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Daily Local News – November 4, 2013

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Union and management at the local General Electric plant have reached an agreement around the personnel layoffs that the company announced in September; The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department will host a workshop next Thursday, November 14th; The Richland Bean Blossom School Board didn’t get enough votes October 21st to approve a teacher handbook that was supported by the teacher union and the administration; Indiana University is part of a five-year research program that focuses on detecting and defending against cyber-attacks.

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Additional I69 Pollution Complaints Filed
This morning a landowner in Southern Monroe County filed his 11th formal complaint since March, about pollution in the waterways near his home. Much like his previous complaints, as well as those of his neighbors, Thomas Tokarski provided photos that show the creeks and streams filled with brown, sediment-filled water. The cause is erosion from the Interstate 69 right-of-way, where crews have been clearing vegetation for months. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has cited contractors working on the project with failure to control the erosion, and some contractors have been forced to stop construction altogether while they deal with the issue. But Tokarski says they haven’t fixed the problem, and the rain storms late last week led to even more contamination. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Tokarski, and we bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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Molly O’Donnell, Bloomington’s “Be More” Volunteer award winner, and Ben Brabson, Indiana University Climate Scientist, talk about Earth Care Bloomington and its mission to promote sustainability, on Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Yin Yuan, and Allison Schroeder,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate was produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineers were Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Activate! – Monroe County CARES: Tom Cox

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Tom Cox talks about the work and purpose of Monroe County CARES, our local connection to the Drug Free Indiana program on Activate! Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

Activate! – Joanne Shank: Bloomington Arts Alliance

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Joanne Shank discusses the work of the Bloomington Arts Alliance, including the October 22nd Artist After Hours – a visual arts summit starting at 6pm at The Venue.

Activate! – Area 10 Agencies: Mary Boutain

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Mary Boutain talks about the Area 10 Agencies work in Monroe and Owen County, including Owen County’s largest free health fair in recent memory happening on October 18th.

Activate! – Wonderlab: Rick Detweiler

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Rick Detweiler discusses his experience as a volunteer in the Wonderlab exhibits department and tells us how you can join Wonderlab as a volunteer.

Activate! – Monroe County Humane Association: Sarah Delone

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Sarah Delone, MCHA Education Program Director, talks about the Monroe County Human Association’s work as well as their big October fun-and-fund raising events, Barktoberfest and Run for the Animals.

Daily Local News- September 30, 2013

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Indiana District 9 Representative Todd Young speaks about the midnight federal funding deadline; Some Hoosiers can expect to get a credit from the BMV next time they make a payment either online or at an office; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department are seeking entries from creative builders, inventors, and engineers for the Great Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on November 2nd.

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ACA Employee Notification Deadline
Another deadline for complying with the Affordable Care Act is tomorrow, and local employers are struggling to follow the law. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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Sarah Delone, MCHA Education Program Director, talks about the Monroe County Human Association’s work as well as their big October fun-and-fund raising events, Barktoberfest and Run for the Animals.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Chris Martin
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker.
Our engineer is Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – September 23, 2013

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A report released today entitled “No Progress” from the Indiana Institute for Working Families shows there has been no significant change in the poverty rate for the state; A law that requires increased reporting from Bloomington’s pawn shops passed the City Council September 18th; The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is making a call for submissions for the 2014 season; IU Health Bloomington will offer a free child car seat safety check this Thursday, September 26th.

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Indiana Sierra Club on Carbon Limits for Coal Plants
Under rules announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency, new power plants will be limited in how much carbon they can emit into the atmosphere. The new rule is expected to most dramatically affect coal-fired plants, which will be forced to capture at least some of the carbon they release. Both supporters and detractors of the rules say they will make it more difficult to build new, financially viable coal plants. The Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club has often brought attention to the environmental hazards of coal power. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Jody Perras, from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, about the potential effects of the rules for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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Caleb Young, music director for the Indiana Youth Musicians, talks about the organization, how it benefits both the youth involved and the wider Bloomington and Monroe County community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Chris Martin
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Activate! was produced by Jennifer Whitaker and Dan Withered
Our engineers are Chris Martin and Lauren Glapa
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Activate! – Indiana Youth Musicians: Caleb Young

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Caleb Young, music director for the Indiana Youth Musicians, talks about the organization, how it benefits both the youth involved and the wider Bloomington and Monroe County community.

Activate! – Recovery Engagement Center: Jodi Chatelain and Kenny Bundy

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Jodi Chatelain and Kenny Bundy talk about working at the Recovery Engagement Center and how involvement with the REC is an amazing experiencing for those volunteers in recovery and for those volunteers who are not. For the REC, service is the highest calling.

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