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Daily Local News – May 4, 2015

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A conversation about what to do when pulled over by police; Tomorrow is primary election day in Bloomington; Last week, County Election Board member Lorraine Farrell gave instructions for how the public can file complaints about candidates they suspect of violating campaign finance law; Chants of Black Lives Matter filled the street along Kirkwood last Friday night; The Bloomington Fire Department has its first female chief in its 115-year history; The longtime WFHB personality, Steve Thrasher, passed away late last week in Hawaii after sustaining injuries in a surfing accident.

FEATURE
Last week the Bethel AME church in Bloomington hosted a forum on the relationship between police and the rest of the Bloomington community. In the lead up to that event WFHB’s African American public affairs program, Bring it On, hosted a conversation with the church’s pastor, Reverend Dennis Laffoon. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Sarah Panfil
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 30, 2015

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Democrat John Gregg announced today he plans to run for governor again; County Clerk Linda Robbins said today that absentee voting has gone smoothly so far in the lead up to the municipal primary election on Tuesday, May 5th; Changes to Indiana’s school funding formula are expected to hurt large urban districts throughout the state; The Monroe County Council began its work session on April 28th with a discussion of the westside Tax Increment Facility or TIF District, an issue that has come up at several other local governmental meetings.

FEATURE
There are two remaining candidates in the Democratic primary race for mayor of Bloomington. Democrat John Linnemeier dropped out of the race last week, leaving Darryl Neher and John Hamilton to compete for the nomination. In recent months both candidates have spoken publicly about the need for more affordable housing in Bloomington. WFHB correspondent
Taylor Telford looked into the candidates’ positions on the issue and we bring you that report for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Voices in the Street, our weekly public opinion segment!

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Carolyn VandeWiele
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Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy 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
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 29, 2015

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The American Lung Association released a report today that ranked Indianapolis the 23rd most polluted city in the nation for short term particle pollution; As the legislative session wraps up in Indianapolis, the Monroe County Community School Corporation is voicing its concerns about proposed education budget; Starting tonight shoulder lanes on State Road 37 will be closed for construction; The Bloomington City Council dealt with smoking last week.

FEATURE
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has introduced legislation he says will help address abuse of prescription pain medication and heroin. The effort comes amid an HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, which was linked to injection of the pain killer Opana. Donnelly spoke to reporters in a conference call this afternoon and we bring you part of that discussion for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
Sophisticated scammers have been targeting Realtors, and tricking home-buyers into sending major payments to them — instead of to the title company.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Thomas Schneider
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 Doug Storm
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 – April 28, 2015

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An event to show support for the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal is scheduled
for this Thursday night. Governor Mike Pence has named Matt Lloyd as his new Deputy Chief
of Staff for Communications and Strategy. This Friday marks the revival of a tradition in
Bloomington called First Fridays. The Town of Ellettsville is getting ready for Opening Day
at the Ball Park this weekend. The John Waldron Arts Center has been granted a noise permit
for the dedication of its new Plaza at the corner of Walnut and 4th Streets in downtown
Bloomington.

FEATURE
Police in Scott County say they will continue enforcing drug paraphernalia laws, despite
concerns from public health officials trying to stem the HIV outbreak there.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Your Money and the Law – We may not like to think about debt collection, tax audits, or
foreclosures, but sometimes they happen. Jamie Andree of Indiana Legal Services stops by to
talk about what to think about when your money meets the law—and how you might keep them
from crossing paths in the first place.

CREDITS
Anchors – Chris Martin, Casey Kuhn
Today’s headlines were written by Kyle Boen, Joshua Byron and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television
Services.
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 Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 27, 2015

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Bloomington’s connection to a city in Nicaragua; Indiana University is offering free counseling services to students following the murder of IU senior Hannah Wilson on Friday; The I-69 Development Partners Team has announced overnight road closures on State Road 37 at Rockport Road; State health officials say the HIV outbreak in Scott County is continuing to grow; State legislators held a Conference Committee Hearing today on a bill that would change the structure of the State Board of Education; The League of American Bicyclists has renewed the city Bloomington government’s designation as an officially Bicycle Friendly employer; Last week the Edgewood Parent Teacher Organization presented a $500 check to Edgewood Primary School for the Andy Burns scholarship fund.

FEATURE
The first segment in a new WFHB series called Cast of Characters. In this series, WFHB went looking for local characters with interesting personal stories. We bring you now the first installment of Cast of Characters with WFHB correspondent Amanda Marino.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Joe Crawford, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron, Adele Poudrier and Joe Crawford.
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Amanda Marino.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Chris Martin.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 23, 2015

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The state government is pitching in $60,000 to help Monroe County win an energy conservation prize; The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is hosting what it calls a Dog Walk and Pooch Party this weekend on the north side of town; U.S. Senator Dan Coats, of Indiana, renewed his call today for a repeal of the medical device tax that helps pay for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare; A proposed cell tower southwest of Bloomington spurred debate this week before the Monroe County Plan Commission; Next Wednesday, the I-69 Development Partners will host a public open house at the Holiday Inn on Kinser Pike; Soon Monroe County residents will be getting more than their morning cup of joe when they visit local coffee shops.

FEATURE
A documentary film that will play this Sunday at the IU Cinema at 6:30 portrays local artist and scholar Annemarie Mahler. Mahler was born in Vienna in 1926, and has been a resident of Bloomington since 1957. It is an intimate conversation with herself and her dog that unfolds in front of the camera. Doug Storm interviewed the film’s creator, Hildegard Keller, for WFHB’s Interchange. The following is an excerpt from that program which is scheduled to air on May 12th. Storm began by asking Keller what sparked the idea for the film.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Yesterday was Earth Day and was recognized by over 190 countries worldwide. While earthfriendliness is encouraged globally on this one day, some people celebrate the Earth everyday. In today’s edition of Voices in the Street, we asked your friends and neighbors what they did to celebrate earth day and also what they think Earth Day might look like over the next fifty years.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford, Adele Poudrier and Sarah Panfil
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Doug Storm
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Joe Crawford
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 22, 2015

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Bloomington is facing rapidly escalating costs for disposal of sludge from its wastewater treatment facility; School voucher demand in Indiana is leveling off, according to a report from Indiana University’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy published last month; Five new religious congregations have received state grants to reduce their energy consumption; The Monroe County Commissioners considered an application last week for a two hundred thousand dollar federal grant to help with local trail work; In recognition of April as Autism Awareness Month, the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department is hosting an event to promote awareness about persons with autism in the workforce.

FEATURE
As Indiana residents celebrate Earth Day this year, the state government says air quality throughout the state is improving. But that official line is complicated by reports from some other organizations. News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB community report.

BETTER BEWARE!
A lovely little scam going the rounds offers to pay suckers for putting advertising on their cars. But it ends up working the other way around!

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Sophia Saliby
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 Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Daily Local News – April 21, 2015

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The Indiana State Department of Health reports today the number of recorded cases of HIV in southeastern Indiana this year has risen to 135; A federal lawsuit charges IU Health and HealthNet Inc. with putting low-income pregnant women and their newborn babies at risk by committing fraud and taking taxpayer money; A bill that looks destined for approval in the Indiana legislature has loopholes that could lead to disastrous consequences, according to the Hoosier Environmental Council; The Monroe County Redevelopment Commission has voted to continue the westside Tax Increment Financing District or TIF; The Monroe County Library Board of Trustees approved an appropriation of five hundred and eighty thousand dollars for the Library Improvement Reserve Fund last week.

FEATURE
The fall of 2016 should see the new Engineering Department open at IU-Bloomington open for its first students. While the initiative still needs the approval of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, plans are well on their way for its start-up. The new program is to be housed in the School of Informatics and Computing. Assistant News Director David Murphy spoke yesterday to Professor Robert Schnabel of the IU school of informatics., Schnabel is the dean of the school and chaired the IU faculty task force that made the original recommendation to IU President McRobbie to establish the engineering department. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

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 Kyle Boen, Sophia Saliby, Joe Crawford and Joshua Byron
Along with David Murphy 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 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 Harrison Wagner
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh,
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

Daily Local News – April 20, 2015

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Monroe County has announced an impromptu closure of the County Courthouse tomorrow; Bloomington’s local co-op grocery is undergoing major challenges; On Friday, Governor Pence signed new legislation that allows for individuals to obtain and use overdose intervention drugs; Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and former Democratic presidential candidate, is set to visit Bloomington on Wednesday; At a work session last week, the Monroe County Community School Board heard a proposed plan for evaluating teachers; Indiana University is in the process of approving two new degrees in engineering.

FEATURE
This year the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding. As part of its 100 Years Working for Peace Exhibit, the local branch of the League hosted a presentation by Judith Allen, a history professor at Indiana University. The event was held at the Monroe County History Center. Allen presented, “Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Jane Addams: Perils of Peace,” a presentation which compared these two iconic women and their views on war. We bring you portions of that event for today’s WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
Kelly Wherley and Deb Christiansen on Trashion ReFashion and their experience with this great event. Also, more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron, Amanda Marino and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Michael Hilton and Cynthia Roberts-Hall
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 – April 16, 2015

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Last night the Bloomington City Council voted to give downtown drivers back 2 hours of free parking each day; A bill which would likely oust Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education passed in the House this week; A state audit by the Indiana Department of Correction has given the Monroe County Community Corrections Program a perfect grade; Amateur and professional photographers throughout Indiana have the opportunity to see their work published in an upcoming coffee table book for the state’s bicentennial, entitled “Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State”; Some Hoosiers trying to quit smoking may have trouble finding help, according to a recent report from the American Lung Association.

FEATURE
Governor Mike Pence’s presidential aspirations may not be hurt by the recent controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That according to an IU political scientist who focuses on Indiana and federal politics. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Professor Marjorie Hershey about the impact on Pence. We bring you that conversation for today’s WFHB community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Tax time is nigh, a good time to question what we’re paying for.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil, Jack Hanek, Adele Poudrier and Taylor Telford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
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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