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Daily Local News – December 8, 2014

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An Indiana law limiting abortion clinics was declared unconstitutional last week; On November 26th, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a reduction in the allowable level of ground level ozone in the atmosphere; A law prohibiting dead people from voting was responsible for delays in tallying election results last month; Local realtors and other concerned citizens will have a chance to talk informally with Monroe County officials about a set of controversial new zoning laws.

FEATURE
WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh was on hand during a demonstration on campus last week organized by the Black Student Union to call attention to racial injustice and police/citizens relations, and brings us today’s community report.

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

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Sophia Saliby
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Manging Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – December 4, 2014

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Governor Mike Pence delivered his education agenda this morning, looking ahead to the start of the 2015 legislative long-session which he termed the “education session.” Pence stressed his support for vouchers and charter schools, boasting that in the four years since it was enacted, the Indiana school voucher program has become the largest in the country, serving nearly 30,000 students; But first, the Bloomington City Council is still struggling with how to regulate food trucks; A new coalition of business groups is launching a campaign in support of legislation to allow Sunday sales of packaged liquor in Indiana; Bloomington is celebrating Krampus Night this Saturday.

FEATURE
The Indiana University Black Student Union is hosting a “rally against injustice” this evening at Showalter fountain, just one day after protesters in New York City shut down the West Side Highway and disrupted the Rockefeller Center Lighting ceremony in reaction to a grand jury decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pataleo for the death of Eric Garner – the second high profile case involving the death of an unarmed black man due to police action to be decided this way. WFHB News Director spoke with Cornelius Wright, chair of the city of Bloomington commission on the status of Black males about the recent incidents, and what people in Bloomington can do to get engaged in the nationwide discussion about race and police use of force, for today’s community report.

VOICES IN THE STREET
The holidays are upon us, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa this month, we all have our own unique family traditions. ‘Tis for joy and reflection, so we hit the streets of Bloomington to ask local residents about your favorite part of the holidays and your family traditions.

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWiele & Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf and Jack Hanneck
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineers today are Jose Rodriguez and Jonathan Goethals
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Craford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – December 3, 2014

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Secretary of State Connie Lawson released the official voter turnout report yesterday for the 2014 general election; Beginning in January, the City of Bloomington and Bloomington Meadows Hospital will establish a new suicide support group for teens and children in the community involving free ongoing monthly meetings for community youth affected by suicide; Researchers from Indiana University’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning recently issued a policy brief from a comprehensive survey of current Indiana educators regarding their beliefs about teacher evaluations and their confidence in the evaluation process; Bloomington will host several national softball tournaments during the 2015 and 2016 seasons; Three IU professors have been awarded an National Institute of Health grant to study acetaminophen liver toxicity; Indiana University plans to shut down 10th Street on campus for almost four weeks over winter break.

FEATURE
Hoosiers may finally get to benefit from the expanded Medicaid coverage included as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the ACA or Obamacare, that was passed into law back in March of 2010. Besides the well-known health insurance mandate, under which all residents were required to enroll in some kind of insurance program, with federal subsidies of insurance premium payments, there was another provision that got little attention: the expansion of Medicaid eligibility from people with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level to 138 percent. The federal plan offered to cover, initially, 100 percent of the cost of the expanded coverage for the first three years, and then gradually reduce its subsidy to 90 percent by 2020. State responses to the offer became subject to partisanship: states led by Democrats accepted the offer, and red states initially rejected it. Several Republican governed states have since come on board. However, Indiana is a hold-out, losing out on hundreds of million of dollars of federal transfers and up to half a million more residents covered by expanded Medicaid. In the meantime, the federal government has allowed Indiana to continue with the pre-ACA state delivered medicaid program under the Healthy Indiana Plan, which was established in 2008, and currently provides coverage to around 50,000 residents. Last year, Governor Pence’s office proposed a revised plan, dubbed HIP Two Point Oh, to deliver expanded Medicaid. However, negotiations with federal authorities bogged down over some of the state program provisions, which included premiums, co-pays, and yearly maximums for recipients, which have never been a part of Medicaid. In the meantime, the state has asked for and been given waivers from the federal government to allow it to continue with the old HIP program. The most recent extension agreement, announced in mid-November, would carry the program into 2015. The joint announcements from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the CMS, and Governor Pence’s office, on the extension, also mentioned that negotiations on Medicaid expansion are continuing. On Tuesday Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy spoke to Alex Slobosky, Chairperson of Cover Indiana, which has been campaigning for state acceptance of expanded Medicaid. He informed us that he had just come from a conference in Indianapolis, where representatives of the federal and state governments talked about the current state of healthcare insurance, including the impact of the ACA on Indiana, the recent agreement to extend the state HIP for another year, and ongoing negotiations on the expansion of Medicaid in Indiana. Mister Slobosky first talked about the extension of the old HIP program.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
The Holidays are a big time for both stores and scammers. Here’s a headsup on three of the con games that are going around right now.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf, Anson Shupe, Cathi Norton, Sarah Panfil and Emily Beck along with Joe Crawford 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 David Murphy
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matthew Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword

Daily Local News (每日地方新闻) Dec 3,2014 – The Monroe County Public Library (Monroe公共图书馆)

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The Monroe County Public Library has been awarded the Indiana Library Federation Programming Award –Monroe公共图书馆已经获得了印第安纳州图书馆联盟编程奖

Daily Local News – December 2, 2014

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana recently filed suit against The GEO Group, a Florida company that privately runs the New Castle (Indiana) Correctional Facility; The Environmental Protection Agency has recently been under fire from Indiana politicians and government agencies for its enforcement of new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal and oil-fuel power plants; The Monroe County Public Library has been awarded the Indiana Library Federation Programming Award; The Monroe County Plan Commission held off on adopting new rules for rural areas at a meeting November 18th; The Bloomington Utilities Department is spending $38,000 to deal with energy issues at its headquarters on Miller Drive.

FEATURE
Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appointed by the Obama Administration in 2013, serves as the Midwest’s connection to the Affordable Care Act. She stopped through Bloomington today in an event hosted by Nancy Woolery, Health Projects coordinator for the City of Bloomington. Information about the open enrollment period here, in today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Jack Hannek, Cathi Norton and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey, edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Anna Legge
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 20, 2014

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The city council heard from street vendors and restaurateurs during their meeting last night
about a proposed ordinance that would address the growing street-food sector of Bloomington;
The city of Bloomington is planning to install a new stop light on West Bloomfield Road; A
portion of the city’s B-Line trail will be closed Monday, November 24 to all pedestrian and
bicycle traffic for the entire day; Republican Kelly Mitchell was sworn in as Indiana State
Treasurer yesterday; Indiana will soon have a new Deputy Secretary of State;The Indiana State
Police will conduct a Sobriety Check Point operation somewhere in Monroe County this Friday
night, November 21st; The Ellettsville Plan Commission agreed it is time to revisit the
possibility of requiring permits for yard sales during their meeting on November 6th.

FEATURE
The Affordable Care Act’s “Health Insurance Marketplace” is open for enrollment, and a group
called Cover Monroe is hosting a variety of events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in
health coverage. The “CoverMonroe Project” will hold three different types of events to
increase service to residents: Education and Enrollment Fairs that educate citizens about
available options; Health Plan Forums to help support selecting the insurance plan that best
meets family needs, and specific “Coverage Navigator” appointments for one-on-one help. WFHB
News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Cover Monroe project Coordinator David Meyer about the
enrollment period, the opportunities for coverage, and the ramifications for not being covered
come February 15th in todays community report.Last year 85 percent of those signing up for
personal health insurance through the affordable care act got financial help to get covered.
The price that people see when looking at plans online is the full coverage price, not
necessarily the price they would pay once their individual finances are taken into account.
Joining Anthem and Medwise in the Monroe County Marketplace this year are United Health Care,
Assurant Health, Care Source, and IU Health.

VOICES IN THE STREET
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is a week from today. Voices on the Street will be on a week-
long hiatus so we wanted to ask your friends and neighbors about their Thanksgiving traditions
and what they’re thankful for this year.

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

Daily Local News – November 19, 2014

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Three term Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced he will not seek reelection while on Indiana Newsdesk’s Ask the Mayor program yesterday; Local realtors and landowners are still not satisfied with proposed changes to Monroe County’s zoning laws; Bloomington holds an above-average ranking in “LGBT Friendliness,” according to an Indiana Daily Student report on a recent evaluation by the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (or MEI); Indiana University School of Medicine researchers released a study earlier this week discussing inconsistencies in patient and doctor communication; In a recent press release, Affordable Care Act (or ACA) volunteers of Monroe County announced a variety of upcoming events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in health coverage; The League of American Bicylists has named Bloomington a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

FEATURE
Members of Decarcerate Monroe County are hosting an event this Thursday, November 20th to discuss recent changes in the Indiana criminal code, the latest expansion proposal by the County Commissioners, and the links between homelessness and incarceration. Interchange Host Doug Storm invited Micol Siegal in to talk about some of these issues, we hear a portion of their discussion here, for today’s community report.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
It sounds like a fabulous way to make extra money or keep yourself afloat financially, but instead of throwing you a life-preserver, these fraudsters are strapping you to an anchor and tossing you overboard.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelley Wherley and Kathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil, Cathi Norton, and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish, along with Anson Shupe
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News (每日地方新闻) November 19,2014 – Firearms Season 2014 (枪械赛季2014)

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Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced that deer numbers are down, but says this year’s firearms season will still be productive for Indiana deer hunters —印第安纳州自然资源署已宣布,鹿数量下降,但是他说,今年的枪械赛季依然为印第安纳鹿的猎人生产枪械。

Daily Local News – November 18, 2014

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The Indiana University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting of its Finance, Audit and Strategic Planning Committee tomorrow in Indianapolis to review a resolution to borrow money to finance a new Arts and Science Building at its Northwest campus in Gary and to pay for renovation work on Franklin Hall on the Bloomington campus; The state agency charged with representing utility ratepayer interests has recommended that the request for a multi-year rate increase by Indiana’s largest power supplier be denied; Parents and community members in Stinesville are protesting what some say was the wrongful removal of an elementary school principal there. Later this evening on Interchange, a discussion about and alcohol use on campus with, Rasul Mowatt, an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health Justin Garcia, Director of Education & Research Training at The Kinsey Institute and Jen Maher  a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies.

FEATURE
WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh examines community resources for building an understanding of the definition of sexual assault, and new initiatives for teaching bystander intervention for today’s community report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
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: 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 Alycin Bektesh
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey, with Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Anna Legge
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – November 17, 2014

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Indiana college students graduate with more debt than students in most other states; Indiana University is moving forward with President Michael McRobbie’s plan to establish an engineering program on the Bloomington Campus; Off-duty and retired state troopers are now patrolling the Johnson Hardware Building on weekday mornings; Workers at the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District will get 5 percent raises next year; A Monroe County official said he’s optimistic the Indiana Department of Transportation, or INDOT (IN-dot), is improving its policies for dealing with drainage problems; A Bloomington man went missing and was found over this past weekend; According to a November 13 press release from the
Indiana Attorney General’s office, Marion County Superior Court judge Michael Keele has approved Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s request to appoint a receiver to oversee and prepare an accounting of the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc. or INCASA, which is facing financial insolvency; The library will be receiving a twenty-five hundred dollar grant this
month; The City of Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District features the works of local artist and printmaker Elizabeth Busey in this month’s exhibit, titled “Captive on the Carousel of Time.”; The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District can start working on its new recycling project about six weeks early; Local realtors and landowners are still not
satisfied with proposed changes to Monroe County’s zoning laws.

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

CREDITS
Anchors: Carissa Barrett, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Anson Shupe, Taylor Telford and Sophia Saliby
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
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.

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