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Planned Neighborhood Development

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The city council will meet tonight to discuss a proposal to re-zone a football-shaped area of land along the B-line trail on the north side of the downtown area between 9th and 11th streets. The proposal, brought the council by local non-profit Habitat for Humanity, is to re-zone the area from residential to “planned neighborhood development”, so that Habitat for Humanity can build a subdivision with 35 single family homes. Currently, the land, which is owned by habitat for humanity, is zoned so that 50% of the trees on the property can be removed, but if the proposal is approved, Habitat for Humanity would be allowed to remove up to 64% of the trees on the land. The proposal states that the 36% of the property that would be required to remain wooded would be near the B-line trail and the railroad that borders the other side of the property. The area was clear as recently as the 1960s and the oldest trees on the property are the ones near the edges, which the proposal plans to retain. At the last city council meeting, residents of the area spoke out against Habitat’s proposal for a variety of rationales, ranging from the ecology of the area, to the view from the b-line trail. WFHB Correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Patrick Shay, development review manager for the city of Bloomington, and Martha Crouch, a resident of the neighborhood for 35 years, for today’s WFHB feature.

Bloomington Beware! – Homeless Phone Scam

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Scammers have reached a new low, by victimizing the neediest people – the homeless. So far, this frightening scheme is apparently NOT illegal — so it’s up to you to help spread the warning.

Ins and Outs of Money – FAFSA

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Thinking about college? Ashley talks with Patt McCafferty, Director of Financial Aid at Ivy Tech Community College, about the importance of filing a FAFSA.

St. Monkey: A New Book by IU Prof. Jacinda Townsend

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Jacinda Townsend grew up in South-Central Kentucky and has published short fiction in literary magazines such as African Voices, Carve Magazine, The Maryland Review, and Xavier Review. Her work has been anthologized in publications like Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky
Feminists. She is currently a professor at Indiana University and resides in Bloomington with her two kids. On a recent episode of the WFHB show Bring it On Townsend talked about her new book, St. Monkey, which is set in Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Now we bring you a portion of that appearance, for today’s WFHB feature report.

Daily Local News – March 4, 2014

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The Bloomington Plan Commission voted February 24th to fast-track approval for a thirty-five home subdivision in what is currently an urban forest along the B-Line Trail; Senator Joe Donnelly received the announcement on February 28th that a state of emergency in Indiana has been extended to March fifteenth, due to extremely cold weather affecting propane supply; Indiana University plans to partner in the creation of a Chicago-based Digital Lab for Manufacturing; The Indiana Chapter of an organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is fighting the passage of Senate Bill 229.

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St. Monkey: A New Book by IU Prof. Jacinda Townsend
Jacinda Townsend grew up in South-Central Kentucky and has published short fiction in literary magazines such as African Voices, Carve Magazine, The Maryland Review, and Xavier Review. Her work has been anthologized in publications like Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky
Feminists. She is currently a professor at Indiana University and resides in Bloomington with her two kids. On a recent episode of the WFHB show Bring it On Townsend talked about her new book, St. Monkey, which is set in Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Now we bring you a portion of that appearance, for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Thinking about college? Ashley talks with Patt McCafferty, Director of Financial Aid at Ivy Tech Community College, about the importance of filing a FAFSA.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Lindsey Wright,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Rob Powell.
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 Rob Powell,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – March 3, 2014

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The Indiana House has voted in favor of Senate Bill 101, which further criminalizes trespassing within the agricultural industry; An economic researcher at Ball State University has found that the percentage of working-age people in Indiana currently employed or looking for work has been declining since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, and is likely to stay low into the future; The Bloomington Plan Commission voted February 24th to fast-track approval for a 35-home subdivision in what is currently an urban forest along the B-Line Trail; The Indiana University Student Association is searching for candidates for its 2014 elections.

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IU: No Written Contracts on University Courts Deal
As Bloomington officials debate this week whether to designate the University Courts neighborhood as a historic district, plans are moving forward to demolish six of its houses. Indiana University plans to tear down the homes along East 8th Street, and then trade the land to a fraternity that would build a house there. The plan has angered neighbors and others who want to protect the houses. And in November, WFHB submitted a public record request to IU seeking contracts and other documents that would provide details about the deal. After months of negotiations, IU responded last week, but the response raises even more questions about how the deal would work. We bring you that story now, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Ashley Hall of the United Way talks about the Free Community Tax Services program being coordinated by United Way and other Bloomington business and institutions.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Olivia DeWeese and David Murphy,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

IU: No Written Contracts on University Courts Deal

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As Bloomington officials debate this week whether to designate the University Courts neighborhood as a historic district, plans are moving forward to demolish six of its houses. Indiana University plans to tear down the homes along East 8th Street, and then trade the land to a fraternity that would build a house there. The plan has angered neighbors and others who want to protect the houses. And in November, WFHB submitted a public record request to IU seeking contracts and other documents that would provide details about the deal. After months of negotiations, IU responded last week, but the response raises even more questions about how the deal would work. We bring you that story now, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Activate! – Free Community Tax Services: Ashley Hall

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Ashley Hall of the United Way talks about the Free Community Tax Services program being coordinated by United Way and other Bloomington business and institutions.

Local Live – Sphie

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With multi-genred roots, Sphie combines an eclectic blend of soul, pop and R&B with operatic undertones. Sultry melody lines mixed with percussive and descriptive lyricism paint her portrait of sound.

Songs:
1. Jump In
2. Pigs Ears N’ Honey
3. Music in the Movement
4. Without Any Lights On
5. Love Will Heal This World

Sphie Holman (vocals, piano), Jamal Borden (piano)

Engineered by Jim Lang
Mixed by Jar

Hola Bloomington – February 28, 2014

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Hostess Minerva Sosa and Jose Toledo interview Prisma Lopez-Marin Assistant programmer  from the Community and Family Resources Department, Latino Outreach. She talks about the service the City is providing to help people filling out their taxes. Also our guest Colin Airriess explain his job about being an interpreter for the people who don’t speak English.

Also our local news, sports, the events of the week and “mesa redonda” with Minerva Sosa.

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