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EcoReport – October 31, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, journalist Will Potter makes the case that corporate and government attacks on so-called “eco-terrorists” have had a chilling effects on environmental activism in general.

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.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kristina Wiltsee and David McFarland
This week’s news stories were written by Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, Stephanie Stewart, and Yin Yuan.
This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young.
This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered.
Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Standing Room Only – Education Forum With Glenda Ritz

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On Tuesday, October First The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce presented an educational forum. The forum was open to the public and featured audience discussions. Speakers included Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s State Superintendent and Jeb Conrad, President of The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. This event was recorded on Location at Deer Park Manor by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Daily Local News – October 30, 2013

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Trick-or-treat hours in Bloomington have been postponed to Friday, due to severe weather concerns on Halloween night; Last week Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced she is suing all ten members of the Indiana State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana’s ‘Open Door’ law; On October 24th, the Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals gave permission for a company to store hazardous chemicals on its property on the south side of the city; The City of Bloomington Sanitation Department will host a free Electronics Recycling program this Saturday; A proposed water rate increase would cost residents of Ellettsville an average of about three dollars more per month.

FEATURE
Local Money Pays for Ivy Tech Building
The Bloomington City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a two million dollar deal that would help Ivy Tech Community College buy a new building next to its campus. The building would be used for nursing school programs, among others. The deal is being funded by certain property owners on the west side of town through what is known as a TIF district. Taxes on new development in that district help pay for roads, sewers, and other infrastructure projects in the district. In July, Ivy Tech Bloomington chancellor John Whikehart said the college needed money, partially because it was having problems getting funding from the state. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford talked to Monroe County Attorney Jeff Cockerill about why the TIF district’s funds would be spent on Ivy Tech, and how the new development could help the area. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
The 75th Anniversary of Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds broadcast is a good time to remember that there are lots of Halloween stories that aren’t true…but there are some dangers you should watch out for, on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Casey Kuhn, and Drew Daudelin
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Anson Shupe
Joe Crawford produced our feature
Our engineer was Jim Lang
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Gov. Pence names five women to serve on Indiana Commission for Women

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Five women were named by Governor Mike Pence yesterday, to serve on the Indiana Commission for Women.

Marta Pincheira of Franklin, Stephanie Moore of Newburgh, Kelly Perri of South Bend, Kayevonne Dailey of Fort Wayne, and the reappointed Patzetta Trice of Indianapolis will serve on the commission, effective immediately, until the summer of 2017.

Established in 1996, The Indiana Commission for Women works with governments and communities around the state on issues that affect women and their families.

 

 

Rep. Todd Young says he is not in the Tea Party, but some say his actions belie his words

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The finger of blame for the recent crisis in Congress, which caused a federal shutdown and a near debt default, has increasingly been pointed at Republican members of Congress, especially those associated with the Tea Party caucus.

Todd Young, our local representative in Washington since 2010, has often been associated with the Tea Party due to his supportive votes for their resolutions. He also has endorsements from many Tea Party associated organizations and financial backers.

During an interview with WFHB correspondent David Murphy during the Congressional deadlock, this association was raised with Representative Young.

“That characterization I know was not put forward with any ill intention, but I would depart from that,” Young said.

Paradoxically, he went on to say that he was an “independent-thinking and mainstream public servant” that listens to his constituents and feels that he represents their point of view well.

Representative Young went on to espouse bi-partisanism in Congress, and mentioned his membership in such a group in the House.

“I’m not a populist or rabble-rouser,” Young said, “I don’t question people’s motives. I’m looking for a bi-partisan solution. If along the way we could actually control healthcare costs while ensuring millions more people get access to healthcare, that would be great. However, my concerns are fiscal in nature and the threat that exists to our most marginal citizens by not solving these long-neglected issues require Presidential leadership.”

During a subsequent interview with Trent Deckard, Chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party, Representative Young’s association with the Tea Party was also raised.

While Young denies any association with the Tea Party, local Democrat Party Chair Trent Deckard sees things differently.

He draws attention to Young’s voting record in the House for evidence.

“He sure votes a lot with the Tea Party, even if he says he’s not in it,” Deckard said, “It can’t be lost that we got to this point because they have held out and that nothing short of completely eliminating the Affordable Care Act is acceptable. His record reflects that. He claims that he’s in a group called the ‘No Labels’ but his record and his votes don’t match that.”

Deckard also brought up the favorable impact Representative Young’s more recent votes had on some Tea Party initiated bills, which precipitated the shutdown of federal government services and the near debt default.

“We expect better of him, he’s a smart guy,” Deckard said, “I hope that he uses this opportunity to get in there and make a change. Voters are increasingly wary of it and we hear every day from folks who are fed up with it. This is Todd Young’s chance to get it right.”

While this crisis in government has passed, it may come up again. The continuing resolution, which allowed for the reopening of federal offices, runs out in early 2014.

Similarly, the Obama administration will soon have to go back to Congress to seek a raising of the debt limit in order to avoid a default.

The Strike Mic – October 29, 2013

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This week on the Strike Mic, a music and information session during the Indiana University Board of Trustee’s meeting is met with a high volume of Indiana University Police. Members of the group felt the police presence was unwarranted, and signals a growing trend of intimidation towards those who express dissent towards IU administration.

Tune in every Tuesday for a new edition of The Strike Mic, a weekly update from your neighbors working to strengthen the voice of IU students and staff.

Daily Local News – October 29, 2013

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This week on the Strike Mic, a music and information session during the Indiana University Board of Trustee’s meeting is met with a high volume of Indiana University Police; The finger of blame for the recent crisis in Congress, which caused a federal shutdown and a near debt default, has increasingly been pointed at Republican members of Congress, especially those associated with the Tea Party caucus; Five women were named by Governor Mike Pence yesterday, to serve on the Indiana Commission for Women.

FEATURE
Bloomington Chamber of Commerce on Same-Sex Marriage
Several large organizations and institutions have expressed opposition to the effort to amend the state constitution to limit marriage to two people of the opposite sex, in effect banning same-sex marriage in Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly has already passed one resolution to this effect. A second bill, House Joint Resolution 6, or HJR 6, which would put the question on the ballot in the fall of 2014, is up for debate in January. Michael McRobbie, President of Indiana University, announced yesterday that IU is joining Freedom Indiana, the state wide coalition leading the fight against the constitutional amendment. Several important Indiana-based corporations, including Ely Lilly and Cummins Diesel, have also voiced their opposition to the move. Last week, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce adopted the same position. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, correspondent David Murphy spoke to Liz Irwin, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, to find out if the voice of business in this region has taken a position on the issue.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Phil Schuman, Director of Financial Literacy for Indiana University, joins Sarah and Ashley to discuss college finance pitfalls and programs and resources that are available to help.

CREDIT
Anchors: Kristen Troxell & Nick Tumino
Today’s feature was produced by Harrison Wagner,
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Pumpkin Launch

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The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will hold the annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on Saturday. The event is billed as family-friendly, with an afternoon of food, music, activities, and flying pumpkins. Bill Ream is the Community Events Coordinator at Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Department. Ream says this is the ninth year of the event. It always a fun and unusual event to watch and it gaining popularity.

There will be activities for children, such as face painting and learning how to make a first-aid kit. Antique engines and tractors will also be on display during the event.

The Bloomington Pumpkin Launch takes place on Saturday, November 2nd at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Activities begin when the gates open at 11 am, and the pumpkin launching begins at noon. Admission is five dollars per vehicle.

“Maybe Baby” Event

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The national organization Family Equality Council will be hosting their event “Maybe Baby” on Saturday, November 16th in Lafayette, Indiana. The event is for members of the LGBT community who wish to learn about all the options available for starting or growing a family. Kim Simes, Midwest Regional Manager for the Family Equality Council, explains the purpose behind the event and how it will serve the community. Simes says they are trying to provide the opportunity for  individuals or couples who are thinking about growing their family. She hopes the council will touch on some of the situations and decisions that LGBT couples have to face.

The event will be held in the YWCA in Lafayette, Indiana from 1:30 to 5:30 pm. more information and registration forms can be found at the Family Equality Council’s website at FamilyEquality DOT org.

Zone Art Grant Recipients

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The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, in partnership with the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, has announced four recipients of its Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program. The four projects selected for the grant are Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s A Lifetime of Music, Cardinal Stage Company, the Farmer House Museum, and Bloomington resident Cassaundra Huskey. Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts in Bloomington, says all of these programs have demonstrated public benefit, directly or indirectly. She says Huskey’s mural beautification project, at the building next to the Playwrights Project, is a great example of community collaboration.

The program is designed to facilitate arts projects that benefit residents of the urban enterprise zone, a geographic area that covers some of downtown Bloomington, as well as areas to the north and west.

This year, recipients of the Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program will receive up to four thousand dollars.

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