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The Race is on for Political Positions In Bloomington

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Races have officially begun for political positions at the city of Bloomington. All candidates were required to file by last week.  Monday was the deadline for candidates to reconsider and withdraw their names from the ballot. There are now four candidates for mayor of Bloomington. That’s three Democrats and one Republican. Another Democratic candidate, Adam Mikos (MY-cuss), filed to run last week, but he said the local Democratic party encouraged him to back out.  Mikos determined that at this time it was better not to fight and withdraw from the race.

Mikos said he might still decide to run as an independent. The three remaining Democrats are Darryl Neher, John Hamilton and John Linnemeier (LINN-uh-MEYER). They will compete in the primary election this spring. The winner will face John Turnbull, the lone Republican running for mayor.  In the races for Bloomington City Council, there were a couple other quick withdrawls this week that benefitted established Democrats. Two candidates, Emily Courtney and Bill Phan (fawn) both filed to run on Friday and then backed out on Monday. Neither Courtney or Phan returned calls from WFHB. They both filed to run as Democrats for the three at-large seats on the Council. After Courtney and Phan withdrew, that left only three Democrats in the race for the three at-large seats, effectively eliminating competition for those positions on the Council. Those remaining three are all incumbents: Andy Ruff, Susan Sandberg and Tim Mayer. There are six other seats on the Council up for election this year. Five of those six races are contested. Visit WFHB dot ORG for a complete listing of candidates in Bloomington’s municipal elections.

Indiana’s Economic Recovery Has Been Slower Than Most

A new report finds that the current national economic recovery is leaving Indiana households behind, ranking us 34th in the nation. According to new data released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development think-tank, Indiana has among the lowest rates of small business ownership in the nation, ranking 48th for microenterprise ownership. Microenterprise ownership is defined as a business with fewer than five employees. Indiana was also ranked nationally 35th for small business ownership and 43rd for overall rate of business creation. The Corporation for Enterprise Development produces annual scorecards that highlight programs and pro-business policies they say help low-and-moderate citizens create more secured financial futures through small business ownership.

Candidates For Bloomington Mayor and City Council

The following candidates have filed to run for mayor of Bloomington or one of the nine positions on the City Council. Their names will appear on the ballot during the primary election May 5.

 

Mayor

- John Hamilton (D)

- John Linnemeier (D)

- Darryl Neher (D)

- John Turnbull (R)

 

City Council

 

District 1

- Kevin Easton (D)

- Chris Sturbaum (D)

 

District  2

- Dorothy Granger (D)

 

District 3

- Allison Chopra (D)

- Marty Spechler (D)

- Mike Satterfield (D)

- Nelson Shaffer (R)

 

District 4

- Dave Rollo (D)

- Philippa Guthrie (D)

 

District 5

- Gabe Colman (D)

-  Kurt Babcock (D)

- Isabel Piedmont-Smith (D)

 

District 6

- Steve Volan (D)

- Ronald Patton Jr. (D)

 

At-Large

- Tim Mayer (D)

- Andy Ruff (D)

- Susan Sandberg (D)

Interchange – Shadows Are Black: Slavery’s Long Setting

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Tonight’s show, Shadows are Black: Slavery’s Long Setting, features a discussion on the text and context of Herman Melville’s 1855 novella “Benito Cereno.” “Benito Cereno” is clearly about slavery; but it also seems a deep meditation on the limits of the mind; on the ignorance of other ways to be minded; on the commonality of humanness (for “good” or “bad”). It is about America, it is about Spain, it is about Africa, and it is about cultural blindness and interpretive misconstrual. The stage setting is borrowed from Spain, the actors are nearly all African, and the play we’re watching turns out to be “The Ignorant American,” and the director is Babo.

Guests

Maisha Wester, an Associate Professor in Indiana University’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and author of African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places.

Christopher Freeburg, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, and author of Melville and the Idea of Blackness: Race and Imperialism in Nineteenth Century America.

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Books Unbound – “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville

Books Unbound – “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville, Part Two

Books Unbound – “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville, Part Three

Credits

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Local Citizens Sound Off On Islam

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In the wake of the recent attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo as well as continued fighting the group known as ISIS, there has been increased scrutiny of Islam in American media. Last night WFHB correspondent Sophia Saliby was on hand for a local conversation about Islam.

Bloomington Plan Commission Approves New Hotel Downtown

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A new hotel seems headed to the heart of downtown Bloomington. Last night the city Plan Commission approved plans for a 146-room hotel known as the Graduate.

The hotel is planned for the corner of Kirkwood Avenue and Lincoln Street. Currently the Old National Bank is on that site, but there are plans for the bank to build a new branch just down the street.

There was more than an hour of public comment before the Plan Commission held its vote.

Many residents were upset about the size of the 70-foot-tall hotel. Others were upset about the loss of the parking lot at Old National Bank.

The bank currently allows some churches to use its lot outside of business hours.

Daily Local News – February 10, 2015

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Governor Mike Pence has signed an executive order to shorten the length of the 2015 ISTEP+ test; Local peace groups are sponsoring an event tomorrow covering the United States relationship with Iran; A new hotel seems headed to the heart of downtown Bloomington;

FEATURE
In the wake of the recent attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo as well as continued fighting the group known as ISIS, there has been increased scrutiny of Islam in American media. Last night WFHB correspondent Sophia Saliby was on hand for a local conversation about Islam.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Stephanie Solomon, from Mother Hubbard’s cupboard, talks to Ryan Stacy about jumpstarting the garden season in February and growing your own food.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Sophia Saliby and Joe Crawford
Our feature was produced by Sophia Saliby and edited by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited 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 Alycin Bektesh
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

The Ins and Outs of Money – Time to Start Your Vegetable Garden!

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With the freezing temperatures and snowfalls, you might think it’s way too early to start thinking about raising a garden. For Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, though, this is the perfect time of year to start seeds indoors for earlier harvests of vegetables—and savings.

Gov. Pence Promises To Shorten ISTEP+ Assessment

by David Murphy Governor Mike Pence has signed an executive order to shorten the length of the 2015 ISTEP+, which is scheduled to be administered in March.

The order is Pence’s response to the uproar that followed last week’s announcement that this year’s tests would take more than twice as much time for students to take as they did last year.The average time is up from around 5 hours to around 12 hours.

Pence’s proposal would only take effect after the appointment of a so-called assessment expert and a presentation of the ensuing report to the State Board of Education and the Department of Education. Today, Pence’s office announced that he had named Edward Roeber, a private sector testing consultant, to carry out his wishes.

This flap over I-STEP+ is only the latest in a long line of problems and complaints the test has caused since its inception. Since teacher pay and promotion is increasingly based on the performance of students on the tests, many say there is increased pressure to ‘teach-to-the-test.’

Some teachers now prefer teaching in schools and districts where higher socio-economic conditions tend to boost test scores. At the other end of the spectrum, poorer schools and districts, which produce lower test results, are put on track for eventual privatization. The most recent estimate is that the state department of education paid outside firms and consultants $31 million for the tests.

At the local level, the Monroe County Community School Corporation had to add five days to the school calendar year just to administer the test when it was originally introduced. On top of that administrative cost is the supplemental time and cost of test preparation, pre-testing, and test processing.

Last year, the test practice time was about an hour. This year it has grown to six hours.

Other problems have arisen in the actual application of the tests, including computer glitches during tests, errors in score calculation, and even the fudging of results, the most notorious being when former state superintendent of education, Tony Bennett, was caught raising the score of a charter school run by a big GOP donor. ISTEP + testing begins next month in Monroe County and across the state.

Activate! – Broadview: Mary Hawkins

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MCCSC Adult Education volunteer Mary Hawkins talks about working with ESL students at Broadview Learning Center. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
MCCSC Adult Education Broadview Learning Center
ESL Tutor at Broadview Learning Center
Bloomington Worldwide Friendship Host
Lotus Education and Arts Foundation

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