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Daily Local News – August 27, 2015

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A state tax court has ruled in favor of a Bloomington CVS store that was seeking to cut its property taxes; The Monroe County Council has passed a resolution in support of establishing a needle-exchange program in the county; The parade for Bloomington’s annual Lotus Music and Arts Festival is expected to be bigger than ever this year.

FEATURE
Last night the Bloomington City Council showed support for a law that would discourage discrimination against people based on housing status. The measure would amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, which already bans discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, ancestry, disability or national origin.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy 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 engineers today are Hannah Griggs and Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – August 26, 2015

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A student and a parent raised complaints last night about the start time for middle and high school students at local public schools; Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer says there has been a startling increase in heroin and opiate-related deaths in Monroe County; The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded the City of Bloomington a grant worth almost $10,000; Seasonal workers at local parks can expect a four percent increase in their hourly wages next year, while permanent staff can expect a two percent raise.

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Twenty-three local residents voiced their opinions before the Monroe County Council last night, as the Council considered whether to approve a $3,000 grant to Planned Parenthood. The local clinic requested the money to help pay for contraceptives, STD testing and medical examinations. Planned Parenthood has been under fire in recent weeks after an anti-abortion group released a series of heavily edited videos intended to defame the organization. The videos focus on a program in which patients donate fetal tissue to be used in medical research. Although several speakers referred to the videos last night, Bloomington’s clinic does not offer the tissue donation program, nor do any other Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana. We bring you a portion of the public comments from the meeting last night for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Students can be more vulnerable to rip-off artists than any other group. Here are some of the biggest reasons why, and the biggest traps to avoid.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Stephanie Stewart
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was edited by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daly Local News – August 25, 2015

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Two Bloomington residents launched a crowdfunding campaign yesterday to bring a cat cafe to Bloomington. Elizabeth Retting and Jessie Wang are hoping to raise $25,000 to lease a space on Kirkwood Avenue to open “City Kitty and Brews”; A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Indiana House representative Eric Koch (pronounced “cook”) of Bedford. The lawsuit, brought by several citizen’s action groups, alleged that Koch and House Republicans violated Indiana’s freedom of information laws when they refused to release e-mails between Koch and several energy companies; City regulators approved a deal yesterday with a company that was found to be releasing too much metal in its wastewater. At its meeting last night, the Bloomington Utilities Service Board agreed to a pollution abatement process with Indiana Metal Craft, located at 4602 Innovation Crescent, on Bloomington’s west-side; A series of arts performances in People’s Park kicked off this afternoon with the local quartet, The Hoosier Darlings. More performances by local musicians will take place every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., from now until September 29th.

FEATURE:
Earlier this summer, Bloomington High School North made national headlines when students there decided to form what they called a Straight Pride Group. The group was reportedly going to offer QUOTE “specific supports for heterosexual students” UNQUOTE. Many saw the group as being anti-LGBTQ. After a public outcry, the group’s faculty sponsor backed out and the group never officially formed. Last week, WFHB’s BloomingOUT hosted a discussion that issue and others with the gay-straight alliance at Bloomington High School North. Hannah Jesseph is a member of the alliance and Greg Chaffin is the faculty sponsor. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report. Chaffin begins by discussing the origins of the gay-straight alliance at North.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY:
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS:
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Hannah Boone
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford along with the crew of BloomingOUT.
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 Jennifer Brooks
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 24, 2015

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Two years ago, the Bloomington Police Department requested the military supply them with a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, according to a database compiled by the magazine Mother Jones; The U.S. Navy has awarded Indiana University a one-point-six-six million dollar grant to fund education in what are known as the STEM fields; Monroe County
officials are moving forward with the process to establish a needle-exchange program here; Brown County has been recognized as a Bronze Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

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On August 18th, the Monroe County Plan Commission recommended changing the county’s zoning regulations to include solar farms in the list of possible operations, or what the Planning Department calls ‘Conditional Uses”, in four of the county’s zoning types. Today, we will hear a report from Assistant News Director, David Murphy, on this proposed change for today’s WFHB 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 Joe Crawford and Amanda Marino
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
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.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 20, 2015

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The IU Office of Sustainability is hosting the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale this Saturday for the sixth year in a row; The Bloomington Community Farmers Market will host a panel discussion about Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, on September 14th; Bloomington city officials are looking to increase spending for public safety next year.

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An IU law professor says a battle over unionization in Indianapolis could have ripple effects around the country. Fran Quigley has just published a book documenting the struggles of low-wage service industry workers in the city. Quigley spoke to us last week during an episode of WFHB’s program, Interchange. The next clip is from that interview. It begins with a portion of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. given on April 3rd, 1968, to a group of striking sanitation workers. The host of Interchange is Doug Storm.

VOICES IN THE STREET
We ask IU students why they chose to come to Bloomington

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle and Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Hannah Boone and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford and the crew of Interchange
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Hannah Griggs
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – August 19, 2015

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Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has announced he will support the nuclear deal with Iran; In the race for governor, John Gregg is now the only remaining Democratic candidate; A local group calling itself Bring Your Bag Bloomington is asking the Bloomington City Council to address the issue of plastic bag use at grocery stores and other businesses in Bloomington; The Monroe County government is developing rules for solar farms in response to a project proposed by Hoosier Energy; Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is asking for a one-point-one percent budget increase for the city government next year.

FEATURE
The Monroe County Community School Corporation has been considering asking local voters to renew a special property tax introduced in 2011. The levy was approved by 63 percent of voters in 2010. That vote put the tax in place for six years. It’s set to expire at the end of 2016. Property owners are charged an extra fourteen-cents on every one-hundred dollars of assessed property value, and that money goes to the school corporation. The stated reason for the supplement was to make up for cuts in state funding of K to 12 public education. MCCSC staff, including the superintendent, have recommended seeking renewal. Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke to the President of the Board of Trustees of the MCCSC, Keith Klein, and to Cathy Fuentes-Rohrer, a parent of four school age children and the Chairperson of the Monroe County-South-Central Indiana chapter of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education.

BETTER BEWARE!
Some 40,000 students are arriving in town right now. This can cause problems for local residents, but the students are often targets for fraudsters. Here’s some heads-ups for everyone!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Sierra Gardner
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and Jack Hanek
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 18, 2015

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Indiana University has just signed one of the largest apparel contracts in the history of college athletics; The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning incoming college students to be aware of delays along the route to Bloomington; A study on the sustainability of Bloomington has found mixed results; Hoosier Energy is proposing to build a photovoltaic solar power farm west of Ellettsville.

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Earlier this year the Indiana legislature passed a law barring what are referred to as serious sex offenders from voting on election day if their precinct is located in a school. The law passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. It makes it a Level 6 felony for an offender to enter a school property. Earlier today the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit alleging the new law is unconstitutional. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the attorney working on the case and we bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
ANCHORS: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineers is Jennifer Brooks.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – August 17, 2015

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Monroe County Council member Shelli Yoder announced today she plans to run for Congress again; The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District’s Board of Directors got a concise breakdown of expenditures on the County’s new recycling facility last week; Commuters who make use of State Road 45, or 2nd Street, should be aware of a single lane closure that may impact their commute in the coming days.

FEATURE
As a new group of college students enter Bloomington this week, the city government is publicizing its resources aimed at making the community welcome to diverse populations. Last week, the hosts of WFHB’s Bring it On spoke with city’s Safe and Civil City Director, Rafi Hassan, about how that department responds to instances of bigotry and what resources it offers to residents. We bring you now a portion of Hassan’s conversation with hosts Cornelius Wright and Leila Randle, for today’s WFHB 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 Joe Crawford, Amanda Marino
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
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.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 13, 2015

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The Monroe County Community School Corporation is working on a strategy to get voters to renew a supplemental school funding tax. At a work session on Tuesday, the Corporation’s Board of Trustees discussed the logistics of an upcoming referendum vote; Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan has joined 35 other Indiana mayors to officially endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg; Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann will serve as the acting governor of Indiana tomorrow while Governor Pence undergoes surgery to have a hernia repaired.

Correction to statement at beginning of the show: the feature interview is with a survivor of a bombing that occurred in Suruc, a Turkish city on the border with Syria.

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Today we bring you an extended interview recorded in Istanbul by longtime Bloomington resident and WFHB correspondent Filiz Cicek. Cicek spoke with an activist who had just survived a bombing as he was attempting to cross into the Syrian area of Kobani. Kobani is the name of both a city and a larger area in northern Syria near the border with Turkey. Kobani is also part of Rojava referred to by some as Western Kurdistan. Against the backdrop of the Syrian Civil War, in late 2013 a left-wing revolution took place in Kobani and Rojava. The revolution established a society based on direct democracy, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. Rojava’s government is formed by ethnically inclusive popular assemblies and it has a feminist army of women’s militias that has been key in fighting the Islamic State. Yet less than a year after this revolution, in the fall of 2014, the area came under siege from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. Most of the city of Kobani was destroyed and much of the population fled to Turkey. However by January the people of Rojava had driven the Islamic state out of Kobani. In late July a group of leftist youth activists from across Turkey travelled to the border near Kobani with the goal of crossing over to help the local people rebuild. On July 20 a bomb was set off during a press conference in the Turkish border town of Suruc, killing at least 32 people and wounding more than 100 more. It is believed that supporters of the Islamic State were behind the attack. WFHB’s correspondent, Filiz Cicek, was able to speak with Ramazan Basar (BAH-sar), a survivor of the bombing. The interview was originally recorded in Turkish and has been translated into English.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered; Leyla Keskiner translated the interview and Dan Young voiced the translation
Our engineers are Joe Crawford and Hannah Griggs
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – August 11, 2015

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Two nurses at IU Health have been acquitted of the disciplinary actions the hospital corporation issued earlier this year after they attempted to unionize the nursing staff; The Monroe County Public Library has teamed up with the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters on a project aimed at educating local citizens about elections; The City of Bloomington Parks and Rec Department and the White River Co-op will be hosting the 11th annual Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool starting tomorrow evening; This Saturday, a local arts group is hosting a multimedia, music and poetry show to raise money for the Wounded Galaxies Festival; Last night the Bloomington Plan Commission approved a revised plan for a new Chrysler dealership on South Walnut Street; Monroe County officials have approved an agreement requiring the City of Bloomington to pay the County government $655,000 over the next ten years.

FEATURE:
A plan for a new apartment complex on the south side of Bloomington requires the destruction of several acres of woods. Residents of a nearby neighborhood are raising issues about the development. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY:
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money

CREDITS:
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kyle Boen
along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy and Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Jennifer Brooks
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

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