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Daily Local News – June 22, 2015

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An Indiana University law professor says he is expecting good news in the coming days for same-sex marriage advocates. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has sued a local official in Posey County for cutting off a woman’s disability payments when she could not perform a drug test. Attorney General Greg Zoeller has called upon the Food and Drug Administration to add e-cigarettes to the Tobacco Control Act. The Blooming city government took another step last week in the development of the planned Technology Park downtown. Last week the Board of Public Works was also asked to approve an amended contract for a project to upgrade the audio-visual system for the city council chambers. Monroe County Public Library Director Marilyn Wood reported last week on what she called the success of the Library’s Summer Reading Program.

FEATURE
Issues at Bloomington’s cooperative grocery chain have increasingly been making local headlines in recent months. Earlier this year, the original Bloomingfoods location on Kirkwood Avenue closed indefinitely. In April, a group of co-op members petitioned for a financial audit of the organization, which they said was having money troubles. Then, earlier this month, General Manager George Huntington resigned. Eighteen middle level managers have also been laid off. Last week the co-op announced a 20 percent decrease in overall coop sales and there is talk of lower level staff cuts. On Friday, WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with the President of the Bloomingfoods Board of Directors, Caroline (care-o-line) Beebe (BEE-BEE). We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
Now it’s time for Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jerrod Dill and Ivy Bridges
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – June 11, 2015

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Governor Mike Pence took out a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal yesterday to invite companies in Connecticut to move their businesses to Indiana to avoid tax increases in the near future; The South Central Indiana Human Resources Association has recognized the City of Bloomington as its 2015 Employer of the Year; The Ellettsville town council heard a progress update on the Heritage Trail project on Monday night; A standing-room-only crowd gathered last night in the Bloomington City Council chambers to discuss recent concerns over crime on Kirkwood Avenue.

FEATURE
The local experimental media group, Burroughs Century Limited, is hosting an Afternoon of Direct Animation this Saturday. The event invites participants to draw designs onto sixteen millimeter film, and then see their art projected as a motion picture film. The event is free, however donations will help pay for the group’s Wounded Galaxy festival, taking place in October. The 5-day festival will bring guest lectures, film screenings, music shows, and more, hosted in venues throughout town. The festival will showcase local and visiting artists. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with IU Professor Joan Hawkins to get a greater understanding of the festival and the Burroughs Century Group.

VOICES IN THE STREET
WFHB’s weekly public opinion feature.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Jordan Guskey and Joe Crawford
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 Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – June 10, 2015

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Indiana has one of the weakest economies in the United States, according to figures released today by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis; The women’s political organization Emily’s List has announced that Governor Mike Pence is at the top of its twenty-sixteen election cycle targets; Indiana’s  First Church of Cannabis has found a home, despite marijuana use still being illegal in the state; An issue before the Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals last week brought up concerns about land surrounding Lake Monroe; Two Ball State University Researchers say they have found what could be a key to manufacturers retaining employees.

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“Senator Coats Calls Out Wasteful Defense Contractors”

This week the United States Senate is debating a proposed six-hundred-twelve-billion-dollar budget for the Department of Defense. Speaking before the Senate today, Senator Dan Coats of Indiana took on one particular section of the military budget as he gave his regular Waste of the Week speech. Coats criticized wasteful defense contractors, particularly one company that has recently been accused of misspending millions of dollars in Afghanistan. Coats does not mention the contractor  by name. But a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction indicates the alleged violator is the Imperatis Corporation, based in Arlington, Virginia. As of 2012, the company had more than a billion dollars worth of contracts with the American military. We bring you a portion of Coats’ speech now, in this WFHB report.

BETTER BEWARE

Two-thirds of American adults (and way too many kids) need to lose weight, and there are more scammers working this field than perhaps any other. So called “miracle” products are ALL phony!

CREDITS

Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Ivy Bridges 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 Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – June 9, 2015

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George Huntington, the long-time general manager for Bloomingfoods Cooperative Market and Deli, resigned yesterday; After 8 years in business, Rachael’s Cafe has announced it will be closing on Saturday, June 27th; Indiana University alumni began voting for a new university trustee last week; Interstate 69 construction is causing occasional road closures in the Bloomington area; Bedford will be celebrating the outdoors on June 20th with “Get Outdoors Day” in Murray Forest Park.

FEATURE
Over the past week, the owners of Nick’s English Hut in Bloomington have led a group of businesses in downtown Bloomington voicing concern about crime along Kirkwood Avenue. The issue sparked controversy on social media after Nick’s co-owner Susan Bright referred to “bum commerce” in the area. At a meeting at Nick’s last Wednesday, many businesspeople urged the police to arrest downtown visitors who use drugs or commit other petty crime in public. One of the main complaints has been about panhandling. For today’s WFHB community report, News Director Joe Crawford spoke with three residents who routinely ask for money along Kirkwood Avenue.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
What’s with these Ins & Outs of Money radio segments, anyhow? They’re part of the It’s Your Money project at Monroe County Public Library, which is all about helping you hang on to your cash. Hear more about what IYM is, and why you need the free, unbiased money smarts it offers.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Kyle Boen and Ivy Bridges
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
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.

Daily Local News – June 8, 2015

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Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban is giving IU Athletics $5 million to create the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology; The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is extending its deadline for online survey responses to June 26th. The 9th annual Spencer Pride Film Festival took place on Saturday.

FEATURE
Recent legislation at the federal and state levels has been aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse and improving treatment for those addicted. But the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence, whose mission is to do the same, believes more needs to be done. WFHB News correspondent Jordan Guskey looked into the Center’s 2015 national strategy update and how Indiana shapes up for today’s WFHB Community report.

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Phillip Addison, director of this year’s Monroe County Civic Theater’s Shakepeare in the Park, talks about community theater, his experience and his choice of Cymbeline for this year’s offering. Also, more ways to volunteer in the theater from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Jordan Guskey
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 – June 4th, 2015

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This morning Glenda Ritz announced her candidacy for the 2016 Democratic nomination for Indiana governor; More than fifty people crowded into a room at Nick’s English Hut today to discuss what some downtown businesspeople have referred to as bums; The Bloomington City Council unanimously approved new financial controls for the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission last night; Monroe Lake will have its annual Youth Fishing Derby from 8-10 am on Saturday.

FEATURE
Bloomington, and especially Indiana University, is often referred to — politically speaking — as a blue dot in a sea of red. A strong majority of voters here favor Democrats, in stark contrast to the rest of Indiana. Conservative media often accuse of universities such as IU of indoctrinating students to favor liberal causes. WFHB
correspondent Kara Tullman wanted to know how local youth, who often move here from conservative small towns, adopt viewpoints and values that differ than the majority of those in their hometowns. She brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
The Two Bloomingtons: Weighing the pros and cons of the student exodus.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Carolyn VandeWeile
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford, Jordan Guskey and Kara Tullman
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 Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – June 3, 2015

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The owners of Nick’s English Hut are leading an initiative to challenge panhandlers and others they refer to as bums in downtown Bloomington; The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center is celebrating its 100th birthday this Friday; A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Indiana as the eighth most obese state in the US; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public forum this Thursday to hear from members of the community as it develops its five-year Master Plan; In other Parks news, the Department is undertaking further studies before deciding on a strategy for its proposed deer cull at the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve; The Utilities Department at the City of Bloomington has purchased a Toyota Prius to promote community support for the Georgetown University Energy Prize contest.

FEATURE
Indiana University Professor Christine Von Der Haar is back in the news after publishing a full account of her wrongful detainment in 2012. After settling her lawsuit against the federal government in April, Von Der Haar is ready for her story to be heard again. WFHB correspondent Ivy Bridges brings us that story. After the settlement, a federal court dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the lawsuit cannot be filed again.

Better Beware!
Two-thirds of American adults (and way too many kids) need to lose weight, and there are more scammers working this field than perhaps any other. So called “miracle” products are ALL phony!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Aracelli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill, Kara Tullman and Joe Crawford
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 2, 2015

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The IU Board of Trustees is holding a forum tomorrow afternoon to hear public comment on IU tuition rates; Today marks the start of the summer-long Bloomingfoods Tuesday Market; Bloomington forestry officials are working at Bryan Park to remove hazardous trees from the area; Ellettsville is moving ahead with building a new town hall; The Bill Monroe Music Park in Beanblossom was host this past weekend to a festival celebrating the music of folk and bluegrass legend John Hartford.

FEATURE
Late last month, the Indiana Department of Health issued a declaration allowing the state’s first ever long-term needle exchange program. The program in Scott County is intended to slow the spread of HIV there. Needle exchanges have been outlawed in Indiana for decades. Many in state government, including Governor Mike Pence, have long opposed the programs. That changed somewhat earlier this year, when Pence approved a month-long needle exchange in Scott County to deal with the unprecedented HIV outbreak there. Now that the state legislature has passed a law allowing the program to stay in place for at least a year, there is still debate in Indiana over the use of needle exchanges. WFHB correspondent Kara Tullman has that story.

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 Ivy Bridges and Sierra Gardner
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.

Daily Local News – June 1, 2015

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Just twelve percent of eligible voters in Indiana cast ballots in the May 5th municipal primary election; A state biologist has just photographed one of Monroe Lake’s original and oldest bald eagles; The Bloomington City Council has shown support for new financial control measures that would affect the city’s Redevelopment Commission, also known as the R.D.C.; Rhino’s Youth Center is hosting a week-long multi-media exhibit beginning this Friday to showcase student work; The Bloomington Rotary Club’s 13th annual Race for Literacy will take place next Saturday, June 13th, to benefit Teachers Warehouse.

FEATURE
The 9th annual Spencer LBGTQI Pride Festival will take place this Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. This year’s theme is Color our World with Pride. The festival is held by the Spencer Pride group. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with the group’s director, Judi Epp, for this WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
New Hope Family Shelter executive director and volunteer Rachel Guiglielmo talk about the experience of working with family homelessness and the growing awareness in our community to the many different faces of homeless families.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
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 – May 28, 2015

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5/28/2015
Construction of Interstate 69 in the Bloomington area is forcing the partial closure of some local roads;For the first time, the Monroe County School Corporation will live-stream its high school graduation ceremonies this Saturday;The Monroe County Council voted four to three Tuesday night to support extending the life of the West Side TIF district by 15 years.

FEATURE
Early in her career, veteran Bloomington newspaper editor Andrea Murray faced a choice that would define her professional existence: a high-profile gig at a major corporate newspaper, or return home to cover stories in her community. She followed her heart. Murray joined the staff of the Bloomington Herald-Times as a part-time copy editor in 1987 and retired in 2014 as Managing Editor, concluding a 27-year run at the paper. Last month Murray spoke to journalism students at IU as part of a panel discussion of women in media, where she reflected on the challenges and triumphs of a life dedicated to saying “yes” to her audience. Instructor and moderator Chad Carrothers and his class of J200 students are surprised to find out that Murray’s original intent was broadcast…but THAT class was full. That was veteran Bloomington newspaper editor Andrea Murray speaking to journalism students at IU earlier this year. IU instructor and former WFHB General Manager Chad Carrothers moderated that discussion. To hear Murray and three other local women journalists discuss the challenges women face in the newsroom, you can go to WFHB dot ORG.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Craft beer is a cause for good cheer: On location at the 5th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Carolyn VandeWiele
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Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Ivy Bridges
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Chad Carrothers
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

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