Up next is a profile of a local personality – Argenta Perón, also known as “The People’s Diva” and the emcee for shows at The Back Door in downtown Bloomington. Off stage, Argenta is Patricio Battani, a recent Masters graduate from Indiana University’s School Public Health and HIV testing counselor who designs social media outreach for Positive Link here in Bloomington. IU audio student Sophia Saliby met with Battani and produced this audio profile.
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President Obama recently proposed overtime rules that will change the pay threshold for employees to receive overtime pay. These rules have the potential to affect almost 5 million employees across the United States. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges spoke to Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga, to get his opinions on the rule and how it could affect employers and employees.
Indiana’s ranking for child well-being has dropped over the past year, according to this year’s Kids Count databook released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation; The Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation will use funds provided by the state to explore alternatives to the Acuity formative test it currently gives to students in grades three through ten; The Monroe County Energy Mobile spent this past weekend in the Sycamore Knolls neighborhood; Up next is a profile of a local personality – Argenta Perón, also known as “The People’s Diva” and the emcee for shows at The Back Door in downtown Bloomington.
President Obama recently proposed overtime rules that will change the pay threshold for employees to receive overtime pay. These rules have the potential to affect almost 5 million employees across the United States. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges spoke to Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga, to get his opinions on the rule and how it could affect employers and employees. A majority of Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives have signed a letter supporting the proposed overtime rules. But so far, officials representing south-central Indiana in Washington have not been supportive. Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly did not sign the letter supporting the new rule. Republican Representative Todd Young has not issued a statement and Senator Dan Coats, another Republican, issued a statement opposing the rule.
Symantec has released their latest report on Internet threats, and there’s both good and bad news. Spam is decreasing, but other dangers are ramping up!
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The Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation will use funds provided by the state to explore alternatives to the Acuity formative test it currently gives to students in grades three through ten. The test attempts to identify students who need remediation in math and English. This is the first time the Indiana Department of Education will allow school corporations across the state to choose the assessment tests they give students.
The Department appropriated a total of twelve million dollars for each of the next two academic years for school systems to use on formative tests. The Richland-Bean Blossom School Corporation received $17.45 per student in funding for the tests.
Assistant Superintendent Jason Bletzinger says the School Corporation hopes to find tests aligned with the curriculum and standards they use, as well as State standards.
“The bottom line is we want to have assessments that really just gel with our instruction,” Bletzinger said. “It’s going to be part of our instruction. We can assess students, find out where they’re at and then identify where a student’s at, which students need remediation, which students need the enrichments.”
The school corporation plans to release more information on its plans in August.
The Monroe County Energy Mobile spent this past weekend in the Sycamore Knolls neighborhood. Bloomington Commission on Sustainability member Molly O’Donnell made the announcement last week just prior to the visit.
“We’ve designed signs that can go from one area to another…just saying ‘Energy Mobile Coming to You Soon,’” O’Donnell said at a Commission meeting. “If we go to houses…and nobody’s home, we have another flyer and on the back there are tips on how to save energy.”
The Energy Mobile is a Toyota Prius that the local consortium of governments and private organizations uses to promote energy conservation in the community. The effort is part of the Georgetown University Energy Prize contest.
Communities participating in the contest are evaluated on efforts to decrease community energy usage. The Prius is used by the City’s Utilities Department as a visual component of the effort. The visits are used to demonstrate ways for residents to conserve energy through various strategies. The prize is five-million dollars, which is to be used to invest in local energy conservation projects. Finalists and winners of the contest are to be announced during the first half of 2017.
Indiana’s ranking for child well-being has dropped over the past year, according to this year’s Kids Count databook released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But Indiana’s new rank is not necessarily the result of worsening conditions in Indiana. According to the report, other states like Missouri and New York have improved over the past year, leaving Indiana behind. Hoosier students have actually improved in math and reading, two elements the organization uses to make the ranking. Also, the performance gap between Caucasian and Hispanic students has shrunk noticeably.
But while Indiana’s child education has improved, the report notes further improvement is still needed. More than half of Hoosier eighth graders scored below proficient in math and more than half of Hoosier fourth graders scored below proficient in reading. Although the report seems largely bleak there are signs that should give hope for future improvement. The percentage of babies born with low birth weight is now below the national average. Fewer children lack health insurance and fewer minors are abusing drugs and alcohol, according to the report.
Each year the Indiana Arts Commission awards grants to further the careers of budding artists around the state. Of the thirty-seven grant recipients this year, eight were from Bloomington, including one piano player getting ready to launch a festival this August. Correspondent Jordan Guskey brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.
Part 2 of Drones at Liberty: Our conversation continues to explore the meaning of drones–drones as instruments of war and policing, drones in the public imaginary, drones as extensions of state and/or human will–all topics under examination at the recent IU Symposium on Drone Warfare.
All technologies are transgressive.
It seems to me that normalization is the issue. Spying technologies have been around for a long time and yet there surely was a “peeping Tom” (men!) stigma as well as a respect for privacy–plus, who cares what normal life someone else was leading–ah, but prurience cultivated over the decades has increasingly led us to acknowledge that life is boring, yet hope that some folks perhaps are not boring, or that spying as a transgression is not boring BECAUSE it’s a transgression not for what is revealed through spying. Our television shows and movies normalize torture and spying and now the piloting of UAVs across the thousands of miles.
I would go so far as to argue that acceptable use inevitably paves the way for the transgression, and that the transgression is the fullest expression of the technology.
But, as many presenters made plain, the policing and terror apparatus is already firmly in place, and UAVs are an “in-kind” application that will further the constant machine surveillance and control of humanity.
With apologies to Emily Dickinson:
I heard a DRONE buzz – when I died –
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air –
and then it was
There interposed a DRONE –
With Blue – uncertain stumbling Buzz –
Between the light – and me –
And then the Windows failed – and then
I could not see to see –
Ishan Ashutosh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Indiana University, is a critical human geographer whose work encompasses the study of migration, the politics of race and ethnicity from an international and comparative perspective, and urban studies. His research examines the multiple and contested representations of South Asia through projects situated in migration and area studies.
Chris Miles is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. His work focuses on the intellectual, political, and material relationships between capitalism, media technologies, and nature. In particular, he studies informatic media and digital technology integrated into or pattered on biology and biological processes.
The Flaming Lips, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1″
The Police, “Bombs Away”
The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize??”
The Flaming Lips, “All We Have Is Now”
41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed
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