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Daily Local News – February 10, 2014

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Phone users in Southern Indiana should receive notices this month from their service providers, concerning the introduction of a new area code for the region and changes in phone dialing protocol that will accompany the change; The deadline to sign up for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care
Act is March 31st; Duke Energy, the state’s largest electricity supplier, is seeking more power from the sun; The Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals voted February 5th to deny a homeowner’s request to build a second story onto his cabin north of Lake Lemon.

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Bill Passes Indiana House to Bring Accountability to DOC
The Indiana state prison system has made headlines several times in recent years for issues related to treatment of inmates. In 2012, a federal judge ruled the Department of Corrections violated the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment when it put mentally ill prisoners in isolation. That same year a 26-year-old first-time drug offender died due to what her family’s attorneys now say was poor health care from the Department. And last month inmates at the Westville Correctional Facility went on a hunger strike after cutbacks to their meal programs, which inmates said posed health risks. Now Peggy Mayfield, a Republican state representative whose district stretches from the west side of Bloomington into Morgan County, has introduced a bill she says would bring more accountability to the Department of Corrections. The bill passed the House and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate tomorrow. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Mayfield about the bill for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Linda Stines, secretary for the Board of Directors of the Monroe County History Center, gives a preview of upcoming exhibitions in February and talks about the History Center gala later in the month.

CREDITS
Anchors: Ally Tsimekles, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Mike Glab, and Ally Tsimekles
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  is Chris Martin,
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – February 7th, 2014

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The Deputy Director of Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Akia Haynes, announced yesterday that there is probable cause that Indiana University Health racially discriminated a former employee; The night manager at a Bloomington laundromat told the City Council that people experiencing homelessness are increasingly trying to spend the night at the business; Yesterday 13 Indiana businesses added their names to the “Employers for Freedom” coalition; A nationwide propane shortage is hitting Indiana hard during this year’s severe winter.

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Free Tax Help From IU Law Students
Doing your taxes isn’t always straightforward, and it can be even more confusing for foreign students or someone whose first language isn’t English. Indiana University’s Maurer Law School and Kelley School of Business offer a free program for tax assistance, called VITA (VYE-tuh), specialized for those who are not from this country and are unfamiliar with the tax code. WFHB correspondent Casey Kuhn talked to Charles Gray, one of the program directors, 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, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Lyndsey Wright, Neal Earley, and Mike Glab
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Adam Riechle, along with Correspondent Casey Kuhn
Volunteer Connection is produced by Emma Ohland, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – Febuary 6, 2014

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State legislators representing the Monroe County area gave their views on more than dozen pieces of proposed legislation at a forum last Saturday; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for residents to rent garden plots in the Willie Streeter Community Gardens and the Butler Park Community Gardens; Senator Brent Steele’s proposal to amend Indiana’s constitution to guarantee residents the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife passed on a forty-three to four vote by the full Senate on Monday; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is looking for individuals to fill two Special Member seats to serve two-year terms on the Environmental Resources Advisory Council, or ERAC; This weekend in local sports: Tomorrow the Indiana University Men’s Tennis team plays Xavier at 10 am and Western Michigan at 3pm.

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ACLU Challenges Indiana War Memorial Commission to Allow Protests without Permit
Until this week, in order to protest on Monument Circle in Indianapolis or other monuments controlled by the Indiana War Memorial Commission, citizens needed to contact the commission and acquire a special permit to protest. The ACLU found this policy to be a violation of citizens’ First Amendment rights, and this week the U.S. court of appeals issued an injunction that stops the commission from enforcing the permit policy. Correspondent Lauren Glapa has the report for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the 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, Jalisa Ransom
Today’s headlines were written by Jalisa Ransom, Mike Glab, and Dani (DAN-ee) Aleksa, along with
Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hetrick, with correspondent Lauren Glapa.
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – February 5, 2013

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Emergency Management Director James Commerford announced an easement to “yellow” this afternoon; The City of Bloomington is seeking feedback from the public on a new update to its ADA Transition Plan; The Indiana office of utility consumer counselor is accepting public comment regarding a Vectren Energy request to increase utility rates for improvements in the transmission and storage of natural gas in Indiana.

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Todd Young has thrown his hat into the ring for re-election to Indiana District 9 in the federal House of Representatives. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Representative Young to ask him about his upcoming election campaign. He talked about potential challengers to his nomination for the Republican Party ticket in District 9 – which covers most of south-eastern Indiana including greater Bloomington – as well as his campaign platform. The issues he focused on included incentivizing job creation and work, proposals for reforming the financing, operation, and authority of the federal government, promoting non-governmental delivery of social services, and his criticism of Obamacare. We bring you that conversation now for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh and Drew Daudelin,
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Adam Reichle produced our feature.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – February 4, 2014

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The latest forecast from the Indianapolis office of the National Weather Service predicts that between one to two inches of snow and freezing rain will accumulate in south-central Indiana by midnight; Last Tuesday the Monroe County Council debated how it should appoint members to local boards and commissions; The Bloomington Board of Parks Commissioners gave permission last week for a new four-story building to use city property right next to the B-Line Trail, north of Kirkwood Avenue.

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Demonstrators holding signs reading “No KXL” and holding model wind turbines held a rally on the courthouse square yesterday evening, as part of a nationwide demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline. Jack Brubaker, the local contact for the nationwide resistance group, introduced speaker Rabbi Brian Besser to speak about the power of many voices coming together to form a resistance, and encouraged those present to write to the State Department, which is taking public comment now that their latest review of the construction project has been released. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand to bring us this report for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Coming up next–the Monroe County Public Library has over four hundred personal finance books to help you with budgeting, investing, saving, and retiring. Learn how to find the right book for you and discover some of the most popular financial authors, for WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
Anchors: Hondo Thompson, Alycin Bektesh
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 Alycin Bektesh.
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.
Editor and engineer is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – February 3, 2014

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The national weather service office has released data that places the mean average temperature for January at 23.1 degrees, as recorded at its Bloomington station; As many as four hundred thousand Hoosiers will not be getting new Medicaid health care coverage, despite efforts from State Senator Karen Tallian to expand the program; Purdue University has created an online series to show how some rural communities are striving to improve their quality of life.

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“Bamboozled: “Prospect Hill and McDoel Gardens Neighborhoods Caught In Legal, Political Dilemma

Last year an attorney for the city of Bloomington discovered what she called a problematic piece of city code, a law she said was itself illegal. The clause was in the city’s rules governing historic districts, and within a few months the City Council corrected the glitch. There was relatively little debate at the time, but in the months since the correction it’s become clear that the change could have long-term effects on property rights, particularly in two city neighborhoods. WFHB looked into the history of the error and how it led residents to spend years organizing, campaigning, and voting for ways to protect their neighborhoods–ways that, according to the city, never technically existed. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us that story, including ongoing questions about how the city has dealt with the issue, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Ally Tsimekles; Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Ally Tsimekles. 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 – January 31st, 2014

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The Monroe County Community School Board heard almost an hour of testimony on Tuesday, from a parents concerned about Fairview Elementary School; Tree clearing for the construction of Interstate 69 section five will begin this week, weather permitting; The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are looking for public opinion and comment on a new plan being proposed by Bedford Recycling, Inc; Governor Mike Pence commended the Indiana House of Representatives for advancing House Bill 1004 to the Indiana Senate; To celebrate Black History Month in February, Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will host a variety of events on campus.

FEATURE
Collaborative researchers at Indiana University have received a six hundred and eighty-six thousand dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, to try to prove that data mining and artificial intelligence could make a doctor’s job easier and faster.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Lindsey Wright, Chelsea Hardy, and Daion Morton,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh with correspondent Casey Kuhn.
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – January 30, 2014

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The Bloomington Utilities Department has dealt with an increase in water main breaks and customer service issues due to the cold weather in recent weeks;The City of Bloomington’s Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development is hosting the Home Buyers Club, starting this weekend; On January 25th the Monroe County Commission heard a request to rezone a property on South Liberty Drive, to allow a new Owen County State Bank to be built there; The League of Women Voters will sponsor a free, public Legislative Update this Saturday in Bloomington; This weekend in local sports.

FEATURE
Westville Correctional Facility
Last week, prisoners at the Westville Correctional Facility in Westville, Indiana staged a hunger strike and mass-call, in response to the transition last Fall from hot lunches to cold sack lunches. The mass-call succeeded in alerting prison officials to the prisoners’ dissatisfaction, and the facility has now switched back to hot lunches. Now, family members of Westville prisoners are claiming that the heat has been turned off in sections of the prison housing prisoners who participated in the strike. WFHB correspondent Lauren Glapa spoke with Westville Public Information Officer John Schrader about what he knows, and with an organizer from the group Indiana Prisoner Solidarity who chose the pseudonym Jesse Smith, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street asks, in the midst of another bitter winter week, what kind of year-round temperatures you prefer.

CREDITS
Anchors: Jalisa Ransom, 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 Lauren Glapa.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Sarah Hetrick.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – January 29, 2014

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Yesterday the proposed marriage amendment House Joint Resolution Three passed in the Indiana House for the third time; A bill has been introduced to the Indiana House of Representatives to shield the state’s agricultural industry from state environmental regulations; The Ellettsville Town Council began to flesh out the job description for a proposed town manager January 27th; The Bloomington Board of Public Works approved a walkway project at what a city engineer said is one of the most dangerous intersections in town for pedestrians.

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The State of the Union
President Obama opened last night’s State of the Union Address by declaring his determination to strengthen the American middle class, and stating that he would not hesitate to use executive orders if legislation fails. We bring you a portion of his speech for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE
Our weekly consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Alycin Bektesh,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – January 28, 2014

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House Joint Resolution Three, Indiana’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, had its second reading on the House floor yesterday afternoon. An amendment striking the second sentence of the two-sentence bill was proposed by Representative Truitt of House District 26. The second sentence read, “Provides that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.” Now we bring you the entire discussion from the House floor, for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Dark winter days getting you down? Find out some creative ways to beat the blues without breaking the bank, for WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
Anchors: Nick Tumino, Casey Kuhn
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
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 theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor and engineer is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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