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New IU Sexual Misconduct Policy Is Signed Into Place

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IU is among nine universities under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, for violating title nine protections against discrimination based on sex. Last fall the university sought input on the current policies in place addressing sexual crimes. This week, President Michael McRobbie signed the new Sexual Misconduct Policy. WFHB correspondent Alycin Bektesh speaks with members of the IU community who worked on the policy for today’s community report.

Under the new policy, the so-called “responsible employees” authorized to redress sexual misconduct include professors, advisors, coaches and university officials.

Better Beware! – State of Deception

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A warning from Indiana’s Secretary of State about fraudulent business letters which appear to come from her office!

A Dispute Over A Baseball Field In Kokomo Has Suspended Millions of Dollars To The State; Including Monroe County

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Monroe County is among many Indiana communities that have lost grant funds because of a dispute with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. The federal agency has suspended millions of dollars in grants that had been allocated to projects in Indiana. The move was spurred by a conflict between FEMA and the city of Kokomo, which is building a new baseball stadium. FEMA contends the city of Kokomo is violating an agreement about leaving open space on eight properties purchased with federal grants. Kokomo has appealed in court. In the meantime, FEMA has responded in a way that removed money from communities statewide. Monroe County was one of 15 counties planning to update its hazard mitigation plans this year before FEMA cut funding. Here’s Jim Comerford, the director of Emergency Management for Monroe County.

The funding from FEMA, Comerford says, would have helped Monroe County and the 14 others pay for an outside vendor to assist in the updating of our hazard mitigation plans.

Having an updated mitigation plan would become an issue if a disaster were to affect Monroe County. Comerford says FEMA requires an up-to-date plan before distributing disaster relief funds.

FEMA’s hazard mitigation grants and assistance will not be given to Indiana counties again until the 8 parcels of land that are currently part of Kokomo’s new baseball stadium return to open space, or until the matter is sorted out in court.

Daily Local News – March 4, 2015

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A coalition that made a name for itself by helping defeat Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban is continuing its fight this evening against another piece of legislation in the Indiana Statehouse; Another bill that is still alive in the state legislature aims to protect residents’ financial and personal data from being stolen, disseminated, or being used without the consent of the data owner; The recent data breach at Anthem Insurance may affect some residents who work for Monroe County; Monroe County is among many Indiana communities that have lost grant funds because of a dispute with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

FEATURE
IU is among nine universities under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, for violating title nine protections against discrimination based on sex. Last fall the university sought input on the current policies in place addressing sexual crimes. This week, President Michael McRobbie signed the new Sexual Misconduct Policy. WFHB correspondent Alycin Bektesh speaks with members of the IU community who worked on the policy for today’s community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
A warning from Indiana’s Secretary of State about fraudulent business letters which appear to come from her office!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Thomas Schneider and Halle Shine
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Activate! – Reality Store: Fran Weinberg

Fran Weinberg, an RSVP volunteer, explains the Reality Store, a “real life” economic event held in our local middle schools, and her experience with the project. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
The Chamber’s Franklin Initiative
Reality Store
Big Brothers Big Sisters
SCORE

Anthem Data Breach Could Be Of Concern For The Employees Of Monroe County

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The recent data breach at Anthem Insurance may affect some residents who work for Monroe County. The Monroe County Council heard a presentation on the potential effects last week. Human Resources manager Nancy Panzarella and IT director Eric Evans presented information about the breach, which compromised the security of personal information of about 80 million people insured by Anthem. Anthem is the health care provider for county employees. Evans said it is hard to know exactly what information the hackers took because Anthem is not disclosing much information at this point.

Evans said the information obtained was enough to present concerns about identify theft. He said hackers may try to obtain even more information from the individuals whose data they obtained.

Council member Ryan Cobine asked about the effectiveness of recent training given to county employees. Cobine suggested testing the employees by creating a fake scam to see if they would fall for it. Evans asked Cobine about the suggestion. Evans said that it was an idea, but that he did not know if it would be appropriate for this situation. Cobine then expressed his concerns as the legality of the practice.

Panzarella said she had made several attempts to contact Anthem to find out more specifics regarding whose data had actually been stolen. She said the company has not told her anything more than what they have published on their website in response to the attack. Anthem has said it will make direct contact with individuals whose information has definitely been compromised.

A New Bill Has Passed The State Senate Which Aims To Better Protect Personal Data

Another bill that is still alive in the state legislature aims to protect residents’ financial and personal data from being stolen, disseminated, or being used without the consent of the data owner. The bill tightens restrictions on data collectors by dictating how the information may be collected stored and used. This bill aims to remedy the problem of online identity theft by having businesses delete information that is no longer required for business purposes and refrain from the selling of data that breaches users good faith. The bill passed the Senate unanimously last week and now awaits a final vote in the House.

Interchange – Primary Candidates for Mayor: A Conversation

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Host Doug Storm welcomes the primary candidates for Mayor of Bloomington.

Democrats: John Hamilton, John Linnemeier, Darryl Neher
Republican: John Turnbull

Some Topics Discussed: growth and development projects; job creation; minimum wage; tech sector; Party politics; IU Health’s decision to move the hospital out of downtown; city-wide broadband; political appointments.

The Primary Election is Tuesday, May 5th, 2015.

Public Transit Expansion Bill Introduced to Indiana House of Representatives

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A bill that could expand public transportation in rural parts of Monroe County got its first reading in the Indiana House of Representatives today. The bill has already passed in the Senate. Correspondent Sophia Saliby has the story behind the law, including concerns about its possible side effects, for today’s WFHB community report.

Ins and Outs of Money – The Lease You Could Do to Be Money Smart

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Late summer may be move-in season, but many leases on apartments and houses are signed months earlier. Stacee Williams of Indiana Student Legal Services offers tips on avoiding common costly leasing mistakes.

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