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Daily Local News – September 19, 2013

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The Tocqueville Program at Indiana University Bloomington will kick off the fall 2013 series tomorrow; The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce  will hold an  Education Forum with Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz in Bloomington on October 1st; On Monday the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation approved a field trip to Germany, despite concerns from some Board members; South Central Indiana’s late summer dry spell is coming to an end today and tomorrow with rain showers already soaking Bloomington this afternoon and the possibility of severe thunderstorms tomorrow; Tomorrow the IU men’s and women’s cross country team is hosting the Intercollegiate Cross Country Meet starting at 3:30 pm

FEATURE
Farm Bill Vote Goes to House: How it May Effect the Hungry
The Senate passed a version of the Farm Bill earlier this summer, but the House of Representatives splits the bill into two sections before their vote. The house was predicted to vote on an amendment that would cut forty billion dollars to food assistance programs today. WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh looks in to how these cuts would effect indiana’s hungry, for today’s daily local news feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
It’s been more than a year since President Obama claimed the use of chemical weapons would be a red line in the Syrian conflict.  And recently Syrian President Assad took Secretary of State John Kerry up on his suggestion that a relinquishing and a full inventory of their chemical weapon stockpiles would be a way out of using military force.  How the Syrian conflict resolves itself is still yet to be seen, so Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how the US should deal with this and if military force is justified.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Mike Glab, and Jalisa Ransom,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with community access televisions services
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with correspondent maddie Glen
Our broadcast engineer is Sarah Hettrick
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
The Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Indiana Superintendent Glendta Ritz to Speak at an Education Forum In Bloomington

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The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce will hold an Education Forum with Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz in Bloomington on October 1st.

The Chamber has been hosting Education Forums for three years. Last year they focused on early childhood education.

This year, they return to the topic of public instruction.

The keynote speaker Glenda Ritz is the incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana. The Chamber’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kelley Brown explained why they are interested in bring Ritz as their keynote speaker.

“One of the chamber’s objectives is to create opportunities where our members and the public can engage with a dialogue with decision-makers that affect the community,” Brown says, “Bringing our education leaders, specifically Glenda Ritz, allows the public to ask questions that are really pertinent to our young people, our schools and the whole education process.”

Ritz will offer general information about public education and then lead a discussion of various education topics throughout the evening.

After, there will be a question-and-answer session.

“Given some of the issues that have been in the papers about Indiana’s grading system, I-STEP and other issues, I think we will get a great many questions,” Brown says.

The Education Forum will be held Tuesday, October 1 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 at Deer Park Manor.

Fall Tocqueville Lecture Series On the Limits of Capitalism Begins Friday

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The Tocqueville Program at Indiana University Bloomington will kick off the fall 2013 series Friday. The program was founded in 2009, says Director of the Tocqueville Program, Aurelian Craiutu.

“The main goal of the program is to organize a series of lectures and conferences that will bring theoretical foundations of American democracy to campus,” Craiutu says, “We are holding lectures on European democracy, liberalism and the constitution.

The first speaker for this year is Deirdre McCloskey and she will be speaking on capitalism and its critics and defenders. Craiutu says that she is very knowledgeable and has great passion for ideas.

“She is a truly international scholar with a voracious passion for ideas and amazing knowledge, she has been writing over 300 articles over the past three decades,” Craiutu says, “Tomorrows talk will be about the re-examination of the virtues limits of capitalism and the markets.”

Craiutu is hoping that those who attend will participate in the discussion and learn new ideas.

“I want to convey to someone with a passion for ideas that ideas to make a difference and matter. I hope we have a spirited debate on a topic that is very controversial, and I hope to have a civilized conversation on the limits of capitalism,” Craiutu says.

This event will take place on September 20 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Tocqueville Room located at 513 North Park Avenue.

Edgewood High School Approved For Pricey Field Trip To Germany

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On Monday the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation approved a field trip to Germany, despite concerns from some Board members.

Amy Norris, the German teacher at Edgewood High School, asked for permission to take a group of students to Lingen, Germany, next summer.

Board member Randy Wright questioned the safety of trips overseas.

Wright referred to Board member Debra Walcott, who was not present at the meeting. He said she’d be concerned about the chaperones getting a free trip. Walcott has voiced concern about student field trips in past meetings. Board President Dana Kerr asked for more specifics about what concerned other Board members.

The cost of the trip is roughly $2,500 per student, and some board members said they worried that would be too expensive for many students.

Norris helps conduct fund raisers to help pay for the trips, assuming students are interested.

“Sometimes I have students whose family’s can afford it,” Norris says, “We’ve had fundraisers in the past and I am always willing to help the students raise as much money as they can. Having said that, we can’t possibly raise enough to cover each individual student’s trip.”

The Board later voted unanimously to approve the trip. But they also established a policy requiring teachers to present details about overseas trips at two separate Board meetings before getting approval.

 

Voices in the Street – Rounding up Chemical Weapons in the Middle East: A ‘Syrias’ dilemma for the United States

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It’s been more than a year since President Obama claimed the use of chemical weapons would be a red line in the Syrian conflict.  And recently Syrian President Assad took Secretary of State John Kerry up on his suggestion that a relinquishing and a full inventory of their chemical weapon stockpiles would be a way out of using military force.  How the Syrian conflict resolves itself is still yet to be seen, so Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how the US should deal with this and if military force is justified.

EcoReport – I-69 Contruction Continues to Raise Evironmental Concerns

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In today’s EcoReport feature, we learn about water pollution from sediment, erosion problems, and other environmental violations by contractors building I-69.

EcoReport – September 19, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, we learn about water pollution from sediment, erosion problems, and other environmental violations by contractors building I-69.

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: Trish Kerle and David McFarland
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Dan Young.
This week’s feature was engineered by Joe Crawford.
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.

Protesters March Against IU Job Cuts

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For today’s Daily Local News feature story, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh brings us a protest that happened this afternoon, starting at the Indiana University Sample Gates and concluding outside the office of IU President Michael McRobbie.

 

Daily Local News – September 18, 2013

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The newly signed Jobs For Hoosiers bill has implications for unemployment insurance recipients in Indiana; The Bloomington Public Works Department moved forward last week with a project to rebuild one block of a historic brick street between 7th and 8th streets; At its September 5th meeting, the Ellettsville Plan Commission discussed but delayed a vote on revisions to the Town Code; The Ellettsville Town Council voted September 9th to outsource the printing and mailing of the town’s utility bills.

FEATURE
Protesters March Against IU Job Cuts
For today’s Daily Local News feature story, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh brings us a protest that happened this afternoon, starting at the Indiana University Sample Gates and concluding outside the office of IU President Michael McRobbie.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
It’s doubled in the last three months: computers, and now smartphones, are being hijacked by very dangerous malware. Here’s what to watch out for, and how to prevent what could be a huge disaster.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton and Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish,
Our engineer and editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Beware! – Ransomeware

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It’s doubled in the last three months: computers, and now smartphones, are being hijacked by very dangerous malware. Here’s what to watch out for, and how to prevent what could be a huge disaster.

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