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Voices in the Street – “Black History Month: African-American Heroes”

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February is Black History Month, which in Bloomington means a full slate of public forums and celebrations honoring the cultural legacy of African-Americans in Bloomington and beyond. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, we hit the streets to ask local residents about African-Americans who inspire you. So Bloomington, tell us about your black heroes.

Mike Pence Controversy for State-Run News Plan

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This afternoon Governor Mike Pence axed his plans for a state-run news service. Pence became the subject of controversy earlier this week when the Indianapolis Star reported on his plans to establish a government run news service called Just IN. Just IN was supposed to launch this February.

In a news release today, Pence said he would not approve of any state-run media and that the proposal, authored by his communications staff, was not what he expected. The project has since been completely shut down. Instead, Pence said, the current public calendar website will be updated and adapted.

Documents of the proposal show the Just IN site would have featured breaking news stories and have been overseen by a Government-paid managing editor. Just IN was intended both for a general audience and media.

Much of the backlash against the plan came from journalists who found the idea of a state-run news agency unethical. Matthew Tully, a writer for the IndyStar, argued against Just IN, citing the American tradition of an independent press as well as the fact the agency would be funded by taxpayers.

IU Journalism Professor Gerry Lanosga has blogged and tweeted about the Just IN controversy. And to Lanosga, the outrage was unwarranted.

He says that he does not see it as an ethical issue for the government, but could possibly be an ethical issue for the journalists involved.

Over the past couple days, many critics suggested the Just In service would spin stories to benefit the Pence administration. But Lanosga argues the focus should be on how the press gets its information in the first place.

He states that we need to think about how reliant the press is right now on government information. He also states that it is a big concern that a large portion of the press’ information come directly from government sources.

The documents that allowed the IndyStar reporter to break the story on Just IN came from a government source. Mike Pence is in his first term as the 50th governor of Indiana and has served since 2013. There is wide speculation Pence is considering a run for president in 2016. So far he has not made those plans public.

EcoReport – Kerwin Olson: Citizens’ Action Coalition

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Kerwin Olson, executive director of the Citizens’ Action Coalition discusses the many ways Indiana House Bill 1320 was designed to shut down solar power in the state.

Staff shortage puts Indiana Department of Child Services in regulatory bind

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The Indiana Department of Child Services is violating federal regulations meant to protect abused and neglected children. The Department’s caseworkers are stretched too thin, working more cases than the law allows. But the Department has so far declined to ask the state for more money to hire additional staff to correct the problem. Correspondent Taylor Telford looked into the caseworker shortage and what the Department is doing to respond to public concern for today’s WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – January 29, 2015

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This afternoon Governor Mike Pence axed his plans for a state-run news service; The Monroe County Council heard a summary of 2014 county finances during their work session on Tuesday; A new Indiana bill would require high school students to pass an immigration test in order to graduate; Monroe County Public Library Director Sara Laughlin gave her final State of the Library Address last week; The Ellettsville Town Council heard an update Monday on the progress of the long-delayed Heritage Trail development; Monday is the deadline for employers to provide W-2 forms to their employees and many local residents will notice a new twist on taxes this year.

FEATURE
The Indiana Department of Child Services is violating federal regulations meant to protect abused and neglected children. The Department’s caseworkers are stretched too thin, working more cases than the law allows. But the Department has so far declined to ask the state for more money to hire additional staff to correct the problem. Correspondent Taylor Telford looked into the caseworker shortage and what the Department is doing to respond to public concern for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
“Black History Month: African-American Heroes”
February is Black History Month, which in Bloomington means a full slate of public forums and celebrations honoring the cultural legacy of African-Americans in Bloomington and beyond. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, we hit the streets to ask local residents about African-Americans who inspire you. So Bloomington, tell us about your black heroes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Taylor Telford.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – January 29, 2015

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In today’s Ecoreport feature, Kerwin Olson, executive director of the Citizens’ Action Coalition discusses the many ways Indiana House Bill 1320 was designed to shut down solar power in the state.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: Linda Lightner and Glenn Lightner
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Nancy Jones and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

New Area Code Added to Southern Indiana Starting Next Saturday

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has announced that, starting next Saturday, all local calls made in the 812 area must be placed using the complete ten-digit telephone number—that is, the area code plus the seven-digit number. This is because a new “930” area code will be added to the region covering the southern third of the state to provide an additional supply of needed phone numbers. The IURC emphasizes that residents’ current phone numbers will not change, but new phone customers may be assigned a number with the 930 code. They also say the price of a call, coverage areas, or other rates and services will not be changed, and callers still must dial a “1” plus area code and 7-digit telephone number for all long distance calls. Callers can still access emergency services with three digits—911—and can also continue to use three digits to reach 211 and 811, as well as 311 and 511, where available.

Better Beware! – Sneaky Email Scam

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They almost got me last week…and if you aren’t very careful, they’ll get you too. Here’s one of the sneakiest spams I’ve ever seen.

H.I.P. 2.0 Accepted as Medicaid Substitute for Indiana

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s medicaid expansion alternative, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved for a three year “demonstration program”. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with local Doctor Rob Stone about the long-awaited agreement between Indiana and the federal government for today’s Daily Local News community report.

Residents can submit their H.I.P. 2.0 applications to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration this week – covergae begins on February 1st.

Daily Local News – January 28, 2015

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Indiana is one of only three states that operates under a “dead voter law” which eliminates the ballot of any voter who dies before election day; The Monroe County Solid Waste District is having trouble finding a company to build its new recycling facility; The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has announced that, starting next Saturday, all local calls made in the 812 area must be placed using the complete ten-digit telephone number—that is, the area code plus the seven-digit number.

FEATURE
Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s medicaid expansion alternative, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved for a three year “demonstration program”. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with local Doctor Rob Stone about the long-awaited agreement between Indiana and the federal government for today’s Daily Local News community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
They almost got me last week…and if you aren’t very careful, they’ll get you too. Here’s one of the sneakiest spams I’ve ever seen.

Credits
Anchors; Kelly Wherley and Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh and Cathi Norton
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 Alycin Bektesh
Our engineers today are Jim Lang, Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

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