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“Maybe Baby” Event

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The national organization Family Equality Council will be hosting their event “Maybe Baby” on Saturday, November 16th in Lafayette, Indiana. The event is for members of the LGBT community who wish to learn about all the options available for starting or growing a family. Kim Simes, Midwest Regional Manager for the Family Equality Council, explains the purpose behind the event and how it will serve the community. Simes says they are trying to provide the opportunity for  individuals or couples who are thinking about growing their family. She hopes the council will touch on some of the situations and decisions that LGBT couples have to face.

The event will be held in the YWCA in Lafayette, Indiana from 1:30 to 5:30 pm. more information and registration forms can be found at the Family Equality Council’s website at FamilyEquality DOT org.

Zone Art Grant Recipients

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The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, in partnership with the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, has announced four recipients of its Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program. The four projects selected for the grant are Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s A Lifetime of Music, Cardinal Stage Company, the Farmer House Museum, and Bloomington resident Cassaundra Huskey. Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts in Bloomington, says all of these programs have demonstrated public benefit, directly or indirectly. She says Huskey’s mural beautification project, at the building next to the Playwrights Project, is a great example of community collaboration.

The program is designed to facilitate arts projects that benefit residents of the urban enterprise zone, a geographic area that covers some of downtown Bloomington, as well as areas to the north and west.

This year, recipients of the Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program will receive up to four thousand dollars.

Daily Local News – October 28, 2013

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Four recipients have been announced for the  Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program; The national organization Family Equality Council is hosting a talk for LGBT community who wish to learn about all the options available for starting or growing a family; The policy committee of the Bloomington Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization made plans October 11th to request a study on the effects of pollution along Interstate 69; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will hold the annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on Saturday.

FEATURE
IU Joins Resistance to HJR-6
Today, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced that IU is joining Freedom Indiana in its battle against the stated intention of the Indiana government to amend the state constitution, effectively banning same sex marriage. This action requires the General Assembly to pass a resolution to this effect during two sessions of the assembly. It has been passed once already. The proposal is to be presented for the second time to the Indiana General Assembly, under House Joint Resolution 6, during the upcoming session that begins in January 2014. If passed, HJR 6 will have a statewide referendum placed on the November 2014 ballot, that will ask voters to approve amending the state constitution to read, quote, that only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana, and provides that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized. WFHB correspondent David Murphy spoke to Mark Land, from IU Communications, about McRobbie’s announcement.

ACTIVATE
Tom Cox talks about the work and purpose of Monroe County CARES, our local connection to the Drug Free Indiana program 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 Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, and Chris Martin
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineers were Chris Martin and Lauren Glapa
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – October 25, 2013

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Online registration ends this Monday for Rachael’s Run for Justice, a 5k run and one mile walk happening next Saturday in Bloomington; The Indiana University School of Optometry has received an in-perpetuity gift from the nonprofit organization Saving Sight Indiana; The contractor repairing the Griffy Dam has fallen further behind on its schedule to complete the project.

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IU Board Votes “No” to Privitized Parking
The Indiana University Board of Trustees met in Bloomington last week, for two days of committee and business meetings. One agenda item that was ultimately voted down was the proposed outsourcing of parking management, on both Bloomington’s campus and the campus of IU-Purdue in Indianapolis. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Patrick Shoulders, the longest serving Board member, about the proposal and the philosophy behind privatizing IU operations, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell & Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh,
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

State law changes regarding historic districts in Bloomington

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At a meeting yesterday the Bloomington City Council discussed changing the city’s rules regarding historic districts. Most discussion surrounded a change that city attorney Patty Mulvehill said was required by state law.

Conservation districts are less restrictive to neighborhoods than full historic districts, which require the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to approve all exterior changes to homes. Instead, designating an area as a conservation district is intended to prevent radical changes.

In conservation districts, major events like demolition and new construction require prior review. Several residents of the McDoel Gardens Neighborhood, which is a conservation district, spoke in favor of keeping the city laws as they are. One of those residents was Paul Ash.

“I just wanted to emphasize what an excellent tool this is, it’s not broke, let’s not fix it, let’s just keep going the way we are,” Ash said.

Members of the City Council said they were sympathetic with the residents’ concerns. But member Dorothy Granger said the city didn’t have any other options.

“I agree that what we have is good, and I just want reiterate that the changes we have to make are state changes,” Granger said, “We will work very hard to work very that the people within the conservation districts understand what we have to go through.”

Residents of the city’s three conservation districts will now have to hold a vote to keep their current statuses. Council member Tim Mayer asked Mulvehill to explain the logic behind the state law.

“What I try to explain is that unfortunately what we see in higher level of government is that we see people who have written the law without ever practicing it,” Mulvehill said, “It’s kind of just what we’re stuck with.”

During a straw poll at the end of the meeting, the Council indicated support for the changes in the law. All seven members who were present voted for the change.

Daily Local News – October 24, 2013

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Bloomington City Council discusses changing the city’s rules regarding historic districts because of a state law; Bloomington’s NAACP branch continues to take on the War on Drugs, and its effects on the local black community with a forum; Eight Medical Corporation has relocated its offices from St. Paul, Minnesota to Bloomington; the Third Annual Bike Summit, a yearly event the City of Bloomington holds to bring the local bicycle community together, takes place this Saturday; this weekend in sports.
FEATURE
Indiana University and the Bloomington Homeless
Due to growing concern among students at Indiana University, a number of students have come together to stop the injustices they feel have been committed by their university. These students hold meetings, and some of their testaments have been featured on WFHB’s weekly program The Strike Mic, which usually airs on Tuesdays. Earlier this week a member of the group sat down with us while reading their manifesto to the university and its students, as well as to the IU police force and the Bloomington police force, about the local homeless population, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREETS
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks you about health care.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab, Yin Yuan, and Yvonne Cheng,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley with correspondent Maddie Glenn.
Our feature today was produced by Harrison Wagner,
Our engineer is Sarah Hettrick,
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 23, 2013

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The Monroe County Community School Corporation announced yesterday the hiring of its first diversity and talent specialist, assistant principal Diane Hanks; Sara Kurtz Allaei has been appointed assistant vice president for international services; The Better Business Bureau is warning Hoosiers not to fall for the latest scam targeting those confused about the new Affordable Care Act.

FEATURE
Medical Device Tax Hits Close to Home
As Americans prepare for the onset of the Affordable Care Act next year, the medical device industry in Indiana is still pushing for a repeal of a tax that was passed along with the Act in 2009. The medical device industry is one of the largest employers in Monroe County, and throughout Indiana. There are roughly three hundred and twenty-five device companies in the state, and Cook Medical alone employs about thirty-five hundred people in the region around Bloomington. With the implementation of the Act just over two months away, predictions vary about what effect it will have on the industry, and whether the tax will remain in place. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
A phone call demanding payment for taxes because there’s a tax warrant out on you does NOT come from the government—it comes from a crook – find out more coming up on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan and Casey Kuhn
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was written by Anson Shupe and produced by Richard Fish
Joe Crawford produced our feature
Our engineer is Jim Lang
Editor is Drew Daudelin

Daily Local News – October 22, 2013

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The Bloomington Police Department will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 26th; The Bloomington Plan Commission held off on making a decision October 7th about the first phase of a major development project downtown along Kirkwood Avenue; the results of their seventh annual Indiana manufacturing survey.

FEATURE
Judy Shepard Speaks
In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Tonight, as an activist who speaks out against anti-gay violence, Shepard comes to Indiana University to talk about her experience and her goal to make schools and communities safer for everyone. News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Shepard for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ashley and Sarah share the top ten lessons learned from this year’s Monroe County Money Smart Week financial events and workshops, for WFHB’s weekly financial segment the Ins and Outs of Money our weekly segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that keep your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan and Yvonne Cheng,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
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 and feature producer was Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 21, 2013

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An Indiana University student is working to spread a message of acceptance on campus; Last Monday, the Pacers Foundation awarded grants to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and the Community Kitchen of Monroe County for their youth related programs; The National Science Foundation has awarded a five million dollar, five-year collaborative grant to Indiana University.

FEATURE
Open Access Week
In conjunction with academic institutions worldwide, Indiana University presents a series of programs highlighting what International Open Access Week hopes to achieve: free, immediate online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as needed in order to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. WFHB Correspondent Doug Storm spoke to Jen Laherty, a Digital Publishing Librarian of IUScholarWorks, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive. Laherty begins by offering the definition of Open Access, established by the 2002 Budapest Open Access Initiative.

ACTIVATE!
This week Joanne Shank discusses the work of the Bloomington Arts Alliance, which includes Artist After Hours, a visual arts summit starting 6 pm tomorrow at The Venue on Activate! Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Kristen Troxell
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh, Chris Martin, and Yvonne Cheng
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – October 18, 2013

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The Indiana University Board of Trustees is expected to make a decision today on the controversial media school merger – a proposal that would combine the Telecommunications Department, the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism, and the Department of Communications and Culture into one large department in the College of Arts and Sciences; October is National Pro-Bono Month, and the Indiana Supreme court is celebrating by hosting events and services designed to ensure that Hoosiers are represented in court; The Commission on Improving the Status of Children, signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in April, held its second public meeting at the Indiana Government Center South this week; The Monroe County Commission heard from a group of County residents on October 4th about a road they say is poorly maintained.

FEATURE
SNAP Benefits Decreasing Starting November
Congress will not vote to renew extra food stamp benefits provided by the 2009 Stimulus Bill. This means Indiana families currently recieving food stamps may see up to a fifty dollar decrease in their monthly food allowance, starting November 1st. WFHB Reporter Casey Kuhn spoke with Stephanie Solomon, Director of Education and Outreach at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, and Nicole Fights, a recipient of the food assistance SNAP, for today’s WFHB News 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, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa and Yvonne Cheng,
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 is Harrison Wagner
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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