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Daily Local News – August 11, 2014


Indiana University Police are currently working on the Emergency Alert System and accidentally set off the warning sirens just before 3pm today; The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed the first human case of west nile virus this season; Riley Children’s Foundation has announced it will give eight thousand dollars to family-focused groups in Bloomington; Registration opened today for this Fall’s “Home Buyers Club”, a series of informational sessions put on by the City of Bloomignton Housing and Neighborhood Development division; An influx of natural and organic grocerys is expected in Bloomington, over the next few years; The Monroe County Commissioners held a public hearing July 25th reexamining the concept of a dual-stream Material Recovery Facility, or MURF.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced an update today regarding the election division’s Voter List refresh project. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

Akola Krishnan, volunteer for First Book and founder of the Monroe County chapter, talks about her passion for promoting children’s literacy and how rewarding the work of First Book is to both her personally and the community at large. Also, literacy volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Dan Withered and Alycin Bektesh.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Managing editor is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

BloomingOUT – August 8, 2014

President of Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, authoress and entertainer JJ Gufreda returns with updates about her performances in Canada and specifically during the Toronto World Pride Festivities.  Helen and Michael discuss the Ebola crisis in Africa.  MSN, RN, CNS, Clinical Assistant Professor at IU School of Nursing Greg Carter discusses caring for LGBT patients and his qualitative interviews with young people concerning their concepts of safe sex and stranger vs friend as determinants of sexual contact. Featured artist is Nick Granato.  Musical selections are “My Ordinary Life” and “Rhythm of Life” from Granato’s “Outside the Lines” cd.

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Board Engineer Jasmine Mallett
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Robertson

Fetus Burial Rights Legislation to Take Effect in Fall









A law passed by the Indiana legislature this year goes into effect this fall – requiring that medical personnel inform parents who have just experienced a miscarriage that they have a legal right to a burial. WFHB correspondent Sierra Gardner speaks with the author of the bill, and visits a local cemetery that offers free infant burial, for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – August 7, 2014


Monroe County is expected to take a step tomorrow toward ending a legal battle over Interstate 69; Southwest INDOT has announced that paving is now underway for Section 4 of I-69 between Crane and Bloomington; A new study out of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis found doctors treat patients differently depending on race; The Indiana University Board of Trustees meets tomorrow, August 8th in Franklin Hall.

A law passed by the Indiana legislature this year goes into effect this fall – requiring that medical personnel inform parents who have just experienced a miscarriage that they have a legal right to a burial. WFHB correspondent Sierra Gardner speaks with the author of the bill, and visits a local cemetery that offers free infant burial, for today’s WFHB community report.

Our weekly public opinion segment.

Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner, Joe Crawford and Alycin Bektesh
Our feature was produced by Seirra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley and Bryce Westman
Our engineer is Cleveland Dietz
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Voices in the Street – Mideast Violence Spirals Out of Control


Recently, Israeli President, Benjamin Netanyahu said that the goal of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge is to bring about “sustainable quiet” for the people of Israel by de-militarizing Gaza and Hamas. But Palestinian sympathizers argue that before any talk of demilitarization can commence, Israel must commit to the end of the Palestinian blockade and occupation. With spiraling violence marked by short-lived cease fires, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors what, if anything, can be done to curb violence and tensions in the Mideast.

EcoReport – Eyewitness Accounts: Logging at Yellowwood State Forest


In today’s EcoReport feature, two area residents who live adjacent to Yellowwood State Forest share their firsthand experiences of the impacts of logging on Indiana’s public lands.

Daily Local News – August 6, 2014


Loretta Rush has been selected as Indiana’s next Chief Justice; The city of Bloomington on Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs is asking for nominations for the Latino Leader Award and Agency/Organization Award; Local husband and wife photographers Peggy and John Woodcock are the featured artists this month in Bloomington’s City Hall Showers Atrium; SafeWise has ranked Ellettsville as one of Indiana’s safest cities; Bloomington’s Herald Times is offering community members a chance to vote for their favorite local musicians; The Commission of the status of Women will soon be introducing a resolution to the city council pushing for a minimum wage raise; Two Indiana University law professors stepped into a legal battle this week between the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers.

A group in Bloomington has begun to envision our local groceries stores without offerings of single use plastic bags. WFHB Correspondent Harrison Wagner speaks with group organizers, and looks at examples of similar initiatives in communities across the country for today’s WFHB community report.

Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

Anchors: Alycin Bektesh, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Alycin Bektesh
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our community feature was produced by Harrison Wagner
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Local Live – Nate Johnson & The Keepers


Saxophonist and blues singer Nate Johnson brings in his band of seasoned musicians for a session of fun and funky blues jams.

1. Nate the Great
2. Down in the Valley (Otis Redding cover)
3. You’re So Unhappy
4. Not Gonna Take it Anymore
5. Bring it on Home (Sam Cooke cover)

Hosted by JR “Jar” Turner
Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered, Ilze Akerbergs
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Daily Local News – August 5, 2014


Some companies may soon be exempt from Bloomington’s new regulations on chain businesses downtown; A study released today by a conservative think tank claims Governor Mike Pence’s Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 will damage the state’s economy; A majority of students at Indiana’s public universities are women, but most of those who govern the schools are men; The annual Forbes list of College rankings was released last week, with Indiana University Bloomington nearly missing the top one hundred; Bloomington’s Interfaith Winter Shelter has started a crowdfunding campaign through Indie Go-Go; In order to publicize Elletsville’s new farmers market, the Ellestsville Town Council approved a waver to the town advertising code in their latest meeting; The Monroe County Public Library saw an increase of Library Card applications during the summer; Local public schools opened to new and returning students last Monday.

Classes start back up this month, but Hoosiers can still celebrate LGBQT culture this summer. PRIDE festivals are happening all over Indiana and Bloomington will host its first PRIDE this September. Correspondent Sierra Gardner talks with PRIDE Director Sarah Perfetti and Sigma Phi Beta PRIDE Chairman Ty Adams about their plans for Bloomington PRIDE for today’s community report.

WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Helen Harrell
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Joe Crawford
Along with Drew Daudeline for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
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 today is Alycin Bektesh
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Our executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Activate! – Lotus World Music & Arts Festival


Crystal Ritter talks about her decade of experience as a volunteer with Lotus and the amazing sense of community that her commitment has brought to her life. Also, volunteer opportunities for Lotus and other organization around town.

Lotus Education & Arts Foundation
Lotus Festival Volunteering
Volunteer Opportunities Calendar

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