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Bollywood Film Based In Bloomington To Begin Filming Soon

A Bollywood film crew is set to begin production on a new movie based in Bloomington. The producers of the film, tentatively titled “7 Hindustani,” got permission October 7 to reserve some parking spaces downtown. Alana Rossein, the line producer of the film, explained to the Bloomington Board of Public Works the crew needs the spaces for equipment and location.

Rossein went on to say scenes will be filmed at Kilroy’s on Kirkwood and on South Washington Street among other locations.

“We want to show Bloomington to people who have never seen this place before,” Rossein says.

The chief producer, Anil Kapoor, also took questions from the Board.

Kapoor is one of the most well-known Bollywood actors, having appeared in dozens of films over the past 35 years. Kapoor has also appeared in movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and the TV series, “24.” Kapoor commented on Bloomington’s city government.

“I’ve never seen something like this in local government,” Kapoor says. “It’s something I want to take back to where I live. You are all so civil and professional, even about the most minute details like noise and trash.”

The Board later approved the request to reserve parking spaces. Shooting is expected to begin later this month and continue through mid-November.

IU To Dedicate New Media School And Ernie Pyle Sculpture

On Friday, October 17 Indiana University will inaugurate its newest school on the Bloomington campus, the Media School, with the dedication of a new sculpture of IU alumnus and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ernie Pyle.

The sculptor is Harold Langland, professor emeritus, who taught at IU South Bend from 1971-2001.

According to IU officials, Langland will present the sculpture to IU President Michael McRobbie at a public ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. in Franklin Hall, the future home of the Media School.

Previously Langland created a sculpture of IU’s legendary President and Chancellor Herman B. Wells. That sculpture, seated on a bench near the student union, has become a popular spot for photographers as well as students and visitors.

The Media School is now envisioned as IU’s pre-eminent site for teaching, research and service about the understanding and production of media by combining over 70 faculty members specializing in journalism, cinema, communications and culture, and electronic telecommunication programs.

“The fluid technology environment of the 21st century offers our students and faculty and opportunity to boldly imagine the shape of media in the coming decades,” Larry D. Songell, executive Dean of Arts and Sciences says.

Meanwhile, this new academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences is now in search of its first dean at the same time that renovation of Franklin Hall itself will soon begin.

Bring It On! – October 13, 2014

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William Hosea and Clarence Boone welcome Chris Gaal.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Clarence are joined by Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gaal, as he shares his observations as prosecutor and discusses elements of his campaign platform with special note on how our minority constituencies will benefit with him continuing as our county prosecutor.

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

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

Hola Bloomington – October 10, 2014

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Araceli Gómez-Aldana hablan con Madelin Perez Noa, pintora surrealista artista de Caibarien, Cuba sobre su arte e estancia en Bloomington. También, una entrevista por telefono con José toledo sobre su documental UNFREEDOM: Latino Immigrants in a Midwestern Town.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Araceli Gómez-Aldana speak with Madelin Perez Noa, a surrealist painter and artist from Caibarien, Cuba about her art and stay in Bloomington. Also, a phone interview with José Toledo about his documentary Unfreedom: Latino Immigrants in a Midwestern Town.

Dr. John Wernert speaks at Healthcare Financial Managers Association conference

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The Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Doctor John Wernert, was the keynote speaker at a Healthcare Financial Managers Association conference in Bloomington last week. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh attend his talk and spoke with him further about Indiana’s proposal to the federal government to allow the Health Indiana Plan two-point-oh as a substitute for the affordable care act. Their conversation here, in today’s community report.

Daily Local News – October 9, 2014

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced that nearly 450,000 Hoosiers may be eligible for a refund from AT&T according to a settlement reached this week;The first American soldier in the military attack on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was a Hoosier: Marine Jordan Spears from Memphis, Indiana;On Tuesday Senator Donnelly sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, and the Army Corps of Engineers expressing concern about the proposed new definition waters of the United States and the interpretive rule;Bloomington’s premier of the film DamNation will be shown at 7p.m. Sunday, October 12th, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

FEATURE
The Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Doctor John Wernert, was the keynote speaker at a Healthcare Financial Managers Association conference in Bloomington last week. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh attend his talk and spoke with him further about Indiana’s proposal to the federal government to allow the Health Indiana Plan two-point-oh as a substitute for the affordable care act. Their conversation here, in today’s community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment.
Where do you get your news and why: Media motives and the public trust.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle & Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe and Susan Northleaf
Voices in the Street is produced by Kelly Wherley, along with correspondent Taylor Telford
Our engineers are Jose and Jon
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer if Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Voices in the Street – Where do you get your news and why: Media motives and the public trust

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WFHB’s Fall Fund Drive is in full swing—big thanks to everyone who supports community radio! This week, Voices in the Street brings to a two-part segment focusing on the news, its motivation, and news sources you trust. So tell us, Bloomington: What do you think influences the news stories we hear, and what are some of your trusted sources?

In part two, we asked what news sources you trust.

EcoReport – October 9, 2014

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It’s time for our Fall Fund drive here at W-F-H-B, your opportunity to show support for independent news coverage of environmental and ecological issues affecting the local 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 this week: Kelly Miller and Kristina Wiltsee
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Young.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Group of developers make case for new downtown Bloomington hotel; would be part of a series of developments

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Major changes are in the works for a stretch of Kirkwood Avenue downtown. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

The Indiana State Police Receives $567,000 In Federal Grants for Anti-Methamphetamine Program

The Indiana State Police received a $567,000 federal grant from the Department of Justice office of Community Oriented Policing Services (or COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program. The COPS Anti-Meth Program provides funds to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine. The fight against methamphetamine use is one of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly’s priorities for fiscal year 2015 federal appropriations. Indiana is one of only ten states receiving a 2014 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program award and this grant will boost the state’s current efforts to fight Meth Use and the destruction that follows in its wake.

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