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State legislation affects education

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Much of the debate at the Indiana Statehouse over the past several weeks has revolved around education. Just this week Governor Mike Pence announced plans to shorten the length of the I-STEP test,  which students will take in March. That move was in response to an announcement that the length would otherwise have doubled this year. Meanwhile, Indiana Republicans have pushed legislation to check the power of Glenda Ritz, the State Superintendent of Education. Ritz is a Democrat who was elected in 2012. Debate also continues over how to fund traditional public schools as compared to charter schools and voucher programs. On Tuesday night, the Monroe County Community School Corporation hosted a conversation about how education could be affected by state legislation this year. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report. The featured speakers are, first, State Representative Matt Pierce, then Fairview Elementary Principal Justin Hunter and then Cathy Fuentes-Rowher from the Indiana Coalition for Public Education. MCCSC school board president Keith Klein asks the first question.

Bloomington is for Lovers: A Valentine’s Day Special

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Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is Saturday!!  Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one.  Some people revel in the love and affection that given to them, some people feel uncomfortable with or jealous of this kind of affection and still some others would just rather not think about it and treat it as any other day.  Voices in the street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about their Valentine’s Day plans, memories, and whether or not they think the holiday is a sham.

Daily Local News – February 12, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington City Council questioned the criteria for granting tax abatements;The Ellettsville town
government is one step closer to restricting on-going yard sales after a Plan Commission meeting last week;A group
at Indiana University is heading to Central America for spring break;Ivy Tech students and other volunteers will
help low-to-moderate income families file their 2015 tax returns for free.

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Much of the debate at the Indiana Statehouse over the past several weeks has revolved around education. Just this
week Governor Mike Pence announced plans to shorten the length of the I-STEP test, which students will take in
March. That move was in response to an announcement that the length would otherwise have doubled this year.
Meanwhile, Indiana Republicans have pushed legislation to check the power of Glenda Ritz, the State Superintendent
of Education. Ritz is a Democrat who was elected in 2012. Debate also continues over how to fund traditional public schools as compared to charter schools and voucher programs. On Tuesday night, the Monroe County Community School Corporation hosted a conversation about how education could be affected by state legislation this year. We bring
you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report. The featured speakers are, first, State Representative Matt Pierce, then Fairview Elementary Principal Justin Hunter and then Cathy Fuentes-Rowher from the Indiana Coalition for Public Education. MCCSC school board president Keith Klein asks the first question.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is Saturday!! Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one. Some people revel in the
love and affection that given to them, some people feel uncomfortable with or jealous of this kind of affection and
still some others would just rather not think about it and treat it as any other day. Voices in the street hit the
streets to ask your friends and neighbors about their Valentine’s Day plans, memories, and whether or not they
think the holiday is a sham.

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

EcoReport – February 12, 2015

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In today’s Ecoreport feature, Lucille Bertuccio and Alyce Miller talk about the movement toward granting legal rights to non-human animals.

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:  Linda Lightner and Glenn Lightner
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Halle Shine. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Filiz Cicek, Nancy Jones and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

State Legislators Take Questions; Debate the Proposed Solar Power Bill

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This past weekend a group of state legislators took questions about bills that are currently under debate at the Indiana Statehouse. The event was sponsored by the local League of Women Voters and held at Bloomington City Hall. Many of the questions from the public centered on a bill that would affect solar power. That bill was sponsored by Eric Koch (cook), a Republican state representative from Bedford. Koch was at the forum and responded to questions. We bring you a portion of that discussion now for today’s WFHB community report.

Better Beware! – Anthem Data Breach

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Anthem Health Insurance is nationwide – from Indiana. Hackers just stole info on over 80 million Anthem customers – if you got heisted, here’s what you need to do right now.

Local Activist Speaks Out On Relocation of Bloomington Hospital

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A local activist gave a detailed history of what is now IU Health Bloomington hospital last week during a Bloomington City Council meeting. Rita Lichtenburg is a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She set out specific actions she hopes the council will address to encourage the hospital to stay in its location on Second Street.  Lichtenburg raised the issues that a nicer facility was not as import as a sufficient number of nurses and doctors giving high quality care.  She also stated that location needed to  be discussed, a twenty five member task force should be brought back, that there is not enough transparency with the hospital’s board of directors, and that the directors should discuss what the location change will mean.

Council President Dave Rollo told Lichtenburg that a resolution along those lines is being discussed.

Daily Local News – February 11, 2015

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Races have officially begun for political positions at the city of Bloomington; The Ellettsville Town Council heard another update regarding the development of the Heritage Trail during their meeting on Monday; IU students are preparing to represent the U.S. in the so called “Olympics for Theatre Design and Performance” this summer; A new report finds that the current national economic recovery is leaving Indiana households behind, ranking us 34th in the nation; A local activist gave a detailed history of what is now IU Health Bloomington hospital last week during a Bloomington City Council meeting.

FEATURE
This past weekend a group of state legislators took questions about bills that are currently under debate at the Indiana Statehouse. The event was sponsored by the local League of Women Voters and held at Bloomington City Hall. Many of the questions from the public centered on a bill that would affect solar power. That bill was sponsored by Eric Koch, a Republican state representative from Bedford. Koch was at the forum and responded to questions. We bring you a portion of that discussion now for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Anthem Health Insurance is nationwide – from Indiana. Hackers just stole info on over 80 million Anthem customers – if you got heisted, here’s what you need to do right now.

CREDITS
Anchors: Sophia Saliby, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford, Carmen Gozalo and Anson Shupe
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
Our engineers today are Jim Lang, Matt Gwaltney and Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

The Race is on for Political Positions In Bloomington

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Races have officially begun for political positions at the city of Bloomington. All candidates were required to file by last week.  Monday was the deadline for candidates to reconsider and withdraw their names from the ballot. There are now four candidates for mayor of Bloomington. That’s three Democrats and one Republican. Another Democratic candidate, Adam Mikos (MY-cuss), filed to run last week, but he said the local Democratic party encouraged him to back out.  Mikos determined that at this time it was better not to fight and withdraw from the race.

Mikos said he might still decide to run as an independent. The three remaining Democrats are Darryl Neher, John Hamilton and John Linnemeier (LINN-uh-MEYER). They will compete in the primary election this spring. The winner will face John Turnbull, the lone Republican running for mayor.  In the races for Bloomington City Council, there were a couple other quick withdrawls this week that benefitted established Democrats. Two candidates, Emily Courtney and Bill Phan (fawn) both filed to run on Friday and then backed out on Monday. Neither Courtney or Phan returned calls from WFHB. They both filed to run as Democrats for the three at-large seats on the Council. After Courtney and Phan withdrew, that left only three Democrats in the race for the three at-large seats, effectively eliminating competition for those positions on the Council. Those remaining three are all incumbents: Andy Ruff, Susan Sandberg and Tim Mayer. There are six other seats on the Council up for election this year. Five of those six races are contested. Visit WFHB dot ORG for a complete listing of candidates in Bloomington’s municipal elections.

Indiana’s Economic Recovery Has Been Slower Than Most

A new report finds that the current national economic recovery is leaving Indiana households behind, ranking us 34th in the nation. According to new data released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development think-tank, Indiana has among the lowest rates of small business ownership in the nation, ranking 48th for microenterprise ownership. Microenterprise ownership is defined as a business with fewer than five employees. Indiana was also ranked nationally 35th for small business ownership and 43rd for overall rate of business creation. The Corporation for Enterprise Development produces annual scorecards that highlight programs and pro-business policies they say help low-and-moderate citizens create more secured financial futures through small business ownership.

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