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Daily Local News – August 14, 2014

Acclaimed actor and Indiana University Graduate Kevin Kline will be in Bloomington in September to receive an honorary doctoral degree; A group in Bloomington has organized collective Moment of Silence in recognition of the ongoing protests in Ferguson Missouri in downtown Bloomington this evening; The first woman to serve as chief justice of the Indiana supreme court will begin her appointment on Monday; Polycentric governance of the internet could lead to “cyber-peace” according to Indiana University Professor Scott J. Shackelford; Marketplace, a federal health insurance company, has begun sending notices to consumers requesting citizen verification forms; A Purdue student-run newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the university for access to video footage of an encounter between an officer and a reporter the day of the January murder; On
August 12th, a Monroe County judge asked for extra security at the Community Corrections Building; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board approved the 2015 budget for the city of Bloomington Utilities Department during their meeting August 11th; New bike lanes are in the works for downtown Bloomington as well as for the north end of the city; Bloomington has made it to the quarter finals of the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: “Bloomington’s Flag: A Thought Experiment”
We’re taking a bit of a departure this week on Voices and coming at you with a brain storming session. Bloomington has the good fortune of being populated with lots of folks proud to be here—whether they’re true townies, townies by choice, or just here for school or another temporary stay. We thought it would be interesting to hear what your friends and neighbors would say if they were charged with designing a city flag. So Bloomington, what scene scapes would you create if you were charged with this task?

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with correspondent Bryce Westman
Managing editor is Joe Crawford
Our board engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – August 14, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, IU Campus Beekeeper Ellie Sims shares the joys and challenges of maintaining bee hives at the Hilltop Garden And Nature Center.

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.

Anchors this week: Kristina Wiltsee and Kelly Miller
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Young.  Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Stephanie Stewart, Kelly Miller, and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Media School Releases Franklin Hall Renovation Plans

The IU Media School tweeted a drawing of the plans for Franklin Hall renovation following last week’s Board of Trustees meeting. On August 8th, Associate Dean Lesa Hatley Major met with IU trustees to propose interior plans for the merged media school. Major told trustees that the school will have space for student media including the IDS, WIUX, IUSTV, the Arbutus, and American Student Radio. The school will be open 24 hours a day to keep the media programs running. Level one of the school will have a broadcast studio as well as Ernie Pyle archives and the largest TV on campus. Classrooms will be on level two, along with study areas overlooking the first level.

Charter Schools and Monroe County


In this episode of Standing Room only we go to Bobby’s Colorado Steak House for a discussion of new charter schools possibly being introduced to Monroe County Prominent speakers include Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer of Monroe County Coalition Public Education and Charlotte Zietlow of The Project School. This even was hosted by Democracy for Monroe county and recorded on location by WFHB correspondents for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Daily Local News – August 13, 2014

The IU Media School tweeted a drawing of the plans for Franklin Hall renovation following last week’s Board of Trustees meeting; According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, IU Health has had a 167% profit increase after price increases and laying off 900 employees last fall; Hoosiers Unite for Marriage has announced that at least 19 amicus briefs have been filed supporting marriage inequality in Indiana and Wisconsin; Colleges are concerned about students who drop out without completing a degree, but typically they don’t know what happens to these students after they leave campus; In Indiana, a 2.4 million dollar initiative is aimed at boosting college completion of 21st Century Scholars through one-on-one coaching; The Indiana University Marketing Office is working with IU schools on a marketing approach using more data and visuals; A traffic stop on State Road 46 in Nashville led to four arrests on drug-related charges; Bloomington has been selected to host the 2015 Travel Media Showcase, a convention of travel journalists and tourism industry representatives from North America; A homeowner near Lake Monroe got permission to build a new garage August 6th despite concerns his property violated zoning law; A private company that already manages portions of Ellettsville’s town government may soon expand its reach there; According to Clinical Assistant Professor at IU School of Nursing Greg Carter, the syphilis rate in Indianapolis was higher by May 2014 than it had been for the entire previous year.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
“Secret shopper” companies can be legit — but can also be a nasty scam. Here’s the story of one local lady who has seen both kinds.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Anson Shupe
Joe Crawford is our managing producer,
Alycin Bektesh is the executive producer.

Near West Side Trash Station Plans Revived


A controversial proposal for a new trash transfer station in Bloomington is back after a long delay. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has more on that story.

If the transfer station does require a zoning variance, JB Salvage would have to go before the city Board of Zoning Appeals. That Board considers public comments in its decisions.

Interchange – Poor Bees, Poor Birds, Poor Men: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

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Tonight we  share with you a discussion of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring I had with two scholars of Carson’s work, Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Director of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society, and Christoph Irmscher, provost professor of English and the Director of the Wells Scholars program. Silent Spring was published in 1962 and was a document of the detrimental effects on the environment of the indiscriminate use of pesticides like DDT. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation and public officials of accepting industry claims unquestioningly. These claims, to say the least, were explosive. We recorded this conversation as part of the 2013 summer series called The Custom House and included in it are selections from the text that are read to the accompaniment of music by Early Day Miners.

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In the coming weeks Interchange will seek to explore a few topics that have breadth and depth enough to require multiple treatments to be sure we cover as many angles and perspectives as we can in order to present a more complete picture. One such topic is Bloomington’s long history of being a toxic waste dump thanks to the Westinghouse Electrical Corporation (bought and sold several times since they dumped untold amounts of electrical equipment filled with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into Bloomington’s soil and groundwater). If you’re a dedicated listener you know that Interchange has tackled the topic in the past and you can go find those shows via our archives link at WFHB.org. How should we think about such a breach of care and responsibility? Can’t we consider that an extreme violation of the rights of those people living through that period of active contamination, but also can’t we see it is a violation against the future inhabitants most of whom, by now, either don’t know about the toxicity under our feet and in our water, or have assumed the problem has gone away. Instead, it festers.

Beyond PCBs we’ll take a look at Genetically Modified Organisms and Food Security as well as the Coal and Fracking industries. At the back of all of this is our right to know what is being done to us, to our bodies, to the world that sustains our lives, and to those new humans we bring into this land of toxic waste.

Daily Local News August 12, 2014

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The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday; MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University Board of Trustees during the Trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday; Indiana University has a new Women’s Basketball coach; The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organization history; A national association of retail stores has named Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats a 2014 Hero of Main Street; Three Communities in Northwestern Indiana live with some of the nation’s worst air quality, as well as highly contaminated waters and elevated cancer and asthma rates; Monroe County will tackle the contentious issue of vote centers again in the coming weeks; The Monroe County Commissioners can’t quiet down interstate sixty-nine; A controversial proposal for a new trash transfer station in Bloomington is back after a long delay.

FEATURE
The Indiana University Board of trustees met on Friday and discussed some capital improvement projects for the campus of IU Bloomington. Today, correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University spokesman Mark Land about the changes, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Casey Kuhn
Our Engineer today is Carissa Barrett,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Vote Centers A Proposed Discussion With Monroe County Budget

Monroe County will tackle the contentious issue of vote centers again in the coming weeks. County Clerk Linda Robbins says she will propose vote centers during upcoming budget talks.Robbins made the statement at an August 7 meeting of the County Election Board.

“We are also going to look at comparing costs of precinct voting to vote centers so we’re going to try and tackle that again with some comparative costs,” Robbins says.

Switching to a vote center model would shrink the number of voting locations in the County. But a resident could vote at any of the locations instead of being limited to a single precinct. In the past, county Republicans have opposed the change.

Robbins insists it could save hundreds of thousands of dollars during each election.

“There’s been pushback from certain individuals about these centers,” Robbins says. “Any cost we incur with this will be charged back to the city, not the county.”

The Board plans to begin 2015 budget discussions on August 12.

Local News, Quick Reads – August 12, 2014

  • Indiana University has a new women’s basketball coach.  Teri Moren was announced as the Hoosiers’ new coach Saturday night. She replaces Curt Miller, who resigned on July 25.   Moren played for the Purdue Boilermakers  from 1987-1991 and has spent the past four seasons as the coach  at Indiana State University.
  • The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organizations history. 413,835 pounds of food were distributed last month. HHFB distributes to nearly 100 non-profit agencies in Brown, Lawrence, Orange, Owen, Martin and Monroe counties with limited distribution in Crawford and Greene counties.
  • The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday. Court documents show the hospital to be $125 million in debt. The hospital currently employees 315 people, and is in works with Prime Healthcare for a buyout.
  • MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University board of trustees during the trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday. Randall Tobias,  the Retired Chair and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and  a 2013 gubernatorial appointment to the IU board of trustees, was unanimously voted in a chairman of the board on Friday.
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