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Daily Local News – April 1, 2015

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The family of a Northern Indiana woman has set up a crowd funding campaign to help appeal her 20-year prison sentence; The American public is growing more supportive of same-sex marriage; Property owners will again be asked to pay additional taxes to help support the Monroe County Community School Corporation; The local non-profit organization My Sister’s Closet is holding a gala to celebrate the success of the women who have sought the organizations help.

FEATURE
Roughly 200 people rallied yesterday at Karst Farm Park in Bloomington, just across the street from a local Republican fund raiser. The rally was originally scheduled to protest Governor Mike Pence, who was supposed to be the featured speaker at the event. Pence canceled his appearance amid increasing controversy over the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But the protest continued despite Pence’s absence. Protesters called for the repeal of the Act, which effectively legalizes discrimination in Indiana.

BETTER BEWARE!
Some selfish people are claiming their pets are service dogs, to get them into places pets aren’t allowed. And some businesses are selling fake certificates to help this fraud!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek, Thomas Schneider
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Frankie Salzman and Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matthew Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Ins and Outs of Money – Tax Time!

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Filing your income taxes doesn’t have to be painful. You can save money this tax season by avoiding costly mistakes—and taking advantage of the free community tax resources available in Monroe County.

Daily Local News – March 31, 2015

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More than 800 people have RSVP’d to attend a rally this afternoon in Karst Farm Park protesting Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act; The organization Healthy Monroe County is sponsoring an event to inform Hoosiers on the current effect of PCBs in our community; A group formed to support entrepreneurs in Bloomington is releasing a web portal it calls ‘the Switchboard.’; Newly elected Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain paid his first visit to the County Council during their work session last week.

FEATURE
Starting tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., Interchange host Doug Storm will host a series of forums on WFHB with candidates running for Bloomington City Council. Last month Storm interviewed the four candidates for mayor of Bloomington, John Hamilton, Darryl Neher, John Linnemeier and John Turnbull.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Filing your income taxes doesn’t have to be painful. You can save money this tax season by avoiding costly mistakes—and taking advantage of the free community tax resources available in Monroe County.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Sophia Saliby and Josh Byron
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – March 30, 2015

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Indiana has drawn nationwide criticism for a bill that effectively legalizes discrimination; Officials in the state of Indiana are still looking for ways to contain and prevent the spread of a recent HIV outbreak; Six time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald will be sharing her talents at the Indiana University Auditorium on April 7th at 8:00 p.m. as part of her 32-city concert tour; Any hope of making Indiana a leader in coal gasification technology seems to be going up in smoke; The Monroe County Public Library will hold a grand reopening the weekend of April 12th to celebrate the completion of extensive renovations in the Bloomington branch; The Bloomington Farmer’s Market opens this Saturday.

FEATURE
Governor Mike Pence has officially cancelled a trip to Bloomington as he continues to deal with fallout from the passage of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Pence had been scheduled to speak at a dinner tomorrow night sponsored by the Monroe County Republican Party, but this afternoon the chairman of the Local Republicans, Steve Hogan, confirmed Pence called off those plans.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino, David Murphy and Adele Poudrier.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford and Michael Hilton
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – March 26, 2015

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Civil rights organizations and business groups throughout the state condemned Gov. Pence today after he officially approved the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; After much debate last night, Bloomington city council members passed an ordinance allowing food trucks to park 50 feet from existing restaurants; The Monroe County Community School Board has reversed its decision to send a letter of dissent to the Statehouse about public education in Indiana; Some environmental activists are worried a bill aimed at protecting Indiana’s drinking water from hazardous chemicals may be in trouble.

FEATURE
The creators of an exhibit at Indiana University are hoping to give viewers a more complex understanding of Rwanda. Correspondent Amanda Marino has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has vowed to sign into law SB 101 or the Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. Governor Pence has said the law “…is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact” but others see the law setting a bad precedent for businesses and others like police and doctors to legally discriminate against the LGBTQI community, in particular. With the calls by thousands of Hoosiers and high-powered business interests (including Gen Con, the annual gaming convention) for Pence to veto the legislation, Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors how they feel about SB 101 being signed into law.

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

Daily Local News – March 25, 2015

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Thousands of Hoosiers and some high-powered business interests are calling for Indiana Governor Mike Pence to veto the so-called Religious Freedom & Restoration Act; A hazardous stretch of Old State Road 37 will soon be reconstructed with improved safety measures; The Richland Bean Blossom Community School Corporation has had to work to keep up with changes in statewide assessment testing this year; The Town of Ellettsville has joined the City of Bloomington and Monroe County as a partner in the Georgetown Energy Challenge; The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is calling for submissions for shows that would begin as early as October.

FEATURE
The companies Comcast and Time Warner have proposed to merge, which would have effects on the cable market throughout the WFHB listening area. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Herb Terry, Associate Professor at IU’s department of telecommunications, about the potential effects of the merger.
Comcast released a statement today saying they expect the federal government will take until at least the middle of 2015 to make a decision about the merger. Comcast originally expected the decision would be made by the end of 2014.

BETTER BEWARE!
Ransomware – one of the nastiest cyber-attacks ever – is now hitting videogames. Want to have to cough up $500 to continue playing World of Warcraft? Watch out!

CREDits
Anchors: Sophia Saliby, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Carmen Gozalo
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered
Our engineers today are Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Ins and Outs of Money – Patch Those Holes—In Your Pants & Your Budget

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Clothing—it’s a necessary expense, and it can be a big one. Jeanne Leimkuhler, co-founder of Discardia, reminds us that repairing and re-purposing our clothes saves money, encourages creativity, and promotes environmental sustainability.

Daily Local News – March 24, 2015

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A new report out of Ball State University finds that bills aimed at curbing meth use might be more expensive for Indiana in the long run; The opinions of local residents seem to reflect the views of their representative in the state senate;The First Lady of Indiana, Karen Pence, has awarded a grant of between $500 and $1,000 to The Community Kitchen of Monroe County through her Charitable Foundation; The Monroe County government has taken issue with a resident who was illegally renting out her property for weddings.

FEATURE
Today, Dan Coats, senior Senator from Indiana, announced that he will not be running for re-election next year. According to Brian Howey of Howey Politics Indiana, he has maintained that position as the congressional GOP as a whole has moved to the right. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Mister Howey today about Coats’ politics and the implications of his decision not to run again for the Democrats and Republicans who will seek to take this key seat. Following Senator Coats announcement, several Indiana politicians from both major parties released statements on Coats legacy.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Clothing—it’s a necessary expense, and it can be a big one. Jeanne Leimkuhler, co-founder of Discardia, reminds us that repairing and re-purposing our clothes saves money, encourages creativity, and promotes environmental sustainability.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Carmen Gozalo and Sophia Saliby
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – March 23, 2015

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Local organizations have begun collecting camping gear for homeless residents who will soon be without access to a low-barrier shelter; A former employee at the city of Bloomington is waiting on a federal court to decide his fate after pleading guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud; In a separate case of alleged embezzlement at the city of Bloomington, a former Parks Department employee has been indicted on a wire fraud charge for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 in funds intended for the Parks Department projects and programs; The city of Bloomington is celebrating Disability Awareness Month throughout March with a variety of events, exhibits and programs; With less than two months before municipal elections, the Monroe County Election Board has been at odds over rules related to poll workers; The Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners has recognized the achievements of Banneker Program Specialist Terrance Thomas, who was named the 2015 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow by the City’s Commission on the Status of Black Males.

FEATURE
Shortly before we went to air today, the Indiana House of Representatives approved a bill that could protect businesses that discriminate against LGBT residents. The bill is known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It would prohibit governments from “substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.” Some proponents of the bill have said they hope it will protect businesses, churches or individuals that choose not to serve LGBT residents. The bill has been widely seen as a response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Indiana. Just before the bill passed, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the leaders of the movement to oppose the measure.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe, Joe Crawford and Amanda Marino.
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – March 12, 2015

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The Bloomington City Council is still trying to figure out a fair set of ordinances to
regulate the increasing number food carts and mobile vendors operating in downtown; Professor and vocal jazz director Steve Zegree passed away last Saturday, March the 7th, in Bloomington at age 61;Local author and Martinsville resident Mark C. Adkisson will be holding a book signing this Saturday in Martinsville;The Monroe County Council voted this week to delay discussions on an agreement that could save the county seven hundred thousand dollars over the next ten years;Earlier this week an Ellettsville Town Council member questioned the bidding procedure for an eleven thousand dollar land survey contract the Town recently entered into.

FEATURE
A committee in the Indiana Senate is considering a bill that could have legal implications for low-income Hoosiers seeking free health care. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story. The civil immunity bill passed the House by a vote of 91 to 0. Nine members of the House did not vote on the measure.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Spring Break is here for the students of IU!

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Carmen Gozalo and Jack Hanek
Along with Alycin Bektesh 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 Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

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