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Daily Local News – August 10, 2015

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Indiana schools superintendent Glenda Ritz has dropped out of the 2016 governor’s race; Drug overdoses and hepatitis C infections are on the rise in Monroe County, according to a report published Sunday in the Herald-Times; Monroe County officials are looking for information about the health of County residents; In other Monroe County news, the County Commissioners showed support for a local food charter on Friday; Several big-box retail stores around Bloomington have appealed to the county assessor’s office to have their tax assessments lowered.

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Earlier this year, a majority of hourly employees at Bloomingfoods Cooperative Grocery signed up as members of Local 700 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Management of Bloomingfoods agreed to recognize their employees membership and, with the help of a facilitator, the union and management then negotiated a tentative collective agreement. It was subsequently ratified and signed by both sides. Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke to Jeff Kimbrough, of Local 700, and Paula Gilbertson, Acting General Manager of Bloomingfoods, for this WFHB community report.

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 Jerrod Dill
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, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 6, 2015

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Indiana has more work to do than most states to comply with the new Clean Power Plan unveiled this week by the Obama administration; Interstate 69 construction is causing more road closures in the Bloomington area starting on Monday; A former top official at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is being investigated for possible ethical breaches; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals ordered that 114 birds be removed from a residential backyard Wednesday; an event this Sunday at the Buskirk Chumley Theater brings together puzzles and sharks.

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The new school year began on Monday for students in the Monroe County Community School Corporation. At Fairview Elementary, the Indiana Department of Education will continue this year to closely monitor performance. The state’s A through F grading system has assigned Fairview an F grade for the past three years. Principal Justin Hunter is beginning his second school year at Fairview. Hunter spoke earlier this week with the hosts of WFHB’s African American public affairs show, Bring It On, about recent events and changes to the school. We bring you a portion of his conversation with hosts William Hosea and Mattie White for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – August 5, 2015

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The City of Bloomington issued a boil order this afternoon following several water main breaks today; A single-day study has found an increased number of people experiencing homelessness in Monroe County; In a recent study local biologist Farrah Bashey-Visser has been researching an apparent microscopic war between microorganisms; The company that grades standardized tests for Indiana schools is running behind.

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This Saturday a coalition of environmental groups are hosting what they’re calling a Clean Power Party in Indianapolis to thank the Obama administration for its newly unveiled Clean Power Plan. The plan will require power plants around the country to reduce carbon emissions. Saturday’s celebration comes as many political figures in Indiana are decrying the new regulations, saying they will increase electricity costs and hurt the economy. For more about the reaction from Hoosier environmental activists, WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with an organizer from the Sierra Club in Indiana. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Better Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Joe Crawford
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – August 4, 2015

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Despite the advice of public health officials, most high school students in Indiana are not being vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV; The EPA has proposed controversial new rules for coal-fired power plants which could have big implications for Indiana; Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington has announced it will be the home of a new location for the Indiana Small Business Development Center; LIFEDesigns is hosting a picnic this weekend to promote disability awareness and inclusion.

FEATURE
July 30th marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1965. Prior to Medicare, about a third of Americans over the age of 65 lived without health insurance. The program was also a force for racial desegregation in medical facilities. The program required hospital floors, waiting rooms and other facilities to be integrated before they would be eligible for Medicare payments. On Thursday, Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan joined the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters to celebrate the anniversary of Medicare. Local physician and activist Rob Stone gave a presentation at the event and we bring you some of his comments now for today’s WFHB community report. Dr. Stone begins by asking questions of the audience about the current state of the American health care system.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
It’s tempting to switch on the air conditioning when temperatures rise outside. Careful—that cool air is expensive. By being money smart, though, you can avoid turning on the A/C in the first place, and use it wisely when you do turn it on.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Joe Crawford
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford in partnership with Community Access Television Services.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – August 3, 2015

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A new study out of Purdue University projects that if fast-food restaurants paid employees $15 an hour, prices would increase just 4.3% to make up for the added expense; Crews were scheduled today to begin closing single lanes on 2nd Street in Bloomington between Liberty Drive and Oakdale Drive; A Bloomington surgery center joined ten other Indiana-based medical facilities today to ask a judge for more time to respond to an overbilling lawsuit; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board has approved a $93,000 contract for the rehabilitation of an equalization basin on Dillman Road; The vigil in support of the Iran nuclear deal and in remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is planned for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Bloomington.

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This coming Sunday, August 9th, is the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki in Japan. The attack followed the bombing of Hiroshima three days earlier. At least 129,000 people were killed in the attacks. Peace groups in Bloomington are planning to mark the anniversary on Sunday with a vigil and a rally in support of the Iran nuclear deal. That agreement between Iran and a group of world powers known as the P5 + 1 was announced last month. It faces a vote in Congress on September 17th. News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with David Keppel, one of the organizers of the rally, which is scheduled for Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Bloomington. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
A volunteer tells how he gives back to Amethyst House, the organization that helped him get sober.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford
Along with Cleveland Dietz for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

 

Daily Local News – July 30, 2015

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The Indiana Health Department has wrapped up its investigation into Planned Parenthood facilities across the state; U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted against the Senate’s six-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill today after an amendment he and Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced was not picked up as part of the bill; The Monroe County Council debated Tuesday where to find $20,000 after the money was already committed for an equipment purchase; Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers has invited every college in Indiana to participate in the first ever statewide survey of undergraduate satisfaction; Workers renovating Franklin Hall have found higher than expected levels of asbestos, temporarily halting the renovation and housing of IU’s Media School.

FEATURE
Next Wednesday the Indiana Board of Education is scheduled to vote on new standards for how some teachers get licenses. The Department of Education has recommended lowering the testing requirements for early childhood educators. The mandatory test scores would be reduced in mathematics, science, social studies and English Language Arts. The vote comes amid a teacher shortage in Indiana. The Board will also consider raising some requirements for teachers taking tests in physics, chemistry and technical education. News Director Joe Crawford spoke today with Board spokesman Marc Lotter and we bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks what Bloomington thinks of space exploration.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, Ivy Bridges and Joe Crawford
Along with Cleveland Dietz for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – July 29, 2015

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Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood; The Monroe County website is getting an upgrade; The Town of Ellettsville continues to deal with the fallout from a 2013 flood that forced its offices to move out of the Town Hall and into rental units at Eagle’s Landing Mall; Ivy Tech Community College has announced that they will begin express enrollment days on Monday, August 10.

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The Affordable Care Act was passed more than five years ago but legislators continue to debate many aspects of the legislation. Over the past couple years there has been an effort to repeal part of the law that institutes a tax on medical devices. News Director Joe Crawford spoke yesterday with an opponent of the tax, Cook Medical Board Chairman Steve Ferguson. We bring you part of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
The Federal Trade Commission is warning about online hotel-booking scams. There are various ways fraudsters prey on travelers; here’s a roadmap to the swindles and directions on how to avoid the potholes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Ivy Bridges
Along with Cleveland Dietz for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today were Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Senator Coats Proposes A Bill To Remove Funding for Planned Parenthood After the Release of Controversial Videos

Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood. The bill would prohibit any federal funding from going to the organization. Just yesterday, Coats released a video in which he accuses Planned Parenthood of profiting from abortion through organ harvesting. Planned Parenthood rejects the claim. The controversy began as a result of videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group which describes itself as “a group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.” The group has released three videos so far, each related to the organization’s donation of fetal tissue for use in medical research. Planned Parenthood says the footage was obtained through deceit and possibly by violating state recording laws, federal tax laws and falsified state Identification. They added that these videos are a violation of patient privacy and have been selectively edited. The executive vice president of Planned Parenthood said yesterday the organization does not make a profit on fetal tissue.  Coats’ legislation, if passed, would allocate Planned Parenthood funding to other women’s health organizations that do not provide abortions.

Daily Local News – July 28, 2015

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The Indiana Department of Transportation expects Section 4 of I-69 to be open to traffic by the end of the year; Indiana University will begin offering a new thematic living learning community this fall, based on sexuality and gender; Cook Pharmica has announced plans to expand its operations in Monroe County, adding up to 70 new positions over the next five years.

FEATURE
The unemployment rate in Indiana reached five percent this month, but the statistics don’t tell the whole story. Correspondent Jerrod Dill brings us the story behind Indiana’s job growth for today’s WFHB Community Report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
OK, you know index funds are the safest and most reliable way to invest. So what now? We continue our conversation with IU Professor of Finance Richard Shockley, who gives us tips on choosing a fund and a fund manager.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, Jerrod Dill, Joe Crawford and Ivy Bridges
Our feature was produced by Jerrod Dill
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Jen Brooks
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – July 27, 2015

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Monroe County health officials are exploring whether to begin operating a needle exchange program. The Monroe County Commission approved two projects related to environmental sustainability last week. This weekend Bloomington is scheduled to host the National Softball Tournament. This Thursday is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Medicare and two local organizations are celebrating the milestone.

FEATURE
A Bloomington resident is designing a first of its kind community carbon exchange program to implement in Bloomington. Once it’s underway, the program is intended to reward local residents for sustainable actions through incentives from local businesses. WFHB Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with the director of the program, Joe Davis, about the details and status of the program.

ACTIVATE
Sara Frommer talks about her 16 years as a volunteer for Volunteers Tutoring Adult Learners or VITAL at the Monroe County Public Library.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley and Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Ivy Bridges
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sierra Gardner
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

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