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Bloomington Beware! – Concussions

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Getting bonked on the head is a classic joke in movies and cartoons, but in real life it’s not funny. New research shows concussions are far more common, and much more dangerous, than we used to think.

Interchange – Magnus Johnson and Jim Connor: Elder Heart

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This week on Interchange, host Alycin Bektesh speaks with Magnus Johnson and Jim Connor,  members of the Nashville, Indiana based organization Elder Heart. Johnson speaks about his own experiences as a returning veteran that led him to begin creating art with Connor. The process has given them both greater insight to the need for a community wide approach to helping veterans transition.  Through the creation of public art installations, Elder Heart aims to raise awareness on issues such as the rising veteran suicide rate, create a space for veterans and civilians to work together and exchange experiences, and fundraise for veterans in need.

Groups Cite Ties between Supreme Court Justice and Future Coal Plant

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The Sierra Club and other groups claim one of Indiana’s Supreme Court justices is unfit to rule on a case involving the future of a proposed coal gasification plant in Spencer county. However, the groups claims of friendship and political alliance with the plant’s project manager Mark Lubbers has been denied by the justice in question, Justice Mark Massa. The full story in today’s WFHB feature report.

Daily Local News – August 20, 2013

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The federal government has given the state the go-ahead to begin work on the section of the new interstate 69 that will run through Monroe County; At a meeting August 19th, the Richland Bean Blossom School Board voted to delay the implementation of a policy that cuts the hours of part-time employees; Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly will be in town this coming Friday morning to speak to a business audience; Though a recent report highlights Indiana’s thriving job market, other reports show that Indiana ranks among the worst in the nation for job growth.

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Groups Cite Ties between Supreme Court Justice and Future Coal Plant
The Sierra Club and other groups claim one of Indiana’s Supreme Court justices is unfit to rule on a case involving the future of a proposed coal gasification plant in Spencer county. However, the groups claims of friendship and political alliance with the plant’s project manager Mark Lubbers has been denied by the justice in question, Justice Mark Massa. The full story in today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Emily Herr from the Bloomngton Animal Shelter join Ashley and Sarah to discuss the financial ins and outs of pet ownership.

CREDITS
Anchors: Bill Daugherty, Shayne Laughter
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Today’s feature was produced by Lauren Glapa
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 board engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

My Health Matters – Endwright Center: Jaime Sweany

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Jaime Sweany gives a short history of the Endwright Center and talks about the programs and impact the center hopes to make in helping the elderly communities of Bloomington and beyond.

The Ins and Outs of Money – Pets: Part 1

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Emily Herr from the Bloomngton Animal Shelter join Ashley and Sarah to discuss the financial ins and outs of pet ownership.

Bring It On! – August 19, 2013

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Bev Smith and Liz Mitchell welcome Terry James, the great-great grandson of Ervin James, the founder of Jamestown, South Carolina.

PART ONE
The African American community of Jamestown, South Carolina has its origins in a 105-acre tract bought in 1870 by former slave Ervin James (1815-1872). James, who was determined to own his own farm instead of being dependent on sharecropping or tenant farming, bought the tract that was later divided into individual farms, by his five sons and a son-in-law.

Through the years, the James descendants have hosted reunions that, at times, have averaged 325 attendees. Recently, they sought to engage a wider community to attend these gatherings. As a result, the reunion theme has changed to “Celebrate Jamestown.”

Joining Bev and Liz by phone to talk about these family gatherings and the legacy of Ervin James is Terry James, his great-great grandson.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and Liz Mitchell
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Scientia Receives Crane Contract

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A software company based in Bloomington announced earlier this month it had reached a major new agreement with the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. The company, Scientia LLC was formed in 2010 by three former employees of the Center. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the owners about what the company produces and its relationship with the military.

MCPL may end test proctoring

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The Monroe County Public Library may soon end its test proctoring service, which a Library employee said has become too popular. Christine Eykholt-Friesel, the coordinator for the Library’s Indiana Room, where the tests are proctored, says the increased use of electronic devices in schools has also made test proctoring more difficult.

The Library charges 30 dollars to proctor a test. So far this year, Eykholt-Friesel said the Library has made $1,800 on the service. And although there was concern about losing the revenue, Board members mostly spoke in favor of ending the service. Board member Kari Isaacson Hartig, who is also a literacy coach at Templeton Elementary School, said state rules about test taking have become more strict in recent years.

The Board is scheduled to vote on whether to end the test proctoring service at its next meeting August 21st.

Monroe County Community School Board eyes bonds

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At a work session August 13th, the Monroe County Community School Board discussed if and how to issue another multi-million dollar bond. During a wide-ranging discussion about the Corporation’s finances, school corporation officials said they would like to issue a bond to replace two other bonds that will be paid off in the next few years. Corporation Superintendent Judy DeMuth said the two bonds that will be paid off include one that was approved by referendum in 2010. The other paid for the construction of Bloomington South High School.

Both of the current bonds will be paid off by 2018. If the Corporation doesn’t issue another bond to replace them, tax rates in the County will go down. But several Board members said they want another bond to pay for various upgrades to school buildings. Board member Martha Street said it would be smart to keep the buildings in good shape.

 

 

 

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