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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.

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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.

Daily Local News – June 29, 2015

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Local activists and officials celebrated the Supreme Court ruling on Friday that made same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states; In the face of dramatic increases in hepatitis cases, especially among younger age groups, the Madison County health department has asked the state to declare a public health emergency there; The Monroe County Community School Corporation has received the results of a recent community survey; Network scientists at Indiana University have developed a new computational method that can use any knowledge base to fact-check information; IU Bloomington is currently holding the second National Summit on
Collegiate Financial Wellness.

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court overturned an environmental rule meant to reduce pollution from power plants. News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Hoosier Environmental Council Director Jesse Kharbanda about how the ruling could affect Indiana. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community 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 Jordan Guskey and Kara Tullman
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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.

Daily Local News – June 25, 2015

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A hundred-sixty thousand Hoosiers will keep their health insurance subsidies offered through the Affordable Care Act; U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly wants to take a closer look at Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program, known as INSPECT; There are plenty of cats to go around at The City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control; The College Democrats of Indiana University have written an open letter to Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan expressing concerns about a recent public meeting that addressed crime and homelessness downtown.

FEATURE
It’s rare to have an opportunity to explore the life of a family member you’ve never met. But IU student Joe Weber had a rare opportunity to do just that through an unusual medium: poetry. He brings us this story, which comes courtesy of a partnership with American Student Radio.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks about issues in downtown Bloomington.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford.
Our feature was produced by Joe Weber.
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 – June 24, 2015

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Earlier today Governor Mike Pence announced that Indiana would refuse to comply with the EPA’s proposed clean power plan; In other environmental news, a study conducted at the IU school of Public and Environmental Affairs, or SPEA, is calling air pollution regulations into question; Sycamore Land Trust has just announced a new addition to its more than eighty-four-hundred acres of preserved land in southern Indiana; The Town of Ellettsville has dropped its long standing ban on open-air burning; Americans should flush toilets less often to save water.

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Teen birth rates have reached an all-time low according to data released last week from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014 data shows that teen birth rates have fallen eight percent from 2013. Although these teen birth rates are lower than in the past, teen pregnancy is still an issue in the United States. According to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Indiana ranks twentieth out of fifty states and the District of Columbia, for the highest teen birth rates, with one being the highest birth rate and fifty-one being the lowest. The US still has no federal law that requires public schools to teach sexual education. This leaves the decision up to states and individual school districts to decide what to teach their students. Correspondent Ivy Bridges investigated Indiana’s approach to sexual education, and how local schools have dealt with the policies for today’s WFHB community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
The explosion of con games puts us all in the front lines against fraud, and these days we’re seeing an increase in “old school” methods like telephone scams. Here’s an overview, and some basic reminders.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Aracelli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey, and Jack Hanek
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 Ivy Bridges
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 23, 2015

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New numbers from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show unemployment is going down in Indiana; The Monroe County Highway Department has selected a preferred route for a new road between Daniels Way and Hartstraight Road on the west side of Bloomington; Students in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business will soon be working to foster economic development in Palestine; Indiana superintendents are losing confidence in state required changes to teacher evaluations; Research from Indiana University has discovered that watching cat videos online is more emotionally beneficial than one would think.

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The company, Hoosier Energy, has found itself in conflict with neighbors in a rural community north of Bloomington. Last year the electric utilities and services provider moved out of its headquarters at Ellis Road and State Road 37. Now the company wants to sell the land. It has an offer from Weddle Brothers Construction, but in order to sell the property, Hoosier Energy needs to change from public zoning to private zoning. Hoosier Energy has now petitioned to rezone the land from rural residential to heavy industrial use to accommodate the sale. However, the land is as close to 100 feet away from residential neighborhood housing that will be affected by the change. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with neighbor Larry Barber to get a local resident’s perspective.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
The Ins and Outs of Money, our weekly segment providing economic education and community resources that keep your budget balanced and your finances flourishing.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey, 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
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 Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

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