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Daily Local News – May 21, 2014

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A set of proposed rules would leave exactly 47 locations in Monroe County where companies could legally build adult bookstores or strip clubs; Eleven international teachers are coming to IU’s campus this fall as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program; More than ninety percent of water utility customers use online payments, saving the city printing and mailing fees for paper bills; Duke Energy is preparing a 90-acre site for potential development in Monroe County as part of the Site Readiness Program.

FEATURE
Today, Charlotte Zietlow, former Bloomington City Council member, Monroe County Commissioner, and current President of the Board of Public Works, speaks with WFHB correspondent Michael G. Glab about her life in public service, for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Scammers get in touch with you in different ways, but they’re always after the same thing: your money. Here are three classic and timely examples.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered, with correspondent Michael Glab
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 20, 2014

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The Monroe County Election Board struggled with the complexities of election law May 16th as they decided whether to invalidate some ballots cast during the May 6th primary election; A report from the National Employment Law Project found that Indiana has the largest increase of poverty-level jobs across the last 3 years.

FEATURE
Under new rules recently adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education, high schools in Indiana will now be able to hire people without formal training as a teacher or school administrator. These new rules are similar to those first proposed by Tony Bennett, former state superintendent of public education. During the last general election Bennett, a republican, lost to Democrat Glenda Ritz after he proposed similar rules that were broadly criticized for de-professionalizing teaching. The new rules were adopted in a 6 to 5 vote of the state board of education over the objections of Ritz. One of the critics of these new rules and of the Bennett proposals is Gerardo Gonzales, Dean of the IU School of Education in Bloomington. Correspondent David Murphy asked Dean Gonzales to comment on the new rules for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
You may be saving money, but are you growing it? On this installment we talk about inflation and how it can eat away at your savings if you don’t find prudent ways to keep it growing.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library
Our engineer is Drew Daudelin
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 19th, 2014

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There will be a protest at the Chipotle Restaurant on Kirkwood Avenue Saturday, May 24th; The Monroe County Commission accepted a $119,000 state grant May 16th to pay for a program aimed at protecting endangered adults; Hoosiers are being reminded to ‘click it or ticket.’ Bloomington Police Department is increasing efforts to enforce proper seatbelts and restraints with Memorial Day approaching; A scientist, an artist and a musician from Indiana University have created a short film about human communication throughout history.

FEATURE
Last week Governor Mike Pence unveiled his plan for covering the 350,000 Hoosiers who have been ineligible for both Affordable Care Act coverage and the Healthy Indiana Plan during the past year as Pence has resisted adopting the ACA and accepting federal funding to provide health insurance to those in need. The Daily Local news ran reports from affordable insurance advocates last week, and today, brings you the Governors take on accessible health insurance, for today’s Daily Local news feature report.

ACTIVATE!
Sandy Myers, volunteer coordinator for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Don Westerhouse, a ReStore volunteer, discuss the ReStore’s mission and put out the call for the community to Fill the Gap by volunteering with them this summer.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 16, 2014

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A new study out of the University of California says Indiana could bring about $39 million to the state economy over three years by ending the ban on same-sex marriage; State regulators gave their blessing this week to a new $630 million power plant to be built near Martinsville; Governor Mike Pence will have a new chief of staff starting next week.

FEATURE
For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, correspondent Drew Daudelin spoke with Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, about on-
time graduation rates and diversity issues at Indiana University and across the state.

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, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and Dan Withered.
Our feature was produced by Drew Daudelin.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 15, 2014

Indiana Legislators of all political affiliations applauded Governor Mike Pence’s proposal for “Healthy Indiana Plan Two-point-oh,” revealed this morning; The Bloomington City Council showed support May 14th for a proposed co-housing community on the southeast side of town; On Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence today named Jim Atterholt Chief of Staff, effective next Monday, May 19.

FEATURE
Bloomington Playwrights Project’s final show of the 2013-2014 season, the original musical “Greta”, opens tomorrow night at 7:30pm. WFHB correspondent Jennifer Whitaker spoke to Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, about his personal story, the new show and BPP’s summer education opportunities for children and teens for this WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
We go into the  Voices in the Street vault , asking a perennial question – what’s good about life in Bloomington without Indiana University Students in the mix?

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 14, 2014

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Monroe County residents will pay higher income taxes next year to support local youth services; The Ellettsville Town Council gave thanks May 12th for its right to pray before meetings; Officials throughout Monroe County are making plans to enter an energy efficiency contest for a $5 million prize.

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The exhibit “Raintree County: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Ross Lockridge, Jr.” currently on display at Indiana University’s Lilly Library is coming to a close on May 19th. The exhibit explores and celebrates the life and work of Indiana author, Ross Lockridge, Jr., and the world of his iconic novel, Raintree County. Highlighted are about 400 of 75,000 items donated by the family to serve as an archive for use in the study of Lockridge’s only novel. Included are the controversial geoglyph drawn by the author for use as the book’s dust jacket, as well as the family’s Henry County Atlas which serves as a totem for the novel’s hero. Correspondent Doug Storm spoke with Cherry Williams, the Lilly Library Curator of Manuscripts and Eric Sandweiss, IU History professor and editor of the Indiana Magazine of History, about the scope of the exhibit for today’s daily local news feature report, courtesy of Interchange.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
A new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Alycin Bektesh, Bill Daugherty
Today’s headlines were written by
Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 13, 2014

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A contractor helping supervise I-69 construction insisted May 9th contractors are doing all they can to prevent pollution from the project; After months of delay, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District can now fill a vacant desk job; The recipients of the City of Bloomington’s 2014 Art Project Grants have been announced.

FEATURE
A press conference held today revealed the positive impact of arts programing on Fairview Preschoolers during this academic year. Dr. Gus Weltsek and Ginger Brinn worked with Fairview instructor Lynne Hall to bring drama and visual arts into the curriculum several times a week. Preschoolers were tested on vocabulary, alliteration, and rhyming before the program and again in December, when strong improvements were found. Representatives involved in the program spoke about the importance of arts programming in schools at an early age, and Hall’s students shared some of their activities, here for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
So, what’s your interest? This week we are going to test your knowledge on how interest works for or against you in budgeting and personal finance.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Melanie Susskind,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Rob Powell.
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 engineer today is Drew Daudelin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 12, 2014

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Bloomington’s Planning Director gave the first details May 5th about a proposed hotel along Kirkwood Avenue downtown; In a special meeting of the Board of Public Works held May 7th , the board approved a contract with a local lawn care business to provide lawn mowing services for the City of Bloomington; The Hoosier Environmental Council released a report May 5th about coal ash pollution in and around the Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) Harding Street Generating Station and across Indiana; Residents of Bloomington and surrounding communities are invited to dispose of unwanted electronics for recycling this Saturday, May 17.

FEATURE
In recent months, almost a million Americans submitted comments about new regulations that would cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
That includes tens of thousands of Hoosiers. The comment period ended Friday and the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue its new rules this summer. Indiana’s coal industry has steadfastly opposed regulations like these, which they say would make it impossible to open new coal plants. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke this morning with an industry lobbyist, and we bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Jim Russie, long time volunteer at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, on the work VIM does for Monroe and Owen County residents and how you can help. For more information on volunteering, go to http://www.vimmonroecounty.org/volunteer.php.

CREDITS
Anchors: Chris Martin, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Chelsea Hardy,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 9, 2014

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This week’s city Council meeting focused heavily on financial monitoring solutions in the wake of a recent embezzlement case in which  former city employee, Justin Wykoff, was arrested for allegedly helping steal $800,000 from the city; The owners of a suburban farm east of Bloomington failed again May 7th to win the support of the Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals; Changes to Indiana’s public employee retirement fund are driving four of the city’s most experienced utility workers to retire this summer; Hoosiers who wish to purchase personalized Indiana license plates can once again get them at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

FEATURE
On May first, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly’s office in Washington released a statement that he would be supporting a Senate bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipleline, thereby over-riding the executive approval process that has been repeatedly delayed by President Obama, most recently until after the fall elections. Correspondent David Murphy speaks to Senator Donnelly about his support for the Keystone XL pipeline for today’s wfhb feature exclusive.

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, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written Dan Withered
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh, with correspondent David Murphy
Volunteer Connection is produced by Lucy Shake for the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – May 8, 2014

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Bloomington’s city government will reshape its processes for spending public money in the wake of a recent embezzlement case; The Stamp Out Hunger Food drive for Hoosier Hills Food Bank will take place this Saturday, May 10th; A traveling quilt exhibition memorializing victims of United States drone strikes is on display at the Monroe County Public Library from through Sunday, May 18th; Purdue University researchers are working on creating molecules that could combat the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, that recently arrived in the United States.

FEATURE
A report released this week in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency gave new insight into future climate change and how it will affect the United States. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Sara Pryor, about the findings on this report and what they mean for the future of environmental changes in Indiana, for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This time of year, our community’s youth find themselves on the cusp of big change. In the midst of graduations at IU, Ivy Tech, as well as local high schools, we asked YOU for advice and words of wisdom for our local graduating seniors.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Casey Kuhn and Dan Withered
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent David Murphy
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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