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Standing Room Only – Citizens United, A Narrative

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On Oct. 4, a monologue written by James Allison, “Justice John Paul Stevens Dissents,”  was performed by actor/violinist/school board member Lois Sabo-Skelton. The monologue, based on Stevens’ powerful dissent from the 2010 Citizens United ruling, focuses on the corruptive potential of limitless corporate spending in our elections. The performance was followed by Q&A and a reception. Direction by Steve Krahnke, lighting and sound by Andy Beargie.

Daily Local News – January 15, 2013

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Indiana University Men’s Basketball archived a big win last night against the previously unbeaten Wisconsin Badgers; The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department announced today that it is looking for someone to serve a two-year term on its Environmental Resources Advisory Council, or ERAC; State Representative Peggy Mayfield was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee last week by Speaker Brian C. Bosma; On January 9th the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District’s Board of Directors turned away a pro-recycling activist who asked to be on the District’s advisory committee.

FEATURE
Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivered his 2014 State of the State address last night, to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly in the House Chambers. We bring you some of that speech now, for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware! discusses department store cyber-security.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Drew Daudelin and Alycin Bektesh,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State Address

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivered his 2014 State of the State address last night, to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly in the House Chambers. We bring you some of that speech now, for today’s WFHB feature report.

Interchange – Martin Spechler and Bill Mullen: On the Boycott of Israeli Universities

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Indiana University Economics Professor Martin Spechler and Purdue University American Studies Professor Bill Mullen debate the recent boycott of Israeli universities by the American Studies Association. Mullen is one of eight Indiana professors who signed an editorial supporting the boycott. Spechler has publicly stated his opposition to the boycott in a letter to the editor published in the Herald-Times. Spechler and Mullen discuss the use of boycott as a tool, the implications of an academic organization taking a political stand, and what the issue means for academic freedom. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford moderates the conversation.

Daily Local News- January 14, 2014

This week on The Strike Mic, members of the Indiana University assembly are holding a day of action in support of the prisoners at Westville Correctional Facility; Local police are receiving ongoing reports of parking meter vandalism in Bloomington; The proposed restructuring of classes at Fairview School that brought angry parents to school board offices has been stopped; This is the last week to set out Christmas trees and wreaths for pickup by the City of Bloomington Sanitation Department.

FEATURE
International Adoption and Cultural Identity: One’s Mother’s Story
The U.S. State Department reports nearly 9,000 children were adopted abroad by U.S. families last year. The number of international adoptions has risen in recent decades, and adopting abroad can pose unique questions for parents as they help their growing children to frame their own identities. Now, the story of Bloomington mother Victoria McQueen’s experience guiding her daughter’s growing sense of identity. American Student Radio reporter Sudeshna Chowdhury brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Understanding your credit report and score is an essential piece of financial stability. Learn how to access your credit report, what it all means, and how to address credit problems on this week’s episode of WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Drew Daudelin, and Alycin Bektesh.
Our feature was produced by Sudeshna Chowdhury.
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.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, engineer and executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

International Adoption and Cultural Identity: One’s Mother’s Story

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The U.S. State Department reports nearly 9,000 children were adopted abroad by U.S. families last year. The number of international adoptions has risen in recent decades, and adopting abroad can pose unique questions for parents as they help their growing children to frame their own identities. Now, the story of Bloomington mother Victoria McQueen’s experience guiding her daughter’s growing sense of identity. American Student Radio reporter Sudeshna Chowdhury brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature report.

Daily Local News – January 14, 2014

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This week on The Strike Mic, members of the Indiana University assembly are holding a day of action in support of the prisoners at Westville Correctional Facility; Local police are receiving ongoing reports of parking meter vandalism in Bloomington; The proposed restructuring of classes at Fairview School that brought angry parents to school board offices has been stopped; This is the last week to set out Christmas trees and wreaths for pickup by the City of Bloomington Sanitation Department.

FEATURE
The U.S. State Department reports nearly 9,000 children were adopted abroad by U.S. families last year. The number of international adoptions has risen in recent decades, and adopting abroad can pose unique questions for parents as they help their growing children to frame their own identities. Now, the story of Bloomington mother Victoria McQueen’s experience guiding her daughter’s growing sense of identity. American Student Radio reporter Sudeshna Chowdhury brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Understanding your credit report and score is an essential piece of financial stability. Learn how to access your credit report, what it all means, and how to address credit problems on this week’s episode of WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Drew Daudelin, and Alycin Bektesh.
Our feature was produced by Sudeshna Chowdhury.
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.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, engineer and executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Last Week To Throw Out Christmas Trees and Wreaths

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This is the last week to set out Christmas trees and wreaths for pickup by the City of Bloomington Sanitation Department. Residents can place the items on the curb, along with their trash and recycling, on their regularly scheduled pick-up day. Lights, ornaments, and other decorations need to be removed from the trees. The last day for tree pick-up is Monday, January 20.

Fairvew Elementary School To Reorganize Classes Due To Parents’ Protests

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The proposed restructuring of classes at Fairview School that brought angry parents to school board offices has been stopped, according to Beverly Smith, Director of School and Community Services at the Monroe County Community School Corporation.

“Our Director of Elementary Education Tammy Miller is serving as the interim principal at Fairview School through the end of this year,” Smith said, “She, in her wisdom as the director and a former principal, projected, suggested, and put in place some changes that would have taken place on Monday. Through some further input from staff and parents, Mrs. Miller made the suggestion to the superintendent that we not go forward with those changes. She is going to work with parents in the future to craft plans that will allow folks to work together and come up with what is best for Fairview.”

Smith confirmed reports that the proposed changes were to create smaller classes of students with below standard literacy skills.

This determination was based on a variety of performance evaluations of students including, in particular, those from the Northwest Literacy Evaluation reports.

Beyond the now suspended restructuring of classes, there was also concern expressed by parents that these changes might impact Fairview’s adoption and development of the Artful Learning program, and associated changes in teaching, curriculum and enrollment.

“At this point what we are most focused on is that, as of today, students will be returning to their original classroom assignments that they enjoyed during the first semester. School will go on as normal and Mrs. Miller will work with teachers and parents to return students to the classrooms and work together for the advancement of Fairview.”

The original and strongest complaint voiced by Fairview parents was the lack of consultation with parents by the school or district administration, or even of direct notice beforehand of the proposals prior to their adoption.

However, the parental protests brought about an immediate meeting with school board officials, including District Superintendent Judith Demuth, yesterday morning.

This was followed up with the announcement of the scheduling of Fairview Family Meetings Monday, January 13, and next Monday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m, at Fairview School.

Smith acknowledged that the parents’ protests, as well as comments from teaching staff, helped prompt the reversal of the class restructuring plans.

“It’s always wise to have as much input from all of your stakeholders as possible,” Smith said, “I believe that this situation just underscored that this practice is something we enjoy and continue.”

Smith says that consultation with Fairview parents and teachers will continue, to decide how best to address the immediate issue of students literacy, the evaluation of students’ performance, and the best means to address any perceived deficiencies.

Ins and Outs of Money – Credit Report

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Understanding your credit report and score is an essential piece of financial stability. Learn how to access your credit report, what it means and how to address problems.

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