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Daily Local News – October 1, 2013


The Hoosier National Forest, with land throughout our listening area, has begun preparations for shutting down operations until a budget is passed; Local management and labor at the Bloomington GE Appliance plant are in protracted over how the elimination of one hundred and sixty production jobs will be handled; WFHB launches the first on-location report of the resistance to IU’s administrative actions on: The Strike Mic.

Young on Stalemate
A House Budget Bill with a provision of a one-year Affordable Care Act Delay was rejected by the Senate late last night, causing a stalemate on the eve of the budget due date that caused a spending freeze on all federal operations, beginning today. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana Congressman Todd Young about what the spending freeze means and what will resolve the congressional stalemate, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Ashley and Sarah share some scary stories of financial woe, and offer ways to fight debt demons and money monsters onThe Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that help you keep your finances flourishing.

Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Harrison Wagner
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy,
and today’s 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 Untied of Monroe County
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Hoosier National Forest closes due to lapse in funding


WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Judi Perez, Public Affairs Officer for the Hoosier National Forest about the local impact of the federal government shutdown.

Bring It On! – September 30, 2013


William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome William Vance and Lou Robinson of the Monroe County Branch of the NAACP

The Monroe County Branch of the NAACP will host its 35th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, October 19 be at Terry’s Banquet Center and Catering in Bloomington, IN. This year’s theme is “We Shall Not be Moved” which focuses on current events to roll back the progress from the 1960s civil rights movement and on our efforts to challenge these events. This year our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Valeri Haughton, Circuit Court Judge, Division VIII.

Here to provide an overview of the banquet and to discuss local initiatives of the NAACP are the president of the Monroe County Branch, William Vance, and Lou Robinson, treasurer of the Monroe County Branch.

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

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

Rep. Young on latest federal funding bill


WFHB Correspondent David Murphy speaks with Todd Young, Indiana District 9 representative in the House, about the latest version of a federal funding bill now being sent back to the senate for approval. The stalemate in Congress over continuing to fund federal government operations has not been resolved, as the midnight deadline approaches. The House majority, led by Republicans and in particular Tea Party activists, has sent several bills to the Senate, all of which tie continued funding of government operations until mid-December to a one-year delay in implementing the compulsory individual health insurance provision in the Affordable Care Act, plus several other related and unrelated tax and regulatory provisions. Meanwhile, the Senate majority, led by Democrats, has passed continuing funding bills with the House addendums, including the Obamacare delay, removed. About an hour ago, the House passed, and sent over to the Senate, another bill with the Obamacare one-year delay included.

If the Senate and the House do not come up with a compromise that President Obama accepts, with few exceptions, federal government operations will cease as of midnight tonight. Government employees will not come to work and will not be paid, and government services to the public will cease.

Daily Local News- September 30, 2013


Indiana District 9 Representative Todd Young speaks about the midnight federal funding deadline; Some Hoosiers can expect to get a credit from the BMV next time they make a payment either online or at an office; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department are seeking entries from creative builders, inventors, and engineers for the Great Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on November 2nd.

ACA Employee Notification Deadline
Another deadline for complying with the Affordable Care Act is tomorrow, and local employers are struggling to follow the law. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Sarah Delone, MCHA Education Program Director, talks about the Monroe County Human Association’s work as well as their big October fun-and-fund raising events, Barktoberfest and Run for the Animals.

Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Chris Martin
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker.
Our engineer is Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

The United Way begins campaign with kick-off event


The United Way Campaign Kick-Off began fundraising today with a picnic at IU Memorial Stadium. Berry Lessow, executive director for United Way of Monroe County, stated this year’s fundraiser goal is about 1.4 million dollars, 15,000dollars more than last year’s goal.

United Way will work for the next several months to raise money from corporations, small companies, and individuals in the community. Lessow explains, “We have been very fortunate that many people throughout the community, our generous with their donation to United Way. And generous with their understanding that we are working to make a significant difference , measurable, sustained difference in the lives of people who live here.”

The funds that The United Way raise go to boosting education, employment, and earning stability in Monroe County along with having resources available when a natural disaster occurs. They provide community members with a safe place to live, access to sufficient food, medical care, and many other services available to people who need them. One of their more successful programs is a free tax filling service.

“We offer free community tax that helps about 250 people file their income taxes, federal and state, no charge. Those are the sorts of the opportunities that people through United Way and our agencies. And their are many, many others to be able to save money and grow their savings.”

Lessow is optimistic about this year’s fundraiser. Last year, United Way raised six thousand dollars more than planned, and Lessow says he hopes for an even better outcome from the 2013 campaign.

Daily Local News – September 27, 2013


Chad Roeder explains what led him to close the downtown recycling center temporarily; The United Way Campaign Kick-Off began fundraising today with a picnic at IU Memorial Stadium; At a meeting on Monday the Bloomington Utilities Service Board heard an update from the company it hired to study the expenses of the Utilities Department; The Association of Indiana Counties announced Wednesday that Monroe County received the 2013 Local Government Cooperation Award.

The Anonymous People
Local organizations that provide support for those with substance abuse addictions have come together to create the documentary film “The Anonymous People to Bloomington.” WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Kris Roehling  and Jill Matheny-Fuqua, both currently in recovery themselves, about the grassroots effort to bring the film to town, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive. Information about tickets is available at the following website: http://gathr.us/screening/5351.

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

Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Allison Schroeder and Yin Yuan,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh,
Volunteer Connection is produced by Ilze Ackerbergs, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

The 14th annual Hoosiers Outrun Cancer


The 14th annual Hoosier Outrun Cancer will take place this Saturday. The proceeds will go to the Olcott Center for Cancer Education, and towards services that support the families of those with cancer. Kim Rudolph, special event manager with the Bloomington Hospital Foundation, gives some background on how the event got started.

Rudolph introduces it is an event that was started since 2010. It raise  the help of support the Olcott Center for Cancer Education and it is been going on for 14 years. All of the proceeds go to the fund the support services and education for anyone in the community that diagnose any form of cancer.

There will be other activities going on before and after the race. Rudolph gives more detail on the agenda.

Rudolph said:” We have a pre-race ceremony where we honored the cancer survivors and those that have passed often cancer. The pre-race ceremony start at 9:15am. At 10:00am, we start the first 1 mile kids fun run followed by 1 mile family walk. At 10:20am, we start the 5k run and 5k walk starts right after that.  We start at the Memorial Stadium  and the finish line is IU Memorial Stadium Parking Lot. We have an award ceremony at 11:15am. At the award ceremony’s location, there is a big area for kids activities.”

Rudolph says she hopes this event will bring awareness to cancer, the number of individuals who are affected by the disease, and the services provided through the Bloomington Hospital foundation.

Rudolph mentioned that it is wonderful they have a center in town. People there would guide, educate and be with patients through the process from the time they diagnose a cancer, period of treatment and all the way to the end of the battle with cancer.

Hoosiers Outrun Cancer takes place this Saturday at the Indiana Memorial Stadium. The 5k race begins at 10:20 am, and the walk begins at 10:30 am. Late registration takes place tomorrow at the stadium, from 11 am to 6 pm, and on Saturday from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.


Residential Learning Community for women in STEM programs at IU


Indiana University now ranks eleventh in the United States for female enrollment in science, technology, and math programs, according to The College Database. IU also places a strong second among Big Ten universities for women enrolled in the so-called hard sciences, or STEM programs. The Bloomington campus has ninety STEM programs, with one thousand two hundred and eighty-eight women enrolled, or fifty-one percent of the total enrollment in those programs. IU tries to help women in STEM programs succeed in teaching, research, and professional development. In addition to the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology, IU offers the Provost’s Professional Development Awards for Women in Science, and even provides a Women In Science, Technology, and Math Student Residential Community. Julianne Martin is the Provost’s Program Coordinator for the designated living center for women in science.

According to Ms. Martin, a big reason that they want to start the Residential Learning Community for women in STEM field is because it is helpful for them to retention, so they have the ability to be surrounded by peers. That solves effectively for supporting women in those fields.

STEM programs are defined by The College Database using guidelines provided by National Science Foundation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Bloomington campus has no engineering school, but does have one of the nation’s largest informatics and computing schools, so it classifies its programs using the STEM acronym. IU Provost Lauren Robel says the university has made a focused and deliberate effort to attract women to the sciences. She adds that IU is becoming a beacon for women in these fields. Julianne Martin says the old stereotype of science and math being male-only fields is gradually going away.

Ms. Martin explains that some fields such as biology and Chemistry at IU has a little bit more women enrolled.  But the female enrollment number for Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy are much lower. For the graduate level,  the number of women student and faculty is getting much smaller. Ms. Martin hopes that the program could helps women not only stay in these major for undergraduate, but continual on graduate program and careers in these fields.

Sarah Durkin of The College Database says the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in the STEM fields will grow at twice the rate of other fields in the coming years.

bloomingOUT – September 26, 2013


Bloomington High School North Counselor Greg Chaffin discusses the question “is transgender the new gay?” on a new edition of Youth and Peril. New IU and community gender queer group
Gender Warriors members Ash and Skylare stop by the studio.  Featured artist is Sonia and Disappear Fear.  Musical selections are “Be Like You” and “Start.”


Producer Carol Fischer
Executive producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producer Sarah Hetrick
News Director Josh Vidrich,
Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick
Anchors Helen Harrell and Michael Reece

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