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County Employee Salaries Under Review

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Monroe County is comparing itself to other government bodies to find out how much County employees should be paid. The County Council has approved a letter of engagement with a company that will perform the salary review. The firm, Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele and Associates, will study of salaries and benefits paid to staff by comparable government bodies. During discussion on the resolution, Council member Geoff McKim said the study has been needed for some time.

“We have a lot to do on our salary structure” Mckim explains. “One of the first steps in moving forward is that we need to get an external calibration system on the salaries”.

Council member Lee Jones suggested the County is underpaying at least some of its employees. But she warned it might be difficult to correct the issue.

“I agree that just because we may discover we are severely underpaying people it doesn’t necessarily mean that we will that we will be able to pay them what they deserve” Lee Jones’s responds.

The salary study will take 4 to 5 months, according to the letter approved by the Council. The County will pay the researchers between forty-five and a hundred twenty-five dollars per hour for their work.

New Non-Profit Center for Pregnant Women in Bloomington

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A national nonprofit organization has just opened a center for pregnant women in Bloomington. The group describes the facility as QUOTE “secular and client-centered” UNQUOTE. Sierra Gardner has more for today’s WFHB community report.

Beginning this Fall, All Options plans to host secular support groups for after-abortion support, pregnancy loss and parenting, according to its website.

Daily Local News – May 15, 2015

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A new report from U.S. News and World report ranks Bloomington High School North as the
10th best high school in the state;The Monroe County Community School Corporation is
planning to survey local residents about their views on education issues;The Monroe County
Public Library is getting its finances in order as it moves forward with plans to build a
new branch;Monroe County is comparing itself to other government bodies to find out how
much County employees should be paid;The City of Bloomington is working on a 5-year master
plan for its Parks and Recreation Department;The Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
heard Tuesday from Janice Lilly, from the organization Healthful Food for All, about the
group’s efforts to collect perishable food for distribution to local food banks.

FEATURE
A national nonprofit organization has just opened a center for pregnant women in
Bloomington. The group describes the facility as “secular and client-centered” Sierra
Gardner has more for today’s WFHB community report.Beginning this Fall, All Options plans
to host secular support groups for after-abortion support, pregnancy loss and parenting,
according to its website.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment!

CREDITS
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
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Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – May 14, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Researcher Kent Webb discusses the science and politics of deer population management.

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: Phil Kasper and Julianna Dailey.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Sierra Gardner. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Withered.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

IN Nature – American Toad

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Image by Plismo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

EcoReport – Kent Webb on Deer Population Management

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Researcher Kent Webb discusses the science and politics of deer population management.

Assistant Director For Student Conduct In The Office Of Student Ethics Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography

Bloomington police announced this afternoon they had arrested an Indiana University administrator for possession of child pornography. Police arrested 32-year-old Jon T. Riveire yesterday. Riveire is an Assistant Director for Student Conduct in the Office of Student Ethics at Indiana University.  According to a press release from the Bloomington Police Department, he was targeted for investigation as the result of a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Policy say they found 30 images of child pornography on a university-owned laptop that Riveire used.

A Rise In Ticks Brings A Greater Risk Of Infection

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In the past it was rare to find lone star or blacklegged ticks in southern Indiana. However over the last 15 years those insects have become mainstays in the region. And in the next 10 years their presence in the region is expected to increase. This is all according to a new study done by IU biology professor Keith Clay. Lab testing showed that one to three percent of ticks in the area carry harmful pathogens. And while those in southern Indiana haven’t been found to carry the pathogen for Lyme disease, some in northern areas have. Clay sees possible problems in the future if these population trends hold true.  He says that as the density of the ticks increase it is more likely that people will get bit and that they will then be bit by a tick that is carrying a pathogen.

Evelyn Rynkiewicz  is a former doctoral student in Clay’s lab at IU. She says these ticks must stay attached to humans for a couple of days to transmit a pathogen. To avoid giving ticks a chance to attach, Rynkiewicz advises people stay vigilant and take proper precautions, as her team did while conducting field research.  She says that they make a point of wearing long pants and tucking them into their socks so that the ticks do not have a point of entry.

Clay says the current weather in southern Indiana is favorable for ticks. There are many theories on why the tick population in southern Indiana is growing. The three biggest in Clay’s mind are climate change, human alteration of the landscape and an increased deer population that is likely to support more ticks.

Better Beware! – Bogus Debt Collectors

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Anson Shupe’s unexpected death was a shock to us all. Here’s his final column, just as he wrote it, giving some good advice on how to deal with scammers who threaten you if you don’t pay them money you don’t really owe.

Voices of Homelessness: Linda Collins

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Over the past month, WFHB reporters Sarah Panfil and Emily Beck have spoken with local people experiencing homelessness as well as employees at agencies that serve impoverished residents. They are exploring the myriad circumstances that cause local people to lose housing for a series called Voices of Homelessness. We bring you the first installment of that series now, for today’s WFHB community report.

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