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Number of New HIV Cases in Scott County Plateaus

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Scott County, Indiana, has seen a surge in positive HIV cases in recent months, but data from the Indiana State Department of Health is showing the number of positive cases may be reaching a plateau. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked in to what the numbers mean and what could explain the magnitude of the outbreak for today’s WFHB Community report.

Daily Local News – May 19, 2015

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Tomorrow night the Bloomington City Council is set to decide whether to borrow forty-eight
million dollars to pay for major projects including Switchyard Park; The City of
Bloomingtion is limited in what it can do to respond to the recent repeal of Indiana’s
Common Construction Wage law; The Monroe County Election Board has rejected all thirteen
provisional ballots Bloomington voters cast during the May 5th primary election.

FEATURE
Scott County, Indiana, has seen a surge in positive HIV cases in recent months, but data
from the Indiana State Department of Health is showing the number of positive cases may be
reaching a plateau. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked in to what the numbers
mean and what could explain the magnitude of the outbreak for today’s WFHB Community
report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
There’s Something (Costly) in the Air; It’s tempting to switch on the air conditioning when
temperatures rise outside. Careful—that cool air is expensive. By being money smart,
though, you can avoid turning on the A/C in the first place, and use it wisely when you do
turn it on.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in
partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Books Unbound – “Exploring with Robert McAlmon, Part Three”

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Robert McAlmon was a ubiquitous presence among the “Lost Generation” of American expatriate writers during the 1920s and ’30s in Paris. Bisexual, he entered into a marriage of appearances with the heiress and lesbian writer Bryher. With her father’s great wealth, he started a press that published the early work of many of the most famous Modernists—and paid bar tabs and hotel bills for his friends Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. By the end of the 1930s, he was sinking into obscurity, bitterness, and alcoholism.

Books Unbound’s three-part program on this lesser-known Modernist concludes with poems and prose pieces from McAlmon’s 1921 collection Explorations, with a third short story from his fiction collection A Hasty Bunch (1922) to complement “A Vacation’s Job” and “A Boy’s Discovery” in parts one and two.

The first segment features McAlmon’s complete cycle of poems about what was then still the novel sensation of flying in an aircraft: “Aero-Rhythms” (Joan Hawkins), “Perspicuity” (Cynthia Wolfe), “Etherism” (Hawkins), “Aero-Metre” (Erin Livingston), “Consummation” (Tony Brewer), “Volplanetor” (Wolfe), and “Aero-Laughter” (Frank Buczolich).

The short-short story “Light Woven into Wavespray,” read by Phil Kasper, infuses gorgeous descriptions of seaside leisure with McAlmon’s pervasive ennui and contempt, and intimations of his sexuality. The central panel of the episode is “Mood Decisions,” a prose sequence (read by Brewer and Livingston) rife with biting humor, sharp images, and snark.

The episode closes with more poetry. Now almost a century old, the prescient “White Males” (Hawkins) treats its titular subject as a violent species facing extinction. Also included are “Today’s Music” (Wolfe), “Words” (Buczolich), and “A Modern’s Half Day” (Hawkins)

Special music for the episode comes from two classical composers who were active at the time of McAlmon’s literary career. The poems on flight are accompanied by excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s symphonic poem “The Song of the Nightingale” (1917), conducted by Pierre Boulez and performed by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. McAlmon writes about Stravinsky in the prose piece “Thought Ghosts on Music” in Explorations:

“Strawinsky — a snigger chortled between Mozart and Schumann — ‘laughing up his sleeve at us, and not letting us in on the joke with titles as does Strauss,’ men behind me declared. The innovation jarred senses that ten conscientious years of musical training had grooved. An innovation that might cause them to retrain their senses. I could hear Strawinsky tittering up his sleeve, and hear the titter giggling along his ribs, making them to rattle — and that is another theme for modern music. I enjoyed Strawinsky. He might mean anything because he meant nothing.”

Additional music comes from Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, written during the time A Hasty Bunch and Explorations were published. The sonata is performed by Carlos Benito de la Gala and Alberto Gorrochategui Blanco on their album Kodaly and Ravel (KalilaDimna, 2011). Wind sound effect for the flight sequence was created by Mark DiAngelo via SoundBible.com.

Sarah Torbeck hosts, with announcer Jack Hanek. This episode was produced, written, and edited by Cynthia Wolfe, with production assistance from Heather Perry, Sarah Torbeck and Jack Hanek.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Women in Media: Facing Inequality

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Do those things that terrify you. Say yes to your audience. Be a good person. That was all advice that a panel of media professionals gave to aspiring journalists late last month. The discussion occurred on the last day of class in J200, the Indiana University School of Journalism’s introductory course on writing and reporting. The four panelists were all women, and a segment of the talk focused on gender inequality in the line of duty. Photojournalist Caitlin O’Hara, former WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, IU Office of the Provost communications director Jennifer Piurek, and veteran Bloomington newspaper editor Andrea Murray offer candid examples of sexism. Course instructor Chad Carrothers moderates the discussion in this WFHB community report.

Bring It On! – May 18, 2015

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William Hosea and Liz Mitchell welcome Jim Mitchell and Clarence Boone.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Liz welcome Jim Mitchell and B.I.O. Producer Clarence Boone. They join our host for an open dialogue roundtable on current events of interest for the black community.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Liz Mitchell
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Daily Local News – May 18, 2015

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County officials say they are confident that a recent sediment spill into Richland Creek has been remediated; The rural Southern Indiana town of French Lick, population 1,800, is expecting 40,000 plus visitors this week for the Senior PGA Championship; U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has publicly speculated there could be a connection between the HIV outbreak plaguing Scott County and the area’s high food insecurity rate; Construction workers around Indiana are preparing for the repeal of the Common Construction Wage Law this July.

FEATURE
Do those things that terrify you. Say yes to your audience. Be a good person. That was all advice that a panel of media professionals gave to aspiring journalists late last month. The discussion occurred on the last day of class in J200, the Indiana University School of Journalism’s introductory course on writing and reporting. The four panelists were all women, and a segment of the talk focused on gender inequality in the line of duty. Photojournalist Caitlin O’Hara, former WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, IU Office of the Provost communications director Jennifer Piurek, and veteran Bloomington newspaper editor Andrea Murray offer candid examples of sexism. Course instructor Chad Carrothers moderates the discussion in this WFHB community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, Kara Tullman and Jerrod Dill.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Chad Carrothers
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Hola Bloomington – May 15, 2015

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Hola Bloomington’s hosts Luis Hernandez, Carlos Bakota and Araceli Gomez-Aldana discuss Latino or Hispanic identity in the United States. What it means to be Latino or Hispanic; where these terms came from and who uses them. Also, is this ethnic group really “Latinos Unidos” here in the United States?

Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Luis Hernández, Carlos Bakota y Araceli Gómez-Aldana discuten la identidad latina o hispana en los Estados Unidos. Hablan sobre lo qué significa ser latino o hispano; de dónde vienen estos términos y quién los usa. Ademas, este grupo étnico realmente son “Latinos Unidos” aquí en los Estados Unidos?

bloomingOUT – May 14, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Ryne Shadday and Jeff Jewel interview Justin Ford and Abby Perfetti, who work with community organization Bloomington PRIDE. We also hear an interview Jeff Jewel had with author, lecturer, and LGBTQ+ historian Sue Farentinos. Our music for tonight is a selection from “I was Born This Way” by Carl Bean. The bloomingOUT staff would like to give special thanks to Abby and Justin for joining us.

Credits

Hosts Jeff Jewel, Ryne Shadday

Executive Producer Joe Crawford

Producer Olivia Davidson

Board Engineer Andrew Sims

Social Media Coordinators Megan McCullough, and Jorge Guillen, and Jacob Samples

Local Residents Set to be Surveyed about Monroe County Community Schools

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The Monroe County Community School Corporation is planning to survey local residents about their views on education issues. Superintendent Judy DeMuth told the school board about the survey at a work session May 12th.

“We have added a couple of questions, one that really targets preschool and of course a question about technology”,  Demuth explains about the new survey.

DeMuth says this phone survey will also include questions on the referendum the Board is considering putting before voters. The referendum would request a temporary increase in property tax rates to help the Corporation cover budget shortfalls. DeMuth says her office is still working on the wording of the referendum and when to put it up for a vote. The Board will have the final decision on the referendum.

County Employee Salaries Under Review

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Monroe County is comparing itself to other government bodies to find out how much County employees should be paid. The County Council has approved a letter of engagement with a company that will perform the salary review. The firm, Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele and Associates, will study of salaries and benefits paid to staff by comparable government bodies. During discussion on the resolution, Council member Geoff McKim said the study has been needed for some time.

“We have a lot to do on our salary structure” Mckim explains. “One of the first steps in moving forward is that we need to get an external calibration system on the salaries”.

Council member Lee Jones suggested the County is underpaying at least some of its employees. But she warned it might be difficult to correct the issue.

“I agree that just because we may discover we are severely underpaying people it doesn’t necessarily mean that we will that we will be able to pay them what they deserve” Lee Jones’s responds.

The salary study will take 4 to 5 months, according to the letter approved by the Council. The County will pay the researchers between forty-five and a hundred twenty-five dollars per hour for their work.

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