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Clean Power Plan and Indiana Coal

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In today’s Feature, Jodi Perras, the “Beyond Coal” representative for Indiana’s Sierra Club, discusses the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan, and its effect on Indiana.

Better Beware! – College Scams

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Some 40,000 students are arriving in town right now. This can cause problems for local residents, but the students are often targets for fraudsters. Here’s some heads-ups for everyone!

MCCSC Seeks Renewal of Property Tax

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The Monroe County Community School Corporation has been considering asking local voters to renew a special property tax introduced in 2011. The levy was approved by 63 percent of voters in 2010. That vote put the tax in place for six years. It’s set to expire at the end of 2016.  Property owners are charged an extra fourteen-cents on every one-hundred dollars of assessed property value, and that money goes to the school corporation. The stated reason for the supplement was to make up for cuts in state funding of K to 12 public education. MCCSC staff, including the superintendent, have recommended seeking renewal. Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke to the President of the Board of Trustees of the MCCSC, Keith Klein, and to Cathy Fuentes-Rohrer, a parent of four school age children and the Chairperson of the Monroe County-South-Central Indiana chapter of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education.

Senator Donnelly Has Issued His Tie-Breaking Support For The Iran Nuclear Deal

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Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has announced he will support the nuclear deal with Iran. Donnelly made the announcement in a press release this afternoon. He is expected to hold a potentially tie-breaking vote when the issue comes before the Senate next month. On August 9th,  several local peace organizations held a rally urging Donnelly to support the deal. David Keppel was one of the lead organizers. Keppeli believes that this is a deal of historical proportions and an opportunity to keep Iran’s nuclear program peaceful. Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have launched an ad campaign, spending an estimated twenty to forty million dollars urging lawmakers to oppose the agreement. The other senator from Indiana, Republican Dan Coats, has said he opposes the deal.

Daily Local News – August 19, 2015

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Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has announced he will support the nuclear deal with Iran; In the race for governor, John Gregg is now the only remaining Democratic candidate; A local group calling itself Bring Your Bag Bloomington is asking the Bloomington City Council to address the issue of plastic bag use at grocery stores and other businesses in Bloomington; The Monroe County government is developing rules for solar farms in response to a project proposed by Hoosier Energy; Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is asking for a one-point-one percent budget increase for the city government next year.

FEATURE
The Monroe County Community School Corporation has been considering asking local voters to renew a special property tax introduced in 2011. The levy was approved by 63 percent of voters in 2010. That vote put the tax in place for six years. It’s set to expire at the end of 2016. Property owners are charged an extra fourteen-cents on every one-hundred dollars of assessed property value, and that money goes to the school corporation. The stated reason for the supplement was to make up for cuts in state funding of K to 12 public education. MCCSC staff, including the superintendent, have recommended seeking renewal. Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke to the President of the Board of Trustees of the MCCSC, Keith Klein, and to Cathy Fuentes-Rohrer, a parent of four school age children and the Chairperson of the Monroe County-South-Central Indiana chapter of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education.

BETTER BEWARE!
Some 40,000 students are arriving in town right now. This can cause problems for local residents, but the students are often targets for fraudsters. Here’s some heads-ups for everyone!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Sierra Gardner
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and Jack Hanek
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 David Murphy
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

A Proposal To Eliminate Plastic Bag Use Is Addressed By The Bloomington City Council

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A local group calling itself Bring Your Bag Bloomington is asking the Bloomington City Council to address the issue of plastic bag use at grocery stores and other businesses in Bloomington. BYBB has spent the past year investigating ordinances in as many as 130 cities, two states, and 70 countries that have banned the use of plastic bags in stores. Now they’re aiming to form an ordinance for Bloomington. City Council Vice President Andy Ruff says this matter will be a slow process.  He says that though it is not a simple thing to do there is a lot of interest in this issue.

Bring Your Bag Bloomington has also created a Bag Monster, a figure wearing a costume made out of five hundred plastic bags. The Bag Monster will be featured in a video that the group will present to the City Council before the end of the year. The group is proposing one year for adjustment, one year in which there would be a fifteen cent charge for using paper or plastic bags, then finally another year where plastic bags are actually banned with the fifteen cent charge remaining for paper bags. Certain plastic bags such as bags for bulk items, wet items, and prescription drugs would be exempt from the ban.

John Gregg Is The Last Democrat Standing In The Governor’s Race

In the race for governor, John Gregg is now the only remaining Democratic candidate. On Monday, State Senator Karen Tallian dropped out of the race and said she would support Gregg’s nomination.  Talian quit just days after State Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz ended her campaign for governor.  Ritz has also endorsed Gregg, who has led the other candidates in fund raising. Gregg is the former speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives and he ran for governor once before in 2012. He lost the race that year to Governor Mike Pence, who he will likely face again in the general election next year.

Dial This Extension for Money Smarts

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Along with every other Indiana county, we have a Purdue University Extension that offers free resources to the community. Among those resources, says Emily Roth, are money-managing information and education.

Interchange – The Right to Dignity: Service Sector Workers and the Future of Unions

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Do service-sector workers represent the future of the U.S. labor movement?

Mid-twentieth-century union activism transformed manufacturing jobs from backbreaking, low-wage work into careers that allowed workers to buy homes and send their kids to college. Some union activists insist that there is no reason why service-sector workers cannot follow that same path…As one Indiana-based organizer says of the struggle being waged in a state that has earned a reputation as antiunion: “If we can win here, we can win anywhere.” The outcome of the battle of Indianapolis may foretell the fate of workers across the United States.

TOPICS
Right-to-Work; Minimum Wage; Living Wage; Alt-labor; Wage Theft; Subcontracting

GUEST
Fran Quigley is a clinical professor of law in the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, teaching in the Health and Human Rights Clinic. Students in the Health and Human Rights Clinic advocate for the rights of the poor, with a special focus on representing low-wage workers.

Professor Quigley is the author of several academic journal articles on social justice and human rights, multiple mass media articles and columns, and three books, How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: The Activists, the Lawyers, and the Grassroots Movement (Vanderbilt University Press, 2014), If We Can Win Here:The New Front Lines of the Labor Movement (Cornell University Press, 2015), and Walking Together, Walking Far: How a U.S. and African Medical School Partnership Is Winning the Fight Against the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (Indiana University Press, 2009). Previous to his work at the law school, he served as director of operations for the Indiana-Kenya Partnership/AMPATH and as a staff attorney with Indiana Legal Services.

Pre-recorded interview (8/12/15) with Chalondias Smith, home care worker and member of SEIU Healthcare Indiana/Illinois/Missouri/Kansas.

MUSIC
“Union Burying Ground” by Woody Guthrie
“Working Class Hero” by Screaming Trees
“There is Power In The union” by Billy Bragg
“Bread and Roses” by Judy Collins

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Indiana Senate narrowly passes repeal of common wage

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CREDITS
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board and Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Interview: ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Law Barring Sex Offenders From Voting in Schools

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Earlier this year the Indiana legislature passed a law barring what are referred to as serious sex offenders from voting on election day if their precinct is located in a school. The law passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. It makes it a Level 6 felony for an offender to enter a school property. Earlier today the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit alleging the new law is unconstitutional. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the attorney working on the case and we bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.

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