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Daily Local News – July 20, 2015

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The City of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility is hosting a celebration this weekend recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Last week the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Monroe County Waste Management District voted, tentatively, to support Bloomington’s yet-to-be proposed single use bag ordinance. Clark Sorensen is the chair of the Committee. Monroe County is moving ahead with its plan to market the Westside TIF District to potential tenants. IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has announced a fixed rate tuition for all students entering the school this year.

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Elena Mnayarji (meh-NAR-jee) is a typical high school senior. She likes to hang out with her friends, spend time in her hobbies, and plan out her college dorm room. But an event earlier this year lead her to reevaluate the way she sees her life. Her sister, Indiana University student Lauren Mnayarji brings us the story, which comes courtesy of the IU Media School and American Student Radio.

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Volunteers Jim Griffin and Janet Schell talk about the importance of supporting teacher’s through their work at the Teacher’s Warehouse and about the great resource it provides to Bloomington’s educators and students. Also, more volunteer opportunities to use teaching skills here in Bloomington from the Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm and Joe Crawford
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Ivy Bridges and Jerrod Dill
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Lauren Mnayarji
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 16, 2015

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The Monroe County Public Library is looking at the competitiveness of its staff salaries; The Monroe County Council approved a fifteen-thousand dollar grant to Martha’s House emergency shelter on Tuesday; The sixth annual beer, art, and music festival, GnawBrew, is set for next Saturday in Brown County; The Bloomington Bicycle Club’s 29th annual Ride Across Indiana, or RAIN Ride, gathered over 1,500 cyclists last weekend to cover 160 miles in only one day; Roller Mortis Films is bringing the Trailer Film Festival to  Bloomington this fall.

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The group Indiana Moral Mondays is preparing for its second year of lobbying the Indiana legislature. The coalition formed last year and patterned itself after a series of protests in North Carolina. Indiana Moral Mondays steering committee member Erin Polley will be in Bloomington this coming Monday, July 20th, to meet with local supporters of the movement and discuss plans for the next year. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Polley this afternoon about what the group hopes to accomplish in the next legislative session. We bring you that conversation now 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 Ivy Bridges, Kara Tullman and Sierra Gardner.
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 – July 15, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington Board of Public Works approved selling the old Rogers Street fire station to the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation for one dollar; Conservative politicians are lining up to compete for the District 9 seat in U.S. Congress that represents much of south-central Indiana; A recent Supreme Court decision could have significant effects on the redistricting issue in Indiana; Google is contributing $150,000 to a study by two Indiana University researchers who want to understand the connection between early childhood experiences and interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM; New Hope Family Shelter is celebrating the opening of its third shelter this Saturday.

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A new group in Bloomington is organizing the collection and distribution of free clothing for transgender youth in the area. WFHB correspondent Kyle Boen has more on that story 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 Jordan Guskey, Joe Crawford, Ivy Bridges and Kara Tullman
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Kyle Boen
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Indiana Man Pays For Mission Trips With Cans

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In Southwest Indiana, Jim Schroeder is preparing for his 8th trip to Haiti. Jim has formed a club with over 70 members across southern Indiana who raise funds for his unique missionary program. IU student reporter Olivia DeWeese brings us this story, which comes courtesy of American Student Radio and the IU Media School.

DLN – July 14, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington Utilities Services Board gave the go-ahead for a one-point-two-million-dollar painting project at the Redbud Water Tank and the Dillman Road Wastewater Treatment Plant; The problems with implementing Bloomington’s zoning rules for commercial businesses came up last night at a meeting of the Bloomington Plan Commission; The Indiana Department of Revenue will conduct what it calls Tax Amnesty 2015 for two months beginning on September 15th; Indiana‘s new laws for youth drivers took effect at the beginning of this month.

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In Southwest Indiana, Jim Schroeder is preparing for his 8th trip to Haiti. Jim has formed a club with over 70 members across southern Indiana who raise funds for his unique missionary program. IU student reporter Olivia DeWeese brings us this story, which comes courtesy of American Student Radio and the IU Media School.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
If you’re lucky, you get a chance to get out of town a few days each summer. But just because you’re taking a break from work doesn’t mean you’re taking a vacation from being money smart.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Olivia DeWeese
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 – July 13, 2015

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Bloomingfoods announced today its management has reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing its hourly staff. Ball State meteorology professor David Call says Indiana’s wet weather is likely to continue through the rest of the month. The Ellettsville Town Council showed favor for a two percent wage increase for town employees last week. The non-profit organization Stop Animal Exploitation Now has file an official complaint against Harlan Laboratories in Indianapolis for maltreatment and negligence of animals.

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Beginning tomorrow morning, Indiana University will host a four-day conference exploring the geography, politics and ethics of drone war. Last Tuesday I spoke about the event with IU Assistant Professor of Geography Majed Akhter and Center for Research on Mediated Interaction Director Hamid Ekbia. The conversation first aired on WFHB’s Interchange, which airs each Tuesday at 6 p.m. In this clip from that interview, Ekbia begins by discussing the difference between targeted killings and what are known as signature strikes.

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Kristina Zerfas, president of the IU Bloomington chapter of Habitat for Humanity, talks about the impact that Habitat for Humanity has had on her life in the past 6 years as she moved to high school volunteer to a leadership position at IU. Also, City of Bloomington Volunteer Network offers three ways that you can get involved as a volunteer with Habitat!

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, Joe Crawford and Kara Tullman
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our engineer is Christ Martin
Pur theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Prodcuer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – July 9, 2015

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An antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department against two multinational corporations could decide the fate of 300 workers in Bloomington; The City of Bloomington’s Information and Technology Services Department has announced that inRoads, a new road status information tool, is now available to the public; Bloomington residents should not see an increase in water usage rates until at least next year; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Variance heard a request last week to build a house-deck that would extend into a county protected ecological area on the shore of Lake Monroe; The City of Bloomington has recognized several local people working to preserve historic buildings in the city; Homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that have experienced uninsured damage from severe storms and flooding starting on or after June 7th can fill out a damage report online.

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On Saturday the Blockhouse and the Backdoor will host the second annual Mutant Fest. The event features 16 punk rock bands from the Midwest, including some of the original Bloomington punk artists as well as newer acts. Headliners include Timmy’s Organism, The Panics, and the Gizmos. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with event coordinator Meagan Scruggs and band members of the Panics and KP&Me 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 Kara Tullman, Jerrod Dill and Jordan Guskey
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman.
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 2, 2015

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Construction on a new fraternity house on Woodlawn Avenue is slated to begin this month; In other construction news, work is scheduled to begin this month on Monroe County’s new parking garage; The Lafayette Planned Parenthood facility received an abortion clinic license yesterday from the Indiana State Department of Health – allowing the facility to continue its normal operations; Indiana Governor Mike Pence has sent a letter to Congress, urging them to pass the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015.

FEATURE
Addiction affects everyone, even college students. Now, three people at Indiana University have come together to create a campus recovery community for students who want to beat their addictions and successfully navigate the remainder of their college years in sobriety. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked into the group and its mission for today’s WFHB Community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey.
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 1, 2015

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The Bloomington Human Rights Commission is continuing to encourage fair labor practices in local restaurants; The control the city of Bloomington government exercises over housing near IU was demonstrated last week at a meeting of the city Board of Zoning Appeals; The Bloomington 4th of July Parade takes place this Saturday beginning at 10 am; The Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs Awards is looking for nominees for their 5th annual awards ceremony; IU Outdoor Adventures is holding stand up paddle boarding lessons through July 29th.

FEATURE
Last week the Supreme Court upheld a part of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The Court ruled it is legal for the federal government to offer subsidies to help people purchase health insurance. The decision was widely praised by supporters of the health care law. Yesterday I sat down with Doctor Rob Stone, the founder of Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Staying safe online requires passwords — probably many of them — and the problem of choosing and remembering good ones is getting worse and worse. Here are some things to think about and try.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Joe Crawford
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Ivy Bridges
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Brian Lloyd
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – June 30, 2015

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Professional rescuers and volunteers continued the search for eighteen year old Marina Boelter last weekend; IU’s Maurer School of Law announced last week that they will be opening a new clinic to help Monroe County veterans denied benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs; A new poll from Bellwether Research shows bad news for Governor Mike Pence; The Monroe County Commissioners have approved the rezoning of the historic Borland-Rockland property; Calling all artists: the Bloomington Arts Commission in conjunction with the Arden Place Neighborhood Association is requesting a site-specific artwork commission.

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To any Indiana University outsider, the Collins Residence Center is just like any other residence hall. However the residence hall made the news last year when transgender actress and former IU student Laverne Cox said she switched from another dormitory to Collins Living and Learning Center for a more welcoming atmosphere. WFHB wanted to find out what makes Collins different than other residence halls on campus, and how that influences students who stay there. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with two former Collins residents as well as the residence hall director for today’s WFHB community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn and Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill, Kara Tullman and Kyle Boen
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

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