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“No Justice For Ian Stark”: Rally Decries Lack of Shelter

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Last week, a man named Ian Stark was found dead at the Colonial Crest Apartment complex on the north side of Bloomington. Stark was reportedly homeless and police say he might have died from exposure to the cold weather. In response, a group gathered Friday night on the Courthouse Square to bring attention to Stark’s death and to the continuing issues with lack of shelter in Bloomington. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

This time last year…

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WFHB’s Annual countdown of the top ten news stories of the year begins Wednesday! Here’s some nostalgia for you to ease the anticipation  – the top news story of 2012 “A Penny for Your Votes”

For a full recap of last year’s list: check out our archives!

2012 saw many Americans captivated by the most expensive presidential election in history – at the same time, political money poured into Indiana and Monroe County from around the country in efforts to affect our elections. Of course, local businesses and people also tossed their money into the pot, to help their candidates buy TV ads, campaign signs, robo-calls and the like; and thanks to a Supreme Court ruling from a couple years ago, there were fewer limits this time around on what could be given to help, or hurt, political candidates. The Daily Local News covered money in politics all year, from the race for governor, to the U.S. Congress, to local races in Monroe County.

Daily Local News – December 13, 2013

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The state of Indiana has temporarily extended its Healthy Indiana Plan; The Monroe County Public Library is considering raises for some of its managers; New research from Indiana University has found that science journal citations reveal an industry bias against women;

FEATURES
Bloomington’s Baha’i Community
This fall, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, issued another fatwa, or religious edict, against the Baha’i community. The Baha’is are the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran. Indiana University graduate student Sudeshna Chowdhury spoke to Baha’is in Bloomington, to learn about the local Baha’i community and hear its reactions to the persecution, for today’s WFHB feature courtesy of American Student Radio.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sudeshna Chowdhury.
Volunteer Connection was produced by Alycin Bektesh, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Nick Tumino,
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

bloomingOUT – December 12, 2013

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Blogger, freelance writer, speaker and activist Reverend Irene Monroe discusses Nelson Mandela and changes effected by his leadership in Africa and the HIV AIDS epidemic in the black communities of the US and Africa. IU alum, former WFHB volunteer, Louisiana attorney and Cherokee Indian Becca Riall talks about some of the legal issues stemming from discrimination and cultural erosion faced by people of  indigenous nations. Featured artist is singer/songwriter Callahan.  Musical selections are “If This is Love” and “Best Year.”

www.irenemonroe.com

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music provided by Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick
Guest Co-anchor Nick Tumino

Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Announces Opposition to HJR 6

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The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce just announced their opposition to HJR 6, the legislation in the Indiana State House altering the definition of marriage. The Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the official documentation of their opposition, saying instead legislators should work on legislation that will bring business to the state, not give them reason to leave. The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce represents over 1,100 local businesses including IU Health-Bloomington and Indiana University, which have both also released public statements opposing the amendment. The Bloomington City Council also made a motion against HJR 6 last week and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan has joined mayors statewide in opposition to the bill.

Monroe County Treasurer’s Office Late On Financial Reports.

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Two Monroe County officials gave a presentation Tuesday in hopes of quelling fears about a looming financial dilemma.

The officials spoke before the County Council about the fact that the County Treasurer’s Office has fallen several months behind on required financial reports.

Without filing the monthly documents, the county would be unable to distribute tax money to other units within the County, potentially leaving local governments like the city of Bloomington and the town of Ellettsville unable to meet their obligations.

Although the office hasn’t filed a report since May, County Treasurer Cathy Smith said her staff made up for lost time in recent weeks.

“We’ve been working hand-in-hand with the Auditor’s and Commissionors Office in keeping up to speed with where we are each day,” Smith said, “I think it’s fair to say that we are in the final preparations to approve a settlement.”

The County Auditor’s Office needs to approve the reports by Dec. 20 in order to send money on to other governmental units.

Auditor Steve Saulter said he’s confident the money will be distributed, even if the entire process is not complete in time.

Saulter said that’s partly because the law allows him to distribute 95% of the money before all the approvals are finished.

“I can’t promise we’ll get the whole settlement process done with the timing and holidays,” Saulter said, “We’ll complete the process the first week of January.”

During the presentation, Smith made another request to the County for a fifth employee in her office. She said that would help address future issues like this one, which she said was caused by the loss of a staff member.

“We don’t want to lose someone with all the knowledge again,” Smith said, “It just doesn’t make sense.”

Several members of the County Council thanked the Treasurer’s office for working to complete the reports before the deadline. Council President Geoff McKim said the county avoided what could have been a “pretty serious problem,”

IU Trustees Encouraging Development of Women and Minority Owned Businesses

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Last Thursday, during a board meeting at Indiana University East in Richmond, IU trustees talked about the contracts awarded by the school to businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans.

Governor Mike Pence set diversity targets for all state purchasing from the Indiana government.

According to trustee Patrick Shoulders, IU considers those aspirational goals. The aim is to encourage the development of women-owned businesses and minority-owned businesses, known as WBE and MBE, in the state of Indiana.

Shoulders says IU is one of the leading institutions in the state making the effort to achieve these goals.

“We have not attained the self-imposed aspirational goals and I think there are a lot of explanations for that,” Shoulders said, “It certainly isn’t through lack of effort but perhaps through lack of available, qualified WBE and MBE providers.”

Shoulders explains that the awards are given out based on the lowest bid, which can make it hard for small businesses to win contracts at IU.

“I think that this effort is difficult and we’re fighting against years and years of discrimination,” Shoulders said, “The Board of Trustees was quite clear that We expect IU to be on the cutting edge of pushing for the success of WBEs and MBEs.”
Though IU fell short of the  state’s diversity directives, Shoulders says the trustees want IU to be a leader in the state for awarding these kinds of contracts.

Daily Local News – December 12, 2013

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The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce opposes HJR-6; The Bloomington City Council voted yesterday to do away with the stiffest penalties for violating the city’s parking meter rules; On Tuesday a newly assigned diversity official at the Monroe County Community School Corporation said minority employees there are mostly pleased with their work environment; Last Thursday, during a board meeting at Indiana University East in Richmond, IU trustees talked about the contracts awarded by the school to businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans; Two Monroe County officials gave a presentation Tuesday in hopes of quelling fears about a looming financial dilemma.

FEATURE
Pence on Education
On Tuesday December 10th Indiana Governor Mike Pence outlined his agenda for handling Hoosier education in 2014.   He praised Indiana standardized test scores and announced an initiative to provide grants directly to teachers, and stressed innovation in education. Highlights from his speech, here for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks you to reflect on 2013 and speculate what is to come in 2014.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Yvonne Cheng
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hettrick.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, and Maddie Glenn
Our engineer is Sarah Hettrick.
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – December 12, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Bloomington Citizen’s Climate lobby co-leader Marcia Veldman talks with corresponding Norm Holy about the organization’s goal of promoting energy produced from non-fossil fuel sources.

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.

CREDITS
Anchors: David McFarland, Dan Young
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Stephanie Stewart. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Monroe County School Diversity Offical Declares Most Minority Employees ‘Satisfied’

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On Tuesday a newly assigned diversity official at the Monroe County Community School Corporation said minority employees there are mostly pleased with their work environment.

Diane Hanks, the corporation’s diversity and talent specialist, said her office held forums last month for employees from underrepresented groups.

“Generally the employees were satisfied and feel comfortable in their respected environment,” Hanks said, “Their work environment is inclusive regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability and age.”

The forums were a response to the same controversy that led to the creation of Hanks’ new position.

Many community members were angry when the corporation promoted a white administrator to be principal at Tri-North Middle School. Hanks had also applied for the job, and some alleged that racial bias affected the decision, especially because Hanks had more experience as an administrator.

During that controversy, some MCCSC employees of color said a lack of diversity at the Corporation was a problem. And in her report this week, Hanks said there are indeed still issues that need addressed.

Hanks went on to say that the corporation should address concerns from employees who want more information about how to advance within the corporation.

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