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Senate Bill Calling for Restrictions on Abortion

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An Indiana senate bill could place further restrictions on abortion in the state. Senate Bill 334 would make it illegal to perform an abortion if the decision is based on a fetus’s sex or disability. Writers of the bill say they are trying to prevent discriminatory abortions.

A healthcare provider could face wrongful death and medical malpractice charges if found knowingly performing an abortion for a woman who wants to terminate a pregnancy because of the fetus’ sex or a potential disability.Disabilities specifically mentioned in the bill include scoliosis, Dwarfism, albinism, amelia, Down syndrome and any type of physical or mental disease or disfigurement. Many abortions rights advocates say the bill is troubling.

Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said Senate Bill 334 interferes with the sacred doctor-patient relationship.

“It gets government into an arena where it shouldn’t be at all,” Cockrum said.

Cockrum also said that while abortions based on a fetus’s sex may be an issue overseas, it is not a concern in Indiana. But mental health and disabilities are. Cockrum says parents of children with disabilities need help, but she says government funding for disability services would help more than this proposed law.

“The services to families who have developmentally challenged children are underfunded, and if members of the legislature see it fit to impose government intrusion into this decision making, they sure ought to step up and fully fund services,” said Cockrum.

President of Indiana Right to Life, Mike Fichter, did not return a call for comment today. He supports the bill. Fichter was quoted in the Indianapolis Star, saying Indiana Right to Life doesn’t “believe an unborn child should be discriminated against based on disability or sex.” A Senate committee approved the bill last week and it now awaits a vote before the full Senate.

 

Bring It On! – February 23, 2015

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Cornelius Wright and Jacinda Townsend welcome Katherine Wheatle, Victor Borden, and Carl Darnell.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Cornelius and Jacinda welcome IU doctoral candidate in Higher Education Katherine Wheatle, Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs and senior advisor to the IU Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs Victor Borden, and IU doctoral candidate in Higher Learning & Student Affairs Carl Darnell.

They join the BIO! crew to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s Historically Black College’s and Universities (HBCU) in the 21st Century.

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

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

Activate! – Global Gifts: Mary Megan Walker

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Mary Megan Walker on her service learning and volunteering with Global Gifts and Fair Trade Bloomington. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

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Global Gifts
My Sister’s Closet
Opportunity House

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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A bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is working its way through the Indiana legislature. The law would provide protection to individuals, businesses and churches that deny services based on claims of religious belief. On Thursday, WFHB’s LGBTQI+ program, Bloomingout, discussed the bill with Steve Sanders, a law professor at Indiana University. The show was hosted by Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday and Jeff Jewel.

Daily Local News – February 23, 2015

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An Indiana senate bill could place further restrictions on abortion in the state. Senate Bill 334 would make it illegal to perform an abortion if the decision is based on a fetus’s sex or disability; The Indiana Youth Institute has released the 2015 Kids Count data book, an assessment of childhood wellbeing across the state; The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Citizens Advisory Committee identified a need for updated bylaws during a meeting on February 19th.

FEATURE
A bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is working its way through the Indiana legislature. The law would provide protection to individuals, businesses and churches that deny services based on claims of religious belief. On Thursday, WFHB’s LGBTQI+ program, Bloomingout, discussed the bill with Steve Sanders, a law professor at Indiana University. The show was hosted by Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday and Jeff Jewel. We bring you a part of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Your WFHB weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Emily Beck along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Books Unbound – “The Mulatto” by Victor Séjour

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“The Mulatto” first appeared in 1837 in an anti-slavery magazine published by free people of color in France. Its author was the 19-year-old Victor Séjour, who had come as a student to Paris from New Orleans. Séjour was a French-speaking person of color whose baptismal record identifies him as a free quadroon. His father had come to New Orleans among refugees of the Haitian Revolution. “The Mulatto” is set in Haiti, and is thought to be the first short story published by an American of African descent.

It’s a frank melodrama, a mode of extreme passion and good-and-evil morality that permeated 19th-century fiction and drama. An oedipal tragic secret lies at the heart of a story fueled by rape, injustice, revenge and murder. Gothic elements of horror speak to the violence done to family within the institution of slavery. Séjour went on to have a highly successful career as a dramatist, with twenty of his plays in a variety of genres produced at the Comédie Française.

“The Mulatto” continues a series on race in literature that began with the four-part program “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville. In an extended podcast edition, Indiana University associate professor Maisha Wester returns to talk about the racial implications of gothic melodrama.

Our reader is Lauren Robert. Hosted by Sarah Torbeck, with Jack Hanek as the announcer. Special music comes from the Twelve Grand Études of Frédéric Chopin, which were published the same year as “The Mulatto”, performed by Martha Goldstein courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The episode was produced and written by Cynthia Wolfe, with the interview produced by Doug Storm.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – February 20, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Minerva Sosa​ platican con la comisión de asuntos hispanos y latinos de Bloomington. Hablan sobre la misión de la comisión y asuntos que involucran a la comunidad Latina en Bloomington.

Hola Bloomington hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Luz Lopez and Minerva Sosa interview The City of Bloomington’s Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs. They talk about the commission’s mission and issues that involve the Latino community in Bloomington.

bloomingOUT – February 19, 2015

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Tonight, our hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday, and Jeff Jewel interview IU Mauer School of Law Professor and Huffington Post Contributor, Steve Sanders, about an important upcoming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriages. They also discuss the Religious Liberty Bill that is moving through the Indiana Statehouse, as well as a complaint filed by Ashlee and Ruby Henderson with the U.S District Court in Indianapolis challenging how state law defines “born out of wedlock”, saying it violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment. Our music for tonight is “Heroes” by Conchita Wurst. We also heard the last episode of our weekly segment, First Year OUT. This week’s segment is about cheating and also familial acceptance. We would like to thank our guest Steve Sanders for being with us tonight!

Credits
Hosts Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday, Jeff Jewel
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Producer Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Board Engineer Carissa Barrett

New teen services and digital creativity center

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The new teen services and digital creativity center at the Monroe County Public Library is set to open in a matter of days. Kevin MacDowell, the manager of the center, gave an update on the status of the center at a Library Board meeting yesterday. MacDowell said the space would be virtually ready for a Friends of the Library event on Saturday. He says the space will be all in place by this Saturday, and completely functional within the next week.

The center has been in the works for years and it has been a big part of the renovations happening at the Library in recent months. MacDowell actually started at the Library in May. He said much of his work so far has been establishing partnerships in the community. He said he also started a program called Drop In and Hang Out. He says this will give teens an opportunity to give their feedback on what they would like to see in this space.

The teen services and digital creativity center will be open to youth ages 12 to 19. MacDowell said much of his staff’s focus will be on establishing connections with the teens who use the center. He says mentors that visit with the teens will be able to give better feedback on what to include in the center.
There will be books in the teen center as well. MacDowell said other library patrons will be able to access those books.

40-acre subdivision construction delayed

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The Monroe County Plan Commission delayed a vote Tuesday on whether to allow a new 40-acre subdivision west of Bloomington. Jackie Scanlan, senior planner with the county, recommended the commission approve new zoning for the subdivision, despite what she acknowledged were concerns from neighbors about drainage issues on the property. The Monroe County Drainage Board also approved of the plan for the development, known as Stonechase Bend. Drainage engineer Todd Stevenson gave a detailed explanation of the watershed complications on the property, including karst features,numerous sinkholes and ecoli contamination due to the current use of the land as a cow pasture. The company Beazer Homes is looking to develop the subdivision. Beazer Homes has overseen other subdivisions in the area and new board member Bernard Guerrettaz asked about the relationship between the various developments.

“The common threat is its Beazer” says Bernard Gerates “Before StoneChase the Water was clean” says Todd Steveson

Board member Scott Wells brought up the controversial history of Beazer Homes, which was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for accounting fraud beginning in 2007. David Compton, the president of Beazer Homes Indiana, said that no one who was named in the investigation is still with the company.

Scott Wells says “We don’t own a mortgage company anymore” “We saw was a huge problem”

Board Member John Irvine talked about the impact on future development if the area is not rezoned and what it might mean for other subdivisions already approved in the county.

John Irvine says “We have 8- 10 years of supply out there called zombie subdivisions”

Compton said the particular lot in question already has the infrastructure needed to become a successful subdivision, including roadway access for fire safety, large water lines to support a public sewage system, and the benefit of being adjacent to amenities such as the karst farm greenway.

“They have to compete” “If they screwed up in their location, they will fail” says Compton

The petitioner asked for a continuance and a second hearing regarding the rezone proposal. Members of the public who were present to speak about the proposal agreed to return at a future meeting. Due to scheduling conflicts during the week of spring break in March, the hearing for the Stonechase Bend proposal was postposed to the Plan Commission Meeting on April 21st.

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