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Monroe County MRF: Larry Barker on Legislation and Recycling”

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Larry Barker, Executive Director for the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, spoke on January 22, 2014 about the benefits of a Material Recovery Facility for Monroe County. Mr. Barker was invited to the Banquet Facility of Upland Brewery on West 11th street to speak by “Green Drinks,” an informal social networking event that meets every month to discuss and debate ideas on making a greener world. The presentation covered the different types of recycling streams, how facilities process them, and the legislative hurdles in setting up such facilities. Mr. Barker’s talk was recorded live on location for Standing room only, on WFHB

Interchange – Democratic Primary Candidates for Monroe County Sheriff

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Doug Storm hosts the second program focusing on contested Primary elections.

In the studio tonight to present their case for election and to detail their knowledge and experience for the office are Michael Pershing, Stephen Sharp, Cathy Smith and Brad Swain.

Topics covered are the operations of the department including its funding; the nature of the prison population and how it is managed; and the systemic failure of rehabilitation strategies in a population beset by poverty, alcohol and abusive relationships.

Note: The Indiana Constitution does not require any law enforcement experience for this office. Training and education are provided as mandated by statute [IC 36-2-13-9].

Opponents of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport Plant Lose Battle As Duke Increases Monthly Charges

Opponents of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant have lost another battle in the fight to keep Duke from passing on plant development costs to consumers.

Last week, the Indiana Court of Appeal unanimously upheld an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ruling in 2012 to allow Duke to increase by 16  percent its monthly charges to its 790,000 Indiana customers to cover increases in costs of its Edwardsport plant.

The appeal to the courts to overturn the IURC deal with Duke was launched by several environmental and consumer groups.

The 618-megawatt plant near Edwardsport had an original 2007 cost estimate of $1.9 billion, but that eventually ballooned to about $3.5 billion. In a 2012 settlement between Duke and the IURC, the commission limited Duke to passing on $2.6 billion of construction costs to its customers. This settlement included the 16 percent rate increase that was the subject of the court appeal.

Duke had been applying this increase to it customers bills since then and, with the court ruling, will continue to do so.

Kerwin Olson of the Citizens Action Coalition say they appealed and are waiting on the ruling.

“We have every intention of taking this as far as we can,” Olson says.

Olson estimates that Duke’s Indiana customers are paying about 15 dollars monthly for the plant which went online last summer.

Since then, it has operated between 10 and 60 percent of capacity.

Petition Delivered to Gov. Pence Opposed to Ending Energizing Indiana

Last week, more than 4,100 petitions to veto Senate Bill 3-40 were delivered to Governor Mike Pence. The bill aims to put an end to the Energizing Indiana programs, which some mall business owners, utility ratepayers, and Indiana residents don’t accept.

The petitions were collected by Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, Sierra Club, and Citizens Action Coalition. CAC  Program Organizer, Lindsay Shipps says she doesn’t understand why legislators are trying to terminate the program, given the data that suggests the programs have done well.

The Energizing Indiana programs’ objective is to lower utility costs for schools, homeowners, and institutions that require more energy power. It is also supposed to save energy and lower costs for all consumers in the state. Shipps says she believes that one reason the bill moved forward is because utilities are selling less.

Shipps say that folks have already felt rate increases especially in the Bloomington area due to Duke’s energy recent increased costs and that the program’s potential end means a rate increase for everybody in the state of Indiana.

Study Finds Numbers on Domestic Violence in Indiana

A recent study performed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that more than 66,000 people are victims of domestic violence in a given day in the US, 1,700 of them are in the state of Indiana.

The report, “Domestic Violence Counts 2013: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services,” gathered information from over 1,600 domestic violence programs all over the US to determine the numbers.

The 24-hour Census report has been carried out yearly since 2006 and now it shows that in 2013, 128 Hoosier victims were turned down because of  limited resources. Executive Director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Laura Berry says the report helps bring awareness to the recurrence of domestic violence in Indiana.

Berry says that domestic violence programs in Indiana must follow a policy that gives those people in extreme cases shelter regardless of space.

She hopes the report highlights the high requests for domestic violence services and that it brings more awareness to this issue. More information is available at icadvinc.org.

Bring It On! – March 24, 2014

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Clarence Boone and Bev Smith welcome Dr. Charles Sykes, executive director of the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University.

PART ONE
Dr. Charles Sykes, executive director of the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University, Joins Clarence and Bev for to discuss the recent Southern tour by the IU Soul Revue, and the Institute’s upcoming Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award banquet and the annual spring concerts by the Institute’s performing ensembles.

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

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

bloomingOUT – March 20, 2014

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Renown Indianapolis based singer and actress Brenda Williams interviews and performs live in studio. Musical selections are “Masquerade,” “My Girl,” “Unchained Melody,” “At Last” and “What a Wonderful World.” Associate Director at the IUB Center for the Study of the Middle East Professor Cigdem Balim stops by the studio with information about the international award winning documentary film about the parents of LGBT children in Turkey entitled “My Child” to be screened on Monday 24 March.

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick

EcoReport – March 20, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank, discusses a new report concerning small farmers and sustainable agricultural practices.

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.

Anchors: Kristina Wiltsee and Stephanie Stewart
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Dan Young, and me, Stephanie Stewart. This week’s feature was engineered by Stephanie Stewart. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee.
Our broadcast engineer is Jim Lang. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller, me, Stephanie Stewart, and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

I’m Homeless: Ron Schuler

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For every mat on the floor of the Interfaith Winter Shelter there is a story of loss, and a story of hope. This week we are speaking with experts on homelessness in Bloomington, those who have studied the causes and effects of homelessness through firsthand experience. All week we bring you first hand accounts from residents of the Interfaith Wintershelter, and those working on an alternate system once the shelter closes April 1st.

Today on “I’m Homeless” we hear from Ron Schuler. Ron uses the Interfaith Winter Shelter every night and has a list of health problems the inhibit him from finding employment. As bad as his situation is, Ron doesn’t want to leave town because his mother lives in a care facility in the area, so he still spends his days applying for jobs, and helping the summer shelter group seek a permanent solution for emergency shelter in Bloomington.

CREDITS
I’m Homeless is a production of WFHB Bloomington Community Radio
Audio engineers are Rob Powell, Ilze Ackerbergs, and Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Thank you to all those who told their story as part of this series, and for those who volunteer their time to assist at the interfaith winter shelter.
Thanks to Billy Young for providing tracks from his Album Church of Trees – dedicated to Bloomington’s Homeless

Interchange – Democratic Primary Candidates for Monroe County Clerk

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Hosts Trish Kerle and Doug Storm are joined in the studio by Linda Robbins and Ashley Cranor to discuss their reasons for wanting to be elected to the Office of the Clerk of Monroe County.

Linda Robbins is the incumbent for this position, becoming Monroe County Clerk in January of 2011.  And Ashley Cranor, the primary challenger, is currently Grants Administrator for the Monroe County
Commissioners Office.

For this program we discover just what the County Clerk does; we find out the candidates’ qualifications and get a bit of their biographies; and we find out what they have in mind for this term
should they be elected to the position. Along the way we ask some questions about current programs and policies in order to get a sense of the effectiveness of the office administration.

Key topics are the contentious election result for the last two cycles and the Indiana Voter ID law and how politics becomes policy.

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