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Daily Local News – February 28, 2014

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The Office of Enrollment Management at Indiana University Bloomington has hired an associate director to find more effective ways to find students from underrepresented populations; The Bloomington City Council showed approval February 26th on placing historic protections on a neighborhood just east of Indiana University; The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women will host a women’s leadership event called Social Justice: Women Take Action; This weekend in local sports.

FEATURE
Narrowing the Skills Gap: An Interview with Joe Donnelly
Some are saying there is a skills gap in Indiana – that there are manufacturing jobs available but not enough skilled workers to fill them. Correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly about his support for the Midwestern Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, which he hopes will train Indiana workers with the skills needed to get those jobs, and his involvement with the Skills2Compete Coalition, a bipartisan group that aims to close the skills gap in Indiana. She then spoke with Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga about the economics behind the skills gap, all 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, Alycin Bektesh
Today’s headlines were written by Daion Morton and Jalisa Ransom,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Lauren Glapa.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer and editor today is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Becktesh.

Daily Local News – February 27, 2014

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The Indiana University and Ivy Tech students of the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County are starting a new campus organization; A new ten-digit area code system will be implemented for residents in Indiana’s 812 area code region on September 6, 2014; The construction of a new water pumping station came in at about $260,000 under budget, according to officials at a Bloomington Utilities Service Board meeting on February 24; The Monroe County Commission approved a $271,000 contract on February 21 with a company that plans to take aerial photographs of the entire County.

FEATURE
Indiana University geologist and assistant professor Douglas Edmonds has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, and with it comes fifty thousand dollars to help him continue his research on river deltas. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Edmonds about his work and its impact for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Also coming up in the next half-hour, our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks how YOU feel attending a basketball game in Assembly Hall after the falling beam incident last week.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Casey Kuhn.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer was Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.

Happy Birthday Jonas Longacre

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Jonas Longacre was found dead on January 2nd, in the home of his father and stepmother Mark Longacre and Nancy Hiller. The investigation into his death closed today – on what would have been his 16th birthday – with the Monroe County Sheriff’s department ruling the death accidental. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer ruled the cause of Jonas’s death as ligature asphyxiation – an accidental death through a type of choking game. Jonas’s father, and mother Patti Torp, have been graciously open about the experience in hopes of bringing awareness to the choking game, which has been termed “the good kid’s high.” News Director Alycin Bektesh spent time with them a few weeks after Jonas’s passing and brings us this account of Jonas’s life and death, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

 

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Daily Local News – February 26, 2014

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This week, the Indiana Senate Environmental Affairs Committee decided not to advance a proposed bill that would have barred Indiana legislators from passing or imposing any environmental protection standards or measures that were stronger than current federal laws or regulations; 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; On February 21st the Monroe County Election Board removed two candidates from the primary election ballot following public challenges; Indiana police plan to initiate a major increase in enforcement this month, in part to deter impaired and drunk driving when March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day occur within the same week.

FEATURE
Fifteen year old Jonas Longacre was found dead on January 2nd, in the home of his father and stepmother Mark Longacre and Nancy Hiller. The investigation into his death closed today – on what would have been his 16th birthday – with the Monroe County Sheriff’s department ruling the death accidental. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer ruled the cause of Jonas’s death as ligature asphyxiation – an accidental death through a type of choking game. Jonas’s father, and mother Patti Thorp, have been graciously open about the experience in hopes of bringing awareness to the choking game, which has been termed “the good kid’s high.” News Director Alycin Bektesh spent time with them a few weeks after Jonas’s passing for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Olivia DeWeese, Lauren Glapa, and Sierra Gardner,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Andrew Huddleston,
Alycin Bektesh produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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.

FEATURE
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.

FEATURE
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.

FEATURE
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.

FEATURE
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.

FEATURE
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.

FEATURE
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.

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