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Daily Local News – March 25, 2014

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A recent study performed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that more than sixty-six thousand people are victims of domestic violence in a given day in the U-S, seventeen hundred of them in the state of Indiana; Last week, more than forty-one hundred petitions to veto Senate Bill three-forty were delivered to Governor Mike Pence; Opponents of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant have lost another battle in the fight to keep Duke from passing on plant development costs to consumers; This week on The Strike Mic: The discounted tuition rates of summer courses at Indiana University has been discontinued…

FEATURE
Petition: Land Swap Could Save B-Line Woods
A controversial subdivision is just a step away from getting the green light this week. The Bloomington City Council plans to vote Wednesday on a Habitat for Humanity project to build 35 homes on the west side of town. But to make room for the development, Habitat has to clear most of the city’s only large wooded area downtown. Some residents want Habitat to consider an alternative. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Join Ashley as she interviews Jamie Andree, Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, about the Earned Income Tax Credit and what to do if you’re audited.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Ruben Solid and David Murphy,
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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 Rob Powell
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Interchange – Democratic Primary Candidates for Monroe County Sheriff

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Doug Storm hosts the second program focusing on contested Primary elections.

In the studio tonight to present their case for election and to detail their knowledge and experience for the office are Michael Pershing, Stephen Sharp, Cathy Smith and Brad Swain.

Topics covered are the operations of the department including its funding; the nature of the prison population and how it is managed; and the systemic failure of rehabilitation strategies in a population beset by poverty, alcohol and abusive relationships.

Note: The Indiana Constitution does not require any law enforcement experience for this office. Training and education are provided as mandated by statute [IC 36-2-13-9].

Ins and Outs of Money – Earned Income Tax Credit

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Join Ashley as she interviews Jamie Andree, Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, about the Earned Income Tax Credit and what to do if you’re audited.

Opponents of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport Plant Lose Battle As Duke Increases Monthly Charges

Opponents of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant have lost another battle in the fight to keep Duke from passing on plant development costs to consumers.

Last week, the Indiana Court of Appeal unanimously upheld an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ruling in 2012 to allow Duke to increase by 16  percent its monthly charges to its 790,000 Indiana customers to cover increases in costs of its Edwardsport plant.

The appeal to the courts to overturn the IURC deal with Duke was launched by several environmental and consumer groups.

The 618-megawatt plant near Edwardsport had an original 2007 cost estimate of $1.9 billion, but that eventually ballooned to about $3.5 billion. In a 2012 settlement between Duke and the IURC, the commission limited Duke to passing on $2.6 billion of construction costs to its customers. This settlement included the 16 percent rate increase that was the subject of the court appeal.

Duke had been applying this increase to it customers bills since then and, with the court ruling, will continue to do so.

Kerwin Olson of the Citizens Action Coalition say they appealed and are waiting on the ruling.

“We have every intention of taking this as far as we can,” Olson says.

Olson estimates that Duke’s Indiana customers are paying about 15 dollars monthly for the plant which went online last summer.

Since then, it has operated between 10 and 60 percent of capacity.

Petition Delivered to Gov. Pence Opposed to Ending Energizing Indiana

Last week, more than 4,100 petitions to veto Senate Bill 3-40 were delivered to Governor Mike Pence. The bill aims to put an end to the Energizing Indiana programs, which some mall business owners, utility ratepayers, and Indiana residents don’t accept.

The petitions were collected by Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, Sierra Club, and Citizens Action Coalition. CAC  Program Organizer, Lindsay Shipps says she doesn’t understand why legislators are trying to terminate the program, given the data that suggests the programs have done well.

The Energizing Indiana programs’ objective is to lower utility costs for schools, homeowners, and institutions that require more energy power. It is also supposed to save energy and lower costs for all consumers in the state. Shipps says she believes that one reason the bill moved forward is because utilities are selling less.

Shipps say that folks have already felt rate increases especially in the Bloomington area due to Duke’s energy recent increased costs and that the program’s potential end means a rate increase for everybody in the state of Indiana.

Study Finds Numbers on Domestic Violence in Indiana

A recent study performed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that more than 66,000 people are victims of domestic violence in a given day in the US, 1,700 of them are in the state of Indiana.

The report, “Domestic Violence Counts 2013: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services,” gathered information from over 1,600 domestic violence programs all over the US to determine the numbers.

The 24-hour Census report has been carried out yearly since 2006 and now it shows that in 2013, 128 Hoosier victims were turned down because of  limited resources. Executive Director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Laura Berry says the report helps bring awareness to the recurrence of domestic violence in Indiana.

Berry says that domestic violence programs in Indiana must follow a policy that gives those people in extreme cases shelter regardless of space.

She hopes the report highlights the high requests for domestic violence services and that it brings more awareness to this issue. More information is available at icadvinc.org.

Bring It On! – March 24, 2014

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Clarence Boone and Bev Smith welcome Dr. Charles Sykes, executive director of the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University.

PART ONE
Dr. Charles Sykes, executive director of the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University, Joins Clarence and Bev for to discuss the recent Southern tour by the IU Soul Revue, and the Institute’s upcoming Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award banquet and the annual spring concerts by the Institute’s performing ensembles.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Clarence Boone and Bev Smith
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Hola Bloomington – March 21, 2014

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Hostess Minerva Sosa and Raquel Anderson interview Alexandra Toledo and Prof. Claudia Avellaneda members of the SPEA (school of Public and Environmental Affairs) and talk about the group they’ve created LAPA (La Asociación Política Latinoamericana). Also Luis vs Luis, Colin Airriess with sports segment. Minerva Sosa with her Mesa redonda, and the events of the week.

Books Unbound – Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Part 19

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Born in 1885, David Herbert Lawrence was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, and painter. His collective works are classified as a reflection of the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. His marriage in 1914 to Frieda Weekly, a woman who left her husband and three children for Lawrence, provided inspiration and emotional support for his literary career. Lawrence died in 1930, reaching his peak of fame posthumously.

Banned by U.S. Customs (1929). Banned in Ireland (1932), Poland (1932), Australia (1959), Japan (1959), India (1959). Banned in Canada (1960) until 1962. Dissemination of Lawrence’s novel has been stopped in China (1987) because the book “will corrupt the minds of young people and is also against the Chinese tradition.” Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the object of numerous obscenity trials in both the UK and the United States up into the 1960s.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, first published privately in 1928, was not published openly in Britain until 1960. It tells the story of the love affair between Constance (Lady Chatterley) and her husband Clifford’s gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, while exploring the nature of relationships between men and women. Besides the evident sexual content of the book, “Chatterley” spurred controversy for its discussion of the British social class system and social conflict. Penguin, the publisher of the unexpurgated text in 1960, was unsuccessfully tried for violation of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act. The prosecutor was ridiculed for asking, “Is this the kind of book you would wish your wife or servants to read?”

I’m Homeless – Angela Riley

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This week we are speaking with experts on homelessness in Bloomington, those who have studied the causes and effects of homelessness through firsthand experience. Our expert Glen knows that alcoholism is no party. Our expert Angela has studied the effects of homelessness on college students, Our expert Billy has found that when housing rolls in, success comes tumbling after. Hear these stories and others, directly from those who have experienced homelessness in Bloomington.

Today on “I’m Homeless” we hear from Angela Riley
A mother of seven, Angela became homeless after her divorce in 2010. While utilizing Bloomington’s social services, shelters, and sleeping outside, she has completed her GED, been employed, and is enrolled to begin Ivy Tech Community College in May. She is also a recent addition to the Board of Directors at the Shalom Community Center. Angela came by the WFHB studios along with advocate Samantha Harrell, to share her story of homelessness and their efforts for permanante emergency shelter in Bloomington.

At 7pm April 1st there will be a march in support of Bloomington’s homeless beginning at People’s Park. The March will end at the Courthouse where there will be speakers and a candlelight vigil.

 

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