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Hola Bloomington – August 23, 2013

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Hostess Minerva Sosa and Ramon Tristani interview Olivia Rios and Ellen Vaughn about the CHGunido (Center for Human Growth) and talk about the benefits, services and cost of the CHG for latino families.

Also “un cafecito con…” with Israel Herrera, the local news and the events of the week.

Volunteer Connection – August 23, 2013

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A weekly snapshot of how people of all ages can match their time and talents to local needs. Each week Volunteer Connection brings you the “featured five” – five ways to get involved NOW! Volunteer Connection is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, working together to build an empowered, vibrant, and engaged community!

Freedom Indiana Announced Campaign to Defeat HJ6R

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Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan statewide coalition of Indiana businesses and groups announced yesterday their campaign to defeat amendment HJ6R, which could permanently alter the Indiana Constitution’s definition of marriage. The grassroots campaign will focus on the 2014 legislative session, where Indiana lawmakers will choose either to table or vote down the amendment or send it to voters for a statewide referendum next November. Indiana Equality Action president Chris Paulsen expressed his intent to ensure that lawmakers and voters will not use the Indiana Constitution to deny freedoms to certain individuals. He warns that the amendment runs counter to Hoosiers’ core values such as liberty and fairness, and may also create unintended legal consequences. A study published in November 2012 by students at the IU Maurer School of Law found a significant number of rights and obligations related to marriage that could be permanently denied under the proposed amendment.

Freedom Indiana is run by an independent board of directors headed by Indiana Equality Action executive director, Rick Sutton and managed by veteran political operative, Megan Robertson, who has worked for the Indiana Republican Party, Marion County Republican Party and on two GOP presidential campaigns. She managed Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s successful 2011 campaign. The coalition includes Indiana businesses, community, civil rights and faith leaders, advocates for fairness, former and current lawmakers and Hoosiers; initial partners include Indiana Equality Action, Eli Lilly, Cummins, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action, American Unity Fund, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, and the Human Rights Campaign. Robertson believes the amendment directly contradicts “Hoosier Hospitality”, Indiana’s welcoming reputation that has helped the community create jobs and economic investment. She states that the Freedom Indiana campaign will bring together those who have an interest in preserving freedoms and moving forward, regardless of political affiliation.

The campaign is currently headquartered in Indianapolis with plans to establish regional headquarters in coming months. Further information is available on the Freedom Indiana facebook page, on twitter @freedom_indiana .

A Visit from Senator Donnelly

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Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly was in Bloomington this morning to address the Chamber of Commerce and talk about job creation. Afterwards, he met with journalists including WFHB correspondent David Murphy  for a brief media opportunity. His comments here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

Pence Signs Controversal Education Executive Order

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced today that he has created a new educational agency, named the Center for Education and Career Innovation. Other educational initiatives such as the Indiana Career Council, the Indiana Works Councils, the Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education will now be under CECI, though each will operate independently. Pence said he also hopes the new agency will partner with the state Department of Education, the Indiana Charter School Board, the Department of Workforce Development, the Commission for Higher Education, and the Office of State-Based Initiatives to ensure students are prepared for local industry when they finish their education. The Indiana State Teachers Association call Pence’s announcement a power grab, for the one office of his administration that voters selected a democrat to oversee.

Governor Pence did not share his plans to create the agency with Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz, according to an announcement from the department of education this morning that states “Partnerships require communication.  Unfortunately, Superintendent Ritz learned about the creation of this new agency through news reports, rather than from Governor Pence.  Superintendent Ritz has met with the Governor on many occasions, including as recently as two days ago.  However, neither he, nor his office, mentioned the creation of this new agency until this morning.”

A counter-press release was then issued by a spokeswoman for the governor stating that “Governor Pence communicated that he was considering a reorganization of a number of agencies under his executive branch authority in a conversation with Superintendent Ritz earlier this week.”

The governor was joined this morning by Jaclyn Dowd, whom earlier this summer he appointed  Special Assistant for Career Innovation, and Charter School advocate Claire Fiddian-Green to sign Executive Order 13-21 which established the center for Education and Career Innovation agency.

Daily Local News – August 23, 2013

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced today that he has created a new educational agency, named the Center for Education and Career Innovation; Bloomington city officials repeatedly referred to what they called a new normal during a week of budget hearings that began Monday; Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan statewide coalition of Indiana businesses and groups announced yesterday their campaign to defeat amendment HJ6R, which could permanently alter the Indiana Constitution’s definition of marriage; This year’s Hoosier to Hoosier Sale takes place tomorrow at The Warehouse at 1525 S. Rogers St. in Bloomington from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and promises to be the biggest H2H sale yet.

FEATURE
A Visit from Senator Donnelly
Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly was in Bloomington this morning to address the Chamber of Commerce and talk about job creation. Afterwards, he met with journalists including WFHB correspondent David Murphy  for a brief media opportunity. His comments here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Ashley Hanna and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh, along wiht correspondent David Murphy
Volunteer Connection was produced by Ashley Hanna,in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our Engineer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

ACLU takes on SEA371

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit in federal court this morning challenging Indiana’s newest law regulating abortion clinics. Senate Enrolled Act 371, passed earlier this year, calls for facilities that prescribe and dispense abortion-inducing medications to have many of the same emergency and urgent care resources as hospitals. The bill affects only one facility in the state, Planned Parenthood’s Lafayette clinic, which has been in operation for 40 years, providing a variety of health care services for women. The portion of the bill covering non-surgical abortions goes into effect on January first. Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, says the expense of retrofitting the facility to comply with the law would be prohibitive. The law also specifies numerous “informed consent” statements clinic workers must make to women seeking the abortion pill. The women must also be shown sonogram images of the fetus in their wombs and must be advised the availability of adoption alternatives in the state. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Cockrum this afternoon in a WFHB Feature Exclusive.

EcoReport – Sierra Club Reports: Power Plants Polluting Water

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In today’s EcoReport feature, a new report from the Sierra Club shows that Indiana Power Plants discharge toxic coal Ash or Wastewater into the state’s streams. WFHB investigates the pollution practices, as well as an effort to stop a new Indiana coal mine from being built.

bloomingOUT – August 22, 2013

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Mother, social activist, Blues Music Award winner, singer/songwriter and former Virginia State Teacher of the Year Gaye Adegbalola talks about racism, feminism, her current productions and new singing group The Wild Rutz. Musical selection is “Blues for your Greens” from her children’s CD “Blues in All Flavors.” Organizational Committee Member Jamie Brazel is in studio with information about the upcoming Open, Welcoming and Affirming Conference for faith communities to be held at the First United Church in Bloomington 23-25 August. Helen highlights Langston Hughes and the evolution of patriarchal dominance on two editions of Queerher/history.

www.adegbalola.com

 

Producer Carol Fischer

Executive producer Alycin Bektesh

Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick

News Director Josh Vidrich,

Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson

Announcer Elaine Bell

Board Engineer Sarah Hetrick

MCPL offers free parking cheat sheet

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The Monroe County Public Library is advising patrons on how best to save money on parking now that most spots near the Library are metered. At a meeting August 21st of the Library’s Board of Trustees, Executive Director Sara Laughlin held up a brochure the Library designed to help patrons deal with what she called a complicated picture. Tickets for not paying the meters can be as high as $100. Laughlin said she is advising those who might be downtown for an unpredictable amount of time to use parking garages, where payment occurs when drivers leave the garage. She said the Library also has a guide to where free parking can be found. The parking finder is available here.

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