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Brondizio signs letter calling for diversity in conservation debate

IU professor of Anthropology, Eduardo Brondizio, was one of 240 conservationists to sign a letter to the scientific journal Nature, calling for greater diversity in the global debate about conservation.  The letter was published last week.  In the letter the point is made that the debate has become increasingly polarizing between those who argue that nature should be protected for its own sake, and those who argue that we must also save nature to help ourselves.  The letter says that this situation is stifling communication, inhibiting funding and halting progress.   An approach is proposed that accepts a unified and diverse conservation ethic; one that recognizes and accepts all values of nature and welcomes all philosophies justifying nature protection and restoration, from ethical to economic, and from aesthetic to utilitarian.

The signers write that much of the contention is intensified by the fact that the dispute is dominated by only a few voices, nearly all of them men’s.  They call for a diversity of voices representing a wide range of ethnic, cultural and social perspectives, as well as gender balance.

BMV website helps customers verify refund eligibility

The Indiana Bureau of Motor vehicles has created a new website for customers to verify excise tax refund eligibility. In the past some -citizens utilizing some BMV services were overcharged. In early  October, 2014 the BMV began sending out claim forms to customers who were affected by this earlier Excise Tax ‘misclassification.” But it appears that some customers did not receive their claim form letters. Commissioner of the BMV Don Semis then announced on November 10th that the Bureau has created a website that allows customers to determine if they eligible for an Excise Tax Refund. This website allows Hoosiers not only to verify their refund eligibility but also print a form that includes mailing instructions. To avoid potential fraud, the BMV asks Hoosiers to access the refund eligibility page by visiting the website  myBMV.com  and check on the green “Check Your Excise Tax Refund Eligibility” icon on the right-hand side of the home page. Users will need to input either their Social Security number or their driver’s license number to check their eligibility. To date the BMV has received over 131,000 claim forms and processed over 92,700 of them, totaling refunds of $14.9 million dollars plus $1.2 million dollars in interest. Currently the BMV is processing claim forms about a week after they are received, with checks being issued approximately another week later.

MCPL Board appoints new library director

The Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees recently appointed Marilyn Wood as library director effective February 2nd, 2015. She will succeed Sara Laughlin who will retire at the end of this year after seven years as director. Wood is a native of Brown County, Indiana and holds both  Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University. She began her career in a variety of capacities in the Indiana University Library system. Prior to joining the Monroe County Public Library in June, 2012 as Associate Director,   Wood worked at Harvard University during the years 2005-2012 as Associate Librarian of the Harvard College for Collection Management. An MCPL press release states she intends to continue the library’s efforts to seek various partnerships and contacts within the Bloomington community as well to offer job-embedded staff development to improve library services and keep up with 21st century versions of library and literacy skills.

IURC accepting public comment on fee increases

Tomorrow, beginning at 6pm the Indiana Utilities Regulation Committee will be accepting public comment regarding fee increases for infrastructure improvements. IURC representatives will be at the Monroe County Convention Center to record sworn written and oral comments from the public. Duke Energy is proposing 1.87 billion dollars in updates, including advanced metering and communications devices, breaker and relay replacements, replacement of aging infrastructure and vegetation management. In order to pay for the improvements Duke would be increasing utility rates by about one percent a year over the next seven years. Various organizations and businesses have also filed testimony on this case, with detractors saying that ratepayers should not assume the costs of Duke’s upgrades, and that the proposed “smart meters” are more beneficial to the corporation than to residents.

Interchange – Slapping Both Cheeks: Incarceration As A Barrier To Social Justice

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“Slapping Both Cheeks” will try to offer some insight into the facts of incarceration in our society and community and into the idea of social justice.

Does incarceration decrease crime, either through deterrence or incapacitation? How do the challenges of homelessness make people vulnerable to arrest and incarceration? And once jailed how reduced are the chances for future welfare?

Incarceration is a fact of our justice system; Is it a barrier to the notion of social justice?

Our guests are:
Christopher Abert a social worker here in Bloomington.
Isabella Bravo is a lawyer with the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.
Erin Marshall is a member of Decarcerate Monroe County.
Jason Sorden is a recidivist felon, recently paroled from prison and experiencing homelessness.
Judah Schept is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.

Incarceration is a fact that both utterly inundates our society while at the same time being somewhat invisible to what we might call the voting middle class. Something one imagines akin to the abattoirs of our meat industry–our jails are hidden by being located in economically depressed middle America–we are blind to the lives that are darkened inside them.

Which is to say, how do we countenance throwing away the lives of so many people behind the justification of criminal code violations that disproportionately punish those who live in poverty and the Black and Hispanic populations?

And it’s not like the jailed population are the only people affected–families are put under such strain and hardship that there is no conception of “the good life” or the chimera we call the American Dream. There is the truth of an American Nightmare–the Prison State America.

We’ll try to understand the ways in which our political culture of management bureaucracy sweeps folks under the rug as part of business as usual.

What are jails good for?
What does the term Social Justice mean?

Credits:
Host & Producer, Doug Storm
With Special Assistance from Micol Seigel
Board Engineer, Jonathan Richardson
Social Media Coordinator, Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer, Alycin Bektesh

The Ins and Outs of Money – Artists Approaching Finances

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Artistic types are known for always doing things their own unique way. Today Miah Michaelsen of Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD) joins us to discuss how artists can approach their finances and who can help them on their way for WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

Activate! – Tom Rea: Bloomington Animal Shelter

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Tom Rea, a volunteer Adoption Counselor and Animal Handler for the Bloomington Animal Shelter, on how he came to work with the shelter and the fulfillment he gets from his time there. Also, Volunteer Connection offers ways for you to volunteer to help animals in our community.

LINKS
Bloomington Animal Shelter
Help Local Wildlife
Pets Alive Kennel Support
Uplands PEAK Sanctuary

Veterans Day Ceremony Hosted At Monroe County Courthouse

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Richard E. Dunbar, Commander, Burton Woolery American Legion Post #18, hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at the Monroe County Courthouse this morning. Excerpts of the gratitude expressed for our nations’ veterans by Master of Ceremonies Colonel Turner Nolan here, for today’s community report.

Daily Local News – November 11, 2014

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Bloomingfoods workers will have a union; The City of Bloomington wants to develop a coherent neighborhood on a 15 acre parcel of land just north of City Hall, one that includes a balance of residential, commercial and industrial, and it wants the housing to be a mixed income, owner occupied rather than predominantly student housing like other near by new developments; Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced that deer numbers are down, but says this year’s firearms season will still be productive for Indiana deer hunters; According to a recent press release from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, there is a new aggressive move to ban synthetic drug compounds such as “Spice,” Ecstasy,” and “K2.”

FEATURE
Richard E. Dunbar, Commander, Burton Woolery American Legion Post #18, hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at the Monroe County Courthouse this morning. Excerpts of the gratitude expressed for our nations’ veterans by Master of Ceremonies Colonel Turner Nolan here, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carisssa Barrett, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Sophia Saliby and Anson Shupe
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey in partnership with the
Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County. Engineer is
Dan Withered
Our broadcast engineer is Anna Legge,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring It On! – November 10, 2014

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William Hosea and Clarence Boone welcome Robin Winston.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Clarence welcome Robin Winston of the Winston/Terrell Group, a recognized political analyst, strategist and former chair of the Indiana Democratic political party from 1999 through 2001.  He joins us by phone to help answer some probing questions and provide his own analysis of the national and statewide political landscape in the aftermath of the 2014 midterm elections.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Clarence Boone
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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