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Proposed Aparment Complex Meets Resistance

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A plan for a new apartment complex on the south side of Bloomington requires the destruction of several acres of woods. Residents of a nearby neighborhood are raising issues about the development. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

Our feature was produced by David Murphy and Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – August 11, 2015

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Two nurses at IU Health have been acquitted of the disciplinary actions the hospital corporation issued earlier this year after they attempted to unionize the nursing staff; The Monroe County Public Library has teamed up with the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters on a project aimed at educating local citizens about elections; The City of Bloomington Parks and Rec Department and the White River Co-op will be hosting the 11th annual Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool starting tomorrow evening; This Saturday, a local arts group is hosting a multimedia, music and poetry show to raise money for the Wounded Galaxies Festival; Last night the Bloomington Plan Commission approved a revised plan for a new Chrysler dealership on South Walnut Street; Monroe County officials have approved an agreement requiring the City of Bloomington to pay the County government $655,000 over the next ten years.

FEATURE:
A plan for a new apartment complex on the south side of Bloomington requires the destruction of several acres of woods. Residents of a nearby neighborhood are raising issues about the development. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY:
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money

CREDITS:
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kyle Boen
along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy and Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Jennifer Brooks
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Bring It On! – August 10, 2015

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Cornelius Wright and Leila Randle welcome Rafi Hassan.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Cornelius and Leila welcome Rafi Hassan,director of the Safe and Civil Cities Program of Bloomington. Mr. Hassan joins us to shed light upon his vision for the Safe and Civil Cities program and details some upcoming events of interest for the Bloomington community

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Cornelius Wright and Leila Randle
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Hola Bloomington – August 7, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Araceli Gómez-Aldana y John Nieto Phillips entrevista a Bernard Fraga, professor de IU en el departamento de ciencias políticas. Hablan sobre la importancia del voto Latino en las próximas elecciones y sobre los candidatos presidenciales actuales. Además, una entrevista con artista visitante Emilio Maldonado.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Araceli Gómez-Aldana and John Nieto Phillips interview Bernard Fraga, professor in the Political Science Department. They discuss the importance of the Latino vote in the upcoming elections and the current presidential candidates. Also, they interview visiting artist Emilio Maldonado.

bloomingOUT – August 6, 2015

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Hosts Jeff Jewel and Megan McCullough interview Jamie Bartzel, the Office Supervisor of IU’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services. They also interview Jessica Levandoski, the Director of the upcoming Middle Coast Film Festival.

Hosts – Jeff Jewel, Megan McCullough
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Board Engineer – Olivia Davidson

Daily Local News – August 6, 2015

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Indiana has more work to do than most states to comply with the new Clean Power Plan unveiled this week by the Obama administration; Interstate 69 construction is causing more road closures in the Bloomington area starting on Monday; A former top official at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is being investigated for possible ethical breaches; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals ordered that 114 birds be removed from a residential backyard Wednesday; an event this Sunday at the Buskirk Chumley Theater brings together puzzles and sharks.

FEATURE
The new school year began on Monday for students in the Monroe County Community School Corporation. At Fairview Elementary, the Indiana Department of Education will continue this year to closely monitor performance. The state’s A through F grading system has assigned Fairview an F grade for the past three years. Principal Justin Hunter is beginning his second school year at Fairview. Hunter spoke earlier this week with the hosts of WFHB’s African American public affairs show, Bring It On, about recent events and changes to the school. We bring you a portion of his conversation with hosts William Hosea and Mattie White for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – August 8, 2015

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One Bloomington resident is designing a carbon exchange program to implement in Bloomington. The program is intended to reward local residents for sustainable actions through incentives from local businesses. In today’s Feature, WFHB Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with the director of the program, Joe Davis, about the details and status of the program.

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.

Today’s Anchors: David Lyman and Julianna Dailey.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and Jerrod Dill. Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner. Dan Withered is our broadcast engineer. Phil Kasper was our live production manager. This week’s calendar was compiled by Filiz Cicek. EcoReport is produced by Dan Young and Filiz Cicek. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – First Community Carbon Exchange Program in Development

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One Bloomington resident is designing a carbon exchange program to implement in Bloomington. The program is intended to reward local residents for sustainable actions through incentives from local businesses. In today’s Feature, WFHB Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with the director of the program, Joe Davis, about the details and status of the program.

Environmentalists to Host Celebration in Response to the Newly Unveiled Clean Power Plan

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This Saturday a coalition of environmental groups are hosting what they’re calling a Clean Power Party in Indianapolis to thank the Obama administration for its newly unveiled Clean Power Plan. The plan will require power plants around the country to reduce carbon emissions. Saturday’s celebration comes as many political figures in Indiana are decrying the new regulations, saying they will increase electricity costs and hurt the economy. For more about the reaction from Hoosier environmental activists, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with an organizer from the Sierra Club in Indiana. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

Local Biologist Explores The Battle Between Microorganisms For Better Health

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In a recent study Indiana University biologist Farrah Bashey-Visser has been researching an apparent microscopic war between microorganisms.

The study focuses on the various interactions between certain microorganisms and their implications to human health. Health experts have long been concerned about bacteria evolving to resist drugs and antibiotics but Bashey-Visser’s research exposes a different, related concern. Certain bacteria are not just evolving to resist human medicine, they are also evolving to compete with each other. This means that medical science may need to catch up to offending bacteria as it evolves.

“We have one microbe who can attack another microbe but then resistance can evolve to that attack,” Bashey-Visser said. “In another context maybe not attacking is a better strategy. So I’m trying to understand how these internal dynamics can maintain diversity and this would apply to all sorts of organisms.”

The study also explores the possibility of using certain bacteria commonly known as probiotics to advance medical science. One example of this is the fecal transplant where stool samples are placed from one patient into another to restore healthy microorganisms. A practice that reportedly has a 90 percent success rate at curing patients.

Bashey-Visser believes there are also similar practices to be explored. She says that they have seen where microbes can be used to compete with one another and therefore inhibit the development of diseases.

“Sometimes when you have two microbes fighting with each other the disease progresses (more slowly),” she said. “And so this is a way in which it could be beneficial. The microbes, in competing with each other, are less effective at exploiting the host.”

“There’s been some thoughts about using these microbial interactions as a way to treat diseases. That’s at a beginning stage.”

Doctor Farrah Bashey-Visser is an Assistant Scientist in Biology and lecturer in human Biology at Indiana University. Her research is supported in part by a grant from the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation.

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