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Daily Local News – November 1, 2013

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Representative Todd Young will meet with constituents in Martinsville next Thursday; On Monday the Ellettsville Town Council debated changes to town code that would ban certain livestock and prohibit parking in yards; Monroe County is in the midst of a project to fix a drainage problem on Fairway Drive, on the south side of Bloomington.

FEATURES
Representatives on the Debt Limit
Indiana District 9 Representative Todd Young and Senator Dan Coats both gave statements this week on the ongoing national debt talks. We hear what our state representatives are adding to the conversation for today’s WFHB feature report.

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
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 Sarah Hettrick.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer was Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 31, 2013

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The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana voted last Thursday to adopt SB 246, a new rule for physicians who prescribe addictive pain medications to nonterminal patients; The Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility presented their Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday night; The Indiana University Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center is hosting their annual Family Fun Night next Friday, Nov 8th; The City of Bloomington Frank Southern Ice Arena and the Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association is hosting Try Hockey for Free Day this Sunday, November 3rd; This weekend in sports.

FEATURES
Parks and Rec Requests Million Dollar Budget Increase
The Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Bloomington has announced that it is going to request an appropriation from City Council for nearly one million dollars, above and beyond its allocated budget, to undertake needed repairs to the grounds and facilities under the department’s care. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Department Director Mick Renneisen about the request, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks you about your favorite trick-or-treat moments.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Yin Yuan, Yvonne Cheng, and Jalisa Ransom
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley
Our feature today was produced by Dan Withered, with correspondent David Murphy
Our engineer was Sarah Hettrick
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – October 30, 2013

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Trick-or-treat hours in Bloomington have been postponed to Friday, due to severe weather concerns on Halloween night; Last week Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced she is suing all ten members of the Indiana State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana’s ‘Open Door’ law; On October 24th, the Bloomington Board of Zoning Appeals gave permission for a company to store hazardous chemicals on its property on the south side of the city; The City of Bloomington Sanitation Department will host a free Electronics Recycling program this Saturday; A proposed water rate increase would cost residents of Ellettsville an average of about three dollars more per month.

FEATURE
Local Money Pays for Ivy Tech Building
The Bloomington City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a two million dollar deal that would help Ivy Tech Community College buy a new building next to its campus. The building would be used for nursing school programs, among others. The deal is being funded by certain property owners on the west side of town through what is known as a TIF district. Taxes on new development in that district help pay for roads, sewers, and other infrastructure projects in the district. In July, Ivy Tech Bloomington chancellor John Whikehart said the college needed money, partially because it was having problems getting funding from the state. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford talked to Monroe County Attorney Jeff Cockerill about why the TIF district’s funds would be spent on Ivy Tech, and how the new development could help the area. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
The 75th Anniversary of Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds broadcast is a good time to remember that there are lots of Halloween stories that aren’t true…but there are some dangers you should watch out for, 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, Casey Kuhn, and Drew Daudelin
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Anson Shupe
Joe Crawford produced our feature
Our engineer was Jim Lang
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – October 29, 2013

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This week on the Strike Mic, a music and information session during the Indiana University Board of Trustee’s meeting is met with a high volume of Indiana University Police; The finger of blame for the recent crisis in Congress, which caused a federal shutdown and a near debt default, has increasingly been pointed at Republican members of Congress, especially those associated with the Tea Party caucus; Five women were named by Governor Mike Pence yesterday, to serve on the Indiana Commission for Women.

FEATURE
Bloomington Chamber of Commerce on Same-Sex Marriage
Several large organizations and institutions have expressed opposition to the effort to amend the state constitution to limit marriage to two people of the opposite sex, in effect banning same-sex marriage in Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly has already passed one resolution to this effect. A second bill, House Joint Resolution 6, or HJR 6, which would put the question on the ballot in the fall of 2014, is up for debate in January. Michael McRobbie, President of Indiana University, announced yesterday that IU is joining Freedom Indiana, the state wide coalition leading the fight against the constitutional amendment. Several important Indiana-based corporations, including Ely Lilly and Cummins Diesel, have also voiced their opposition to the move. Last week, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce adopted the same position. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, correspondent David Murphy spoke to Liz Irwin, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, to find out if the voice of business in this region has taken a position on the issue.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Phil Schuman, Director of Financial Literacy for Indiana University, joins Sarah and Ashley to discuss college finance pitfalls and programs and resources that are available to help.

CREDIT
Anchors: Kristen Troxell & Nick Tumino
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 The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Bloomington Pumpkin Launch

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The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will hold the annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on Saturday. The event is billed as family-friendly, with an afternoon of food, music, activities, and flying pumpkins. Bill Ream is the Community Events Coordinator at Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Department. Ream says this is the ninth year of the event. It always a fun and unusual event to watch and it gaining popularity.

There will be activities for children, such as face painting and learning how to make a first-aid kit. Antique engines and tractors will also be on display during the event.

The Bloomington Pumpkin Launch takes place on Saturday, November 2nd at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Activities begin when the gates open at 11 am, and the pumpkin launching begins at noon. Admission is five dollars per vehicle.

“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.

FEATURE
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.

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