that Welles’s unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind might be called his only feminist film. Of course its female star, played by Oja Kodar, doesn’t speak a word.

GUESTS
James Naremore is the author of five books and dozens of essays on film and modern literature, and is the editor of four volumes of film criticism and theory. His research deals with a variety of writers, directors, and performers, including such figures as Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, and Vincente Minnelli. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication and Culture and Indiana University.

Jonathan Rosenbaum was the chief film critic for the Chicago Reader for twenty years, and has written of film for many other publications. He is the also the author of many books, including Movies as Politics. He publishes his criticism on his own website, jonathanrosenbaum.net.

MUSIC
From the Henri Mancini soundtrack to Touch of Evil: “Main Theme,” “Tara’s Theme,” and “Orson Around.” We also heard excerpts from the movies Citizen Kane, F for Fake, Moby Dick, and Touch of Evil.

CREDITS
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Bring It On! – July 27, 2015

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Liz Mitchell and Cornelius Wright welcome Yolander Robbins, Seth Debro, and Mattie White.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Liz and Cornelius welcome Ms. Yolander Robbins, curator of The Jacqueline House African American Museum is Vicksburg, Mississippi. Ms. Robbins joins us to describe the artifacts and relics in their collection; along with sharing some historical accounts surrounding the fall of Vicksburg to the Union Army and the reactions of the newly freed slaves; and afterwards, how nuns came to Vicksburg to teach the former slave children. You can learn more by going to jacquelinehouse.weebly.com.

PART TWO
Headline news of interest to the African-American community.

PART THREE
In a special interview, Seth Debro and new Bring It On correspondent Mattie White join us to discuss the life and times of George Shively, former Negro League baseball player and Bloomington resident.

CREDITS
Hosts: Liz Mitchell and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bloomington to host National Softball Tournament

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This weekend Bloomington is scheduled to host the National Softball Tournament. The event will be for the sixteen and under girls division for the Midwest region 10. It is scheduled to run from Thursday through Sunday. Bloomington Parks and Recreation Sports Division Director, John Turnbull, described the event last week to the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners.

“We’re going to have about thirty-three or thirty-four teams, we’re still rather negotiating with a couple of the teams to get their paperwork in and their money in. And they’re generally a Midwest scheme of things because this is what’s called a “Northern Territory Tournament”. Minnesota is represented… Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, we’ve got a couple from Michigan.”

The games will be played at Winslow Sports Complex, at 2800 South Highland Avenue, and Twin Lakes Sports Park, at 2350 West Bloomfield Road. Turnbull says the tournament will have a major impact on the local business community.

“If I had to guess economically, we’re in the $800,000 to a million with hotel nights, and food, and gas, and so-on and so-forth.”

Bloomington has hosted this tournament for several years in a row. Turnbull says that for next year’s tournament, Bloomington can expect to host over one hundred teams.

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