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‘Dead Voter Law’ Reason For Delays In Monroe County Election Results

A law prohibiting dead people from voting was responsible for delays in tallying election results last month.

That’s according to the Monroe County Election Board who oversees the vote counting process. They said most of the ballots were processed by 8 p.m. on election night.

But final results weren’t available until early the next morning. Board member Brian Lemonds said that’s because of what he called the “dead voter law.”

The dead voter law says that if anyone dies after submitting an early vote before election day, then the vote doesn’t count.

County Clerk Linda Robbins said Monroe County has never had to invalidate more than three votes because of the law. Robbins and Lemonds both said the law should be repealed.

“If someone took time to vote, it should count, so I think it should be repealed,” Robbins says.

The law applies to all of the counties throughout Indiana, most of which typically get their results tallied before Monroe County. Robbins said the voting system in Monroe County is responsible for some of the complications.

“As long as we continue with the same kind of voting system, the best option would be to repeal the dead voter law,” Robbins says.

Over 19,000 residents cast their ballot in person this fall and over 7,000 absentee ballots were sent in for the midterm election.

Bloomington Plan Commision Approves Bank Plans, Delays Hotel Plans

Old National Bank is one major step closer to moving its downtown Bloomington branch.

On December 8, the Bloomington Plan Commission approved plans for a two-story building on the corner of Kirkwood and Lincoln. Old National plans to vacate its current branch, which is just one block west, and move those operations to the proposed building.

The company developing the project, GMS-Pavilion Properties, has been negotiating with the city for years.

City Planner Jim Roach said the Planning Department is happy with the recent progress.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we believe this building meets all city requirements and there are no parking or residential density issues,” Roach says.

Plans for the building originally included a third story as well as 17 apartments. Over the past year the developer scrapped those elements, making the proposal better comply with the city’s zoning rules. Plan Commission members had few complaints about the current proposal.

But Commission President Jack Baker did have an issue with the brick developers plan to use, saying in order to keep the vibrancy and quirkiness of the street, they should use a more reddish color.

The brick currently proposed for the building is more earth-toned than Baker wants.

Steve Hoffman, from Pavilion Properties, said his company can’t do much to change that part of the plan, because it’s what the bank asked for.

Baker proposed an amendment that would require the developer to work with staff to consider a new color of brick. But that amendment didn’t pass.

The Commission later approved the plans for the entire building unanimously. It still needs approval from the Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals before construction can happen. By moving into a new building, Old National hopes to clear the way for a new hotel on the site of its current branch.

But there have been complaints about the hotel proposal. The Commission delayed a vote on that plan at the December 8 meeting and won’t take it up again until February.

Bring It On! – December 8, 2014

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William Hosea and Jacinda Townsend welcome Valerie Haughton and Megan Lewis.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Jacinda welcome the Honorable Valerie Haughton, Monroe Circuit Court Judge, Monroe County Defense Attorney Megan Lewis. They join us to help sort through the legal proceedings of the Grand Jury in both the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and offer their observations with whether or not it should have gone that route to begin with.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Jacinda Townsend
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Hola Bloomington – December 5, 2014

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Araceli Gómez-Aldana hablan del arte y la cultura Latina con invitado especial Giancarlo Huapaya de Cardboard House Press. Además,una entrevista sobre la obra “En el agua roja y marrón” que debuto hoy y correrá hasta diciembre 13.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Araceli Gómez-Aldana talk about art and Latino culture with special guest Giancarlo Huapaya from Cardboard House Press. Also, an interview about the play “In the Red and Brown Water” which debuted tonight and will run until December 13.

“We all deserve respect”

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Voices from the Rally Against Injustice hosted by the Indiana University Black Student Union Thursday evening.

Rally Against Injustice – Slideshow

bloomingOUT – December 4, 2014

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Tonight, hosts Ryne Shadday and Jeff Poling interview Barry McGee, artistic director of the Quarryland Men’s Chorus, and we hear a couple of songs from the group as well. We also hear from various community members at a recent Trans Day of Remembrance Day on Out on Campus. Frankie Price-Preslaff introduces his newest segment about being a gay father trying to raise eight children with his partner Kelly Compton in Bloomington, Indiana.

Executive Producer – Alycin Bektesh
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Script Coordinator – Hayley Bass
Board Engineer – Carissa Barrett
News Coordinator – Ryne Shadday
Music Director – Jeff Poling
Hosts – Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday

Food-cart Fiasco

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The Bloomington City Council is still struggling with how to regulate food trucks. The Council debated eight separate amendments to the proposed rules governing mobile vendors at a meeting last night. City staff put forward the original draft of the regulations, which establish where and when the vendors can operate and set limits on how much noise they can make. The Council considered several changes to the legislation, including one amendment to the noise limits. Council member Steve Volan co-sponsored the measure. He says that it will increase the generator level from 60 to 70 db.

Although the change increases the allowable noise from 60 decibels to 70, one food truck operator said the amendment would actually reduce the amount of noise her generator could produce. Darlene Gonzalez is the owner of Juancho’s Munchies.

Most Council members were unclear about how to set the noise limit. Although Volan co-sponsored the amendment, he suggested it might be best to withdraw it.

The Council later voted down the amendment, which leaves the noise limit at 60 decibels, which is approximately the level of a normal conversation from 3 feet away. Several Council members said they expect to revisit the noise issue early next year. Council member Marty Spechler said it may be all but impossible to set a specific limit that seems reasonable to all involved.

The Council also heard extensive public comment about a rule that forbids food trucks from operating within 50 feet of restaurants. Talia Halliday, who helps organize the Bloomington Handmade Market and runs a shop called Gather, said she likes to work with food trucks.

Several food truck operators and other members of the public said the rules seem aimed at protecting brick and mortar restaurants from an increasingly popular group of food trucks and carts. Patty Mulvihill, a city attorney who helped draft the regulations, responded to that claim.

Council member Susan Sandberg was upfront about her interest in protecting established restaurants. Sandberg said she wanted to be sure those businesses were happy with the new rules.

Rally against injustice

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The Indiana University Black Student Union is hosting a “rally against injustice” this evening at Showalter fountain, just one day after protesters in New York City shut down the West Side Highway and disrupted the Rockefeller Center Lighting ceremony in reaction to a grand jury decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pataleo for the death of Eric Garner – the second high profile case involving the death of an unarmed black man due to police action to be decided this way. WFHB News Director spoke with Cornelius Wright, chair of the city of Bloomington commission on the status of Black males about the recent incidents, and what people in Bloomington can do to get engaged in the nationwide discussion about race and police use of force.

Daily Local News – December 4, 2014

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Governor Mike Pence delivered his education agenda this morning, looking ahead to the start of the 2015 legislative long-session which he termed the “education session.” Pence stressed his support for vouchers and charter schools, boasting that in the four years since it was enacted, the Indiana school voucher program has become the largest in the country, serving nearly 30,000 students; But first, the Bloomington City Council is still struggling with how to regulate food trucks; A new coalition of business groups is launching a campaign in support of legislation to allow Sunday sales of packaged liquor in Indiana; Bloomington is celebrating Krampus Night this Saturday.

FEATURE
The Indiana University Black Student Union is hosting a “rally against injustice” this evening at Showalter fountain, just one day after protesters in New York City shut down the West Side Highway and disrupted the Rockefeller Center Lighting ceremony in reaction to a grand jury decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pataleo for the death of Eric Garner – the second high profile case involving the death of an unarmed black man due to police action to be decided this way. WFHB News Director spoke with Cornelius Wright, chair of the city of Bloomington commission on the status of Black males about the recent incidents, and what people in Bloomington can do to get engaged in the nationwide discussion about race and police use of force, for today’s community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
The holidays are upon us, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa this month, we all have our own unique family traditions. ‘Tis for joy and reflection, so we hit the streets of Bloomington to ask local residents about your favorite part of the holidays and your family traditions.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele & Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Jack Hanneck
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineers today are Jose Rodriguez and Jonathan Goethals
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Craford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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