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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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. Pence also said that educators should be monetarily rewarded for good progress results but that no extra funding should be used for this, saying instead that money should be spent more wisely. Also presented today was an executive order rescinding in it’s entirety, a previous executive order under which he created the Center for education and career innovation, a move seen by many as a power grab from democratic state superintendent Glenda Ritz. Ritz released a reaction statement today reading “While dissolving CECI is certainly welcome news, there are other aspects of the Governor’s legislative agenda that are concerning for public education in our state. I look forward to working with the Legislature and the Governor on the Department of Education’s legislative agenda and other critical issues during the upcoming session.”
- A new coalition of business groups is launching a campaign in support of legislation to allow Sunday sales of packaged liquor in Indiana. A press release from Hoosiers for Sunday Sales reports they have backing from consumer and business groups including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and more than 25,000 citizens who have signed a petition in support of Sunday sales. Similar bills have been brought before the legislature for the past seven years and have been defeated because of opposition from the packaged liquor store lobby. Although all retail outlets would be allowed to sell packaged liquor on Sunday if the laws were changed, the Liquor store lobby says liquor stores would be at a disadvantage. They claim that more of Sunday sales would be made at grocery and convenience stores where people tend to shop on Sundays anyway, and that would mean decreased revenue for packaged liquor stores. They claim that this competition with the larger grocery and convenience store chains could drive some of the smaller, local liquor stores out of business. Supporters of the change say Sunday liquor sales are already legal in Indiana in bars and restaurants. And thirty-eight states, including all the states bordering Indiana, allow sale of packaged liquor on Sunday. According to Hoosiers for Sunday Sales website, it is estimated that Indiana loses 10-12 million tax dollars each year by not allowing Sunday sales.
A recent WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey found that 52% of Hoosiers favor Sunday sales. The next legislative session begins on January 6th and there will most likely be a bill to repeal bans on Sunday sales.
- Bloomington is celebrating Krampus Night this Saturday. Bloomingtonians will dress up as the hairy horned beast as well as his counterpart Saint Nicholas. Originating from Alpine Europe around the 17th century, the Krampus is a tall horned monster covered in hair. Just as Saint Nicholas rewards good children with presents, the Krampus frightens children into behaving. The Krampus Parade is at 6:00 PM on Madison street starting at 4th street and ending at the Showers Common. The very first Krampus Bazaar is going to be held at the Showers Common from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Afterward, Downtown Bloomington will be infested with these creatures as late as closing time at the local bars and restaurants. Krampus Night is produced by Krampus Legend and Arts Workshop, a local Bloomington organization.
In today’s EcoReport feature, we hear about the new Karst Farm Greenway, a trail on the west side of Bloomington.
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: Kristina Wiltsee and Dan Young
This week’s news stories were written by Susan Northleaf, Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Joe Crawford. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Young.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport is Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Hoosiers may finally get to benefit from the expanded Medicaid coverage included as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the ACA or Obamacare, that was passed into law back in March of 2010. Besides the well-known health insurance mandate, under which all residents were required to enroll in some kind of insurance program, with federal subsidies of insurance premium payments, there was another provision that got little attention: the expansion of Medicaid eligibility from people with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level to 138 percent. The federal plan offered to cover, initially, 100 percent of the cost of the expanded coverage for the first three years, and then gradually reduce its subsidy to 90 percent by 2020. State responses to the offer became subject to partisanship: states led by Democrats accepted the offer, and red states initially rejected it. Several Republican governed states have since come on board. However, Indiana is a hold-out, losing out on hundreds of million of dollars of federal transfers and up to half a million more residents covered by expanded Medicaid. In the meantime, the federal government has allowed Indiana to continue with the pre-ACA state delivered medicaid program under the Healthy Indiana Plan, which was established in 2008, and currently provides coverage to around 50,000 residents. Last year, Governor Pence’s office proposed a revised plan, dubbed HIP Two Point Oh, to deliver expanded Medicaid. However, negotiations with federal authorities bogged down over some of the state program provisions, which included premiums, co-pays, and yearly maximums for recipients, which have never been a part of Medicaid. In the meantime, the state has asked for and been given waivers from the federal government to allow it to continue with the old HIP program. The most recent extension agreement, announced in mid-November, would carry the program into 2015. The joint announcements from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the CMS, and Governor Pence’s office, on the extension, also mentioned that negotiations on Medicaid expansion are continuing. On Tuesday Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy spoke to Alex Slobosky, Chairperson of Cover Indiana, which has been campaigning for state acceptance of expanded Medicaid. He informed us that he had just come from a conference in Indianapolis, where representatives of the federal and state governments talked about the current state of healthcare insurance, including the impact of the ACA on Indiana, the recent agreement to extend the state HIP for another year, and ongoing negotiations on the expansion of Medicaid in Indiana. Mister Slobosky first talked about the extension of the old HIP program.