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Bloomington Hospital to fire 50 people by end of year

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Bloomington Hospital has announced that it will eliminate 50 positions by the end of the year.

A statement, signed by Mark Moore, President & CEO of IU Health Bloomington – the name given to Bloomington Hospital after IU’s takeover – justifies the job cuts in order reduce expenses in order to, quote, prepare for sweeping changes in healthcare.

This announcement comes in the wake of the parent company’s statement in September that it would be cutting 800 jobs across all of its affiliated hospitals. Indiana’s other large hospital group, Saint Vincent’s, announced last June that it had laid off 865 employees.

Accompanying IU health’s September statement on the planned job cuts was a claim that its income for the first six months of 2013 was up 20 percent.

However, IU Health claimed the massive jobs cuts were a necessary response to declining reimbursements and admissions.

These kind of job losses in Indiana hospitals has been predicted in consequence of national events, especially the cuts in Medicare payments to health care providers included in the across-the-board federal spending reductions under Congressional sequestration as well as the planned cuts in Medicare reimbursements under the Affordable Care Act, as it comes into operation.

However, even greater declines in public use of healthcare providers in Indiana was predicted after Indiana Governor Mike Pence chose to not participate in the largely federally financed expansion of  Medicaid under the ACA, which would have provided health care coverage for several hundred thousand more  Hoosiers.

 

Business Outlook Panel Finishes Indiana Tour in Richmond, Expect Economy Growth in Next Year

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The 42 annual tour of the business outlook panel wound up its final presentation yesterday in Richmond, Indiana.

The panel is an annual activity of Kelly School of Business. A group of economists and financial experts who get together each year on October to understand the latest trends in the economy and predict where the economy is heading in the year ahead. Experts will also go around the state over the span of the couple of weeks to most of Indiana’s major cities and talk with audiences in those places about how they see economy shaping up.

There are different members of the panel that deal with the global, national and local economy, Director of Indiana Business Research Center Jerry Conover said.

“We always look forward to hearing what the business people and community leaders across the state are thinking,” Conover said.

Conover says they expect 2014 will begin with unimpressive growth and continue job growth. As the year progress in 2014 though, we will expect to see a stronger growth toward the year end. To put that in figure, it is estimated that the overall economy measured in GDP will expand at about 2.5 percent rate.The employment will grow nationally by a little more than 2 million jobs. Unemployment by the end of the year should be down to 6.5 percent nationally.

Conover says the main factors to growth are the continued low interest rates making borrowing affordable for business and propping up higher stock market prices as a result.

“Employers have been increasingly optimistic, though there is still a lot of hesitation,” Conover said, “They’re a little bit more willing to invest in new facilities and to hire staff. They’re not nearly yet to the level they were prior to the recession, but we do see progress coming along.”

According to Conover, Indiana mirrors national economy in many respects though the unemployment has continued to be higher than national average. The most recent figure was 8.1 percent for the state, whereas nationally it’s about 1 percentage point lower.

“We expect for the coming year that unemployment will drop in Indiana, probably somewhere in the upper 6 percent range,” Conover said, “Pay roll jobs will grow by about 55,000 more jobs, and that would be stronger growth than we’ve seen this year.”

Meanwhile, manufacturing continues to be a key factor in creating new jobs in Indiana since the recession. Yet, manufacturing employment and wages are not growing nearly as fast as they had been several years ago.

Conover explains that is because firms during the downturns were able to find ways to make their production more efficient, by improving technology, improving processes that didn’t requires many people to do the job. Once those improvements were made, factories are turning out more products and more dollar value of their output even though they don’t have many employees as they used to.

Conover also adds that employment growing substantially more in nonmanufacturing sector. Healthcare services has been one of the big areas. There has been a lot of job growth in various parts of healthcare sector.

Deer reductions to close 21 Indiana state parks

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21 Indiana state parks will be closed temporarily for deer reductions by local hunters . They do this annually, Mike Mycroft, chief of natural resources for the Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Reservoirs, said.

“It’s mainly to manage the impact of high density deer herds on the native habitat throughout the parks,” Mycroft said.

The parks affected are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial. For Fort Harrison, Indiana Dunes, Spring Mill, and Turkey Run, a public standby drawing to fill spots left vacant will take place on these properties, each morning of the reduction.

Mycroft says the standby drawings are used to counter low attendance at these four parks, compared to the other parks being affected.

The dates for the temporary closings will be today, Nov. 19, and Dec. 2 and 3. The state parks will be closed to the general public the evening before each of these two efforts, and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.

Daily Local News – November 19, 2013

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The wind and rain storm that swept through Indiana set records according to the National Weather Service; Bloomington Hospital has announced that it will eliminate 50 positions by the end of the year; The 42nd annual tour of the business outlook panel wound up its final presentation yesterday in Richmond, Indiana; Twenty one Indiana state parks will be closed temporarily for deer reductions.

FEATURE
Organization Day
WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh checked in with local state representative Matt Pierce at the close of Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse today to look ahead to the looming battle over Indiana HJR6  – for todayís WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Ashley and Sarah will help you plan your holiday meal and the post-turkey shopping spree known as Black Friday, on The Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Todayís headlines were written by David Murphy, Yvonne Cheng, and Chris Martin.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

The Strike Mic – November 19, 2013

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On today’s Strike Mic, Morgan tells us about the Trad Youth student organization and what it is doing to the community.

Activate! – American Red Cross: June Taylor

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June Taylor of the American Red Cross tells her story and talks about the holiday basket fundraising campaign, for Activate! Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

New Police Surveillance Downtown, on B-Line Trail

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Last week the city of Bloomington announced new, extra patrols will be assigned to the downtown area, as well as along the B-Line Trail. Police Chief Mike Diekhoff also says surveillance cameras will be used more extensively, although he wouldn’t say where the cameras will be placed. The new measures are targeted at panhandling, public intoxication, and vandalism. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Police Chief Diekhoff about the changes, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Bring It On! – November 18, 2013

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Bev Smith and William Hosea welcome Dellsie Boddie, executive director of Cry of the Children Incorporated.

PART ONE
Cry of the Children Incorporated was founded in 1995 in Bloomington. It was created to empower children and teens on their journey of being participants in positive activities and to be positively accepted in their school environment.

In collaboration with local community organizations, schools and parents, Cry of the Children seeks to help youth develop the skill sets they need to build and maintain relationships with parents, teachers and the larger community of Bloomington.

Their direct services include but are not limited to providing Thanksgiving meals, literacy and tutorial services, choir and dance performances, single parenting mentoring, and a performing step team. Joining Bev and William tonight is the Executive Director of Cry of the Children, Dellsie Boddie.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and William Hosea
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Daily Local News- November 18, 2013

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Weekend storm updates; Laury Flint has assumed the position of Chief of the IU Police Department; Hoosier Hills Food Bank has distributed over three-point-two million pounds of food so far in 2013, already exceeding what they distributed last year; “Medora,” a new documentary about small-town Medora Indiana’s high school basketball team, will make its premiere at The Indiana University Cinema this month.

FEATURE
Last week the city of Bloomington announced new, extra patrols will be assigned to the downtown area, as well as along the B-Line Trail. Police Chief Mike Diekhoff also says surveillance cameras will be used more extensively, although he wouldn’t say where the cameras will be placed. The new measures are targeted at panhandling, public intoxication, and vandalism. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Police Chief Diekhoff about the changes, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE
June Taylor of the American Red Cross tells her story and talks about the holiday basket fundraising campaign, for Activate! Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Yvonne Cheng, and Yin Yuan.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineers are Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 15, 2013

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The Bloomington Police Department is participating in a new program called Fleet Watch; A recent study coauthored by two Indiana University researchers found that many Americans are unaware of the financial benefits of owning an electric car;The Indiana University Cinema will host a weekend of movies honoring the one hundred and fourteenth birthday of Hoagy Carmichael.

FEATURE
The Future of A-F
Indiana District 40 State Senator Mark Stoops talks about the future of Indiana’s “A” through “F” grading system with WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helens Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Our engineer is Nick Tumino
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

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