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Indiana Department of Environmental Management Assures Improvement in Air Quality Despite Conflicting Reports

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As Indiana residents celebrate Earth Day this year, the state government says air quality throughout the state is improving. But that official line is complicated by reports from some other organizations. News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – April 22, 2015

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Bloomington is facing rapidly escalating costs for disposal of sludge from its wastewater treatment facility; School voucher demand in Indiana is leveling off, according to a report from Indiana University’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy published last month; Five new religious congregations have received state grants to reduce their energy consumption; The Monroe County Commissioners considered an application last week for a two hundred thousand dollar federal grant to help with local trail work; In recognition of April as Autism Awareness Month, the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department is hosting an event to promote awareness about persons with autism in the workforce.

FEATURE
As Indiana residents celebrate Earth Day this year, the state government says air quality throughout the state is improving. But that official line is complicated by reports from some other organizations. News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
A lovely little scam going the rounds offers to pay suckers for putting advertising on their cars. But it ends up working the other way around!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Sophia Saliby
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Report: Indiana School Voucher Program Participation Reaching Peak

School voucher demand in Indiana is leveling off, according to a report from Indiana University’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy published last month. The report titled “Mapping the Growth of Statewide Voucher Programs in the United States” tracked publicly- funded school voucher programs in Ohio, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Voucher programs cover private school tuition for students from low-income families given that they meet eligibility requirements. Indiana’s voucher program, The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program has been in place since 2011 and offers students a variety of ways to meet eligibility to attend private schools, such as having a sibling enrolled in the program or attending public school for one year. The program offers both ninety-percent coverage and fifty-percent coverage scholarships depending on a family’s income level. In the first two years of its implementation, only about half of the available scholarships were used. Most recently, legislators have removed the enrollment cap, and participation in the program increased approximately one hundred and seventeen percent from the previous year. However, the question remains on whether these numbers will continue to increase. Publicly-funded voucher programs face critics who say that money is being funneled away from public education to private, often religious, institutions.

Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 5 Democrats

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Host Doug Storm is joined by District 5 candidates for the Democratic nomination to run for the Bloomington City Council seat in November.

Guests
Isabel Piedmont-Smith
Kurt Babcock
Gabriel Colman

Previous Candidate Conversations
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 1 Democrats
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 4 Democrats
Interchange – Bloomington City Council Primary Candidates: District 3 Democrats
Interchange – Primary Candidates for Mayor: A Conversation

Related
Democracy for Monroe County Forum, 3/31

Music:
“Vote for Me” – Chicago
“Mayor of Simpleton” – XTC

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

Major Challenges for Bloomingfoods

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Bloomington’s local co-op grocery is undergoing major challenges. That is how a press release from Bloomingfoods describes recent developments there.

Tim Clougher, the former board president, has resigned and been replaced by another board member, Caroline Beebe. At the same time, Bloomingfoods has invited a national organization to review its operations.

Last week, the Daily Local News ran a feature interview with a co-op member, Keith Taylor, who had been circulating a petition that demanded just such a review or an audit. Taylor also researches cooperatives at the Ostrom Workshop at IU. He also stated that he had access to most of the board and many of its employees. He had come to the conclusion that Bloomingfoods may not survive the imminent arrival of competition unless it made significant changes.

The Bloomingfoods press release acknowledges major challenges, mentioning the announcements from Lucky’s Market and from Wholefoods that they were opening stores in town. It didn’t mention that the recently renovated Kroger on College Mall Road has an expanded natural and whole foods section, an area in which Bloomingfoods has specialized.

Bloomingfoods announced that it has asked for the assistance of the National Co-operative Grocers Association, the leading professional organization of this sector, to which Bloomingfoods belongs. The external reviewers have been scheduled to pay a site visit at the end of April. In the interest of full disclosure, Bloomingfoods is an underwriter at WFHB.

Bring It On! – April 20, 2015

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Clarence Boone and Jacinda Townsend welcome Dr. Raymond Wise.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Clarence and Jacinda welcome Dr. Raymond Wise, director of the IU African American Choral Ensemble. He joins us for a discussion on the history and future of the Chorale Ensemble, along with providing an overview of their annual Spring concert.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Clarence Boone and Jacinda Townsend
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

Activate! – Trashion Refashion: Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen

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Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen on Trashion ReFashion and their experience with this great event. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
Center for Sustainable Living – Discardia
Trashion Refashion
Sidewalk Exchange/Reuse Volunteer
Recycle for Charity

IN Nature – Morel Mushrooms

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Hola Bloomington – April 17, 2015

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Hola Bloomington hosts Israel Herrera and Carmen Gozalo host a special segment “Un cafecito con…” with Rachel Lears, the director of the documentary titled, “The Hand the Feeds You,” and real character Mahoma Lopez. They discuss the documentary which is about the struggle of low-wage undocumented Latino workers that create a union to receive a decent labor treatment and fair salary. It has been selected best documentary in DOC NY, Full Frame and AFI DOCS.

Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Israel Herrera y Carmen Gozalo albergan un segmento de “Un cafecito con..” Rachel Lears, directora del documental “La mano que alimenta” y personaje real Mahoma López. “La mano que alimenta” es un documental sobre la lucha de los trabajadores Latinos de bajos salarios e indocumentados que crean un sindicato para recibir un tratamiento digno y salario justo. El documental fue llamado el mejor documental en DOC NY, Full Frame and AFI DOCS.

bloomingOUT – April 16, 2015

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Tonight our hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday discuss news and calendar in recent events. Jeff Jewel interviews mayoral candidate John Hamilton. Our music for tonight was “Time” by Steve Grand. We also heard our weekly segment “Out on Campus,” Arielle Soussan has a conversation with IU students about RFRA’s impact on student life. The bloomingOUT staff would like to give a special thanks to our guest John Hamilton.

Credits
Hosts Jeff Poling, Ryne Shadday, Jeff Jewel
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett
Interns Jorge Guillen, Megan McCullough, Jacob Samples, and Andrew Sims

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