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Indiana Department of Homeland Security Surveys Hoosiers On Disaster And Emergency Readiness

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is gauging Indiana citizens’ readiness for emergencies and disasters through a brief online survey.

Ian Connor, public information officer with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security said the survey will help the public safety community gain a greater understanding of how prepared Indiana residents are and how to help increase that preparedness.

“We are doing the survey to engage Indiana citizen’s readiness in the case of a disaster. We want to know how prepared they feel to help us plan how we do our messaging. In the survey we ask if they have preparedness kits and how they get their emergency information like through Facebook or TV,” Connor said.

This is not the first time IDHS conduct the survey. The survey was last conducted in 2011. According to Connor, one of the most compelling findings then was the difference in the level of preparedness in different parts of the state.

“We found that citizens in the northwest parts of the state seem more ready than other parts. There is also a disparity between those who felt they were prepared in urban or rural areas. People in rural areas seem to be more prepared,” Connor says.

Residents of rural areas were nearly 12 percent more likely to be prepared than residents in urban areas. Three of the four highest-scoring regions, based on IDHS districts, were in the northwest portion of Indiana.

The Interstate 69 corridor from Marion to Allen counties showed a relatively low level of preparedness in the 2011 survey. The 10-minute online survey can be found on the IDHS website under the Featured Topics Section: “IDHS Citizen Preparedness Survey 2013.”

The survey will stay open until at least Friday, September 20, 2013.

IU Anthropologists Will Try Raising Funds Online For Research Project

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Four anthropology students from Indiana University are taking their funding request to the public. Crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter are becoming more and more popular as a way to fund all kinds of projects, big and small.

This group, studying in the lab of evolutionary anthropologist Michael Muehlenbein hopes to continue their study of how tourists and primates interact in South Africa by using these types of funds.

“The whole idea of ecotourism is that you take only photos and leave only footprints. But the reality is that unregulated ecotourism can have a variety of potential costs. One of those costs being the welfare of endangered species that we’re interested in going to visit,” Muehlenbein says.

Diseases transmitted from humans to primates can be disastrous to wild primate populations. Primates can transmit diseases like malaria right back to humans. The goal for these researchers is to study what people know about primate and human diseases and their attitudes towards them. These and other factors can influence disease transmission.

“Humans are attracted to monkeys and apes, they’re cute, they’re fuzzy and they act like us. Non-human primates share a lot of diseases with humans and we know there are a lot of instances of disease transmission from them to humans, HIV being a good example. So, I wanted to wrap my brain around the decisions tourists make that might influence the transmission of diseases like that,” Muehlenbein says.

The students helping Muehlenbein in his research hope to reach out to the community by involving them in the funding and researching process. They plan on using Microryza, a website dedicated to helping smaller science projects reach their funding goals.

Muehlenbein thinks that becoming involved in this kind of research project could mean so much to the science community.

“I think a lot of younger people are not as involved in science as they should be. In general, I think the public loves celebrities, but I think they should love scientists just as much. As a donor, they have an investment more than just money because we have multiple incentives. We want to involve them every step of the way, telling them why we’re doing this, from the inception of the project to the very end,” Muehlenbein says.

The goal is to raise $7,500  to pay for plane tickets and the research would  take about three weeks.

 

By Casey Kuhn

Daily Local News – August 28, 2013

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Four anthropology students from Indiana University are taking their funding request to the
public; Last week the Monroe County Commissioners  heard a proposal to spend  more than
$1.2 million on new software for the County’s emergency dispatch system; Monroe County Community School Corporation and City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation are teaming up this year to keep students active during breaks from school.

FEATURE
50th Anniversary of March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom:
Today is the 50th anniversary of the landmark event in civil rights history, the March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, we hear from Valerie
Grim, a professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Diaspora
Studies at Indiana University. Grim spoke with WFHB correspondent David Murphy.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Paying for college is a lot more expensive — and a lot riskier — than it used to be. Here’s the
Cliff’s Notes version of what the risks are, and how to avoid drowning in financial quicksand
after you graduate.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with community access television
services
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish and Reina Wong
Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature
Our engineer is Jim Lang
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 27, 2013

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The Monroe County Commission approved a new law August 23rd aimed at keeping homeless people from sleeping on the Courthouse lawn; Airline passengers should be prepared to face higher ticket prices and less service if the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines goes through, according to a local expert on anti-trust and consumer law; State Representative Peggy Mayfield will be joining members of the National Federation of Independent Business at a field hearing on Wednesday, August 28 in Bloomington; Bloomington bus riders now have a new alternative technological option with the introduction of a GPS real-time mapping system; Changes to the construction project at Griffy Dam will save about $17,000, according to Bloomington Utilities Department engineer.

FEATURE
Documents: I-69 Contractors Have Histories of Violations
Crews with vacuum trucks and other equipment are still working this week to clean up eroded soil along the planned path of Interstate 69 in southern Monroe County. Storms earlier this summer caused sediment to flow away from I-69 construction sites and into local waterways after contractors failed to control the erosion. The sediment can make it difficult for aquatic life to survive in the local creeks and streams, and some nearby residents worry their water supplies could be contaminated. Now, documents shared with WFHB have revealed this summer’s erosion problems were only the most recent in a long line of violations committed by contractors building I-69. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Thinking about getting a new feathered or furry friend? Emily Herr from the Bloomington Animal Shelter is back again to discuss how adding a new pet can effect your finances.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Bill Daugherty
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Yvonne Cheng, and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Today’s feature was produced by Joe Crawford
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, along with the Monroe County Public Library and and Monroe County United Way
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 26, 2013

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Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested 93 people on 129 charges in Bloomington this past weekend; Upland Brewery will host the Hillbilly Haiku on Friday, the 30th, at their 11st street tap house;The City of Bloomington Arts Commission has released revised guidelines and applications for the October cycle of its 2013 Arts Project Grant Program; As students return to Indiana University, The Bloomington Police Department is advocating for students to “be smart” to prevent the incidence of crimes and protect students and their personal property.

FEATURE
Group Rallies against Traditionalist Youth Network Protest
This afternoon the Indiana University chapter of the Traditionalist Youth Network – a group identifying as a white heritage organization – held a protest at Boxcar Books. Community members rallied in defense of the bookstore, which was targeted for their vocal stance against white supremacy.

ACTIVATE
Forrest Gilmore of Shalom Center talks about Shalom’s work and mission in addressing the crisis of homelessness and poverty on a day to day basis.
On Activate! Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Lauren Glapa, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Yvonne Cheng, Chris Martin, and Nash Hott
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our feature was produced by Nash Hott, with correspondent Jim Manion
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 23, 2013

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced today that he has created a new educational agency, named the Center for Education and Career Innovation; Bloomington city officials repeatedly referred to what they called a new normal during a week of budget hearings that began Monday; Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan statewide coalition of Indiana businesses and groups announced yesterday their campaign to defeat amendment HJ6R, which could permanently alter the Indiana Constitution’s definition of marriage; This year’s Hoosier to Hoosier Sale takes place tomorrow at The Warehouse at 1525 S. Rogers St. in Bloomington from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and promises to be the biggest H2H sale yet.

FEATURE
A Visit from Senator Donnelly
Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly was in Bloomington this morning to address the Chamber of Commerce and talk about job creation. Afterwards, he met with journalists including WFHB correspondent David Murphy  for a brief media opportunity. His comments here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Ashley Hanna and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh, along wiht correspondent David Murphy
Volunteer Connection was produced by Ashley Hanna,in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our Engineer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

ACLU takes on SEA371

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit in federal court this morning challenging Indiana’s newest law regulating abortion clinics. Senate Enrolled Act 371, passed earlier this year, calls for facilities that prescribe and dispense abortion-inducing medications to have many of the same emergency and urgent care resources as hospitals. The bill affects only one facility in the state, Planned Parenthood’s Lafayette clinic, which has been in operation for 40 years, providing a variety of health care services for women. The portion of the bill covering non-surgical abortions goes into effect on January first. Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, says the expense of retrofitting the facility to comply with the law would be prohibitive. The law also specifies numerous “informed consent” statements clinic workers must make to women seeking the abortion pill. The women must also be shown sonogram images of the fetus in their wombs and must be advised the availability of adoption alternatives in the state. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Cockrum this afternoon in a WFHB Feature Exclusive.

Daily Local News – August 22, 2013

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On August 20th an engineer for Monroe County called out the builders of the new Interstate 69 for using faulty strategies to prevent erosion; The Monroe County Public Library is advising patrons on how best to save money on parking now that most spots near the Library are metered; The ACLU has filed a class-action suit against the City of Indianapolis on behalf of four Marion county residents who were ticketed for panhandling; The United States and South Africa, two nations on opposite sides of the world, had much in common in the 1950s; With summer coming to an end it’s time to clean up Lake Monroe. The folks at Hoosier National Forest are offering an afternoon on the lake and an evening cookout for volunteers who want to help pick up shoreline debris left by this summer’s visitors to the lake.

FEATURE
ACLU takes on SEA371
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit in federal court this morning challenging Indiana’s newest law regulating abortion clinics. Senate Enrolled Act 371, passed earlier this year, calls for facilities that prescribe and dispense abortion-inducing medications to have many of the same emergency and urgent care resources as hospitals. The bill affects only one facility in the state, Planned Parenthood’s Lafayette clinic, which has been in operation for 40 years, providing a variety of health care services for women. The portion of the bill covering non-surgical abortions goes into effect on January first. Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, says the expense of retrofitting the facility to comply with the law would be prohibitive. The law also specifies numerous “informed consent” statements clinic workers must make to women seeking the abortion pill. The women must also be shown sonogram images of the fetus in their wombs and must be advised the availability of adoption alternatives in the state. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Cockrum this afternoon in a WFHB Feature Exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street hits the streets to ask what YOU think about local events and issues.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab and Lauren Glapa
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley
Our engineer is Sarah Hettrick
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 21, 2013

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Tomorrow the Monroe County Election Board will hear a proposal on a new system of voting for Monroe County residents; One of the last property owners that is still refusing to pay Monroe County’s stormwater fee is the federal government; The Bloomington Utilities Department put forward a budget August 19th asking for a $900,000 increase in spending next year; The Indianapolis to Chicago Amtrak line could be cut from daily service to just three days a week, pending a decision by the Indiana Legislature.

FEATURE
Art with Heart For Local Veterans
Elder Heart is the creation of former special forces Green Beret Magnus Johnson, who found himself apathetic and disconnected when he came to Indiana after eight years of military service. It was through working with Nashville Artist Jim Connor the Johnson began to feel connected  to civilian life once again, and he is now offering a similar outlet to other veterans and community members through the creation of public art through Elder Heart. Johnson speaks with WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh about the purpose of his organization, and the difficult transition between soldier and civilian, that results in more than eight thousand veteran suicides a year, for today’s daily local news feature, courtesy of Interchange.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Getting bonked on the head is a classic joke in movies and cartoons, but in real life it’s not funny. New research shows concussions are far more common, and much more dangerous, than we used to think.

CREDITS
Anchors: Lauren Glapa, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Lauren Glapa
Along with Joe Craford for CATSweek, in partnership with community access television services
Bloomington Beware is produced by Richard Fish and Reina Wong
Our engineer is Jim Lang
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 20, 2013

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The federal government has given the state the go-ahead to begin work on the section of the new interstate 69 that will run through Monroe County; At a meeting August 19th, the Richland Bean Blossom School Board voted to delay the implementation of a policy that cuts the hours of part-time employees; Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly will be in town this coming Friday morning to speak to a business audience; Though a recent report highlights Indiana’s thriving job market, other reports show that Indiana ranks among the worst in the nation for job growth.

FEATURE
Groups Cite Ties between Supreme Court Justice and Future Coal Plant
The Sierra Club and other groups claim one of Indiana’s Supreme Court justices is unfit to rule on a case involving the future of a proposed coal gasification plant in Spencer county. However, the groups claims of friendship and political alliance with the plant’s project manager Mark Lubbers has been denied by the justice in question, Justice Mark Massa. The full story in today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Emily Herr from the Bloomngton Animal Shelter join Ashley and Sarah to discuss the financial ins and outs of pet ownership.

CREDITS
Anchors: Bill Daugherty, Shayne Laughter
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 Lauren Glapa
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 board engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

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