Senator Dan Coats, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a statement this week announcing his disagreement with the authorization of a U.S. military strike against Syria. He wrote, “I do not believe a targeted, limited military strike on Syria is in the direct national security interests of the United States. Therefore, I do not support a resolution authorizing the president to take military action in Syria. There is no doubt that the Assad regime used long-banned chemical weapons to murder its own people. This horrific act demands a worldwide response of condemnation. However, the president has not justified his request to engage the United States militarily in Syria.” Coats was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN and elaborated on his stance there. Senator Joe Donnelly’s office confirmed that he has not taken a stance on the issue yet. Representative Todd Young said in a statement that, “After listening to the speech, I have not been persuaded to support military action in Syria” and went on to say that he is waiting for more detailed information.
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Senator Dan Coats, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a statement this week announcing his disagreement with the authorization of a U.S. military strike against Syria; The Bloomington Plan Commission rejected a plan Monday to relocate the Taste of India restaurant; This week the Bloomington City Council heard from residents who are unhappy with plans to demolish six historic houses on West 8th Street to make way for a fraternity house; The playground at Bloomington’s Winslow Woods Park, on South Highland Avenue, will be closed until September 19th and is slated to reopen the next day.
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.
Anchors: Alycin Bektesh, Roscoe
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Volunteer Connection is produced in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our Engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Activist, blogger, speaker and writer Reverend Irene Monroe discusses antisemitism, racism and racist practices in the US, Europe and the Netherlands. Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Rainbow Serenity Brandon Wagman calls in with information about their Annual Music and Art Fair 2013 to be held this Saturday in Highland IN and Jamie Brazel stops by the studio to provide retrospective coverage of the Open, Welcoming and Affirming Conference held a couple of weekends ago. Featured artist is Nashville TN based singer/songwriter Jeff Finlin. Musical selections are “East to West” and “Better Than This.”
Producer Carol Fischer
Executive producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick
News Director Josh Vidrich,
Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson
Announcer Elaine Bell
Board Engineer Sarah Hetrick
IU GLBT Alumni Association Launches Groundbreaking Scholarship Campaign Helping The LGBT Student Community
The Indiana University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association has launched the nation’s first-ever scholarship campaign devoted to assisting GLBT students and promoting leadership on GLBT concerns.
According to Doug Bauder, coordinator at the IU GLBT Student Support Services Office, the GLBT Alumni Association organized this dual scholarship.
One of the scholarships aims to help GLBT students who are cut off financially after coming out about their sexual orientation.
“If they choose to share that with their parents, and on occasion, these folks have lost support, financially,” Bauder says, “I became aware of that when students would share that with me and as I met with people in the alumni association, we came up with ways to provide them some scholarship money.”
Bauder says the campaign has been under development for over a decade, and that IU leading the way is no surprise.
“There’s been an appreciation of issues of sexual diversity since the days of Alfred Kinsey,” Bauder says, “There’s a tradition and a history of this community and this campus of understanding that not everyone is heterosexual. There are unique problems gay students face and this office opened 20 years ago to offer information and support to gay students. From the very first year our office was open, we’ve had alumni say they wish it had been open when they were in school in the 50’s or 60’s or 70’s.”
Full or part-time students enrolled at any IU campus may apply for the scholarships, which are awarded based on involvement in activities promoting diversity and raising awareness of GLBT issues.
The City of Bloomington’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission is accepting submissions for a video contest.
Special Projects Coordinator Craig Brenner says that all participants have to do is post their submission on Youtube and then submit the URL online by the deadline which is December 13, 2013. There will be voting by the public.
Brenner hopes the contest will be educational for participants.
“We think anytime we can expose students to some of Martin Luther King’s speeches and actions, it furthers the goal of the commission which is
The prize for best individual video is an Apple iPad, and the group prize is a pizza party.
Participants can enter the contest at the City of Bloomington’s MLK webpage.
Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennet Under Scrutiny For Questionable Tactics While In Office
State Democrats are keeping the pressure on Indiana’s Inspector General as an investigation continues into former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s actions while in office.
Yesterday, Tom LoBianco of the Associated Press reported that Bennett’s office had kept Republican party campaign contributor databases on Education Department computer servers.
The AP report also alleged that Bennett directed Education Department staffers to parse a campaign speech by Glenda Ritz, his opponent in last November’s election. If true, the actions would violate state election and ethics laws.
Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody wants answers.
“I think it’s important that Hoosiers have trust in their government and their elected officials,” Zody says, “There are all kinds of things going on in state government that raises questions. There have been a number of articles about Mr Bennet and how he operated in office. There was a definite lack of transparency when he was in office and now we’re seeing these details come out.”
Zody calls for a quicker and more thorough investigation into the charges against Bennett. He also asks that Indiana Inspector General David Thomas reveal more details about the investigation.
Bennett told the Associated Press that the databases were for his personal use, and that he hadn’t directed his staff to do political work while on the job.
Cindy Carrasco of the Inspector General’s office confirmed that Thomas is looking into Bennett’s actions, but added that the investigation is confidential.
These latest charges follow questions about Bennett’s actions in grading a charter school run by a prominent Republican campaign contributor.
In July, the Associated Press reported that Bennett allegedly alerted his staff that the performance grade of the Christel House Academy in Indianapolis was unacceptable. Christel House, owned by Republican donor Christel DeHaan, had earned a “C” grade for its performance during the 2011 – 2012 school year. After a series of e-mails had been sent by Bennett to various staffers referring to the problem of Christel House’s rating, its grade was raised to an “A”.
DeHaan had contributed $2.8 million to Republican campaigns from 1998 through last year’s elections, including $130,000 for Bennett’s campaigns.
Bennett left Indiana after he lost to Glenda Ritz in November.
He served as the Florida education commissioner after leaving office in January, but resigned last month after the emails were published.
State Democrats are keeping the pressure on Indiana’s Inspector General, as an investigation continues into former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s actions while in office; The Indiana University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association has launched the nation’s first-ever scholarship campaign devoted to assisting GLBT students and promoting leadership on GLBT concerns; The Bloomington Walk to End Alzheimer’s, put on by The Alzheimer’s Association, is this Saturday; The City of Bloomington’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission is accepting submissions for a video contest.
Art in the Digital Age
A new report commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, called “New Opportunities for Interest-Driven Arts Learning in a Digital Age,” explores young people’s interests in art, and how that interest has changed –and is changing – along with advancements in technology. WFHB reporter Nash Hott spoke with Kylie Peppler, assistant professor of learning sciences at Indiana University and author of the report, about her research on the subject for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks what you think of the Affordable Care Act.
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab, Yvonne Cheng, and Jalisa Ransom.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hertick, with correspondent Nash Hott
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer is Sarah Hettrick
Our editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh
In today’s EcoReport feature, we hear about allegations from the Sierra Club that one of Indiana’s Supreme Court justices is unfit to rule on a case involving the future of a proposed coal gasification plant in Spencer county
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.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Dan Young. This week’s feature was engineered by Lauren Glapa. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Weltsee. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.
On Saturday August 3rd, The Bloomington City Council hosted a reunion of figures who were influential in the 70’s in Bloomington. Previous episodes had focused on free speech and politics; but today we have the story of the labor unions of 70’s Bloomington. Speakers included Milton Fisk, Nell Levin, Ike Nahem, Robin Hunter, and labor leader Tom Balanoff. This event was recorded on location at the Monroe County Public Library for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
Last night in an unanimous decision, the Monroe County Council renamed the Community Services Grant Program in honor of the late Sophia Travis; The Monroe County Airport will close its main runway for two months to repair a sinkhole, according to officials who spoke to the County Commission last week; On Monday, a city utilities engineer said construction crews were running about a week behind on a repair project at the Griffy Dam.
Remembering September 11th
For today’s WFHB feature, we bring you The City of Bloomington’s commemoration ceremony, which took place this morning, downtown at Showers Plaza.
The elderly are particularly juicy targets for swindlers and con artists, and the problem is getting worse as the country’s aging population grows. Young people need to know more about cons, just as much as senior citizens, on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn
Along with Joe Crawford for CATS week, in partnership with Community Access Television Services
Today’s Bloomington Beware was by Andrew Huddleston and produced by Richard Fish
Today’s feature was produced by Ilze Akerbergs
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh