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Daily Local News – February 25, 2014

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A new conference, planned to be held this spring, will host groups from university campuses around the country to compare struggles and prepare for action in the fall of 2014; Members of the public can hear and comment on proposals to address the “F” grades given by the state to Fairview and Highland Park schools; The Indiana State Senate voted 37-1 to pass Senate Bill 340 earlier this month;  The Indiana Coalition for Public Education is holding a discussion about ISTEP and other standardized testing this Sunday at the YMCA.

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Education and Indiana’s Juvenile Detention System
The Commission on Improving the Status of Children, which was established last summer, held its most recent meeting February 19th. For today’s Daily Local News feature report, we hear the presentation to the commission from Michael Williams, of the Indiana Department of Education, about the education needs of children in the juvenile detention system.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Josh Wolf, Manager of the Children’s Department at the Monroe County Public Library, joins Ashley and Sarah for the second part of our Kids and Finances special. Discover free money programs and the library’s wealth of books to help you introduce concepts of saving, needs, and wants with your little ones, 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: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Sierra Gardner, and Lindsey Wright,
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered.
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 Robert Powell
Our editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – February 24, 2014

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On February 18th the Bloomington Board of Parks Commissioners accepted the donation of a piece of equipment one official described as the heart of the city’s ice arena; The Monroe County Public Library’s Board of Trustees discussed factors that influence circulation at a meeting last Wednesday. Library Director Sara Laughlin told the board that a new report shows changes in how patrons use the Library; The Indiana University Kelley School of Business announced today that they have awarded a one million dollar United States Department for International Development grant to support the economic transition of the Asian sovereign state Myanmar; The Indiana Senate passed House Bill 1070 last week, written by State Representative Peggy Mayfield, which requires all successors of the Department of Corrections Ombudsman to post monthly reports on conducted investigations.

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Five weeks from tomorrow, Bloomington’s only low-barrier homeless shelter is scheduled to close for the season. The closure leaves a seven-month gap when individuals who don’t qualify for other shelters in town have no designated place to stay at night. But a group has been meeting in recent weeks to form a summer shelter that would fill that gap. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Karen Franks talks about the mission, programs, and upcoming events for MCPL’s Friends of the Library.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Olivia DeWeese and Daion Morton,
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 – February 21, 2014

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The Bloomington City Council approved a new conservation district on Wednesday, despite concerns that the neighborhood could end up with more restrictive historic protections in the future; The Commission for Higher Education released its first Indiana College Completion Report on Tuesday; The 2nd annual IU Student Sustainability Summit is next Thursday, February 27th; Advancements on the construction of Interstate 69 Section 5 continue, as the Indiana Finance Authorities announced on Wednesday their preliminary decision to partner with the company Isolux.

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The Engine That Pulls Boxcar Books
Local bookshop Boxcar Books, like WFHB, is volunteer-powered and community-based. Because of this they hold benefits and fundraisers throughout the year to keep their shelves stocked. Sometimes they partner up with other projects, like the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project. Last Tuesday correspondent Casey Kuhn went to Boxcar Books’ latest fundraiser at The Backdoor, to find out what keeps the local shop going 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
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner, Daion Morton, and Olivia DeWeese,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Casey Kuhn
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – February 20, 2014

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Indiana University Treasurer Mary Frances McCourt has estimated that parking operations on campus could generate a forty-three million dollar profit over the next twenty years; The Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County Incorporated launched their Faith Neighbors Campaign on Sunday; The Monroe County Plan Commission approved a zoning change for tomorrow, at the request of a landowner who wanted to expand his yard; As warmer temperatures melt this winter’s snow production, Indiana has an increased threat of flooding.

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Anti-HJR-3 Senators Take to the Floor
Before the final vote on House Joint Resolution 3 by the 118th general assembly, State senators took to the chamber floor to express their views on the proposed constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman. Today, we hear from Senators who believe the resolution is discriminatory, as well as those who say that though their heart breaks for the people it excludes, supporting the amendment is the correct decision under God. Here are the closing arguments on HJR-3 for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Voices in the Street hit the streets to hear what YOU think about the legislatures’ push to pass marriage restrictions and about gay marriage in general.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, Sierra Gardner, Ally Tsimekles, and Daion Morton.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer was Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – February 18, 2014

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The Indiana General Assembly is moving to enact a bill that critics say will privilege the rights and interests of the agricultural industry; The principal at Fairview Elementary says most of its students are not reading at grade level; Monroe County has agreed to lease electronic poll books for this year’s elections; Jennifer D. Keene, professor of history and chair of the history department at Marshall University will present the Paul V. McNutt Lecture at Indiana University.

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Immigrant Rights Demonstrators Address Todd Young
Today in Bloomington, activists rallied outside of Representative Todd Young’s Congressional office while Bill Regan read a letter to Young about workers and immigrants’ rights. Many activist groups were on location to show their support and sign the letter that was read by Regan. Activists Joe Varga, Monica Morales, Arturo Viruete, and Rudy Lopez were also at the rally. WFHB correspondent Lauren Glapa was on location and brings us today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
It is never too early to start discussing dollars and cents with kids, especially considering debt often begins in their teens. Ashley and Sarah cover creative ways to engage your kids in learning about smart money choices for a variety of ages on WFHB’s weekly financial segment, the Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Lindsey Wright
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Robert Powell along with Correspondent Lauren Glapa
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 Robert Powell
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – February 17, 2014

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Senate passes HJR3, Bloomington city staff recently discovered a long-standing restaurant building is located partly in land reserved for a public street, At a meeting February 9th, the Ellettsville Plan Commission discussed the potential for allowing town residents to raise chickens, The Chamber’s Franklin Initiative Educator of the Year Award Ceremony takes place this Wednesday, The Working Poor Families Project recently released a report addressing the needs of low-income working mothers, and suggested reforms to help their economic stability, The league of women’s voters is hosting an information session on Genetically Modified Organisms and the food supply this week.

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Future Uncertain in Matlock Heights Neighborhood
This Wednesday the Bloomington City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to restrict future development in a neighborhood on the north side of the city. Many residents of the Matlock Heights neighborhood have asked for designation as a conservation district, which would probably keep out new student-oriented apartments or certain commercial businesses. The process has been underway since 2010 and it has support from many residents and most of the Council. But a legal issue that has come to light in recent months raises questions about the future of the district. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Cyrilla Helm of the Foundation for the Monroe County Community Schools talks about the foundation’s mission as well as upcoming volunteer programs and fundraising events, including Drop the Puck on March 1st, 2014.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Olivia DeWeese, 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.

HJR-3 Update

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Today, the Indiana Senate had its final vote on House Joint Resolution 3, the same-sex marriage ban. The Senate was voting on a version of the bill as amended by the lower house. A vote in favor of HJR-3 would effectively suspend the attempt to put a ban on same-sex marriage before voters on this fall’s ballot. A vote against the bill would defeat it. Either way the issue will be suspended until another legislator might propose something similar. Most senators spoke against the same sex marriage ban as a civil rights issue. One of these was local Democratic Senator Mark Stoops.

“When I first started hearing about this discussion at the state house, obviously I wasn’t a legislator at the time,” said Stoops. “But my first thought wasn’t just that ‘oh, this is going to be embarrassing for the state, it puts us in the spotlight’. It’s not the fact that we’re going to lose out on economic development because people aren’t going to want to come here. It seemed to me that the main issue with a resolution like this is basic civil rights.”

Senator Stoops went on to explain how placing a ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution would entrench discrimination in what should be a rights document:

“I mean, we all have friends, co-workers, and family that we know are gay. Are we as legislators, and are you as senators, going to look at those friends and those co-workers and those family members and say, ‘With this vote, I am saying I’m a better person than you, I am more moral than you, and I’m more deserving of basic civil rights’? Because if you support this amendment, that’s exactly what you’re going to be saying.”

Another legislator, Democratic Senator Greg Taylor from District 33 in Central Indiana, drew parallels with prohibitions on interracial marriage.

“Nineteen sixty-seven in Indiana,” began Taylor,  “I met a couple, a friend of mine’s mom and dad, the first interracial couple to be married in the state of Indiana. You want to know why? Because it was illegal. That was supposed to protect the institution of marriage.”

He then talked about how such prohibitions would have affected him personally:

“Nineteen ninety-nine, I had the opportunity on May 15, 1999 – I hope my wife remembers I said that because I remember our anniversary date – to marry my wife. She happens to be caucasian. Folks, times change. Times will always change. I love my wife to death. I don’t care what culture she has, I don’t care what race she has. Can you believe that there was a time in this state when me and my wife couldn’t be married? Now we sit here with this issue.”

Shortly after his speech to the Senate, the majority voted for the amended version of HJR-3. Despite voting for legislation to discriminate against same-sex couples, this vote makes makes it impossible to place a referendum on the 2014 ballot for voters to constitutionally entrench the same-sex ban. However, it does not preclude attempts by state legislators to attempt to enact such a ban in the future. While Indiana has been debated such discriminatory legislation, other states and the federal government have been moving to permit same sex marriage and extend the benefits of marriage to these couples. While the courts have taken the lead in striking down discriminatory laws and regulations at both levels of government, legislators have stopped trying to resist the tide in what has become the civil rights issue the age. The pressure of public opinion and organization interest in favor of expanding marriage rights is forcing governments here and abroad to either resist calls to legalize sexual discrimination or revisit such laws already passed.

 

Daily Local News – February 14th, 2014

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Indiana University basketball player Hanner Mosquera-Perea  was booked into Monroe County Jail last night on OWI charges; The Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County will host the Health Care Insurance Fair tomorrow at the Monroe County Public Library; Bloomington’s Animal Shelter has released their 2013 year-end statistics; The Bloomington City Council showed support February 12th for new rules restricting development in the Matlock Heights Neighborhood on the north side of town.

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Scientist Ralph Keeling Talks Climate Change
Climate change scientist Ralph Keeling visits Bloomington next week to give a presentation at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Working with climate change and atmospheric science since the 1980′s, Keeling has been at the forefront of modern climate change research. WFHB correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Keeling about the upcoming talk, his current research, and his take on the future of climate change for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Lindsey Wright,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Casey Kuhn
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

 

Daily Local News – February 13, 2014

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A second reading of House Joint Resolution 3 on the Senate floor today was without incident;United Way of Monroe County and the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana and partners have launched the Free Community Tax Service for this year in Monroe and Owen counties;John D. Graham, dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and former senior official in President George W. Bush’s Office of Management and Budget, testified on Tuesday in support of a bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, from using what backers of the legislation call ‘secret science.’

FEATURE
Indiana Congressional Representative Todd Young has authored a bill hoping to repel the Affordable Care Act Provision, which states that a thirty-hour work week is full time. The bill, called the “Save American Workers Act,” passed through the Ways and Means Committee last week. The bill is receiving bi-partisan support, and currently has six Democratic co-sponsors. Senator Susan Collins is pursuing a similar measure in the senate, which includes Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly as a Democratic co-sponsor. WFHB correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Representative Young about the bill for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks YOU about Valentines Day.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh, Drew Dadelin, Jalisa Ransom, and Ally Tsimekles.
Our feature was produced by Lauren Glapa.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer was Sarah Hettrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – February 12, 2014

The state legislature is still dealing with legislation to place a ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution; Senate Bill 212 was approved by the Indiana Senate in Indianapolis on Monday; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board voted Monday to approve a measure to protect city sewer lines from a deal struck by local sewer districts; With the constant change in winter weather, the demand for propane has been on the rise.

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Planned Parenthood Hosts “Cupcakes and Condoms”
Every year, twenty million STDs and more than three million unintended pregnancies occur in the United States. To raise awareness about protecting sexual health, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky hosted “Cupcakes and Condoms” at Indiana University today. This was the first time the organization hosted the free event, which featured stations like Touch & Feel, How to Determine Condom Size, a condom valentines craft station, and more. Correspondent Daion Morton went on location to bring us today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Emails that DON’T come from PayPal, or a Funeral Home, are the latest creative ways scammers are trying to keep you from hitting the “delete” key. If they weren’t so dangerous, they’d be pretty funny!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Daion (Day-on) Morton, and Ally Tsimekles (Chim-uh-kliss),
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Andrew Huddleston,
Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature, with correspondent Daion Morton.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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