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Daily Local News – May 14, 2014

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Monroe County residents will pay higher income taxes next year to support local youth services; The Ellettsville Town Council gave thanks May 12th for its right to pray before meetings; Officials throughout Monroe County are making plans to enter an energy efficiency contest for a $5 million prize.

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The exhibit “Raintree County: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Ross Lockridge, Jr.” currently on display at Indiana University’s Lilly Library is coming to a close on May 19th. The exhibit explores and celebrates the life and work of Indiana author, Ross Lockridge, Jr., and the world of his iconic novel, Raintree County. Highlighted are about 400 of 75,000 items donated by the family to serve as an archive for use in the study of Lockridge’s only novel. Included are the controversial geoglyph drawn by the author for use as the book’s dust jacket, as well as the family’s Henry County Atlas which serves as a totem for the novel’s hero. Correspondent Doug Storm spoke with Cherry Williams, the Lilly Library Curator of Manuscripts and Eric Sandweiss, IU History professor and editor of the Indiana Magazine of History, about the scope of the exhibit for today’s daily local news feature report, courtesy of Interchange.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
A new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Alycin Bektesh, Bill Daugherty
Today’s headlines were written by
Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 13, 2014

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A contractor helping supervise I-69 construction insisted May 9th contractors are doing all they can to prevent pollution from the project; After months of delay, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District can now fill a vacant desk job; The recipients of the City of Bloomington’s 2014 Art Project Grants have been announced.

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A press conference held today revealed the positive impact of arts programing on Fairview Preschoolers during this academic year. Dr. Gus Weltsek and Ginger Brinn worked with Fairview instructor Lynne Hall to bring drama and visual arts into the curriculum several times a week. Preschoolers were tested on vocabulary, alliteration, and rhyming before the program and again in December, when strong improvements were found. Representatives involved in the program spoke about the importance of arts programming in schools at an early age, and Hall’s students shared some of their activities, here for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
So, what’s your interest? This week we are going to test your knowledge on how interest works for or against you in budgeting and personal finance.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Melanie Susskind,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Rob Powell.
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 today is Drew Daudelin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 12, 2014

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Bloomington’s Planning Director gave the first details May 5th about a proposed hotel along Kirkwood Avenue downtown; In a special meeting of the Board of Public Works held May 7th , the board approved a contract with a local lawn care business to provide lawn mowing services for the City of Bloomington; The Hoosier Environmental Council released a report May 5th about coal ash pollution in and around the Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) Harding Street Generating Station and across Indiana; Residents of Bloomington and surrounding communities are invited to dispose of unwanted electronics for recycling this Saturday, May 17.

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In recent months, almost a million Americans submitted comments about new regulations that would cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
That includes tens of thousands of Hoosiers. The comment period ended Friday and the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue its new rules this summer. Indiana’s coal industry has steadfastly opposed regulations like these, which they say would make it impossible to open new coal plants. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke this morning with an industry lobbyist, and we bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Jim Russie, long time volunteer at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, on the work VIM does for Monroe and Owen County residents and how you can help. For more information on volunteering, go to http://www.vimmonroecounty.org/volunteer.php.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Chelsea Hardy,
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,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 9, 2014

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This week’s city Council meeting focused heavily on financial monitoring solutions in the wake of a recent embezzlement case in which  former city employee, Justin Wykoff, was arrested for allegedly helping steal $800,000 from the city; The owners of a suburban farm east of Bloomington failed again May 7th to win the support of the Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals; Changes to Indiana’s public employee retirement fund are driving four of the city’s most experienced utility workers to retire this summer; Hoosiers who wish to purchase personalized Indiana license plates can once again get them at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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On May first, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly’s office in Washington released a statement that he would be supporting a Senate bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipleline, thereby over-riding the executive approval process that has been repeatedly delayed by President Obama, most recently until after the fall elections. Correspondent David Murphy speaks to Senator Donnelly about his support for the Keystone XL pipeline 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: Helen Harrell, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written Dan Withered
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh, with correspondent David Murphy
Volunteer Connection is produced by Lucy Shake for the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 8, 2014

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Bloomington’s city government will reshape its processes for spending public money in the wake of a recent embezzlement case; The Stamp Out Hunger Food drive for Hoosier Hills Food Bank will take place this Saturday, May 10th; A traveling quilt exhibition memorializing victims of United States drone strikes is on display at the Monroe County Public Library from through Sunday, May 18th; Purdue University researchers are working on creating molecules that could combat the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, that recently arrived in the United States.

FEATURE
A report released this week in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency gave new insight into future climate change and how it will affect the United States. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Sara Pryor, about the findings on this report and what they mean for the future of environmental changes in Indiana, for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This time of year, our community’s youth find themselves on the cusp of big change. In the midst of graduations at IU, Ivy Tech, as well as local high schools, we asked YOU for advice and words of wisdom for our local graduating seniors.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn and Dan Withered
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.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 7, 2014

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A demonstration this evening on the courthouse square is part of a larger day of action called Days of Remembrance, a nationwide effort to bring attention to united states drone use; The Monroe County Commission accepted a $120,000 state grant May 2nd to help build a pedestrian trail just west of Bloomington; In the latest report in a series of Non Profit examinations authored by Indiana University professor in the school of public and environmental affairs Kirsten Grønbjerg, findings show that membership-based non profits are especially hard hit by economic recessions; The Ellettsville Plan Commission discussed ideas for expanding the Town during a meeting May 1st.

FEATURE
WFHB News Staff Alycin Bektesh and Joe Crawford were on hand throughout the primary elections held in Indiana yesterday, and brought regular interviews and updated results as the ballots were counted. The results of all the contested primary races here – in today’s wfhb feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
People in the service, and their families, and their friends — and now, a lot of ordinary civillians as well — are at serious risk from nasty, savvy, and highly targeted scams. If you’re military, beware — and whether you are or not, help spread the word.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, along with correspondent Andrew Huddleston
Our feature was produced by Ilze Akerbergs.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 5, 2014

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Indiana’s primary elections are tomorrow, May 6th, with polls opening at 6am and closing at 6pm; At a Bloomington City Council meeting last week, the owners of three large new buildings downtown asked council members to approve tax breaks for their businesses; Indiana University-Bloomington is being investigated for violations of federal sex discrimination rules; On May first, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly announced his support for a Senate bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline without requiring a permit from President Obama to move forward.

FEATURE
A new report from the American Lung Association says Indianapolis has the 20th most polluted air in the country. That’s based on levels of small particles in the air that affect cardiovascular health and could be linked to cancer. The report shows worsening air quality in Indianapolis and around the country. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us this WFHB feature exclusive on what the new data means for Indianapolis and Monroe County, where we know much less about pollution levels.

ACTIVATE!
Lucy Schaich, Assistant Director of the City of Bloomington’s Volunteer Network along with New Hope Family Shelter Executive Director Elaine Gwin and New Hope volunteer Joanne on the Volunteer Network’s Fill the Gap community volunteer initiative and the specific needs of Fill the Gap partner agency New Hope Family Shelter.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Alycin Bektesh
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,
The Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 2, 2014

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Bloomington City Council members asked Wednesday whether proposed financial controls at the city could hurt employee morale; County Clerk Linda Robbins said May 1st the County still had eight poll worker positions to fill for the primary election; The Bloomington branch of Ivy Tech Community College has named Jennie Vaughan as Chancellor; Two Indiana University faculty members – Shannon Gayk and William Newman – have been selected as fellows for the National Humanities Center.

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Four months into the healthcare exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act, Indiana Governor Mike Pence is still working out details with the federal government for Hoosiers to obtain healthcare. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was joined yesterday by CMS Communications Director Julie Bataille and Director of the HHS Office of Health Reform Michael Hash, in a conference call with updates to the Health Insurance Marketplace in Indiana. We bring you some of that call now for today’s WFHB feature report.

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 Neal Earley,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 1, 2014

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More tornado outbreaks are likely to occur through the warm months of April to July; The Indiana University Health hospitals in South Central Indiana hosted a food drive in March, in honor of National Nutrition Month; The Bloomington Commission on Aging is celebrating creativity and our aging population this month with the Fourth Annual Creative Aging Festival; This Saturday is the 13th Annual Free Comic Book Day at Bloomington’s Vintage Phoenix and comic book shops around the world; This weekend in local sports: tomorrow the Indiana University Women’s and Men’s Swim teams compete in the Buccetos Open, which continues through Sunday.

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Indiana University Student Madeline Dinges was one of five students awarded this year’s Provost Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Dinges and her mentor, Justin Ross, an associate professor of public finance and economics in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs worked together to produce a fiscal analysis that acted as a guiding document for Lake County Indiana. An upcoming article under review at the journal Public Budgeting and Finance also includes work from their collaboration. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh met with Dinges and Ross in SPEA to learn more about the fiscal state of Indiana counties, and the honor they received for their work, on today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
The Little 500 is utterly unique and also the largest collegiate cycling event in the world.  This year’s race saw the team from Kappa Alpha Theta win the women’s race by twelve-one-hundredths of a second, and the Black Key Bulls scored the victory in the men’s division.  Voices in the Street hit the streets, or track, rather, to speak with participants in the 64th annual Little 500 and ask them, about the nature of the event.  Is the Little 500 more about the race or the socializing that accompanies it?

CREDITS
Anchors: Jalisa Ransom, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom and Dani Aleksa,
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 today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – April 30, 2014

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By a vote of ten-to-one, the Indiana State Board of Education put an end to the current academic standards today, focusing on a new method they say will help students be more college and career ready; Members of boards and commissions in Bloomington will have to reveal financial information more regularly as a result of a new city policy; The nation’s largest solar farm built on top of a federal Superfund site became operational in Indianapolis last month; The Trashion Refashion 2014 Runway Show entertained Bloomington residents on Sunday at the Buskirk Chumley Theater with two runway segments, a “Trashion-off,” and performances by the Aerial Silks, Hudsucker Posse, and Jefferson Street Marching Band.

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The group Grassroots Conservatives describes itself as a coalition of conservative Republicans, Tea Party Patriots, constitutionalists, independents, and libertarians who come together to pursue the American Dream. The group held a straw poll last night at the Monroe County Public Library, inviting members to select the Republican primary race candidates for Congress, County Council District 2, and County Council District 4 that best meet the Grassroots Conservatives’ principals of reducing federal government spending, low taxes and regulations, and a constitutionally limited government. Correspondent Casey Kuhn attended the polling last night and recorded candidate speeches, interviews with organization members, and the results for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Authors — especially academics who need to publish — are being hit by fake publicists who promise all kinds of publicity and book-sales. Then they take the money and run!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Ruben Solis, Linda Green, and Stephanie Stewart,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Anson Shupe,
Our feature was produced by Ilze Akerbergs.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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