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Daily Local News – December 3, 2013

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The Strike Mic:hiring and firing practices of Indiana University maintenance faculty; The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter announced the beginns its annual pet supply drive; Griffy Lake undergoes restock; A new art exhibit, featuring work from faculty artists from the Hope School of Fine Arts, opens January 25th at the Indiana University Art Museum.

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Community Responds to Extra Cops
In recent weeks the Bloomington Police Department has been sending extra officers to patrol the B-Line Trail and the downtown area, responding to what city officials said was an increase in complaints about panhandling, public intoxication, and vandalism. The new patrols were announced last month along with an anti-panhandling campaign and new surveillance cameras downtown. Celebrated by some downtown business owners, the new security has also raised concerns about who the extra police will be patrolling and arresting. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ashley and Sarah are back, discussing a recent article that explains why you might not be rich. In the second segment of this series, they review the final five reasons and explore strategies to adjust your financial mindset and behavior, for WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Yvonne Cheng, Chris Martin, and Nash Hott.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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 is Harrison Wagner
Drew Daudelin edits the Daily Local News
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – December 2, 2013

On November 26th the WFHB Board of Directors named Cleveland Dietz permanent General Manager of WFHB; Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced today the appointment of Ivy Tech Community College Chancellor John Whikehart as Bloomington’s next Deputy Mayor; On November 27th, U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson placed an injunction against a law regulating the physical facility of non-surgical abortion clinics in Indiana; Local activists are planning a public display of nonviolent, civil disobedience if the Obama administration recommends approval of the Keystone XL pipeline; Doris Sims has been appointed Director of the City of Bloomington’s Human Resources Department by Mayor Mark Kruzan, effective January 1st.

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Indiana Targets Pseudoephedrine Suppliers
Attorney General Greg Zoeller and prosecutor Chris Gaal are targeting meth and prescription drug abuse, and raising public awareness about the illegal chemicals involved is part of that process. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford attended a press conference about the effort and brings it to you today, for a WFHB feature report.

ACTIVATE
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana Program Director Mark Voland talks about the pressing need for more male volunteers on 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 Chris Martin, Yvonne Cheng, and Alycin Bektesh
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered, with correspondent Joe Crawford
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Top 10 News Items of 2013: What do you think?

Help vote for the top news stories of the year – take our online poll and then tune in to the Daily Local News beginning December 18th weekdays at 5:30pm to hear the annual year-end countdown.

Daily Local News – November 22, 2013

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Bernard Frischer, a professor of Informatics at Indiana University’s School of Informatics, has spent the last five years creating a digital model of the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian’s villa, which is now twenty miles outside of Rome, Italy; The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (or BEAD) and Visit Bloomington are recipients of the 2013 Arts Destination Marketing Award, presented by Americans for the Arts and Destination Marketing Association International;Bloomington’s traditional Canopy of Lights Lighting Ceremony will be a week from today on the Courthouse Square. Talisha Coppock, of Downtown Bloomington Inc, says there are a lot of events to attend this holiday season; The Bloomington Commission on Sustainability discussed how the city could start using a new framework for evaluating its livability and sustainability; The Monroe County Council approved grant funding for twenty-one different nonprofit organizations on November 12th; The Richland Bean Blossom School Board voted November 18th to hire a replacement for an assistant superintendent who left suddenly in August. Former assistant superintendent Carol Gardiner left the corporation in August; Monroe County officials made plans November 18th to hire a trapper to kill a population of beavers on the west side of Bloomington

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Roscoe Medlock, Alycin Bektesh
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa and Yin Yuan,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Nick Tumino,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 21, 2013

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Despite alarming news stories about health insurance policy cancellations, Families USA has found consumers whose coverage has been terminated will benefit; The state of Indiana and the federal government continue to be at odds on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; The City of Bloomington will conduct the fourth annual “Beat the Meter Blitz” this winter; The Bloomington City Council debated November 20th whether to install a neighborhood parking zone in a roughly 6-block area south of downtown.

FEATURE
Happy Birthday, Hoagy Carmichael!
WFHB correspondent Trish Kerle’ speaks with Pat Kellar, producer of a documentary film about the life and music of native Bloomingtonian, Hoagy Carmichael, considered one of the 20th centuries greatest composers of American popular standards for today’s WFHB feature exclusive in anticipation of WFHBs birthday celebration beginning this evening.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: Turning the corner from ghosts and goblins to turkeys that gobble. ‘Tis the season for Thanksgiving.

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is a week from today. Voices on the Street will be on a week-long hiatus so we wanted to ask your friends and neighbors about their Thanksgiving traditions and what they’re thankful for this year.

CREDITS
Anchors: NickTumino, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab and Kat Carlton,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hettrick.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer was Sarah Hettrick.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 20, 2013

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Kevin Culbertson, who had been selected for the role of WFHB General Manager has informed the board that he is no longer interested in the position; Updates for Indiana’s tornado damaged regions from Representative Matt Ubelhor; Work on the Griffy Lake Dam is almost finished and the lake has already begun to refill, according to an engineer in the city’s Utilities Department; The average Hoosier Thanksgiving has gotten cheaper this year according to a survey of grocery costs from the Indiana Farm Bureau.

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Legislative Preview: ACA
Last week WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana district 40 state senator mark stoops about the outlook of the 2014 legislative session – including how the Indiana legislature might examine the Affordable Care Act – here for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Super-typhoon Haiyan has devastated the Philippines, and once again, thieves are trying to steal disaster-relief donations.Learn  how to make sure help actually goes to the people who need
on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

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

Daily Local News – November 19, 2013

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The wind and rain storm that swept through Indiana set records according to the National Weather Service; Bloomington Hospital has announced that it will eliminate 50 positions by the end of the year; The 42nd annual tour of the business outlook panel wound up its final presentation yesterday in Richmond, Indiana; Twenty one Indiana state parks will be closed temporarily for deer reductions.

FEATURE
Organization Day
WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh checked in with local state representative Matt Pierce at the close of Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse today to look ahead to the looming battle over Indiana HJR6  – for todayís WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Ashley and Sarah will help you plan your holiday meal and the post-turkey shopping spree known as Black Friday, on The Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Todayís headlines were written by David Murphy, Yvonne Cheng, and Chris Martin.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
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 is Harrison Wagner.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News- November 18, 2013

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Weekend storm updates; Laury Flint has assumed the position of Chief of the IU Police Department; Hoosier Hills Food Bank has distributed over three-point-two million pounds of food so far in 2013, already exceeding what they distributed last year; “Medora,” a new documentary about small-town Medora Indiana’s high school basketball team, will make its premiere at The Indiana University Cinema this month.

FEATURE
Last week the city of Bloomington announced new, extra patrols will be assigned to the downtown area, as well as along the B-Line Trail. Police Chief Mike Diekhoff also says surveillance cameras will be used more extensively, although he wouldn’t say where the cameras will be placed. The new measures are targeted at panhandling, public intoxication, and vandalism. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Police Chief Diekhoff about the changes, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE
June Taylor of the American Red Cross tells her story and talks about the holiday basket fundraising campaign, for 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, Yvonne Cheng, and Yin Yuan.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineers are Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 15, 2013

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The Bloomington Police Department is participating in a new program called Fleet Watch; A recent study coauthored by two Indiana University researchers found that many Americans are unaware of the financial benefits of owning an electric car;The Indiana University Cinema will host a weekend of movies honoring the one hundred and fourteenth birthday of Hoagy Carmichael.

FEATURE
The Future of A-F
Indiana District 40 State Senator Mark Stoops talks about the future of Indiana’s “A” through “F” grading system with WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Local organizations scout the listening area for service help on Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helens Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Our engineer is Nick Tumino
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – November 14, 2013

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The Bloomington City Council found a loophole in the city’s living wage ordinance yesterday; Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, along with thirty other attorney generals, has called for major smartphone manufacturers to amp up security features on smartphones; The Indiana University Black Film Center and Archive is hosting Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film; This weekend in sports.

FEATURE
America Recycles Day
Tomorrow is America Recycles Day, a nationwide awareness campaign organized by the non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful. News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Jennifer Killenger, Senior Director of Sustainability and Public Outreach for the plastics division at the American Chemistry Council, and Dan Goldblat, from The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, about recycling and Bloomington’s special recognition, for today’s feature exclusive courtesy of Eco-Report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks how safe YOU feel in Bloomington, and what we could do to help you feel safer.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Yvonne Cheng and Jalisa Ransom,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer was Sarah Hettrick.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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