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EcoReport – Jonathan Raff: Hazards of Ozone Pollution

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In today’s EcoReport feature, IU Professor Jonathan Raff discusses the health hazards of ozone pollution caused by cars, coal power plants, and nitrogen fertilizers.

EcoReport – November 6, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, IU Professor Jonathan Raff discusses the health hazards of ozone pollution caused by cars, coal power plants, and nitrogen fertilizers.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

This week’s Anchors  Maria McKinley and Dan Young.
This week’s news stories were written by Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Susan Northleaf, and Dan Young. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. Dan Young also compiled this week’s calendar.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

County Commissioners approve waste-stream MRF project

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A Monroe County Commissioner has switched sides in a debate over a proposed recycling plant. Commissioner Patrick Stoffers voted October 31st in favor of pushing forward a plan to build a waste-stream materials recovery facility, also known as a waste stream MRF (“murf”). Until that meeting, Stoffers had been a vocal opponent of the project. At the meeting of the County Commissioners, Stoffers said he’s still skeptical.

The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District already has approval to build what is called a clean-stream MRF, which will process pre-sorted recyclables and so they can be sold. But the measure approved October 31st sets the wheels in motion on a waste-stream MRF project, which would process unsorted garbage and remove the recyclable materials. Steve Volan, the president of the District’s Board of Directors, said a lot more needs to happen before a waste-stream facility can be built.  Stoffers joined Commissioner Julie Thomas in voting for the measure. Commissioner Iris Kiesling voted no. The Solid Waste District now plans to apply to the state Department of Environmental Management for a permit to operate a waste stream MRF. Construction on the clean-stream facility is set to begin early next year.

Bloomington Beware! – Top Ten Online Blunders

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Indiana’s own David Letterman inspired this list of the Top Ten stupidest mistakes people can make on the internet — useful anytime, and especially with the holiday shopping season coming up.

MCCSC budget includes $4 million for technology upgrades

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The Monroe County Community School Corporation is on track to spend up to $4 million on technology upgrades. The Corporation’s School Board approved the spending at a meeting October 28th. Part of the funding will go toward fulfilling the Corporation’s one-to-one technology initiative, which aims to provide every high school student with an iPad or other mobile device. Board member Sue Wanzer asked about the internet bandwidth needed to accommodate more devices.  Tim Thrasher, the business operations director at MCCSC, answered questions. Thrasher said the majority of the funding will come from a general obligation bond, which the Corporation will have to pay back over time.Wanzer asked about how the $3 million in debt could affect taxes in Monroe County.  Board member Judith Butler asked about exactly how the technology money would be spent and who would make the decisions.  The School Board later voted unanimously to approve spending up to $4 million on the technology upgrades. The Board also gave final approval for next year’s budget. That budget amount is roughly $112 million, up from $108 million last year.

IU School of Education Dean Gonzales to retire after 15 years

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After 15 years as Dean of the IU School of Education, Gerardo Gonzales is leaving the position. The school is one the biggest and most prestigious in the country. During his tenure, Dean Gonzales has seen the implementation of many policies by the state government which have significantly affected the professional credentialing and careers of teachers in Indiana. These regulatory changes have been associated with a significant drop in student enrollment in the school. Both things prompted IU President McRobbie to call in his recent State of the University address for the appointment of what he is calling a blue ribbon panel of experts to look at all aspects of the school’s operation, prior to the appointment of a replacement for the current dean. Recently, Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy spoke to Dean Gonzales about his retirement.

That was correspondent David Murphy speaking with IU School of Education Dean Gerardo Gonzales on the occasion of his impending retirement from the position.

Daily Local News – November 5, 2014

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According to Monroe County’s precinct turnout reports, scarcely more than 25% of registered Monroe County voters cast ballots in yesterday’s midterm elections, making this the lowest voter turnout in a midterm election since 1990; The Monroe County Community School Corporation is on track to spend up to $4 million on technology upgrades; A Monroe County Commissioner has switched sides in a debate over a proposed recycling plant; The Shalom Community Center will host a presentation on their newest project, “Off the Streets by 2020” tomorrow from 5 to 6:30p.m.; The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input for a study on the road system in Hoosier National Forest; Olympic hero Billy Mills, the subject of the biographical film, Running Brave, will visit Bloomington on Monday, November 10th.

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After 15 years as Dean of the IU School of Education, Gerardo Gonzales is leaving the position. The school is one the biggest and most prestigious in the country. During his tenure, Dean Gonzales has seen the implementation of many policies by the state government which have significantly affected the professional credentialing and careers of teachers in Indiana. These regulatory changes have been associated with a significant drop in student enrollment in the school. Both things prompted IU President McRobbie to call in his recent State of the University address for the appointment of what he is calling a blue ribbon panel of experts to look at all aspects of the school’s operation, prior to the appointment of a replacement for the current dean. Recently, Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy spoke to Dean Gonzales about his retirement.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Indiana’s own David Letterman inspired this list of the Top Ten stupidest mistakes people can make on the internet — useful anytime, and especially with the holiday shopping season coming up.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf, Taylor Telford and Sarah Panfil
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, along with correspondent Anson Shupe
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Our engineers are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Low voter turnout for midterm election

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According to Monroe County’s precinct turnout reports, scarcely more than 25% of registered Monroe County voters cast ballots in yesterday’s midterm elections, making this the lowest voter turnout in a midterm election since 1990. While many factors may have contributed to the low voter turnout, one factor that may have been particularly influential was the lack of big ticket ballot issues, according to one Bloomington citizen.

The ballots that were cast yielded two particularly close races for Monroe County. The race for the school board in District 7 saw Jeannine Butler win her seat by only 2.02%, and the race for County Recorder saw Democrat Eric Schmitz win by just under 3 percent.

Three statewide races were on the ballot yesterday. Incumbent Secretary of State Connie Lawson retained her seat against democratic challenger Beth White. Republican Susanne Crouch won the Auditor seat over Democrat Mike Claytor, and Republican Kelly Mitchell won the treasurer position. Just under eight hundred thousand voters cast their ballots in the statewide races.   On the federal level Todd Young will begin his third term as the District 9 Representative in congress, securing 66 percent of the vote.

You can view a full list of local results online at wfhb.org

Olympic hero Billy Mills visits Bloomington

Olympic hero Billy Mills, the subject of the biographical film, Running Brave, will visit Bloomington on Monday, November 10th.  His visit is one of many events marking Native American Heritage Month.  Mills grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  He attended the University of Kansas on an athletic scholarship.  He went on to win the gold medal in the 10,000 m race in 1964 Olympics in Japan in a surprise victory over several favored runners.

There will be a free showing of the film Running Brave at 3 p.m. Monday at the IU Cinema.  In addition to Mills, Robby Benson, professor in the Media School, will also be on hand for a Q and A after the film. Benson starred as Mills in the 1983 film.

Although the event is free, tickets are required and are available at the IU Auditorium Box Office.

U.S. Forest Service seeks public input on road system

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input for a study on the road system in Hoosier National Forest.  The Travel Management Rule, adopted by the U.S. Forest Service in 2005, requires every national forest to complete a study of their road system by 2015.  The Forest Service has scheduled two open houses in Bedford at Brownstown/Supervisor’s Office at 811 Constitution Avenue for tomorrow, November 6th, and next week, November 13th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather input from the public. Forest Supervisor Michael Chaveas said,  ”The aim of this study and the public input is to help us identify a road system that serves the needs of the public and the Forest Service, at a cost we can afford to maintain over time”, according to a press release from the Forest Service.

Public input can also be made online at www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier

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