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Daily Local News – March 10, 2014

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Within the two thousand page Obamacare law is a two-point-three percent excise tax on the total sales of medical devices that are used in hospitals every day; A local group has scheduled a public meeting for tomorrow evening to discuss ISTEP and other standardized testing in local schools; On March 5th a proposed cell tower southwest of Bloomington cleared a bureaucratic hurdle complicated by the new Interstate 69; The 6th annual March Against Hunger food drive competition began last week.

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Energy Efficiency Program on Chopping Block
With four days left in this year’s legislative session, state lawmakers are still considering a bill that would end programs aimed at increasing energy efficiency. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Creon Harper of Stonebelt talks about volunteer opportunies with the organization and events celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Stonebelt Center.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Ally Tsimekles (chim-uh-kliss), David Murphy, and Olivia DeWeese,
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 – March 7, 2014

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The Jennifer Resolution Act, which urged the legislative council to study the issue of involuntary commitment of persons with substance use disorders, was turned down for a hearing by Senator Brent Steele; As warm weather and March Madness approach, Indiana State Police are ramping up drunk driving enforcement on Indiana’s roads; The future of a seven-acre urban forest remains unclear after residents debated the issue for more than three hours March 5th; Senate Bill 59, which allows guardians to file for dissolution of marriage, was passed Monday, March 3rd by the House with a unanimous vote.

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Science on a Sphere is Here!
Science on a Sphere, a project from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, has arrived on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. This makes IU one of only four universities in the country to have the resource. The sphere is housed in the university’s new Cyber-Infrastructure Building, and its unique effects are being used by everyone from data-research students to digital artists. It was funded by the Office of the Vice President of Information Technology. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Tassie Gniady (Guh-nay-dee), graduate assistant and sphere liaison, 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, Lindsey Wright
Today’s headlines were written by Dani Aleksa and Sierra Gardner,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Casey Kuhn.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes,
Our engineer and editor today is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Science on a Sphere is Here!

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Science on a Sphere, a project from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, has arrived on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. This makes IU one of only four universities in the country to have the resource. The sphere is housed in the university’s new Cyber-Infrastructure Building, and its unique effects are being used by everyone from data-research students to digital artists. It was funded by the Office of the Vice President of Information Technology. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Tassie Gniady (Guh-nay-dee), graduate assistant and sphere liaison, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – March 6, 2014

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A bill that will increase recycling efforts in Indiana was passed on Tuesday; As Spring approaches, owners of shallow ponds and lakes will have to watch out for fish kills due to the accumulation of snow and ice this winter; The City of Bloomington Arts Commission has announced that revised guidelines and applications are available for the April Cycle of its 2014 Arts Project Grant Program; This weekend in local sports – Tonight the Indiana University Women’s Basketball team faces Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament at 6:30 pm—the tournament will continue through Sunday.

FEATURE
Tony Brewer is a poet, an author, and president of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Brewer, and we’re bringing you highlights from that conversation for today’s WFHB feature report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is planning another attempt to limit the number of chain restaurants downtown. The mayor says he wants the City Council and the Plan Commission to approve an ordinance that would require an applicant wanting to open a standardized restaurant in two districts to seek conditional approval from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals. The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce announced their opposition to the proposal yesterday, so how do you feel? Should we restrict what kinds of business can operate downtown?

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Jalisa Ransom,
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent Michael Glab.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – March 5, 2014

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Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is planning another attempt to limit the number of chain restaurants downtown; The economic divide between the so-called one percent and the other ninety-nine has been growing across the country, and even more so in Indiana according to a new study from The Indiana Institute for Working Families; Republican Indiana State Senator Brandt Hershman is proposing an amendment to House Bill 1001 that would prohibit same-sex couples from filing a joint-tax-return.

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Planned Neighborhood Development
The city council will meet tonight to discuss a proposal to re-zone a football-shaped area of land along the B-line trail on the north side of the downtown area between 9th and 11th streets. The proposal, brought the council by local non-profit Habitat for Humanity, is to re-zone the area from residential to “planned neighborhood development”, so that Habitat for Humanity can build a subdivision with 35 single family homes. Currently, the land, which is owned by habitat for humanity, is zoned so that 50% of the trees on the property can be removed, but if the proposal is approved, Habitat for Humanity would be allowed to remove up to 64% of the trees on the land. The proposal states that the 36% of the property that would be required to remain wooded would be near the B-line trail and the railroad that borders the other side of the property. The area was clear as recently as the 1960s and the oldest trees on the property are the ones near the edges, which the proposal plans to retain. At the last city council meeting, residents of the area spoke out against Habitat’s proposal for a variety of rationales, ranging from the ecology of the area, to the view from the b-line trail. WFHB Correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Patrick Shay, development review manager for the city of Bloomington, and Martha Crouch, a resident of the neighborhood for 35 years, for today’s WFHB feature.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Scammers have reached a new low, by victimizing the neediest people – the homeless. So far, this frightening scheme is apparently NOT illegal — so it’s up to you to help spread the warning. That’s on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Neal Earley
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Anson Shupe
Lauren Glapa produced our feature.
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – March 4, 2014

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The Bloomington Plan Commission voted February 24th to fast-track approval for a thirty-five home subdivision in what is currently an urban forest along the B-Line Trail; Senator Joe Donnelly received the announcement on February 28th that a state of emergency in Indiana has been extended to March fifteenth, due to extremely cold weather affecting propane supply; Indiana University plans to partner in the creation of a Chicago-based Digital Lab for Manufacturing; The Indiana Chapter of an organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is fighting the passage of Senate Bill 229.

FEATURE
St. Monkey: A New Book by IU Prof. Jacinda Townsend
Jacinda Townsend grew up in South-Central Kentucky and has published short fiction in literary magazines such as African Voices, Carve Magazine, The Maryland Review, and Xavier Review. Her work has been anthologized in publications like Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky
Feminists. She is currently a professor at Indiana University and resides in Bloomington with her two kids. On a recent episode of the WFHB show Bring it On Townsend talked about her new book, St. Monkey, which is set in Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Now we bring you a portion of that appearance, for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Thinking about college? Ashley talks with Patt McCafferty, Director of Financial Aid at Ivy Tech Community College, about the importance of filing a FAFSA.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by Lindsey Wright,
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 Rob Powell,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – March 3, 2014

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The Indiana House has voted in favor of Senate Bill 101, which further criminalizes trespassing within the agricultural industry; An economic researcher at Ball State University has found that the percentage of working-age people in Indiana currently employed or looking for work has been declining since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, and is likely to stay low into the future; The Bloomington Plan Commission voted February 24th to fast-track approval for a 35-home subdivision in what is currently an urban forest along the B-Line Trail; The Indiana University Student Association is searching for candidates for its 2014 elections.

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IU: No Written Contracts on University Courts Deal
As Bloomington officials debate this week whether to designate the University Courts neighborhood as a historic district, plans are moving forward to demolish six of its houses. Indiana University plans to tear down the homes along East 8th Street, and then trade the land to a fraternity that would build a house there. The plan has angered neighbors and others who want to protect the houses. And in November, WFHB submitted a public record request to IU seeking contracts and other documents that would provide details about the deal. After months of negotiations, IU responded last week, but the response raises even more questions about how the deal would work. We bring you that story now, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Ashley Hall of the United Way talks about the Free Community Tax Services program being coordinated by United Way and other Bloomington business and institutions.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Olivia DeWeese and David Murphy,
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 – February 28, 2014

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The Office of Enrollment Management at Indiana University Bloomington has hired an associate director to find more effective ways to find students from underrepresented populations; The Bloomington City Council showed approval February 26th on placing historic protections on a neighborhood just east of Indiana University; The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women will host a women’s leadership event called Social Justice: Women Take Action; This weekend in local sports.

FEATURE
Narrowing the Skills Gap: An Interview with Joe Donnelly
Some are saying there is a skills gap in Indiana – that there are manufacturing jobs available but not enough skilled workers to fill them. Correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly about his support for the Midwestern Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, which he hopes will train Indiana workers with the skills needed to get those jobs, and his involvement with the Skills2Compete Coalition, a bipartisan group that aims to close the skills gap in Indiana. She then spoke with Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga about the economics behind the skills gap, all 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, Alycin Bektesh
Today’s headlines were written by Daion Morton and Jalisa Ransom,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Lauren Glapa.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer and editor today is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Becktesh.

Daily Local News – February 27, 2014

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The Indiana University and Ivy Tech students of the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County are starting a new campus organization; A new ten-digit area code system will be implemented for residents in Indiana’s 812 area code region on September 6, 2014; The construction of a new water pumping station came in at about $260,000 under budget, according to officials at a Bloomington Utilities Service Board meeting on February 24; The Monroe County Commission approved a $271,000 contract on February 21 with a company that plans to take aerial photographs of the entire County.

FEATURE
Indiana University geologist and assistant professor Douglas Edmonds has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, and with it comes fifty thousand dollars to help him continue his research on river deltas. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Edmonds about his work and its impact for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Also coming up in the next half-hour, our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks how YOU feel attending a basketball game in Assembly Hall after the falling beam incident last week.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Casey Kuhn.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer was Sarah Hetrick.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.

Happy Birthday Jonas Longacre

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Jonas Longacre was found dead on January 2nd, in the home of his father and stepmother Mark Longacre and Nancy Hiller. The investigation into his death closed today – on what would have been his 16th birthday – with the Monroe County Sheriff’s department ruling the death accidental. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer ruled the cause of Jonas’s death as ligature asphyxiation – an accidental death through a type of choking game. Jonas’s father, and mother Patti Torp, have been graciously open about the experience in hopes of bringing awareness to the choking game, which has been termed “the good kid’s high.” News Director Alycin Bektesh spent time with them a few weeks after Jonas’s passing and brings us this account of Jonas’s life and death, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

 

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