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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.

Daily Local News – October 17, 2013

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Bloomington area’s congressional contingent voted almost uniformly on the deal; The Division of Law Enforcement received public funding during the 2013 legislative session that will help hunters donate venison to those in need; The Indiana University Neal-Marshall Alumni Club will have its 21st reunion this weekend, starting tomorrow; Several years ago The Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington built The Teen Program, aimed to provide a positive space for teenagers.

FEATURE
New Voter Registration Restrictions
Last week, an announcement from the office of Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson mentioned new voter registration forms aimed at eliminating fraudulent registrations. The new forms place accountability on individuals who assist in voter registration efforts, and also work to avoid what Lawson calls hoarding and dumping, a tactic meant to benefit a single candidate through burdening local county clerks. WFHB News Correspondent Lauren Glapa investigates the need for the new forms, and what effect they might have on voter registration efforts, for this WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks for your opinion about area issues.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab, Yin Yuan, Jalisa Ransom, and Casey Kuhn.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley with correspondent Maddie Glenn.
Our feature today was produced by Lauren Glapa.
Our engineer is Sarah Hettrick,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 16, 2013

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Governor Pence has named eight appointees to the Early Learning Advisory Committee; A program that allows Monroe County residents to safely dispose of pharmaceutical drugs won a statewide award this year; At a meeting on September 26th, the Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals gave a man permission to run a bakery out of his house, despite concerns from his next-door neighbor; Home Movie Day, presented by the Indiana University Libraries Film Archive, is coming this weekend.

FEATURE
iPhone App Will Track County Police Officers
The Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department will now use an iPhone app known as Telenav to track the location of its probation and community corrections officers. WFHB reporter Nash Hott spoke with Tom Rhodes, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, and Monroe Circuit Court Presiding Judge Teresa Harper for today’s WFHB News Feature Exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
High-pressure sales pitches for insurance to cover what Medicare doesn’t are crossing the line into scam territory. Older people are increasingly being targeted, especially with the new Health Care Act coming into force, on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish
Nash Hott produced our feature
Our engineer is Jim Lang
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – October 15, 2013

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The Strike Mic: a musical and informational event will address the recent layoffs of Indiana University staff;Despite it being closed and empty, a demonstration took place yesterday outside of Representative Todd Young’s Bloomington office, to protest his role in the federal shutdown; This Thursday Bloomington will host the Third Annual South Central Indiana VA Stand Down.

FEATURE
Monroe County Affordable Care Act Resources
The City of Bloomington, IU Health Bloomington, and the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County are partnering for a series of informational events to help citizens understand the recent Affordable Care Act provisions that went into effect at the beginning of the month. WFHB correspondent David Murphy speaks with David Meyer, organizer for the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Did you know that Americans spend eight billion dollars celebrating Halloween? Ashley and Sarah walk you through the typical spending and some places to save, while still having a fun and safe holiday on 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
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Today’s feature was produced by Harrison Wagner
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and Untied of Monroe County
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News- October 14, 2014

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The Freedom Indiana organization is challenging survey data results released by the Indiana Family Institute concerning how Hoosiers feel about same-sex marriage amendments. The Bloomington Food Policy Council will hold its fall quarterly public meeting next Monday at the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. A celebration of Carl Sagan Day will take place this Saturday at the Indiana Memorial Union. Bloomington Technology Partnership announced a career and internship fair for November 5th at the Monroe County Convention Center. The Bloomington Utilities Service Board rejected an appeal from Mother Bear’s Pizza, requesting permission not to comply with a city ordinance that requires it to install a new grease trap.

FEATURE
Young on Government Shut Down
The shutdown of federal government services continues, with the exception of a few services deemed essential and restarted with Congressional consent. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, we hear a discussion between WFHB correspondent David Murphy and Republican Congressman Todd Young, representative in the House for Indiana District 9.

ACTIVATE
Mary Boutain talks about the Area 10 Agencies work in Monroe and Owen County, including Owen County’s largest free health fair in recent memory happening on October 18th.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm & Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Activate is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Lauren Glapa,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 11, 2013

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Cable Access Television Services producers at the Monroe County Public Library won four awards at the Philo Festival of Media Arts last Saturday; On October 3rd the Ellettsville Plan Commission debated several major amendments to the town’s zoning laws; Researchers at Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and the Maurer School of Law, have been awarded a four year grant from the National Institute of Justice; The Indiana University Foundation has appointed Joyce Q. Rogers as vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, and as senior advisor for strategic development initiatives; This weekend in local sports.

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 Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, Allison Schroeder, and Jalisa Ransom,
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 Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Freedom Indiana To Hold Community Meeting Sunday To Inform Hoosiers Marriage-Defining HJR-6 Bill

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Freedom Indiana is holding a community meeting this Sunday, to discuss information about the organization and effects of the HJR-6 Bill.

Communications Director Jennifer Wagner gives more detail on the organization.

“Freedom Indiana is a bipartisan, statewide organization,” Wagner says, “We recently stood up to oppose HJR-6 that would restrict freedom for certain Hoosiers, define marriage, and harm Indiana’s economy.”

According to Freedom Indiana, the HJR-6 Bill defines marriage as, QUOTE, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.” END QUOTE.

The bill would alter the Indiana Constitution’s stance on marriage, and it could affect rights related to marriage that are currently under Indiana law.

The goal of the Freedom Indiana meeting is to raise awareness for the organization, and to educate lawmakers and Hoosiers about the amendment.

“Our goal is to build the largest grassroots constituency campaign in Indiana history,” Wagner says, “We want to contact as many Hoosiers as we can to let them know how harmful it would be to them and their fellow Hoosiers. We hope they let their lawmakers know that it’s not something that needs to happen now.”

The meeting will be held this Sunday at 5:30 pm, in the Unitarian Universalist Church.

 

 

City Residents Lobby for Recycling Facility

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A City Council discussion yesterday about next year’s budget for the city of Bloomington turned into a forum of support for a major recycling project.

When the council asked for comment on the budget, five members of the public spoke in favor of building a materials recovery facility, or a MRF. A MRF would process recyclables locally, theoretically allowing local government entities to make money

Carrie Winkel told the council that operating a MRF would be better than the city’s current arrangement, which involves paying the company Republic Services to haul off recyclables

The council would not be directly responsible for the construction of a MRF. That responsibility would fall to the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, which has considered different versions of the project in recent years.

None of those proposals have been approved. Speaker Sarah Ryterband said the city needs to use its leverage to lobby for the facility.

The discussion occurred as the council considered next year’s budget, which includes the spending of $1.4 million of city money on trash collection.

While some have said the city’s sanitation department is running a deficit because it spends more than it brings in from trash sticker sales, Council Member Marty Spechler said that’s the wrong way to think about the issue.

The cost of trash collection is going up, in part because Republic Services just announced it is increasing its rates. Council Member Steve Volan, who is also the president of the Solid Waste District’s Board of Directors, said building a MRF could help with those costs

The council did not hold a vote on any matter directly related to a MRF, though Volan said he may soon put forward a resolution supporting the project. The council voted unanimously to approve the 2014 budget.

IU Cinema Hosts Free Film Program Dedicated to Queer Media Artists of Color

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To celebrate National Coming Out Day October 11, the Black Film Center Archive of Indiana University, several IU departments, and Bloomington PRIDE will co-sponsor a free film program at the IU Cinema.

Brian Graney, archivist at the Black Film Center, talks about the program, called “Exploding Lineage! Queer of Color Histories in Experimental Media.”

“The film is a curated program of 14 experimental short films,” Graney says, “It was curated by through the organization Queer Rebels Productions, which was established to showcase the works of queer artists of color.”

National Coming Out Day is an international celebration and observance of individuals who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Tomorrow’s film program curators, KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, will attend to introduce the program, and follow it with a question and answer session.

“Exploding Lineage!” starts October 11 at 6:30 pm.

Daily Local News – October 10, 2013

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A City Council discussion yesterday about next year’s budget for the city of Bloomington turned into a forum of support for a major recycling project; To celebrate National Coming Out Day tomorrow, the Black Film Center Archive of Indiana University, several IU departments, and Bloomington PRIDE will co-sponsor a free film program at the IU Cinema; Freedom Indiana is holding a community meeting this Sunday, to discuss information about the organization and effects of the HJR-6 Bill; People & Animal Learning Services (that’s PALS) is hosting its 13th Annual PALS Fun Show this Saturday.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks why YOU think WFHB is worth supporting.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Yvonne Cheng and Jalisa Ransom,
Voices in the Street is produced by Kelly Wherley.
Our engineer is Sarah Hetrick,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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