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No Official Public Comment As DNR Considered Plan For State Forests

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has just published a five-year plan for how it will manage state forest land. The document is coming under fire from some Indiana residents, who say they weren’t even consulted as the DNR was making its plans. News Director Joe Crawford brings that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Bloomington Primary Election Results: Neher Concedes To Hamilton

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John Hamilton has defeated Darryl Neher in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Bloomington. More detailed results can be found here, courtesy of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office.

Interchange – What’s the Matter with Voting?

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Tonight’s show, “What’s the Matter with Voting,” will focus on some of the questions that surround the ways citizens think about what voting means, why it matters, or doesn’t, and the ways in which local elections fit inside national and state narratives of the electoral process.

Joining host Doug Storm are Marjorie Hershey and Joe Crawford.

Marjorie Hershey is a professor of political science at Indiana University where her research and teaching interests focus on political parties, campaigns, and elections. With regard to research, she continues to examine the process by which political activists and journalists construct explanations for election results.

Joe Crawford is the News Director at WFHB.

MUSIC
“Politics” by The Thompson Twins
“Ball of Confusion” by Love and Rockets

Credits
Host and Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Bring It On! – May 4, 2015

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William Hosea and Doris Sims welcome Brad Swain.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Doris welcome Monroe County Sheriff, Brad Swain. He joins us to discuss his viewpoints as Monroe County Sheriff on several national cases and to specifically share his plans on building trust and forging partnerships within minority communities during a time of tense relationships with law enforcement.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Doris Sims
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Activate! – Stamp Out Hunger: Jenn Hottell

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Jerry Sutherland talks about Saturday’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive sponsored by the National Alliance of Mail Carriers, the United Way of Monroe County and the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Also, more opportunities to volunteer to help reduce hunger and food insecurity in Monroe County from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

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Hoosier Hills Food Bank
Stamp Out Hunger Volunteers
Teens Potato Harvesting & Soil Health Project
Garden & Gleaning Programs

Daily Local News – May 4, 2015

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A conversation about what to do when pulled over by police; Tomorrow is primary election day in Bloomington; Last week, County Election Board member Lorraine Farrell gave instructions for how the public can file complaints about candidates they suspect of violating campaign finance law; Chants of Black Lives Matter filled the street along Kirkwood last Friday night; The Bloomington Fire Department has its first female chief in its 115-year history; The longtime WFHB personality, Steve Thrasher, passed away late last week in Hawaii after sustaining injuries in a surfing accident.

FEATURE
Last week the Bethel AME church in Bloomington hosted a forum on the relationship between police and the rest of the Bloomington community. In the lead up to that event WFHB’s African American public affairs program, Bring it On, hosted a conversation with the church’s pastor, Reverend Dennis Laffoon. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Sarah Panfil
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Forum on Relationship Between Police and Bloomington Community

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Last week the Bethel AME church in Bloomington hosted a forum on the relationship between police and the rest of the Bloomington community. In the lead up to that event WFHB’s African American public affairs program, Bring it On, hosted a conversation with the church’s pastor, Reverend Dennis Laffoon. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day in Bloomington

Tomorrow is primary election day in Bloomington. Voters will cast ballots in races for mayor and city council among others. So far, fewer than 3 percent of voters cast ballots during the early voting period. But County Clerk Linda Robbins says that statistic doesn’t tell the whole story.

Robins said,  ”Well it tells us that we’ll have about twelve percent of the registered voters that will all show up for everything… We have just only 35,000 voters who are considered active voters within the municipality so we could double that say of our active voters we’ll have nearly a quarter of our active voters voting.”

In Bloomington, all the contested races are among Democrats. Voters who choose Republican ballots will not be able to vote in those races.

Robbins added, “They’ll need to remember that they have to pick a party because this is a primary and they will need to make sure, I can’t emphasize enough, that they bring their government issued ID.  That’s a driver’s license, a passport, a military ID and IU IDs and Ivy Tech IDs will also suffice.”

To find your precinct and where to vote, visit monroecountyelections.com. Tune in to WFHB tomorrow night beginning at 6 p.m. for exclusive election coverage, including a conversation with IU political science professor Marjorie Hershey.

Hamilton and Neher on Affordable Housing

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There are two remaining candidates in the Democratic primary race for mayor of Bloomington. Democrat John Linnemeier dropped out of the race last week, leaving Darryl Neher and John Hamilton to compete for the nomination. In recent months both candidates have spoken publicly about the need for more affordable housing in Bloomington. WFHB correspondent Taylor Telford looked into the candidates’ positions on the issue and we bring you that report for today’s WFHB community report.

Early Voting Ends Monday at Noon

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County Clerk Linda Robbins said today that absentee voting has gone smoothly so far in the lead up to the municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 5th. Early voting ends Monday at noon. Voters can go to the Johnson Hardware Building, on West Seventh Street at Madison, to cast early votes. The polling station is open tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and then Saturday from 9 to 3. At a meeting today of the County Election Board, Robbins reminded voters that the deadline to request a ballot by mail has passed

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