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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Daily Local News – June 5, 2014

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The city of Bloomington committed to paying its share of a $3.3 million road construction project June 3rd; Graduate students in the Indiana Univesity School of Public and Environmental Affairs have just released a report on their findings of how rural fire departments can cut costs and boost response times; Monroe County and the City of Bloomington are approaching an agreement in negotiations over roughly $440,000 that was mistakenly distributed in recent years; Monroe County Public Library Associate Director Marilyn Wood gave her board an update on major renovations occurring at the Library this summer; IU has recently opened an office in Beijing, China, for the purpose of increasing support for collaborations between IU and leading universities in China.

FEATURE
Ukraine recently elected a new President, to replace the one who fled the country after mounting violent demonstrations in the capital. In the wake of the removal of the President Yanakovich, the Crimea region has separated and joined Russia and other sections in the East and south are now threatening separation also. Ukrainians, as well as foreign leaders and external observers have expressed hope in newly elected President Poroshenko’s ability to bring the current crisis to a peaceful resolution, get the economy going, develop a workable relations with its big neighbors to the East and West, and reduce endemic domestic corruption. Padric Kenney, professor history on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University and specialist is East European political culture, has been following the recent events in Ukraine closely. He speaks with to Daily
Local News correspondent David Murphy for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street gets YOUR voice on local issues.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent David Murphy
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Our Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 4, 2014

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The Bloomington Plan Commission gave the final approval June 2nd to a Habitat for Humanity project along the north end of the B-Line Trail; This Saturday Upland Brewery will again be hosting the American Homebrewers Association rally as a place for local homebrewers to come together and celebrate their craft; Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has released the primary election voter turnout report; City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) is sponsoring the Blooming Neighborhood Celebration this Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Farmers’ Market.

FEATURE
Researchers Find Genes Linked to Alcoholism
Doctors may soon be able to tell whether a person could become an alcoholic before they take their first drink. That’s the conclusion of a study completed recently by a team of researchers that includes an IU professor. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with that researcher about how he helped identify the genes connected to alcoholism and what the discovery could mean for potential addicts.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Radio Frequency ID is now coming into use in America, and a woman in Georgia has already had her identity stolen…just by hugging a stranger. Here’s what we know about the danger, and what you can do about it.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Our feature was produced by Ilze Akerbergs, with correspondent Joe Crawford
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 3, 2014

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Local police are planning to spend a $29,000 grant on new audio and video recording equipment; The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has banned four compounds that are used to make the synthetic drugs K2 and spice; Starting in June, Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB) will begin providing monthly boxes of food for up to 100 low-income senior citizens in Monroe County; Travel time in Monroe County to a verified trauma center is almost double the state average of 36 minutes.

FEATURE
Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 Plan Presented in Bedford
Officials from Governor Pence’s administration came through Bedford this afternoon to present the proposed Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 and to answer questions from the public. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy attended the briefing, and reports back to WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh, for today’s wfhb feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment welcomes guest Emily Herr from the Bloomington Animal Shelter to discuss the financial ins and outs of pet ownership.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Susan Northleaf
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Melanie Susskind
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in 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 and  Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 2, 2014

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The city of Bloomington is expected to award its largest social services grant this year to the its own police department; The Bloomington City Council postponed a discussion May 28th on chain restaurants downtown; The Town of Ellettsville will take applications from its own employees before considering outside candidates for its new town manager position; Indiana University President Michael McRobbie McRobbie ranked sixth in ranking of pay for heads of public universities in the country;A team of Indiana University scientists have received a 6 point-two million dollar grant from the U S Army Research Office over the next five years to study bacterial evolution.

FEATURE
Senator Donnelly Introduces Military Suicide Prevention Act
Last week Senator Joe Donnelly held a press conference about his Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014. Presenting with him were members of Indiana military families that had lost loved ones to suicide. Highlights from the talk here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

ACTIVATE!
Jenny Gibson and AJ Ginther from the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter on their experiences working with adoptable pets and the need for more volunteers at and donations to the Shelter to Fill the Gap this summer, on Activate! our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Susan Northleaf
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
the executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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