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Voices in the Street – Toasting the New Year: Hopes and Dreams for 2015

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A new year is here, a time for reflection and resolution.  How are people in Bloomington resolving to improve themselves and our world?  In this special edition of Voices in the Street, WFHB went on-location to local taverns, neighborhood parties, and of course the streets of Bloomington to find all about hopes and dreams for 2015.

Daily Local News – January 15, 2015

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A second candidate has entered the race for mayor of Bloomington; Poverty is still on the rise in Indiana, according to a new report from the Indiana Institute for Working Families; After a rape was reported on Indiana University’s campus this week, a student group is aiming to educate IU students about sexual assault, rape and consent; The Bloomington City Council spent most of its meeting last night remembering community members who recently passed away.

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For a second time, Representative Todd Young authored legislation to increase the number of hours employees have to work in order to receive healthcare from their employers. The bill has passed in the House of Representatives. As it heads now to the senate, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh explores what the impact of Representative Young’s bill would be here in his hometown of Bloomington Indiana.

VOICES IN THE STREET
A new year is here, a time for reflection and resolution. How are people in Bloomington resolving to improve themselves and our world? In this special edition of Voices in the Street, WFHB went on-location to local taverns, neighborhood parties, and of course the streets of Bloomington to find all about hopes and dreams for 2015.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Caroly VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access
Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jonathan Goethals.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Beware! – Online Colleges

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Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

Daily Local News – January 14, 2015

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Governor Mike Pence opened his half-hour State of the State speech last night by saying Indiana has never been stronger; Bloomington residents stood on the corner of Kirkwood and Walnut as the sun set yesterday evening, waving signs that said “no keystone XL” as part of a national day of action against the controversial pipeline; Monroe County is now a semifinalist in a nationwide competition to save energy.

FEATURE
We now bring you condensed portions of Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address from last night. Pence gave the speech before the Indiana General Assembly.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Kathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was engineered by Michael Hilton
Our engineers today were Jim Lang, Adam Reichle, Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Local Activists Turn Out to Oppose The Keystone Pipeline

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Bloomington residents stood on the corner of Kirkwood and Walnut as the sun set yesterday evening, waving signs that said “no keystone XL” as part of a national day of action against the controversial pipeline.

Jack Brubaker (BRUE-bay-ker), a local activist who helped organize the event, told WFHB he wants to keep the issue in the public eye, especially because of recent misleading reports that President Obama has resolved not to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. In fact, the Obama administration announced that he would veto a current proposal for the development due to a procedural hang up. Obama believes the matter should be decided by the state department, not determined through the current legislation. He has not said whether he would veto the project if the state department approves the construction.
Proponents of the pipeline often refer to job creation in the United States, and reduced dependence on foreign oil. Brubaker points out the United States won’t see most of the economic benefits of the project.
Even if the state department approves of the pipeline and Obama signs off on it, it is not a guarantee that the pipeline would be built. A recent drop in the price of oil worldwide means that currently, Alberta tar sand production is operating at a loss, and may not find investors to participate in refining the tar sands.
Brubaker is most troubled by the environmental risks of the pipeline.

Governor Pence Proclaims “Indiana Has Never Been Stronger”

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We now bring you a condensed portion of Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address from last night. Pence gave the speech before the Indiana General Assembly.

Governor Pence’s State of the State Address Receives Criticism

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Governor Mike Pence opened his half-hour State of the State speech last night by saying Indiana has never been stronger. For more on this story, we go to WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh.

Schools, Schools, Schools – a look at the language of the State of the State Address

State of the State 2013-2015
WFHB inserted the text of Governor Mike Pence’s 3 State of the State Addresses into a word-cloud generator – notice any themes?
The full report, tonight on WFHB’s Daily Local news at 5:30pm.

Interchange – Unprotected: On Cybersecurity

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Host Doug Storm is joined by David Delaney from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Steve Myers from the School of Informatics and Computing to talk about cybersecurity in the public and private sphere.

From the recent hack into Sony Industries ostensibly perpetrated by North Korea to oil pipeline sabotage in Turkey, both our physical places and our digital spaces are vulnerable to almost anyone or any “nation-state” with the right skill-set and knowledge. As guest Steve Myers said, uranium isn’t cheap, but people with computer knowledge are.

Of Related Interest
Interchange – Fred Cate: Government Surveillance, Then and Now
Interchange – Colin Allen: Thinking About Thinking Machines

Credits
Host & Producer: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive producer: Alycin Bektesh

New Bloomington Directory Highlights Women- And Minority-Owned Businesses

A new business directory is now available to highlight minority and women-owned businesses serving Bloomington and Monroe County.

According to the city of Bloomington, the Minority & Women-Owned Business directory was developed to help provide visibility for diverse businesses, promote equity of economic opportunities, and help eliminate barriers for minority and women-owned businesses.

Bloomington’s minority- and women-owned businesses generate more than $300 million a year, according to census data.

But, according to the city’s press release, minorities and women still remain underrepresented in our county, state and city.

Go here to view the directory in a separate window.

 

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