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Daily Local News – December 6 2013

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Indiana State Police say there have been too many car accidents to count, a result of the winter storm that began last night and has continued throughout the day; A report on the trend to privatize government social services painted a particularly harsh picture of Indiana’s contract with IBM; Hamilton Logging has begun logging operations in the most recently sold area of the Morgan Monroe State Forest back-country area, a one hundred-acre piece of the forest set aside in 1981 as one of the most natural, primitive places left in Indiana; Carbon capture and storage, a new approach intended to reduce carbon emission, may face a challenge in gaining public acceptance according to a new study co-authored by Indiana University researchers; Blueline Media Productions is partnering with the South Central Community Action Program, or SCCAP, to provide a free day of holiday portraits for low-income families in Bloomington this Sunday.

VOLUNTEER CONNECTION
Volunteer Connection, linking YOU to current volunteer opportunities in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Alycin Bektesh, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa, Jalisa Ransom, Yvonne Cheng, and Alycin Bektesh.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Nick Tumino,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – December 5, 2013

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Bloomington and the rest of the WFHB listening area, starting at ten o’clock tonight and running through midnight tomorrow night; The Bloomington City Council passed a resolution in support of same-sex marriage yesterday; The Indiana State Police are investigating a Thanksgiving night police shooting that resulted in the death of a Nashville man; Girls Incorporated of Monroe County is hosting their annual Holiday Hoopla this Saturday, from 9 am to 11:30 am.

FEATURE
Demonstrators Support McDonald’s Workers
McDonald’s workers nationwide are asking for an increased minimum wage, to fifteen dollars an hour. Today workers went on strike in a reported one hundred cities around the country, and many other cities, including Bloomington, held demonstrations in solidarity with the workers. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand at a demonstration this afternoon, and brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREETS
Our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab and Jalisa Ransom,
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 is Sarah Hettrick.
Drew Daudelin is our News Editor,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – December 4, 2013

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At a meeting November 27th, the Monroe County Commission approved the purchase of more than four hundred thousand dollars of equipment, software, and supplies for a new emergency dispatch center; Two research images, taken at Indiana University’s Light Microscopy Imaging Center, are finalists in the International GE Cell Imaging Competition; Congressman Todd Young will meet with constituents individually and in small groups this Friday, December 6th; After city inspectors found a long string of code violations, the Bloomington Board of Public Works ordered the closing of the University Inn Hotel on November 20th.

FEATURE
Equal Protection for Planned Parenthood
This Fall, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky put forth a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, regarding a recent law signed by Mike Pence, and sought an injunction against the law while the case was being heard. On November 26th Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, of the United States district court for the southern district of Indiana, finalized her decision granting the temporary injunction. This signified that Planned Parenthood, represented in court by the American civil liberties union of Indiana, has a chance of winning the suit against the state. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has the report, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
A new edition of our weekly consumer watchdog segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Anson Shupe,
Alycin Bektesh produced our feature.
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – December 3, 2013

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The Strike Mic:hiring and firing practices of Indiana University maintenance faculty; The City of Bloomington Animal Shelter announced the beginns its annual pet supply drive; Griffy Lake undergoes restock; A new art exhibit, featuring work from faculty artists from the Hope School of Fine Arts, opens January 25th at the Indiana University Art Museum.

FEATURE
Community Responds to Extra Cops
In recent weeks the Bloomington Police Department has been sending extra officers to patrol the B-Line Trail and the downtown area, responding to what city officials said was an increase in complaints about panhandling, public intoxication, and vandalism. The new patrols were announced last month along with an anti-panhandling campaign and new surveillance cameras downtown. Celebrated by some downtown business owners, the new security has also raised concerns about who the extra police will be patrolling and arresting. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ashley and Sarah are back, discussing a recent article that explains why you might not be rich. In the second segment of this series, they review the final five reasons and explore strategies to adjust your financial mindset and behavior, 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: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Yvonne Cheng, Chris Martin, and Nash Hott.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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 Harrison Wagner
Drew Daudelin edits the Daily Local News
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – December 2, 2013

On November 26th the WFHB Board of Directors named Cleveland Dietz permanent General Manager of WFHB; Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced today the appointment of Ivy Tech Community College Chancellor John Whikehart as Bloomington’s next Deputy Mayor; On November 27th, U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson placed an injunction against a law regulating the physical facility of non-surgical abortion clinics in Indiana; Local activists are planning a public display of nonviolent, civil disobedience if the Obama administration recommends approval of the Keystone XL pipeline; Doris Sims has been appointed Director of the City of Bloomington’s Human Resources Department by Mayor Mark Kruzan, effective January 1st.

FEATURE
Indiana Targets Pseudoephedrine Suppliers
Attorney General Greg Zoeller and prosecutor Chris Gaal are targeting meth and prescription drug abuse, and raising public awareness about the illegal chemicals involved is part of that process. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford attended a press conference about the effort and brings it to you today, for a WFHB feature report.

ACTIVATE
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana Program Director Mark Voland talks about the pressing need for more male volunteers 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 Chris Martin, Yvonne Cheng, and Alycin Bektesh
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered, with correspondent Joe Crawford
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Top 10 News Items of 2013: What do you think?

Help vote for the top news stories of the year – take our online poll and then tune in to the Daily Local News beginning December 18th weekdays at 5:30pm to hear the annual year-end countdown.

Daily Local News – November 22, 2013

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Bernard Frischer, a professor of Informatics at Indiana University’s School of Informatics, has spent the last five years creating a digital model of the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian’s villa, which is now twenty miles outside of Rome, Italy; The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (or BEAD) and Visit Bloomington are recipients of the 2013 Arts Destination Marketing Award, presented by Americans for the Arts and Destination Marketing Association International;Bloomington’s traditional Canopy of Lights Lighting Ceremony will be a week from today on the Courthouse Square. Talisha Coppock, of Downtown Bloomington Inc, says there are a lot of events to attend this holiday season; The Bloomington Commission on Sustainability discussed how the city could start using a new framework for evaluating its livability and sustainability; The Monroe County Council approved grant funding for twenty-one different nonprofit organizations on November 12th; The Richland Bean Blossom School Board voted November 18th to hire a replacement for an assistant superintendent who left suddenly in August. Former assistant superintendent Carol Gardiner left the corporation in August; Monroe County officials made plans November 18th to hire a trapper to kill a population of beavers on the west side of Bloomington

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: Roscoe Medlock, Alycin Bektesh
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa and Yin Yuan,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Nick Tumino,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 21, 2013

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Despite alarming news stories about health insurance policy cancellations, Families USA has found consumers whose coverage has been terminated will benefit; The state of Indiana and the federal government continue to be at odds on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; The City of Bloomington will conduct the fourth annual “Beat the Meter Blitz” this winter; The Bloomington City Council debated November 20th whether to install a neighborhood parking zone in a roughly 6-block area south of downtown.

FEATURE
Happy Birthday, Hoagy Carmichael!
WFHB correspondent Trish Kerle’ speaks with Pat Kellar, producer of a documentary film about the life and music of native Bloomingtonian, Hoagy Carmichael, considered one of the 20th centuries greatest composers of American popular standards for today’s WFHB feature exclusive in anticipation of WFHBs birthday celebration beginning this evening.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: Turning the corner from ghosts and goblins to turkeys that gobble. ‘Tis the season for Thanksgiving.

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is a week from today. Voices on the Street will be on a week-long hiatus so we wanted to ask your friends and neighbors about their Thanksgiving traditions and what they’re thankful for this year.

CREDITS
Anchors: NickTumino, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab and Kat Carlton,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hettrick.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer was Sarah Hettrick.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 20, 2013

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Kevin Culbertson, who had been selected for the role of WFHB General Manager has informed the board that he is no longer interested in the position; Updates for Indiana’s tornado damaged regions from Representative Matt Ubelhor; Work on the Griffy Lake Dam is almost finished and the lake has already begun to refill, according to an engineer in the city’s Utilities Department; The average Hoosier Thanksgiving has gotten cheaper this year according to a survey of grocery costs from the Indiana Farm Bureau.

FEATURE
Legislative Preview: ACA
Last week WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana district 40 state senator mark stoops about the outlook of the 2014 legislative session – including how the Indiana legislature might examine the Affordable Care Act – here for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Super-typhoon Haiyan has devastated the Philippines, and once again, thieves are trying to steal disaster-relief donations.Learn  how to make sure help actually goes to the people who need
on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

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

Daily Local News – November 19, 2013

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The wind and rain storm that swept through Indiana set records according to the National Weather Service; Bloomington Hospital has announced that it will eliminate 50 positions by the end of the year; The 42nd annual tour of the business outlook panel wound up its final presentation yesterday in Richmond, Indiana; Twenty one Indiana state parks will be closed temporarily for deer reductions.

FEATURE
Organization Day
WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh checked in with local state representative Matt Pierce at the close of Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse today to look ahead to the looming battle over Indiana HJR6  – for todayís WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Ashley and Sarah will help you plan your holiday meal and the post-turkey shopping spree known as Black Friday, on The Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Todayís headlines were written by David Murphy, Yvonne Cheng, and Chris Martin.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
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 Harrison Wagner.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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