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Pay Raises for Lowest Paid Monroe County Public Library Employees Recommended to Board of Trustees

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The lowest paid employees at the Monroe County Public Library may soon get a raise. The Library’s executive director, Sara Laughlin, recommended raising the minimum pay rate to $8.25 an hour, up from the current minimum of $7.66. Laughlin told the Library’s Board of Trustees the increase is partly the result of changes in the market. She made the comments at a Board work session last week. Laughlin stated that the first reason for proposed increase was due to Indiana University raising their own minimum wage rate and the subsequent loss of employees seeking higher pay. This has had a negative impact in creating more orientation, and training time due to employee turnovers.

Besides the lowest paid workers, the next two levels up on the pay scale will also be bumped up. Laughlin said the increased wages are also meant to reflect changes the Library is making in the responsibilities of some staff. She stated that the service model will involve increased responsibilities that will merit the higher pay.

The Library is expected to spend about $65,000 more this year to pay for the raises. Kyle Wickemeyer-Hardy, the Library’s human resources manager, said she consulted with other local employers before recommending the new pay rates. After checking with Bloomingfoods and Indiana University Wickemeyer-Hardy believes the wages to be competitive for comparative employment.
The Board does not vote on items at work sessions. They are expected to hold a vote on the new wages at their meeting, which began at 5 o’clock today.

Bloomington Beware! – Gold Diggers of 2015

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Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

Dancing With Parkinson’s Provides Exercise, Expressive Outlet to Those With the Disease

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Dancing with Parkinson’s is a movement started by David Leventhal, a professional dancer in Brooklyn, New York in 2002. The initiative has expanded to include chapters all over the United States and continues to expand into the international community with chapters in Canada, the UK and Australia among others. The mission of Dancing with Parkinson’s is to provide dance classes with live music to enrich the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Bloomington’s own chapter was founded by Weezie and David Smith, who sat down for an interview with WFHB Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker to talk about their own experience and the Bloomington chapter.

For more information about Bloomington’s Dancing with Parkinson’s group, contact Weezie Smith at (812) 336-2429. You can also find out more at the Bloomington Chapter’s facebook page.

Legislative Update- January 2015

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On January — in Bloomington, IN, local lawmakers and representatives sat down to discuss what the year will hold for state and local politics. The event consisted of an hour long period of general discussion with a Q&A period following. Speakers included Matt Ubelhor, Peggy Mayfield, Matt Pierce, Eric Koch, and Mark Stoops. This event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters, held in the Showers building, and recorded by Community Access Television Services.

Interchange – The Acceptable MLK: Speech Over Action

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Host Doug Storm is joined by Rasul Mowatt and Jacinda Townsend to discuss why Martin Luther King, Jr. has been remembered and elevated to represent the struggle toward civil rights as opposed to other civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X; and how creating a “great leader” to follow can undermine the support of community movements for social and economic justice.

Rasul Mowatt is an Associate Professor in Indiana University’s School of Public Health.

Jacinda Townsend is an Assistant Professor the English Department  at Indiana University and author of the novel Saint Monkey.

Credits:

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

City of Bloomington’s 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

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Award-winning filmmaker Bennett Singer gave the keynote address this year at the City of Bloomington’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. Singer most recently produced and directed the film, “Brother Outsider,” which chronicles the life of Bayard Rustin, and openly gay civil rights activist who worked closely with Dr. King. Besides Singer, the event also featured speeches by Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan, Monroe County Commissioner Iris Kiesling, Indiana University Vice Provost Martin McCrory and others. Musical performers included the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble and the University Elementary School Choir.

Ins and Outs of Money – Monroe County Energy Challenge

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What would it take for Monroe County residents and businesses to cut energy use by 10 percent? Molly O’Donnell of Monroe County Energy Challenge thinks she knows the answer: 5 million dollars. Find out who’s putting up the money, what has to be done to meet the challenge, and how trying our best will benefit us all.

“Reclaiming the Legacy” – MLK Day Demonstrators Call for Justice

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A “Reclaim MLK Day” action was held last night along State Road 46 in Bloomington. The demonstration focused on the issue of police mistreatment of African-Americans and recent calls for justice for those victims. WFHB correspondent David Murphy was on the scene to talk to some of the participants for today’s WFHB community report.

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Daily Local News – January 20, 2015

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As President Obama prepares to unveil his proposal for free community
college in tonight’s State of the Union address, a local legislator is
putting forward his own plan; Police are still looking for information
about a Bloomfield woman who has been missing for nearly three weeks; The
First Baptist Church in West Baden Springs has been taken off the state’s
10 most-endangered building list; The Monroe County Commissioners heard a
request to better maintain the Vietnam Veterans memorial outside the
County Courthouse; Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is pushing again
for Congress to repeal a medical device tax that helps pay for the
Affordable Care Act; The city of Bloomington is launching a new fair labor
initiative to encourage fair labor practices in Bloomington eating
establishments; The Indiana State Department of Health has introduced a
new awareness program in hopes of improving Indiana’s dismal infant
mortality rate.

FEATURE
Yesterday an action was held in Bloomington in commemoration of Dr.
Martin Luther King’s birthday, which focused on the issue of police
mistreatment of African-Americans and the recent calls for justice for
those victims. WFHB correspondent David Murphy was on the scene to talk to
some of the participants for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
What would it take for Monroe County residents and businesses to cut
energy use by 10 percent? Molly O’Donnell of Monroe County Energy
Challenge thinks she knows the answer: 5 million dollars. Find out who’s
putting up the money, what has to be done to meet the challenge, and how
trying our best will benefit us all.

CREDITS
Anchors: Lindsey Wright and Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek, Cathi Norton, Anson Shupe
and Carmen Gozalo.
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access
Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced 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 Joe Crawford.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring It On! – January 19, 2015

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William Hosea and Doris Sims welcome Bennett Singer, Jacinda Townsend & Liz Mitchell.

PART ONE
For our yearly MLK Day episode of Bring It On!, William and Doris welcome Bennett Singer, the keynote speaker for the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. day celebration’s. He is the producer and director of the 2003 film Brother Outsider, a documentary about Civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin. he stops by to discuss the film and other topics likely to be addressed during his keynote speech.

PART TWO
Bring It On Contributors Jacinda Townsend and Liz Mitchell stop by to discuss and review the film “Selma”, based on the events of 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches.

PART THREE
A replay of an archived interview with Bishop Woodie White, the 2009 Bloomington MLK Day keynote speaker, from 2004. it includes his yearly open letter to the late Dr. Martin Luter King Jr.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Doris Sims
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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