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Interchange – Republican Candidates for Monroe County Council

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In tonight’s episode of Interchange, host Joe Crawford speaks with six Republican candidates for the Monroe County Council. During our first segment Crawford was joined by Marilyn Brinley, Brian Ellison, Jennifer Mickel and Paul E. White, Sr., who are competing for the Republican nomination for the District 2 seat on the Council. The winner will run against Democrat Ryan Cobine in the general election.

Later in the show, Barry Jayne and Greg Knott joined the discussion. Jayne and Knott are competing for District 4 on the Council. The winner will run against an incumbent Council member, Rick Dietz, who is the only Democrat running for the seat.

Bring It On! – April 21, 2014

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William Hosea and Clarence Boone welcome Tamara Carter, president of the Kappa Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and her soror Hattie Johnson.

PART ONE
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908 and is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. AKA is comprised of a nucleus of 260,000 members in graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U. S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea and on the continent of Africa.

Next month, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Kappa Tau Omega Chapter (on the Bloomington campus) will be hosting a Fashion Show entitled High Tea, High Fashion at the Fountain Square Ballroom. The event will highlight wearable fashions for men and women.

Joining William and Clarence to shed more light on this community project are Tamara Carter, president of the Kappa Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and her soror Hattie Johnson

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Clarence Boone
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

bloomingOUT – April 17, 2014

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Policy Analyst with the Civil Rights Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Edward Carlson discusses the Hispanic community in general, the Hispanic LGBT community in specific and various issues related to bullying, discrimination and immigration as well as the significance of the recent endorsement by the NCLR of anti-bullying legislation. Co-Owner of the Backdoor Nicci Boroski and Co-Director of Bloomington Pride Sarah Profetti provide information about the PRIDE Summerfest event happening in Bloomington IN September 2014. Spencer Pride members Jacob Balash and Brett Presley chat about the 8th annual Spencer Pride coming up 7 June in Spencer IN. Featured artist is Austin Texas blues band Omar and the Howlers. Musical selections are “Move Up To Memphis” and the title cut from their “I’m Gone” cd.

www.nclr.org
www.backdoorbloomington.com
www.bloomingtonpride.org
www.spencerpride.org
www.omarandthehowlers.com

EcoReport – April 17, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Josh Griffin, with Indiana Department of Natural Resources, explains how his agency will be involved if the city of Bloomington uses sharp shooters to cull deer in Griffy Park.

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 Chelsea Hardy, Norm Holy, David Murphy, and Stephanie Stewart. This week’s feature was engineered by Joe Crawford. 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.

Sage Advice: Sage Steele on Sports Journalism

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On Monday, March 24 Sage Steele spoke as part of the IU School of Journalism’s spring speaker series. She is host of ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” and contributes to the network’s “SportsCenter” program. Steele is an IU gradute and has come back to talk about sports journalism and her work in a heavily-male field. This event was recorded on location at the Buskirk Chumley Theatre by Alycin Bektesh for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Interchange – GOP Primary Congressional Candidates District 9

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Host Alycin Bektesh talks to Mark G. Jones and Kathy Lowe-Heil, the Republican Primary candidates for Indiana Congressional District 9. The current District 9 Representative, Republican Todd Young, declined to join us.

IU’s Global Change Center receives prestigious language award

Indiana University’s Center for the Study of Global Change has received the 2014 Paul Simon Award for the Promotion of Language and International Studies. The award, created in 1982, is named for the late Illinois Senator Paul Simon who supported international education and foreign language learning.

It was given specifically to the project called “Bridges: Children, Languages, World,” which offers exploratory language and culture classes such as Arabic, Chinese, Mongolian, Russian, and Zulu. Deborah Hutton, assistant director at the Center for the Study of Global Change, says the award really belongs to their many partners across campus.

“It isn’t just for the global center to brag on it,” Hutton says, “It’s hard for people outside to differentiate the partners but we do run it and we put it on our grant.”

Bridges classes are taught by undergraduate students at IU. The project’s mission is to expose youth to less-commonly taught languages while also helping those who serve as instructors and volunteers gain professional experience.

“We added a language coordinator grad student who helps the volunteer instructors with their lessons,” Hutton says, “This is a good idea and we can even switch things around and she can help the students themselves.”

The project is run by the donation of classroom facilities and materials, and the granting of work-study money and course credit. Hutton says the project gives people in Bloomington a unique and important learning opportunity.

“We’re so proud of what an unusual, large partnership this is to make it work,” Hutton says, “And our students are studying Chinese so well and they are excited and not intimidated by these languages and cultures.”

The Center for the Study of Global Change is one of eleven federally funded Title VI area studies centers in the School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington.

Income tax may raise to support juvenile services

The Monroe County Council showed support for raising a local income tax April 8. But the council pushed for the tax to cover even more expenses than it already does, raising questions that led the council to delay a vote on the issue. The tax is known as the Juvenile County Option Income Tax. It originally supported only the county’s Youth Services Bureau.

But in recent years the county has also used the tax to pay for juvenile probation officers. Now, Council President Geoff McKim said the council would also like to use the tax revenue for maintenance and other expenses.

“We decided to broaden the scope of the expenses that we would consider could be paid out of the juvenile county option income tax,” McKim says, “I created a committee to work with courts, YSB and the commissioners office to come up with a more accurate accounting of the costs of running our juvenile facilities.”

At a recent work session, Circuit Court Judge Steve Galvin asked the council to increase the tax. But he said his request, which would have brought the tax as high as .085 percent, needs to be increased even further.

“We presented what we thought were the bare budget amounts necessary to provide for juvenile services,” Galvin says, “However we didn’t include amounts for utilities, repairs, maintenance, security and other one-time expenses over the next five years. So we added those in and suggested a rate, but the rate is entirely up to the council.”

If the council agreed to Galvin’s request, it would nearly double the rate for that particular tax. Under the proposed rate, a county resident who earns $30,000 next year would pay $28.58 towards the juvenile services.

Contractor for I-69 section through Monroe County announced

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced the winning contractor to finance, build, and maintain section 5 of the new interstate running through Monroe County. Section 5 of I-69 stretches from the south side of Bloomington to Martinsville. Sections 1 through 3, connecting Evansville with the Crane Military base, is complete and in operation. Section 4, from Crane and intersecting with State Road 37 just south of Bloomington, is under construction. The contracting consortium for Section 5 is called I-69 Development Partners. Will Wingfield, from the Office of Communications at the Indiana Department of Transportation, elaborates on the contract.

“The lead company is from Spain and has partnered with local contractors to do the work necessary to build and maintain I-69,” Wingfield says.

Isolux Infrastructures is part of Isolux-Corsan, a multi-national, privately-held company based in Spain, with operations primarily in Latin America but also in the U.S., and several billion euros in annual income. Now Indiana will add to these receipts.

“The private company will finance the product,” Wingfield says, “The idea behind that is that it allows us to do the project more quickly and realize the benefits of it. I know there’s been a concern about safety in Bloomington once I-69 opens and some of those payments are towards overpasses in that area.”

According to the Associated Press the contract for Section 5 stipulates that the state will make an initial $80 million down payment to the contractor and, once complete, pay it $21.8 million a year for 35 years, for a total of $407 million. The estimated cost to the contractor for Section 5 is $325 million. Wingfield did not confirm or deny these figures, but stated that the final terms of the deal are still to be worked out. None of the three sub-contracting firms are based in Bloomington or Martinsville, the anchors of Section 5.

“There were some local companies that submitted proposals, but our reason for a competitive proposal process is to get innovative ideas, the best technical solutions, and of course to get the lowest cost,” Wingfield says, “The highest scoring proposal was the lowest cost proposal that also met all the requests.”

Wingfield says he is unaware of any local companies that may be included in the construction contract. He anticipates that construction on Section 5 of I-69 will begin later this year, and open for traffic by the end of 2016.

Bring It On! – April 14, 2014

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William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome author David Leander Williams.

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a collector of memorabilia, historical artifacts and information about African American history, particularly slavery and African American music history, author David Leander Williams has used his vast knowledge to write a book about the entertainment empire that developed on Indiana Avenue from its beginnings in 1821 until its demise in the 70′s entitled “Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and the Legacy of Indiana Avenue”.

The book talks about some of the nation’s most influential jazz artists. The performance venues that once lined the vibrant thoroughfare that were an important stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit and provided platforms for greats like Freddie Hubbard and Jimmy Coe.

Mr. Williams joins William and Bev, along with B.I.O. contributor Liz Mitchell, to share some of the exciting history contained in the pages of his new book.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Bev Smith
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

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