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Hola Bloomington – July 24, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, y Carlos Bakota hablan con abogada de inmigración Christie Popp sobre DACA, DAPA y la reforma migratoria. Además, Christie contesta las preguntas de los oyentas al aire.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Carlos Bakota interview immigration lawyer Christie Popp. They talk about DACA, DAPA and immigration reform. In addition, Christie answers the listener’s immigration questions on air.

bloomingOUT – July 23, 2015

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Join hosts Ryne Shadday and Megan McCullough as they talk with executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka and IU alum Rob DeCleene. Rob is also the board secretary of the IU GLBT Alumni Association, and is talking with us today about the mayor of South Bend’s recent coming out. Along with the latest LGBTQ+ events and headlines, you will hear tonight’s music: “This Is Who We Are” by Blake McIver. bloomingOUT would like to thank Rob DeCleene for taking the time to speak with us today.
Credits

Hosts – Ryne Shadday, Megan McCollough
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Engineer – Andrew Sims
Social Media Coordinator – Jacob Samples

EcoReport – July 23, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature: in July of 2010 Amy Spindler of EcoReport interviewed IU’s Dr. Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. To honor the late Dr. Ostrom and her work, here we rerun that interview discussing her research on the sustainability of the commons.

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: Julianna Dailey and Dan Young.

This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and David Murphy. Jim Lang produced the feature and served as our broadcast engineer. This week’s calendar was compiled by Filiz Cicek. EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Personality Feature: “The People’s Diva,” Argenta Peron

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Up next is a profile of a local personality – Argenta Perón, also known as “The People’s Diva” and the emcee for shows at The Back Door in downtown Bloomington. Off stage, Argenta is Patricio Battani, a recent Masters graduate from Indiana University’s School Public Health and HIV testing counselor who designs social media outreach for Positive Link here in Bloomington. IU audio student Sophia Saliby met with Battani and produced this audio profile.

Better Beware! – Less And More

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Symantec has released their latest report on Internet threats, and there’s both good and bad news. Spam is decreasing, but other dangers are ramping up!

President Obama Proposes O.T. Rules Changes

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President Obama recently proposed overtime rules that will change the pay threshold for employees to receive overtime pay. These rules have the potential to affect almost 5 million employees across the United States. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges spoke to Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga, to get his opinions on the rule and how it could affect employers and employees.

Daily Local News – July 22, 2015

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Indiana’s ranking for child well-being has dropped over the past year, according to this year’s Kids Count databook released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation; The Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation will use funds provided by the state to explore alternatives to the Acuity formative test it currently gives to students in grades three through ten; The Monroe County Energy Mobile spent this past weekend in the Sycamore Knolls neighborhood; Up next is a profile of a local personality – Argenta Perón, also known as “The People’s Diva” and the emcee for shows at The Back Door in downtown Bloomington.

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President Obama recently proposed overtime rules that will change the pay threshold for employees to receive overtime pay. These rules have the potential to affect almost 5 million employees across the United States. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges spoke to Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga, to get his opinions on the rule and how it could affect employers and employees. A majority of Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives have signed a letter supporting the proposed overtime rules. But so far, officials representing south-central Indiana in Washington have not been supportive. Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly did not sign the letter supporting the new rule. Republican Representative Todd Young has not issued a statement and Senator Dan Coats, another Republican, issued a statement opposing the rule.

BETTER BEWARE!
Symantec has released their latest report on Internet threats, and there’s both good and bad news. Spam is decreasing, but other dangers are ramping up!

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Araceli Gomez
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 Ivy Bridges
Our engineer today was Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

RBB Schools Explore Testing Alternatives

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The Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation will use funds provided by the state to explore alternatives to the Acuity formative test it currently gives to students in grades three through ten. The test attempts to identify students who need remediation in math and English. This is the first time the Indiana Department of Education will allow school corporations across the state to choose the assessment tests they give students.

The Department appropriated a total of twelve million dollars for each of the next two academic years for school systems to use on formative tests. The Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation received $17.45 per student in funding for the tests.

Assistant Superintendent Jason Bletzinger says the School Corporation hopes to find tests aligned with the curriculum and standards they use, as well as State standards.

“The bottom line is we want to have assessments that really just gel with our instruction,” Bletzinger said. “It’s going to be part of our instruction. We can assess students, find out where they’re at and then identify where a student’s at, which students need remediation, which students need the enrichments.”

The school corporation plans to release more information on its plans in August.

Monroe County Energy Mobile Promotes Conservation

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The Monroe County Energy Mobile spent this past weekend in the Sycamore Knolls neighborhood. Bloomington Commission on Sustainability member Molly O’Donnell made the announcement last week just prior to the visit.

“We’ve designed signs that can go from one area to another…just saying ‘Energy Mobile Coming to You Soon,’” O’Donnell said at a Commission meeting. “If we go to houses…and nobody’s home, we have another flyer and on the back there are tips on how to save energy.”

The Energy Mobile is a Toyota Prius that the local consortium of governments and private organizations uses to promote energy conservation in the community. The effort is part of the Georgetown University Energy Prize contest.

Communities participating in the contest are evaluated on efforts to decrease community energy usage. The Prius is used by the City’s Utilities Department as a visual component of the effort. The visits are used to demonstrate ways for residents to conserve energy through various strategies. The prize is five-million dollars, which is to be used to invest in local energy conservation projects. Finalists and winners of the contest are to be announced during the first half of 2017.

Indiana’s Child Well-Being Rank Drops

Indiana’s ranking for child well-being has dropped over the past year, according to this year’s Kids Count databook released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But Indiana’s new rank is not necessarily the result of worsening conditions in Indiana. According to the report, other states like Missouri and New York have improved over the past year, leaving Indiana behind. Hoosier students have actually improved in math and reading, two elements the organization uses to make the ranking. Also, the performance gap between Caucasian and Hispanic students has shrunk noticeably.

But while Indiana’s child education has improved, the report notes further improvement is still needed. More than half of Hoosier eighth graders scored below proficient in math and more than half of Hoosier fourth graders scored below proficient in reading. Although the report seems largely bleak there are signs that should give hope for future improvement. The percentage of babies born with low birth weight is now below the national average. Fewer children lack health insurance and fewer minors are abusing drugs and alcohol, according to the report.

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