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Daily Local News August 12, 2014

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The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday; MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University Board of Trustees during the Trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday; Indiana University has a new Women’s Basketball coach; The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organization history; A national association of retail stores has named Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats a 2014 Hero of Main Street; Three Communities in Northwestern Indiana live with some of the nation’s worst air quality, as well as highly contaminated waters and elevated cancer and asthma rates; Monroe County will tackle the contentious issue of vote centers again in the coming weeks; The Monroe County Commissioners can’t quiet down interstate sixty-nine; A controversial proposal for a new trash transfer station in Bloomington is back after a long delay.

FEATURE
The Indiana University Board of trustees met on Friday and discussed some capital improvement projects for the campus of IU Bloomington. Today, correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University spokesman Mark Land about the changes, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Casey Kuhn
Our Engineer today is Carissa Barrett,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Vote Centers A Proposed Discussion With Monroe County Budget

Monroe County will tackle the contentious issue of vote centers again in the coming weeks. County Clerk Linda Robbins says she will propose vote centers during upcoming budget talks.Robbins made the statement at an August 7 meeting of the County Election Board.

“We are also going to look at comparing costs of precinct voting to vote centers so we’re going to try and tackle that again with some comparative costs,” Robbins says.

Switching to a vote center model would shrink the number of voting locations in the County. But a resident could vote at any of the locations instead of being limited to a single precinct. In the past, county Republicans have opposed the change.

Robbins insists it could save hundreds of thousands of dollars during each election.

“There’s been pushback from certain individuals about these centers,” Robbins says. “Any cost we incur with this will be charged back to the city, not the county.”

The Board plans to begin 2015 budget discussions on August 12.

Local News, Quick Reads – August 12, 2014

  • Indiana University has a new women’s basketball coach.  Teri Moren was announced as the Hoosiers’ new coach Saturday night. She replaces Curt Miller, who resigned on July 25.   Moren played for the Purdue Boilermakers  from 1987-1991 and has spent the past four seasons as the coach  at Indiana State University.
  • The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organizations history. 413,835 pounds of food were distributed last month. HHFB distributes to nearly 100 non-profit agencies in Brown, Lawrence, Orange, Owen, Martin and Monroe counties with limited distribution in Crawford and Greene counties.
  • The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday. Court documents show the hospital to be $125 million in debt. The hospital currently employees 315 people, and is in works with Prime Healthcare for a buyout.
  • MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University board of trustees during the trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday. Randall Tobias,  the Retired Chair and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and  a 2013 gubernatorial appointment to the IU board of trustees, was unanimously voted in a chairman of the board on Friday.

Books Unbound – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Part 11 / “Araby” by James Joyce

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James Joyce was a pioneering writer of modernist fiction and poetry, known for his innovative prose style and complex wordplay. Born in 1882 in Dublin, Joyce left Ireland at the age of twenty to study in Paris. Within months, he started his first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Published in 1914, A Portrait established Joyce as both an experimental stylist and a pusher of boundaries who questioned religious and nationalist orthodoxy.

A Portrait was received as a bold achievement by most of Joyce’s literary peers, but some critics dismissed its realism as a dirty obsession with sex and sewage. These controversies were soon eclipsed by Joyce’s monumental Ulysses. Today regarded as the definitive modernist novel in English, Ulysses was officially banned as obscene in both Britain and the United States, earning Joyce a perennial place among literary masters whose works were suppressed.

Activate! – First Book and Childhood Literacy: Akola Krishnan

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Akola Krishnan, volunteer for First Book and founder of the Monroe County chapter, talks about her passion for promoting children’s literacy and how rewarding the work of First Book is to both her personally and the community at large. Also, literacy volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

Links:
First Book
First Book Advisory Board
Banneker at the View After School Program
VITAL Volunteers

 

 

Almost 700,000 marked inactive on voter registry

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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced an update today regarding the election division’s Voter List Refresh project. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

Daily Local News – August 11, 2014

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Indiana University Police are currently working on the Emergency Alert System and accidentally set off the warning sirens just before 3pm today; The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed the first human case of west nile virus this season; Riley Children’s Foundation has announced it will give eight thousand dollars to family-focused groups in Bloomington; Registration opened today for this Fall’s “Home Buyers Club”, a series of informational sessions put on by the City of Bloomignton Housing and Neighborhood Development division; An influx of natural and organic grocerys is expected in Bloomington, over the next few years; The Monroe County Commissioners held a public hearing July 25th reexamining the concept of a dual-stream Material Recovery Facility, or MURF.

FEATURE
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced an update today regarding the election division’s Voter List refresh project. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

ACTIVATE!
Akola Krishnan, volunteer for First Book and founder of the Monroe County chapter, talks about her passion for promoting children’s literacy and how rewarding the work of First Book is to both her personally and the community at large. Also, literacy volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Dan Withered and Alycin Bektesh.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Managing editor is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring It On! – August 11, 2014

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William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome Raheim Shabazz.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Bev welcome award-winning journalist and filmmaker Raheim Shabazz.

his new film,“Elementary Genocide”,  exposes the socially engineered mechanism created by our government and utilizing the public school system to label elementary aged African American males as work for hire targets within the US penal system. Elementary Genocide confirms this theory and seeks to educate parents, teachers and families, so that we can reclaim our young men and ensure the future of our community.

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

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

BloomingOUT – August 8, 2014

President of Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, authoress and entertainer JJ Gufreda returns with updates about her performances in Canada and specifically during the Toronto World Pride Festivities.  Helen and Michael discuss the Ebola crisis in Africa.  MSN, RN, CNS, Clinical Assistant Professor at IU School of Nursing Greg Carter discusses caring for LGBT patients and his qualitative interviews with young people concerning their concepts of safe sex and stranger vs friend as determinants of sexual contact. Featured artist is Nick Granato.  Musical selections are “My Ordinary Life” and “Rhythm of Life” from Granato’s “Outside the Lines” cd.

www.nickgranato.com

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Board Engineer Jasmine Mallett
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson

Fetus Burial Rights Legislation to Take Effect in Fall

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A law passed by the Indiana legislature this year goes into effect this fall – requiring that medical personnel inform parents who have just experienced a miscarriage that they have a legal right to a burial. WFHB correspondent Sierra Gardner speaks with the author of the bill, and visits a local cemetery that offers free infant burial, for today’s WFHB community report.

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