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IU Student Connects With Great-Grandfather Through Poetry

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It’s rare to have an opportunity to explore the life of a family member you’ve never met. But IU student Joe Weber had a rare opportunity to do just that through an unusual medium: poetry. He brings us this story, which comes courtesy of a partnership with American Student Radio.

Daily Local News – June 25, 2015

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A hundred-sixty thousand Hoosiers will keep their health insurance subsidies offered through the Affordable Care Act; U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly wants to take a closer look at Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program, known as INSPECT; There are plenty of cats to go around at The City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control; The College Democrats of Indiana University have written an open letter to Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan expressing concerns about a recent public meeting that addressed crime and homelessness downtown.

FEATURE
It’s rare to have an opportunity to explore the life of a family member you’ve never met. But IU student Joe Weber had a rare opportunity to do just that through an unusual medium: poetry. He brings us this story, which comes courtesy of a partnership with American Student Radio.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks about issues in downtown Bloomington.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford.
Our feature was produced by Joe Weber.
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 – Stories from the Heartwood Forest Alliance

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On the weekend of May 22, the Heartwood Forest Alliance gathered at the Lazy Black Bear in Paoli, Indiana, to celebrate its 25th annual forest council and to reflect on a quarter century of environmental activism. As Ernie Reed, Heartwood’s Council Chair, puts it, “Heartwood is people helping people protect the places they love.” On tonight’s program, some of Heartwood’s members share their experiences collaborating to protect the forests they treasure.

Ins and Outs of Money – Time to Take Control!

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Do you have a good handle on your finances? If you paused before answering, your control over your money might not be as tight as you’d like to believe it is.

Local Resident Offers Perspective on Proprosed Rezoning Plans

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The company, Hoosier Energy, has found itself in conflict with neighbors in a rural community north of Bloomington. Last year the electric utilities and services provider moved out of its headquarters at Ellis Road and State Road 37. Now the company wants to sell the land. It has an offer from Weddle Brothers Construction, but in order to sell the property, Hoosier Energy needs to change from public zoning to private zoning. Hoosier Energy has now petitioned to rezone the land from rural residential to heavy industrial use to accommodate the sale. However, the land is as close to 100 feet away from residential neighborhood housing that will be affected by the change. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with neighbor Larry Barber to get a local resident’s perspective.

Daily Local News – June 23, 2015

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New numbers from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show unemployment is going down in Indiana; The Monroe County Highway Department has selected a preferred route for a new road between Daniels Way and Hartstraight Road on the west side of Bloomington; Students in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business will soon be working to foster economic development in Palestine; Indiana superintendents are losing confidence in state required changes to teacher evaluations; Research from Indiana University has discovered that watching cat videos online is more emotionally beneficial than one would think.

FEATURE
The company, Hoosier Energy, has found itself in conflict with neighbors in a rural community north of Bloomington. Last year the electric utilities and services provider moved out of its headquarters at Ellis Road and State Road 37. Now the company wants to sell the land. It has an offer from Weddle Brothers Construction, but in order to sell the property, Hoosier Energy needs to change from public zoning to private zoning. Hoosier Energy has now petitioned to rezone the land from rural residential to heavy industrial use to accommodate the sale. However, the land is as close to 100 feet away from residential neighborhood housing that will be affected by the change. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with neighbor Larry Barber to get a local resident’s perspective.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
The Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, Kara Tullman and Kyle Boen
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Local Live – Electric Fences

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A freshly formed amalgamation of Bloomington’s own local music past visits WFHB’s Local Live as Electric Fences for night of self-described “townie rock” and interview session.

SONGS
1. Searchlight
2. Sunday Dress
3. Public School
4. Around to Blame
5. Primitive Road
6. Ocean of Trouble

Electric Fences consists of:
Chris Kupersmith - Guitar, vocals
Josh Bennet - Bass guitar, vocals
Vincent Edwards - Keyboard
Rust Peterson - drums

Hosted by Jar Turner
Engineered by Jim Lang, Dan Withered
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Standing Room Only – The Be More Awards Honor Local Volunteers

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On April 28th, the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network honored local volunteers for their exceptional commitment to community service at the Be More Awards. Awards were given in ten categories covering education and literacy, health & wellness, arts and culture, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, youth, groups or families, service as a board member, college student involvment, and lifetime service. Honorees received a commemorative plaque from Mayor Mark Cruzan and a $500 check from the Community Foundation for the charitable organization they serve.

Public Continues Discussion of Kirkwood Criminal Activity in City Council Chambers

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A standing-room-only crowd gathered last night in the Bloomington City Council chambers to discuss recent concerns over crime on Kirkwood Avenue. The forum was a response to the owners of Nick’s English Hut and other downtown businesses who have complained about panhandling, drug use and other behaviors they say are bad for business. City Council member Steve Volan hosted the event. Volan says two different groups, students and the homeless, tend to be the subject of most complaints.

Volan invited Bloomington Human Rights Commission member Byron Bangert, Decarcerate Monroe County member Erin Marshall and Nick’s English Hut owner Susan Bright to speak. Bright is responsible for beginning the public discussion about downtown behavior last week. She sent a letter to local businesses titled “Bum Commerce” on Kirkwood. Last night, Bright apologized for using the word “bum”. But she suggested new legislation to target panhandlers.

Many at the forum said too much negative attention has been focused on homeless and impoverished residents. Marshall, from Decarcerate Monroe County, asked concerned citizens to examine what makes them fearful or upset about certain behaviors.

Several members of the audience made comments or asked questions of the panelists. Sam Frushour says he often walks around town because he is unable to drive.

Another speaker was a man named Rob, who says he is currently homeless. He had two suggestions for dealing with the issues downtown.

Volan told the group it would take more than simply the city government to address the issues businesspeople have mentioned. He pointed out that the County government, the state and Indiana University all set policies that affect downtown Bloomington.

An Afternoon of Direct Animation this Saturday

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The local experimental media group, Burroughs Century Limited, is hosting an Afternoon of Direct Animation this Saturday. The event invites participants to draw designs onto sixteen millimeter film, and then see their art projected as a motion picture film. The event is free, however donations will help pay for the group’s Wounded Galaxy festival, taking place in October. The 5-day festival will bring guest lectures, film screenings, music shows, and more, hosted in venues throughout town. The festival will showcase local and visiting artists. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with IU Professor Joan Hawkins to get a greater understanding of the festival and the Burroughs Century Group.

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