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Daily Local News – February 17, 2015

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The current cold snap has ended the warmer than average winter Indiana had been experiencing this year; The state is moving toward allowing Sunday alcohol sales but possibly with more restrictions that will apply to all liquor sales every day; and the construction of a long-debated recycling facility is moving forward, but not without further complications in the process.

FEATURE
A six-and-a-half-hour Bloomington Plan Commission meeting last week included discussion about a new parking garage proposed in downtown Bloomington. The 268-space garage would serve County employees.  The 9-story garage would be next to the Monroe County Jail. The County has proposed making the garage an emergency jail evacuation center and potentially a space for a work release program.  Members of the group, Decarcerate Monroe County, raised concerns about the facility to the Plan Commission. The Plan Commission did not vote on the parking garage proposal last week. The Commission is scheduled to consider the idea again in March.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ryan Stacy talks about managing spending your income and how to be a wise spender.

CREDITS
Headlines were written by David Murphy 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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Sunday Alcohol Sales One Step Closer To Being Legal In Indiana

The state is moving toward allowing Sunday alcohol sales but possibly with more restrictions that will apply to all liquor sales every day.

In late January, the Daily Local News reported that bills had been introduced into both branches of the state legislature to allow Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana. We spoke to representatives from the two retail groups that had lined up on opposing sides of the issue.

Grant Monahan, of the Indiana Retail Council, lobbied for treating Sunday like the rest of the week when it comes to selling alcohol. He said the issue was about customer convenience. Patrick Tamm, of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, the private liquor stores, said alcohol should be sold under strict guidelines. Tamm compared alcohol to other restricted products like tobacco and pharmaceuticals.

Last week, the Indiana House Public Policy Committee voted 10-2 to send a bill to the floor of the House that would repeal Indiana’s long-time post-prohibition era ban on Sunday sales. But the measure also comes with new restrictions that would apply all week long.

It would require beer and wine to be kept in a set aside area of grocery and convenience stores. And liquor would have to be kept behind the counter. Self-checkout of alcohol would be banned and clerks selling the product would have to be 21 years of age.

Both the House and Senate will have to finalize their versions of the Sunday alcohol sales legislation next week.

Activate! – VITAL: Sarah Buchanan and Susan Welsand

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Volunteers Sarah Buchanan and Susan Welsand share their experiences working for the Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) program at the Monroe County Public Library. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
VITAL at the Monroe County Public Library
RSVP Tutoring in the Schools 
ESL Tutors 
VITAL Volunteers 

Global Climate Change Awareness

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Last week local residents participating in Global Divestment day joined an estimated 450 events in 60 countries to bring awareness to the connection between climate change and the use of fossil fuels. Correspondent Alycin Bektesh has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Bring It On! – February 16, 2015

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Clarence Boone and Jim Sims welcome Akwasi Owusu-Bempah.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Clarence and Jim welcome Akwasi Owusu-Bempah to the show. An Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and an Adjunct Professor within the Department of African American and Diaspora Studies. He is also a Faculty Affiliate, within the Center for Research on Race, Ethnicity and Society.

Dr. Owusu-Bempah joins us this evening to discuss how Black police officers adjust within various police departments. We’ll also talk about his research in Toronto and delve into other U.S. based communities and ultimately on Bloomington.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Clarence Boone and Jim Sims
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Daily Local News – February, 16, 2015

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The influx of proposed developments in Bloomington is raising concerns at the city’s Commission on Sustainability. Last week, Rebecca Swanson gave a report to the Commission and listed five projects that she called “eye openingly large.” She included the recent passage by the Bloomington Plan Commission of a 30-foot height variance for a hotel on Kirkwood Avenue.

FEATURE
Last week local residents participating in Global Divestment day joined an estimated 450 events in 60 countries to bring awareness to the connection between climate change and the use of fossil fuels. Correspondent Alycin Bektesh has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Volunteers Susan Buchanan and Sarah Weisand share their experiences working for the Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) program at the Monroe County Public LIbrary. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawfrd.
For WFHB, I’m Doug Storm.

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

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A four-part presentation of Herman Melville’s classic and problematic historical fiction “Benito Cereno” concludes. In the final episode, Captain Amasa Delano has realized what underlies the unease and disorder he’s been witnessing all day aboard the San Dominick. The Spanish captain Benito Cereno has been the puppet of Babo, a Senegalese slave who has led his fellow Africans to revolt. The Africans have been in charge of the decimated Spanish crew the whole time, with the intention of returning home. When Don Benito makes escape by leaping into Captain Delano’s transport boat, the elaborate masquerade is exposed, and the Africans are forced back into violent action. Melville shifts from Delano’s blinkered, racist perspective into a fast-paced action narrative.

The Africans are re-enslaved and taken for trial to Lima, Peru. Melville then devotes nearly a fifth of the story’s total length to sections from the court deposition taken from Don Benito—raising the question of whether legality serves justice, or only the property rights of whites. Babo meets a tragic end, and Don Benito wastes away.

Doug Storm is our reader, with Frank Buczolich reading the deposition. The episode concludes with Tony Brewer reading the poem “Babo Speaks from Lima” by Gary Whitehead, first published in the October 2003 issue of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. Sarah Torbeck hosts.

Special music comes from River of Light by Richard Danielpour, as recorded by Tim Fain and Pei-Yao Wang.

Previous episodes:

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

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

Books Unbound – “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville

Produced by Doug Storm and Cynthia Wolfe with Sarah Torbeck.
Written by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Doug Storm.

Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – February 13, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria V.​, Carmen Gozalo, Minerva Sosa​ y Sherly Perez platican sobre el día del amor y la amistad. Como lo celebran y que les gusta hacer en este día. Además, los oyentes comparte mensajes de amor al aire.

Hola Bloomington hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria, Carmen Gozalo, Minerva Sosa and Sherly Perez discuss Valentine’s Day. How they celebrate the holiday and what they like to do on this day. Also, the listeners share their love messages on the air.

bloomingOUT – February 12, 2015

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Tonight, our hosts Erica Dorsey, Jeff Jewel, and Ryne Shadday discuss recent events within the news.  Their discussion is led through topics such as why our elected officials continue to go down the path of stifling business growth through regressive legislation, as well as the impact of religious conservatives within legislation.  Our music tonight featured Matt Alber, “Handsome Man,” which was released in October 2014.  Our hosts also gave a teaser about upcoming topics to expect for bloomingOUT.  Tonight’s show also featured our weekly segment, Out on Campus, about PFLAG in Washington D.C. Our other weekly segment, First Year Out, talks about cyberbullying and misunderstandings over digital communication.

 

Credits

Hosts, Erica Dorsey, Jeff Jewel, Ryne Shadday

Executive Producer Joe Crawford

Producer Olivia Davidson

Script Coordinator Hayley Bass

Engineer Carissa Barrett

Bloomington City Council speaks on giving tax breaks to developers

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Last night the Bloomington City Council questioned the criteria for granting tax breaks to developers. The company, Big O Properties, asked for a tax abatement from the city for a proposed mixed-use development on South Walnut Street downtown.

Danise Alano-Martin, the city’s Director of the Economic and Sustainable Development, recommended the council approve the abatement request. Alano-Martin says the development meets the criteria of enhancing the community character, using sustainable building materials, and reversing the cessation of growth associated with the one-story building that is currently on the property.

Jason Carnes, who also works in the Economic and Sustainable Development department, presented calculations showing a projected increase in property value that would generate tax revenue for the city.

In a preliminary vote the council showed favor for a three year-tax abatement for the development. But multiple members expressed disappointment about offering a tax cut to a residential property that does not include affordable housing.

“I like this project,” said Council member Dorothy Granger. “I appreciate the changes that you came back with…I am very disappointed at the prices of the apartments. I couldn’t afford one. But I know that’s what things go for in this community. I just want to put it out there that I’m very much for more affordable housing for working people.”

Council member Dave Rollo also commented: “I think my biggest disappointment is the rent, the affordability, and in the future I would really emphasize the affordability component. It’s very important, I think, to everyone here on the Council.”

Five Council members voted for the tax break. Councilmember Marty Spechler voted no and Councilmembers Darry Neher, Steve Volan and Andy Ruff abstained.

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