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Daily Local News – December 9, 2013

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The Indiana State American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations announced that Brett Voorhies has been elected as their new president; IU student reports aid Parks Department; The Monroe County Plan Commission voted November 19th to change the name of a road on the far east side of the county; The Monroe County Community School Corporation has seen an increase in students experiencing homelessness; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board approved the final payment December 2nd on a project to repair the Griffy Dam.

FEATURE
Businesses Benefit As Others Suffer From Local Tax Breaks
Two studies released by Ball State University in recent weeks call into question a long-standing, and expensive, strategy that communities throughout the state have used in hopes of creating jobs. Monroe County and the city of Bloomington spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on the strategy, which involves giving local tax breaks to companies that are new to town. Those companies, in turn, are expected to create new jobs, therefore decreasing the local unemployment rate and improving the local economy. But the study out of Ball State suggests the tax breaks for business are not creating many jobs, and they’re actually increasing the tax rates for regular taxpayers. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke to one of the authors of the study, professor Michael Hicks, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Joe Yonkman of Home Instead talks about the annual Be a Santa to a Senior program and the need for volunteers to gift wrap the over 2,000 presents donated for area seniors in need this year.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Yvonne Cheng,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Local photographers donate portrait sessions

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Blueline Media Productions again partnered with the South Central Community Action Program, to provide a free day of holiday portraits for low-income families in Bloomington on Sunday.

Daily Local News – December 6 2013

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Indiana State Police say there have been too many car accidents to count, a result of the winter storm that began last night and has continued throughout the day; A report on the trend to privatize government social services painted a particularly harsh picture of Indiana’s contract with IBM; Hamilton Logging has begun logging operations in the most recently sold area of the Morgan Monroe State Forest back-country area, a one hundred-acre piece of the forest set aside in 1981 as one of the most natural, primitive places left in Indiana; Carbon capture and storage, a new approach intended to reduce carbon emission, may face a challenge in gaining public acceptance according to a new study co-authored by Indiana University researchers; Blueline Media Productions is partnering with the South Central Community Action Program, or SCCAP, to provide a free day of holiday portraits for low-income families in Bloomington this Sunday.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Alycin Bektesh, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa, Jalisa Ransom, Yvonne Cheng, and Alycin Bektesh.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Nick Tumino,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – December 5, 2013

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Bloomington and the rest of the WFHB listening area, starting at ten o’clock tonight and running through midnight tomorrow night; The Bloomington City Council passed a resolution in support of same-sex marriage yesterday; The Indiana State Police are investigating a Thanksgiving night police shooting that resulted in the death of a Nashville man; Girls Incorporated of Monroe County is hosting their annual Holiday Hoopla this Saturday, from 9 am to 11:30 am.

FEATURE
Demonstrators Support McDonald’s Workers
McDonald’s workers nationwide are asking for an increased minimum wage, to fifteen dollars an hour. Today workers went on strike in a reported one hundred cities around the country, and many other cities, including Bloomington, held demonstrations in solidarity with the workers. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand at a demonstration this afternoon, and brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREETS
Our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab and Jalisa Ransom,
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 is Sarah Hettrick.
Drew Daudelin is our News Editor,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Indiana State Police Investigating Shooting That Resulted In Death of Nashville Man

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The Indiana State Police are investigating a Thanksgiving night police shooting that resulted in the death of a Nashville man.

That night, Brown County Sheriff’s deputies and a Nashville Town Marshall’s officer arrived at a home on Annendale Drive in Nashville, after receiving a tip that Troy Harden was there. Harden was wanted on two Bloomington warrants for probation violations.

According to the State Police, the officers located Harden after being let in to the residence. Harden initially resisted arrest and told officers to kill him. One officer deployed his taser after noticing Harden was holding a gun.

Harden managed to escape through a window and the officers proceeded to chase him through a wooded area. Harden eventually emerged on Annendale Drive, where officers managed to successfully tase him. Harden collapsed but pointed his gun at the officers, who responded by shooting him. Two bullets hit Harden and he was declared dead at Columbus Regional Hospital.

State Police investigators found Harden’s gun at the scene of the shooting, as well as meth lab equipment in his truck parked at the Annendale Drive residence. Witnesses told investigators Harden was afraid of going to prison.

After State Police complete their investigation, Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver will review the results and determine whether charges should be filed.

 

IU Microscope Chromosome Images In Running for GE Contest

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Two exceptional research images, taken at Indiana University’s Light Microscopy Imaging Center, are finalists in the International GE Cell Imaging Competition. Last year the center won the contest with an image of a dividing cell.

Imaging Center manager and research scientist Jim Powers gives background on the competition, and explains why IU has a good chance to take home the prize again.

“Every year GE runs a world-wide contest on their microscopes, which we have,” Powers says, “There aren’t too many in the world and every year people submit their images. Last year one of our images one and two got accepted this year.”

The IU Imaging Center captures their microscopic subjects with a $1.2 million super-resolution microscope. The microscope, in use since 2009, was funded entirely by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Scientists everywhere can use this tool to look at things impossible to see with a regular microscope, and Powers says that can be significant help to biologists.

“This imaging center is for all of IU and beyond,” Powers says, “A lot of us are very visual and to be able to see something otherwise impossible to see is really huge for biologists and

The microscope itself is understandably complicated. A computer takes thousands of pictures a minute from the microscope, and then math algorithms patch them together to create a single picture.

One image submitted this year is of newt chromosomes making RNA from D-N-A. These are the building blocks of an organism, and those in the image were stained red and, coincidentally, heart-shaped. Powers says this image is especially incredible.

“We hear about all these genes and what they do for us,” Powers says, “To be able to actually see this happen is so cool and something we haven’t been able to do very well with other microscopes.”

More than 15,000 votes were cast last year. To vote for the pictures and to see the other submissions this year, you can go to GE’s website.

The winner of the contest gets a free trip to New York City to see their image on a screen in Times Square.

Bloomington City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage in Response to HJR6

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The Bloomington City Council passed a resolution in support of same-sex marriage yesterday. The four-page resolution was a response to House Joint Resolution 6, which seeks to add a same-sex marriage ban to the Indiana Constitution. One of the resolution’s sponsors, Council Member Susan Sandberg, defended the council’s choice to take a position on the issue.

“This is the right thing to do at the right time in our history,” Sandberg said, “I stand up proudly for it and I will take any criticism from the media. We have plenty of time to take care of the ‘traditional’ city business but when it comes to resolutions, this council has always taken stands that people say are not in our jurisdiction, we take these opportunities to allow these to serve as public forums.”

11 members of the public spoke in favor of the resolution.

Faith Hawkins, a citizen, said she married her partner in 1996, but the marriage is not legally recognized. Hawkins declared that her reason for support is that she doesn’t want to be at the hospital not being able to find out her partner’s medical status because her next of kin relationship with her is not recognized.

Another member of the public, Glorianne Leck, said she and her partner traveled to New York to get married earlier this year. She said there were financial reasons for the marriage. She wants for her partner to be able to collect her social security but that the cost of the trip should have gone to regular wedding costs.

“I have long said that being queer is what I’m most proud of because I’m not conforming for anybody,” Leck said, “But now I’ve been hogtied into marriage because of the financial need we have as elders.”

Charlotte Zietlow also addressed the council. Zietlow is a member of the city’s Board of Public Works, and she served on the City Council in 1975, when the council voted to include sexual orientation in the city’s Human Rights Ordinance. She said the provision came up for discussion again during the 1990’s.

“I’m touched because those meetings were very conentious and hate-filled,” Zietlow said, “Tonight we have a group speaking from the heart without fear of being yelled at by other members of the community. That is such an incredible sign of progress we should be proud of.”

No one spoke against the resolution, and the council approved it unanimously.

Winter is Coming in the Form of Snow

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Get ready for winter – it’s coming two weeks early this year.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Bloomington and the rest of the WFHB listening area, starting  at ten o’clock tonight and running through midnight tomorrow night.

A strong low pressure front is pushing through the area, bringing with it the potential for heavy snow.

Forecasters are predicting six to ten inches, with higher totals in isolated areas.

Drivers south of Bloomington may have to cope with ice-covered pavement when they drive in to work tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service adds that strong winds may accompany the snow, making driving hazardous and maybe impossible.

Right now schools are expected to open on time tomorrow morning. If the traffic light on the Monroe County Community Schools Corporation website turns yellow, it means that school openings will be delayed. A red light means classes have been cancelled.

Keep listening to WFHB throughout the night and into the weekend for updates on the weather situation.

 

Girls Inc. of Monroe County Hosts Holiday Hoopla on the Square this Saturday

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Girls Incorporated of Monroe County is hosting their annual Holiday Hoopla this Saturday, from 9 am to 11:30 am. Holiday Hoopla, held since 2001, gives Girls Inc. an opportunity to provide a fun, family event to the local community.

Director Kristi McCann says there will be a breakfast donated by Buffalouies and for $5, everyone gets to participate in activities on the square. The activities include gingerbread house decorating, crafts and a boutique for children to buy Christmas presents for their parents.

McCann says Holiday Hoopla is also a way for the organization to provide information about Girls Inc., raise money for the program, and give local families an opportunity to come together during the holidays and participate in activities they can all enjoy.

Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through a network of local organizations in the United States and Canada.

Girls Inc. in Bloomington has been serving girls in Monroe County since 1975. They provide after-school and summer enrichment, educational programs, and sports leagues to young girls and women.

Holiday Hoopla takes place this Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Fountain Square Mall.

 

 

EcoReport – December 5, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Ashley Cranor, grants administrator for the Monroe county government, discusses the County’s community energy plan and its implications for the community.

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.

Anchors: Dan Young and Kristina Wiltsee
This week’s news stories were written by Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, and Stephanie Stewart. This week’s feature was engineered by Stephanie Stewart. This week’s calendar was compiled by me, Kristina Wiltsee. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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