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Daily Local News – August 19, 2014

This morning marked the official move-in time for freshman students of Indiana University; A federal judge has ruled Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states; Mayor Mark Kruzan has appointed Jeff Underwood as the new City of Bloomington Controller starting September 2; A study released by researchers at IU School of Medicine has found that one of the most important factors influencing parents’ decisions to vaccinate their children is if they are told how their child will benefit; Test scores are up at the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation, but they’re still below the state average; The historic trend in state funding cuts to Indiana’s public universities seems likely to continue; The Monore County Clerk’s office has struggled to fill out poll workers positions during elections, but an effort to amend that problem is not receiving any traction.

FEATURE
WFHB News director Alycin Bektesh attended this mornings ribbon cutting ceremony for Bloomington transits new downtown facility and brings us this community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our annual warning about the local population explosion, and a tipoff to college students that the sharks are out there, smelling — not blood, but their (and their parents’) money!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Susan Northleaf, Sierra Gardner and Joe Crawford
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
WFHB is proud to partner with community access television services for the production of CATSweek
Managing Producer s Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 18, 2014

Bloomington Transit began operations out of the newly built downtown public transit center today, with several slight adjustments to route times; Monroe County should soon be processing its own recyclables; The Monroe County School Board is an elected body tasked with overseeing the local public school system; A national group is pressing Indiana to adopt a climate action plan.

FEATURE
The 2014 Kids County data book was released this month – evaluating the well being of children in each state. Today, WFHB news director Alycin Beketsh speaks with Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz about Indiana’s childhood poverty rate for today’s community report.

ACTIVATE!
Ronald Arruejo, a Be More Volunteer Award nominee for his work with the PACE (Panthers Achieving Credits and Enrichment) program at Bloomington High School South, talks about the rewards of working with high school students and seeing them figure out that with hard work they can learn anything and everything they need. Also, more volunteer opportunities to work with children and in education from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Our Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Audio production by Dan Withered

Daily Local News – August 14, 2014

Acclaimed actor and Indiana University Graduate Kevin Kline will be in Bloomington in September to receive an honorary doctoral degree; A group in Bloomington has organized collective Moment of Silence in recognition of the ongoing protests in Ferguson Missouri in downtown Bloomington this evening; The first woman to serve as chief justice of the Indiana supreme court will begin her appointment on Monday; Polycentric governance of the internet could lead to “cyber-peace” according to Indiana University Professor Scott J. Shackelford; Marketplace, a federal health insurance company, has begun sending notices to consumers requesting citizen verification forms; A Purdue student-run newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the university for access to video footage of an encounter between an officer and a reporter the day of the January murder; On
August 12th, a Monroe County judge asked for extra security at the Community Corrections Building; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board approved the 2015 budget for the city of Bloomington Utilities Department during their meeting August 11th; New bike lanes are in the works for downtown Bloomington as well as for the north end of the city; Bloomington has made it to the quarter finals of the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: “Bloomington’s Flag: A Thought Experiment”
We’re taking a bit of a departure this week on Voices and coming at you with a brain storming session. Bloomington has the good fortune of being populated with lots of folks proud to be here—whether they’re true townies, townies by choice, or just here for school or another temporary stay. We thought it would be interesting to hear what your friends and neighbors would say if they were charged with designing a city flag. So Bloomington, what scene scapes would you create if you were charged with this task?

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with correspondent Bryce Westman
Managing editor is Joe Crawford
Our board engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 13, 2014

The IU Media School tweeted a drawing of the plans for Franklin Hall renovation following last week’s Board of Trustees meeting; According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, IU Health has had a 167% profit increase after price increases and laying off 900 employees last fall; Hoosiers Unite for Marriage has announced that at least 19 amicus briefs have been filed supporting marriage inequality in Indiana and Wisconsin; Colleges are concerned about students who drop out without completing a degree, but typically they don’t know what happens to these students after they leave campus; In Indiana, a 2.4 million dollar initiative is aimed at boosting college completion of 21st Century Scholars through one-on-one coaching; The Indiana University Marketing Office is working with IU schools on a marketing approach using more data and visuals; A traffic stop on State Road 46 in Nashville led to four arrests on drug-related charges; Bloomington has been selected to host the 2015 Travel Media Showcase, a convention of travel journalists and tourism industry representatives from North America; A homeowner near Lake Monroe got permission to build a new garage August 6th despite concerns his property violated zoning law; A private company that already manages portions of Ellettsville’s town government may soon expand its reach there; According to Clinical Assistant Professor at IU School of Nursing Greg Carter, the syphilis rate in Indianapolis was higher by May 2014 than it had been for the entire previous year.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
“Secret shopper” companies can be legit — but can also be a nasty scam. Here’s the story of one local lady who has seen both kinds.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Sierra Gardner
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 is our managing producer,
Alycin Bektesh is the executive producer.

Daily Local News August 12, 2014

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The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting that local for-profit hospital Monroe Hospital filed for bankruptcy federal court in Indianapolis on Friday; MaryEllen Bishop stepped down as Chair of the Indiana University Board of Trustees during the Trustee meeting in Bloomington on Friday; Indiana University has a new Women’s Basketball coach; The Hoosier Hills Food Bank distributed more pounds of food in July than ever before in the organization history; A national association of retail stores has named Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats a 2014 Hero of Main Street; Three Communities in Northwestern Indiana live with some of the nation’s worst air quality, as well as highly contaminated waters and elevated cancer and asthma rates; Monroe County will tackle the contentious issue of vote centers again in the coming weeks; The Monroe County Commissioners can’t quiet down interstate sixty-nine; A controversial proposal for a new trash transfer station in Bloomington is back after a long delay.

FEATURE
The Indiana University Board of trustees met on Friday and discussed some capital improvement projects for the campus of IU Bloomington. Today, correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University spokesman Mark Land about the changes, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Casey Kuhn
Our Engineer today is Carissa Barrett,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 11, 2014

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Indiana University Police are currently working on the Emergency Alert System and accidentally set off the warning sirens just before 3pm today; The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed the first human case of west nile virus this season; Riley Children’s Foundation has announced it will give eight thousand dollars to family-focused groups in Bloomington; Registration opened today for this Fall’s “Home Buyers Club”, a series of informational sessions put on by the City of Bloomignton Housing and Neighborhood Development division; An influx of natural and organic grocerys is expected in Bloomington, over the next few years; The Monroe County Commissioners held a public hearing July 25th reexamining the concept of a dual-stream Material Recovery Facility, or MURF.

FEATURE
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced an update today regarding the election division’s Voter List refresh project. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the report.

ACTIVATE!
Akola Krishnan, volunteer for First Book and founder of the Monroe County chapter, talks about her passion for promoting children’s literacy and how rewarding the work of First Book is to both her personally and the community at large. Also, literacy volunteer opportunities from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Dan Withered and Alycin Bektesh.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Managing editor is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 6, 2014

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Loretta Rush has been selected as Indiana’s next Chief Justice; The city of Bloomington on Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs is asking for nominations for the Latino Leader Award and Agency/Organization Award; Local husband and wife photographers Peggy and John Woodcock are the featured artists this month in Bloomington’s City Hall Showers Atrium; SafeWise has ranked Ellettsville as one of Indiana’s safest cities; Bloomington’s Herald Times is offering community members a chance to vote for their favorite local musicians; The Commission of the status of Women will soon be introducing a resolution to the city council pushing for a minimum wage raise; Two Indiana University law professors stepped into a legal battle this week between the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers.

FEATURE
A group in Bloomington has begun to envision our local groceries stores without offerings of single use plastic bags. WFHB Correspondent Harrison Wagner speaks with group organizers, and looks at examples of similar initiatives in communities across the country for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Alycin Bektesh, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Alycin Bektesh
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our community feature was produced by Harrison Wagner
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – August 5, 2014

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Some companies may soon be exempt from Bloomington’s new regulations on chain businesses downtown; A study released today by a conservative think tank claims Governor Mike Pence’s Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 will damage the state’s economy; A majority of students at Indiana’s public universities are women, but most of those who govern the schools are men; The annual Forbes list of College rankings was released last week, with Indiana University Bloomington nearly missing the top one hundred; Bloomington’s Interfaith Winter Shelter has started a crowdfunding campaign through Indie Go-Go; In order to publicize Elletsville’s new farmers market, the Ellestsville Town Council approved a waver to the town advertising code in their latest meeting; The Monroe County Public Library saw an increase of Library Card applications during the summer; Local public schools opened to new and returning students last Monday.

FEATURE
Classes start back up this month, but Hoosiers can still celebrate LGBQT culture this summer. PRIDE festivals are happening all over Indiana and Bloomington will host its first PRIDE this September. Correspondent Sierra Gardner talks with PRIDE Director Sarah Perfetti and Sigma Phi Beta PRIDE Chairman Ty Adams about their plans for Bloomington PRIDE for today’s community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Helen Harrell
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Joe Crawford
Along with Drew Daudeline for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer today is Alycin Bektesh
Managing Editor is Joe Crawford,
Our executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 4, 2014

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Work begins today on a new greenspace surrounding the Ivy Tech John Waldron Art Center; A group of Indiana firefighters, police officers and emergency medical providers announced today that they have signed a legal brief in support of marriage equality in Indiana; Last Friday, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of one million dollars; Bloomington Police continue to investigate two armed robberies occurring on the B line last week; Little feedback has been received regarding a proposed change to Bloomington’s food cart ordinance  – WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has more.

FEATURE
The Monroe County Fair concluded this weekend, WFHB Correspondent Hondo Thompson was on location speaking to the vendors, attendees and organizers who come together for the annual celebration of summer in Monroe County, for today’s community report.

ACTIVATE
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Alycin Bektesh
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered with Correspondent Hondo Thompson
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker and the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our managing editor is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

IU’s Indiana Prevention Resource Center to Enhance Alcohol and Drug Screening as Preventive Care – July 16th, 2014

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The Indiana University School of Public Health and the Indiana Prevention Resource Center is making it easier for patients to talk about their drug and alcohol use through a program called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral). Mallory DeSalle helps explain what SBIRT does and how it will help Hoosiers in finding appropriate treatment for their drug or alcohol use.

Story by Harrison Wagner

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