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Schools, Schools, Schools – a look at the language of the State of the State Address

State of the State 2013-2015
WFHB inserted the text of Governor Mike Pence’s 3 State of the State Addresses into a word-cloud generator – notice any themes?
The full report, tonight on WFHB’s Daily Local news at 5:30pm.

Sunday Liquor Sales Still Up for Debate

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Indiana has among the most restrictive regulations on the sale of alcohol in the country. Recently, there has been an effort to legalize the purchase of alcohol on Sundays, and a state representative has introduced legislation on the matter. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy speaks with Grant Monahan, President of the Retail Council, a spokesperson for Hoosiers for Sunday Sales, and Patrick Tamm, C.E.O. of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, about their conflicting opinions on the legislation, for today’s WFHB Community Report.

Interchange – Unprotected: On Cybersecurity

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Host Doug Storm is joined by David Delaney from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Steve Myers from the School of Informatics and Computing to talk about cybersecurity in the public and private sphere.

From the recent hack into Sony Industries ostensibly perpetrated by North Korea to oil pipeline sabotage in Turkey, both our physical places and our digital spaces are vulnerable to almost anyone or any “nation-state” with the right skill-set and knowledge. As guest Steve Myers said, uranium isn’t cheap, but people with computer knowledge are.

Of Related Interest
Interchange – Fred Cate: Government Surveillance, Then and Now
Interchange – Colin Allen: Thinking About Thinking Machines

Credits
Host & Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive producer: Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – January 13, 2015

Indiana Governor Mike Pence will give his state of the state speech tonight; Today was the deadline for lawmakers to file bills in the state legislature; A new Business Directory is now available to highlight minority and women-owned businesses serving Bloomington and Monroe County; Monroe County has hired a part-time employee to help residents buy health insurance.

FEATURE
Indiana has among the most restrictive regulations on the sale of alcohol in the country. Recently, there has been an effort to legalize the purchase of alcohol on Sundays, and a state representative has introduced legislation on the matter. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy speaks with Grant Monahan, President of the Retail Council, a spokesperson for Hoosiers for Sunday Sales, and Patrick Tamm, C.E.O. of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, about their conflicting opinions on the legislation, for today’s WFHB Community Report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Jerry James senior lecturer of finance at IU’s Kelly School of Business talks about budgeting on WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Cathi Norton and David Murphy.
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy.
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.
Our engineer is Joe Crawford.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

New Bloomington Directory Highlights Women- And Minority-Owned Businesses

A new business directory is now available to highlight minority and women-owned businesses serving Bloomington and Monroe County.

According to the city of Bloomington, the Minority & Women-Owned Business directory was developed to help provide visibility for diverse businesses, promote equity of economic opportunities, and help eliminate barriers for minority and women-owned businesses.

Bloomington’s minority- and women-owned businesses generate more than $300 million a year, according to census data.

But, according to the city’s press release, minorities and women still remain underrepresented in our county, state and city.

Go here to view the directory in a separate window.

 

Local Legislators Discuss Issues To Be Introduced This Session

Today was the deadline for lawmakers to file bills in the state legislature, and some local representatives are already preparing for a big debate over education funding.

At a forum on January 10, legislators from the Monroe County area said money for schools would be one the biggest issues this legislative session. The officials spoke at a legislative update sponsored by the local League of Women Voters.

State Rep. Matt Pierce (D) whose district includes most of Bloomington said both major political parties agree there should be changes to the formula the state uses to fund public schools.

“You have rural, suburban and urban schools that often have stable or declining enrollments,” Pierce said. “The question is, how will the formula impact those schools? Some schools have more kids from poverty and usually more money is gevn to those schools to help children that may be struggling with things that get in the way of their learning.”

Under the current funding formula, public schools in Gary and Indianapolis receive larger amounts of funding per pupil than most other districts.

Rep. Matt Ubelhor (R) said he expects some conflict over how the formula is changed.

“I think the one thing as Pierce pointed out that’s going to be critical is the funding formula for schools,” Ubelhor says. “In our caucus one child isn’t worth more than another child, no matter where the go to school.”

The two parties are also expected to disagree on how to fund charter schools and school vouchers. Democrats like Pierce have traditionally opposed the trend toward funding those programs, which draw money away from public schools.

While there is disagreement on education, representatives from both parties seemed to agree more closely about funding for criminal justice programs. Last year the legislature made major changes to the criminal code in hopes of diverting some low-level offenders away from prison. Those offenders are instead supposed to be dealt with on a local level, but Pierce said the state has yet to adequately fund those local programs.

“The issue is will the people crafting the budget put money into those programs so we can get them going,” Pierce says. “I’m a little dismayed because the Governor’s budget hasn’t earmarked money for those programs. And, instead, calls for more money to be spent about $51 million to add new prison beds to the Department of Corrections which doesn’t make any sense because we just passed this bill to get people out of there.”

Ubelhor said he also agreed the state should fund the local programs. Officials in the Monroe County government have voiced public concern in recent months about the issue. The County’s Community Corrections Department expects an influx of offenders to its programs.

Monroe County would also be directly affected by another initiative discussed at the legislative update. State Senator Mark Stoops said he plans to file a bill that would help Bloomington Transit expand its services outside the city.

“We hope to make it more of a regional transit system,” Stoops says. “We want to add an income tax to people in the region that would allow Bloomington and Rural transit to provide routes into the rural communities like Smithville, Elletsville and even hopefully Nashville or Bedford.”

Stoops said the expanded service could be useful to commuters and could reduce traffic on local roads.

Activate! – Shalom Center’s Job Links Program: Victor Harnack

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Victor Harnack, founder of the Job Links program at Shalom Center, talks about the rewards of helping people redefine themselves through employment and readjust their perceptions about what work should be. Also, more volunteer opportunities in our community from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

Research: Black Students Punished More Harshly

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There is increasing pressure on K-12 schools to examine their policies for punishing students, particularly because research now shows black students are punished more severely than white students. Correspondent Joe Crawford brings us this story about how local schools are dealing with the issue for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – January 12, 2015

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Bloomington has its first official candidate for mayor; John Hamilton filed paperwork this morning with the Monroe County Clerk’s office declaring his intention to run as a Democrat in this year’s municipal election; Democracy for Monroe County, has decided to review its mission statement and potentially broaden its support beyond its partisan origins; The hierarchy of the Monroe County Community School Board is set to remain the same throughout 2015; Time to stow the Christmas ornaments and recycle those trees; Attorney General Greg Zoeller supports legislation to regulate e-cigarettes.

FEATURE
There is increasing pressure on K-12 schools to examine their policies for punishing students, particularly because research now shows black students are punished more severely than white students. Correspondent Joe Crawford brings us this story about how local schools are dealing with the issue for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Cathi Norton, Susan Northleaf along with commentary Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring It On! – January 12, 2015

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William Hosea and Jacinda Townsend welcome Roberta Radovich.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Jacinda welcome Roberta Radovich, University & Campus Program Specialist within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University. she stops by to discuss the joint MLK Day activities scheduled for both IU and the City of Bloomington.

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

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

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