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Daily Local News – July 2, 2014

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Indiana is diversifying and aging. According to the latest US Census Report, Indiana’s average age is 37 point 4, up from 37 in 2012; A member of the Bloomington Utilities Service Board pressed the Utilities Department to consider cutting staff at a meeting June 30th; Indiana University has authored a bill of rights for student athletes. The bill contains 10 benefits for athletes – including a four-year scholarship commitment regardless of injury, illness, or performance, academic support, health guarantees, life skills development, a collective voice, and cutting edge technology; The Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington is trying to help cut down the number of plastic bags ending up in landfills; A law student interning at a pro-life law firm authored a miscarriage burial bill that was signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence last month.

FEATURE
One night every January the state dispatches groups to homeless shelters, abandoned buildings and tent cities across Indiana. The goal is to make an estimate of the state’s homeless population. The effort is known as a point-in-time homeless count, which is required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD (“hud). This year’s study found slightly fewer homeless Hoosiers than years past. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a state official about what that means and what we can learn from a study conducted on a single winter night. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
How can anyone remember all the usernames and passwords we need these days? Perhaps the answer has been with us all along!

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Harrison Wagner, Sierra Gardner, and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

A New Study Sees Lower Homeless Population

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One night every January the state dispatches groups to homeless shelters, abandoned buildings and tent cities across Indiana. The goal is to make an estimate of the state’s homeless population. The effort is known as a point-in-time homeless count, which is required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. This year’s study found slightly fewer homeless Hoosiers than years past. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a state official about what that means and what we can learn from a study conducted on a single winter night. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Here are the numbers:

2013: http://wfhb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013-Monroe-Morgan-County-Homeless-Count-Stats.pdf

2014: http://wfhb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Monroe-Morgan-County-Homeless-Count-Stats.pdf

 

Bloomington Beware! – Drowning In Passwords

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How can anyone remember all the usernames and passwords we need these days? Perhaps the answer has been with us all along!

Chimney Swifts and their Impact

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Jessica Hite is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior department at IU. On Tuesday, June 24, she gave a talk for Bloomington’s Science Cafe on chimney swifts. In this abridged version of her talk Jessica talks about chimney swifts, their habits and why they are important for the local ecosystem, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – June 30, 2014

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Indiana industry dumps more chemicals into our waterways than any other state, however the state official in charge of water management isn’t aware of this pollution; The Monroe County Commission took on noisy I-69 contractors June 27th by passing a stricter noise ordinance; The city of Bloomington is finishing plans to build a short pedestrian trail on the south side of the city.

FEATURE
Governor Pence is hosting a conference to look at Indiana’s tax policies. What is billed as the Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference is billed as a means to get ideas that will make Indiana more competitive. The list of attendees includes tax professionals – tax lawyers, accountants and academics, business and economics academics, representatives from business and business associations, and several former Republican economic and tax policy advisers. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Bob Ditmer, Director of Public Relations for the Indiana Department of Revenue, which is organizing the event. He first raised the issue of the apparent lack of representation from labor, working people, the poor or other marginalized groups at the conference.

ACTIVATE
We hear about the hoosier hills food bank on Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Ilze Ackerbergs, along with correspondent David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our board engineer and Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference

Governor Pence is hosting a conference to look at Indiana’s tax policies. What is billed as the Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference is billed as a means to get ideas that will make Indiana more competitive. The list of attendees includes tax professionals – tax lawyers, accountants and academics, business and economics academics, representatives from business and business associations, and several former Republican economic and tax policy advisers. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Bob Ditmer, Director of Public Relations for the Indiana Department of Revenue, which is organizing the event. He first raised the issue of the apparent lack of representation from labor, working people, the poor or other marginalized groups at the conference.

Activate! – Katie Haddad: Hoosier Hills Food Bank

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Katie Haddad, Volunteer Coordinator of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and former volunteer with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, on her experiences and the need for more summer volunteers to Fill the Gap at HHFB, including a unique 4th of July opportunity. To volunteer, go to http://www.hhfoodbank.org/volunteer.php.

Daily Local News – June 26, 2014

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Same sex couples in Indiana continue to wed today, following yesterday’s ruling by United States District Judge Richard Young Indiana’s state statue banning gay marriage is unconstitutional; The Bloomington City Council appeared supportive June 27th of a plan to restructure a city department that was the center of an alleged embezzlement scheme; Holding a large event in Ellettsville will come at a cost under a regulation passed June 23rd by the Town Council.

FEATURES
Two years ago friends and strangers from around the world gathered in a small town called Moscow, Idaho for, as its organizers called it, a Summer Commune. Described on their website as a diverse temporary intentional community somewhere in North America, this year the Commune has been reduced to a single month and it’s happening in Bloomington this July. Correspondent Drew Daudelin speaks with organizers Joshua Heller and Nicole Kelly about what they have planned, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street:  “Gay people of Indiana Rejoice!  The ban on gay marriage has been struck down.”

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Drew Daudelin
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, along with correspondent Susan Northleaf
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

The 2014 Summer Commune

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Two years ago friends and strangers from around the world gathered in a small town called Moscow, Idaho for, as its organizers called it, a Summer Commune. Described on their website as a diverse temporary intentional community somewhere in North America, this year the Commune has been reduced to a single month and it’s happening in Bloomington this July. Correspondent Drew Daudelin speaks with organizers Joshua Heller and Nicole Kelly about what they have planned, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Voices in the Street – Gay people of Indiana Rejoice!

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This week on the Voices in the Street:  “Gay people of Indiana Rejoice!  The ban on gay marriage has been struck down.”

The law that made it illegal for same sex couples to marry in Indiana was ruled unconstitutional  yesterday in federal court.  The permanent injunction on the marriage ban meant that same sex couples could marry effective immediately, and statewide couples young and old took advantage of their new right to marry.  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked for a “stay” on the ruling, but Voices in the Street wanted to get reaction from your friends and neighbors on this historic ruling.

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