Lotus Drive
Home > News (page 93)

Category Archives: News

Feed Subscription

bloomingOUT – October 31, 2013

Play

Campaign Manager for Freedom Indiana Megan Robertson discusses their state-wide organizational efforts  to defeat proposed anti-same sex marriage constitutional amendment HJR6. Emily Nagoski addresses bisexuality on an edition of “It’s Only Sex” and on a new edition of “OUT on the Street” Nick Tumino chats with attendees at the Judy Shepard lecture recently held on IUB campus. Featured artist is singer/songwriter Eli Conley. Musical selection is “Draw the Line” from his “At the Seams” CD.

www.FreedomIndiana.org

www.eliconley.com

Produced Carol Fischer

Executive producer Alycin Bektesh

Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick and Nick Tumino

News Director Josh Vidrich,

Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson

Announcer Sarah Hetrick

Controversy continues to surround lawsuit filed by Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz

Play

Last week Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced she is suing all ten members of the Indiana State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana’s ‘Open Door’ law.

“She specifically believes that it was done without a notice to the public or the superintentendent, who is obviously not just a member of the state board of education but the chair, and she felt she needed to take legal action,” Daniel Altman, Press Secretary for the Department of Education, says.

In the week since, Indiana Attorney General filed a motion to strike down Ritz’s lawsuit. Ritz, a Democrat, says she will continue to pursue the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, the Office of Governor Pence, who is a Republican, said that, “Pence strongly supports the actions taken by the bipartisan membership of the State Board of Education to ensure the timely completion of last year’s accountability grades.”

In response to the lawsuit, four members of the State Board sent an open letter to Ritz. In the letter, the members request that Ritz drop the lawsuit. They also mention in the letter that, while Ritz claims to work on open communication, the members have been continually frustrated by unanswered requests, missed deadlines, and a lack of progress on critical education issues.

The State Board of Education is housed under the recently established Governor’s Center for Education and Career Innovation. Lou Ann Baker, Director of External Relations for the Center, says that communication between the State Board and Superintendent Ritz, who is Chair of the board, has not been ideal.

“They found out about the lawsuit through the media,” Baker says, “There was concern among the members and all then of the members reached out to communicate to the superintendent.

In the letter, the members ask Ritz to drop the lawsuit and, “Put politics aside and come ready to put the interests of students, teachers and schools first.” Baker describes how the members felt when they learned about the lawsuit through the media, and why it’s important to move forward.

“The members were surprised and disappointed,” Baker says, “I think we’re wasting energy on this topic rather than the many educational topics that need to be completed, managed and need to move forward on behalf of students and educators in Indiana. Education is one of the most critical issues facing Indiana and everyone in the country today, and our board members strongly  believe it’s important to get on with business.”

While Ritz says the alleged meeting happened without her knowledge, members of the board claim the meeting never happened in the first place. Superintendent Ritz will continue to pursue the lawsuit in the weeks ahead.

 

By: Casey Kuhn

New rule voted into affect to curb prescribing addictive pain medications

Play

The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana voted last Thursday to adopt SB 246, a new rule for physicians who prescribe addictive pain medications to nonterminal patients.

Starting December 15th this year, physicians will be required to monitor certain patient’s history via the state’s drug monitoring system called INSPECT. Dr.

Deborah McMahan, health commissioner for the Fort Wayne Allen County Department of Health and Education Chair for the Prescription Test Drug Force, helped to create the new rules. According to McMahan, more people die from accidental drug overdose than motor vehicle accidents.

Furthermore, a large number of young people are experimenting with prescription drugs they find lying around.

“I think the CDC identified a few years ago that prescription drug abuse has become a very serious problem in terms of overdose deaths,” McMahan said, “By really looking at this issue, we figured out that we need to step back and look at the information we’ve learned about chronic pain and what works and formulate some rules to help us prescribe more safely for our patients.”

Physicians will now obtain a more detailed physical history, assess mental health, and consider a patient’s potential for addiction before prescribing certain pills.

Doctors and patients will also sign a treatment agreement, which will memorialize the goals of the treatment and provide information to patients about the medications.

McMahan says challenges remain for both doctors and patients.

“The greater challenge that as a country and as a culture and a community, we’ve learned to accept a lower standard of being asymptomatic instead of rather being functional and healthy,” McMahan says, “I think it’s going to be a challenge for patients because it’s far simpler for me to write you a prescription to be asymptomatic. For me to make you functional and healthy, the patient has to be an active participant. I don’t think we’ve always pushed that in the past as much as we’ll need to in the future.”

Despite all these changes, McMahan is optimistic about the new rules and the future of the community.

“We’ve received surprisingly little negative feedback about the new rules,” McMahan says, “Change is always hard, I understand, but once we start seeing this cycle of health and wellness and how positive it affects our lives, I hope that’s a momentum we can keep going.”

The state Medical Licensing Board also adopted a new rule giving the Attorney General’s Office the ability to more efficiently review physician records, regarding controlled substances.

Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility present annual accessibility awards

Play

The Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility presented their Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday night. The Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility present the awards every year to the people who helped make the community more accessible for people with disabilities.

Craig Brenner, Special Project Coordinator at the Community and Family Resources Department, says he considers the ceremony to be an educational tool.

“The broader goal is to make the community aware of the issues some disabled people still face,” Brenner says.

Brenner says the Council for Community Accessibility provides an open forum for the public year round, to discuss and collaborate on issues with local accessibility.

“We want the public to know that this council is open year round and anyone can participate,” Brenner says.

There were six awards presented at the ceremony: the Self-Advocacy Award went to Jessica Troxel, the Professional and Community Service Award went to Indiana Legal Services, the Business Service Award went to IU Campus Division, the Housing Service Award went to Cindy Fleetwood, the Kristin Willison Volunteer Service Award went to Rachel Roby, and the Mayor’s Award went to Katie Herron.

The next meeting will take place Monday, Nov. 25 at City hall.

IU Neal-Marshall Center to host Family Fun Night

Play

The Indiana University Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center is hosting their annual Family Fun Night next Friday, Nov. 8.

The event is geared towards students and individuals in the community who have children. Nichelle Whitney, an employee at the Culture Center, says that it started as a way to bring together students on campus. The Caribbean Islands is the theme this year and there will be activities for children.

The goal of the event is to provide a safe place for families to have fun, where they can learn more about the culture and services the Culture Center provides.

“Our main goal is to educate youth about the black experience here at the center,” Whitney says.

Family Fun Night is on Nov. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, at the IU Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.

The event is free, and food will be provided.

Try hockey for free this Sunday at the Frank Southern Ice Arena

Play

The Frank Southern Ice Arena and the Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association is hosting ‘Try Hockey for Free Day’ this Sunday, Nov. 3.

Try Hockey for Free USA and other local Hockey teams put on clinics around the country to encourage kids, ages four to nine, to try youth hockey at a local rink. Alyson Baer, Ice Scheduler for the Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association, says it is a club team that is part of a league based in Cincinnati.

They serve children ages 5-13 years old. This clinic will give kids an opportunity to learn more about hockey, and to gain some hands-on experience.

Baer explains some of the things that the kids will participate in, as well as the goals of the clinic.

“The goals are just to expose kids to ice skating and hockey and if they want to pursue hockey further, we are here for them,” Baer says.

The ‘Try Hockey For Free Clinic is this Sunday from 11:30 to 1:30 pm, at the Frank Southern Ice Arena. Youth who missed the registration deadline to join a hockey team will be able to register at the clinic for the 2013 to 2014 season.

Parks and Rec Requests Million Dollar Budget Increase

Play

The Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Bloomington has announced that it is going to request an appropriation from City Council for nearly one million dollars, above and beyond its allocated budget, to undertake needed repairs to the grounds and facilities under the department’s care. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Department Director Mick Renneisen about the request, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – October 31, 2013

Play

The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana voted last Thursday to adopt SB 246, a new rule for physicians who prescribe addictive pain medications to nonterminal patients; The Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility presented their Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday night; The Indiana University Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center is hosting their annual Family Fun Night next Friday, Nov 8th; The City of Bloomington Frank Southern Ice Arena and the Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association is hosting Try Hockey for Free Day this Sunday, November 3rd; This weekend in sports.

FEATURES
Parks and Rec Requests Million Dollar Budget Increase
The Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Bloomington has announced that it is going to request an appropriation from City Council for nearly one million dollars, above and beyond its allocated budget, to undertake needed repairs to the grounds and facilities under the department’s care. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Department Director Mick Renneisen about the request, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks you about your favorite trick-or-treat moments.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, and Jalisa Ransom
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley
Our feature today was produced by Dan Withered, with correspondent David Murphy
Our engineer was Sarah Hettrick
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

EcoReport – October 31, 2013

Play

In today’s EcoReport feature, journalist Will Potter makes the case that corporate and government attacks on so-called “eco-terrorists” have had a chilling effects on environmental activism in general.

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.

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

Standing Room Only – Education Forum With Glenda Ritz

Play

On Tuesday, October First The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce presented an educational forum. The forum was open to the public and featured audience discussions. Speakers included Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s State Superintendent and Jeb Conrad, President of The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. This event was recorded on Location at Deer Park Manor by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Scroll To Top