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Daily Local News – March 3, 2015

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Indiana University released a new sexual misconduct policy today; IU Provost Lauren Robel announces the State of the Campus; For the second year in a row, IU Bloomington has increased its numbers of Peace Corp volunteers.

FEATURE
A bill that could expand public transportation in rural parts of Monroe County got its first reading in the Indiana House of Representatives today. The bill has already passed in the Senate. Correspondent Sophia Saliby has the story behind the law, including concerns about its possible side effects, for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ryan Stacey talks to Stacy Williams from IU student legal services about how students can manage renting or leasing problems.

CREDITS
Anchors – Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was written by Sophia Saliby and produced by Joe Crawford
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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – March 2, 2015

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Artwork by clients of Stone Belt is on display in the atrium of Bloomington City Hall; The League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County will host the panel discussion featuring state senators and representatives whose districts include Monroe County; IU-Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel will deliver the State-of-the-Campus address tomorrow afternoon at 3pm, in Franklin Hall; The Monroe County Community School Board approved student-to-teacher ratio requirements at its meeting last week.

FEATURE
Local people continue to react to I.U. Health Bloomington’s announcement that it intends to close the Bloomington Hospital and build elsewhere. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to two candidates for election to mayor of Bloomington – Democrat John Linnemeier and Republican John Turnbull – to get their views on the hospital’s move. He also spoke with Forrest Gilmore, Director of Shalom Community Center, to hear about that social service agency’s concerns on the closing of the downtown hospital. We bring you that story now for today’s WFHB community report.

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

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

Daily Local News – February 26, 2015

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2/26/2015
The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, approved the long-debated net neutrality rule today;February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month; A batch
of new luxury condos are planned for construction in downtown Bloomington;The Bloomington Board of Parks Commissioners heard an update on Tuesday about invasive species at the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

FEATURE
The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has convened a task force to study water resources in Monroe County and beyond. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Liz Irwin, a spokesperson for the Chamber. They discussed the Chamber’s concerns about how water resources could affect future development in the area. We bring you that conversation now
for today’s WFHB community report. Irwin began by explaining why the Chamber assembled the task force.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next, our weekly public opinion segment!

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

Daily Local News – February 25, 2015

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Today, State Health officials are warning of a rapidly spreading outbreak of HIV in the Southeastern portion of Indiana; A bill that would have affected solar energy throughout Indiana seems to be dead, at least for now; Bloomington Utilities Director Pat Murphy says it’s time to increase water rates; In a recent Gallup poll Indiana was rated one of the lowest in terms of well-being; The Monroe County Election Board is debating how to recruit poll workers for local elections.

FEATURE
As police departments around the country are pressured to review the racial makeup of their staff, last week WFHB’s African American public affairs show Bring It On discussed the roles and experiences of black police officers. The hosts spoke with Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and an Adjunct Professor within Indiana University’s Department of African American and Diaspora Studies. The show was hosted by Clarence Boone and Jim Sims. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Today, we have a vintage episode of our weekly consumer watchdog segment Better Beware!

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

Daily Local News – February 24, 2015

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An electronics repair company has announced it plans to cut 320 jobs at its location in Bloomington; Today is the deadline for bills to get a second reading in the Indiana State legislature; In other news from the legislature, a Senate Joint Resolution with the potential to harm Indiana lakes and rivers was defeated by the Indiana State Senate today; An IU professor of law and medicine says Indiana’s agreement with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid will be counterproductive in its purported goal of helping the poor; Plans for a 107-room hotel proposed for the intersection of 17th and Walnut Streets received narrow approval last week from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

FEATURE
Many in Bloomington have expressed concern and anger over the announcement that the IU Health Bloomington Hospital plans to move away from downtown. City leaders have responded, asking the hospital to stay in its current location. News Director Joe Crawford brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Joe Crawford and Sophia Saliby
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was written by Alycin Bektesh and produced by Joe Crawford
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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – February 23, 2015

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An Indiana senate bill could place further restrictions on abortion in the state. Senate Bill 334 would make it illegal to perform an abortion if the decision is based on a fetus’s sex or disability; The Indiana Youth Institute has released the 2015 Kids Count data book, an assessment of childhood wellbeing across the state; The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Citizens Advisory Committee identified a need for updated bylaws during a meeting on February 19th.

FEATURE
A bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is working its way through the Indiana legislature. The law would provide protection to individuals, businesses and churches that deny services based on claims of religious belief. On Thursday, WFHB’s LGBTQI+ program, Bloomingout, discussed the bill with Steve Sanders, a law professor at Indiana University. The show was hosted by Erica Dorsey, Ryne Shadday and Jeff Jewel. We bring you a part of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Emily Beck along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – February 19, 2015

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There’s no need to pay the parking meters in downtown Bloomington the next few days; The proposed extension of I-69 from Martinsville to Indianapolis has been a hot topic for Hoosiers, and now INDOT is providing citizens with an opportunity to express their concerns in a public forum;The Monroe County Plan Commission delayed a vote Tuesday on whether to allow a new 40-acre subdivision west of Bloomington; The new teen services and digital creativity center at the Monroe County Public Library is set to open in a matter of days.

FEATURE
Professor Timothy Carter of Ball State University gave a presentation Monday night in the Bloomington City Council chambers. Carter discussed his study of deer behavior and biology in Monroe County. Only part of Carter’s research is complete. We bring you a portion of Carter’s talk now for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Your WFHB local public opinion segment

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

Daily Local News – February 18, 2015

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Six short films from local artists will be part of a competition at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre this Sunday; Trash and recycling collection in Bloomington is cancelled for tomorrow; Last week the Monroe County Council discussed the need for increased public transportation in the area; A lifetime combining a love of music and public service has won an IU professor the 2015 Black History Month Living Legend award; The Bloomington Board of Public Works approved infrastructure last week to measure contaminants in the Johnson Hardware Building; The Monroe County Storm Water Management Board allocated half of their yearly Stormwater Education budget during a meeting last week.

FEATURE
A law working its way through the state legislature this week could have serious effects on Indiana’s construction agency. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

BETTER BEWARE!
Almost half the population of America take herbal supplements – and now it turns out that some of the most popular brands don’t contain the herbs on the label! A major health headsup!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Taylor Telford
Today’s headlines were written by Carmen Gozalo, Taylor Telford and Joe Crawford
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineer today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – February 17, 2015

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The current cold snap has ended the warmer than average winter Indiana had been experiencing this year; The state is moving toward allowing Sunday alcohol sales but possibly with more restrictions that will apply to all liquor sales every day; and the construction of a long-debated recycling facility is moving forward, but not without further complications in the process.

FEATURE
A six-and-a-half-hour Bloomington Plan Commission meeting last week included discussion about a new parking garage proposed in downtown Bloomington. The 268-space garage would serve County employees.  The 9-story garage would be next to the Monroe County Jail. The County has proposed making the garage an emergency jail evacuation center and potentially a space for a work release program.  Members of the group, Decarcerate Monroe County, raised concerns about the facility to the Plan Commission. The Plan Commission did not vote on the parking garage proposal last week. The Commission is scheduled to consider the idea again in March.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ryan Stacy talks about managing spending your income and how to be a wise spender.

CREDITS
Headlines were written by David Murphy 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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – February, 16, 2015

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The influx of proposed developments in Bloomington is raising concerns at the city’s Commission on Sustainability. Last week, Rebecca Swanson gave a report to the Commission and listed five projects that she called “eye openingly large.” She included the recent passage by the Bloomington Plan Commission of a 30-foot height variance for a hotel on Kirkwood Avenue.

FEATURE
Last week local residents participating in Global Divestment day joined an estimated 450 events in 60 countries to bring awareness to the connection between climate change and the use of fossil fuels. Correspondent Alycin Bektesh has that story for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Volunteers Susan Buchanan and Sarah Weisand share their experiences working for the Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) program at the Monroe County Public LIbrary. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawfrd.
For WFHB, I’m Doug Storm.

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