Afternoons with Amos PODCAST Friday, May 1, 2015. For the first day of a new month, Afternoons with Amos listeners learned from key African-American legislators what happened during the just completed 2015 Indiana Legislative session, along with learning about a new service coming to Indianapolis residents along with how the world’s leading fast food restaurant chain is stressing nutrition in its menu.
(At 02:19 Mark On Media Player) Dr. Lynn Yu, is Director of McDonald’s Nutrition/Menu Innovation Team for all McDonald’s outlets in the United States. She was in Indy to compete in the 500 Mini Marathon and to talk with Indianapolis consumers about McDonald’s commitment to nutrition and quality food. In her Afternoons with Amos interview, Dr. Yu talked about the ways McDonald’s tests new and potential menu items, that the company is proud that they were the first major chain to publish their calories and nutrition information on their store and drive-thru menu board. A requirement the Federal Government is placing on all Quick Service Restaurants later this year. Dr. Yu was joined by Indy McDonald’s Owner/Operator James Poore who talked about the importance McDonald’s is placing on quality menu items with an emphasis on nutrition.
(At 14:40 Mark On Media Player) Herve Muller is President of Blue Indy Cars. You may have heard that name because of the controversy when Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) proposed that all IPL electric customers pay the cost to install equipment for Blue Indy’s electric car service. Angry negative response was received by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission who rejected the plan. Now IPL and Blue Indy are going it alone, with help from a controversial plan for the City to spend $6 million in parking meter money. In an exclusive interview, Muller appeared on Afternoons with Amos to explain what the Blue Indy concept is all about. “It’s not a car rental service, but a car sharing service”, Herve Muller told Amos and listeners that Bollore, the corporation that owns Blue Indy Cars and a number of other enterprises, has invested some $30 million plus of its own money on the plan which would have some 300 to 400 electric cars, manufactured in Italy and France on Indianapolis streets as early as this summer. Muller says the cost would be $5 for 20 minutes. Blue Indy, Muller said, is designed not for people using a car for a week, but for short trips during a day or less than for an hour of two.
(At 34:29 Mark On Media Player) The contentious, controversial Indiana Legislative Session has ended. And Sen. Lonnie Randolph, Chair of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, joined House Ways and Means Ranking member Rep. Greg Porter and Sen. Jean Breaux to explain to the community the good and bad of the session. The three legislators talked education, especially education funding that while it gave more money per student for all Indiana schools, the formula to help urban and rural schools with high percentages of students with special needs or living in poverty of problems with language were cut by millions of dollars.
All three legislators complained that the Republican supermajority in the Legislature did nothing to help improve and fix Indiana streets and highways, or raise wages or improve job opportunities for Indiana residents. The legislators did say that victories were achieved in stopping drug testing for welfare recipients and in reforming Marion County’s Small Claims Courts. Senators Randolph and Breaux and Rep. Porter also heard community concerns about state government agencies and answered listener questions about what the Legislature did and didn’t do. PODCAST Segments McDonalds At 02:19; Blue Indy Cars At 14:40; Black Legislators Wrap-Up At 34:29. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. Total Length 95 Minutes. Audio Starts After Brief Video Ad.