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“We Didn’t Ask” – A Secretive History in Vietnam

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Everyone has a story to tell. And as loved ones grow older, those stories become more and more precious to their family members. But what do you do when they have stories that they don’t want to tell? Indiana University student David Crosman brings us the story of his Grand Uncle, Louis Adams, and his secretive involvement in the Vietnam War. This story comes courtesy of American Student Radio and the IU Media School.

Bloomington City Council Borrows $48 Million Dollars for TIF District

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The Bloomington City Council voted last night to borrow up to forty-eight million dollars for the city’s Redevelopment District, also known as the downtown TIF district. The bond funds are to be used to finance infrastructure work in the district. Mayor Mark Kruzan lobbied for the measure at the May 13th meeting of the council. Kruzan spoke again last night.

“Bloomington Indiana in the last decade with this councils support and some of your predecessors have faced down a recession to invest in itself,” Kruzan explains.

About two-thirds of the bond funds — or twenty-five million dollars — are to be spent on the Switchyard Park Development on Bloomington’s south-side. Other priorities include rehabilitation of the city-owned Buskirk-Chumley Theater, promoting construction of affordable housing and installing infrastructure in the Certified Technology Park. A portion of the money is also intended for improvements to city parks, renovation of the animal shelter, and police department and sanitation facilities.

iCan Bicycle Camp Rides into Bloomington

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A bicycle camp for disabled children and young adults is coming to Bloomington this August. The deadline to sign up for the iCan Bike Camp is June 15th with ten spots left. Organizing Committee Member Deborah Meyerson explains the basics of the program.

“It’s designed to help kids with disabilities to ride a two wheeled bike”, Meyerson explains.

Professionals of the national non-profit “iCan Shine” program will host the program with the help of local volunteers. Volunteers must be able to commit to ninety minutes each of the five days and able to walk and jog alongside participants during the three-mile course. This is the first iCan Shine program to take place in Bloomington.

“It’s a real source of independence for kids” Meyerson explains. “Its a wonderful oppurtunity for kids to participate in the community.”

The camp will begin on August 17th at the Frank Southern Ice Arena.

Daily Local News – May 21, 2015

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The Bloomington City Council voted last night to borrow up to forty-eight million dollars for the city’s Redevelopment District, also known as the downtown TIF district;Last night
the Council also passed a resolution to add the old Showers Furniture buildings to the city’s list of historic districts;The executive director of Indiana’s state school board is quitting after just a year on the job;Guffin’s retirement comes less than a month after the
passage of a law that many say will greatly change the Indiana education system in the years to come;A bicycle camp for disabled children and young adults is coming to Bloomington this August;Earlier this week Assistant Richland Bean Blossom Schools Superintendent Jason Bletzinger presented the results of the district’s I-READ-3 tests.

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Everyone has a story to tell. And as loved ones grow older, those stories become more and more precious to their family members. But what do you do when they have stories that they
don’t want to tell? Indiana University student David Crosman brings us the story of his Grand Uncle, Louis Adams, and his secretive involvement in the Vietnam War. This story comes courtesy of American Student Radio and the IU Media School.That was IU student reporter David Crosman with a story about his Grand Uncle, Louis Adams. The story was
broadcast on WFHB as part of a partnership with American Student Radio. The City of Bloomington will hold a Memorial Day service to honor veterans on Monday morning. The service will begin at 9 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery.

VOICES IN THE STREET
A safe and civil city? How we view Bloomington after Hannah Wilson.

CREDITS
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
upported by Smithville Fiber, a local provider of high speed Internet, TV, voice, and security services. Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman and Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Crosman
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – May 21, 2015

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In today’s EcoReport feature, I-U environmental scientist Vicki Meretsky discusses Frogs, their role in our environment, and the types of these amphibians found in Southern Indiana.

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.

This weeks Anchor’s: Julianna Dailey and Phil Casper.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Dave Murphy and Jordan Guskey. Our feature was produced by Bob Kissel. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders. EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Professor Vicki Meretsky on Frogs

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In today’s EcoReport feature, I.U. environmental scientist Vicki Meretsky discusses Frogs, their role in our environment, and the types of these amphibians found in Southern Indiana.

IN Nature – Mourningdove

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Cast of Characters: Troy Kilgore

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In the third installment of WFHB’s Cast of Characters series, local landscape painter Troy Kilgore sits down with reporter Amanda Marino to discuss art and tell his story of how he came to be a painter.

Daily Local News – May 20, 2015

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An Indiana University Sociology professor has just released a study contradicting previous claims that lesbians and gay men make bad parents; Last week, Purdue University announced it would freeze tuition for a fourth year in a row; The city of Bloomington Utilities Department is looking for ways to make water bills more informative and simpler for customers to understand; The Bryan Park and Mills Pools in Bloomington open this Saturday.

FEATURE
In the third installment of WFHB’s Cast of Characters series, Amanda Marino sits down with local landscape painter Troy Kilgore.

CREDITS
Anchors: Araceli Gomez, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek, Ivy Bridges and Kara Tullman
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Cast of Characters was produced by Amanda Marino
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Purdue and IU freeze tuition

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Last week, Purdue University announced it would freeze tuition for a fourth year in a row. And today, IU indicated it would follow suit. IU president Michael McRobbie recommended in a statement today that IU not increase tuition for in-state students for the next two years. The IU Board of Trustees will make a final decision on that request June third. McRobbie’s recommendation comes on the heels of Purdue Trustees approving a fourth year of a tuition freeze at that school. Purdue has frozen the rate of tuition since the 2012-2013 school year and plans on offering the same rate through the 2015-2016 academic year.

A tuition freeze would be something of a change to IU’s past approach. IU Spokesman Mark Land said yesterday that while IU has not offered an across-the-board tuition freeze recently, it has set a fixed rate for some students. There isn’t a huge difference between the two universities’ tuition for in-state students. Full-time Purdue students can expect a rate of $10,002 per year, while IU students can expect to pay $10,388 a year. At Purdue out-of-state students pay $28,804, while IU is more costly at $33,240 a year. Land says in the past IU has offered other strategies to help its students with affordability.

At Purdue, the recent tuition freeze also came with a proposed 3.5 percent merit pay increase for employees at its West Lafayette campus. Purdue Trustees also approved an increase in entry-level wages to $10 per hour for all full-time clerical and service staff. The minimum wage at IU is lower, at just $8.25 per hour. Purdue, however, pays its part-time employees, many of them students, as little as $7.25 an hour. Land says there has been talk of future wage increases at IU.

IU trustees will take public comment on tuition recommendations at their meeting Wednesday, June 3rd. Public comments begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 450A of the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis.

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