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Daily Local News – January 30, 2018

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The City of Bloomington is working to make travel on West Bloomfield Road easier for pedestrians and cyclists; Among the legislation up for a vote today in Indianapolis is a Payday lending bill; The city of Bloomington’s volunteer network is accepting nominations for the annual Be-More awards, which celebrate the public service of community members; Proposed hate crime legislation has stalled in the state Senate.

FEATURE
The Monroe County Community School Corporation school board submitted a letter to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s office—as well as to the state legislature—last week, condemning a law that would allow the state to take over Muncie and Gary community school corporations.
The letter, which was signed by all of the MCCSC board members, states, “[The MCCSC board of Trustees] stands in strong opposition to House Bill 1315; the bill that allows the state to take over financially distressed school districts, stripping them of their
local control and democratic governance. In particular, the recent amendment to that bill which would allow Ball State University to take complete control of the Muncie Community Schools with no time-line for returning the school corporation to the local control of their community is of great concern to us.
The letter goes on to say, “We stand in support of the people of Muncie, Gary, and whichever district the state legislature may set their sights on next. We demand that the legislature amend HB1315 to allow the voices of administrators, teachers, citizens, and elected community school board members remain an integral part of the democratic process and the public accountability inherent in true public education,”.
MCCSC School Board Member Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer was instrumental in drafting the letter to the governor and the legislature. She spoke with WFHB News Director Wes Martin about House Bill 1315.

BICCENTENNIAL JOURNAL
Taking a look at the past 200 years of Monroe County, the city of Bloomington, Indiana University and Southern Indiana. In today’s episode, we hear from Alan Dunn, whose great great great grandfather established the Seward Foundry in 1822, which proved to be pivotal in the early settlement of Bloomington.

CREDITS
Anchors: Don Geyra and Sarah Vaughan
Today’s headlines were written by Wes Martin and Jonah Chester
Along with Sarah Vaughan for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Wes Martin
The Biccentennial Journal is produced by Kate Welch and Joyce Polling, with help from Julie Thomaw
Our engineer today is Megan Wade
Our theme music is provided by Dani Graffe, Ben Lumsdaine, and Scott Schmadeke.
Executive Producer is Wes Martin

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