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EcoReport – November 19, 2015

In today’s Eco-Report Feature, Bob Kissell talks with local butterfly Author and Expert Jeff Belth about the status and health of these beautiful winged insects. EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships …

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EcoReport Feature: Butterflies

In today’s Eco-Report Feature, Bob Kissell talks with local butterfly Author and Expert Jeff Belth about the status and health of these beautiful winged insects Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:51 — 7.2MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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Better Beware! – Credit Score Scams

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your credit score, but it’s all too easy to get scammed when you try. Here’s what to watch out for, and how to stay safe. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 3.7MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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Representative Matt Pierce Discusses Some Finer Points of Indiana’s Legislative Process

Last week the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County organized a forum intended to shed light on Indiana’s legislative process. The League invited State Representative Matt Pierce, who represents much of Bloomington, to discuss the lesser known factors involved in passing state legislation. At the end of the event, Pierce took questions from the audience. We bring …

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New Bill May Extend Civil Rights to LGBTQ Community; Some Lawmakers Seek to Move Past This Issue

In the wake of the Religious Freedom bill from earlier this year, Indiana’s LGBTQ community may be facing another bill about legalized discrimination. State Senate President David Long of Fort Wayne has informed state legislators that they will see a bill in the near future that may extend ‘anti-discrimination protections’ while also allowing people to claim ‘religious freedom’ to deny …

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Changes Set to Take Place in I-STEP Re-scoring Process

Confusion continues to surround student scores on the standardized test known as the I-STEP. The Indiana Department of Education has now issued a change in the process for re-scoring the test this year. Re-scoring is a process in which graders re-evaluate the written portions of the standardized test. Students whose tests are re-scored are then assigned the higher of the …

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Syrian Refugees Redirected From Indianapolis Arrival

A family of Syrian refugees had been set to land in Indianapolis today, according to a report in the New York Times. But at the last minute the refugees were redirected to Connecticut after Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced Indiana would not be accepting more refugees. The family of three had been waiting in Jordan for three years to be …

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Daily Local News – November 18, 2015

A family of Syrian refugees had been set to land in Indianapolis today, according to a report in the New York Times; 18,000 Hoosiers lost their eligibility for food stamps this month, following the reinstatement of work requirements; Confusion continues to surround student scores on the standardized test known as the I-STEP; In the wake of the Religious Freedom bill …

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Interchange – Embodied By Prisons: First the Whip, Then the Chains, and Then…

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What comes after Whips and Chains? Solitary confinement. Lisa Guenther of Vanderbilt University discusses the reformist good intentions of Benjamin Rush in the 1790s who developed the idea that solitary confinement could serve to “clean” the criminal of the impulses to transgress. We also discuss the 13th Amendment and its “partial emancipation” of enslaved Black people and how this Amendment …

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County Plan May Affect Bloomington Borders

On October 20th, the Monroe County Plan Commission adopted the Monroe County Urbanizing Area Plan. At that meeting, the Director of the County’s Planning Department, Larry Wilson, stated that the purpose of the Plan was to provide a master document for an eventual updating of the county’s zoning structure and regulations in the so-called two-mile fringe around Bloomington. By state …

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