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Voices in the Street – Ghosts, Ghouls and other Spooky Stuff: Tomorrow is Halloween!!

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Tomorrow is Halloween, and even though the scariest part might be the chance of snow late Friday night, Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about some of their best past costumes and what some of their fondest memories of the celebration are.

Daily Local News – October 30, 2014

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Bloomington Police have arrested suspects in the armed robbery of the Circle K Gas Station that took place at approximately 12:19 this morning; A Monroe County Council member is raising concerns about plans for a new parking garage in downtown Bloomington; Bloomington firefighters are struggling with a new computer dispatch system that went live September 22nd; In a study conducted by the Applied Research and Education Center at IU Southeast, a research team found that the poverty rate in four Southern Indiana counties increased by nearly 60 percent from 2000 to 2010; Indiana University’s second annual Diversity Leadership Conference is this Saturday, Nov 1st; This week Lorraine Merriman Farrell, 2014 Chair of the Monroe County Election Board announced that the Monroe County Clerk’s office has finalized all staffing needs for the 2014 General election.

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Discussing aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. Yet, research indicates that about two-thirds of American families put off these conversations, either because they are uncomfortable with the topics or they just don’t know where to start. The “40-70 Rule®” program resources, developed in part by Home Instead, are available through Area 10 Agency on Aging and Home Instead, which includes an Action Plan for Successful AgingSM and other resources to help ease these conversations between adult children and their parents” Today correspondent Jennifer Whitaker speaks with Joe Yonkman of Home Instead for today’s wfhb community report.That was WFHB Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker speaking with Jon Yonkman about Home Instead and conversations that will help the aging process for all families.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Tomorrow is Halloween, and even though the scariest part might be the chance of snow late Friday night, Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about some of their best past costumes and what some of their fondest memories of the celebration are.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carissa Barret & Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Taylor Telford, Cathi Norton and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was engineered by Dan Withered with Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with Correspondent Taylor Telford
Our engineers are Jose Rodriguez and Jonathan Goethals
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Eco Report – October 30, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, local biologist Marti Crouch talks about the reasons for the dangerous decline of monarch butterflies and the need to protect them.

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.

Todays’s anchors: Dan Young and Alicyn Bektesh
This week’s news stories were written by Dan Young, Linda Greene, Norm Holy, and David Murphy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. Dan Young also compiled this week’s calendar.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

County Commissioners announce Veterans Day ceremony

The Monroe County Commissioners invite the public to a special Veterans Day ceremony to be held at the Monroe County Court House on Tuesday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m.  Their press release also extends a special invitation to World War II Veterans to attend and be recognized. The annual ceremony will honor all persons who have served honorably in our military services. The event is being sponsored by Burton Woolery American Legion Post #18—Richard E. Dunbar, Commander, a primary sponsor of a Veterans Day Event in Bloomington for over 45 years.  The support and participation of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #604—Joe Harding, Commander, and AMVETS Post 2000—John Bowman, Commander, is also noted.

Colonel Turner Nolan, United State Army, retired, will serve as Master of Ceremonies and with weather permitting, a laying of memorial wreaths around the Veteran Memorial Monument on the Courthouse lawn will be conducted, followed by free luncheons at sponsor locations.  World War II veterans are urged to contact Turner Nolan (812) 824-9478 to provide additional information to be used to honor their service.  In recognition of Veterans day, there will be no parking meter costs downtown on November 11th.

 

Bloomington Beware! – Halloween!

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Let’s keep kids safe! Here’s our regular reminder about what to watch out for — and what you don’t need to worry about — on this annual Fright Night.

Matt Alano Martin discusses the Bloomington comedy scene and the release of his debut album

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Local Comedian Matt Alano Martin is releasing his debut album tomorrow night on the same stage of his first stand up performance more than five years ago. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh met with Matt and asks about building a career on comedy here, for todays community report.

The Comedy Attic is located on the corner of Walnut and 4th street in downtown Bloomington.

State records go digital

On October 23  a joint press release from the office of Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana Commission on Public Records announced a new partnership with Ancestry.com to digitalize 13 million birth, death and marriage certificates in time for the state’s 2016 bicentennial. This will be the largest online collection of Indiana state materials ever digitalized. Online historical records older than 75 years will start to become available to the public in 2015. Birth and death certificates date back to the early 1900s and the state’s marriage records span the years 1958-2005. The State Archive estimates the partnership will save Indiana more than $3.2 million considering the costs to index, scan, and make such materials accessible and will accomplish these tasks years sooner than otherwise possible. For the past two years the Indiana Commission on Public Records has worked with the Indiana State Department of Health Vital Records to achieve this partnership. The Indiana State Department of Health Vital Records will streamline Hoosiers’ access to records with its own copies. Ancestry.com will also provide access to these materials for its members when the project is completed.

Daily Local News – October 29, 2014

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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will have extended hours on Monday and Tuesday for voters needing photo ids; IU announced today that Dr. Sue Carter will become director of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University beginning November first; The Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS) on the IU campus is at the cutting edge of researching how information spreads on social media such as Twitter; For the fifth year in a row, the City of Bloomington is offering residents a chance to win a free home energy assessment, worth several hundred dollars; The Indiana University Office of Sustainability will be holding its Third Annual Food Summit on Friday, November 7th; On October 23 a joint press release from the office of Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana Commission on Public Records announced a new partnership with Ancestry.com to digitalize 13 million birth, death and marriage certificates in time for the state’s 2016 bicentennial; The Monroe County Commissioners invite the public to a special Veterans Day ceremony to be held at the Monroe County Court House on Tuesday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m.

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Local Comedian Matt Alano Martin is releasing his debut album tomorrow night on the same stage of his first stand up performance more than five years ago. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh met with Matt and asks about building a career on comedy here, for todays community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Let’s keep kids safe! Here’s our regular reminder about what to watch out for — and what you don’t need to worry about — on this annual Fright Night.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathy Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf, Anson Shupe, Sarah Panfil, Sophia Saliby
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Our engineers are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Office of Sustainability holds Food Summit

The Indiana University Office of Sustainability will be holding its Third Annual Food Summit on Friday, November 7th. The event will be held at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall from 10 am to 1 pm. Previous summits touched on topics such as defining sustainable food and accessing data. This Summit will focus on student demand and will provide students an opportunity to network with faculty and IU staff about food available on campus and sustainability. Workshops will include unpacking student perceptions, understanding the campus food landscape, and demonstrating new demand for sustainable options. Registration for the event ends on Monday, November 3.

“Beat the Meter Blitz” offers free home energy assessment

For the fifth year in a row, the City of Bloomington is offering residents a chance to win a free home energy assessment, worth several hundred dollars.  For this year’s “Beat the Meter Blitz” program, fifty assessments will be awarded.  In the past, only owner-occupied homes were eligible.  This year, renters can also benefit from the program as long as they have the landlord’s permission.  These free home energy audits will be awarded by lottery.  Applications can be made by emailing name, address, phone number and whether or not the property is a rental to energy@bloomington.in.gov or by calling 812-349-3837.  The deadline for applying is Monday, November 10th.

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