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Daily Local News – February 5, 2015

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Bloomington’s status as a bicycle-friendly community has been elevated to gold-level by the League of American Bicyclists;The Indiana Department of Corrections punished a prisoner after he publicly proclaimed his innocence;The city of Bloomington officially launches its Black History Month events tonight with a program in the City Council chambers

FEATURE
The race for the next mayor of Bloomington has begun. The final day for candidates to file is tomorrow. This will be the first election in more than a decade in which Mayor Mark Kruzan is not a contender. Kruzan has announced he won’t seek reelection after completing his third term as mayor later this year. Last week Kruzan was in the WFHB studios to speak with William Hosea and Cornelius Wright of Bring It On, our weekly African American public affairs show. We bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
The anti-vaccination movement has been in the news a lot lately, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drawing fire for stating parents should have a measure of choice when it comes to deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children. Voices in the Street hit the street to ask your friends and neighbors what they think about the movement, whether you feel vaccinations contribute to higher rates of autism in children, a parent’s right to choose and what are some of the ramifications of this movement.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – February 4, 2015

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Ridership for Bloomington Transit Services has continuously increased over the past decade, according to new statistics from Bloomington Transit; Monroe County will say No More to domestic violence and sexual assault next week with an interactive awareness event and community service project; New flood hazard maps for Brown County have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA; Visitors to downtown Bloomington’s 4th street parking garage, between College and Walnut streets, may have been disconcerted this winter to see the facility held up by metal poles and entire groups of parking spaces blocked off by scaffolding; The U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee, including Indiana Senator Dan Coats, aggressively questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell for three hours this morning.

FEATURE
So far three Democrats have officially filed to run for mayor of Bloomington in the municipal elections this year. And so far, all three have pledged not to accept any corporate money to fund their campaigns. But does that pledge really mean businesses won’t influence the mayoral election? WFHB News Director Joe Crawford brings us that story for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Ransomware has been an increasing danger for computers, but now the bad guys are targeting smartphones and other mobile devices. Beware, bigtime!

CREDITS
Anchors: Taylor Telford, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Sophia Saliby
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Jim Lang, Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – February 3, 2015

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Earlier today a committee in the Indiana Senate moved forward a bill that could expand bus service in Monroe County;The city of Bloomington has hired two full-time employees to manage the increasing problem of invasive vegetation;Officials at the Richland Bean Blossom Community School Corporation raised concerns about funding for public education at a school board meeting last month.

FEATURE
Indiana, generally, and Monroe County, specifically, appear to be relatively safe from experiencing the kind of measles outbreak that California is having, at least according to some local experts on public health. Correspondent David Murphy spoke about these issues with Ross Silverman, a professor at the IU school of public health in Indianapolis, and Amy Meek, Program Manager for the Monroe County Public Health Department. We will first hear first from Silverman and then from Meek.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Giving your teenager a credit card—valuable money lesson or a parent’s worst nightmare? Our unbiased financial expert weighs in with benefits of teens “going plastic” that might surprise you.

CREDITS
Anchors:Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Anson Shupe, Carmen Gozalo, Emily Beck and Joe Crawford
Along with Alycin Bektesh 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 and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – February 2, 2015

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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles found another $2 million of overcharges it levied on state residents; A construction company is in the midst of moving five historic houses in the University Courts neighborhood to make way for a new fraternity house; Monroe County officials are in talks with companies that could be paid to help establish a specific character for a West side commercial district; Upland Brewery is starting 2015 off with a new space and a new brew. Vice President of Retail Operations Angela Schnick says the renovated space opened up just in time last year.

FEATURE
Bills have been introduced into both houses of the Indiana General Assembly that would change the way the Chairperson of the State Board of Education is chosen. Currently, the popularly elected State Superintendent of Education automatically chairs the board. This has been the practice for over 100 years, since the original creation of an elected Superintendent. The current Superintendent is Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, who defeated Tony Bennett in 2012. Ritz, a public school librarian, had been strongly backed by the state teachers’ association as well as some parents upset about the state Republican agenda that promotes charter schools and education vouchers. Soon after Ritz’s election, the Republican-led state government began taking measures that many said were aimed at checking Ritz’s power. Governor Pence created an alternative agency to the state school board, which he called the Center for Education and Career Innovation. That agency operated out of Pence’s office, was staffed by his personal appointees, and essentially attempted to do the same things as the state school board. Pence announced the dissolution of that agency last December. But in his announcement, the Governor also urged state legislators to change the way the Chair of the Board of Education was chosen, to have the members of the board, who all happen to be his appointees choose the chair, rather than have the superintendent automatically assume the role. Last week, the House Education Committee approved Bill 1609 reflecting Pence’s wish. The Senate has introduced three similar pieces of legislation. To get a local response to this activity, Daily Local News Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Cathy Fuentes-Rohrer, chair of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education for Monroe County and South-Central Indiana. Murphy first asked her to give her opinion of the legislation in the general assembly.

ACTIVATE
Lorraine Martin, a 16 year veteran of working with Lotus Arts and Education Foundation, talks about Lotus Blossoms, the education and community outreach program of the Foundation, and the amazing experience the program gives to kids and volunteers alike. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino, Emily Beck and Joe Crawford
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
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.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – January 29, 2015

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This afternoon Governor Mike Pence axed his plans for a state-run news service; The Monroe County Council heard a summary of 2014 county finances during their work session on Tuesday; A new Indiana bill would require high school students to pass an immigration test in order to graduate; Monroe County Public Library Director Sara Laughlin gave her final State of the Library Address last week; The Ellettsville Town Council heard an update Monday on the progress of the long-delayed Heritage Trail development; Monday is the deadline for employers to provide W-2 forms to their employees and many local residents will notice a new twist on taxes this year.

FEATURE
The Indiana Department of Child Services is violating federal regulations meant to protect abused and neglected children. The Department’s caseworkers are stretched too thin, working more cases than the law allows. But the Department has so far declined to ask the state for more money to hire additional staff to correct the problem. Correspondent Taylor Telford looked into the caseworker shortage and what the Department is doing to respond to public concern for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
“Black History Month: African-American Heroes”
February is Black History Month, which in Bloomington means a full slate of public forums and celebrations honoring the cultural legacy of African-Americans in Bloomington and beyond. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, we hit the streets to ask local residents about African-Americans who inspire you. So Bloomington, tell us about your black heroes.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Taylor Telford.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – January 28, 2015

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Indiana is one of only three states that operates under a “dead voter law” which eliminates the ballot of any voter who dies before election day; The Monroe County Solid Waste District is having trouble finding a company to build its new recycling facility; The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has announced that, starting next Saturday, all local calls made in the 812 area must be placed using the complete ten-digit telephone number—that is, the area code plus the seven-digit number.

FEATURE
Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s medicaid expansion alternative, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved for a three year “demonstration program”. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with local Doctor Rob Stone about the long-awaited agreement between Indiana and the federal government for today’s Daily Local News community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
They almost got me last week…and if you aren’t very careful, they’ll get you too. Here’s one of the sneakiest spams I’ve ever seen.

Credits
Anchors; Kelly Wherley and Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh and Cathi Norton
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 engineers today are Jim Lang, Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – January 27, 2015

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The Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 has been approved; A bill has moved forward in the Indiana State Senate to a provide coordinator to the Hoosier Women Veterans Program; The congressman who represents most of the WFHB listening area has introduced another bill to limit President Obama’s power.

FEATURE
A bill sponsored by Indiana State Representitive Eric Koch, from Bedford, could increase the cost of solar energy. We bring you a report on that now for today’s WFHB community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Commercial tax services can do your income tax filing and get your return to you quickly. But if your household income is under $53,000, you can get help from an IRS-certified tax preparer absolutely free of charge—and get your return just as quickly. Find out how you can take advantage of this year’s Free Community Tax Service at a location near you (and online).

CREDITS
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 Anna Legge
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 is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – January 26, 2015

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A fire at Village Deli yesterday afternoon has forced the restaurant to close; A Republican state representative is pushing a bill to allow firearms on Indiana’s college campuses; In a report released on Friday, the Human Rights Campaign listed Indiana as “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality” regarding the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens; Starting today crews will be closing single lanes on State Road 37 north of Bloomington; A long-time city employee is this year’s recipient of Bloomington’s Martin Luther King Jr; Renovations at the Monroe County Public Library are almost finished.

FEATURE
Last week the city of Bloomington hosted what was dubbed a community conversation with law enforcement. The public was invited to make comments and ask questions to a panel of local police. The two-hour event got heated at times, with many residents speaking about police violence and racial bias. We now bring you a portion of that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE!
Our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community!

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Emily Beck, Amanda Marino and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton
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.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – January 22, 2015

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Races to fill positions on the Bloomington City Council are beginning to take shape; A Bloomington developer is on his way to building a large new neighborhood on the southeast side of the city; A federal judge may have put an end to threats to close a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette; The City of Bloomington negotiated with a Kentucky-based contractor to save almost $50,000 on a major water system improvement project; Starting this Saturday, the organizers of this year’s Week of Chocolate are asking local residents to indulge in all things chocolate and feel no guilt.

FEATURE 1
The use of new radar technology by police has raised privacy concerns around the country. And now local officials are weighing in. Our reporter, Sarah Panfil, has that story.

FEATURE 2
Members of a local organization were in Cuba last month when the press announced that diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba would be resumed. The group was a delegation of the organization CUBAmistad, which facilitates a sister city relationship between Bloomington and the city of Santa Clara. WFHB News contributor Cynthia Roberts, who co-founded the CUBAmistad organization, was part of that delegation. She reports here on what changes are currently under discussion as State Department personnel meet this week with their counterparts in Havana.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Last Monday, we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is a central figure in non-violent opposition to racism and the fight for racial equality. It’s been more than 50 years since he delivered his “I have a Dream” speech, so Voices in the Streets hit the streets to ask your friends and neighbors if they think we’ve achieved racial equality here in America.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele & Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil and Carmen Gozalo.
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jonathan Goethals.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – January 21, 2015

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Bloomington residents will have a chance to ask questions and raise concerns to local law enforcement tomorrow night; The lowest paid employees at the Monroe County Public Library may soon get a raise; The Monroe County government ended 2014 with more money than it had at the start of the year; Indiana University says its new campus shuttle service aims to promote sustainability for people commuting between Bloomington and Indianapolis; Some Indiana lawmakers want to do away with the state’s current five-year time limit for filing rape charges; Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program—which promises low-income middle school students a full state scholarship if they stay out of criminal trouble, don’t use drugs and get acceptable grades,—faces a large jump in costs next year; Ellettsville is finally be ready to build the first phase of its pedestrian trail.

FEATURE
Dancing with Parkinson’s is a movement started by David Leventhal, a professional dancer in Brooklyn, New York in 2002. The initiative has expanded to include chapters all over the United States and continues to expand into the international community with chapters in Canada, the UK and Australia among others. The mission of Dancing with Parkinson’s is to provide dance classes with live music to enrich the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Bloomington’s own chapter was founded by Weezie and David Smith, who sat down for an interview with WFHB Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker to talk about their own experience and the Bloomington chapter.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Up next, our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton and Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Cathi Norton, Jack Hanek and Sophia Saliby
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 Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineers today were Adam Reichle, Matthew Gwaltney and Jim Lang
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

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