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Salvation Army Annual Harvest Festival Dinner and Auction On October 12

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The Salvation Army’s Annual Harvest Festival Supper and Auction is Saturday October 12.

All proceeds benefit the work of the Salvation Army worldwide.

“The dinner is a traditional, Indiana dinner,” Peter Iversen, Community Relations of Salvation Army says, “The auction is where we take donated items from local businesses and the proceeds go to support Salvation Army efforts around the world to address different issues of poverty.”

The Salvation Army is a not-for-profit operating in Bloomington and in 124 countries worldwide. Iverson says that Salvation Army has a social services center in town that offers emergency financial assistance for those in need.

The supper begins at 4:30pm on October 12. The auction begins at 6:30pm and will be hosted by Williams Auctioneering. Items to be auctioned include IU/Purdue Football tickets, an Xbox Kinect, a 50” LCD television, and IU apparel.

Festival Latino Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month This Saturday

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The Latino Enhancement Cooperative at Indiana University is hosting Festival Latino on Saturday Oct. 5.

This event is part of the National Hispanic Heritage Month and it celebrates the Latino culture.

“Their goal is to bring together people on and off campus to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month,” Lillian Casillas, Director of IU’s La Casa, says, “It also provides an opportunity for the other Latino student organizations to show what they have to offer.”

Casillas says the event gives those in the Bloomington community a chance to learn more about the Latino culture and to gain more information about how to take part in the services that are provided by Latino groups on campus.

There will also be  activities that people can take part in at the festival. Casillas says that there will be food and a live DJ at the event.

Festival Latino takes place on Saturday Oct. 5 from 1 p.m.  to 5 p.m. in Dunn Meadow

Daily Local News – October 2, 2013

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In the midst of a government shutdown, former Mayor of Seymour, Indiana Bill Bailey has declared his bid for Congress; Purdue University researchers are working on ways to detect explosives and neutralize their impact, as part of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security center led by Northeastern and Rhode Island universities; Citizens Climate Lobby will hold a workshop this month, to work to enact policies that reduce the greenhouse gases causing climate change. Marcia Veldman, co-organizer of the Bloomington chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, says the workshop is meant to provide training for people interested in climate change issues; Indiana University researchers are reminding women that even though former smokers are more likely to gain weight after quitting, the health benefits of quitting are greater than any negative side-effects.

FEATURE
Indiana University announced last week that a team of IU physicists will receive a grant of over five-point-four million dollars from the National Science Foundation. The department will use the grant funding to continue research of the subtle properties of subatomic particles. To learn more about subatomic particle research, WFHB reporter Nash Hott spoke with Mike Snow, a grant recipient, researcher, and professor at the IU Physics department, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Impostor. Imposter who? Just because there’s a man in a uniform standing in front of you, doesn’t always mean they are who they say they are. Be aware.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton and Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn, Yin Yuan,
and Yvonne Cheng.
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.

Strike Mic – October 1, 2013

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A group of Indiana University Students have been meeting in the IU Memorial Union every Monday evening for more than a year, and became crucial in the action that led to the IU Student Strike this spring.

The demonstration to the IU Board of Trustees represented dissent for IU employment practices, tuition increases, and the current lack of minority representation on campus.

The group still meets weekly, and today WFHB launches our first on-location report of the resistance to IU’s administrative actions.

This is The Strike Mic, on WFHB.

Tune in to the Daily Local News every Tuesday for a new edition of The Strike Mic, a weekly update from your friends and neighbors working to strengthen the voice of Indiana University students and staff.

 

 

Local GE Appliance Plant Working With Union To Eliminate 160 Production Jobs

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Local management and labor at the Bloomington GE Appliance plant are currently working out how the elimination of 160 production jobs will be handled.

On September 9, management announced that approximately 35 percent of the job shedding will be through early retirement provisions and the rest, around 100, will be laid off.

Since then, workers at the plant held rallies demanding there be no layoffs, and instead that GE cut its workforce only through early retirement and natural attrition.

WFHB requested interviews with GE, and instead received written statements reiterating what was already said.

We were able to speak to Carven Thomas, president of Bloomington Local 2249 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents the production workers at the local GE facility.

He talked about his local’s suggestion to management on the Special Early Retirement Option, and other means to avoid layoffs.

“We have a lot of folks in our building that are eligible to retire,” Thomas says, “If the company allowed a voluntary early retirement option for our 60-year-olds, only 30 workers would have to be laid off.”

The early retirement option would apply to any worker 55 years or older with 25 years of service at GE.

The union suggestion is designed not only to lessen the financial penalty of layoffs, but to allow older workers to retire early and keep younger workers on the job and the payroll.

Thomas told us that management said the cost of their suggestion was prohibitive.

“They’re saying it would cost $340,000 for each person to retire,” Thomas says.

Nevertheless, the union-management meetings have produced some increase in the number of employees who will be shed through early retirement packages.

“There won’t be as many as we would like, and we’re still in the process of negotiating more early retirements,” Thomas says.

GE management has been meeting with the union every day, and Thomas says he hopes they will continue until the union gets a good enough offer for a decision to be made.

Daily Local News – October 1, 2013

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The Hoosier National Forest, with land throughout our listening area, has begun preparations for shutting down operations until a budget is passed; Local management and labor at the Bloomington GE Appliance plant are in protracted over how the elimination of one hundred and sixty production jobs will be handled; WFHB launches the first on-location report of the resistance to IU’s administrative actions on: The Strike Mic.

FEATURE
Young on Stalemate
A House Budget Bill with a provision of a one-year Affordable Care Act Delay was rejected by the Senate late last night, causing a stalemate on the eve of the budget due date that caused a spending freeze on all federal operations, beginning today. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana Congressman Todd Young about what the spending freeze means and what will resolve the congressional stalemate, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Ashley and Sarah share some scary stories of financial woe, and offer ways to fight debt demons and money monsters onThe Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that help you keep your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Harrison Wagner
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy,
and today’s feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and Untied of Monroe County
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News- September 30, 2013

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Indiana District 9 Representative Todd Young speaks about the midnight federal funding deadline; Some Hoosiers can expect to get a credit from the BMV next time they make a payment either online or at an office; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department are seeking entries from creative builders, inventors, and engineers for the Great Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on November 2nd.

FEATURE
ACA Employee Notification Deadline
Another deadline for complying with the Affordable Care Act is tomorrow, and local employers are struggling to follow the law. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE
Sarah Delone, MCHA Education Program Director, talks about the Monroe County Human Association’s work as well as their big October fun-and-fund raising events, Barktoberfest and Run for the Animals.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Chris Martin
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker.
Our engineer is Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

The United Way begins campaign with kick-off event

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The United Way Campaign Kick-Off began fundraising today with a picnic at IU Memorial Stadium. Berry Lessow, executive director for United Way of Monroe County, stated this year’s fundraiser goal is about 1.4 million dollars, 15,000dollars more than last year’s goal.

United Way will work for the next several months to raise money from corporations, small companies, and individuals in the community. Lessow explains, “We have been very fortunate that many people throughout the community, our generous with their donation to United Way. And generous with their understanding that we are working to make a significant difference , measurable, sustained difference in the lives of people who live here.”

The funds that The United Way raise go to boosting education, employment, and earning stability in Monroe County along with having resources available when a natural disaster occurs. They provide community members with a safe place to live, access to sufficient food, medical care, and many other services available to people who need them. One of their more successful programs is a free tax filling service.

“We offer free community tax that helps about 250 people file their income taxes, federal and state, no charge. Those are the sorts of the opportunities that people through United Way and our agencies. And their are many, many others to be able to save money and grow their savings.”

Lessow is optimistic about this year’s fundraiser. Last year, United Way raised six thousand dollars more than planned, and Lessow says he hopes for an even better outcome from the 2013 campaign.

Daily Local News – September 27, 2013

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Chad Roeder explains what led him to close the downtown recycling center temporarily; The United Way Campaign Kick-Off began fundraising today with a picnic at IU Memorial Stadium; At a meeting on Monday the Bloomington Utilities Service Board heard an update from the company it hired to study the expenses of the Utilities Department; The Association of Indiana Counties announced Wednesday that Monroe County received the 2013 Local Government Cooperation Award.

FEATURE
The Anonymous People
Local organizations that provide support for those with substance abuse addictions have come together to create the documentary film “The Anonymous People to Bloomington.” WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Kris Roehling  and Jill Matheny-Fuqua, both currently in recovery themselves, about the grassroots effort to bring the film to town, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive. Information about tickets is available at the following website: http://gathr.us/screening/5351.

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 Allison Schroeder and Yin Yuan,
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 Ilze Ackerbergs, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

The 14th annual Hoosiers Outrun Cancer

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The 14th annual Hoosier Outrun Cancer will take place this Saturday. The proceeds will go to the Olcott Center for Cancer Education, and towards services that support the families of those with cancer. Kim Rudolph, special event manager with the Bloomington Hospital Foundation, gives some background on how the event got started.

Rudolph introduces it is an event that was started since 2010. It raise  the help of support the Olcott Center for Cancer Education and it is been going on for 14 years. All of the proceeds go to the fund the support services and education for anyone in the community that diagnose any form of cancer.

There will be other activities going on before and after the race. Rudolph gives more detail on the agenda.

Rudolph said:” We have a pre-race ceremony where we honored the cancer survivors and those that have passed often cancer. The pre-race ceremony start at 9:15am. At 10:00am, we start the first 1 mile kids fun run followed by 1 mile family walk. At 10:20am, we start the 5k run and 5k walk starts right after that.  We start at the Memorial Stadium  and the finish line is IU Memorial Stadium Parking Lot. We have an award ceremony at 11:15am. At the award ceremony’s location, there is a big area for kids activities.”

Rudolph says she hopes this event will bring awareness to cancer, the number of individuals who are affected by the disease, and the services provided through the Bloomington Hospital foundation.

Rudolph mentioned that it is wonderful they have a center in town. People there would guide, educate and be with patients through the process from the time they diagnose a cancer, period of treatment and all the way to the end of the battle with cancer.

Hoosiers Outrun Cancer takes place this Saturday at the Indiana Memorial Stadium. The 5k race begins at 10:20 am, and the walk begins at 10:30 am. Late registration takes place tomorrow at the stadium, from 11 am to 6 pm, and on Saturday from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.

 

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