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The Council for Community Accessibility Accepts Nominees For Awards


The City of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is seeking nominees for the annual awards ceremony that will take place on October 29th.

This year the event will take place at Bell Trace, off of 10th Street,  and starts at 6:30, Special Projects Coordinator, Craig Brenner says. There will be a keynote speaker who served in Iraq and tragically lost both his legs.

“He’s a motivational speaker from the Indianapolis Colts and we are really looking forward to having him. After, we’ll have an awards ceremony,” Brenner says

The awards acknowledge organizations, individuals and businesses that help make Bloomington more accessible for individuals with disabilities

“The Council for Community Accessibility researches any nominations and vote,” Brenner says.

The CCA is a volunteer group that advocates for those who are disabled. It’s been around for over 20 years and meet at City Hall once a month, Brenner says.

They make sure the buildings in the city are accessible to people with disabilities, he says.

“They also address issues in the business community and serve as an educational group to make sure people know what to do to make their programs and buildings accessible,” Brenner says.

Nominations can be submitted at www.bloomington.in.gov/cca. The submission deadline is Oct 11 2013.

Daily Local News – August 29, 2013


The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is gauging Indiana citizens’ readiness for emergencies and disasters through a brief online survey; Royale Hair Parlor has been awarded $2,500 by Proctor and Gamble’s Wella Hairdressers at the Heart Charity Challenge that took place in May; The City of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) is seeking nominees for the annual awards ceremony that will take place on October 29th; Indiana now has a one-stop site for information on prescription drug abuse; Governor Mike Pence will lead his first gubernatorial effort to draw overseas investments and ultimately jobs to Indiana by way of a week-long trip to Japan from September 5th to 15th; The Indiana Hoosiers take to the field tonight in Memorial Stadium for the opening game of their 2013 football season.

Big Red Liquors and Indiana State Senator Jim Merritt announced today that the statewide liquor chain will be helping with an information campaign about the Indiana Lifeline Law, authored by Merrit. The law, which began on July First of last year, provides immunity to citizens seeking medical help for someone who has consumed too much alcohol. WFHB News Director spoke with Merrit, along with IU student President Jose Mitjavila about the law, and student’s awareness of the immunity opportunity, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks about YOUR plans for Labor Day weekend.

Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab and Jalisa Ransom
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley
Our production engineer is Sarah Hettrick
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Local Hair Salon Wins $2,500 From P&G For Local Charity


Royale Hair Parlor has been awarded $2,500 by Proctor and Gamble’s Wella Hairdressers at the Heart Charity Challenge that took place in May.

“We won $2,500 for our charity of choice, CASA. We chose this because of our children’s art show that helped raise money for CASA last May,” said Community Outreach Coordinator, Mary Lecount.

Royale Hair Parlor located in downtown Bloomington, has an Auxiliary Gallery with Gallery Walk that allows local artist to show off their artwork. Before the challenge the Parlor displayed and auctioned off artwork done by children and they entered the Charity Challenge to raise money to help continue their community outreach

The Parlor put on the art show to help donate money for Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA is a volunteer program that provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of physical abuse.

Lecount says that they will use the money and match a grant in their holiday newsletter, matching holiday donations to CASA.

The Parlor plans on putting on another children’s art show next year as well as other art events to help support local artists in the community.

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


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


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


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.

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.

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.

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
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


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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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


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.

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