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Daily Local News – October 7, 2014

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Workers at Bloomingfoods are holding a rally today in support of efforts to unionize; A recent report from the I.U. School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) addresses local government benchmarks like spending, revenue, property tax base and levies, local option income tax rates and debt; There will be a public educational forum at Indiana University, Bloomington on Monday, October 13 to raise awareness on campus and in the Bloomington community about the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa; Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats has introduced a new bill to address possible dangers of “home-grown terrorism” by suspending the Visa Waiver Program for countries that don’t comply with information-sharing practices.

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A special joint session will be held between the brown county commissioners and the Brown County council on Thursday, October 9th at 2:00pm to address concerns of county residents regarding county finances. WFHB news Director Alycin Bektesh spoke today with a member of the “Concerned Citizens” group Even Werling and brings us this community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Anson Shupe, and Cathi Norton
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey, and Dan Withered.
Our engineers are Carissa Barrett and Anna Legge.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 6, 2014

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced an innovation in penology, which is the practice of incarceration, at a central Indiana prison; Construction on the B Line begins tomorrow; Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not hear an appeal from the state of Indiana, together with four other states, to district court rulings against same-sex marriage legal bans in these states.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Jennifer Whitaker, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe and David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer if Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Philanthropy in action: Supporting Non-profits and charities

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WFHB begins its Fall Fund Drive tomorrow—big thanks to everyone who supports community radio!  We’re lucky to live in an area where so many people work so hard to establish and support local services that enrich our lives and give a real sense of responsibility to the community.  With time and monetary budgets tight for most, we hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors about the charitable and non-profit organizations they support.

Daily Local News – October 2, 2014

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In response to citizen concerns regarding Brown County Administrator Michael Thompson, there will be a special joint meeting of the Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County Council next Thursday, October 9th;The Hoosier State will receive a visit from President Barack Obama tomorrow, Friday October 3rd;US Senator Joe Donnelly recently welcomed the awarding of a $3 million grant from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, specifically from its Supportive Services for Veteran Families division, to the United Way of Central Indiana;The Bloomington wildlife advocacy group BANIDS is promoting new legislation to stop the city’s plans for the sharpshooting of deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

FEATURE
Monroe County’s budget for next year is in the black — at least for now. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Up next is Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn Vandewiele & Scott Weddle
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineers today are Jonathan Goethals and Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – October 1, 2014

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Bloomington Animal Shelter joins shelters across the United States in recognizing October as National Adopt-a-Dog Month; This past week the Indiana State Department of Health released statistics based on the Indiana Medicine Error Reporting System which tracks hospital’s medical mistakes, everything from bed sores to surgical implements accidentally left in patients’ bodies after surgery; Yesterday Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced new proposals to strengthen consumer protection laws in Indiana.

FEATURE
This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Our consumer watchdog show!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kathi Norton, Kelley Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Anson Shupe
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish
Our engineer today is Jim Lang, along with Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – September 30, 2014

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On Saturday, September 27 an animal rights activist group named Direct Action Everywhere staged a protested at Bloomington’s Chipotle Grill on Kirkwood street; Males and students of color in Indiana are at a disproportionate risk for school suspension and expulsion; The Indiana Statewide 911 Board is reminding residents they can text 911 in case of emergency; Josh Fox, creator, writer, director, and producer of the Gasland documentaries will be in Bloomington on October 25 for a showing of his film Gasland 2 at 6pm; The National Science Foundation has awarded IU scientist and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry, Phil Stevens, a three-year $700,000 grant to continue his research studying the relationship between climate change and pollution; An IU research team headed by geography professor Tom Evans has recently received a grant for $2.6 million to study over five years climate variability, growing human demands for water, and the decision-making process of distributing limited water supplies by African farmers in Kenya and Zambia; A group of Indiana University students is working to help Bloomington become what is known as a Star Community.

FEATURE
Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz released a video September 18th, the first in a
three part series titled State of the Classroom. The first video focuses on
students in the classroom, including the environments and external factors that
impact student success.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Chelsea Hardy and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a 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 engineers today are Carissa Barrett and Anna Legge.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – September 29, 2014

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Jimmy John’s recently announced a data breach that could have compromised debit and credit cards users at over 216 locations nationwide; Indiana is to receive $647,072 in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prevent chronic diseases; The Indiana Department of Workforce Development recently announced that it will be receiving a one point five million dollar grant from the US Department of Labor; A recent study of approximately 119,000 Indiana students in grades 6 through 12 found a marked decline in drinking and smoking; A new CVS store is coming to downtown Bloomington.

FEATURE
The election board did not receive any reassuring updates regarding poll workers in their meeting last week. WFHB News director Alycin Bektesh has the 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 Cathi Norton
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
In partnership with the city of Bloomington volunteer network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

County building materials recovery facility

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Monroe County will be processing its own recyclables in a matter of months. The County Council approved a budget September 17th  that includes money to build a materials recovery facility, or MRF (“murf”). Officials at the County Solid Waste Management District have debated for years whether to build the facility. Currently the District pays a private company, Republic Services, to haul away its recyclables. But District Board President Steve Volan said it’s not always clear what happens to those materials.

Volan told the Council there is money to be made on recycling. He said the District just needs to build a facility to bail and store the materials.

The District’s budget only includes money for what is known as a clean­stream MRF. The facility will only process recyclables that are pre­sorted. Debate continues about whether to add on a more complex and expensive function called a waste stream MRF. That kind of facility would actually remove recyclable material from the garbage. County Council President Geoff McKim said many people seem to be confused about the two different functions.

The Council later voted to approve the District’s budget, which also includes a 5% raise for District employees. Those employees have not had a raise since 2011.

Parking meter plan

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The Bloomington City Council pressed Mayor Mark Kruzan for information about parking meters September 23rd. Council members asked about the financial status of the meter project. The questions came up as the Council considered next year’s city budget. Council member Marty Spechler wanted to know if the meters are making money for city government.

Kruzan did not directly answer the question. He said the financial picture is complex. And he said the administration provided written responses to similar questions prior to the meeting.

City documents state parking money is divided into at least five separate funds. At least three city departments do work related to parking. And the city has said from the start it expects to spend the first few years paying off the initial costs of meters.

Board member Steve Volan asked for the administration to present a clearer parking budget in the future .

Kruzan said he expects the parking meter program to change soon. He gave no specifics on those changes except to say the city government would probably be making less money.

Kruzan said his administration is consulting with downtown businesses and the Chamber of Commerce about changes to meter policy.

Daily Local News – September 25, 2014

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The Bloomington City Council pressed Mayor Mark Kruzan for information about parking meters September 23rd;Famous stand-up comedian and former talk show host Jay Leno will perform at the IU auditorium on Friday night, October 17, during IU’s Homecoming Weekend; Indiana University issued a statement yesterday expressing deep concern over the conviction and life sentence of Chinese scholar Ilham Tohti handed down this week; Monroe County will be processing its own recyclables in a matter of months.

FEATURE
WFHB correspondent Dan Young speaks with conservationist Gary Moody about the environmental impact of the Williams Dam near Bedford, and fills us in on an upcoming showing of the film “Dam Nation” in Bloomington, for today’s community report, courtesy of EcoReport.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn Vandewiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe and Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Young
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineers today are Jose Rodriguez and Jonathan Goethals
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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