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Jail Requests Extra Money To Pay Staff

The Monroe County Jail is asking for $145,000 in extra funding to pay employees for working overtime. The Monroe County Council considered the request last night. Jail Commander Sam Crowe explained the request stating that the jail is having overtime issues with a shortage of staff to handle the flux of inmates. County Council member Lee Jones questioned the wisdom …

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Cast of Characters: Stephen Lucas

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In the WFHB series, Cast of Characters, we go looking for local people with interesting personal stories. We bring you another installment of the Cast of Characters series now with WFHB correspondent Amanda Marino.

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Daily Local News – November 11, 2015

Starting at 6 p.m. today, the Monroe County Fair Board is holding a Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on the Monroe County Fairgrounds; A legislative panel has suggested 11 fixes to Indiana’s teacher shortage; The Indiana State Board of Education has unanimously rejected a proposal to have Indiana high school education move toward college and career preparation …

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Proposed College and Career Preparation Models Are Deemed To Restrictive For Students Age And Understanding

The Indiana State Board of Education has unanimously rejected a proposal to have Indiana high school education move toward college and career preparation models. The Republican-appointed panel declared the new diploma plan is not ready to be implemented. School board members had numerous questions on how this legislation would affect teacher staffing, arts education, disabled and special education students, foreign …

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Legislation Seeking How To Attract Teachers

A legislative panel has suggested 11 fixes to Indiana’s teacher shortage. According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, the General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Education believes these fixes will not immediately get teachers into classrooms. But they think the ideas will encourage recruitment and retention of teachers. The committee is calling for strong mentoring programs for new teachers, higher …

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The Ins and Outs of Money – Are you compulsively impulsive?

Everybody knows what it’s like to be tempted by something in a store that they don’t need. Find out what’s behind our impulse to buy, and how to manage it. Produced by Ryan Stacy and Associate Producer Kristina Wiltsee. It’s part of the It’s Your Money Project at Monroe County Public Library.

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Daily Local News – November 10, 2015

Last night the Bloomington Plan Commission heard the leading proposal for development of the so-called Core Property area of Bloomington’s Certified Technology Park; A panel of economists at the IU Kelley School of Business have released a list of predictions for the US economy heading into 2016. FEATURE Michael Honey, a Professor of Labor and Ethnic Studies and American History …

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Interchange – Brief: Michael Honey on Love, Solidarity, and the Black Freedom Song


Michael Honey discusses non-violent theorist and organizer James Lawson, and John Handcox, the Great Depression-era tenant farmer and union advocate. Honey’s recent short film, Love and Solidarity, is about the work of James Lawson, who served as nonviolent theorist, teacher and organizer for Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, among others. As a Methodist minister in …

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Bring It On! – November 9, 2015

Doris Sims and Amrita Myers welcome Raffi Hasan and Ruben Marté. PART ONE On tonight’s show, Doris and Amrita welcome Raffi Hasan, director of the City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program and Indiana State Police Captain, Ruben Marté. They join us to provide a prelude to an upcoming community conversation on the city of Bloomington’s relationship with law …

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“Disrespecting the Area” — The Changing Legality of Public Sleeping, in Bloomington and Beyond

Monroe County passed an ordinance in 2013 to set hours for use of the Courthouse lawn. The stated goal was to prohibit people from sleeping there.

One of the most clear challenges for a person or a family experiencing homelessness is finding a place to sleep. In many communities, including Monroe County, there are not enough shelter beds to meet the need. And for years, laws around the country have compounded the problem by restricting other options for places to rest. But that could be changing. …

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