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State Legislators Take Questions; Debate the Proposed Solar Power Bill

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This past weekend a group of state legislators took questions about bills that are currently under debate at the Indiana Statehouse. The event was sponsored by the local League of Women Voters and held at Bloomington City Hall. Many of the questions from the public centered on a bill that would affect solar power. That bill was sponsored by Eric Koch (cook), a Republican state representative from Bedford. Koch was at the forum and responded to questions. We bring you a portion of that discussion now for today’s WFHB community report.

Better Beware! – Anthem Data Breach

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Anthem Health Insurance is nationwide – from Indiana. Hackers just stole info on over 80 million Anthem customers – if you got heisted, here’s what you need to do right now.

Local Activist Speaks Out On Relocation of Bloomington Hospital

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A local activist gave a detailed history of what is now IU Health Bloomington hospital last week during a Bloomington City Council meeting. Rita Lichtenburg is a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She set out specific actions she hopes the council will address to encourage the hospital to stay in its location on Second Street.  Lichtenburg raised the issues that a nicer facility was not as import as a sufficient number of nurses and doctors giving high quality care.  She also stated that location needed to  be discussed, a twenty five member task force should be brought back, that there is not enough transparency with the hospital’s board of directors, and that the directors should discuss what the location change will mean.

Council President Dave Rollo told Lichtenburg that a resolution along those lines is being discussed.

Daily Local News – February 11, 2015

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Races have officially begun for political positions at the city of Bloomington; The Ellettsville Town Council heard another update regarding the development of the Heritage Trail during their meeting on Monday; IU students are preparing to represent the U.S. in the so called “Olympics for Theatre Design and Performance” this summer; A new report finds that the current national economic recovery is leaving Indiana households behind, ranking us 34th in the nation; A local activist gave a detailed history of what is now IU Health Bloomington hospital last week during a Bloomington City Council meeting.

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This past weekend a group of state legislators took questions about bills that are currently under debate at the Indiana Statehouse. The event was sponsored by the local League of Women Voters and held at Bloomington City Hall. Many of the questions from the public centered on a bill that would affect solar power. That bill was sponsored by Eric Koch, a Republican state representative from Bedford. Koch was at the forum and responded to questions. We bring you a portion of that discussion now for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Anthem Health Insurance is nationwide – from Indiana. Hackers just stole info on over 80 million Anthem customers – if you got heisted, here’s what you need to do right now.

CREDITS
Anchors: Sophia Saliby, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford, Carmen Gozalo and Anson Shupe
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
Our engineers today are Jim Lang, Matt Gwaltney and Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

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.

Related

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.

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