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EcoReport – Will Potter: “The Green Scare”

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In today’s EcoReport feature: On July 24th, the U.S. government charged two California activists with terrorism because of their involvement in releasing minks from fur farms. But private industries and the U.S. government have been active for decades trying to brand actions taken in defense of animals and the environment as criminal or terrorist acts. In September of 2012, EcoReport interviewed journalist Will Potter about his reporting on this process, which is sometimes referred to as the Green Scare.

Voices in the Street – Celestial Discoveries, New Horizons: What the first images of Pluto mean for planet Earth

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The New Horizons Satellite recently transmitted the first clear images of Pluto (a celestial body recently demoted to plantessimal-status due to its size and irregular orbit) back to earth. Pluto resides in the Kuiper belt and we are the first peoples ever to see high resolution images of its topography. In the wake of this mission, costing upwards of $700 million dollars over 15 years, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors what they think of the importance of space exploration and whether or not they think we’ll ever find life on other planets.

State Board of Education to Vote on Reducing Requirements for Teacher’s Licenses

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Next Wednesday the Indiana Board of Education is scheduled to vote on new standards for how some teachers get licenses. The Department of Education has recommended lowering the testing requirements for early childhood educators. The mandatory test scores would be reduced in mathematics, science, social studies and English Language Arts. The vote comes amid a teacher shortage in Indiana. The Board will also consider raising some requirements for teachers taking tests in physics, chemistry and technical education. News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Board spokesman Marc Lotter and we bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – July 30, 2015

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The Indiana Health Department has wrapped up its investigation into Planned Parenthood facilities across the state; U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted against the Senate’s six-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill today after an amendment he and Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced was not picked up as part of the bill; The Monroe County Council debated Tuesday where to find $20,000 after the money was already committed for an equipment purchase; Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers has invited every college in Indiana to participate in the first ever statewide survey of undergraduate satisfaction; Workers renovating Franklin Hall have found higher than expected levels of asbestos, temporarily halting the renovation and housing of IU’s Media School.

FEATURE
Next Wednesday the Indiana Board of Education is scheduled to vote on new standards for how some teachers get licenses. The Department of Education has recommended lowering the testing requirements for early childhood educators. The mandatory test scores would be reduced in mathematics, science, social studies and English Language Arts. The vote comes amid a teacher shortage in Indiana. The Board will also consider raising some requirements for teachers taking tests in physics, chemistry and technical education. News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Board spokesman Marc Lotter and we bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks what Bloomington thinks of space exploration.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, Ivy Bridges and Joe Crawford
Along with Cleveland Dietz for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Better Beware – Travel Scams

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The Federal Trade Commission is warning about online hotel-booking scams. There are various ways fraudsters prey on travelers; here’s a roadmap to the swindles and directions on how to avoid the potholes.

Local Live – Slip Me 5

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Lulu, Lucky, Lunchmeat and Ron of Slip Me 5 stop by the WFHB studios to perform some jazz standards. They’re a newly formed band who play swing tunes that will get you out of your seat and moving to the rhythm.

1.) Blue Skies – Irving Berlin
2.) Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby – Louis Jordan
3.) Exactly Like You – Jimmy McHugh
4.) Why Don’t You Do Right? – “Kansas Joe” McCoy
5.) Hit That Jive Jack – Skeets Tolbert
6.) Some of These Days – Shelton Brooks

Hosted by Frankie Ferrell
Engineered by Jim Lang
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Progress Slows for MRF

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Progress on Monroe County’s new recycling facility has been slowed down over the last couple of months. Last summer, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors and the County Council approved the establishment of a Materials Recycling Facility, or MRF (“murf”). That facility is intended to process and sell the County’s recyclables. A budget of a little over a quarter million dollars was set aside for the project. Later, the county added forty thousand dollars to the budget to cover higher than expected equipment costs. The building, bailers and other equipment have been purchased and the foundation has been laid. However, during recent meetings, the board voted several times against proceeding with some other phases of its development. Today, for our WFHB community report, Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke to three local people who have been involved in the project’s development.

Daily Local News – July 23, 2015

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Yesterday an activist group released a second video depicting a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing tissue donations, furthering claims from some that the organization is illegally profiting from the sale of fetal tissue; The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has launched a new state-wide program to promote farming and consumption of locally grown foods; A Florida-based company continued its campaign this week to build a cell tower near the Monroe County Airport; A property owner on South Harmony Road asked to get around Monroe County’s sewer regulations last week.

FEATURES
Progress on Monroe County’s new recycling facility has been slowed down over the last couple of months. Last summer, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors and the County Council approved the establishment of a Materials Recycling Facility, or MRF (“murf”). That facility is intended to process and sell the County’s recyclables. A budget of a little over a quarter million dollars was set aside for the project. Later, the county added forty thousand dollars to the budget to cover higher than expected equipment costs. The building, bailers and other equipment have been purchased and the foundation has been laid. However, during recent meetings, the board voted several times against proceeding with some other phases of its development. Today, for our WFHB community report, Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke to three local people who have been involved in the project’s development.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public oppinion segment.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Standing Room Only – Citizen Science and Astronomy

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Science Café Bloomington recently hosted a discussion with Daniel Cervantes, the director of Bloomington’s Feynman Observatory, about citizen science and the field of Astronomy. Marta Shockett, Science Café organizer, provided an overview of contributions made by citizen scientists through history. Daniel, who is also a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech, gives the audience insights on designing and building a home observatory, and discusses his celestial observations.

Local Live – Trollkiller

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Joining us this week is Trollkiller, recipient of RAW’s 2014 Indiana Artist of the Year, playing us their blend of laid-back summertime porch rock.

1. The Secret Circus
2. Shame
3. Just Friends
4. Don’t Count on Me
5. The Key in the Tree
6. The End

Hosted by Jar Turner
Engineers: Jim Lang, Dan Withered, Adam Reichle, and Ilza Akerbergs.
Producer: Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

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