Home > Author Archives: WFHB News (page 33)

Author Archives: WFHB News

A Dispute Over A Baseball Field In Kokomo Has Suspended Millions of Dollars To The State; Including Monroe County

Play

Monroe County is among many Indiana communities that have lost grant funds because of a dispute with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. The federal agency has suspended millions of dollars in grants that had been allocated to projects in Indiana. The move was spurred by a conflict between FEMA and the city of Kokomo, which is building a new baseball stadium. FEMA contends the city of Kokomo is violating an agreement about leaving open space on eight properties purchased with federal grants. Kokomo has appealed in court. In the meantime, FEMA has responded in a way that removed money from communities statewide. Monroe County was one of 15 counties planning to update its hazard mitigation plans this year before FEMA cut funding. Here’s Jim Comerford, the director of Emergency Management for Monroe County.

The funding from FEMA, Comerford says, would have helped Monroe County and the 14 others pay for an outside vendor to assist in the updating of our hazard mitigation plans.

Having an updated mitigation plan would become an issue if a disaster were to affect Monroe County. Comerford says FEMA requires an up-to-date plan before distributing disaster relief funds.

FEMA’s hazard mitigation grants and assistance will not be given to Indiana counties again until the 8 parcels of land that are currently part of Kokomo’s new baseball stadium return to open space, or until the matter is sorted out in court.

Daily Local News – March 4, 2015

Play

A coalition that made a name for itself by helping defeat Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban is continuing its fight this evening against another piece of legislation in the Indiana Statehouse; Another bill that is still alive in the state legislature aims to protect residents’ financial and personal data from being stolen, disseminated, or being used without the consent of the data owner; The recent data breach at Anthem Insurance may affect some residents who work for Monroe County; Monroe County is among many Indiana communities that have lost grant funds because of a dispute with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

FEATURE
IU is among nine universities under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, for violating title nine protections against discrimination based on sex. Last fall the university sought input on the current policies in place addressing sexual crimes. This week, President Michael McRobbie signed the new Sexual Misconduct Policy. WFHB correspondent Alycin Bektesh speaks with members of the IU community who worked on the policy for today’s community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
A warning from Indiana’s Secretary of State about fraudulent business letters which appear to come from her office!

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

Activate! – Reality Store: Fran Weinberg

Fran Weinberg, an RSVP volunteer, explains the Reality Store, a “real life” economic event held in our local middle schools, and her experience with the project. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
The Chamber’s Franklin Initiative
Reality Store
Big Brothers Big Sisters
SCORE

Anthem Data Breach Could Be Of Concern For The Employees Of Monroe County

Play

The recent data breach at Anthem Insurance may affect some residents who work for Monroe County. The Monroe County Council heard a presentation on the potential effects last week. Human Resources manager Nancy Panzarella and IT director Eric Evans presented information about the breach, which compromised the security of personal information of about 80 million people insured by Anthem. Anthem is the health care provider for county employees. Evans said it is hard to know exactly what information the hackers took because Anthem is not disclosing much information at this point.

Evans said the information obtained was enough to present concerns about identify theft. He said hackers may try to obtain even more information from the individuals whose data they obtained.

Council member Ryan Cobine asked about the effectiveness of recent training given to county employees. Cobine suggested testing the employees by creating a fake scam to see if they would fall for it. Evans asked Cobine about the suggestion. Evans said that it was an idea, but that he did not know if it would be appropriate for this situation. Cobine then expressed his concerns as the legality of the practice.

Panzarella said she had made several attempts to contact Anthem to find out more specifics regarding whose data had actually been stolen. She said the company has not told her anything more than what they have published on their website in response to the attack. Anthem has said it will make direct contact with individuals whose information has definitely been compromised.

A New Bill Has Passed The State Senate Which Aims To Better Protect Personal Data

Another bill that is still alive in the state legislature aims to protect residents’ financial and personal data from being stolen, disseminated, or being used without the consent of the data owner. The bill tightens restrictions on data collectors by dictating how the information may be collected stored and used. This bill aims to remedy the problem of online identity theft by having businesses delete information that is no longer required for business purposes and refrain from the selling of data that breaches users good faith. The bill passed the Senate unanimously last week and now awaits a final vote in the House.

Interchange – Primary Candidates for Mayor: A Conversation

Play

Host Doug Storm welcomes the primary candidates for Mayor of Bloomington.

Democrats: John Hamilton, John Linnemeier, Darryl Neher
Republican: John Turnbull

Some Topics Discussed: growth and development projects; job creation; minimum wage; tech sector; Party politics; IU Health’s decision to move the hospital out of downtown; city-wide broadband; political appointments.

The Primary Election is Tuesday, May 5th, 2015.

Daily Local News – March 3, 2015

Play

Indiana University released a new sexual misconduct policy today; IU Provost Lauren Robel announces the State of the Campus; For the second year in a row, IU Bloomington has increased its numbers of Peace Corp volunteers.

FEATURE
A bill that could expand public transportation in rural parts of Monroe County got its first reading in the Indiana House of Representatives today. The bill has already passed in the Senate. Correspondent Sophia Saliby has the story behind the law, including concerns about its possible side effects, for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ryan Stacey talks to Stacy Williams from IU student legal services about how students can manage renting or leasing problems.

CREDITS
Anchors – Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was written by Sophia Saliby and produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

IU Releases Updated Sexual Misconduct Policy

Indiana University released a new sexual misconduct policy Tuesday. The policy defines the term consent, explains the options available to victims of sexual assault, and lists a range of sanctions for those who are proven to have violated the rules.

IU spokesman Mark Land says the new policy combines aspects of the previous sexual harassment policy, human resources policies and legal compliance measures.

“We have a lot of rules and policeis in place but they’ve never been stitched together like this,” Land says.

Indiana University is among nine universities under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, for violating title nine protections against discrimination based on sex.

Land says the university takes issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence seriously and hopes that the updated policy will create a more supportive culture for victims seeking justice against their attackers.

“Obviously this issue is as important and as serious as it gets in the eyes of the University administration and community,” Land says.

A draft of the updated sexual misconduct policy was released to the public in the fall and more than one hundred and fifty comments were submitted.

A group of students, faculty, staff, and university administration then worked together to create the final version of the policy.

IU Increases Number Of Peace Corps Volunteers

For the second year in a row, IU Bloomington has increased its numbers of Peace Corp volunteers.

According to the Peace Corp’s annual list, IU is ranked 20th among large universities for producing volunteers.

It currently has 36 graduate students enrolled in the program, through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the School of Education.

Peace Corps volunteers are stationed throughout the world and work on issues such as health, agriculture, environment and education. Most of the students enrolled through the School of Education teach English.

For most volunteers it’s their first experience in teaching. But as IU professor Faridah Pawan explains, they are still asked to take on the class as fully fledged teachers.

“They could be teaching any grade level according to the country’s needs,” Pawan says.

In order to face some of the challenges, the school of education has developed for the first time a fully online program. This allows for students to take their courses while onsite, but also is a means of support when problems arise in their teaching.

Pawan says volunteers know there is a person supporting them on the other side, only an email or a chat away.

“This is the first fully online program for the Peace Corps,” Pawan says, “We developed it to provide embedded and sustained support.”

The school of education has people currently stationed in Mongolia, Kyrgystan, Micronesia and Peru through the Peace Corps Program. Their first graduate, Joan Connors, did not fit the typical profile of a masters student. She came into the program at 60-years-old and graduated at 62. She helped teach English through the help of music.

According to Pawan, when they come back, many volunteers pursue careers in the same field in which they volunteered.

Bring It On! – March 2, 2015

Play

Clarence Boone and Leila Randle welcome Vivian Finnell.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Clarence and Leila welcome Vivian Finnell, founder of “Not To Believers Like Us”, a faith-based advocacy group for domestic violence prevention. She joins us to explore her churches mission to “shatter the silence” of domestic /family abuse in the faith-based community.

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

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

Scroll To Top