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Daily Local News – August 4, 2014

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Work begins today on a new greenspace surrounding the Ivy Tech John Waldron Art Center; A group of Indiana firefighters, police officers and emergency medical providers announced today that they have signed a legal brief in support of marriage equality in Indiana; Last Friday, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of one million dollars; Bloomington Police continue to investigate two armed robberies occurring on the B line last week; Little feedback has been received regarding a proposed change to Bloomington’s food cart ordinance  – WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh has more.

FEATURE
The Monroe County Fair concluded this weekend, WFHB Correspondent Hondo Thompson was on location speaking to the vendors, attendees and organizers who come together for the annual celebration of summer in Monroe County, for today’s community report.

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 Alycin Bektesh
Our feature was produced by Dan Withered with Correspondent Hondo Thompson
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker and the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our managing editor is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

IU’s Indiana Prevention Resource Center to Enhance Alcohol and Drug Screening as Preventive Care – July 16th, 2014

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The Indiana University School of Public Health and the Indiana Prevention Resource Center is making it easier for patients to talk about their drug and alcohol use through a program called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral). Mallory DeSalle helps explain what SBIRT does and how it will help Hoosiers in finding appropriate treatment for their drug or alcohol use.

Story by Harrison Wagner

Daily Local News – July 3, 2014

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The Hoosier Hills Food Bank has launched a new project to deliver fresh produce to agencies in Monroe County;  Bloomington City Council members praised changes to the city’s engineering division July 2nd, although some questioned whether the move would end a long-standing dispute; Indiana Senator Dan Coats introduced a bill yesterday along with New York Senator kirsten Gillibrand with the hope of supporting academic research institutions; At a meeting July 1st, the Bloomington Board of Public Works gave the green light to plans for a new arts plaza outside the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

FEATURE
This fall, Indiana University is changing the way it talks to students about sexual assault. Correspondent Drew Daudelin spoke with Leslie Fasone, Assistant Dean for Women’s and Gender Affairs, and Carol McCord, Associate Dean of Students, about the school’s new messaging, resources available for students on campus, and what it means to be on the top ten list of schools with the highest cumulative reports of sexual assault — for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle, Sarah Hetrick
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Drew Daudelin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Our broadcast engineer and Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – July 2, 2014

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Indiana is diversifying and aging. According to the latest US Census Report, Indiana’s average age is 37 point 4, up from 37 in 2012; A member of the Bloomington Utilities Service Board pressed the Utilities Department to consider cutting staff at a meeting June 30th; Indiana University has authored a bill of rights for student athletes. The bill contains 10 benefits for athletes – including a four-year scholarship commitment regardless of injury, illness, or performance, academic support, health guarantees, life skills development, a collective voice, and cutting edge technology; The Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington is trying to help cut down the number of plastic bags ending up in landfills; A law student interning at a pro-life law firm authored a miscarriage burial bill that was signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence last month.

FEATURE
One night every January the state dispatches groups to homeless shelters, abandoned buildings and tent cities across Indiana. The goal is to make an estimate of the state’s homeless population. The effort is known as a point-in-time homeless count, which is required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD (“hud). This year’s study found slightly fewer homeless Hoosiers than years past. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a state official about what that means and what we can learn from a study conducted on a single winter night. We bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
How can anyone remember all the usernames and passwords we need these days? Perhaps the answer has been with us all along!

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Harrison Wagner, Sierra Gardner, and Alycin Bektesh
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 Joe Crawford
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – July 1, 2014

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On Monday, the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court decided, in Sebelius versus Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, that “closely held corporations”, do not have to include coverage for contraception under Affordable Care Act insurance plans, if the employer opposes contraception on personal religious grounds; The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit of Indiana has issued a stay on same-sex marriages; Residents living near the Rogers and Binford elementary schools raised concerns June 26th about a revamping of the parking setup there.

FEATURE
Jessica Hite is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior department at IU. On Tuesday, June 24, she gave a talk for Bloomington’s Science Cafe on chimney swifts. In this abridged version of her talk Jessica talks about chimney swifts, their habits and why they are important for the local ecosystem, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Susan Northleaf
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 Quinn Barney
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 30, 2014

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Indiana industry dumps more chemicals into our waterways than any other state, however the state official in charge of water management isn’t aware of this pollution; The Monroe County Commission took on noisy I-69 contractors June 27th by passing a stricter noise ordinance; The city of Bloomington is finishing plans to build a short pedestrian trail on the south side of the city.

FEATURE
Governor Pence is hosting a conference to look at Indiana’s tax policies. What is billed as the Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference is billed as a means to get ideas that will make Indiana more competitive. The list of attendees includes tax professionals – tax lawyers, accountants and academics, business and economics academics, representatives from business and business associations, and several former Republican economic and tax policy advisers. Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Bob Ditmer, Director of Public Relations for the Indiana Department of Revenue, which is organizing the event. He first raised the issue of the apparent lack of representation from labor, working people, the poor or other marginalized groups at the conference.

ACTIVATE
We hear about the hoosier hills food bank on Activate, our weekly segment spotlighting people working for positive change in our community.

CREDITS
Anchors: Susan Northleaf, 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 Ilze Ackerbergs, along with correspondent David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our board engineer and Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 26, 2014

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Same sex couples in Indiana continue to wed today, following yesterday’s ruling by United States District Judge Richard Young Indiana’s state statue banning gay marriage is unconstitutional; The Bloomington City Council appeared supportive June 27th of a plan to restructure a city department that was the center of an alleged embezzlement scheme; Holding a large event in Ellettsville will come at a cost under a regulation passed June 23rd by the Town Council.

FEATURES
Two years ago friends and strangers from around the world gathered in a small town called Moscow, Idaho for, as its organizers called it, a Summer Commune. Described on their website as a diverse temporary intentional community somewhere in North America, this year the Commune has been reduced to a single month and it’s happening in Bloomington this July. Correspondent Drew Daudelin speaks with organizers Joshua Heller and Nicole Kelly about what they have planned, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street:  “Gay people of Indiana Rejoice!  The ban on gay marriage has been struck down.”

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Drew Daudelin
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley, along with correspondent Susan Northleaf
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 23, 2014

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The superintendent at the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation is getting a raise; 138 acres of private green in between Wapehani Park and RCA park has been put for auction online; The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, is seeking public comment on its 2014 List of Impaired Waters and the Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology used to develop it.

FEATURE
Indiana’s law that made it illegal for same sex couples to marry was ruled unconstitutional today in federal court. The permanent injunction on the marriage ban meant that same sex couples could marry effective immediately, and statewide couples young and old took advantage of their new right to marry. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on location for several marriage ceremonies at the Monroe County Court House this afternoon, for today’s WFHB feature report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Identity theft is not just increasing, it’s exploding…and people are starting to think it’s inevitable. That’s not true. The facts are getting to be pretty terrifying, but there ARE things you can do to protect your name, your money, your family, and your future.

CREDITS
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Harrison Wagner, and Drew Daudelin,
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 engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – June 24, 2014

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There have been several complaints from residents in rural Monroe County about the nighttime INDOT construction work on I-69; Users of local buses will be expected to adhere to a recently adopted behavioral code; The Monroe County Public Library will be open slightly different hours starting on Labor Day; Some Monroe County residents raised questions June 17th about proposed rules that would affect the most rural parts of the County.

FEATURE
Tomorrow night the Bloomington City Council will hear a proposal from the mayor’s office to restructure the biggest department in city government. The proposed changes target the Public Works Department, which was rocked by an embezzlement scandal earlier this year. Under the plan the Department’s engineering division, which was allegedly the center of the embezzlement scheme, would get new supervision. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with a representative from the mayor’s office about the plan for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Sieraa Gardner
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Joe Crawford produced our feature
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 23, 2014

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After months of delay, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District is pushing forward again with plans for a new recycling facility; The Monroe County Stormwater Management Board debated June 12th whether to give $25,000 to a local conservation group; At a meeting June 16th, the Bloomington Utilities Service Board questioned the cost of remodeling a break room at the Monroe Water Treatment Plant.

FEATURE
The annual Taste of Bloomington brings together scores of Bloomington’s independently-owned restaurants for an afternoon of food, music, and the coveted waiter/waitress race trophy. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with the organizers and volunteers who help run the event, as well as satiated attendees and a three-month old establishment making it’s “taste” debut, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Meagan Barnhart, volunteer at Middle Way House, talks about her experiences working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the need for more volunteers to make the Middle Way House mission even more successful. Go to http://www.middlewayhouse.org/ to volunteer.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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