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Newly publicized documents are raising questions about a planned deer kill in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. Activists opposed to the kill presented information to the Bloomington City Council during public comment last night. The city’s permit to begin sharpshooting deer in the preserve takes effect Saturday. Maria Heslin, a former deputy mayor who opposes the sharpshooting, said she recently obtained a copy of the permit application the city submitted to the state Department of Natural Resources.

The application actually states it will probably take 10 to 20 years of, “sustained management,” for the forest understory to fully recover at Griffy. Proponents of the the cull have cited ecological damage caused by deer overpopulation, although their opponents say there is no proof there are too many deer at Griffy. Heslin said the permit application presents new concerns for those opposed to the cull.

The Council did not respond to Heslin’s questions. They also didn’t discuss a separate document presented by Sandra Shapshay, who has also been a vocal opponent of the kill. Shapshay said a fellow activist filed a public records request to obtain an email sent to Council member Dave Rollo in April of last year. Shapshay said the email came from Indiana University biologist Angie Shelton, whose work has been commonly cited by those in favor of sharpshooting. She says to make an accurate estimate, the pellet count would have to cover the entire Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

Shapshay said the additional pellet count would have cost $500. The city is paying $31,000 for a private firm to do the sharpshooting this year. Another resident, Hattie Clark, asked the Council to respond to the public’s concerns. She says it seems everyone sits quietly without responding to the important questions.

The Council did not respond. But several Council members did discuss the deer issue earlier in the meeting during the Council comments section. Council member Rollo asked the activists to consider the entire ecosystem in the nature preserve.

Council member Darryl Neher said he plans to be at Griffy when the company, White Buffalo, does the sharpshooting.

Activists have proposed a new ordinance that would put the sharpshooting on hold for two years. But no Council member has introduced that measure for consideration. The cull could begin as soon as this weekend.

 

Daily Local News – November 13, 2014

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This mornings’ flurries reminded area residents that winter weather and icy roads are on their way; Newly publicized documents are raising questions about a planned deer kill in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve; According to a recent Indiana University press release, Indiana’s exports in 2013 declined after a period of growth in previous years; The City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for its annual Human Rights Award; While the midwest is not often associated with seismic activity, it is home to several seismic zones–many of which are active; Scientists Benjamin N. Sulman and Richard P. Phillips in the Department of Biology at IU have developed a new tool to study climate change models.

FEATURE
Last week the Indiana Supreme Court delivered a ruling on Indiana’s controversial Right to Work Law, originally passed by state legislature in 2012. The law makes it a class A misdemeanor to require someone to become or remain a member of a labor organization, or pay dues and fees. The ruling stated that this law did not infringe upon the Indiana Constitution, as claimed by union representatives. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga about the ruling and what it means for effective unions for today’s community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Bloomingfoods workers will have a union. A large majority of voters were in favor of joining the United Food and Commercial Workers and having this union be the vehicle for negotiating a first collective agreement with Bloomingfoods management. Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors how they feel about unions.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carissa Barrett & Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Taylor Telford, Susan Northleaf, Sarah Panfil, Emily Beck, and Alycin Bektesh Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services. Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh with correspondent David Murphy. Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, Our engineer is Jonathan Goethals. Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes. Managing Producer is Joe Crawford. Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – November 12, 2014

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Animal activists of nonprofit organization FARM, Farm Animal Rights Movement, are in Bloomington today through Friday as part of their national 10 billion lives tour; Local public schools have received their grades from the state and, while the criteria used by the state for this evaluation have been much criticized, the Monroe County Community School Corporation is quite pleased with the results; Tomorrow, beginning at 6pm the Indiana Utilities Regulation Committee will be accepting public comment regarding fee increases for infrastructure improvements; The Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees recently appointed Marilyn Wood as library director effective February 2nd, 2015; The Indiana Bureau of Motor vehicles has created a new website for customers to verify excise tax refund eligibility; IU professor of Anthropology, Eduardo Brondizio, was one of 240 conservationists to sign a letter to the scientific journal Nature, calling for greater diversity in the global debate about conservation; This month Governor Pence appointed William McCarty of Monroe County to serve the remainder of an unexpired term on the Horse Racing Commission through 2017; The “U Bring Change 2 Mind” College Toolbox project kicks off Thursday evening at the IU Auditorium; Travelers on a number of roads in Monroe County should be aware that the I-69 Development Partners Team will create single-lane closures with flashing yellow arrows as efforts are made to verify the locations of existing utility facilities in preparation for future road construction.

FEATURE
Monroe County appears to be almost finished approving new zoning rules for rural areas. But questions still remain. We bring you that story for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
The BBB has issued a warning about Ebay listings which take you to fake websites and steal your personal info. This could happen with most any online commercial site, and here’s how to spot the con and avoid it.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil, Anson Shupe, Susan Northleaf and Emily Beck
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – November 11, 2014

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Bloomingfoods workers will have a union; The City of Bloomington wants to develop a coherent neighborhood on a 15 acre parcel of land just north of City Hall, one that includes a balance of residential, commercial and industrial, and it wants the housing to be a mixed income, owner occupied rather than predominantly student housing like other near by new developments; Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced that deer numbers are down, but says this year’s firearms season will still be productive for Indiana deer hunters; According to a recent press release from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, there is a new aggressive move to ban synthetic drug compounds such as “Spice,” Ecstasy,” and “K2.”

FEATURE
Richard E. Dunbar, Commander, Burton Woolery American Legion Post #18, hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at the Monroe County Courthouse this morning. Excerpts of the gratitude expressed for our nations’ veterans by Master of Ceremonies Colonel Turner Nolan here, for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carisssa Barrett, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Sophia Saliby and Anson Shupe
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey in partnership with the
Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County. Engineer is
Dan Withered
Our broadcast engineer is Anna Legge,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 10, 2014

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Three teenagers were arrested yesterday in Bloomington for charges of attempted murder , rape with an armed weapon, burglary, confinement, intimidation and resisting law enforcement; Bloomingfoods workers will be voting today and tomorrow on unionizing, according to Scott Barnett, organizing director for Local 700 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, which is the union seeking certification and representation rights; Contractors are weeks away from what a state official called full on construction of Interstate 69 in the Bloomington area; A Veteran’s Day panel is scheduled at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium tomorrow with the topic “The U.S. and I.S.I.S.: Is War the Answer?”; Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs will host a program on how cities worldwide are preparing for climate change and natural disasters.

FEATURE
Last week the Shalom Community center hosted an event titled “off the streets by 2020 – a plan to end homelessness in Bloomington. WFHB Correspondent William Morris was on hand, and brings us the long-term strategy to address a long term Bloomington issue, for today’s 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 David Murphy and
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered with correspondent William Morris
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, in partnership with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 6, 2014

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After being turned down once before, a local attorney now has received permission to build a new 4-story apartment building in downtown Bloomington. David Ferguson, through his company Moonburn LLC, got approval from the Bloomington Plan Commission on November 3rd. The building will be on North Morton Street, near the intersection with 10th Street. It will have 33 apartments, each with one bedroom. Jim Roach, from city planning, said the Commission voted against a slightly altered version of the same project in July.

FEATURE
WFHB, in partnership with Community Access Television Services, hosted a full night of interviews and updates on election night. IU Professor of Political Science Majorie Hershey was among the guests to come on the show, and she spoke with WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford about her research on political parties and elections. With the votes all tallied, we hear her perspective for today’s community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
WFHB’s weekly public opinion segment

CREDITS
Anchors Carissa Barret, Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe, Susan Northleaf, Sophia Saliby and Sarah Panfil
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 Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

 

Daily Local News – November 5, 2014

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According to Monroe County’s precinct turnout reports, scarcely more than 25% of registered Monroe County voters cast ballots in yesterday’s midterm elections, making this the lowest voter turnout in a midterm election since 1990; The Monroe County Community School Corporation is on track to spend up to $4 million on technology upgrades; A Monroe County Commissioner has switched sides in a debate over a proposed recycling plant; The Shalom Community Center will host a presentation on their newest project, “Off the Streets by 2020” tomorrow from 5 to 6:30p.m.; The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input for a study on the road system in Hoosier National Forest; Olympic hero Billy Mills, the subject of the biographical film, Running Brave, will visit Bloomington on Monday, November 10th.

FEATURE
After 15 years as Dean of the IU School of Education, Gerardo Gonzales is leaving the position. The school is one the biggest and most prestigious in the country. During his tenure, Dean Gonzales has seen the implementation of many policies by the state government which have significantly affected the professional credentialing and careers of teachers in Indiana. These regulatory changes have been associated with a significant drop in student enrollment in the school. Both things prompted IU President McRobbie to call in his recent State of the University address for the appointment of what he is calling a blue ribbon panel of experts to look at all aspects of the school’s operation, prior to the appointment of a replacement for the current dean. Recently, Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy spoke to Dean Gonzales about his retirement.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Indiana’s own David Letterman inspired this list of the Top Ten stupidest mistakes people can make on the internet — useful anytime, and especially with the holiday shopping season coming up.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf, Taylor Telford and Sarah Panfil
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, along with correspondent Anson Shupe
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Our engineers are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News (每日地方新闻) November 5,2014 – the Study of Chinese Law and Comparative Judicial Systems (中国法律研究和司法比较系统)

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The Indiana University Maurer School of Law hosted a research/lecture forum on Tuesday November 4, this forum will coincide with the dedication of the new Academy for the Study of Chinese Law and Comparative Judicial Systems, to be housed at IU Bloomington. IU 11月4日星期二主办一个研究/讲座论坛,本论坛将配合新学院中国法律研究和司法比较系统.

Daily Local News – November 3, 2014

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In a recent joint press release, Bloomingfoods and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 700 announce that through a process of mutual cooperation, there will be an election for workers to determine whether Bloomingfood’s employees wish to be represented by Local 700; The deer debate continues at the Bloomington City Council; The Indiana University Maurer School of Law will host a research/lecture forum on Tuesday November 4; The Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) announced in a recent press release that they will hold two workshops to gain input from the public in developing the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP); The City of Bloomington’s Sanitation Department is reminding Bloomington residents of its 2014 Fall Leaf Collection schedule; Starting today, the South Central Community Action Program, will be accepting applications for their winter Energy Assistance Program.

FEATURE
Monroe County Republican chair Steve Hogan and democrat Chair Trent Deckard spoke together for the first time last week as they addressed the Bloomington press Club regarding local media coverage of the upcoming election. Political reporter Steve Hennifield moderated the talk, here for today’s 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 Cathi Norton, Anson Shupe and Sophia Saliby
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 30, 2014

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Bloomington Police have arrested suspects in the armed robbery of the Circle K Gas Station that took place at approximately 12:19 this morning; A Monroe County Council member is raising concerns about plans for a new parking garage in downtown Bloomington; Bloomington firefighters are struggling with a new computer dispatch system that went live September 22nd; In a study conducted by the Applied Research and Education Center at IU Southeast, a research team found that the poverty rate in four Southern Indiana counties increased by nearly 60 percent from 2000 to 2010; Indiana University’s second annual Diversity Leadership Conference is this Saturday, Nov 1st; This week Lorraine Merriman Farrell, 2014 Chair of the Monroe County Election Board announced that the Monroe County Clerk’s office has finalized all staffing needs for the 2014 General election.

FEATURE
Discussing aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. Yet, research indicates that about two-thirds of American families put off these conversations, either because they are uncomfortable with the topics or they just don’t know where to start. The “40-70 Rule®” program resources, developed in part by Home Instead, are available through Area 10 Agency on Aging and Home Instead, which includes an Action Plan for Successful AgingSM and other resources to help ease these conversations between adult children and their parents” Today correspondent Jennifer Whitaker speaks with Joe Yonkman of Home Instead for today’s wfhb community report.That was WFHB Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker speaking with Jon Yonkman about Home Instead and conversations that will help the aging process for all families.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Tomorrow is Halloween, and even though the scariest part might be the chance of snow late Friday night, Voices in the Street hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about some of their best past costumes and what some of their fondest memories of the celebration are.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carissa Barret & Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Taylor Telford, Cathi Norton and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was engineered by Dan Withered with Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, with Correspondent Taylor Telford
Our engineers are Jose Rodriguez and Jonathan Goethals
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

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