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Indianapolis Improving But Still Faces Pollution Problems

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The American Lung Association released a report today that ranked Indianapolis the 23rd most polluted city in the nation for short term particle pollution. But despite that ranking, the report says Indiana has been making some progress in reducing pollution levels. Ever since the first State of the Air Report was released 16 years ago, air quality in the state has generally improved. Healthy Air campaign manager Mike Kolleng says the Lung Association’s findings this year were mixed.  He believes that new standards should also be unveiled that are capable of getting ahead of climate change.

Kolleng says updating our standards for handling pollution is crucial. Unfortunately, he says Indiana faces trouble making this kind of progress at the state level.  He stated that the governor opposes new ozone standards and this does not reflect the information that we now have.

One of the American Lung Associations primary goals is to update ozone standards. Kolleng stresses that current limits should be reduced by about 10%. He also stresses that ozone management really is a national issue and that anytime that ozone levels decrease it is helping the entire population as a whole.

The report from the American Lung Association presents a more complex picture than a statement released just two weeks ago by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. That statement said simply that air quality is improving throughout the state. It stated “nearly all Hoosiers live and work in areas that meet all federal air quality standards.”  You can read the full report from the American Lung association at StateOfTheAir.org.

Interchange – Troubadours, Activists, and Acrobats: “A Show of Hats”

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Guest Host Andy Mahler is joined by the musicians performing in “A Show of Hats,” April 29th, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater: Dillon Bustin, Travis Puntarelli, and Marc Haggerty share the songs and stories that illustrate the power of community.

Guests
Travis Puntarelli is a troubadour in the traditional sense of the word. Born in California and raised in Bloomington, he was influenced by the diversity of this musical community. From early music events at IU to marching band at Bloomington North, from Player’s Pub to the Music Co-op, Travis has played throughout our community. He’s been taught and influenced by Anne Dunbar, Diane Demes, Janis Stockhouse, and Dr. Raymond Wise, among a wide array of musicians within the Bloomington community.

Dillon Bustin is a musician and songwriter who has had a profound and lasting effect on Bloomington. He writes about a wide variety of topics and experiences, including sailing on the ocean, boat building, homesteading, gardening and firewood. He reflects upon the humor of what we have all done to each other over the years and the situations we have made of our lives. Because of all this, his work transcends entertainment in its lasting importance to our community.

Aaron Comforty is a musician who plays, among many other instruments, guitar, bass, trumpet, and he also sings.

Marc Haggerty is a musician, an activist, and an acrobat. In no particular order.

Credits
Producer: Doug Storm
Guest Host: Andy Mahler
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – April 28, 2015

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An event to show support for the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal is scheduled
for this Thursday night. Governor Mike Pence has named Matt Lloyd as his new Deputy Chief
of Staff for Communications and Strategy. This Friday marks the revival of a tradition in
Bloomington called First Fridays. The Town of Ellettsville is getting ready for Opening Day
at the Ball Park this weekend. The John Waldron Arts Center has been granted a noise permit
for the dedication of its new Plaza at the corner of Walnut and 4th Streets in downtown
Bloomington.

FEATURE
Police in Scott County say they will continue enforcing drug paraphernalia laws, despite
concerns from public health officials trying to stem the HIV outbreak there.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Your Money and the Law – We may not like to think about debt collection, tax audits, or
foreclosures, but sometimes they happen. Jamie Andree of Indiana Legal Services stops by to
talk about what to think about when your money meets the law—and how you might keep them
from crossing paths in the first place.

CREDITS
Anchors – Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Kyle Boen, Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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 Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

The Ins and Outs of Money – Your Money & the Law

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Your Money and the Law – We may not like to think about debt collection, tax audits, or foreclosures, but sometimes they happen. Jamie Andree of Indiana Legal Services stops by to talk about what to think about when your money meets the law—and how you might keep them from crossing paths in the first place.

Scott County Enforcing Paraphernalia Laws in Spite of HIV Outbreak

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Police in Scott County say they will continue enforcing drug paraphernalia laws, despite concerns from public health officials trying to stem the HIV outbreak there.

The HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana continues to grow. So far there have been 143 new cases discovered as part of the outbreak. State health officials joined local authorities in Scott County this morning to discuss the situation. The outbreak has been linked to the use of intravenous drugs and Governor Mike Pence has suspended state law to allow for a needle exchange program there. But some say local police aren’t responding well to the legalization of drug paraphernalia. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

Bring It On! – April 27, 2015

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William Hosea and Cornelius Wright welcome Rev. Dennis Laffoon and Andre Rush.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Cornelius welcome Rev. Dennis Laffoon, pastor of the Bethel A.M.E. church. He joins us this evening to discuss the upcoming forum on improving police and community relations featuring Indiana State Police Captain, Ruben Marté.

PART TWO
Headline news of interest to the African-American community.

PART THREE
Local kindergarten teacher Andre Rush joins us to talk about the unique opportunities and challenges that his Kindergarten teaching role presents.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Cornelius Wright
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

Cast of Characters: Dave Debikey

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daveThe first segment in a new WFHB series called Cast of Characters. In this series, WFHB went looking for local characters with interesting personal stories. We bring you now the first installment of Cast of Characters with WFHB correspondent Amanda Marino.

Daily Local News – April 27, 2015

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Bloomington’s connection to a city in Nicaragua; Indiana University is offering free counseling services to students following the murder of IU senior Hannah Wilson on Friday; The I-69 Development Partners Team has announced overnight road closures on State Road 37 at Rockport Road; State health officials say the HIV outbreak in Scott County is continuing to grow; State legislators held a Conference Committee Hearing today on a bill that would change the structure of the State Board of Education; The League of American Bicyclists has renewed the city Bloomington government’s designation as an officially Bicycle Friendly employer; Last week the Edgewood Parent Teacher Organization presented a $500 check to Edgewood Primary School for the Andy Burns scholarship fund.

FEATURE
The first segment in a new WFHB series called Cast of Characters. In this series, WFHB went looking for local characters with interesting personal stories. We bring you now the first installment of Cast of Characters with WFHB correspondent Amanda Marino.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Joe Crawford, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron, Adele Poudrier and Joe Crawford.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Amanda Marino.
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.

Indiana University Offering Free Counseling Services to Students

Indiana University is offering free counseling services to students following the murder of IU senior Hannah Wilson on Friday. IU Counseling and Psychological Services Director Nancy Stockton says counselors have already visited the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, where Wilson was a member. Any students who seek services for grief, anxiety or other issues related to Wilson’s death will not be charged a fee.

Wilson’s body was found in a vacant lot in Brown County on Friday. Police arrested Bloomington resident Daniel Messel on Friday and formally charged him with murder this morning. Stockton says some students may still be in shock after hearing the news.

Stockton further explained, “People are distraught. They frequently go through a period of being in shock, of feeling disbelief, of almost denial that anything so horrific has happened. Slowly psychologically things sink in… Sometimes it takes a little while for things to really sink in and for the student to be ready to talk to someone about it. So sometimes they don’t actually seek out counselling for a few days or sometimes even weeks.”

Stockton encouraged students to keep an eye out for friends who might be in distress. She says these kinds of events can affect more than just those who were close to the victim.

Stockton said, “Others can be indirectly affected… Even though they may not have know Hannah, this can have a considerable impact on them.”

According to a probable cause statement filed by State Police, Wilson’s friends last saw her about 1 a.m. Friday morning when she got into a taxi outside Kilroy’s Sports Bar. Wilson had been drinking and her friends decided she was too intoxicated to enter the bar. When police found her body, they found Messel’s cell phone nearby, according to the statement. Later they found Messel, who they say had claw marks on his forearms and blood splattered on the driver’s side of his car.

Messel is currently being held without bond in the Brown County Jail. Students looking for counseling or other help after normal business hours can call the Counseling and Psychological Services crisis line at 812-855-5711.

Activate! – Bloomington Sister Cities: David Boeyink

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David Boeyink, long-time volunteer and organizer, talks about the wonderful experiences and adventures as well as the amazing personal connections he has made as part of the Bloomington Sister Cities Program. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

LINKS
Bloomington-Posoltega Committee, Sister Cities International
Bloomington Worldwide Friendship Host
CIEE High School Program Host Families

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