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Daily Local News – June 9, 2014

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The state wants to shift responsibility for – and associated costs of – maintaining some state roads to county administrations, including Monroe County; Before Interstate Sixty Nine construction ever makes way up State Road Thirty-Seven, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be addressing issues of aging roadways between Bloomington and Martinsville; More than ninety percent of water utility customers use online payments, saving the city printing and mailing fees for paper bills.

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Indiana Legislators to Study Medical Device Industry
This summer a committee at the Statehouse is asking what it can do to help one of Indiana’s largest industries, medical device manufacturing. The move comes at the request of State Representative Terri Austin from Anderson. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Austin about what she wants to see from the study committee for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Meagan Niese and Wendy Goodlit from Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County talk about the Habitat volunteer experience and how you can become a part of the effort. To sign up, go to http://www.monroecountyhabitat.org/involved/volunteer.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Alycin
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 5, 2014

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The city of Bloomington committed to paying its share of a $3.3 million road construction project June 3rd; Graduate students in the Indiana Univesity School of Public and Environmental Affairs have just released a report on their findings of how rural fire departments can cut costs and boost response times; Monroe County and the City of Bloomington are approaching an agreement in negotiations over roughly $440,000 that was mistakenly distributed in recent years; Monroe County Public Library Associate Director Marilyn Wood gave her board an update on major renovations occurring at the Library this summer; IU has recently opened an office in Beijing, China, for the purpose of increasing support for collaborations between IU and leading universities in China.

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Ukraine recently elected a new President, to replace the one who fled the country after mounting violent demonstrations in the capital. In the wake of the removal of the President Yanakovich, the Crimea region has separated and joined Russia and other sections in the East and south are now threatening separation also. Ukrainians, as well as foreign leaders and external observers have expressed hope in newly elected President Poroshenko’s ability to bring the current crisis to a peaceful resolution, get the economy going, develop a workable relations with its big neighbors to the East and West, and reduce endemic domestic corruption. Padric Kenney, professor history on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University and specialist is East European political culture, has been following the recent events in Ukraine closely. He speaks with to Daily
Local News correspondent David Murphy for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street gets YOUR voice on local issues.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent David Murphy
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 4, 2014

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The Bloomington Plan Commission gave the final approval June 2nd to a Habitat for Humanity project along the north end of the B-Line Trail; This Saturday Upland Brewery will again be hosting the American Homebrewers Association rally as a place for local homebrewers to come together and celebrate their craft; Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has released the primary election voter turnout report; City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) is sponsoring the Blooming Neighborhood Celebration this Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Farmers’ Market.

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Researchers Find Genes Linked to Alcoholism
Doctors may soon be able to tell whether a person could become an alcoholic before they take their first drink. That’s the conclusion of a study completed recently by a team of researchers that includes an IU professor. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with that researcher about how he helped identify the genes connected to alcoholism and what the discovery could mean for potential addicts.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Radio Frequency ID is now coming into use in America, and a woman in Georgia has already had her identity stolen…just by hugging a stranger. Here’s what we know about the danger, and what you can do about it.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Ilze Akerbergs, with correspondent Joe Crawford
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 3, 2014

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Local police are planning to spend a $29,000 grant on new audio and video recording equipment; The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has banned four compounds that are used to make the synthetic drugs K2 and spice; Starting in June, Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) will begin providing monthly boxes of food for up to 100 low-income senior citizens in Monroe County; Travel time in Monroe County to a verified trauma center is almost double the state average of 36 minutes.

FEATURE
Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 Plan Presented in Bedford
Officials from Governor Pence’s administration came through Bedford this afternoon to present the proposed Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 and to answer questions from the public. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy attended the briefing, and reports back to WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, for today’s wfhb feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment welcomes guest Emily Herr from the Bloomington Animal Shelter to discuss the financial ins and outs of pet ownership.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Susan Northleaf
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Melanie Susskind
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh with correspondent David Murphy
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 and  Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 2, 2014

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The city of Bloomington is expected to award its largest social services grant this year to the its own police department; The Bloomington City Council postponed a discussion May 28th on chain restaurants downtown; The Town of Ellettsville will take applications from its own employees before considering outside candidates for its new town manager position; Indiana University President Michael McRobbie McRobbie ranked sixth in ranking of pay for heads of public universities in the country;A team of Indiana University scientists have received a 6 point-two million dollar grant from the U S Army Research Office over the next five years to study bacterial evolution.

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Senator Donnelly Introduces Military Suicide Prevention Act
Last week Senator Joe Donnelly held a press conference about his Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014. Presenting with him were members of Indiana military families that had lost loved ones to suicide. Highlights from the talk here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

ACTIVATE!
Jenny Gibson and AJ Ginther from the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter on their experiences working with adoptable pets and the need for more volunteers at and donations to the Shelter to Fill the Gap this summer, 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 David Murphy and Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
the executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 21, 2014

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A set of proposed rules would leave exactly 47 locations in Monroe County where companies could legally build adult bookstores or strip clubs; Eleven international teachers are coming to IU’s campus this fall as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program; More than ninety percent of water utility customers use online payments, saving the city printing and mailing fees for paper bills; Duke Energy is preparing a 90-acre site for potential development in Monroe County as part of the Site Readiness Program.

FEATURE
Today, Charlotte Zietlow, former Bloomington City Council member, Monroe County Commissioner, and current President of the Board of Public Works, speaks with WFHB correspondent Michael G. Glab about her life in public service, for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Scammers get in touch with you in different ways, but they’re always after the same thing: your money. Here are three classic and timely examples.

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

Daily Local News – May 20, 2014

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The Monroe County Election Board struggled with the complexities of election law May 16th as they decided whether to invalidate some ballots cast during the May 6th primary election; A report from the National Employment Law Project found that Indiana has the largest increase of poverty-level jobs across the last 3 years.

FEATURE
Under new rules recently adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education, high schools in Indiana will now be able to hire people without formal training as a teacher or school administrator. These new rules are similar to those first proposed by Tony Bennett, former state superintendent of public education. During the last general election Bennett, a republican, lost to Democrat Glenda Ritz after he proposed similar rules that were broadly criticized for de-professionalizing teaching. The new rules were adopted in a 6 to 5 vote of the state board of education over the objections of Ritz. One of the critics of these new rules and of the Bennett proposals is Gerardo Gonzales, Dean of the IU School of Education in Bloomington. Correspondent David Murphy asked Dean Gonzales to comment on the new rules for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
You may be saving money, but are you growing it? On this installment we talk about inflation and how it can eat away at your savings if you don’t find prudent ways to keep it growing.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford 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 Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library
Our engineer is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 19th, 2014

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There will be a protest at the Chipotle Restaurant on Kirkwood Avenue Saturday, May 24th; The Monroe County Commission accepted a $119,000 state grant May 16th to pay for a program aimed at protecting endangered adults; Hoosiers are being reminded to ‘click it or ticket.’ Bloomington Police Department is increasing efforts to enforce proper seatbelts and restraints with Memorial Day approaching; A scientist, an artist and a musician from Indiana University have created a short film about human communication throughout history.

FEATURE
Last week Governor Mike Pence unveiled his plan for covering the 350,000 Hoosiers who have been ineligible for both Affordable Care Act coverage and the Healthy Indiana Plan during the past year as Pence has resisted adopting the ACA and accepting federal funding to provide health insurance to those in need. The Daily Local news ran reports from affordable insurance advocates last week, and today, brings you the Governors take on accessible health insurance, for today’s Daily Local news feature report.

ACTIVATE!
Sandy Myers, volunteer coordinator for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Don Westerhouse, a ReStore volunteer, discuss the ReStore’s mission and put out the call for the community to Fill the Gap by volunteering with them this summer.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 16, 2014

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A new study out of the University of California says Indiana could bring about $39 million to the state economy over three years by ending the ban on same-sex marriage; State regulators gave their blessing this week to a new $630 million power plant to be built near Martinsville; Governor Mike Pence will have a new chief of staff starting next week.

FEATURE
For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, correspondent Drew Daudelin spoke with Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, about on-
time graduation rates and diversity issues at Indiana University and across the state.

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: Helen Harrell, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and Dan Withered.
Our feature was produced by Drew Daudelin.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 15, 2014

Indiana Legislators of all political affiliations applauded Governor Mike Pence’s proposal for “Healthy Indiana Plan Two-point-oh,” revealed this morning; The Bloomington City Council showed support May 14th for a proposed co-housing community on the southeast side of town; On Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence today named Jim Atterholt Chief of Staff, effective next Monday, May 19.

FEATURE
Bloomington Playwrights Project’s final show of the 2013-2014 season, the original musical “Greta”, opens tomorrow night at 7:30pm. WFHB correspondent Jennifer Whitaker spoke to Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, about his personal story, the new show and BPP’s summer education opportunities for children and teens for this WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
We go into the  Voices in the Street vault , asking a perennial question – what’s good about life in Bloomington without Indiana University Students in the mix?

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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