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A Case Is Made For A New School Referendum Based On The Success Of The Past


Property owners will again be asked to pay additional taxes to help support the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Last week the League of Women Voters hosted a talk by MCCSC Superintendent Judy DeMuth regarding the use of the funds received after voters passed the funding referendum in 2010. League President Doris Wittenburg said Monroe County students were fortunate, because those in other counties were more affected by drastic budget cuts under former Governor Mitch Daniels.

Superintendent Demuth gave a slideshow presentation summarizing how the referendum funds have been spent over the past several years. Then she made a case for a renewed referendum in 2016. The majority of the 2010 referendum operating funds were spent on salaries and benefits. A small amount went to services, supplies, and equipment. Demuth said she thought spending on employees was the best way to serve children in the school district.

Additionally, the cash balance of MCCSC is seven million dollars larger than it was in 2009, before the budget cuts. Teachers did not take a raise in 2010. However, a raise was programmed in and Demuth believes that this is important.

Demuth explained that spending of the extras funds was guided by the principles of: Restore, Replenish and Reform. Programs that were ended due to budget cuts were restored through the use of referendum funds, including alternative learning opportunities and experiential learning. One of which was the Bloomington Graduate School.

Demuth concluded her presentation by thanking those in attendance and those in the community for passing the 2010 referendum. The extra funding provided through this referendum will end this year. She said the corporation is still in the planning stages of proposing another referendum. She expected the request amount to be similar to that of 2010 referendum request.

Daily Local News – April 1, 2015


The family of a Northern Indiana woman has set up a crowd funding campaign to help appeal her 20-year prison sentence; The American public is growing more supportive of same-sex marriage; Property owners will again be asked to pay additional taxes to help support the Monroe County Community School Corporation; The local non-profit organization My Sister’s Closet is holding a gala to celebrate the success of the women who have sought the organizations help.

Roughly 200 people rallied yesterday at Karst Farm Park in Bloomington, just across the street from a local Republican fund raiser. The rally was originally scheduled to protest Governor Mike Pence, who was supposed to be the featured speaker at the event. Pence canceled his appearance amid increasing controversy over the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But the protest continued despite Pence’s absence. Protesters called for the repeal of the Act, which effectively legalizes discrimination in Indiana.

Some selfish people are claiming their pets are service dogs, to get them into places pets aren’t allowed. And some businesses are selling fake certificates to help this fraud!

Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek, Thomas Schneider
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Frankie Salzman and Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matthew Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Public Opinion Of Gay Marriage Continues To Grow In Favor


The American public is growing more supportive of same-sex marriage. That’s according to Indiana University Sociologist Brian Powell, who published a paper recently about public opinion and gay marriage. Powell’s team interviewed and re-interviewed people around the country and found that overall Americans have become more and more accepting of gay marriage. And despite the fact that some lawmakers continue to advance laws that target LGBT people for discrimination, Powell says the majority of the public is no longer on board. He goes on to sat that in their interviews the majority of the public is more inclusive and that a clear majority are in favor of same sex marriage.

Powell’s group also studied what motivates those who oppose gay marriage. He says that, for the most part, opposition is based in some form of moral disapproval. And typically that disapproval is rooted in biblical teaching.

The study also found that a gay couple’s relationship was typically seen as more QUOTE “ legitimate” if the couple was married. People view married couples as constituting a family more than couples who live together and are not married. But that thinking changes, according to Powell, when married same-sex couples move to states where their marriages are not legally recognized. According to Powell’s research, people often confuse civil unions with gay marriages. Many believe civil unions afford the same rights as marriage. He says this is harmful because a civil union is legally different than a marriage, in many ways including social-security benefits which would be recognized for a married couple, but would not be the same with a civil union status.

Powell says his research does more than document a change in public opinion. He said it can also be used to show that moral disapproval is responsible for motivating gay marriage bans. This could be significant as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue of same-sex marriage. The opposition to gay marriage is expected to claim before the Court that gay marriage bans are purely a state interest and not rooted in animus.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor same-sex marriage, Powell says he plans to explore other questions, including how same-sex couples choose whether or not to marry.

An Appeal Fund Is Established For The Woman Convicted Of The Indiana Feticide Law

The family of a Northern Indiana woman has set up a crowd funding campaign to help appeal her 20-year prison sentence. Purvi Patel is the first woman to be convicted under Indiana’s feticide law, which makes it illegal to knowingly or intentionally terminate a pregnancy. The issue began in July of 2013, when Patel says she had a miscarriage. When she went to the hospital later for treatment of excessive bleeding, the doctor reported her to the authorities for neglect of a dependent. Patel directed police to a dumpster where she had placed the fetus. A jury found Patel guilty of child neglect as well as feticide. The National Advocates for Pregnant Women condemned the “cruel length of the sentence,” pointing out that it is the first time in the United States that a women has been convicted and sentenced for feticide. Women’s health groups nationwide have expressed concern that Indiana’s law will discourage pregnant women from seeking medical help for fear of being charged or jailed. The Purvi Patel Family Support Fund is hosted by the website RH Reality Check, a news source for reproductive health and justice issues. Patel’s case has drawn comparisons to Bei Bei Shuai, an Indianapolis woman who was charged with feticide when an unsuccessful suicide attempt resulted in the termination of her pregnancy. Both women were immigrants who were impregnated by married men. Shuai’s case ended in a plea agreement for a lesser charge in 2013.

Ins and Outs of Money – Tax Time!


Filing your income taxes doesn’t have to be painful. You can save money this tax season by avoiding costly mistakes—and taking advantage of the free community tax resources available in Monroe County.

Bloomington Mayoral Candidates Interviewed by WFHB


Starting tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., Interchange host Doug Storm will host a series of forums on WFHB with candidates running for Bloomington City Council. Last month Storm interviewed the four candidates for mayor of Bloomington, John Hamilton, Darryl Neher, John Linnemeier and John Turnbull.

Daily Local News – March 31, 2015


More than 800 people have RSVP’d to attend a rally this afternoon in Karst Farm Park protesting Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act; The organization Healthy Monroe County is sponsoring an event to inform Hoosiers on the current effect of PCBs in our community; A group formed to support entrepreneurs in Bloomington is releasing a web portal it calls ‘the Switchboard.’; Newly elected Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain paid his first visit to the County Council during their work session last week.

Starting tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., Interchange host Doug Storm will host a series of forums on WFHB with candidates running for Bloomington City Council. Last month Storm interviewed the four candidates for mayor of Bloomington, John Hamilton, Darryl Neher, John Linnemeier and John Turnbull.

Filing your income taxes doesn’t have to be painful. You can save money this tax season by avoiding costly mistakes—and taking advantage of the free community tax resources available in Monroe County.

Anchors: Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Sophia Saliby and Josh Byron
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
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 Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Interchange – Ukraine: 25 Years of Revolution


Over the past year Americans have been hearing about the escalating conflict in Ukraine as a story of separatist movement stoked by Russian expansionism under Putin.

The human cost of the partisan war as of February 2015 is sobering. According to the UN, 5,700 people have been killed; 14,000 wounded. Meanwhile, 5.2 million Ukrainian people are living in conflict areas; and over 950,000 people have been displaced within Ukraine, while 600,000 have fled to neighboring countries, of whom 400,000 have gone to Russia.

All this is taking place in a country already suffering from a crisis in health and demographics. Between 1990 and 2013, Ukraine’s population declined by over 12 percent. The fertility rate is well below replacement rates, and the mortality rate among working-age and younger men is said to be at crisis levels. Income inequality is among the worst in the world and there is widespread environmental depredation, and a deteriorating infrastructure.

While the suffering in Ukraine is clear, a clear divide between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ forces there may not be. Most of us struggle to understand the ongoing conflict because our knowledge of Ukraine during the post-Soviet era is very incomplete. We are told by our leaders and by the mainstream press that the fight reflects a clear conflict between pro-Russian and pro-Western ideologies. We have very little idea of what it has been like to live in Ukraine during the past 25 years.

Sarah Drue Phillips, IU Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Russian and East European Institute. She has been conducting anthropological research in Ukraine since 1995. Her broad research interests have concerned the variable effects of socialist collapse on people’s lives, especially in terms of gender formations, health, social inequalities and social justice, and changing citizen-state relations. She has studied the role of women in Ukraine’s civil society, the Ukrainian disability rights movement and, most recently, HIV prevention strategies.

Padraic Kenney, IU Professor of History and International Studies at Indiana University. He is the author or editor of seven books on Polish, Eastern European, and global history including most recently, 1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War’s End (Boston, 2010).

Polina Vlasenko, a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at IU who is a native of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. She was an active volunteer in bringing medical aid to participants in the 2014 EuroMaidan protests, and has seen family members forced to flee from the eastern region of Ludansk.

“Stand Up!” by Okean Elzy
“It’s My City” by ONUKA
“Carpathian Rap” by DakhaBrakha

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Research & Script: Nancy Jones
Board Engineer: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Books Unbound – “Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin, Part 3


“Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin continues with interconnected stories about the American West from a feminist and conservationist perspective. Austin’s settings and subject matter may be familiar from Hollywood westerns, but she challenges masculinist myths of dominance and exploitation. Although she was a prolific and highly regarded writer at the time of her death in 1934, nearly all her work soon fell out of print.

The Books Unbound podcast presents the stories in the order of the original book: “The Woman at the Eighteen Mile” is read by Sarah Torbeck, who plays the role of the author throughout the series, and “The Fakir” is read by Shayne Laughter. (Listeners of the March 28 broadcast who are looking for the story “The Return of Mr. Wills,” also read by Laughter, will find it in podcast episode two; “The Readjustment,” read by Katy Ratcliffe, will be in podcast episode four next week.)

Jack Hanek hosts. The recurring poem, read by Berklea Going, appears at the beginning of the print volume of “Lost Borders”.

Special music for the episode comes from the album River of Light (Naxos, 2011), as performed by violinist Tim Fain and pianist Pei-Yao Wang.

This episode is produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Sarah Torbeck.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford

Books Unbound theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Bring It On! – March 30, 2015


Beverly Calender-Anderson and Doris Sims welcome Valeri Haughton-Motley, Chanelle Fox and Kimberly Owens.

On tonight’s show, Beverly and Doris welcome the Honorable Valeri Haughton-Motley. Recently named Bloomington’s Woman of the Year for 2015, she has been the presiding judge of Monroe Circuit Court VIII for six years. She joins us to discuss the honor and her many other stellar achievements over the years.

Headline news of interest to the African-American community.

Chanelle Fox, an IU Mauer School of Law student, and Kimberly Owens join Beverly and Doris to discuss the details of a peaceful protest against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act planned for the 31st.

Hosts: Beverly Calender-Anderson and Doris Sims
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

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