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Daily Local News – October 30, 2013

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Trick-or-treat hours in Bloomington have been postponed to Friday, due to severe weather concerns on Halloween night; Last week Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced she is suing all ten members of the Indiana State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana’s ‘Open Door’ law; On October 24th, the Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals gave permission for a company to store hazardous chemicals on its property on the south side of the city; The City of Bloomington Sanitation Department will host a free Electronics Recycling program this Saturday; A proposed water rate increase would cost residents of Ellettsville an average of about three dollars more per month.

FEATURE
Local Money Pays for Ivy Tech Building
The Bloomington City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a two million dollar deal that would help Ivy Tech Community College buy a new building next to its campus. The building would be used for nursing school programs, among others. The deal is being funded by certain property owners on the west side of town through what is known as a TIF district. Taxes on new development in that district help pay for roads, sewers, and other infrastructure projects in the district. In July, Ivy Tech Bloomington chancellor John Whikehart said the college needed money, partially because it was having problems getting funding from the state. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford talked to Monroe County Attorney Jeff Cockerill about why the TIF district’s funds would be spent on Ivy Tech, and how the new development could help the area. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
The 75th Anniversary of Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds broadcast is a good time to remember that there are lots of Halloween stories that aren’t true…but there are some dangers you should watch out for, on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Casey Kuhn, and Drew Daudelin
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Anson Shupe
Joe Crawford produced our feature
Our engineer was Jim Lang
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Bloomington Beware! – Tax Payment Scam

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A phone call demanding payment for taxes because there’s a Tax Warrant out on you — does NOT come from the government, it comes from a crook. Here’s the truth.

Bloomington Beware! – Medigap

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High-pressure sales pitches for insurance to cover what Medicare doesn’t are crossing the line into scam territory. Older people are increasingly being targeted, especially with the new Health Care Act coming into force.

Bloomington Beware! – Phone Scams

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These days, telephone calls from a number you don’t recognize are — more likely than not — scams. Here’s word on a couple that are going around now, and some good reasons why you should NOT answer your phone every time it rings.

Bloomington Beware! – Imposters!

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Impostor. Imposter who? Just because there’s a man in a uniform standing in front of you, doesn’t always mean they are who they say they are. Be aware.

Bloomington Beware! – Fake Emails

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Scams are on the rise, and here’s a heads up on two kinds of really dangerous fake emails that have been hitting US recently. Sending your friends a cool link via email is no longer a good idea.

Bloomington Beware! – Ransomeware

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It’s doubled in the last three months: computers, and now smartphones, are being hijacked by very dangerous malware. Here’s what to watch out for, and how to prevent what could be a huge disaster.

Bloomington Beware! – Elder Abuse

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Older people are particularly juicy targets for swindlers and con artists, and the problem’s getting worse as more Americans get older. Young people need to know more about this, just as much as senior citizens.

Bloomington Beware! – Craigslist: One Stop Shopping

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Ahh, the convenience of Craigslist, you can shop online for everything from microwaves to bait – the old bait and switch, that is. On this episode of Bloomington Beware!, we’ll talk about some of the most common Craigslist scams, so you don’t fall for them hook, line, and sinker.

Bloomington Beware! – Student Loan Pitfalls

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Paying for college is a lot more expensive — and a lot riskier — than it used to be. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of what the risks are, and how to avoid drowning in financial quicksand after you graduate.

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