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Parking meter plan

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The Bloomington City Council pressed Mayor Mark Kruzan for information about parking meters September 23rd. Council members asked about the financial status of the meter project. The questions came up as the Council considered next year’s city budget. Council member Marty Spechler wanted to know if the meters are making money for city government.

Kruzan did not directly answer the question. He said the financial picture is complex. And he said the administration provided written responses to similar questions prior to the meeting.

City documents state parking money is divided into at least five separate funds. At least three city departments do work related to parking. And the city has said from the start it expects to spend the first few years paying off the initial costs of meters.

Board member Steve Volan asked for the administration to present a clearer parking budget in the future .

Kruzan said he expects the parking meter program to change soon. He gave no specifics on those changes except to say the city government would probably be making less money.

Kruzan said his administration is consulting with downtown businesses and the Chamber of Commerce about changes to meter policy.

Voices in the Street – Examining the implications of the Malaysian Flight 17 crash

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Last Wednesday, IU held a memorial service for Karlijn Keijzer who was killed on July 17th while on Malaysian Flight 17 which was shot down over a pro-Russian held territory of Ukraine.  Karlijn was among 298 people who died on the flight.  Russia has recently claimed that Ukraine bears the full responsibility of the attack, while others argue the Russian-supplied missile points to real culprit.  Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors about what’s next for Russia and Ukraine and if the US should feel any obligation to intervene.

Daily Local News – September 25, 2014

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The Bloomington City Council pressed Mayor Mark Kruzan for information about parking meters September 23rd;Famous stand-up comedian and former talk show host Jay Leno will perform at the IU auditorium on Friday night, October 17, during IU’s Homecoming Weekend; Indiana University issued a statement yesterday expressing deep concern over the conviction and life sentence of Chinese scholar Ilham Tohti handed down this week; Monroe County will be processing its own recyclables in a matter of months.

FEATURE
WFHB correspondent Dan Young speaks with conservationist Gary Moody about the environmental impact of the Williams Dam near Bedford, and fills us in on an upcoming showing of the film “Dam Nation” in Bloomington, for today’s community report, courtesy of EcoReport.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn Vandewiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe and Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Young
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineers today are Jose Rodriguez and Jonathan Goethals
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – September 25, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, conservationist Gary Moody talks about the environmental impact of the Williams Dam near Bedford, and fills us in on an upcoming showing of the film “Dam Nation” in Bloomington

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 Anchors are Dan Young and Maria McKinley.
This week’s news stories were written by Alycin Bektesh, Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, Norm Holy, David Murphy, and Dan Young. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young.Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Correction: IU investment in Central Heating Plant

Yesterday the Daily Local News inaccurately reported that Indiana University has recently decided to invest $34 million in the Central Heating Plant, including the addition of higher efficiency coal burning systems. This information was taken from an outdated press release. We strongly regret this error.

IU Professor Dr. Jonathan Raff Honored with Faculty Early Career Development Award By The National Science Foundation

Jonathan Raff, an associate professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s five-year Faculty Early Career Development Award.  He has been awarded $649,000 which will be used to support research and teaching.  Dr. Raff’s research involves the chemistry of air pollution and how it impacts climate.  He is also interested in science education and will use part of the award to develop learning modules based on ozone monitors installed at Indiana high schools.

Dr. Raff joined the faculty of SPEA in 2010.

“Rise Above the Mark” Showing Tonight at Bloomington North

“Rise Above the Mark”, a documentary film focusing on Indiana’s struggles with public school reform will be shown tonight at 6:30 at Bloomington High School North.  The film was produced by the West Lafayette Community School Corporation.  The film looks at issues of school choice, standardized testing, the A-F grading system of schools and the role of politics and legislatures in education policy.

The film is narrated by Peter Coyote.  Rocky Killion, the superintendent of West Lafayette Community School Corporation, will introduce the documentary.  Judy DeMuth, superintendent of Monroe County Community School Corporation, Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the IU School of Education, and Erika Peek, a teacher from Summit Elementary School, will also be present for a discussion following the movie.

The showing is sponsored by the Indiana Coalition for Public Education and the IU School of Education Graduate Student Association.

Bloomington Beware! – Support Our Swindlers?

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A couple of fake military charities based in Indiana have been busted, and the sad story points up both the importance of supporting our troops and their families, and the urgent need to know who you’re giving your money to.

Open Streets Event Gains Approval

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Organizers of an open streets event got permission September 23rd to move forward with their plans, but not without a struggle. Open Streets Bloomington asked the city’s Board of Public Works to let them shut down half a mile of Seventh Street, from the Banneker Community Center to the B-Line Trail. The event is scheduled for October 5th. One of the organizers, Beth Rosenbarger, described Open Streets as an opportunity to use the street for unconventional activities such as promotion for local businesses and community meetings.

This is the second annual Open Streets event in Bloomington. Some residents told the Board they objected to the street closure. John Bavender lives on West Seventh. He also owns other houses on the street. He objects that the event would prohibit him from doing his routine property maintenance.

Only two of the three members of the Board were present. Both of those members, James McNamara and Charlotte Zietlow, said they should have been consulted earlier in the process. McNamara said he felt pressured to approve the street closure because the event is so soon. He ultimately did not want to deny the event to those who took time to put it together on such short notice.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada there have been more than 100 Open Streets events since 2010. A local architect, Marc Cornett, told the Board that these kinds of projects typically have opponents at first.

The Board later voted in favor of the event with the caveat that organizers must work with city staff to determine the hours for the closure. McNamara said he won’t support Open Streets in the future.

Further coverage of the decision for the Open Streets event can be found here.

Daily Local News – September 24, 2014

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Organizers of an open streets event got permission September 23rd to move forward with their plans, but not without a struggle; “Rise Above the Mark”, a documentary film focusing on Indiana’s struggles with public school reform will be shown tonight at 6:30 at Bloomington High School North; Jonathan Raff, an associate professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Chemistry is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s five-year Faculty Early Career Development Award; Indiana University will continue to burn coal indefinitely – WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

FEATURE
The League of Women Voters’ Monroe County chapter is hosting a series of candidate forums throughout September, inviting candidates that county voters will see on their ballots this election to introduce themselves to the public. Last night all candidates for Indiana House of Representatives in districts that include Monroe county were invited to Ivy Tech commons for a forum. None of the three incumbents – all republicans – for district 46, 60 or 62 accepted the invitation to participate. The democratic challengers in district 46 and 60 were allowed to make a five minute statement. In district 62 democratic challenger Jeff Sparks and Libertarian Challenger Ashley Keith-Qualkenbush were both present and answered a series of questions from audience members. The opening statements from all candidates present at the forum last night, moderated by WFIU/WTIU News Bureau Chief, here in today’s community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
A couple of fake military charities based in Indiana have been busted, and the sad story points up both the importance of supporting our troops and their families, and the urgent need to know who you’re giving your money to.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton & Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Our engineers today are Jim Lang and Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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