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Daily Local News – October 7, 2014


Workers at Bloomingfoods are holding a rally today in support of efforts to unionize; A recent report from the I.U. School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) addresses local government benchmarks like spending, revenue, property tax base and levies, local option income tax rates and debt; There will be a public educational forum at Indiana University, Bloomington on Monday, October 13 to raise awareness on campus and in the Bloomington community about the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa; Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats has introduced a new bill to address possible dangers of “home-grown terrorism” by suspending the Visa Waiver Program for countries that don’t comply with information-sharing practices.

A special joint session will be held between the brown county commissioners and the Brown County council on Thursday, October 9th at 2:00pm to address concerns of county residents regarding county finances. WFHB news Director Alycin Bektesh spoke today with a member of the “Concerned Citizens” group Even Werling and brings us this community report.

Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Anson Shupe, and Cathi Norton
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey, and Dan Withered.
Our engineers are Carissa Barrett and Anna Legge.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bring It On! – October 6th, 2014


William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome William Vance, Debra Vance and Barbara Bolling.

On tonight’s show, William and Bev are joined by Monroe County Branch President William Vance, and Debra Vance, chair of the Freedom Fund Committee of the Monroe County Branch NAACP, and the Indiana State NAACP President, Barbara Bolling.

They are on to discuss the upcoming Indiana State NAACP’s annual State Convention in Bloomington IN on October 24th through the 26 at the Bloomington Convention Center. The keynote speaker this year is Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP.

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

Monroe County’s Budget in Black


Monroe County’s budget for next year is in the black — at least for now. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

Philanthropy in action: Supporting Non-profits and charities


WFHB begins its Fall Fund Drive tomorrow—big thanks to everyone who supports community radio!  We’re lucky to live in an area where so many people work so hard to establish and support local services that enrich our lives and give a real sense of responsibility to the community.  With time and monetary budgets tight for most, we hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about the charitable and non-profit organizations they support.

Brown County Commissioner Special Joint Meeting


In response to citizen concerns regarding Brown County Administrator Michael Thompson, there will be a special joint meeting of the Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County Council next Thursday, October 9th. This week’s edition of the Brown County Democrat reports that a group of about 70 citizens met at the library to hear a report about the county’s finances and leadership on September 25th.  At the end of the two hour meeting several members called for the firing of Thompson and replacing him with someone who has a stronger background in accounting and internal audit controls. Thompson said he hopes the opportunity for the public to speak with government officials will clear up misunderstandings in the community.

According to the Democrat, attendees at the meeting voiced concern over Thompson’s credentials and the amount of time he charged the county for his services when he was an independent contractor. Thompson said that while it is rare for a join administrative meeting to be held, the commissioners and the council would be able to address the varied concerns of the public.

The joint meeting of the Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County council will be held Thursday, October 9th at two P-M in the salmon room of the county office building.

Daily Local News – October 2, 2014


In response to citizen concerns regarding Brown County Administrator Michael Thompson, there will be a special joint meeting of the Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County Council next Thursday, October 9th;The Hoosier State will receive a visit from President Barack Obama tomorrow, Friday October 3rd;US Senator Joe Donnelly recently welcomed the awarding of a $3 million grant from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, specifically from its Supportive Services for Veteran Families division, to the United Way of Central Indiana;The Bloomington wildlife advocacy group BANIDS is promoting new legislation to stop the city’s plans for the sharpshooting of deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

Monroe County’s budget for next year is in the black — at least for now. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment.

Anchors: Carolyn Vandewiele & Scott Weddle
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineers today are Jonathan Goethals and Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

EcoReport – October 2, 2014


In today’s EcoReport feature, Anne Sterling from the Humane Society of the United States talks about the upcoming ballot referendum on wolf hunting in the state of Michigan.

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.

This week’s anchors:  Dan Young and Matt Noble.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Dan Young. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

New Consumer Protection Laws Proposed

Yesterday Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced new proposals to strengthen consumer protection laws in Indiana.  Among the top complaints are those dealing with home repair and construction scams.  Often home repairs are needed immediately because of weather or emergency-related events.  In these cases, homeowners often feel they don’t have time to examine all the alternatives and this leaves them more susceptible to dishonest contractors. Zoeller is proposing a voluntary registration system for contractors available to the public online.  This would simplify homeowner access to information about reputable contractors.  To be listed a contractor would be required to post a bond to cover customers in case the contractor violated Indiana’s consumer protection laws.

Another big consumer complaint concerns debt-collection practices, especially when the debt is not legitimate.  Zoeller is proposing new protections requiring debt collectors to increase transparency during the initial contact with the consumer by immediately identifying themselves as a debt collector and disclosing from whom the debt was purchased.

Zoeller is also supporting extension of the Senior Consumer Protection Act to include additional protections for veterans and the disabled.  These proposals will be taken up by the next Indiana General Assembly which convenes in January.

Indiana State Department of Health releases hospital’s mistake records; No Local hospitals cited

This past week the Indiana State Department of Health released statistics based on the Indiana Medicine Error Reporting System which tracks hospital’s medical mistakes, everything from bed sores to surgical implements accidentally left in patients’ bodies after surgery. According to Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess: “The purpose of the Medical Error Reporting System is to identify sources and significant opportunities to improve quality of care for Hoosiers. This is part of the Indiana State Department of Health’s continuing efforts to improve health and care for Hoosiers.” In 2006 Indiana became the second state to adopt the reporting standards of the National Quality Forum’s 28 Services Adverse Effects Survey, In 2013 the survey of 293 Indiana hospitals, birthing centers and abortion clinics found 111 incidents of health malfeasance. These included 45 severe bed sores reported; 27 incidents of a foreign object retained in a patient’s body after surgery; 18 surgeries performed on the wrong body part; and 12 falls in the hospital resulting in a death or serious disability. No local hospitals  – neither IU Health Bloomington Hospital nor Monroe Hospital, were listed in the 2013 data as having any “preventable errors.” It was Monroe Hospital’s fourth straight year of a perfect record and IU Bloomington Hospital’s second time in three years.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank in need of votes to secure national grant


This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.

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