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Daily Local News – June 23, 2014

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The superintendent at the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation is getting a raise; 138 acres of private green in between Wapehani Park and RCA park has been put for auction online; The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, is seeking public comment on its 2014 List of Impaired Waters and the Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology used to develop it.

FEATURE
Indiana’s law that made it illegal for same sex couples to marry was ruled unconstitutional today in federal court. The permanent injunction on the marriage ban meant that same sex couples could marry effective immediately, and statewide couples young and old took advantage of their new right to marry. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on location for several marriage ceremonies at the Monroe County Court House this afternoon, for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Identity theft is not just increasing, it’s exploding…and people are starting to think it’s inevitable. That’s not true. The facts are getting to be pretty terrifying, but there ARE things you can do to protect your name, your money, your family, and your future.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Harrison Wagner, and Drew Daudelin,
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 Alycin Bektesh.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 24, 2014

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There have been several complaints from residents in rural Monroe County about the nighttime INDOT construction work on I-69; Users of local buses will be expected to adhere to a recently adopted behavioral code; The Monroe County Public Library will be open slightly different hours starting on Labor Day; Some Monroe County residents raised questions June 17th about proposed rules that would affect the most rural parts of the County.

FEATURE
Tomorrow night the Bloomington City Council will hear a proposal from the mayor’s office to restructure the biggest department in city government. The proposed changes target the Public Works Department, which was rocked by an embezzlement scandal earlier this year. Under the plan the Department’s engineering division, which was allegedly the center of the embezzlement scheme, would get new supervision. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a representative from the mayor’s office about the plan for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Sieraa Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Joe Crawford produced our feature
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.
Alycin Bektesh is our board engineer and Executive Producer.

Daily Local News – June 23, 2014

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After months of delay, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District is pushing forward again with plans for a new recycling facility; The Monroe County Stormwater Management Board debated June 12th whether to give $25,000 to a local conservation group; At a meeting June 16th, the Bloomington Utilities Service Board questioned the cost of remodeling a break room at the Monroe Water Treatment Plant.

FEATURE
The annual Taste of Bloomington brings together scores of Bloomington’s independently-owned restaurants for an afternoon of food, music, and the coveted waiter/waitress race trophy. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with the organizers and volunteers who help run the event, as well as satiated attendees and a three-month old establishment making it’s “taste” debut, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Meagan Barnhart, volunteer at Middle Way House, talks about her experiences working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the need for more volunteers to make the Middle Way House mission even more successful. Go to http://www.middlewayhouse.org/ to volunteer.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 19, 2014

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Bloomington’s annual celebration of local food fare – The Taste of Bloomington – is this Saturday from 3pm to 11pm, in Showers Common; Monroe County is making plans for what to do with debris from tornadoes or other disasters that could affect the area; The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has released their plans for this summer’s Crisis Assistance Cooling Program through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; The Monroe County Plan Commission put forward a brand new set of rules for the County’s rural areas late last month.

FEATURE
A report from the National Employment Law Project found that the increasing number of jobs in Indiana offer wages under the federal median annual salary line. As poverty-level paying jobs are on the rise in Indiana, state democrats are pushing to increase minimum wage. Correspondent Sierra Gardner spoke with District 60 representative Matt Pierce about minimum wage and the current state of the job market in Indiana for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This Saturday, thousands of local residents will brave the heat to sample the sumptuous at the annual “Taste of Bloomington” festival. The event raises tens of thousands of dollars for Community Kitchen and the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. So Voices in the Street asked your friends and neighbors about some of their favorite Bloomington restaurants. A warning to listeners: this segment is likely to make your mouth water.

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Scott Weddle
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 Sierra Gardner
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 17, 2014

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Indiana University will be deciding this week on the fate of six historic Bloomington houses; Bloomington and Monroe County officials pushed for answers June 13th about erosion problems that have persisted for more than a year along the planned route of Interstate 69; The state wants public input into its decision making process on designating which watersheds in Indiana may be unfit for use.

FEATURE
WFHB correspondent Michael Glab speaks with juvenile fiction author Julia Carr about writing and adolescent issues for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Jason and Ashley talk about socially responsible investing on the on WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
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.
Alycin Bektesh is our board engineer and Executive Producer

Daily Local News – June 16, 2014

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Bloomington Transit is seeking  to adopt a code of conduct for passengers that prohibits “destructive behavior” on public transportation; The Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court is leaving his position; The Bloomington City Council discussed a resolution June 11th to approve an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement Between the City of Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana in regards to the 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or “JAG.”; The Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees discussed their annual budget plan June 11th; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board is considering a draft of a plan to conserve water throughout Bloomington.

FEATURE
Since 2013, members of local organization Cubamistad  starting working on an application to travel to Bloomington’s sister city Santa Clara, Cuba. The application required that all activities in Cuba be spelled out on the itinerary and that it be a meaningful interaction for Cubans and US visitors alike. After repeated delays in getting a response from the Office of Foreign Assets Control -a part of the US treasury, the license was granted in the final days of December. Eleven locals made the two week trip, beginning May 18th. Cubamistad member Cynthia Roberts Hall made this audio travel journal, and shares the experience here,  for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.

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Pat Medland, a 13 year volunteer with Community Kitchen of Monroe County, talks about the his experience with the Kitchen and the big need for volunteers over the summer.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy
Along with Drew Daudelin for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Ilze Ackerbergs, along with correspondent Cynthia Roberts Hall.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 12, 2014

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The Bloomington City Council further discussed an ordinance June 10th to amend Title 20 of the Bloomington Municipal Code, concerning the possibility of encouraged diversity in restaurants located downtown; Yesterday a coalition of Indiana groups launched a bipartisan public education campaign to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Indiana; Officials throughout Monroe County have made plans to enter an energy efficiency contest for a five million dollar prize; The Monroe County Council discussed a resolution June 10th approving tax abatement compliance findings in 2014; The Bloomington Utilities Service Board is considering a draft of a plan to conserve water throughout Bloomington; This week the IU School of Education and the IU School Administrators Association are hosting discussions on topics including bullying, evaluation and special education law at their 47th summer education seminar.

FEATURE
Indiana University plans to demolish six homes in the University Courts historic district and then transfer the land to the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, in exchange for their current home next to the law school. One resident of the historic homes – IU’s student radio station WIUX, was notified this month that they are being relocated a year earlier than expected, and need to be out of their home of the last 40 years by the middle of this month. WFHB News Director went to the station and spoke with outgoing station manger Joe Heath and incoming general manager Carolyn Suna, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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

Daily Local News – June 11, 2014

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A New Report Co-Authored by Indiana University Chancellor’s professor of public and environmental affairs John Mike-sull concludes that government corruption is costing tax payers; Southern Indiana is about to have a new area code; An Indiana resident has tested positive for the chikungunya virus after traveling to the Caribbean; The Ellettsville Planning Commission approved a rezoning petition June 6th for property touching State Road 46.

FEATURE
Indiana will no longer receive a portion of its allotted tobacco settlement funds, beginning this year. WFHB correspondent Susan Northleaf talked to State Senator Mark Stoops to find out why the funds have been withdrawn and what this means for Indiana, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Going away to have some fun? Don’t let a dream vacation become a nightmare. Here are some tips on the latest ways fraudsters are trying to separate you from your money when you’re traveling.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Susan Northleaf
Today’s headlines were written by Harrison Wagner, Sierra Gardner, and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Drew Daudelin for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, with correspondent Anson Shupe
Our feature was produced by Susan Northleaf
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 10, 2014

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Travel time to a verified trauma center from Monroe County is almost double the state average of 36 minutes; The Ellettsville Town Council discussed changes to an ordinance regarding mass gatherings June 10th, altering some language to coincide with the State of Indiana’s mass gathering statute; Next week, bicyclists on a country-spanning race will be trickling through Bloomington.

FEATURE
Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in Bloomington today to speak with the Chamber of Commerce. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy attended the event and asked Pence some questions about the Healthy Indiana Plan two-point-oh proposal, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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, Helen Harrell
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and David Murphy
Along with Drew Daudelin for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh, with correspondent David Murphy
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 Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 9, 2014

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The state wants to shift responsibility for – and associated costs of – maintaining some state roads to county administrations, including Monroe County; Before Interstate Sixty Nine construction ever makes way up State Road Thirty-Seven, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be addressing issues of aging roadways between Bloomington and Martinsville; More than ninety percent of water utility customers use online payments, saving the city printing and mailing fees for paper bills.

FEATURE
Indiana Legislators to Study Medical Device Industry
This summer a committee at the Statehouse is asking what it can do to help one of Indiana’s largest industries, medical device manufacturing. The move comes at the request of State Representative Terri Austin from Anderson. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Austin about what she wants to see from the study committee for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Meagan Niese and Wendy Goodlit from Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County talk about the Habitat volunteer experience and how you can become a part of the effort. To sign up, go to http://www.monroecountyhabitat.org/involved/volunteer.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Alycin
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,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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